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Installation issues / The beta installer IS BROKEN (and FIXED)
« on: October 23, 2009, 11:41:03 am »
I hate to rain on everyone's parade, but the beta's installer is clearly broken. There are more problems than the following, but these two I think are the most pressing.

1. On first boot, two instances of LMCE_Launch_Manager are spawned and continually loop package installations while preventing the AVWizard from running. Both Merkur2k and I have been able to reproduce this multiple times. Unfortunately, someone new to LinuxMCE would probably not recognize that something is wrong because they don't know exactly what is supposed to happen.

2. Media director generation doesn't work. The bug in /usr/pluto/files.d/fstab-diskless was identified almost a week ago. The missing "release" from the avenard repo was identifed about the same time. The script is also broken.

Yeah, I get it; it's a beta and there's going to be bugs. These bugs, though, are the type of things that make LinuxMCE look like a hassle, when it's really a very easy system to use. The last several builds may have introduced several fixes, but they have introduced major bugs as well. To be frank, I think it's pretty tacky that the beta was released before there was a chance to identify these bugs. I'm sure there are at least a few people (including myself) that would have helped test the dvd installer given the opportunity so we wouldn't be in the situation we are in right now. At minimum, I would expect that a newly released beta would be at least as functional as the preceding alpha.

Dlewis has done a fantastic job generating interest in the project; I would hate to see that turn into a negative by people getting frustrated during installation and never getting to see how wonderful the rest of the system is.



Users / Strange video zoom / movie continuity issues
« on: September 12, 2009, 09:09:37 am »
I'm experiencing a strange problem with about 5% of my dvds. Regardless of whether I watch directly from the disc or rip and watch from the hd, these movies have a black border around them. I can select zoom 135% and the video is then normal, but it would be nice if it happened automatically. Even stranger, some, but not all, of the same dvds do not play scenes in chronological order; the movie skips from point to point like a Tarantino flick. Any ideas why this might occur?


Developers / 0810 Win32 Orbiter build issues
« on: July 04, 2009, 04:36:07 am »
I'm having some trouble getting the 0810 Win32 Orbiter to build. I'm getting a slew of errors about missing include files.

SDL.h appears 5 times
pthread.h appears 42 times

I can't seem to find the files anywhere in the source tree. Any ideas?


Users / Sony VGP-XL1B issues
« on: May 21, 2009, 10:03:45 am »
I have a Sony VGP-XL1B jukebox that is giving me some trouble.

What does work:
  • Playing DVDs
  • Ripping individual DVDs
  • Load one
  • Load many

What does not work:
  • ID All
         The first disc will load, spin up, but then the unit stalls. To eject the disc at that point I need to do a power cycle and reload the router.
  • Rip All
         I select location to rip, then the first disc will load, but I immediately get messages saying the ripping has completed for each disc in the jukebox.
         The weird part? The first disc will then ID and actually rip, and then the unit stalls.

Has anyone experienced problems like this with their Powerfiles or XL1Bs? Any help is much appreciated.


Users / LiveTV from Motorola PVR: input switching / DCE commands
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:27:50 pm »
The MD connects to my TV on HDMI.
The Motorola DCT3416 PVR connects to my TV on Component.

If I select LiveTV from the webpad when the TV is already on, everything works great. When the TV is off, the media plug in sends all the right commands to turn it on, switch the input etc. but then sends an extra Input Select (HDMI) command. All commands are sent via a USB UIRT and all ir codes are discrete.

Is there a way to change what DCE commands get sent based on the state parameter of the TV?

EDIT: OR... Is it possible to hard-code the state of the TV to always show as ON?

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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