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LMCE aught to have this feature.

Haven't looked to deeply into this, but I think you do something about having prior art or something.

Installation issues / AVWizard not working
« on: March 27, 2010, 04:39:04 pm »
When I use the AVWizard to select HDMI-2 1080p 60hz it doesn't work, it still displays the video on the VGA monitor I am using to install. Also, it displays the video squashed at a 4:3 ratio. Of note, when I get to the end, it reports everything as I selected, but it also reports the ratio as 4:3 whereas it should be 16:9. This worked the first time I installed LinuxMCE, but for some reason I am now getting this behavior, not sending video to the HDMI-2 and not reporting the ratio right at the end. The first time I installed I don't think I did any updates. And it worked. Then later I did the updates and it stopped working. I've reinstalled doing updates and not doing updates and now it shows this behavior both ways. This is using 8.1-0. Can anyone help? Thanks.

HDMI 1080p was working. But I setup HDHomeRun and MythTV then did, sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade. I went back in the video and sound setup to change the sound setup and now it is malfunctioning: Nothing I do will send the picture to the TV through HTMI. When I select 1080p the little confirmation window looks correct EXCEPT it reports the aspect ratio as 4:3, when it should be 16:9. It appears fixed at 4:3 as I tried several other resolution changes.

Any hints on how to work around/fix/revert this?


I'm following the instructions here: and on the 4rth bulletpoint into the instructions it says "For each Media Director, select the 'Computing' button on either the Orbiter". But none of my orbiters have that option. I installed MythTV in the wizard, so should it not be there? Should I do some kind of reinstall? What else could be wrong or should I do. I searched and couldn't find this particular problem with anyone with 8.10, and seemed to see other people having the item  on their 8.10 setups.

Edit: I went back through the PVR selection in the setup wizard and selected MythTV again. Nothing happened. Still nothing on the Computing menu.

Thanks for help.

Users / I need orbiter advice
« on: March 11, 2010, 08:34:09 am »
hey folks. I am evaluating LinuxMCE for my own use, and possibly as a side business to set up systems for people who are even more Linux naive than I. So I've got a lot of stuff working and am trying to learn and use gradually from there. At the moment I have used the Media Center OnScreen Orbiter and the Web Orbiter and I just tried out the iOrbiter on my iPhone. In terms of playing media, like movies and music, only the Web Orbiter is usable. The other 2 orbiters only have Play. (Am I wrong?) There's no Stop or Pause or anything else. I guess the only thing I'm really missing from the web orbiter in functionality that I expect is the ability to drag some kind of bar to get to a certain spot in a song or a movie. So my question is, to really get a feel for the best of LinuxMCE what orbiter setup should I try? One of those WindowsCE based ones? Thanks for your input.

Installation issues / Bug? Windows Orbiter
« on: March 10, 2010, 05:57:52 am »
Not sure if this is a bug, but seems like it is. When I follow the instructions from here: The file downloaded is 0kb and obviously not usable.

Installation issues / very basic hard drive question
« on: March 09, 2010, 06:50:31 pm »
I went to the hard drive section in the configuration wizard, and nothing is listed. Was it supposed to automatically pick up the hard drive in the core in hear? My question is how do I set up or find out where to put media files? I've got a 1TB drive in there and the operating system is on it. There didn't seem to be any option on that page for configuration. Can someone point me to the instructions for setting up the harddrive and configuring where media goes?

Secondarily, I want to copy a bunch of media from a windows computer on the same network. How do I do that? I can either push from the windows machine or pull from the LMCE machine.


Users / installing LinuxMCE 8.1
« on: March 05, 2010, 07:14:10 pm »
I'm using the DVD. Kubuntu appeared to install fine. I hit the shortcut to start the MCE install. It's reboot a couple of times, now the screen is blank, and the harddrives been going crazy like it's working. But it's been at least 20 minutes like that.What's it doing? What should I do. I thought I read the whole install takes 20 minutes.


Users / requesting security camera suggestions
« on: March 03, 2010, 07:11:39 pm »
I'm reading and researching this, using the search and all, but if anyone has some good up-to-date suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

I'd like to put one camera outside to view my outside carport area, so it needs to be weather proof. Wiring will probably a problem here, so wireless would also be helpful. I'm not sure what people do about power in these situations. Battery operated? I live in a condo and the carport lights are all on one daylight scheduled/triggered system. Any suggestions for working with this? I'd also like it to be motorized if possible.

And then I'd like 1 or more internal cameras.

So concerns are:
motion triggered/trigerable

What works well with LinuxMCE?

Thanks for any input.

Users / LinuxMCE best hardware suggestion
« on: March 01, 2010, 06:37:26 pm »
Hello, is there a suggested/best hardware list for a LinuxMCE machine? I want to initially build a Hybrid and 1 really small, cheap and elegant Media Director to drive a late model 1080p TV. Is there a best in class list of motherboard and other standard parts with high compatibility list somewhere? I want the Hybrid to be stable and fast, and the Media Director to be as cheap as possible. Does it even need to have a harddrive?

Thanks for any advice or direction.

Users / some basic questions: Home Automation and HDTV
« on: March 01, 2010, 06:56:53 am »
I'm researching systems for handling home automation and of course came upon LinuxMCE.

I see in the wiki that Insteon support is "currently underway". Has that been updated any? Would there be any current limitations? I'm planning to do some pretty broad automation and I also want to include voice activated control as well as utilize voice response like what MisterHouse describes.

With further reading, I see that HDTV support is pretty broad regarding hardware, so I assume that's pretty good now. I tried Myth a few years ago and it just didn't seem ready.

Thanks for any input.

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