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Users / managing files remotely
« on: December 12, 2010, 04:33:31 pm »
I am currently using LMCE as an automation controller and media server. Basically it is currently set up as a core (though it's installed as a hybrid from the dvd) providing DHCP to 4 windows boxes. 2 of these are laptops on a wireless network and 2 are a desktop configuration which I would eventually like to network boot. I haven't gotten that working yet on this install. Something to do with network drivers on the boot image. In any case when I switched to using Windows on some other boxes I had to convert the .dvd movie files to .mpg so i could play them on windows. a few of those files did not convert smoothly and so they hang, skip around or terminate early.

I am re-ripping those as i find them to correct the issue. So here is my question. I do not have a monitor, keyboard etc plugged into the core. I as I find a corrupt movie, I need to be able to delete the old file and replace it with a good rip. I don't want to have to lug out a keyboard and accessories every time, I would like to be able to delete the files over the network, so that I can drop the new files on. I can create files remotely, but i do not have permission to delete them. I have tried to delete them through the admin website, but that doesn't seem to actually do anything. ssh has trouble with the LMCE-given names of movie storage drives and will not let me access them because of the (sdxx) portion. doesn't like the (). Using Nautilus or windows explorer on another machine gets the permissions error as well.

I am sure that ssh should work and that would be fine, but I have tried using a quotation, \, /dev/sdxx, and I cannot seem to get to the files.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Users / proper dvd playback behavior and automation documentation
« on: June 26, 2010, 05:53:34 pm »
What should happen when a dvd or .dvd finishes playing? Should it go back to the dvd menu and stay there or should it terminate and return to the screensaver? Seems like it used to go back to the screensaver but I cannot remember.

Mine is currently going back to the dvd menu and staying there until I act on it. This makes .dvd playlists pointless because if I exit out of the menu it sends me to the screensaver and does not continue to the next .dvd.

Next question

I seem to be having difficulty finding documentation on the proper way to implement commands into linuxmce as far as automating functions. They seem to be a little less than positively intuitive to figure out. For example, the way to start Myth and tune to a channel at a specific time is something like MHmediaplay and not Mythtv player - on. Then a separate command must be sent to change the channel because it all runs together and doesn't tune if you implement the commands together. It has been a bit since I did that but it was something like that. This is OK, but not terribly intuitive. As a result I was hoping to find a how-to somewhere.

Installation issues / nvidia-settings is stuck on old version
« on: June 17, 2010, 04:44:41 pm »
I just did a reinstall from 6-11 snapshot. The issue is this, I seem to be stuck with the 177 version of nvidia-settings. According to the hardware drivers screen, I have the 195 drivers installed, but I am not too confident in that either as when I try to set up a md, it appears to try and use the old nvidia drivers as well.

I tried using synaptic to uninstall, then reinstall nvidia-settings, but it still sticks me with the same version. I need to get the new version so I can fiddle with the overscan and make my desktop viewable on my sdtv.

would something like removing nvidia everything and downloading the 195 version from nvidia's website work? Is this asking for trouble as far as LMCE stability is concerned?

Any thoughts?

Users / bugs?
« on: May 10, 2010, 05:17:33 am »
Has anyone else experienced the on screen keyboard not working? It comes up but none of the key presses seem to do anything. This is occurring on webpages accessed through the computing menu. I haven't tried it in any of the wizards yet.

Also the feature for setting a timed event like an alarm doesn't seem to be working properly. When I set the tv to come on at a specific time, it comes on but when I try to deactivate the timer through the orbiter interface by clicking on it, it says its off but still comes on. The time is also not adjustable through the orbiter interface as the admin website says it should be.

Dunno if these are isolated incidents with my setup or not.

I have 8.10B originally installed from 4-7 snapshot.

Installation issues / Anyone using a dvi monitor as a display?
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:33:02 pm »
If anyone is using a computer monitor over a DVI connection as a display, I am terribly interested in how you got it working. It displays LMCE and the media fine and seems to be properly setup in the video wizard. I have tried the DPMS monitor template and set the video pipes but I cannot get the display to either turn off or go to standby when I select the display off button in LMCE. The orbiter disappears but the monitor never goes to standby. I unchecked the leave monitor on for display box in the admin website under the orbiter settings and have set the video pipes for the MD.

I also tried enabling DPMS from the KDE desktop. That doesn't seem to work either. I was under the impression that DPMS was more for the VGA connector but when I inquired about the DVI monitor someone referred me to the DPMS template. I am not sure if this is the correct template, but I cannot seem to find the elusive DVI monitor template.

I know that the monitor will support kicking over to standby based on input from the PC (or lack thereof) because I have Ubuntu 8.04LTS installed on the MD HDD, and the function works beautifully with that.

Any help would be most appreciated and thanks in advance!


Installation issues / MD myth setup and dvi monitor (half solved)
« on: April 16, 2010, 09:54:45 am »
I have been playing with LinuxMCE of a bit and decided to try out a MD in the master bedroom. The first time I tried I forgot to run the diskless setup script. That ended up in some squirrely results. So I started over with a fresh hybrid install with the 4-8-10 install dvd image and got everything working. Ran the diskless script, then booted the MD. After going through the AVwizard and setup wizard, everything looks pretty good with the exception of myth and my video pipes.

Myth setup seems to have what I would think were the correct settings in it already, the master backend IP is etc. When I try to run myth the screen flashes into the myth frontend display for a second and then goes black and sticks. I think the problem may be that there is a backend installed on the MD. The IP of the MD is listed in the setup section accessed from the computing screen as the local backend. Is it possible that it is trying to connect to the local backend and not the master backend? I don't have any capture cards installed in the MD, and have one pvr250 installed on the master. Are there settings that I have to tweak anywhere in myth setup on the MD or should things be set correctly during the MD's creation? Any help on this would be GREATLY appreciated. From what I have read the frontend should pretty much work as long as the versions of myth are similar and it is put on the same subnet as the master backend. Obviously I am missing something.

Now my video pipe issue. I am using a sceptre 24 inch LCD monitor over a DVI cable for the display and I just plugged in some 2.1 computer speakers for the sound. The sound seems to be fine but I seem to be having issues with the display. I want the MD to turn off the monitor after it is finished playing whatever media, or at least when I tell it to turn off the display. I have unchecked the "leave monitor on for OSD" block in the onscreen orbiter section of the admin website, however I cannot get that monitor into the pipes so that it will turn it off. I searched the forums and found a posting here: which mentions a dvi monitor template being added however I cannot find it anywhere. Does anyone know if that template was named something other than generic monitor or dvi monitor?

I tried the DPMS monitor template and added the AV device. However when I went to the connection wizard it would not allow me to draw the video pipe. I then thought that maybe I could put a DVI port on the dpms monitor and try that. That allowed me to draw the video pipe however it would not allow me to press the update button. Next I tried the projector template, but it would not allow me to press the update button either. This was one of the issues I was having on the last install and I thought it was just a huccup.


Edit: I guess I should clarify, LinuxMCE does not nessisarily have to turn off the monitor, it could simply cut the signal going to it which would kick it into standby. That would be great. Would be just like when your pc turns your screen off due to inactivity. Problem is I am not sure how to implement whatever that command is into LinuxMCE and make it work like it should.

Thanks again

Users / different handling of Video TS folders?
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:29:30 pm »
OK, I have a mess of movies on a hard drive attached to my LMCE hybrid. Many of them are in different formats, .mkv .iso .dvd .mpg .avi and (Movie Name/video TS/bla bla bla). Basically I used a program to convert a .trp file to a dvd, then instead of actually burning a disk I just dropped them onto the HDD. Works great, I have the attributes and cover art etc, no issues. Well maybe one, the movies that are in the Video TS folders periodically drop out of the database. If I rescan from the admin website, they come back with cover art and attributes, the whole shebang.

Then I guess after the database updates itself, they disappear.

Has anyone else had this issue?

BTW the install is 8.10B

Users / Help I've fallen out of the database, and I can't get up.
« on: February 22, 2010, 04:59:26 pm »
So this morning I went to transfer a movie from my laptop to the public folder of my linuxmce hybrid. When I tried to open the folder on the Hybrid it prompted me for the password. Well, alright, so I entered it. No joy. I then went on to enter every username and password combination on the machine. Nothing.

Try ssh, that works with the kde password like it should.

Try to login to webadmin, nothing with any username and password combination.

I found a post on resetting the password for the webadmin, and found that there seem to be no users in the mysql database. Here are the terminal results and the article I was following:

josh@lmwashere-PC ~ $ ssh
josh@'s password:
Linux dcerouter 2.6.27-16-generic #1 SMP Tue Dec 1 17:56:54 UTC 2009 i686

The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
applicable law.

To access official Ubuntu documentation, please visit:
Last login: Mon Feb 22 10:27:05 2010 from
josh@dcerouter:~$ mysql pluto_main -u root
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 122614
Server version: 5.0.67-0ubuntu6 (Ubuntu)

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

mysql> select * FROM Users
    -> update Users set Password=md5("josh") where UserName="josh"; quit;
ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'update Users set Password=md5("josh") where UserName="josh"' at line 2
josh@dcerouter:~$ mysql pluto_main -u root
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 122647
Server version: 5.0.67-0ubuntu6 (Ubuntu)

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

mysql> select * FROM Users
    -> select * FROM Users update Users set Password=md5("josh") where UserName="josh";
ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'select * FROM Users update Users set Password=md5("josh") where UserName="josh"' at line 2

Interestingly, if I go to the setup wizard, my username is still in there.

Any help would be very appreciated.


Users / Open GL settings in MythTV
« on: January 28, 2010, 06:00:26 pm »
I would like to enable OpenGL vertical sync to improve my picture quality. Everytime I exit Myth the setting resets itself. Is there a way to make this setting permanent?

I read this post, but I am afraid this fix is a touch over my head.

Was there ever a walkthrough posted anywhere?


Installation issues / Could not start ksmserver. Check installation.
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:43:46 am »
I just did a 8.10b2 dvd install and am receiving this error whenever I try to go to the kde desktop. I am turning up nothing when I try to search for this in the forum. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening or where to start on a fix? This is the 3rd time I have done the install and I have had the error every time.

I also do not seem to be able to download or install myth, as a result it fails to start up after a reload.

Thanks in advance for any help.


Users / Magical dissappearing media!
« on: December 19, 2009, 07:58:38 am »

Every few days, most of my media seems to drop out of the database. This seems to mostly affect video files, pictures and games, but apparently not the music files as they have yet to disappear.

I can browse right to the missing media from the kde desktop and it is there if I check it through the admin website or just over the network. If I re-sync the media through the website, it all shows up fine again. At least for a few days.

OR if I leave it alone, then several hours later, most or all of it will all usually come back.

This seems to have started after I elected to install mame from the admin website. At least it did not have an episode before then, and the machine had been running for two weeks or so on this install prior to that.

Shortly after the mame install it told me that it had detected a new internal HDD and asked me what I wanted to do with it. Now I had not installed a new HDD, but due to me having to reinstall pretty regularly with my experimenting and all, I have my media saved to another partition on the same physical disk. In any case I told LMCE that I wanted to use it and to make all of the media public. Then all of this craziness started.

In the past I have had issues when using an external HDD of the drive constantly mounting and dismounting and I am wondering if perhaps this may be the source of the issue. Maybe it dismounts it and the media drops out, then remounts it and I happen to look for a movie prior to it putting it back in the db. Is that even plausible? Seems like a stretch. Especially since the music files are on the same partition and seem to always be present. Should I mount the partition to the home folder during the install, or would that run the risk of corrupting the system as would an external drive?


Installation issues / Different behavior from 8.10B
« on: November 16, 2009, 06:40:07 pm »
Well I completed my 8.10B install, well sort of. These things tend to be a work in progress. In any case, I am having an issue with controlling my dish box. In 7.10 and 8.10A, I have had spotty luck with it. Usually I have wound up just doing reinstalls (mostly for other reasons) and eventually it winds up working properly. The issue is that when I press the live tv button, it should turn on my dish box and tune to the last channel that myth was on. This seems to be the default behavior, but sometimes after an install it doesn't send the power on or select commands. The commands should be "power on, 1, 2, 3, select" with the digits being the last channel which was watched. When it works properly I see 5 flashes from my USB-UIRT when I hit the live tv button and the tv and receiver are already on. Now I am only seeing 3.

If I turn the dish box on manually prior to pressing the live tv button, I can see what the flashes are. They are the channel buttons. LMCE will change channels fine. I have the settings in the IR properties section set to terminate the channel numbers with select and to always use 3 digits.

It is set up with discrete on-off commands. I used the select button as the on command because select will turn the box on.

Now for the really interesting part. If I am not sending numerical inputs, I have to send the command twice to the dish box to get it to respond. This applies to the select button, guide button, whatever. This is true if I am using the test ir codes function on the web page or if I am using the orbiter. I was thinking that if I increased the number of times that the command was sent then it would solve this issue, but it doesn't seem to. The information I have for my dish remote tells me that I should set LMCE to send each code 5 times. This as I said works for the numerical input. I have tried increasing it all the way to 25 times each however and gotten no change in the response to the other commands.

All that is to say that it is the combination of the power on and select commands which have actually turned my dish box on in the past. The dish box stays on the same channel it went off on and myth remembers this as well, so channel syncronization is not an issue.

So my question is: is there any way to convince LMCE to send the power on command when I hit the live tv button and then hit the select button after trying to tune the channel? That is without doing another re-install.

I have tried switching the channel changing script to one that I found in the myth forum, however that just seems to make myth in LMCE very angry. Then it grumbles and complains constantly. Here is that script, notice it is nothing like the built in LMCE script. The idea was though that it was set up to send the select command after sending the channel.

REMOTE_NAME=DISH_1  # Define my remote name here
for digit in $(echo $1 | sed -e 's/./& /g'); do # Accept input from MythTV
irsend --device=/dev/lircd1 SEND_ONCE $REMOTE_NAME $digit # Send the output to Lirc
sleep 0.4 # note, you may have to tweak the interdigit delay up a bit # Wait for next digit
done # got last digit from MythTV
irsend --device=/dev/lircd1 SEND_ONCE $REMOTE_NAME select # Add a select to speed up channel changing.
sleep 0.4
irsend --device=/dev/lircd1 SEND_ONCE $REMOTE_NAME cancel # Get the Dish OSD off the screen, it annoys me and I don't want it on my recordings.

I am adding a pic of the IR properties page so the settings are easy to view.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Installation issues / Dumb question for 8.10B dvd install
« on: November 09, 2009, 06:32:08 am »
When I downloaded and burned the install dvd, prior to my install, I chose the "check the cd for defects" option in the initial boot screen. It reported 150 something errors. Is this normal and caused by the linuxmce modifications to kubuntu, or did I get a bad download? I used imgburn to burn it and it's integrity check verified that it burned correctly.

I assumed that the first scenario was the case and went forward with the install linuxmce option. When it completed there was no icon on the desktop to run the linuxmce install. There was a new installer folder in the home section, but I am not sure if that is from my previous install as I preserved my home folder. There was no full install script in there.


Installation issues / Mythtv ripping and freezing in 8.10A
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:50:18 pm »
I have been having trouble with mythtv's performance. It will very often get a horizontal line of distortion (ripping) across the screen when the picture is moving rapidly. Also from time to time mythtv locks up completely. The guide also freezes from time to time. I can exit myth and then restart it,but sometimes it takes a long time to restart. I have increased the amount of cpu that myth is allowed to use from the default low to high, and that has made the problems a touch less frequent but they still occur regularly.

I enabled opengl in myth, but that has also had no effect.

I have found many posts about mythtv doing this but none of these have been in 8.10.

Has anyone else had this trouble or does anyone else have any idea how to fix it. I am using UI2 with blending on LMCE, but I took transparency off of the guide in myth. This helped the issues with the guide freezing a bit. I am not having any trouble with freezing when myth is not running.

Don't think processing power is the issue but just in case here are my hardware specs:

pvr 250 tuner card
soundblaster audigy 2
AMD Phenom 9350E quad core processor @ 2.0Ghz
as rock N68-S MB
Patriot Viper 4 GB ram
HTPC case and 500W PS combo
Rosewill GB ethernet as second NIC
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB video card

Any help that anyone could offer would be MOST appreciated.


Installation issues / USB-UIRT randomly stops working
« on: October 03, 2009, 03:12:05 am »
I am having an issue with my USB-UIRT where it just randomly stops working. Sometimes a reboot or reload will fix it and sometimes it will not. Sometimes unplugging and then replugging it coupled with a reload of the router will fix it, and sometimes it won't. Sometimes I am just SOL until it decides that it feels like working again. If I plug it into my windows laptop, and use lrnhelper it works fine.

The really perplexing thing is that there doesn't seem to be a trigger for it to stop working, at least not that I can find.

Originally I was running 7.10 and began having the issue. I reinstalled LMCE a couple times but was unable to fix the intermittent deaths. Eventually I was able to get a good 8.10 install, however the USB-UIRT continued to flake out. During an extensive online search I found that some people were having similar issues in the MythTV forums. Most of that buzz centers around EMI from having the USB-UIRT cable routed through other cabling. To eliminate this as a possible cause I plugged the USB-UIRT into the front of my LMCE box and just laid the rest of it out in the floor. No Joy. I also unplugged the blaster cable and tried using it without that. No Joy.

Eventually I was unable to get the USB-UIRT to work at all, even when I plugged it into my laptop and used lrnhelper. I emailed Jon and he switched the unit out for me. While awaiting my shiny new transmitter's arrival I did a fresh install of LMCE 8.10. When the transmitter arrived I plugged it in and it worked perfectly..... for about a day. Then it got flaky again. I retried the steps I mentioned above but to no avail. The only clue that I have is that when I unplugged it and plugged it back in, it said that it failed to get IVTV drivers. The next time I did that though I did not get that message. It said software installed successfully. Now when I try that it just says that it re-activated the existing USB-UIRT 0038. Then it wants to re-load the router and I get the message that it failed to start.

I am going to try a fresh install with the svn scripts, but I am not holding out much hope. If anyone has any ideas of what else to do to make this thing work I would be extremely appreciative. I think I may try to pick up some ferrite for the USB-UIRT cable too and see if that helps.

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