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Hack #14: Custom image for WebDT 366

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Thom aka tschak909 developed a Debian Lenny micro-distribution for WebDT 366. It contains ready-to-use and stable Orbiter.

You can buy WebDT 366 with pre-installed Orbiter or, if you already have one, you may just reflash it by yourself.

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January 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

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Hack #13: Getting cover art and attributes from IMDB

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Thanks to chriss all LinuxMCE users can retrieve metadata now not from Amazon only but from IMDB as well. There are two patches: 1 and 2 in the Track which add additional button to the web admin interface and needed logic to get and store info. To communicate with IMDB it uses IMDB PHP library.

In my mind IMDB is more suitable place to get movies or TV shows info then Amazon. Also it gives more reliable rating.

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January 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

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Hack #12: Using your own pictures for Screen Saver

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As you may know LinuxMCE offers a cool Screen Saver for the media directors. It takes pictures from Flickr and show them on the screen with amusing effects. But for me (ad I suppose many of you) it’d be much netter to display my own photos instead of of shots of Flickr folks. Thanks to LinuxMCE community there is a way to do that. Just follow by instructions from the wiki article “Use my own pictures in the Screen Saver”. It needs a bit manual work. But as results you’ll able to admire your favourite photos.

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May 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

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Hack #10: Custom partitioning with DVD installation

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AS you may know DVD installation doesn’t allow to create a custom partition. Actually installer makes following partitions on the HDD:

sda1 = / (everything except the last 12GB)
sda5 = swap (2GB)
sda6 = /mnt/recovery (10GB)

But there is a way to create the custom partition structure. AS the first step you should manually partition your HDD using some LiveCD. After that do following:

mount /dev/sda1 /media/target
mkdir /media/target/etc
touch /media/target/etc/pluto.conf

Then restart your PC. LinuxMCE installer should detect previous installation and gives you two options: install from the scratch or do upgrade. If you choose upgrade the system will be installed on your partition structure.

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April 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm

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Tip #16: Howto manage Xine subtitles fonts

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If you’re not satisfy with fonts of subtitles you can install new ones and tell Xine use them instead of defaults. Basically, embedded into LinuxMCE Xine lookups fonts in the directory /opt/libxine/share/xine/libxine1/fonts. Put new fonts there and edit Xine config file /etc/pluto/xine.conf as follows:
subtitles.separate.font:<name of the installed font>
As example, you can use that:
subtitles.separate.font:sans
Additionally, you can specify your own encoding:
subtitles.separate.src_encoding:iso-8859-1
Just replace iso-8859-1 by desired value.

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April 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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Tip #15: Howto configure internet Radio in LinuxMCE

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LinuxMCE doesn’t support Internet Radio directly. You can use Sqeezebox or this tip to configure and listen it. The idea is to create a media scenario for desire radio station and assign it to specified entertainment area.

There is a few notes regarding to playback internet radio content. But they can be solved easily till developers fix them in the next version.

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March 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Tip #14: Useful shortkeys to change video connection type

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By default, the AV Wizard has the resolution 640×480 on VGA. This is not so good in case if your box is connected directly to TV. But there is a way to avoid connection VGA monitor to choose right connection. Just use following shorkeys: 1=DVI, 2=VGA, 3=Component, 4=Composite, 5=S-Video. To choose a resolution you have to press the keys from 6 to 0 – 6=640×480, 7=1024×768, 8=720p, 9=1080i, 0=1080p.

Note: for choosing the resolution and connector you have to be in the initial screen of AV Wizard!

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March 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

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