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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 #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.

Written by nite_man

December 21, 2007 at 10:46 am

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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

Tip #5: Using SPDIF

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If your sound card has SPDIF output you can connect your media director to the receiver via coaxial or optical cables. But first you should activate SPDIF output because by default it’s muted. Run alsamixer utility, find IEC958 mixer and unmute it by pressing ‘m’. If you don’t do it first and try to configure sound using AVWizard your media director will freeze on the DTS sound test.

There is one trick with Plutohome 2.0.0.44. It has ALSA version 1.0.12 for the ordinary kernel and 1.0.11rc2 for SMP. So, my sound card built-in to the motherboard Asus M2N was recognized with ALSA 1.0.12 but with 1.0.11rc2 alsamixer showed analog output only. LinuxMCE uses modern Ubuntu packages. So, there is not any problems with SPDIF recognizing.

Written by nite_man

August 23, 2007 at 12:05 pm