Monthly Archives: April 2016

DVBSky S952 Installation on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) HOWTO

DVBSky-S952The DVBSky S952 is a very popular Twin-DVB-S2 card on a budget which is often used in HTPCs or in Linux boxes with Kodi and/or VDR. Even Technotrend seams to produce this card as a de facto OEM version (TT S2-4200) now, which will be supported in kernel 4.7. Since Linux kernel 3.19 (e.g. used by Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)) the DVBSky S952 is also supported by the mainline v4l tree, so it should work right away after installation. This sounds good, but it has not to be like that. I’m using kernel 4.4.0 (16.04 (LTS); Xenial Xerus) and this card didn’t work for me out of the box. So what are the options to make this card work for You? Continue reading

omxplayer for MMS on Raspberry Pi

omxmplayerSince mplayer doesn’t support accelerated video playback on Raspberry Pi, we have to use omxplayer. This HowTo describes how you can make omxplayer work for MMS on a Raspberry Pi, since MMS won’t handle the omxplayer very well. Actually MMS wasn’t designed to use Mplayer (at least in my constellation). But luckily it’s not that hard to make it work, although I didn’t tested it very thoroughly yet.
Basically it needs three steps to make it work:

  • Create a omxplayer launch script
  • Reflect this change in the /etc/mms/MplayerConfig file
  • Create a key-config file, so you can control omxplayer from within MMS

Read the details below:
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MMS@RaspberryPi

MMS on Raspberry Pi 2 Here we go with MMS on a Raspberry Pi 2. Like in the last post, you have two possibilities to install mymediasystem (MMS) onto a Raspberry Pi. The Raspi is running a Raspian 8 (Jessie), which I pulled directly from the Rapsberry Pi site.Download the Debian-Package or compile it yourself. This blog-post describes shortly how to install MMS, but won’t cover much the topic about configuration. This is because I didn’t tried a lot.
Here is the Debian package and the source files:

Download

  • MMS Debian Package for Raspberry Pi 2: [link] (15MB)
  • MMS source files for Raspberry Pi 2: [link] (47MB)

Read how to install or compile it for your Raspberry Pi 2. It might also work for All Raspberry Pi models, but you won’t line the compile time an a Raspberry Pi 1 ;)
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MyMediaSystem (MMS) on Xenial Xerus (16.04-LTS) HowTo

MMS on Ubunut Server 16.04 LTS Since I couldn’t convince my environment to use Kodi or whatever I had to build a new MMS for Xenial Xerus (Ubuntu Server 16.04_x64_LTS). This blog-post describes the installation and setup of an Ubuntu server and the configuration of MMS (MyMediaSystem). There are two possibilities to install MMS:

  • from a .deb file [link] (18MB)
  • do it your own (build it with g++) [link] (47MB)

The howto will also cover an installation and configuration of openbox as a simple windows manager and a few basic configurations of your server (autologin with systemd) and MMS.
The focus was to make MMS use the new ffmpeg version, since the old one is heavily outdated. I’ve even removed the old intern ffmpeg sources to save space. The compiler is: $ gcc version 5.3.1 20160330 (Ubuntu 5.3.1-13ubuntu3). The configure file was fixed quick and dirty for this compiler version. Don’t expect clean code – nowhere! I don’t have much time.
Read the installation howto after the break.
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