One of the suggestions for the furums that came up when I was out in Sunnyvale talking to various people about UI3 was to create a a list of frequently asked questions for both this forum, the Developers forum. The idea is to make a sticky post to the respective forums with the questions and short answers which point to the wiki for each in depth answer.
So lets figure out what should go in that FAQ in this thread.
My initial suggestions:
Q: I just installed LinuxMCE and all I see is a blank screen, what now?
A: The AVWizard is running on a different video port, or at a resolution your screen can't resolve so you can't see it. See here http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/AVWizard
for instructions on making it visible.
Q: Why does the LinuxMCE core router want to act as the DHCP server?
A: In order to netboot Orbiters it needs to be able to run a DHCP server that tells new computers and devices on it's private network where to find their operating system kernels; or in some cases their configuration parameters. Running the DHCP server on the core also allows it to locate network devices such as a HDHomeRun tuner without constantly scanning the network for new devices. This allows you to do things like temporarily boot your MS Windows laptop as a LinuxMCE orbiter without installing any software on that laptop, just by selecting network boot (aka PXE boot) at startup via BIOS hot-keys.
Q: What is the easiest way to set up networking for the LinuxMCE core router?
A: Use two network ports on your core, one with connected to your DSL or cable modem, and the other connected to the network switch that serves the rest of the computers in your home. When it receives a response to it's DHCP request on one port it will automatically use the other port for it's DHCP server, to serve the rest of your network.
Q: If I can't add a second NIC to my LinuxMCE core, how can I still allow LinuxMCE to furnish DHCP to my network?
A: This can be done by turning off DHCP on your cable or DSL modem, and configuring LinuxMCE external networking parameters in the admin panel. [link to step-by-step instructions].
Q: If I can't turn off DHCP on my cable or DSL modem, and I can't add another NIC to my LinuxMCE core, can I still use LinuxMCE?
A: Yes, but you will not be able netboot orbiters and some external control and recording devices will not function. To do this you must reconfigure LinuxMCE to disable it's DHCP server in the admin panel. [link to step-by-step instructions].
Q: What kinds of remotes are best for LinuxMCE?
Q: How do I use my existing infrared remote with LinuxMCE?
Q: What do I do about video tearing in LinuxMCE?
A: This usually happens when you try to use a more advanced UI than your graphics card can handle with the video resolutions you are using. Try turning off alpha blending if you have it enabled for UI2, or switching to UI1. This can be done in the AVWizard. You can launch the AVWizard at boot time by pressing the shift key on your keyboard when rebooting just after the rising series of beeps, but before the descending series of beeps. See [url]http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/AVWizard[url] for instructions on using the AVWizard.
Q: My monitor has a resolution not supported by the AVWizard, how do I make things look right?
A: First run the AVWizard to set things up using any resolution supported by both the AVWizard and your monitor. See [url]http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/AVWizard[url] for instructions on using the AVWizard. Now once you have successfully set up LinuxMCE at this resolution you will have to manually edit your X.org configuration file. It is located at "/etc/X11/xorg.conf". Normally all you have to do is change the Modes "640x480"
line below the Depth 24
line to match the resolution of your monitor, but you may also need to commend out some additional configuration lines for nVidia cards in particular. Once the right resolution is set, simply reboot and LinuxMCE will adjust to the new resolution. [link to more detailed explanation/howto].
Please add any other, non-development, questions and answers [if you know them] to this thread....