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Users / [Solved] Z-Wave - Devices losing rooms and floorplan objects
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:19:49 am »
I installed the January 5th snapshot of LMCE 12.04. After successfully getting MythTV working with my HDHomeRun Prime with Cable Card, I added all of my zwave devices (switches and outlets). I went through web admin and assigned them all to a room and floor plan object device. I then added the devices to the graphical floor plan using the floor plan wizard. Next I did a quick reload and regenerated all orbiters. The floor plan showed up on my MD very nicely. I noticed that I missed one device on the floor plan. I went back to the floor plan wizard and all of the devices were missing from the floor plan. I then went to devices/lights and all of the devices were missing the rooms and the floor plan objects that I assigned to them. Now after my next reload and regen, my floorplan is blank.

Does anyone have any thoughts on why LMCE is not retaining the rooms and objects after a regen?


Installation issues / scte65scan with HDHomeRun Prime
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:59:33 am »
I feel that I'm so close to getting this working. Can someone help me with the steps needed for using scte65scan to populate channels in MythTV? I tried following the instructions on the wiki but I get "/dev/dvb/adapter0/demux0: No such file or directory" when trying to write the vct.sql file. I guess I'm still too much of a newb to assume that I did all of the steps correctly.

Users / LMCE - I want to do it correctly this time - Z-Wave and MythTV
« on: December 31, 2012, 12:17:32 am »
    I've been "using" LMCE for a bit over two years now, but I have yet to get it running 100% the way that I want it to. I blame myself for not buying the right hardware and not putting in enough time to get it running. I'm now to the point where I can't stand it any longer and I want to get it running as it should even if it means buying new hardware. Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I want to do it correctly this time.

My top priorities in order are:
  • Z-Wave automation (working flawlessly)
  • MythTV recording of clear QAM channels
  • Streaming music (preferably Pandora but I'm willing to switch)
  • Android phones and tablets as orbiters

I already own:
In 2010 I bought a barebones core hybrid from I don't know what's in it but it was a lower cost option when I bought it. I'm fine swapping out CPU and motherboard for something faster, but I don't expect to use it often as a MD.

  • ~30 Intermatic Z-wave outlets, switches and modules. (Not willing to replace)
  • AEON II Stick
  • Intermatic HA07 (x3) and HA09 (Would like to use but can part with)

  • Happauge HVR-2250
  • Happauge WinTV-HVR-950Q (USB)

    The house is wired with Cat-6 which terminates in my basement where I keep the core and the routers. There are two zones of in-wall speakers which are also terminated in my basement. The in-wall speakers are only used for music and are powers by an old receiver which I which I manually turn off and on.

   After a lot of trial and error, I had the Z-wave devices working pretty much flawlessly. That was until I decided to wipe my core and try to get MythTV working. Now, I'm having what I believe to be routing issues. Since SIS is recommended over using the built-in inclusion button on my AEON stick, I'm ready to buy a minimote even though I don't really need it for anything other than using it for SIS.  Is it silly to spend the money on it?

    I never got MythTV to work with LMCE. I'm not new to MythTV and I've been using it on a Mythbuntu server on a separate network for almost four years now. I'm guessing part of my problem is compatibility issues with the HVR-2250 which does not get automatically recognized by LMCE. I'm fine buying a HDHomeRun duel tuner to replace the 2250 if that's the way to go. Even though my Comcast provider is not currently encrypting basic cable, I know that the cable companies in the US are now allowed to encrypt even broadcast channels. Should I consider getting a cable card ready tuner or will that never with with linux? When they do encrypt, will I be able to

Media Directors
I currently only have the core/hybrid. Once I get that running I would like to purchase one or two small footprint barebones PCs to use to use as MDs. I was thinking of a Zotac but I'm open to anything that will work well and will not have overheating issues in a 78 degree room.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Installation issues / Z-Wave - Aeon, HA07 and SUC/SIS
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:27:46 pm »
I've been reading the SUC/SIC instructions at but I'm having some difficulty.

I have a AEON stick and a number of HA07 controllers. I had no difficulty resetting all of the devices. The AEON stick added with no problems and I was left with devices "ZWave Embedded Climate Interfa", "ZWave Embedded Security Interf" and "ZWave Controller" under Zwave. The next step is where I'm a bit unsure what to do. I chose the "Add Node" send command from Zwave (Not from ZWave Controller, because there was no option there). It's at this point I'm not sure that I need to do. Which button do I hit on the HA07? The above referenced instructions do not indicate. I tried a few, but got nothing in return.

In an attempt to figure this out on my own, I was able to add the HA07 to the network by making it a slave. The problem is that when the HA07 is a slave I can't get it into include mode.

Might I be trying to do something for the wrong reason? I was just hoping to simplify adding back my 30 Z-Wave devices to the network? What I really want to do is setup channels on my HA07s to run LMCE scenarios. Can this be done?

Any help would be appreciated.

Users / 10.04 or 8.10
« on: October 13, 2011, 02:51:51 am »
I.'ve been having some troubles with an 8.10 setup. All my SWMBO wants/needs is a system that works with Z-wave (lights), MythTV and Pandora. Pandora stopped withing with 8.10 because it needs a newer browser. MythTV has been giving me problems and I think it's due to a video or sound card driver. (but can't confirm) Should I consider 10.04 which may solve my Pandora problem or should I stay with 8.10 since my SWMBO expects something that works well? If I stick with 8.10 I'm thinking of doing a fresh install (once again). Should I just grab LinuxMCE-8.10-latest-snapshot-i386.iso or is there a better option?

Thank you!

Users / [Solved} Computing Menu - Empty
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:11:22 am »
I was playing around with my 8.10 hybrid core trying to remove unused entries in the computing menu. I must have done too good of a job because now the installed programs and bookmarks in the computing menu are both empty. How can I get it back to the default configuration?

Thank you

tschack909's response below solved the problem.

Users / Pandora - needs newer browser
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:50:32 am »
Now that Pandora upgraded to their new interface, I can no logger get it working. They require Firefox 3.6.3 or >. How do i upgrade Firefox? Or should/could I install a newer version of Firefox and keep the exiting one there as well? I tried to figure it out on my own but I don't know how to install without a package manager. If this something that I could go into Kbuntu interface to do? If so, how to I get to the Kbuntu screen?

Sorry for all of the newbie questions. I did try to figure it out on my own, but I have been just banging my head against the wall.

Installation issues / MythTV Freezes after a split second
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:44:01 am »
When I enter MythTV I get a split second of sound and video just before it freezes.

I have not previously gotten MythTV to run. Recently I did get Myth TV backend installed (my sources.list was out of date) and now the system sees my Hauppauge 2250 and allows me to configure it in the media setup. I tried to get it working by populating the channels with my SchedulesDirect account, but I guess that Media setup didn't complete the import because I kept getting an error when I went into MythTV that there were no channels setup. I then went into Myth backend Setup and scanned for channels. Even in MythTV backend setup, when I chose to import the channel listings, it did nothing. I know the schedules direct account is correct because I see listings in my program guide. Any thoughts on why I'm not able to just import the list of channels?

Leaving the importing of channels aside, I did do a scan and add the channels that way. It's not nearly as clean, but it does at least let me get to the next step. The problem now is that when I start MythTV the screen freezes after a split second. LMCE isn't locked because I can still go and exit MythTV. I did a lot of searching and it looks like this might be a problem with a video drivers. I verified xorg.conf and I am using NVIDIA for the display. cat /proc/driver/nvidia/version shows that I have:
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NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module  195.36.15  Thu Mar 11 21:41:46 PST 2010
GCC version:  gcc version 4.3.2 (Ubuntu 4.3.2-1ubuntu12)
Am I going down the right path to correct the freezing problem? Any thoughts on how to get it working?

Thank you!

My wife has given me permission to get a new TV, provided that In finally get LMCE running seamlessly with the TV. The TV will be wall mounted and it will need to look "pretty" with no cables and boxes visible around the TV. Basically she wants it too look like a framed painting hanging on the wall.

  • What the best way to mount a TV and MD on the wall? Are there and compatible VESA mount systems that work well as MDs? I'm a bit concerned with heat.
  • The TVs that we are looking at (Samsung LEDs) have USB 2.0 inputs. Can the TVs be controlled by the MDs through USB?
  • What do people do with wall mount TVs if they need to connect things like Blu ray or cable boxes to them?

After i get the TV and MD sorted out I will need to get her Galaxy S phone setup as an orbiter. I'll also need to finally get my Hauppauge 2250 working with MythTV or break down and buy a dual tuner card that is proved and handles clear QAM

Thank you for your assistance.

Installation issues / Failed to get MythTV-Backend - Solved
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:22:45 pm »
I'm running the August 5th snapshot and while sitting at my core I see a box pop up in the upper left hand corder that displays a number of "failed to get" messages including failed to get Mythtv-backend. What am I doing wrong?

I needed to update my sources.list file to match what was in this Wiki entry:

Feature requests & roadmap / Kylo Browser
« on: March 23, 2010, 02:29:11 pm »
I know that there is a push to replace Firefox as the browser for LinuxMCE. Has anyone looked in to I'm going to start checking it out. It is made by Hillcrest Labs who makes a gyroscopic mouse, the Loop pointer. I have two of the loops and the Kodak theatre (still trying to find a use for the Kodak device). The Loops are pretty cool and I suspect that it will work beautifully with LinuxMCE (once I get a MD working).

Edit: They don't (yet) have a linux version. I mentioned LMCE to one of the Kylo discussion board moderators. Maybe he'll check out this project.

Installation issues / Netboot - Can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:28:50 pm »
Yesterday I tried to get my Wife's HP laptop to netboot using wired connection. I couldn't even get it to find the image so I went to the IRC and was told that since this was my first MD I should to run:
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sudo /usr/pluto/bin/Diskless_CreateTBZ.shI got as far as "Can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf" and gave up thinking that maybe it was due to the fact that I couldn't disable her WiFi card.

Today I wanted to get my Dell Zino working as a MD and I got as far as "Can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf". I followed the instructions at According to lspci, the Zino has a Broadcom Netlink BCM57780. Googling "kernel module BCM57780" seemed to indicate that I should use tg3.ko. (I even tried broadcom.ko). Following the instructions on the Unrecognized NIC page I did
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No change so I even tried
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mkinitramfs -d /etc/initramfs-tools-interactor/ -o /tftpboot/default/initrd
Which should i have used?

I then came across different instructions at I tried them and no luck.

So which is it? Do I need to modify the modules file at "/etc/initramfs-tools-interactor" or "/usr/pluto/diskless/###/etc/initramfs-tools". The modules file at "/usr/pluto/diskless/###/etc/initramfs-tools" had nothing in there but lines starting with #.

I'm a little suspicious that the problem could be on the core since I had this happen with two computers. Sure it could be bad luck in finding two machines with Unrecognized NICs but according the the Wiki entry this is uncommon.

Any suggestions?

I've been running a Mythbuntu setup for the last few months. it's worked very well but I'm now migrating to LMCE to make use of the many additional features. I would like to start migrating from the Mythbuntu box to the LMCE box and I would like to do it in stages and keep both boxes running until I decommission the Mythbuntu box.

Stage One: Use LMCE for all new recordings
Copy over Chanel Data - It's took considerable effort to get the channels just right. Can I copy those over from the Mythbuntu box to the LMCE box? I would like to include channel thumbnails as well.

Copy recording rules - I have a number of recording rules setup on the Mythbuntu box. I could recreate them but I don't want the LMCE box to re-record previously recorded shows. How can I get those records over?

Stage Two: Access old recordings from LMCE
Share Media on Mythbuntu - I know I can share the files on the Mythbuntu box with LMCE but how can I get the show information on the LMCE box. Ideally I would want to keep the files on the Mythbuntu box (on the external network) until I'm ready to decommission but if necessary I can copy them over if LMCE needs a different directory structure.

Stage Three: Move all data to LMCE
How would I tell LMCE MythTV where the files moved to?

   I've been reading the Wiki and the forums in an attempt to get started on setting up LinuxMCE for my house.  I have been running a Mythbuntu back-end with three MythTV front-ends for the last few months.  I am fairly comfortable with those setups and what it takes to get the MythTV up and running

   Below are my plans to get moving forward with LinuxMCE.  I apologize for the long post but I wanted to be as thorough as possible.  I greatly appreciate any guidance and advice.

In order of importance, this is what I'm looking to initially do with LinuxMCE:
  • replace current MythTV setups
  • whole-house audio using and personal audio library
  • control everything using Blackberries
  • basic lighting automation/control
  • replace broadband router's DHCP

What I'm hoping to do with LinuxMCE in the future:
  • home security using motion detectors
  • climate control
  • telecom (integrated with security)

   My core, switch, patch panels and audio amplifier(s) will be mounted (shelf or rack) in an unfinished portion of my basement which doubles as my exercise and utilities room.  My plan is to run Cat 6 UTP solid CMR 23AWG and 12AWG CL2 rated 2-conductor speaker cable (both likely will be purchased from  The speaker cable will be run to in-wall speakers (to be installed) in rooms that will NOT have MDs.  Assuming multiple amplifiers or multi source amplifiers in the basement with the core, will I avoid the need to install volume knobs and be able to control everything using my orbiters?  I plan on having my orbiters (Blackberries) connected via WiFi instead of bluetooth.

   I will be purchasing a new MB, CPU, RAM, NIC, video card (if on-board not sufficient), case and PSU for the core.  At least initially, my core will be used as a hybrid connected to a nearby TV in my exercise room.  I suspect that it may remain as a hybrid since I will need something to provide the whole house audio (  Simply by going to Newegg and searching for a MB with built-in NVIDIA, I came up with which handles LGA 775 processors has NVIDIA GeForce 9300 on-board and plenty of room for a NIC and an internal tuner card.  Does this look good and are there any suggestions on a CPU to pair it with?  Would 4GB RAM provide a benefit over 2GB RAM?  I plan on using my existing SATA DVD, 70GB HD and 1TB HD.  I would install the OS on the small HD and keep media on the larger drive.  Another idea I have toyed with was getting, ditching the internal tuner card, add a NIC to the PCI Express and using a 16GB Half MiniPCI-E SSD (already own) for the OS.  Would this be sufficient?

   My MythTV setup is currently running using a Happauge WinTV-HVR-950Q (USB) and a Kworld ASTC 115.  I plan on using the existing Happauge with the core.  I may skip using the Kworld since I don't want to rip apart my existing MythTV setup until the LinuxMCE setup is running, the Kworld requires firmware updateds to get up an running and if I went the Atom based route described above, I won' t have a slot for it. 

   Is it safe to assume that if a tuner worked with MythTV that it should also work with LinuxMCE?  Also, does the tuner's quality make any difference if all it is being used for is to capture ClearQAM content?  My newbie understanding is that digital tuners don't do decoding and only transfer a digital stream to the HD.  If that is correct then shouldn't a cheap USB tuner like perform just as well as any other unit?

Lighting Automation
   Initially I plan on controlling a few switches and my landscape lighting.  Most switches that I will replace are either simple 2-way or 3-way.  In the cases where dimmers are present, they on 3-ways which I suspect I would just replace the standard switch and keep the dimmer set to the same level if it saved me money.  Should I start out with Z-wave using the Aeon Labs USB Z-Wave interface with built-in inclusion remote (US) or are there more cost effective options since I have only basic needs at this time.  I do foresee needing to eventually go to Z-Wave for the security and climate control, so does it make sense to just start out with Z-Wave.

   For now I'm planning on using my existing machines as MDs.  All my TVs will be connected using HDMI.  I don't currently have a surround sound setup and I don't have any immediate plans for one.  In the longer term I suspect that I'll want new MDs for which I'm thinking of a similar Atom 330 system as described in the Core section above. Would running those as diskless systems be a good choice or will I run into some problems trying to do so?

   I have two Loop pointers ( which I don't foresee having any problems getting them up and running.  We hope to use Blackberries as the primary orbiters, especially for the whole-home audio, since they are generally only an arms reach away from us at any given time.  My plan is to get the Blackberries up and running using JavaMO.  Will we be able to control running on the Core from the Blackberries?
   WiFi will be provided through a router which is currently running as a basic WAP and is not handling  anything other than authentication and encryption.

   I am not a developer so I won't be much help in making progress on that level.  However, I am willing to participate by helping to document as much as possible. 

Thank you for making it to the end of this post!

Users / BlackBerry as Orbiter?
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:34:23 pm »
I am in the planning stages of doing a LinuxMCE setup.  My wife and I both use BlackBerries and they would make ideal orbiters for us.  I didn't see BlackBerry as a LinuxMCE supported device.  Is this something that someone is working on?

If I wanted to use Web Orbiter over WiFi wouldn't I need to make the web server accessible over the public Internet?  Or is there a way I can gain web access to a machine on the on the internal network from my BlackBerry?  I use Freemote Control ( which allows me to control MythTV via my blackberry, so I know that the BlackBerry can access machines on the local network via WiFi...I just don't know how to do it using the BlackBerry Browser or Opera.

If the only option to use my BlackBerry with LinuxMCE is to make the Web Orbiter open to the public Internet, how can it be made secure?

Thank you!

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