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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:
Additionally, you can specify your own encoding:
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

Hack #9: Use VDR on the media director

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LinuxMCE includes support of VDR since 0710 Beta 3. But the integration is done for core/hybrid only. To be able watch TV on the media director you should make a simple hack (thanks to Rafik):

  • Move original binary file plutovdr to plutovdr.orig, for example
    sudo mv /usr/bin/plutovdr /usr/bin/plutovdr.orig
  • create a wrapper for VDR:
    sudo vim /usr/bin/plutovdr
    and put following content there:
    plutovdr.orig dcerouter $* 2>/dev/null 1>/dev/null

AS result you’ll able to watch the same channel as on the core/hybrid. But it’s better then nothing. Hope that LinucMCE developers will implement full integration with VDR soon.

UPDATED: during testing VDR on MD I found that it’s possible to switch channels from MD. Moreover no need to switch on TV on the core first. Just switch on TV on MD and it starts successfully! Also channel’s info is displayed on the MD as well.

Written by nite_man

March 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Tip #13: Add goup of IR codes for A/V equipment

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The lats build of 0710 Beta 3 contains a very useful feature to add appropriate group of IR codes for your A/V equipment. Before there were two possibilities: to copy-and-paste from somewhere and choose some group from the LinuxMCE set. But the difficulty was in figuring out what group should be chosen. Now as I already mentioned the situation is changed. There is a possibility to send specified command directly from the page which contains available groups of IR codes. Just don’t forget to assign one of supported IR transmitters to the A/V device before choosing the group.

It’s definitely useful feature. I spent just a few minutes to find appropriate IR group for my TV!

Written by nite_man

February 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Posted in entertainment, GC100, Hacks and Tips, IR, media

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Tip #6: Add non-diskless media director

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Generally LinuxMCE allows to create many diskless media clients – Media Directors (MD). They shouldn’t have HDD and they are boot from the core. That approach lets you possibility to have non powerful PC as Media Director. But if you don’t satisfy a boot speed or by some other reason would like to have MD with HDD it’s also possible. Just install Kubuntu 0704 on that PC and run there LinuxMCE installator. It’ll detect the core and offer you install just MD. Be sure that your core and MD are in the same network!

Written by nite_man

September 18, 2007 at 8:21 am