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Users / Re: Amazon Search = SLOW
« on: July 26, 2008, 01:01:37 am »
When the search is really slow, how is your normal internet connection performance?  Maybe run broadband speed tests.  My experience is that the slowdowns were related to ISP/network issues and not


Users / Re: UI2 onscreen remote?
« on: July 26, 2008, 12:46:29 am »

Orbiter does not have "key mappings" for most of its functions.


Really big *hmm*

Having a keystroke interface to the orbiter would help a lot when trying to integrate various non-IR remotes.

From the little I've looked in the source, each DCE object appears to be responsible for reading and handling keystrokes.  I.e., there does not appear to be a common keyboard dispatcher.  Please correct me if I'm wrong (it's been many years since I've had to read so much raw C++).  For example, the xine_player has some keystroke handling code that seems to be not doing anything.

Thank you,

Users / Re: Window Shares Keep Dropping ( Possible Bug !! )
« on: July 26, 2008, 12:30:31 am »
roy, you missed an important part:

Actually I didn't miss it, just didn't communicate clearly (I should have said "device" instead of "file server"):

One note in favour of using DHCP is that once LinuxMCE assigns an IP to a file server, it binds the MAC address to a fixed IP address (see the group section in dhcpd.conf), so for all practicable purposes the server's address is static (at least until you change NIC cards).

Also the OP's addresses are .2, & .3, which are not in the lease pool range so are perfectly fine addresses, provided that LinuxMCE knows about them.

That is the real key: LinuxMCE must know about all systems on the internal lan, preferably by DHCP, but perfectly acceptable to manually add via pluto-admin. 

Sorry for the digression as I doubt that using static IPs is MANDINGO's problem.


Perseverance pays off!  Congrats!

Nice write up.

Have fun,

Developers / Maximum # of Performer attributes?
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:54:30 pm »

I currently have 858 movies ripped, which have 31438 Performer (FK_AttributeType = '2') attributes (avg 37 performers/movie).  In both UI 1 & 2, Sort by Performer is only displaying from "Katie Mullins" to the end of the alphabet.

Any hints on where I can find the limit on number of performers?

Thank you,

Users / Re: Window Shares Keep Dropping ( Possible Bug !! )
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:31:58 pm »
on the internal side of the core it is running dhcp which the mds get there address from and any orbiters but the storage boxes have the ip address assigned by me to and for the second box this should not be a problem just because dhcp is running dosnt mean you cant hard code an ip address to a computer,  After a lease is up on an ip address sometimes a new address can be assigned this is eliminated by me manualy setting the ip

Actually configuring ip-addresses manually that are within the DHCP range is a huge problem. 

From /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf:
Code: [Select]
subnet netmask {
        filename "/tftpboot/pxelinux.0";
        option pxelinux.reboottime = 30;

        default-lease-time 86400;
        max-lease-time 604800;
        pool {
                 allow unknown-clients;

The lease pool is .129-.253, so it's ok to have static IP machines in .2-.128.  I've had no problems having a static IP server (.20) with a NFS share.  Simply follow the instructions on the wiki to manually add the servers and shares.

One note in favour of using DHCP is that once LinuxMCE assigns an IP to a file server, it binds the MAC address to a fixed IP address (see the group section in dhcpd.conf), so for all practicable purposes the server's address is static (at least until you change NIC cards).

I suspect that Collin is on the right track suspecting that dual homing the servers is the culprit.  It might be time to dust off wireshark to see exactly why the connections to the CIFS shares are being rejected.


Users / Re: Window Shares Keep Dropping ( Possible Bug !! )
« on: July 25, 2008, 06:31:23 am »
Take a look at:

Short summary: try putting the username/password on the share instead of device.

Also you might want to search the forum on the error message.  There are a few hits.


Users / Re: Window Shares Keep Dropping ( Possible Bug !! )
« on: July 22, 2008, 08:17:47 pm »
Check list:

* using two NICs in your core, one for external LAN, one for internal
* minimize/change connection between core and server. 
* your are using LinuxMCE 0710 RC2 (final release)?  The early betas did have NAS issues.
* try switch protocols between samba and cifs (in pluto-admin, locate the share, then under Filesystem if it has 'cifs', change to 'samba' or vice versa)

Here's more details:


Users / Re: Anyone using DVDProfiler?
« on: July 22, 2008, 08:02:38 pm »
Good catch.  Sorry about that.

BTW, I'm getting close on beta 2 which adds a web interface and a setup script.  I have the dvdprofiler pages done, but am working on a pluto_main.file editing page to facilitate manually setting the ISBN.  I'm using this page as a learning experience for doing a progressive enhancement UI over RESTful routes.

Thank you for giving the package a try.

Have fun,

Developers / Re: Proposed replacement
« on: July 20, 2008, 01:01:00 am »
Version 0.1.0 of FlickrFetchr is now available:

Documentation at:

Here's the README:

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Welcome to FlickrFetchr 0.1.0, a Flickr photo retrieval script.

This script will fetch photos from  You can specify to select photos based on users, photosets, groups, interestingness, or searches.  Multiple selection criteria is allowed (i.e., zero or more users AND zero or more photosets AND zero or more groups...).  Further you can select images based on size (larger or smaller than a threshold or within a range).  Also optionally resize and/or fill to a size.

You will need a Flickr account and will have to visit Flickr to authorize FlickrFetchr for your account only once.  The first time you run FlickrFetchr it will give you the URL you have to visit.

This script was originally designed as a replacement for LinuxMCE's script but has since evolved to be a high-level object with a command line application.  Currently the LinuxMCE support is provide via an optional plugin.

== Documentation

Further documentation is available in doc/index.html


To install:

Extract flickrfetchr-0.1.0.tgz:

  tar xvf flickrfetchr-0.1.0.tgz

Change to the created directory:

  cd flickrfetchr

Run the setup script:

  For LinuxMCE 0710 system:
  For Kubuntu '0710' and '0804' systems:

When prompted, you will need to copy a URL then load it into your web browser (the web browser does not have to be running on the dcerouter) to authenticate FlickrFetchr with your Flickr account.

After the setup script completes, FlickrFetcher is installed for stand-alone usage.  You may want to read the config file ~/.flickrfetchr.conf and set up some download criteria to verify that you can actually fetch photos.  There are some examples in it that should get you up and running quickly.

LinuxMCE users note that FlickrFetchr must be ran as sudo (root permissions) to be able to save files in /home/flickr.

== Replacing with FlickrFetchr.rb

From pluto-admin, Advanced, Configuration, Devices, Show Device Tree, My Devices, CORE, DCERouter, Orbiter Plug-in:

  change File Name and Path from:

Note, the Width, Height, and Quantity fields are not used by FlickrFetchr.  Instead use the /etc/flickrfetchr.conf or /root/.flickrfetchr.conf config files.

That should do it (you may have to restart the DCERouter).  Within 24 hours the new pictures should start to show up in the screen saver.  You can verify by examining the log file:  /var/log/flickrfetchr*.log

Have fun,

Users / Re: Video stuttering
« on: July 19, 2008, 10:53:27 pm »
I'm not sure if Xine_Player is supposed to exit after each movie and isn't, or of there is some other issue but the problem is definitely with Xine_Player.  I'm not really sure where to go from here.  Xine_Player is a binary not a wrapper script so it's not something I can look into, and I'm not sure if the intended use is to exit after each movie or stay running.  I'm also beginning to wonder if it's related to how I/we exit movies and go back to the main menu.

I regularly experience the problem.  Just a data point, I use the Nokia N800 orbiter and exit movies by pressing the off icon in the lower right hand corner of the UI-1 display during the credits (i.e., I don't let the movie finish).


Developers / Re: Can I implement TCP(XML) server as GSD-Ruby device ?
« on: July 19, 2008, 10:32:48 am »
I've been (mostly) quietly working a setting up a Ruby on Rails server with complete access to the pluto databases.  What this will provide is two fold:
* first is a Representational State Transfer (REST) interface to the system.  This will permit a decoupled Web API to the system.
* second is a more interactive user interface using progressive enhancement (

I'm still wrestling with learning how to do progressive enhancement UIs and RESTful routes together.

My first feature using the RoR server is sync'ing the DVD meta-data from DVD Profiler (I posted the first beta a few weeks ago which was command line only, the second beta, nearing completion, will have some web pages, including a more interactive media editor).

Have fun,

Users / Re: Tops ???'s
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:20:53 pm »
This is sound a lot like a problem I had with a NetGear switch.  Replacing it with a D-Link DGS-2208 solved my problem.  I've had good experience so far (~1.5 years) with D-Link DGS-220x switches.

Switches can run hot, so make sure they have adequate cooling (I usually set them on a small pedestal to increase airflow underneath).

Also you might try a large southbridge heatsink in the off chance it's the on-board ethernet controller that's acting up.

I did read something on irq causing a mild kernel panic and in particular irq 16 but not sure how to check that.

That's my system and I'm currently thinking it's a thermal problem with GPU.  Unfortunately I did two changes at once, upgraded motherboard bios and turned case fans to high.  I'm at 3 days now without a panic so need to keep it unchanged for another week at least...

Have fun,

Users / Re: Any updates on mkv or ts files
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:53:02 pm »
Now if I could just launch xbmc from the computing - installed programs page so the tv would not shut off when in kde or xbmc.

Just parts of the puzzle to get you started: 

  mysql -u root -e "use pluto_main;select * from Screen where Description='Computing';"

then over in the source, look in src/Gen_Devices/AllScreens.h and there are some SCREEN_Computing stuff.

From these, I'd suggest looking at Thom's HADesigner screencasts:

Have fun,

Have fun,

On the 25' cable issue.  You may want to try putting new connectors on both ends before replacing the wire.


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