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Users / Re: Universal V4L Package available - installs on 0710 & 0810
« on: July 20, 2009, 08:01:05 pm »
Thanks for the reply and I had actually seen that wiki but I'm afraid it's a bit over my head.

I'm running 7.10 with a PVR 150 (STB plugged into the sVideo port on the tuner card controlled by IRBlaster).

Would I want V4L?

Users / Re: Universal V4L Package available - installs on 0710 & 0810
« on: July 20, 2009, 07:00:51 pm »
A dumb question I'm sure.  What EXACTLY is V4L?

I've searched for V4L and it seems it's a video for linux api interface, does that mean it's a sort of backend engine for Myth/Xine/etc. or is this an interface to replace MythTV?

Users / Re: New Website
« on: July 10, 2009, 07:11:57 pm »
Outstanding work!

Users / Re: ANN: Orbiter image for WebDT 366
« on: July 06, 2009, 05:30:29 pm »
Okay... So I finally managed to "install" the pad orbiter image on my WebDT 366. However, after I reboot it I ran yet into another problem... After the reboot, it asked me for my ESSID and KEY. The ESSID to my knowledge is whatever the router is named and according to my router page, my routers SSID is "linksys". And my key is a 16 digit hex key. My wireless network is WEP encrypted. I tried so many different methods and none seem to work. Once I entered the SSID and KEY it would go to the splash screen and sit there... This happened with every method. I even disabled my wireless protection and it still just say there... Any idea on what I may be doing wrong???

With the VERY limited info you're providing I can give you a couple of tips that may or may not help you.

First, I notice you refer to your wireless device as a "router".  It is extremely important that the DHCP server in your Linksys device is turned off if it is in fact a router and not an access point.  LMCE is and must be the DHCP server on that network.  It is possible to set up a wireless router to act as a gateway only and I can help you do that if you need to.

Second, the SSID and WEP keys are case sensitive when setting up your WebPad.  This is a common error for people setting them up so make sure you have the case correct when entering these values.

If you give more specific info about your setup, we could help more.  i.e. list all devices including home pc's and how they're connected.

On the time thing: In your profile you can set the 'offset'.  I used 'autodetect' and it correctly entered -8 as I'm in California.  The time for me is now correct.  It does still say GMT-1 next to the time but I'm guessing that is indicating the time zone the server is in, not my time zone.

On Karma: I wouldn't worry about it too much, as you can see, most people have negative karma (including people I know to be helpful and informed).  It's a system where anybody can 'smite' you so it's easy to rack up negative karma.

On the posting rank:  The titles themselves are a bit misleading, yes.  However, anyone that has used any forums should understand that it refers to number of posts and in general it is a good indication of LMCE experience.  The thinking being that even if you're not a dev, the fact that you have 150+ posts shows that you've been around and will have at least a good general knowledge of the system.  A reply from you would carry more weight to a brand new user than a reply from someone with 4 posts as you've obviously been around longer and have probably seen the issue yourself or seen a thread in which someone else has had the issue.

I can relate to the OCD like concerns, my thing is open cabinets and drawers.  A desk drawer left 1/2" open drives me bonkers.  Dunno why.  :)

Users / Re: Poor man's Sprinkler System
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:24:09 pm »
I used it to build an electronically fired potato cannon,

OMG!  Pics and specs please.

Users / Re: Access file server on external network
« on: June 24, 2009, 04:57:47 pm »
If you PROPERLY set things up, your core stays up.


why do you guys fight this?

Just set it up like we tell you to, and stuff works, and it works well.

"nooo, i'm a control freak, and I want to control __EEEVERYTHING___"

Fine, augment Smoothwall onto your lmce core after you set it up. But let the core be the center of the network. The system works better for it, and you'll have access to all the features.


Thom, I respect you immensely for both your knowledge and effort in this project.  However, this post is as realistic as the LinuxMCE video touting the ease and functionality of LinuxMCE installation.

Please consider that these forums are absolutely riddled with posts demonstrating that the core WILL go down.  I can't say this strenuously enough, if you build a LinuxMCE core and you plan to expand it's capabilities, IT WILL GO DOWN.  I could point to many posts that demonstrate people having to reinstall because everything got screwed while they were trying to make their TV, STB, Phone, whatever work (it has happened to me on more than one occasion). 

Imagine a scenario where a regular guy like me is working on his LinuxMCE installation at 11PM (as I usually do) and for whatever reason, hardware failure, my own ignorance of LinuxMCE, etc. my core now boots to an SQL database error.  It's now about 1AM and I have to get up for work in 5 hours so I can't reinstall or attempt to research this error.  Now, I have to go to work in the morning and I won't be home until about 6PM and a repair/reinstall will take at least 2 hours.  So, in the recommended configuration this scenario creates these problems:  My wife and son will have no internet that day, my Web/FTP server is down AND my TV doesn't work.  In the above configuration the Core has no affect on my computers whatsoever and a happy wife = a happy life.

I agree that the intention is to have the core control everything, it's simply not realistic in most people's situation.  For you it probably is, but please remember that your knowledge makes short work of minor problems that for most of us with little LinuxMCE knowledge are catastrophic.

The other issue I have with your reply and the many others wherein you say the same thing is that the impression is that your LinuxMCE won't work correctly in this configuration.   That is simply untrue.  The core doesn't give two shits about what's on the other side of the external NIC as long as the internet is there.  To the core, the above setup is exactly the same as the recommended setup.  I guarantee you can not point out a LinuxMCE feature that does not work because of this configuration.  The only difference is that the network devices on that external network are 'external' to the LinuxMCE network and special configuration has to occur if you want interactions between the two (it's really not even that 'special' just standard routing/firewall stuff).  But special configuration to make stuff work is a staple of LinuxMCE so there's not much difference there.

I do apologize if there is an aggressive tone to this post but it's a passionate response to what seems like you always having a "you're an idiot" tone to the posts you make on this topic.  It really is insulting to us that prefer this setup for stability and reliability of our home networks.


In short, that horrible word "Documentation". This I have no realistic suggestions on how we approach it.... but I fear without it, I see no realistic prospect of how potential helpers can climb the otherwise very/too steep learning curve!!! Discuss?

Amen brother.

I have toyed with some of the dev stuff (setup my own dev environment, even made a couple of wiki articles) and I'd love to get deeper into the guts of LMCE.  The problem is, I have extremely limited Linux knowledge and almost no programming knowledge at all.

Now, having said that, I love to learn and I'm blessed to be one of those lucky people that learn something the first time around.  To that end I've been learning C++ specifically to enable me to work on LMCE.  But, as others have pointed out, I simply don't understand the guts of LMCE.

There are spatterings of information here and there in the WIKI, but the system is so foreign to me that I don't possess the the ability to be able to assemble it all in my mind.  I'm left somewhat overwhelmed with the "Where the hell do I start?" affliction.

I realize that it seems counterintuitive to suggest that in order to relieve the work load of the devs we need the devs to do something more, but as another poster so aptly put it, I think it will pay dividends.

Users / Re: Tuner Card Support - Please Weigh-in
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:45:04 pm »
I'm sure this isn't helpful but just to cast a vote of sorts.

I will buy ANY tuner that can accept HD from an STB.  I desperately want to watch/record HD On-Demand/PPV/Premium Channels, etc.

Any tuner that you guys like that can accept Component/HDMI from a cable box is good with me.

Users / Re: Acer Revo - kernel panic
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:36:12 pm »
I'm not familiar with the Revo, but that error is a missing NIC driver.  Find out what NIC is in that thing and get the appropriate driver.

Users / Re: Who maintains the wiki software?
« on: June 12, 2009, 04:52:53 pm »
Piss someone off and they can just come to your house.  Woot!  Sign me up!

Users / Re: Easiest way to copy data from NAS to MCE machine
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:04:49 pm »
Thanks viking.  I may have acidentally selected not to use MCE file structure when i added the hard drive as it has no folders in it!  DOH! Is there a way i can change this roudn so MCE does use its file structure?

Disconnect your NAS, go into the devices in WebAdmin and remove the device that represents your NAS.  I'm not at home so I don't know the exact steps but it's fairly self explanatory.  I think it's something like Wizard > Devices then click "Show devices tree" at the bottom of the left column.

Once the device is gone from LMCE, reload the router, reconnect your NAS and let LMCE re-detect it and you're done.

Users / Re: KDE Desktop Resolution - NOT OVERSCAN!
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:18:35 pm »
OSO = On Screen Orbiter

So, is there a way to increase the DPI in KDE without changing the OSO menus?  As I said when I change the DPI my KDE looks good but the menus in the OSO are gigantic.

Users / Re: Reboot/Restart Orbiter Event
« on: June 03, 2009, 04:34:34 pm »

Users / Re: KDE Desktop Resolution - NOT OVERSCAN!
« on: June 02, 2009, 05:27:29 pm »

Thx for the reply.

Unfortunately, I have played with the DPI settings as outlined in the "tiny fonts" wiki, the problem was that when I changed that setting in xorg, my menus in the OSO became HUGE.

I'm also aware of the Ctrl+ Ctrl- in Firefox and it works sort-of.  On many pages increasing that to the size I need to be legible completely jacks the page layout.  I was hoping for a more permanent solution as well.

I referred to resolution because that's what I change when I plug my laptop into my TV to get a larger font size.

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