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my playlist editor (MediaMonkey on windows) also generates absolute UNC paths.

Playlist editors that generate relative paths regularly generate them relative to the place where you save the playlist file.

I suggest to make the media crawler (updater) daemon read playlists that the user saves on the samba share. This should work for most windows users that work with Media Player, WinAMP etc...

I have dozens of playlists and I would not use a manual import function, I just would like to be able to edit an existing playlist or generate a new one from my desktop PC, then drink a cup of coffee, go to the living room, turn on the amplifier and listen to the stuff...

This is how it worked with TwonkyMedia (an Upnp server) before I set up my LMCE, and even my wife was able to start playlists I generated for her...

If I should provide testing, generate playlists in a certain manner or do something different to help, I would like to!



hhhmm thanks :-| Seems as if USB-UIRT is not really available in germany - or it must have a different name... I don´t even find something useful in Google... And I don´t need IR transmission, as my harmony remote does everything for me.

I don´t think my question / problem is LMCE-specific, because the drivers don´t even seem to fire events on /dev/input/event4, and this just can be an issue with the kernel/drivers or the hardware?!

In past, when the events were output on the device node, LMCE understood everything very well.

I even thought about buying a wireless keyboard/mouse combination and using the system without any other remote control ;*)

- Thorsten

> simple fix, it's caused by xcompmgr not being loaded... it's a weird bug that only
> happens occasionally in the x wrapper scripts that re-make the configs.
> switch to ui2 medium in the av wizard (hold down shift after hearing the beeps at boot)
> then switch back to ui2 with alpha.. this will fix it.

Hi Thom,

thanks for your reply!

Do you think there is a way without using the AV wizard?
- I have no display other than the TV attached, so I don´t see anythink in AV wizard
- AVWizard always destroys my xorg.conf, so I always have to restore it afterwards...

I recently switched to UI1 by making the option changable (edited the orbiter´s device template) and just regenerating screens - and video playback now works. I had several other problems with UI2, so I just didn´t believe it is ready for usage yet (there is no way back to main menu from audio playback screen, and so on...) Do you think the problems could be related to xcompmgr, too?

Is it true, that UI2 is not available for the windows orbiter? The german translations in UI1 are horrible, so I would like to contribute by providing a good translation for UI1, and if needed later for UI2, too (I will start another thread about my problems with setup of the designer software..)

Thanks again!


seems I am having the same problems in 7.10 release, with UI2 on a S-Video display...

Is there a resolution for the problem, or should I switch back to UI1?

Kind regards

Installation issues / Re: Problem with xine-playback
« on: June 29, 2008, 01:42:50 am »

Seems I am having the same problem. My installation is the 7.10 release, and I chose the alpha blending GUI. Before, with RC3, I chose the old GUI and video was displayed correctly!

Don´t know if it is interesting: After installation I changed screen resolution to PAL 720x576, and modified xorg.conf manually for making the S-Video output work with my NVidia card.

Orbiter GUI works, MythTV works, Live TV and playback from MythTV works, too, but when playing video from the orbiter, the screen is just blank - but the onscreen orbiter´s overlay controls are displayed, for example when I pause playback from my laptop using the Windows orbiter.

Can anyone help?

Kind regards

Installation issues / problems with DVB cards
« on: June 29, 2008, 01:30:16 am »

What DVB card are you struggling to configure?

Hello Andrew,
thanks for trying to help me... As the TT1500 card now works after having resolved a driver conflict with snd_aw2, I will now try the Nova S-Plus PCI as a secondary card. After having plugged in the card this morning, I now see /dev/dvb/adapter0 and /dev/dvb/adapter1, so there is some hope :-)

(I have given up trying to make a TT3200 (HD) card work, because of issues with multiproto, MythTV patches, and so on. Anyone wants to buy the card?)

Hi gazzzmann,

I can simulate a Windows MCE remote with my logitech Harmony... The real problem I have now the IR receivers. There is just no signal at all, though the receivers in both DVB cards are regognized and registered as /dev/input/event4 and /dev/input/event5.

I started a separate thread for the question:

Thank you and have a nice time!


thank you very much, Michael! And thanks to gazzzman, too!

I recently found the thread in the dvb mailing list. (Sorry for the separate posting, I did not recognice that thread here until today).

And: Yes, on first regular boot after a new installation of LMCE, it worked (as I wrote here)... But two days later, after a reboot, the problem appeared. So I think something changes the ordering of the drivers after the first boot, so the Audiowerk driver is initialized first?! If so, should we add some entry to the bugtracker?

Have a nice time!

Users / SOLUTION: TT1500 (budget_ci) conflicted with snd_aw2 driver
« on: June 29, 2008, 12:59:20 am »

anyone having problems with a Technotrend 1500 PCI card? Perhaps here is the solution:

I finally don´t believe that a plain LMCE installation will work with any PCI card that contains a phillips saa7146 chip for controlling the frontend (tuner).

The linux kernel in LMCE 7.10 contains a driver "snd_aw2" for an audiowerk sound card. This driver has a bug, so it is loaded for every saa7146 chip probably in any PCI device (?). For me, it was loaded instead of the correct frontend driver for my TT1500 DVB-S card. After blacklisting the driver in /etc/modprobe.d, the DVB card finally works! HEUREKA!

Just add a line

blacklist snd_aw2

to the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

And since then there is just one sound card in ALSA, so now audio output works well, too!

Hope it may help anyone.

Have a nice time


many thanks for the hints!

I finally resolved the problem, but it was something completely different:

The linux kernel in LMCE 7.10 contains a driver "snd_aw2" for an audiowerk sound card. This driver contains a bug, so it is loaded for every saa7146 chip probably in any PCI device (?). For me, it was loaded instead of the correct frontend driver for my TT1500 DVB-S card. After blacklisting the driver in /etc/modprobe.d, the DVB card finally works! HEUREKA!

And since then there is just one sound card in ALSA, and audio output works well, too!

But why does nobody else seem to have this problem? The DVB card did not work, and I don´t believe it will work for anyone who just installs LMCE from the distribution DVD. I asked here and in the Linux DVB mailing list, without response. So I will now explain the solution in a separate posting here...

Have a nice time


very good: I did not get any answer... I dis- and reassembled the whole system, solved some other problems, but still no sign of life from the remote control.

Nobody with a hint?


I have two DVB cards (TT1500 and Hauppauge Nova S-Plus).

Both contain an infrared receiver and a remote.

The TT1500 infrared receiver never worked. A device /dev/input/eventx is generated, but a "tail -f" did not output anything. So I plugged in the Hauppauge card (which does not work for DVB), and it worked for some weeks. tail -f /dev/input/event5 worked, and I could control the orbiter.

Until I finally chose to do a full install from of the LinuxMCE DVD distribution from scratch, because I didn´t get the DVB drivers to work with my old installation.

Now the infrared receiver on the Nova card also does not work any more. There is simply no output... (But I can watch record TV shows using MythTV and the PC keyboard, but not listen to it, because my sound card has now the wrong device number in ALSA...)

What should I do to find out what went wrong?

Kind regards

P.S: I really want to give it a chance and understand everything, but if I had known before that I have to spend several month without success, I would have bought a simple harddisc video recorder and kept my old windows system for my audio library... Now it is disassembled and I have my pride in making linux work for the job....

Users / how to exit playback screen in orbiter
« on: June 05, 2008, 02:56:44 am »

I play an audio file using the on screen orbiter (OpenGL with alpha blending) with keyboard and mouse (actually none of my two infrared receivers in my DVB cards work today).

But how do I return to the main menu? The ESC key does not work, and there is no back button I can click on! I can select a different song on the selected album, and it seems to play (audio does not work as well).

Is this a known bug in the OpenGL orbiter? Or do I have to use something else than keyboard/mouse? Does it work for anyone?

Thank you and Bye

SOLVED: After doing a full installation of LinuxMCE 7.10 from scratch, the Technotrend finally card works, but there are two other problems...

- I have no more audio because my  sound card got card number 2 instead of 0
- Now none of the two infraread receivers in the DVB cards works any more

I keep on trying.


perhaps someone has an answer for the following question:

I have a cmedia PCI sound card with optical output, and two DVB cards (Hauppauge Nova S-Plus, TT1500). I installed the system with just the sound card and one of the DVB cards. Now, after plugging in the second DVB card, the correct sound card is card number 2 in amixer - and I don´t get any output from LinuxMCE.

I want to change the order so that my sound card is card number 0 again. Do I have to deal with "modprobe.d/alsa-base" or with "udev/rules.d/..." or both?

"pcimodules" shows:


I am simply confused - and every article that I read in the internet leaves me alone with figuring out which module belongs to which device - which I don´t even know.

"lsmod|grep alsa" shows no results. "lsmod|grep snd" shows:

snd_cmipci             39040  0
gameport               16776  1 snd_cmipci
snd_opl3_lib           13952  1 snd_cmipci
snd_hwdep              10884  1 snd_opl3_lib
snd_mpu401_uart        10112  1 snd_cmipci
snd_seq_dummy           4868  0
snd_seq_oss            35712  0
snd_seq_midi           10656  0
snd_seq_midi_event      8576  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_aw2                15036  1
snd_pcm_oss            51488  0
snd_mixer_oss          18432  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_seq                58448  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_rawmidi            27296  2 snd_mpu401_uart,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_device          9612  6 snd_opl3_lib,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi
snd_pcm                86148  3 snd_cmipci,snd_aw2,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer              25988  3 snd_opl3_lib,snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd                    67012  18 snd_cmipci,snd_opl3_lib,snd_hwdep,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event,snd_aw2,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore               8800  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         12168  1 snd_pcm

Please please help me :)


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