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Hi, I registered, downloaded and have been trying Pluto for a couple of days now. For the most part everything is up and running, but I am having a lot of trouble with features of the system. I am not sure if I am in between builds or somthing else is going on. I have linux knowledge and built a clean system from the quickstart CD. I am running a hybrid/core on installation #1410. The orbiter loads and I am able to get a remote orbiter to run, but here are some of the problems I am encountering:
1. Cannot FTP or telnet to the box so I can upload media files. I even opened ports 21 and 23 on the firewall in the admin tool, rebooted several times, but I still cannot connect to the box to add media. I even watched the startup sequence say that it opened up port 21 and 23 on the firewall. I cannot ping, telnet or ftp to the box, but I can run the admin website. How can I copy media to the core?
>> Please refer to the quick start guide. There are links to it throughout the website. It's the bold link on plutohome.com/support, and it's also there on the open source site, plutohome.org, and also on the download page, and also on plutohome.com when you click support. If you have a suggestion or recommendation how we can make it more prominent, please let me know. You're not the first one who didn't find it, but we did try to put it everywhere, so I'm not sure how it's getting overlooked. Anyway in the quick start guide: http://plutohome.com/support/index.php?section=document&docID=11
There's a section: "Upload your media" that explains everything. Also, the programmer's guide in the 'what can I do with Pluto', topic 'flagging your media' has a technical explanation: http://plutohome.com/support/index.php?section=document&docID=247
We use samba shares since we figure that way users with Linux, Windows or Mac can attach the network drive. Also that way it works with tools like mp3 software that synchronizes a directory.
2. I cannot get the core out of the orbiter app. Eveytime I stop the orbiter or pluto, they just start up again. None of the computing options work (web, kde, etc), so I am stuck in the orbiter and can never get to the linux side or kde desktop. Can i stop the orbiter on the core from autoloading? Why does the KDE not load?
Refer to the document "I'm already a Linux user": http://plutohome.com/support/index.php?section=document&docID=200
It has information for people like yourself who also use it. As it mentions all the devices are running in screen sessions. man screen to get help on screen. They are in a constant restart loop because that way if a device has a problem and crashes, it won't die permanently--it just restarts. Since users can add all sorts of custom modules you don't want a situation where somebody wrote a security panel interface, for example, it dies the first day of their vacation due to some glitch, and then the security system is permanently "dead". This way no matter what all the devices are always restarted. So if you want to kill the device for good, kill the screen session in which the respawn loop is running. Then it will go away until you reboot or restart it manually.
3. Cannot play DVDs from the local orbiter on the core. When I insert a DVD, the screen goes blank, then pauses and returns to the orbiter.
Is it a css encrypted DVD? Did you see this site? http://www.geocities.com/medencid/
On the Quick Start Guide there's a notice with a big IMPORTANT above it explaining this.
I would really like to use the product, but I am having trouble bringing up the base system. I can't send you log files because I can't get into the system. I believe it has the latest code because when I reboot, it sometimes pull an update.
My core is running on an AMD 1700 1.1Ghz 1GB Ram 20GB HD. It has 2 optical drives. A DVD and a CD burner.
Please let me know if there is a document to help with the troubleshooting these items or if these are known issues.
Thank you in advance,