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Users / Re: MD recommendations
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:28:42 pm »
If I was looking to save a few $$$, would there be any potential disadvantage to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102001


This looks really nice (assuming you don't need a disk drive, although you could always conceal an external one somewhere), but would I be right in saying that he might have issues with the graphics if using 0810?

I'm using 12.04 and I don't plan on getting a disk drive or connecting keyboard/mouse. The plan is for it to strictly be a media director hidden behind my TV. I also don't see myself using anything other than  the built in TV speakers for audio.

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Users / Re: MD recommendations
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:38:16 pm »
Thank you for the recommendations. Will likely order by tomorrow evening so NewEgg can get it to me by Friday. That's an advantage of living in NJ...they get it to you within 24-hours.

If just using this as a Media Director, any advantage to 8GB over 4GB over 2GB? My instinct is to go for 4 but can be easily persuaded to go for 8.

B34N

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Installation issues / Re: PXE boot MD
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:34:27 pm »
ls -la /tftpboot
ls -la /tftpboot/default
ls -la /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg
http://pastebin.com/4a4jdCJY

cat /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

http://pastebin.com/cPe52Jbk

cat /var/cache/bind/db.linuxmce.local
http://pastebin.com/j5vrLB7V

Here is a "screen capture" of the laptop's output. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3sym36yffi46qtu/2014-01-13%2020.25.36.jpg I told you the screen was busted up. :-P

Thank you for trying to help!

B34N

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Users / Re: MD recommendations
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:52:21 am »
Thanks Thom.

Any suggestion as to how much RAM and what type? I might order one in the morning.

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Installation issues / Re: PXE boot MD
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:37:01 am »
Simply set the laptop's BIOS to boot from the network, if available. See what happens?
It got an IP address then:
Code: [Select]
TFTP prefix /tftboot/
Unable to locate configuration file

This laptop is an old Dell 9300. I think it is with a Centrino CPU. Pretty old but higher end for its time. SCreen is busted up but works well as a MythTV front end and playing back HD video. Would be nice to have it work as a MD without too much trouble.

Any thoughts?

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Users / Re: MD recommendations
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:23:33 pm »
The Intel NUC works well under 1204, now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102002 <-- i3 variant.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102002 <-- i5 variant, with thunderbolt ports and USB 3.0 ports

Thanks Thom,

I was hoping to get into something for closer to $200 with RAM....but if these will work OOTB then it may (no, will) be worth spending a bit more. Since it will only be used as a wired a LMCE MD, is there any reason to go to the i5. Additionally, any suggestions of amount and type of RAM.

My biggest concern with this unit is overheating. The reviews mention it a few times and I had overheating problems before using Dell Zino in the summer so I'm extra cautious.

B34N

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Installation issues / PXE boot MD
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:52:18 am »
I have an old laptop or two that I would like to try out at least temporarily as an MD. I looked all over the Wiki and am not sure that http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Automatic_diskless_boot_of_media_directors is relevant for a 12.04 install. If not, is there a better resource? I'm just looking for instructions on trying an old laptop out as an MD.

B34N

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Users / MD recommendations
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:49:00 am »
I'm looking for a recommendation for a MD. It will be mainly used for playing back through HDMI HD recorded content. I want something small, quiet and not prone to overheating. It'll be used for nothing other than an network bootable MD. The cheaper the better. Thoughts?

B34N

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Users / [Solved] MythTV - mythfilldatabase
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:49:20 am »
I realized that the mythfilldatabase that runs upon exiting Myth Setup is not grabbing any content that starts after midnight of that day. Is there something in the call that specifies only grab until midnight? Also, isn't there anything that runs on a regular (nightly) basis that will update the program guide? IMHO it would ideally grab the next two weeks of listings just like in my standard MythTV setup. Am I missing something that I need to configure?

I did:
sudo su - mythtv
$ mythfilldatabase
and it ran fine but didn't add anything to the program guide.

B34N

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Users / Re: MythTV .25 in 12.04
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:17:31 am »
To update this thread:

I changed my source from being a separate source and just edited linuxmce-default with all of the information needed. I don't know if this makes any difference.

I realized that the mythfilldatabase that runs upon exiting Myth Setup is not grabbing any content that starts after midnight of that day. Is there something in the call that specifies only grab until midnight? Also, isn't there anything that runs on a regular (nightly) basis that will update the program guide? IMHO it would ideally grab the next two weeks of listings just like in my standard MythTV setup.

With the help of L3top I was able to update my video driver and can watch live MythTV with no problems. I switched to UI 2 and can NOW watch videos through Xine with picture and sound through HDMI. The videos seem scaled down but maybe that's due to my 720p configuration and these are 1080 videos.

I marked this as Solved  and will create a thread more specific to my current issue.
B34N


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Users / Re: MythTV .25 in 12.04
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:27:02 am »
Thom,

I'm not 100% sure what video hardware I'm using but I want to say it's an nvidia 8200 that I got in a barebones system from lmcecompatible.com a few years ago. This is just my hybrid core. My MDs will be something newer once I get the core working well.

Running as root certainly got me back different results. http://pastebin.com/qwA1qhGA

B34N

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Users / Re: MythTV .25 in 12.04
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:00:51 am »
Thom,

Thanks again.

I run "screen -ls" from dcerouter and I get "No Sockets found in /var/run/screen/S-mark." I may/must be doing something wrong. I did this by going to a terminal from the hybrid while a video was running and also by remoteing into the hybrid. Same results.

When I playa recorded show and all I get is sound. I don't know the exact keystrokes I hit but I twice was able to get to a screen where I saw the video playing...but not likely wrapped in the LMCE controls. All I have setup on this system is the keyboard and mouse so control is really limited. Is there a list of keyboard shortcuts that I can use with playing back videos? When I start playing back I can't figure out how to exit.

I also noticed that the guide is not keeping up. Does mythfilldatabase run nightly? I did setup the LMCE-default source to use with my schedules direct account and removed the other source I added. Unfortunately the guide problem persists.

Thank you,
B34N

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Users / Re: MythTV .25 in 12.04
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:31:06 am »
Thom,

Thank you for the reply. I made the changes as you suggested. I re-entered MythTV setup and it ran mythfilldatabase. All of the program guide populated and I was able to record a few shows. Unfortunately the program guide has disappeared after over 24-hrs. Might this be a problem with me adding a new video source rather than editing the LMCE default?

The recordings showed up nicely with descriptions and thumbnails in the videos section. Unfortunately the videos I tried playing back included sound only. I think they are MPEG-2? Might this be due to the LMCE 12.04 installation not having Internet access during initial install and is unable to install the third restricted extras? If so, how do I add these after the fact? It might have also been the reason why I only heard Sarah rather than saw her.

B34N

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Users / [Solved] MythTV .25 in 12.04
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:33:59 pm »
Thank you Tschak for putting MythTV .25 in the latest 12.04 snapshots. I can now use my Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime with Cablecard with LMCE. This was really important to me as my local Comcast Cable company will be encrypting the limited basic channels in two weeks. They are supposedly keeping the "copy freely" tag on those local broadcast channels.

I went into MythTV setup and added my HDHomeRun Prime following the  instructions on the MythTV Wiki http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Silicondust_HDHomeRun_Prime#Illustrated_Guide_.28Master.2F.25.29
Everything seemed to work. My channel guide populated after exiting and I was able to access even my encrypted local HDs. I setup MythTV to record a few shows that night and then left everything as is and worked on a ZWave issue I was having.

I went back this morning and the shows didn't record. I went into MythTV to check that the recording rules were there and I noticed that my guide data wasn't there.

I went back into MythTV setup and checked the settings. Everything seem find so I just exited setup and mythfilldatabase ran. Upon going back into Myth my guide data was there.

My questions are:
  • Did I cause a potential problem by adding a new video source instead of using the LMCE default?
  • What is the proper way to schedule MythTV recordings in LMCE? I was going into MythTV and then scheduling there.
  • Which LMCE MythTV Wiki guide is the correct one for 12.04?

Thank you,
B34N

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Users / Re: Z-Wave - Devices losing rooms and floorplan objects
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:20:07 pm »
Update: Everything seems to be holding after a few regens. I'll keep an eye out and report back it it happens again.

I marked as solved since it appears to be a one-time thing.

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