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Users / Restart after power failure
« on: June 02, 2011, 01:06:19 pm »
Basically as the thread title really, I want to make my core automatically restart after a power failure in the home.  Is there any way to do this, i.e by wake on lan, as I know the router and switch automatically come on after power is restored, or perhaps a better way that somebody knows?


Matt. :)

Developers / Re: Dusky Sky Controller
« on: May 19, 2011, 03:43:47 pm »
@ Coley,

How did things go with the template for this device??  I've got one, but as I could never get it working its sitting in a box somewhere.  Is it time to dust the thing off and give it another try?  I don't have the expertise to develop this myself, but am sending you much good will and encouragement on behalf of anybody who has tried to get these working in the past  :)


Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: May 19, 2011, 12:10:04 pm »
The screen has a VGA connector, which I initially plugged into the back of my graphics card, this then disabled the HDMI output, and caused a few problems, so I have just left it.  Have been told by the powers that be that the touch input won't work with linuxmceI guess I could use a HDMI splitter, and then converter to VGA to use it as a basic monitor, but it isn't worth the fiddling around now.  Would have loved to have an orbiter displayed full-time on the touch screen, which is what I was hoping for when I bought it, but alas thats not to be.  Wouldn't even know where to begin to get the volume dial, and other buttons working, may come back to that in the future.  Was hoping that when the 10.04 version comes out, a lot more hardware would be supported and that things might fix themselves  :)

When I get some free time I'll check and see what more can be done.

Users / Re: New Build for Newbie
« on: May 17, 2011, 03:26:15 pm »
Ok, have been away for a while, sorry about the delay in replying.

Re the thermaltake case, awsome bit of kit.....totally wasted on the linuxmce system.  The touch screen doesn't work at all, and because linuxmce doesn't do dual display, you could only use the screen if you weren't using it as a hybrid, i.e. in a cupboard and not connected to a TV.  The other great features that I was expecting to work, such as the built-in IR receiver, media card slots etc don't work either.  I would say don't waste your money on it if its for a linuxmce system.

The rest of the system is working most of the time.  The hard drive is very noisy, and you can hear it even though its inside a cupboard in the lounge.  The graphics card doesn't do sound over the HDMI, not sure if its a driver thing, or what, so I have to use the optical output from the motherboard and feed it into my amp.  This causes a bit of a headache because linuxmce then has to select a different sound channed from the video channel when watching anything from the core on my TV, but it does work.  However when trying to watch live TV through the hybrid its so pixelated that its unwatchable.  Saying that, I have a Zotag MAG in the kitchen which works great as a media director, and you can watch the live TV on that with no pixelation whatsoever, which is weird as its using the same capture device.  There is a slight mismatch between the sound and video when watching live TV on the MD, but I only use if for watching the news so haven't gone out of my way to fix it yet.  Watching any movies that were ripped to the core works great on the MD and the hybrid, both audio and video work great on both.

Over all I'd say that my unit is way over specced for the use it gets, and having nice new graphics cards etc doesn't mean that they wil work ootb like with windows systems.  I'm considering getting one of the Dianemo units and keeping this box for my home PC needs... undecided at the moment though.

Hope that helps.


Users / Re: Motion and button based remote
« on: March 18, 2011, 09:12:14 pm »
but why would you do the latter, when LMCE can do it far better? ;)


True, as long as you have the usbuirt, until I got mine from America I was using the gyration for TV, receiver, etc and it worked fine.

Installation issues / Re: Gyration Remote keys all wacky
« on: March 18, 2011, 08:58:40 pm »
The music remote isn't supported in older kernels.  You need a newer HID driver.  See here:

Worked like a charm, thanks for the info. Life is now a whole lot easier with that little green button working.  :)

Users / Re: Motion and button based remote
« on: March 18, 2011, 03:39:18 pm »
Hi, have you checked out the gyration media centre remotes?
These are plug n play with LMCE as far as I've found, and will do what you want regarding the wii type motion sensing, as well as the buttons. You can also program it to operate your other AV stuff too.

Users / Re: LiveTV with a generic video capture device
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:21:25 pm »
I use the hauppauge HD PVR which is a USB based capture device. It works OOTB with Linuxmce and captures in 1080i HD which is good.  I haven't been able to get it working with myth tv yet, but thats more down to my settings than anything else. It streams live tv to all my media directors which is what it needs to do for now.

Connection wise you have svhs, component, and composite, plus stereo audio connectors.  It comes with a remote control too, but mine is still in the box, as Linuxmce handles all that.

Hope this is of some help.


Installation issues / Re: Gyration Remote keys all wacky
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:14:42 pm »
Just checked my xorg.conf file and that line appears at least a dozen times.  I've never added it myself, so something has already added it for me....multiple times.  Still can't use the windows button though.  The others all work fine.  Strange.  Will try deleting the AutoAddDevices false lines and leave it in just once, but don't expect it will help.

Users / Re: Video Pipe question
« on: March 02, 2011, 06:26:28 pm »
I went through the log as suggested, and can see that it is indeed the media plugin that is sending the commands to the AV devices, and to the lights.  Assuming I find the source for the media plugin, if I were to change it, would it get overridden next time there is an update or anything?  Chances are I'd only be able to remove some of the functionality from it, rather than adding more parameters etc. as I've not done C++ coding since my college days.  So there's very little chance I'd be improving it for all, just butchering it for my own use.  I don't really want to do this so I'll keep trying to find a way around it.  It does seem a bit rude though that the system is controlling my lights without asking, or providing any options.  Am I the only person to ever find this undesirable??

Users / Re: Audio - Video Sync.
« on: March 02, 2011, 10:38:02 am »
OK, I had a thought this morning, tried the following, and it got better.

Start live TV. (audio is out of sync with video)
press pause. (LMCE sends pause to SKY HD box)
Everything is paused.
press play. (LMCE sends play to Sky HD box)
media starts again and sync. is much better. :D

Maybe the video card is just a bit slow to respond when the signals start arriving, slower than the audio anyway. I dunno ???

Users / Re: Video Pipe question
« on: March 02, 2011, 10:30:08 am »
@ Coley,

I think it must be the events that I need to get at.  I'll check the logs that phenigma pointed me to when I get home and check it to be sure.  Its not the actual scenarios that I want to edit, but the events that are triggered when the scenario is started or stopped.  So for example I know that the "showtime" scenario for the lights is triggered when I press "TV".  I can edit the "showtime" scenario no problem, but where in the "TV" scenario is the link telling showtime to execute?  Also when I stop the TV scenario, another event is fired which is like the reverse of showtime, and puts the lights on again.  This I can't find.  I'll go through the logs tonight and hopefully that will shed some light on whats happening.

I'm sure its just down to me not looking in the right place.  I'll take a good look again at the Events too, I went all through this setting up my Z-wave devices, so I got the hang of that part of it previously.

Thanks for the pointers guys.

Users / Re: Video Pipe question
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:59:14 pm »
Right, I've deleted and re-done all my audio and video pipes, I now have the system switching the right inputs on everything as I want.  However when I stop a media scenario, the inputs don't switch back to the LMCE ones.  I want to see the scenario/command, whatever it is that is executed when I stop a media scenario.  You know, the one that is switching the lights back on, and should switch the inputs back so that I have the on screen orbiter as you said merkur2k.  I think I'm back to my original question which was where are the details for these scenarios that are auto-generated?? ???

Users / Re: Video Pipe question
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:58:31 pm »
Hmm, not sure what you mean about trying to break the system, what I'm asking for is to have a say in how the automatically generated scenarios work.

I guess I need to start afresh with the audio and video pipes, and all my scenarios.  I still want to have a say in how they operate though.  I've looked for the lighting scenario that dims the lights when playback starts, and brings them up again when it stops, but thats not listed in the lighting scenarios that I can see.  It seems that its an automatic operation that I have no say over.  In my limited experience with LMCE I've found that usually there are way more configuration options than I would ever want/understand, thats why I assumed that I was just not looking in the right place to find them.  I can see the "showtime" scenario, but just not where its triggered.  Also there must be a "showtime finished" or similar scenario that I can't see anywhere.

I really like the way that you can setup scenarios to switch things on and off, change channels and all that, its great, and believe me I've invested many £1000's in the last few months to get the whole package.

I can imagine now what you mean, I guess that if set correctly, it doesn't matter that the media bypasses LMCE, because LMCE still controls the inputs, and outputs for all the AV gear, and so if I only want to watch TV, I just leave the TV scenario active, until such time as I want to stop.....Right I'm off to re-generate all my media scenarios and get it done right.

The sync problem is not a cabling issue, I've started another thread for that one to seperate it from this one.

Users / Audio - Video Sync.
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:00:13 am »
I have a problem with the audio sync when watching tv on my kitchen MD.  I have a Hauppauge HD-PVR capturing the input signal from the satellite box on the core/hybrid, then LMCE streams it to the kitchen MD.  If I watch it on the core, the audio is in perfect sync with the picture, but on the MD the sound is about 1 second faster.  Its fine watching ripped dvd's or even playing them from the dvd drive in the core, its only the live TV (I'm not using Myth).  I've tried using the analogue stereo output on the MD with pc speakers, and I'm now using the HDMI cable with the TV speakers.  Both the same.

Network is gigabit LAN.

The MD is a Zotac MAG (MAGHD-ND01) which uses the Nvidia ION graphics card.  In Webadmin -> Devices -> the graphics card is set to standard video card.  I know some receivers have a delay option you can set, but I'm using the speakers in the TV, and there is no option there to delay it.

I'm living with it because I only use it to watch the news in the morning when getting ready for work, and mostly just listen, but it annoys me that its not right, so if there's a fix I'd love to sort it.


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