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Users / Cover art won't go away
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:29:00 am »
I used the import-attributes-from-amazon feature a while back, and somehow due to my screwing with things alot of my cover art got assigned to the wrong mp3s. Due to the large amount of incorrectly assigned art, I've decided I want to start again with assigning cover art.

I've done the following:

1) moved all my mp3s out of the /home/public/data/audio directory into a temporary directory.
2) cleared the pluto_media table as instructed in
3) deleted all .id3 files from the temporary directory
4) deleted all files contained in /home/mediapics and /home/coverartscan
5) using mediamonkey tagging software, removed all album art from all mp3s in the temporary directory
6) moved mp3s back into /home/public/data/audio
7) ran resynchronize media from the web admin

Here is a sample of the output:

The album art returns. It seems to have stored somewhere other than the locations I've been clearing. Can someone explain how to thoroughly cleanse my library, short of doing a reinstall? I'm out of ideas.

Users / Re: improvements
« on: September 22, 2009, 04:37:34 pm »
Ok, well we can just do a thread here for edits I suppose. Here are my suggestions.

Main Page


Remember the good old 80's? Remember the arcade games and long nights with your buddies? Where have all the console games gone? Just sit down in front of your Media Director, have it call your buddies, and start playing all the old stuff in any room you like....just like in the good old 80's.


(I think this section needs to focus on the advantages of the system over a POTS that most home users are used to... below is just a suggestion)

Wouldn't it be great if your telephone system would know if you are home, which room you are in, whether or not you want to accept phone calls, and cater to your preferences?! Wouldn't it be great if you could block calls from persistent telemarketer phone numbers, or take advantage of cheap long distance rates available in a multitude of Voice Over IP plans? With LinuxMCE all of this is possible, and more.


You are watching your favorite movie and it is getting hotter and hotter. Let LinuxMCE control your temperature and your blinds automatically. In the morning, have your blinds go up, and in the evening, automatically down. With LinuxMCE, you can say goodbye to having too much sun in your Living Room while watching TV.


You've had a hard day, and have finally settled on the sofa for the night and begun listening to your favorite music. You forgot to turn of the lights in the garden, frontdoor, or 3rd floor of your flat? Hey, it doesn't matter! With a touch of your cellphone, you can control every light in your house.


Ever wanted to know what your kids are doing when you are not at home? Do you want to be notified whenever someone stumbles into your garden? Someone is at your front door, but you are not around: Wouldn't it be great if you could control your home as if you were there?


Store your audio and video collection in one central location on your home network and access it from any Media Director in your home, or stream it to any location over the internet. Record TV shows for later viewing. Watching a romantic movie in your living room with your loved one and want to move into your bedroom, but your hands are occupied with red wine? LinuxMCE detects the movement of the cell phone in your pocket, and your media instantly appears on your bedroom television exactly where you left off.

Users / improvements
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:38:38 pm »
There are a few grammar and spelling errors that take away from the professional look and feel of the page. I'd like to suggest a few corrections, to whom can I send them?

Users / Re: iphone (SIAX client) and asterisk
« on: September 21, 2009, 09:29:33 pm »
I've fixed this by implementing Raul102801's suggestion above. I modified my named configuration such that my dyndns hostname resolves to from within my internal LMCE network, instead of the public internet IP of the core.

Do you guys consider this a band-aid solution? If not, should I modify the trac ticket (#324) i submitted for this issue and include my solution?

Users / Re: iPhone/iPod Touch Orbiter?
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:41:24 pm »
How much more interest/money is needed to make this enough of a priority that it gets somewhat immediate attention? I see from the svn that it hasn't been touched in 5 months.

Users / Re: 0810 dvd installer status
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:56:11 pm »
::)      if       (27th june)  was start date for  the waiting period, and 51% is a majority, then the  implied expected  beta would appear on or around   25th november

 ;D  ;D

We're all excited for the beta, but I'd caution you not to put dates in the devs mouths. Keep in mind the main developer just started a new job. It is unquestionably more important that he perform well in his new job than that the beta be released by a certain date.

Users / Re: Poor Call Quality
« on: September 11, 2009, 02:08:33 am »
Thanks guys. I don't expect it to be immune to high network traffic, but expect it to perform well under low load which is how I've been testing it.

What about a wireless router that has QOS? I was thinking of replacing my existing access point with a Linksys wrt310n running DD-WRT.

Users / Re: Poor Call Quality
« on: September 10, 2009, 07:17:39 pm »
Didn't realize VOIP was so sensitive. I read at some point that linuxmce has a QOS feature to prioritize voice data, but I just did some research on my aging wireless access point and it seems to be missing any such features. Will be interesting to see if there's any improvement using wired LAN only.

Users / Re: Poor Call Quality
« on: September 10, 2009, 04:26:35 pm »
The codec my VSP suggests and the codec I'm using is u-law. I understand it's the best (provided you have the bandwidth which I certainly do...or should) and I understand the bitrate is fixed at 64kbps or thereabouts.

I have set [disallow=all] and [allow=u-law] for all extensions and protocols. Asterisk CLI verifies that u-law is being used exclusively.

I am testing as follows:

Call between two internal extensions, one is an iPhone with Siax (IAX) using internal wifi network, the other is a PC with Voiper softphone (IAX). I am listening from the PC via ipod headphones, while my girlfriend talks into the iphone. The call quality is exactly the same tinny sounding quality as I get when I make external calls through my unlimitel IAX trunk.

Does anyone else have this problem?  I understand I should be able to get landline quality or better but this is far from that.

Users / DIM level mappings
« on: September 09, 2009, 09:47:52 pm »
I have a couple ACT Homepro lamp modules and I noticed that the brightness level mappings are not ideal. For example, changing from 90% to 100% there is almost no perceptible difference. The same goes for 70% to 90%. There is a big difference in perceived levels below this however.

How can I re-map these intervals so that I have higher resolution? Is this problem likely specific to this model of controller? Can I create a mapping for each individual device or are the mappings global?




Users / Poor Call Quality
« on: September 09, 2009, 04:13:22 pm »
I'm experiencing poor (tinny-sounding) VOIP call quality. Internal calls suffer the same problem, so I've ruled out my VSP as the cause. The problem is also independent of softphone client and choice of protocol (IAX/SIP).  Any ideas what the culprit could be?

Could this be related to the fact that my home network is completely wireless after the core?

Users / Re: Streaming via PPTP to iphone or PC
« on: September 08, 2009, 05:21:38 am »
<Slaps forehead>

I meant 50 kByte/s. So 400kbit/s. I have cable internet.

Users / Streaming via PPTP to iphone or PC
« on: September 07, 2009, 06:56:33 pm »
Thanks to donpaul for his work in bringing VPN to linuxmce. I'm excited about streaming video from the core to an external pc or my iphone using this.

I typically get 50kb/s from my core to another consumer quality point of access over the VPN. This is not enough to stream most of video material in my library, from my initial tests. I assume there are ways to compress the video in realtime and stream it at a lower bitrate so that I don't need to create lower quality copies of all my material just for remote viewing.

Where can I learn more about implementing something like this? I read up a bit on mediatomb, and I get the impression it can do this. I'd like to know what I need in the way of a client (on a PC or iphone) and what configuration needs to happen on the two ends.



Users / Re: New Z-Wave driver
« on: September 05, 2009, 05:31:03 pm »
are you trying to argue with me over my own code?

Not at all, just posting my observations in the hopes that it may help others in the future.

Users / Re: New Z-Wave driver
« on: September 05, 2009, 05:58:50 am »
this is not needed and just coincidence [...] You probably rebooted the core or something like that when replacing the binary.


Actually I didn't. Before replacing the binary I rebooted, reloaded the router, removed the usb stick, replaced the usb stick, and did a spiritual dance around my CORE about 20 times in just about every possible sequence to no avail. As soon as I replaced the binary it started working instantly.

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