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Installation issues / Re: Enabling Vsync
« on: April 03, 2008, 03:49:45 pm »
Is your content interlaced or progressive? Or "mixed" (interlaced SD in 720P HD) content. Progressive content seems to work pretty well The interlaced content is more troublesome. And the mixed stuff may be a lost cause. What mode is your display running in? (720p, 1080p, 1080i or something else?).

Developers / Re: ZWave API
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:38:45 am »
ZigBee is an open standard thats not very standard. Control4 uses it. So does Crestron. And their products do not interoperate. And neither have the in depth background or experience in lighting that Leviton, Cooper and even Intermatic have. Outside of the US the story will be different but ZigBee is still a ways off for product we can use.

There is a lot of leaked info on ZWave. Also all BUT the Leviton serial module will talk the same codes from my experience testing on Windows. There are some proprietary codes but most are common to all devices in a device class. Unfortunately some of the device classes have been majorly revised in the last two years, and the newest stuff runs much faster over the network.

Users / Re: Touchscreen HTPC case Thermaltake DH102 -- does it works ?
« on: March 31, 2008, 06:48:05 am »
Unfortunately the way LMCE is built the touchscreen will use the only video output from the box. For a server in a closet it would be fine. But for a media system the touchscreen would either be dark or you have a second machine to play video. The driver for the touchscreen will be available in the system soon for what its worth.

Users / Re: sanity check and recommendations?
« on: March 27, 2008, 05:24:19 pm »
I have had success with the M2N-E as a core. its not compatible with Matrox cards but works fine with Nvidia 7000 cards.
 Use a USBUIRT for the IR interface. the extra cost is more than made up for by the much better performance in IR capture and integration. it just works.
Use a BE2400 processor. It is much lower power and works fine even for Blu-Ray.
1 GB of ram is fine. I don't think it even uses more on the core.
128 MB is fine for the video card. Again more won't be used in video.

if you have MD's you have the DHCP constraint. Since the MD's boot off of the core they need to be able to know where to boot. The DHCP server manages this. And that leads to using the internal DHCP server.

I'm using one NIC, the core as a DHCP server and an external router with its DHCP off as a firewall. I use the default configuration- fixed IP for the external pointing at the router, the internal set to and the DHCP server running. There are other configurations but they all can be problems to set up.

If you are removing one NIC you can reconfigure the system in devices (at the bottom of the right menu), core, network interfaces. Changing it in other places may get over written when you least expect it.

Users / Re: Z-Wave devices disappear at router reload
« on: March 27, 2008, 05:07:52 pm »
Check the device number sequence for gaps. I have a problem that gaps in the sequence cause the higher number devices to get re-added to the system. its not very consistant and its very annoying. I have 17 lights and the first 16 are in sequence with a single PIR in the sequence. Then I have a gap with 5 controllers (experiments) and another light that gets lost often.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Automation module
« on: March 27, 2008, 04:51:43 pm »
Long before LMCE was released "climate" was to be "environment". However that was decided to be too unfriendly on the UI.

I think this would be a valuable feature but implementation won't be easy. I asked for it two years ago and was told that it would need to wait since the underlying logic stuff is pretty involved. I'll keep pushing. Defining the conditionals on the web admin panel in a way that is easy for a non-programmer to manage is part of the problem.

I did that once myself. I'm sorry to say that my solution would be to pull out the install DVD and start over. Fixing some things are so much more work than they are worth. I must have wasted 4-6  hours trying to fix it. A reinstall is about an hour. Adding your customizations is another, usually.

Did you rerun the AV wizard and select the right outputs? You may need to manually tweak the /etc/asound,conf file. Caution, that can be a little like descending into the rabbit hole where nothing is as it seems.

Installation issues / Re: AGP / HDCP enabled card ???
« on: March 18, 2008, 03:53:56 pm »
Exactly. As far as they are concerned anyone using Linux on a PC is a pirate and will push every movie they play out to the web as a torrent. This won't be overcome easily.

Here is the link for creating a bootable flash module it seems to be a little bit of work. But it may be worth the effort. If someone were to post the image for the flash drive pointed at a standard core for booting it would be appreciated. . .

There is a trick that is here for getting an AppleTV to boot Ubuntu. Somewhre on the site is the necessary info to get it to boot from a USB stick and then a network boot. worth a try if you have a core and the rest of it. The AppleTV uses nvidia graphics so you should have UI2.

Users / Re: Why I left LinuxMCE for MythBuntu
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:22:18 am »
I have been using 704 for many months and only a few problems, mostly created by me. I have not tried 710 because I need something that works. 710 is still beta and problems are still surfacing every day. Its a very large and complex beast and won't easily rev to new versions. (Look how long it takes the 1000's of programmers to just fix the released version of Vista, and then realize that there are less than 20 real programmers actually working on Linuxmce and what they have already accomplished.)

The point being that for someone to try LMCE but use the beta instead of the known working version and then complain that its a beta and not usable seems a little naive.

Developers / Re: HOWTO local authoritive dns with dhcp updates
« on: March 17, 2008, 08:18:41 am »
I find this interesting but I lack the fundamental knowledge to appreciate it. Why would I want an authoritative name server? (It sounds pretty pompous but so does a lot of networking jargon.)

I'm having a problem with intermittent DNS resolution and I'm not sure where the problem is. I think its a Comcast issue but I have not found a good way to test or confirm. Would this improve the DNS issues somehow?

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