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Installation issues / Re: Failed to start X on MD (new 10.04 install)
« on: October 16, 2011, 05:24:26 pm »
Anyone get the alpha blended UI running on their Zotacs? I am using the overlay (without transparency) on my ATI and Nvidia cards since they lag way too much using the proprietary drivers. I will be gaming on the systems through the Kubuntu desktop so the proprietary drivers are a must at the moment:P

Users / Re: Moning into new house
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:59:17 pm »
Thanks! That's what I'll do in our next home :)

Users / Re: Moning into new house
« on: September 27, 2011, 11:41:13 pm »
I put CAT6a permanently along the corner of my ceiling/walls beneath classic mouldings in a 1920 flat. It was a lot of work but wireless is out of the question in old brick buildings:

Network cables vs. moulding

I learned quite a few things. CAT6a is so far only adopted by large enterprises AFAIK. All my equipment is consumer equipment and therefore CAT6(E). When or if CAT6A equipment becomes available cheap is a good question. In the meanwhile I have bandwidth I cannot use since all my (granted, old) machines are CAT6E or plain CAT6.

However, if I had run tubes (like electricians use) instead I would be able to buy cheaper CAT6E cable at present and simple pull new CAT6A cable when it became cheap enough or when need arises:

It would not have worked in my non-insulated, brick building flat however, since there is no hidden room between outer wall and inner wall. So I'm quite satisfied. The CAT6A cable also has a tougher sheath so it wasn't harmed by rough handling during construction, and sports better anti-cross-talk measures. If you can run tubes and pull wire through them, do so. You can then buy cable according to budget. I paid 3-4x the amount I would have paid for regular CAT6 because I knew it would last some 15 years. But they cannot be replaced.

Network cables in stripped flat:

After some plastering:

Users / Re: Bluray Ripping
« on: September 27, 2011, 07:34:58 pm »
The way things are going, everything will be downloaded (time-share copy) or streamed.. Bluray is pretty nice though.

@posde: I agree that it is easy, but once (or if) a DRM-free alternative presents itself we should be educated about it and select the right thing. That's a big if, unfortunately. However, it was like this in the early DVD days too.

Users / Re: News: Linuxmce 0810 Final is released
« on: September 19, 2011, 04:59:33 pm »

Does anyone have a torrent?

Users / Re: NEWS: rc Time
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:16:58 am »
The first thing I noticed is that after the ubuntu install it did not give me the option to install the restricted drivers.
Even when I went into the option that said hardware. It didnt give any options just an empty box.
If it is an nVidia card it may be that the late version use the noveau driver instead of the proprietary driver. But I also read that some distros (including *buntu?) now distribute the proprietary driver. Could be that if you said yes to the EULA before you don't have to do it again?

Open a terminal on the desktop and run
$ sudo dmesg | grep nvidia

If you get a hit you'll see a line saying: "nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel." Otherwise it could be using the noveau driver.

Users / Re: Bluray Ripping
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:12:14 am »
Do you have an alternative to Blu-Ray Disc based content for those who like hires video content? One without DRM?
Wish I had. Not sure if that was tongue-in-cheek or not, but the answer is of course and unfortunately no. At the moment, and except for hi-def videos transferred over the Internet from freedom loving souls, I cannot access hi-def content on media without DRM. That doesn't mean the manufacturers should get away with restricting our use of media we already payed for. DRM is not a part of the content in any way, it is added later, as the media corporations' way of to taking the job of judge, jury and police. It is not democratic and it only hurts the movie industry.

Case in point: Right now it's easier to pirate than to watch your own discs.. With regards to voting with your wallet; if you find out that some manufacturer makes Bluray discs with the old (and now distributed) keys then buy from them, for example. But this is a political issue, and not to the point of the OP.

Developers / Re: Need Experienced Developers for qOrbiter
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:04:58 am »
As a non-developer I just want to say thanks for the effort! I have downloaded the Qt developer packages from Nokia on several occasions but never had the time to actually sit down and learn it.

Just wondering, are you looking for a native android app (Python, Java?) or a jquery/javascript/HTML5 based front-end run in the browser?

Users / Re: SSD Is it worth the money?
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:37:57 pm »
I have used both Ubuntu and slackware-based distros on SSDs and have not recognized any discernible difference in speed. Please note that this was on a laptop (T61) that may not utilize SSD correctly (though installation and use worked).

The Velociraptor 10K rpm disks are still faster than most SSDs, but are pretty expensive and very noisy. If your core/hybrid must be quiet, I'd go for SSD. If not, you might save cash on HDDs.

Users / Re: NEWS: rc Time
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:00:56 pm »
Congratulations and thanks for all the hard work!

I have recently completed my purchases for a test-setup of LMCE at home. I have the 8.10 version on DVD since just before the RC. I'll give the latest version a go. Will it be possible to upgrade from RC to v 1.0 when it is done?

Users / Re: Bluray Ripping
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:48:53 pm »
Here are the regular Linux ways of doing it at present:

The Bluray format is encumbered by an encryption key which is supposed to be secret. It has been leaked, changed, leaked and changed again. This means that you cannot expect Bluray-playing software that works now to work in the future.

Remember to vote with your wallet! We don't want DRM since it actually prohibits what is considered legal action (e.g. making private backups on disk or discs) in most European countries. When someone talks to you about Digital Rights Management, beware that they mean Digital Restrictions Management.

Developers / Re: 2nd display as Touchscreen
« on: August 20, 2011, 12:09:02 am »
This should be pretty straightforward (at least viewing but touch might be tricky).

The *buntu versions of Linux MCE is still using X server to provide a graphical environment, and X can be tinkered with to do all sorts of things.

It may take some tinkering to get it done with what equipment you have available. First thing is to find out the make and model of your touchscreen and google it with +linux in the search string.. I have an 8" touch LCD that detects nicely in GNU/Linux with touch input interpreted as joystick input, manually configured in /etc/xorg.conf. I'll have a go with it when I get my core up and running, eventually.

Users / Re: All MDs are down
« on: August 19, 2011, 09:59:51 pm »
Could be a filesystem error. Some have been lucky running filechecks (on ext-based filesystems). Read more here:
Remember that the drive (partition) must be unmounted to run fs checks.

Do you have HDDs on these MDs? Could be worth checking them for hardware errors with a vendor-specific diagnostic disc.

Given that you boot via PXE I guess it doesn't really matter unless they're hybrids. Then it could be the file system internal to the MD disk image file on the core. Should be able to dd a copy of the image and run e2fcsk on it. Make a backup copy and don't work on the original. I am not sure where or how the PXE disk images are stored, unfortunately.

Good news is, if it's corruption in the disk image, your MDs should be fine though you'll have to re-create them.

Users / Re: ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11-U
« on: July 27, 2011, 08:39:17 pm »
I bought mine with 4GB, but I haven't tested it yet 'cause the parts for my core haven't arrived yet :)

It could be possible to do this using the forum (specific thread in phpbb that posts in Joomla). Haven't checked this particular version, but that's how a lot of people do it.

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