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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:
    #!/bin/sh
    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

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Tip #12: Play DivX with Subtitles

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One good feature is going to be added into LinuxMCE 0710. It’s a possibility to playback DivX movies with subtitles. The media player expects to have file with subtitles in the same directory as DivX and with the same name but with one of following extensions: *.asc, *.txt, *.sub, *.srt, *.smi and *.ssa. For example, if we have DivX file The_Troy.avi, the file with subtitles should be named The_Troy.avi.srt and placed in the same directory.

A few configuration parameters are available in the /etc/pluto/xine.conf to customize subtitles font, size, encoding type. You can find them here.

Unfortunately, that feature is not yet included into LinuxMCE 0710 Beta 3.

UPDATED: It should work in LinuxMCE 0710 Beta 4!

Written by nite_man

February 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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Tip #10: Tune Nokia770 for LinuxMCE Orbiter

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I know many cases when people claim that Nokia770 work unstable as LinuxMCE Orbiter. Here is you can find a few simple suggestions to tune your Nokia770 to make it more reliable as LinuxMCE Orbiter.

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December 21, 2007 at 10:50 am

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Tip #9: Suspend your MD

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In some cases you may want to switch OFF your media director (MD) if you don’t need to to save energy, for example. But it takes some time to boot when you want watch TV. As alternative MD can be suspended instead of shutdown. The brief explanation how to do it can be found here.

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December 21, 2007 at 10:46 am

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Hack #8: Installing the latest nVidia drivers

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As you may know to have possibility to use the modern LinuxMCE user interface with transparency and 3D effects the right video card should be chosen. As variant I can recommend nVidia 6XXX which works excellent from the box. However, there is a way to use some more modern models such nVidia 7600. Just follow by recommendations from that post on the LinuxMCE forum.

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December 18, 2007 at 10:23 am

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Tip #8: Install and configure HADesigner

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To change LinuxMCE GUI you have to install and properly configure HADesigner – Windows-based tool to create skins for Orbiter. This is not ordinary task. So, that brief howto will be very useful for all who decide to create a new theme for LinuxMCE. It needs Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1, Microsoft .NET ODBC Data Provider and MyODBC Adaptor. HADesigner can be downloaded here.

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November 26, 2007 at 1:55 pm

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