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Users / Re: MythTV - mythfilldatabase
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:53:26 am »
Just hit the link... select "new ticket"
Give a descriptive title... and post whatever detail you can determine based on your experience, and any logs you can find specific information from. My myth in 1204 fills... but, I only experiment, so that info might not persist more than 24 hrs.

Users / Re: MythTV - mythfilldatabase
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:10:52 am »
1204 is not at release.

Please just make tickets with as much information as possible with problems you find. A new thread is less helpful. I understand you need this for HDHR prime, but... you are working on experimental software. These sort of threads are not what the devs are looking for, and make experimental software look like release software where things expected to be broken look like things that should be working. is where alpha/beta issues belong.

Users / Re: Revo AR1600 PXE boot recommendation
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:37:11 am »
In your case, I would opt for more firepower. I run these at 720p masked, and they are brilliant. This is NOT a recommendation for an MD, which is why I left your thread alone... but for those whom have limited resources with limited expectations... it is an option. I do not recommend these... but they roll... if your funds are as weak as your cheap TV.

I can tell you, however... if I was looking at a 400 dollar MD and a 500 dollar MD... I would ignore that argument and buy a real switch. I have been running LMCE for 4 years now on bullshit switch/routers... and 90% of my annoyances were removed by purchasing a REAL switch. Myth doesn't crash at the end of a program. All my "error jumping program" bs is gone. Weak channels (OTA) with good enough signal to lock do not digitize and artifact... those random hangs in movies are gone. TV is no longer a few seconds behind... but half a second... it is... a WORLD of difference. All totaled, in minutes of my life that I measure in heartbeats... dropping a couple hundred bucks on a real switch would have saved me countless hours and frustration over the last 4 years.

Drop money in real networking hardware. Spend the extra 20 dollars on the good nic. Spend the extra hundred on the good switch. I feel like a fool for not listening to this same advice, in this same point in your LMCE experience. Don't be a fool.

Users / Revo AR1600 PXE boot recommendation
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:36:22 pm »
These little MDs are the black sheep of the LCME community. They were like 150 bucks new, nVidia ION1, and do a smashing job as an MD... but booting them is problematic at best.

This seems to stem from an extremely optimistic function of the kernel's forcedeth auto-negotiation which pops on a few times at gigabit speed, blasts some packets and then kills itself before it gets a response, and tries again several times before then trying at 100, and sometimes catching before the kernel panics. On the nic itself you can watch this behavior... orange is 1000, green is 100. This is my cheap and dirty fix for them.

If you have a smart/managed switch (in the case of cisco, first update the firmware), set that port to identify at gigabit. No need to negotiate... but it still runs through this terrible routine without a possibility to negotiate for some reason. Identifying at 100 it does not do this dance, and just boots... but who wants that? A simple hack to deal with this is to edit /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/<mac address of MD> and add "panic=1". It will panic the first time and reboot, and for some reason rebooting, rather than cycling power, it will come up correctly and load.

Users / Re: 1004 new install
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:55:04 pm »
Hello --

This morning I successfully loaded the 1004 DVD to a 300GB PATA drive on a Dell Dimension E310 with 1GB RAM. The first effort on a 10GB PATA drive failed. I thought the drive was bad, but now I suspect it was because there was a hairline scratch across the DVD. I selected the Hybrid install. The setup video is now prompting for a remote control device, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I have the HDHomerun Prime and a cable card from Cox. I hope to at least be able to capture some TV, then go from there.

I'm a complete newbie to HA, TV capture, this board and LinuxMCE, with some years on Debian. Wish me luck!

If you are looking to decrypt channels you are going to need LMCE 1204... which is hit or miss at the moment depending on your hw with regard to stability. It wants to know how you want to control the TV... if you do not have a TV that can be controlled by rs232, just tell it not to control your tv.

Installation issues / Re: 12.04 install, can't see or hear her
« on: January 04, 2014, 07:19:01 pm »
The latest snapshot always has all the updates that are in the SVN repo.

That was why I asked what snap he was on. What I meant was I did not know if the pluto-boot-scripts package had been requested too early to contain the latest changes, so this might not be fixed with just an upgrade. It looks at first blush as though it does...  so before wgetting, he might just try an apt-get update; apt-get upgrade.


Installation issues / Re: 12.04 install, can't see or hear her
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:09:06 pm »
I have been rewriting all of the detection/install stuff for audio/video. I broke it pretty terrifically but believe it is working now. I need to know what snapshot you used... and please give me the output of lspci -nnk | grep VGA -A4

I don't believe the latest changes are packaged yet... and I am going to assume this is nvidia... as that is what I broke the best.

Code: [Select]
cd ~/
sudo -i
chmod +x ./
cp ./VideoDetectSetup /usr/pluto/bin
cp ./ /usr/pluto/bin

Users / Re: Audio over HDMI does not work anymore
« on: December 31, 2013, 11:02:33 pm »
This is now solved. More things have been fixed. Everything should be happy happy happy. Repo will be updated in the next day or so.

Sorry for the breakage.

Users / Re: Audio over HDMI does not work anymore
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:56:57 pm »
I missed you.

I am here now. Something is going pretty wrong there.

Found it. Change line 284 from
if [[ "$AlternateSC" -ne "2" && "$AudioSetting" -ne "S" ]]; then
if [[ "$AlternateSC" -ne "2" && "$AudioSetting" != "S" ]]; then

Cannot do math with letters. DERP!

Your moon is weird... please make the change and take it through AVWiz again.

Users / Re: subtitles & xinefonts
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:17:56 pm »
Does any one have any idea how to fix this ?


Not yet. Somewhere, we are setting our own variables, or we used to and are not any longer. The initial directory given will affect the Xine player in desktop. We specify, or should be specifying our own, and I haven't figured out where yet.

Users / Re: Audio over HDMI does not work anymore
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:15:11 pm »
Hello. I changed everything. However everything should work now much better... not expecting things to NOT work. Esp going through AVWizard.

cat /etc/asound.conf 
Paste here please.

Dropping into IRC would probably be very helpful, and a lot faster.

Users / Re: subtitles & xinefonts
« on: December 27, 2013, 11:04:35 pm »
Try creating the folder
mkdir -p /opt/libxine/share/xine/libxine1/fonts

Drop the fonts in, then edit /etc/pluto/xine.conf adding the following (assuming it does not already exist) and give it a try.

subtitles.separate.font:<name of the installed font>

subtitles.separate.src_encoding:<the correct encoding>

I am not sure this will work, but lets start there. I am going over the source looking for a better clue.

Installation issues / Re: Videosettings initial setup screen
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:10:07 pm »
No, no, no, no.....
I guess that all my hardware is as old as Methusalah, and i can install every OS on it except 64 bit, W7,8 Server2008 and greater. So it must be that.
It looks like i have an unknown videocard... Why don't you guys make a little tool, that i can install on a simple USB stick, boot from it, and a program on that stick tells exactly what hardware i have, thus asking me to update that info to you guys, and implement it in your MCE...  (wishfull thinking)
It would be more efficient in the proces of even bother to start this endevour, before i start agression mode 5, smashing with things, cursing, (and even at you guys). This is not intended to do so. I really like the software, i really like the possibilities, and i really, really, really want to see this to work.
By the time i'm an old dude, it could be happening.  8)
So, i stop changing video, and start to change the dhcp server, which i find tremendoes disturbingly not asking if i want it on my network, all ipad and wireless devices can't connect to the internet after installing this MCE, i think it must be my old hardware..... :-\
And when i tried to change from dynamic (dhcp) to static ip for the fifth time..... i gave up. Powercord out of the machine, networkcable loose, writing annoyance in this forum, and i'm going to relax with a cup of thea, playing a game.

I can not tell if i am in the neighbourhood these coming days, but if anyone has an idea.... glad to hear from you...
Thanks  ;)


The card should be supported.
What version LMCE are you attempting to install?
What is the output of lspci -nn | grep VGA
I am guessing its pciid is in the 014X range.

You might try either vga2 or running at 60hz. Almost everything wants 60. My guess is something simple like this.

Don't much care if you don't like the way networking has to work. It is an appliance. It must serve everything the way it wants to so it can control/use/be controlled by everything. Do not fight the network, or nothing will ever work right.

Installation issues / Re: 12.04 installation
« on: December 27, 2013, 04:57:16 pm »
My recommendation, as in what works for me...

plug internet connection directly into nic 1, doesn't matter which, unplug nic 2 from anything.
Install either from snapshot or the long way.
Do not plug in network until past house setup (and all software installs) in setup wizard... so just sit there at MD setup and let the little dialog box tell you when installing new software is done.

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