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Installation issues / video and audio problems
« on: December 02, 2010, 09:19:49 pm »
Its me again!

Ok, so I've got the hyrid to boot properly, LinuxMCE starts, I even managed to get the AV Wizard to run after downloading a new driver for my Nvidia GT430.
The problems I now have are:
1:  when I set the display resolution to 1080p in the AV Wizard I get a blank screen when it restarts.  The best I can select is 720p.  Not the end of the world, but a niggle.
2:  whichever audio output I select I can't hear anything in the second part of the Wizard.  I read in the wiki that for my motherboard (Asus M4A87TD EVO)

"ALSA drivers are not PNP in kubuntu-0810 but updated drivers are installed during the LMCE installation process and which make the audio Plug N Play with LMCE0810!"

Assuming this has happened ok, is there any way to check?

I've tried all the options for audio, and I noted that the optical SPDIF is not working at all when I plug the fibre optic cable in.  If this was Windows I'd re-install the motherboard drivers from the CD, but its not, so I don't know how to go about fixing it  :-[  (Bios setting show that HD Audio is enabled)

3:  Living without the audio for now, I continue and get the setup wizard to start.  Great, apart from I only see a big black box in the center of the screen, obviously I can't hear whats going on, but the text points me in the right direction.  I manage to bumble through, but "Oh No" my hauppage winTV card has not been recognised at all, and isn't listed, so I can't get that setup.

So far what I've done is check in the xorg.conf file that the correct Nvidia driver is being used, I've been through several wiki and forum posts, but have come up stumped.  I'm thinking that there is some configuration file somewhere, or something else I'm needing to check, but as I'm new to LinuxMCE its tough going.

Any wizards out there who might be able to help, please post your ideas.

Oh, one thing to note, when LinuxMCE starts it says something like "There were devices that did not start properly, you can still use the system but some functionality will be lost"

Core details:
Asus M4A87TD EVO motherboard
AMD Phenom II 550 Black CPU (dual core, but 4 cores running with core unlocker on MB)
Gigabyte Nvidia GT430 graphics card (1Gb onboard memory)
Hauppage WinTV HVR 2200 capture card
Additional Gigabit NIC. (worked OOTB!)


Installation issues / Re: Install Hangs @ "Rebuiling NIS cache"
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:58:15 pm »
I've actually got it the other way around at the moment, but I read in the Wiki that I need driver download for the onboard NIC.  I'm in the process of downloading it through the KDE desktop.

Have further problems at the moment, but I think a new thread is in order once I've run out of wiki/forum searches.

Installation issues / Re: Install Hangs @ "Rebuiling NIS cache"
« on: November 30, 2010, 11:19:57 pm »
Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my initial post :-\

I believe that the network connection was causing the problem.  From the Kubuntu KDE I couldn't access the internet, nor even ping my router.
It seems that my onboard NIC is not working straight out of the box, however the additional PCIe one does.

I've just swapped the cables over, and I now have a working internet connection.  This along with a fresh install seems to be doing the trick.

Oh, and I've just de-odorised my font folder, sorry for any nasty niffs!

Installation issues / *Fixed* Install Hangs @ "Rebuiling NIS cache"
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:19:00 pm »
Hi, first time LinuxMCE user, so please no flaming just yet.

Just got my core built, and booted from the 23388 snapshot DVD.  I got as far as logging into the core and typing the sudo apt-get update, which seemed to go okay, the machine rebooted, then appeared to start setting itself up.  It stopped however with the line "Rebuiling NIS cache" (not a typo, thats how it appeared) and just seems to hang there. I've given it over 20 minutes just to be safe, but then tried moving the mouse. The message went away, and I have a white screen with the black X cursor that follows my mouse movements.

What could have gone wrong?

I've tried re-starting several times now, I get the Kubuntu logo, then straight into the Rebuiling NIS cache screen again.

Any help much appreciated.


Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: November 26, 2010, 03:31:17 pm »
Let the games begin!...

After almost a dozen visits from the courrier man (and one hacked off wife cos none were for her) My core/hybrid is 90% assembled, still waiting for the blu-ray drive to come, so tonight I plan to try and boot from USB stick with the latest snapshot.  I'm too impatient to wait.  Found a nice little program on the net for creating a bootable USB drive.

Might be handy for anyone looking to boot their MD from a stick.

Will update on progress, and more likely than not be asking for help next week!
Thanks for all the info received so far.  Lookin' forward to meeting Sarah and the penguin!

Users / Re: Is there any Smoke alarm z-wave ? Or other solution as gc100 ?
« on: November 23, 2010, 10:05:02 pm »
Hi Purps, yeah I'm in, if we need to donate a little of our hard-earned, for Hari to donate a little of his time, thats the way that open source is supposed to work eh?  Each doing what they can to further the cause.  Let me know what you're thinking.
I bought it for the idea that you can get the alarm to switch on all the lights when its triggered by smoke, a very neat idea, even without including it in the LinuxMCE control, but even better if its all integrated.

Users / Re: Is there any Smoke alarm z-wave ? Or other solution as gc100 ?
« on: November 21, 2010, 08:18:28 pm »
Hi guys,

I just bought one of these, they actually ship from Germany and I'm in Poland so they will send anywhere.  I haven't tried it out yet, as the new apartment is still full of builders, and plaster dust, but it wasn't overly expensive and certainly can be used with other z-wave devices.

Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: November 11, 2010, 08:55:34 pm »
Thanks wombiroller, I'll probably just order one from Amazon, as it will be quicker and look neater than doing it myself!  I don't know what it is about USB serial adapters, maybe just bad luck, but I've had some that refuse to work point blank with some software, and others that are ok most of the time.

Anyway I see that there have been quite a few reading this post, and nobody's mentioned any potential problems so I'm going to go ahead and order the gear.

One last question about capture cards, I see that Hauppauge do a winTV 4400, this appears to be the latest version of the "Do everything" card, its not listed in the Wiki, so has anyone used them in their machines??

Thanks again for the info, and I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before I'm back with more specific questions once the hardware is bolted together!


Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: November 09, 2010, 09:50:57 pm »
Just had a thought, the motherboard I chose doesn't have an onboard 9-pin serial com port.  Was going to use this for feedback from a Sky HD box, are there any recommended pci cards with serial com ports, or are USB-Serial adapters fine to use.  I have had problems with these in the past at work trying to get them to work with Siemens PLC's as some drivers don't seem to work.  This might be totally unrelated, but thought it was worth asking.



Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: November 09, 2010, 02:04:46 pm »
The motherboard has one gigabit lan port onboard, hence why I added an extra PCIe card for the 2nd.  Its the closest motherboard I could find to one listed in the wiki.


Users / New Build for Newbie
« on: November 09, 2010, 01:08:29 pm »
Hi People,  I've been watching the LinuxMCE development for a couple of years now, and I'm finally looking to take the plunge and become part of the "users" group!

Just bought a new apartment, so have spent a small fortune buying Z-wave controllers for lights, blinds and everything else I can think of; I want to run it all through LinuxMCE, as well as the media side of things.

I've just added a load of bits to my "cart" to build a hybrid core, but before I go ahead and pay for it all, I'd like to see if I've listed anything thats a gonna cause me a headache from the start.  I've tried searching through the Wiki, and the forums, but a lot of the hardware category stuff is out of date.  Therefore if any of you think that there's something here that won't work please let me know.

Asus M4A87TD Evo AMD 870 (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X2 Dual Core 555 3.20GHz Black Edition (Socket AM3)
Asus GeForce GT 430 1024MB GDDR3 Low Profile PCI-Express Graphics Card
G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C8 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit
Akasa PaxPower 500W Ultra Quiet Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31500341AS)
Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BluRay ROM DVDRW DL & RAM Lightscribe SATAII Optical Drive - OEM Black
Edimax EN-9260TX-E 10/100/1000 Gigabit PCI Express Network Card (EN-9260TX-E)
ThermalTake DH202 Black VJ80051N2Z with 7" Touch Screen Case

I've left out the capture cards for now, as I'd like to try HDMI capture, but from what I read on the forum, its not supported yet.  As a number 2 choice I was going to go for the Hauppauge winTV 4000 version.  Can anyone suggest a better choice?

All help greatly appreciated.


I've been searching the net for the same answer, has anyone tried to send the audio from TV or a movie to a squeezebox?  Was considering using one for the bathroom, don't really want to have to purchase another MD just to run 2 speakers in this room.

Any other solutions welcome.

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