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Installation issues / Re: nvidia - continuing problems - HOWTO SOLVE?
« on: March 20, 2008, 10:31:47 pm »
Blackhat, thanks for the tip:
I'm running nv...

Installation issues / Re: nvidia - continuing problems - HOWTO SOLVE?
« on: March 20, 2008, 09:55:28 pm »
Okay, here's what I've done:

As X really wouldn't appear on my screen, I did the
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg-thing.
During this reconfig I chose 1024 x 768 as my resolution.
I think, I even chose nv instead of nvidia, how can I check this? lsmod? I don't see nvidia nor nv listed there..
Anyway, KDE looks horrible because of faulty resolution, but at least stuff works now.
When I pop in a DVD it starts playing nicely.

I still haven't run AVWizard at the mo, and honestly I don't feel like it as it will probably put me back where I was..

Installation issues / Re: nvidia - continuing problems - HOWTO SOLVE?
« on: March 20, 2008, 08:13:41 pm »
Zaerc, thanks for replying.
I already figured this info was outdated..
So in your opinion I can connect ONE and ONLY ONE device to my VGA card?

I'm struggling to get X back on rails, but to no avail...
It just won't work..
This machine seems daunted..

Thanks anyway ;)

Installation issues / Re: nvidia - continuing problems - HOWTO SOLVE?
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:32:05 pm »
I found this on the wiki:
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So, we recommend you run 2 versions of X on separate terminals: one with LinuxMCE's window manager, and the other with your own preferred choice. here

So ideally this is exactly where I want to head:
2 x 19" LCD, one with LMCE's windows manager, one with KDE
When all this runs, I intend to attach a LCD TV to the S-Video or evt. via HDMI

But how to get the first stage running?

Installation issues / nvidia - continuing problems - HOWTO SOLVE?
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:01:53 pm »
Hi folks,

First of all many thanks to all the people that already replied to my posts, and tried to help me out.
I still haven't got my system running the way I'd like it to run.
During all my experiments I'm starting to have a better feel of how it should go..

I'll try to narrow down:

Dell Precision 670
1st try: MSI nvidia 8600GT
-> I took this card out for several reasons, most importantly because it did not fit in properly because of the huge cooling element on the side. I could'nt get this card to decently run, I achieved various levels of success but I think the main reason this card failed is because it has so many ways of output: 2 x DVI, S-Video, Component...
2nd try: nvidia 6600GT, also many many setup woes. Worst of all the live Kubuntu CD wouldn't start, so I could only install in safe graphics mode... (Does this choice exists on the DVD?) (Mind DVD won't work on this machine, I've tried in vain...)

So where am I now?
Kubuntu (7.10) is setup allright. (with LVM) I have set up a separate volume for 'diskless'
The proprietary nvidia drivers are successfully installed.
The nvidia 6600GT has 3 outputs to my knowledge: DVI-0, DVI-1, and S-video.
I have modified /etc/X11/xorg.conf so that it reads
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Option   "ConnectedMonitor" "DVI-0"I have 2 x 19" LCD's connected.
LCME Beta4 fully installed.

At first everything looked good.
At a certain point LMCE modified my xorg.conf and I was out of bussiness again...
After reediting xorg.conf I had Launch Manager running, could switch to KDE, could visualize the Orbiter so all seemed fine. I let Sarah config some stuff, and all went fine.
Up to here, I did not run the AVWizard.

Next I tried to play a DVD. Popped it in, and my screen went all green gobbles... It seems to switch to wide-screen
When I just pushed the eject button, the DVD was ejected, and after a while the orbiter came back again.

Now what is my question?
1. Is it possible at all to just use LMCE as hybrid with ONLY a couple of LCD's attached? (I seem to have read somewhere, but can't find it though, that one should only attach ONE screen...?)
2. When I try to run the AVWizard, I am unable to get the wizard visually on the screen;
    - when I issue ps -aux on a console, I can see that X is always attached to tty8
    - I do hear the beeps, pressing shift doesn't seem to react apart from continuous beeps approx. 1 sec apart.
    - It seems like the AVWizard is frantically trying to connect but doesn't succeed, I see the power led from my monitors change and turn from green to orange and back, I have the impression when I try to press 1 or any number according to AVWizard, that the system tries to connect but simply does not succeed... I aslo lose the Num Lock led on my keyb...

At the moment, when I reboot, the system comes up, no visual, nothing, but I do hear a beautifull noise coming out of my stereo telling me LMCE is UP... No X, no KDE, no nothing.
When I press Alt-F2, I can see following errors from X:
xauth: creating new authority file /home/erwin/.serverauth.975
a lot of bla bla
(EE) Failed to load module "type1" (module does not exist, 0)
(II) Module already built-in
The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
> Warning: Type "ONE_LEVEL" has 1 levels, but <RALT> has 2 symbols
> Ignoring extra symbols
Errors from xkbcomp are not fatal to the X server

in /var/log/Xorg.0.log I find
(WW) Warning, couldn't open module type 1
(II) UnloadModule: "type 1"
(EE) Failed to load module "type1" (module does not exist, 0)

Looking forward to running additional tests..

Thanks for your patience and help!


Installation issues / Re: DHCP - combine with other DHCP - HOWTO?
« on: March 19, 2008, 09:31:37 am »
Perhaps a little off topic but nevertheless adding to the documentation remark:
I do realize that an enormous amount of work lies below the surface of LMCE, so please no offence taken.
It is absolutely true that this group consists of
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a population that varies across the full computer literate spectrumIt is also true that we're still talking beta in a lot of cases.
It is also tremendously important to realize that LMCE consists of MULTIPLE opensource projects bundled together under the surface.
I personally feel it's a pity and a shame to see some members ramble negatively about this work in progress.
Also I have personally experienced (over the short time that I'm actively investigating LMCE) that a GREAT AMOUNT of documentation is there, often with incredible detail and photo material present.
My suggestions are:
- perhaps to try to thread movement according to difficulty degree / release number, possibly threading by larger subtopic such as: pluto / asterisk / mythtv / dhcp - dns - bind / etc
- add relevant release numbering and date issued information to the docu wiki
- arrange for a better 'table of contents' section at the beginning of the wiki - to make things easier to find
- I would also suggest to increase better understanding for people new to the project but also for those less technically inclined to better grasp how the project really 'functions' - to elaborate on the diagram in such a way that I would prefer to see more visually understandable grouping and icons: I think for example about grouping the core with its components together in a group, put a PC drawing next to it, then, connect to this PC drawing e.g. hardware such as IR USB-UIRT or Z-Wave or RS232 or whatever.

In my opinion improving documentation and information would greatly counter negative criticism that this project encounters on multiple blogs and fora.

Just my 2cents,  or is it tuppence?


Up to now for one I haven't touched the wiki, as I am not that experienced with this, but as an example I lost about 2 days trying to install because of an error written in the wiki stating clearly that the mentioned CD's only work with Kubuntu 7.04, whereas it turns out they DON'T work with 7.04 but with 7.10.
This of course is a complete waste of time and resources, bandwidth etc. Mind this is not intended as flaming on the author of this part, just indicating that perhaps adding a date would put people at guard of the relevance / correctness of the documented issue. (PS: I just corrected the wiki pages - hope this will be positively accepted)  :)

Installation issues / Re: DHCP - combine with other DHCP - HOWTO?
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:32:08 pm »
Thanks for your information, I'll definitely look into it.


Installation issues / Re: DHCP - combine with other DHCP - HOWTO?
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:22:30 pm »
Thanks for your suggestions. Much appreciated.
I personally was not ready to submit my network to LMCE's firewall blindly either.
So at the moment I'm daisy chaining too, but as I have had lots of difficulties and still have to add my TV card (.....yes, I'd like to take it step by step) I prefer to simulate the 'example' situation as much as possible.

I was thinking of using IPCOP. What are you using? Is it available, or information about your system?



Installation issues / Re: PXE booting Media Director
« on: March 18, 2008, 11:13:19 pm »
Any pointer to where the PXE booted MD files are stored?
I could move them to another partition and symlink?
As written, DVD will not work for me.. either hardware or what, it just won't work.



Installation issues / Re: PXE booting Media Director
« on: March 18, 2008, 09:36:54 pm »
Thanks for your tips.
A couple of remarks / questions:

I'm working with Kubuntu 7.10 and Beta4 (says download)
- I downloaded both CD version and DVD versions
- tried now on at least 3 different machines and on neither DVD install has worked (the DVD works, that's ok)
- my only option is installing 7.10 first and then working with 2 CD's
- I found it's (much) quicker to just copy the iso images of (3) of 7.10 and the 2 CD's to hd and installing from there instead of having the system cache the CD's (take's forever)
- question: is there any recommended harddisk layout? As I was working with a 250G disk, I didn't want the whole disk taken. Therefore I used a 10G root partition and a 30G home part.
-> today (after trying to connect 2 PXE laptops) I found my system short of diskspace (10G!!!)

I'll definitely try reloading the router.

Thanks for helping!


Installation issues / Re: PXE booting Media Director
« on: March 18, 2008, 05:44:36 pm »
Thx Zaerc,

In the mean time (as it seems I can't get anything going on LMCE...) I have tested with my elder laptop (Dell Latitude C840):
- booting PXE works like a charm!
- the description on the wiki is not completely acurate (perhaps outdated?)

- Next problem:
I have the LMCE Launch Manager appearing on the laptop, however when I press 'Start Media Station' on the  Start tab, I get the message:
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failed to regenerate skin for Orbiter
Somewhere during boot or reboot I saw a message flashing by (MySQL related? not sure) that:
Host is not allowed to connect...

Any idea's??

Thanks again for your patience and help.


Installation issues / PXE booting Media Director
« on: March 18, 2008, 04:41:10 pm »

As I am unable to properly boot into LMCE (LMCE is running allright, but I have problems with nvidia X config (I guess)) I am trying to boot my laptop into PXE mode.

This is the first time I use PXE so bear with me..

Booting and connecting to LMCE seems to work allright!
My laptop starts booting from the PXE server, but then, after a while it halts:

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ipconfig: no devices to configure
/init:  .:  1: Can't open /tmp/net-eth0.conf
Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

What is happening here?

Thanks for sticking with me!

Erwin ::)

Hi folks,

Thanks for trying to help out.
In the mean time I havent come much further than finding the command to start the AVWizard.

I am sure I have not run
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg with this machine.

1. How come it has switched form 6 to 4 desktops? (Where to configure this? I don't even know where?)
2. As far as I'm aware you can't easily start 2 instances of Xserver, and I have to launch X manually... (this has also changed sometime allthough I don't know why or when...)

3. At first I heard the beeps but did not know what they meant; If I'm not mistaken, I first get a shorter beep, and then after a while I get a longer series of beeps. I think to know now they are linked to the AVWizard.
But when I try (using keyboard, I have nothing else) to press shift key on the keyboard, nothing happens...

Do I have to keep this key pressed continuously? How long? If I do, the system starts beeping rythmycally.

Is there no way to set these choices (1:DVI, 2:VGA...7: 1024x768) manually in a conf file?

I have dug up some information in the manual of the Fiire Chief (which I don't have) that exactly states the same choices for picking connector and resolution, but this is with a remote control - which I don't have.

?? I don't have anything attached to the S-Video outlet of my nvidia card. Would it be possible that the system defaults to this connector??

Thanks for sticking with me!!

Installation issues / AVWizard - Starting it - HOWTO?
« on: March 16, 2008, 09:49:57 am »
Hi folks,

Still struggling to get this LMCE to life....
It seems my VGA settings are cluttered somewhere.

My system has nvidia NX8600GT inside. (twin monitor)
I did a fresh install of LMCE with all the settings to default. (even added 2nd NIC)
Someway I always manage to get visual contact with my system, but someway settings have changed and I don't know why or how / where to influence them.

1. Once I had LMCE Launch Manager showing first, then later it switched to LMCE
2. In the beginning I had the typical Kubuntu login screen, user / pwd. It doesn't come up anymore...
3. On an other boot, upon entering KDE, I had 6 desktops.
4. On yet another boot, I have 4 desktops.
5. Now, finally, the only way I can get visual contact is by Alt-F2 ing into CLI, and do startx

How can I get this straightened out??
It seems there is an AVWizard - but I cannot get to it... Surely there must be a command to call it from CLI??

-> Okay this one I found: /usr/pluto/bin/AVWizard

It seems there is an awfull lot of information in the wiki. Only I can not find a full content listing? Do I have to register?
Most of the time I find stuff by just plain googling and then I drop onto the wiki... One should at least be able to find things from wihtin the wiki, shouldn't one??

Thanks for your efforts!!

Hi forum,

LMCE installed. VGA nVidia NX8600GT. Only mouse & keyb - no remote. twin 19" LCD screens.

When LMCE starts up, I have only black screens after the kubuntu splash screen.
When I do alt-F1 or alt-F2, I can login from cli. Next I can startx.

When X has started, I drops to a resolution of 640 x 480 (It says 640 480/60 in Launch Manager on the Video tab)

Off course this is difficult to navigate, everything is out of proportion.
On the installation guide page
I read as follows:

if you want to use this as a normal Kubuntu PC too, and you want to start Kubuntu after LinuxMCE is going, there's not yet an icon to switch to Kubuntu from within LinuxMCE, so press Ctrl+Alt+F2, login, and type StartX. If you said you want Kubuntu by default, it will boot to the Kubuntu desktop and you can choose Applications, Sound & Video, Start Media Center to start LinuxMCE manually. When both LinuxMCE and Kubuntu are running, you can toggle between them by pressing ctrl+alt+f7 for Kubuntu and ctrl+alt+F11 for LinuxMCE. Unfortunately, at this moment, once you start LinuxMCE there is no way to stop it. The Kubuntu integration is still a work in progress.

This does not seem to work for me. What can I do to adjust / test?
Where and in which conf file can i adjust that I want to use the system as a Kubuntu PC primarily instead of a dedicated LMCE?

Thanks for helping out!

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