AVWizard Step by Step

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AV Wizard can be accessed by pressing the Shift key when the Kubuntu with LMCE boots up. In the process of booting, at a time, you'll hear a series of beeps. You must be prepared before these beeps to press the Shift key. When you'll hear them, press Shift key and keep it pressed. Then you'll enter in AV Wizard. If instead of AV Wizard you see black screen or "no signal" message on display, try to switch the connector type as it is described in section II.

Section I

Resolution Settings

Here, you can choose the desired output from your video card to TV or monitor. If you’ll choose VGA, there are many available resolutions and refresh rates. If the optimum resolution for your display is not listed, please see Custom Display Resolutions.


Resolution Settings


DVI/HDMI Resolutions
DVI/HDMI means that you can use a special cable from the DVI/HDMI output of your video card to DVI/HDMI input of LCD TV/monitor.

You have the same range of resolutions like at VGA. Choose one that is suitable for your display device.


Component Resolution Options
Component uses another special cable which is consisting at every extremity of three jacks (red, blue and green). The display and the video card must have these three jacks.

The resolutions for component are made for using with wide screen monitors and TV’s. Choose the one that is best suited to your display device.


Composite Resolution Options
Composite is something like a TV out from your video card to the monitor/LCD TV. It uses another special cable with a yellow jack. Like at component, the video card and the display must have this kind of input connector.

If you are choosing Composite, you can also choose one TV standard from the list, supported by your display.


S-Video Resolution Options
S-Video is another way to send the signal from the video card to monitor/TV. The jack for the cable looks like in the image below.

As you can see in the picture above, you will choose one of the TV standards in the list.

Confirmation of Resolution

After choosing a resolution, a counter will appear on your screen which will stay 15 seconds. In this time, you can decide if the resolution is good for your monitor or not. If you like it, press Continue. If not, press Back.

Confirmation of Resolution

Select Graphical User Interface

The next step of the A/V wizard refers to the graphical aspect of user experience. Here, you have three options:

Please look a Selecting the Right UI for more information regarding the best option to choose.

• Static images, no overlay (lightweight) – It uses only static images and works on nearly all graphics platforms.

• OpenGL with overlay (medium)

• OpenGL with alpha blending (high-end) - Requires very specific Graphics Cards

In this case your media is always first and foremost, and the media is always full-screen. If you're not watching any media, Pluto downloads the 'most interesting' photos from flickr.com and presents smooth sliding, cross-fading gallery art as your media.
Selection of Graphical User Interface

Adjust Image Size

The wizard will guide you to the adjustment of the image size. If your TV doesn't overscan, meaning crop off the edges, you will see all 4 yellow arrows completely on this step. If your TV does overscan, be sure to hit the - key to reduce the image until all 4 arrows are fully visible. Use the arrow keys to shift the image. The goal is that all 4 arrows are centered and as close to the edges of your screen as possible, but without being cropped off. Once you made the correct setup press OK and go the next screen.

This is where LinuxMCE will display the user interface. Your movies and media themselves are always full-screen and are not effected by this.

Adjust Image Size

Audio Output Connector

Next set up the audio system. Again, you have to look at the sound card to see where is connected the cable which goes to the sound system. If you connected the cable to the correct output you have only to click the choice on the screen. If you will hear a melody, then everything is ok, you made the correct setup.

Audio Output Connector

Volume Adjustment

Dolby Audio Test

If your audio has Dolby, then you will have an additional screen, if not then you will bypass these two screen.

Dolby Audio Test

DTS Audio Test

If your audio has Digital Theater Sound(DTS) then you will have an additional screen, if not then you will bypass this screen.

Dolby Audio Test

Final Confirmation

The final screen of the AV Wizard will show you the settings that you’ve chosen for the LinuxMCE system. If you agree with these setting press I agree, if not, press I do not agree and you’ll be able to make the settings again.

Final Confirmation

Section II

To choose the resolutions and the connector during the wizard there are keyboard key shortcuts - these are only to get a display during the wizard so that you can see what you are doing. You still need to choose the correct ultimate resolution and output using the wizard for when you are actually using LMCE. By default, the AV Wizard has the resolution 640x480 on VGA. To choose the connector you have to press the keys from 1 to 5 (1=DVI, 2=VGA, 3=Component, 4=Composite, 5=S-Video) and the letters Q, W, and L (Q=DVI-2,W=VGA-2,L=LVDS - Q is under 1=DVI, W is under 2=VGA). To choose a resolution you have to press the keys from 6 to 0 (6=640x480, 7=1024x768, 8=720p, 9=1080i, 0=1080p). For choosing the resolution and connector you have to be in the initial screen of AV Wizard.


When you are in this screen press the key the desired connector. The screen will flicker and will return to this initial screen. Then, press the key for the desired resolution. Again, the screen will flicker and will return to the initial screen, using the resolution that you chose. After you made the setup, you can continue with the next settings. Note - the "flickering" whilst LMCE changes output or resolution can take up to 15 seconds to complete, so if you have no display, make sure you wait at least this long to settle down before continuing to the next keyboard shortcut.


Driver Issues

*1080i and 1080p are not fully supported because of some factory issues of NVidia drivers.

The AVWizard does not start

  • I hear the beeps but I only have a black screen.
Please refer to Section II above as it will tell you how to start the AVWizard with a connection other than VGA.
Also confirm whether you have more than one graphics chipset - this will be the case, for instance, if you have added a graphics card to a motherboard that has integrated graphics included with it. In this case you may need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file manually. You can do this by hitting ESC during the GRUB boot menu. Choose the Recovery Console. Then from the command line type "lspci" and note the PCI Bus ID of the card you wish to use. Now use a text editor like (sudo) nano or (sudo) joe to edit the xorg.conf file - find the Bus ID option in the Device section and correct this to be the Bus ID you noted above. Save and reboot.

Re-run the AVWizard on a MD

In a Terminal window: ssh moon<deviceid> /usr/bin/pluto/RebootWithAVWizard