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Im alot more concerned with computable home automation gear. trying to avoid x10, anyone know of any other lighting controls/camera systems that are compatible with LinuxMCE?

You want to avoid your lights coming on in the middle of the night, other lights that only come on when your oven is on and a 10% hardware fail out of the box with X10?  Geeeze, picky eh?  *grin*  I seem to remember there being some mention of Z-track lighting or some such in the video.  I've seen compatible HA and camera stuff somewhere around here, but you'll have to search for it... I can't seem to find what I saw.


Users / Re: Would it be possible to...
« on: April 17, 2007, 08:55:16 pm »
I'm also curious what would happen if a Edgy 6.10 install was done, LMCE was put on top of it and then an upgrade to Fiesty 7.06 was done. Not that I've EVER had an upgrade go well from one distro to another, but it might be interesting to see what would happen :-)  Might be something I'll try on this box if this install didn't work out right :-)


Users / Re: does anybody know how to change drivers in ubuntu
« on: April 17, 2007, 08:45:52 pm »
I may have missed what you were asking.  In your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and the xorg.pluto.conf you can manually change the drivers from ati to fglrx and reboot or restart X.  If that doesn't work, you can always change them back to ATI.  You might also wish to edit the cards file (you'll have to search for forums for the full path, my memory hasn't had a full cup of coffee yet) and change any reference of the ati to fglrx or visa-versa. 

Maybe taking a step backwards, but what issues are you seeing that are making you want to change the driver, exactly and where do you want the driver changed. 9200 vs 9250, is there a significant difference in the cards that you're not getting the results you wish with the 9200 driver?


Users / Re: does anybody know how to change drivers in ubuntu
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:22:25 am »
After doing a lot of reading on the ubuntu forums I ran across this script

This guy is one of the ubuntu grurus for video cards.  I haven't tried the Envy script on an ATI box (might just do that when I reinstall my laptop) but it worked, first time "out of the box" for the Nvidia 6500 drivers. 


Users / Re: Orbiter for Windows Mobile 2005 / Qteck S200
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:17:54 am »
How did you get your AXIM to work. Wifi or bluetoont? I get MCE to see my x51v thru bluetooth, however it asks for a passkey. When I download the oberiter fron the webpage it lockes up my axim after it trys to reset.

Any help would be very helpful...

I seem to remember that the default passcode is 1234 for this, you might give that a try.  I got mine to work pretty easily "out of the box" over the bluetooth. 



Installation issues / Re: No Media from Network sources
« on: April 13, 2007, 04:52:40 am »
You might get some help from this wiki page, posted by corwin.

As I understand it, LMCE expects to be the gateway and firewall for your network and expects to have two network connections, one for the internal network and one for the external.  It will only look for and auto detect smb or windows shares on the internal network connection, so that might be a place to look for why it's not finding them (mine doesn't work either, but these are some steps others have used). 



Installation issues / Re: Network DHCP issues
« on: April 13, 2007, 03:46:13 am »

For now, I just want to be able to connect my LinuxMCE box to the network without it messing up the other computers- keeping my Belkin routers as the DHCP server.  Any ideas?  Suggestions?

Something that might help would be to set up the dhcp to be in the same subnet as your network but a different range in the subnet... for example, my router gives out dhcp on the internal network from to with a subnet mask of so I set up the dhcp range on the LMCE box for to with a subnetmask of as well.  That way, if an errant dhcp request does make it past the router and to the LMCE box (on wireless), it will still function as a happy member of the network and not just up and die.

The intrusiveness of this release is something I know the developers are working to overcome, it's just a matter of time, coding and testing before it becomes a nice, stable suite of apps that play well with the other parts of the machine, network and doesn't have world (or network) domination in it's code :-)




In the demo video was the ability to program remote control commands for other devices, like vcrs, amplifiers etc. a feature of the gyration mouse or another device, if so can someone tell me what does it?


I think this is the device used - it's somewhere in the docs to set it up.

Installation issues / Re: installer wont launch
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:08:51 pm »
It's possible since Ubuntu uses the gnome interface by default, that there are some gnomish bits that the installer looks for and dies when it can't find it.  Try switching over to the gnome interface and see if it fires off. 

I believe it drops logs in /var/log - you might find clues in there look for pluto related files :-)



Users / Re: Orbiter for Windows Mobile 2005 / Qteck S200
« on: April 10, 2007, 02:28:28 pm »
I made my phone (8525 WM6 rom) visible to bluetooth and the media director picked it up, installed the software and started working... kind of.  Also installed fine on a WM5 Axim X50 and worked about the same.  It can pull up the media list, start playing a video and then just kind of stops.  No volume control, no switching, etc.  It also doesn't render the screen correctly since these both have screens larger than a typical mobile phone. 

Is there a way to adjust the size of the screen rendering?

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Whole House Automation & Control
« on: April 10, 2007, 02:13:32 pm »
I'd be more interested seeing a good integration with MisterHouse, the project that I currently use to control my house, it does a very good job of controlling my house and talks to just about every automation device you could ever want with a great team of developers for anything new that comes along.

I know there is some work being done on the MH side, as it was the MH mailing list that lead me here :-)


Installation issues / Re: What needs to be installed?
« on: April 05, 2007, 03:30:16 am »
Yup, I agree with Audun - you need to use the desktop version.  That note should probably be struck from the wiki as it points in the wrong direction (and clarify the wiki to specify the desktop 32 bit install).  The desktop install does can run every server package need. 


Users / Re: cheapest frontend?
« on: April 04, 2007, 08:29:55 am »
I found a pretty decent price on a mini-atx case and MB that looks like it will run.

Of course, that being said - i also just picked up a full used system in a mini-atx case for $230 shipped and another $60 for an extra gig of ram.


Users / pluto-ati drivers vs official fglrx ati drivers
« on: April 04, 2007, 08:24:18 am »
I have things installed on my HP zv6130 with an ATI xpress 200M video card.  UI1 runs fine and UI2 runs with some lag.  The default ubuntu ati drivers do not display the svga output on my tv correctly, it overscans badly (no settings on the tv correct this).  When I install the fglrx drivers, the display is exactly how it should be.  When LMCE is running, it's not using the system drivers as the overscan problem returns.

Is there a config option somewhere to say to use the installed system drivers as opposed to the ones installed during the install process?  Will removing the pluto-ati-drivers packages correct this or break things beyond repair?

thanks in advance.  If I can get the system running the display correctly, it will be worth the investment to beef up the ram from the somewhat anemic 512meg that's in there and max out the side port memory on the video card :-)


Users / Re: Where is the desktop.
« on: April 02, 2007, 02:04:41 am »
I think I saw something in the docs that you can do a ctrl-alt-f2 to open a text console, type the command startx and that should bring up the ubuntu desktop.  Once both are running, you should be able to switch between the Desktop (ctrl-alt-f7) and the LMCE desktop (ctrl-alt-f11).


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