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  Installation Problem - Network issues?
Posted by: jaymann - 04-22-2006, 12:05 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (19)

Hello, I'm new the the program and trying to install the evaluation software, but I'm getting the following errors at the "password" stage of the install:

"The CQC background services could not be contacted by the installer. So there is likely some sort of network issue...."

with details of:
Line: CIDOrbUC_ThisFacility.cpp/361
Could not contact the CIDLib Name Server (at

I've checked to make sure all the network cards are properly working, and i do get the same problem on both my main computer as well as my networked HTPC in the living room.

I did try disabling antivirus and firewalls but not luck. also no other programs running using the install ports.

I did see a the a post regarding using the CQCNetTest from the command prompt, however my installation is empty - that app isn't in my BIN directory. only AppShell and Env.cmd are there.

Also tried to see if there was anything in the cqcdata/logs directory, but no luck, nothing saved in the logs either so not sure how to generate a log that would provide some detail.

Tried uninstalling and reinstalling a few times, no luck

Any ideas? I have been searching for control software to handle PVR (SageTv), a new home theater setup, and some new home automation tasks among other things - must admit this is the first piece of software that appears to meet all my needs so would love to be able to test. thanks!!

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  More research on IPOD control and a video
Posted by: Ripper - 04-16-2006, 05:29 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (39)

Okay so for months now I always wondered how I could control the Ipod mainly for the fiance..I used mine for the gym and thats about it but she plays her's every weekend at home so I was hoping to one day control it easily with a touchscreen.

2 weeks ago I ordered one of these PodConsole and it was delivered in about 4-5 days to Canada


I hitched it up to my 4th gen ipod and with commands I found on the linux site I was able to make a relatively simple one way PDL driver, while doing this I stumbled across more detailed info both from iPort and also from Mitchs website at http://www.rush2112.net/

Mitch sells some quality connecters and I recently ordered his software which I will show you a video of below and 3 cables because they were cheap and I also had intended to send one along to Dean in the hope one day he might be able to tackle two way support..I know from looking at things there is no way in hell I could do it.

You can see Mitchs cable here


**Note this cable also has 12 volt power and audio out, the adapter from Spark Electronics in my opinion is good for general testing but easily can fall out of the remote jack on top of the ipod..Mitchs cable on the other hand uses the Ipod dock connector and in my opinion is a way more reliable connection and has power..a person could make a custom Ipod dock with one of these cables and the trusty hot glue gun Wink

Mitchs cables cost $15 each or 2 for $25, if you want his debugging software also you can get it with a cable for $35 +shipping

Okay as mentioned I am able to use all the Lingo 2 commands and control my Ipod, I can blindly turn on my Ipod start it playing..switch between playlists and go back and forth through my songs using a one way CQC driver.

This video below shows a two way connection to the Ipod using Lingo 4 commands which is the 2 way command set..you will notice in the video I open the database right away and select a playlist and start it playing..I can switch playlist and as well choose any song..you can also see the song data being updated in real time and when I switch between songs it takes about a second or so and the next track shows.

You'll notice on the bottom right as I do button clicks the black text is the command being sent to the Ipod and the blue text is the data coming back from my Ipod..when I pick "Songs" you will see a huge amount of data streaming in..

I imagine CQC could access this data in a driver the same way Mitchs program does and button commands could be used to change the data that would change in the main database widget..I think anyways.

Here is the video to give you a general idea of what I am talking about, give it a few secs to load.. it's about 5MB


I would say these adapters I mention are the cheapest solution to control an Ipod, the Iport docks are ridiculously overpriced and cost $400-$700 and don't do anything that I am aware of that these connectors do..you can get more info on iPort by searching google but like I said they are way overpriced for what they are doing.

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  Version 1.6.15 is now available
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 04-09-2006, 02:49 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd is proud to announce the 1.6.15 release of CQC (the Charmed Quark Controller), its software-based control and automation system.

Charmed Quark System's automation products provide robust, flexible, and cost effective control of lighting, HVAC, security, home theater, media data, and other systems. It is available in various configurations, which will scale to meet your needs, whether large or small, open or secure, a single room or the whole home. Build your own hardware, or use our pre-built systems. Do it yourself or pair up with one of our integration partners, whatever fits your needs and budget.

What's New

Version 1.6.15 is a refresh release that brings in some moderate fixes and features that didn't make it into the original 1.6 release. A couple of the new features though were very much requested. The most significant new features are:

  • Metadata Browsing. In previous versions, metadata was only available for the currently playing media, but now you can add metadata repository browsing widgets to your interfaces so that you can preview media before playing it.
  • Omni Pro II Driver. There is a new ethernet based driver for the widely used Omni Pro II automation panel, so CQC now has strong support for both the Elk M1 and HAI Omni panels.
  • Dynamic Field Assignment. The user interface system now supports dynamic field assignment which allows you to reuse a single interface template for multiple zones or multiple devices, and other situations where multiple identical templates would have been needed before, the only differences being the device/fields referenced.
  • User Action Event. A new broadcast event has been added that allows button presses on controlled devices to invoke a configured CQC action. Some devices provide such buttons that are just intended to cause user defined actions, and if the driver can be informed of those button presses, it can send these events.
  • DVDO VP30 Driver. There is a new driver for the DVDO VP30 video scaler/switcher, the followup to the iScan HD which CQC also supports.
  • System Volume/Mute. You can now control the Windows volume level and mute settings, for those folks who are using CQC in an HTPC type configuration.
  • Slider Widget. The interface system now supports a slider widget which can be used to set or display device values graphically, complementing the exising rotary volume knob widget.
  • Interface Variables. You can now set variables in the interface system, which can subsequently be used in other invoked operations. This allows for a lot of flexibility, particularly when used in conjunction with the previously mentioned dynamic field assignment capability.
Product Features

CQC is a power, networked automation system which provides a broad set of features on which you can build the automation solution you want. It provides 'one stop shopping', so you don't need to combine multiple front and back end products yourself (with all the extra expense and complexity that involves) in order to get a full automation solution. CQC provides the following broad features:
  • Fully networked architecture, which allows you to run CQC on standard computers, wireless tablets, or handheld devices in your home network. You can control your home or home theater, or administer CQC, from anywhere
  • Strong security, so you the system administrator can control who can access what
  • Powerful and flexible and graphical front end which does not limit you in any way. You can build the interface you want using our Interface Designer.
  • Support for over 90 devices from core automation products (lighting, IR, automation panels, etc...) to a broad range of A/V components.
  • Weather data so that you can see current conditions and forecast data in your area at any time.
  • Built in, zero configuration, fully CQC integrated web server which allows you to access your CQC system in a secure way from the road.
  • Scheduled and triggered events allow you to have CQC perform actions at regular intervals or in response to changes in the state of devices under CQC's control.
  • Browse your CDs and DVDs by cover art with full metadata support, kick off the playing of the title you select, and control the player, all from the CQC interface.
  • Embed web browser windows in your CQC user interfaces, to integrate any web based content you want into your system.
  • Built in virtual machine based, object oriented macro language which allows you to write complex automation logic or your own device drivers, with graphical IDE.
  • Access CQC's features via your own code, using the XML Gateway Server, which provides a simple XML over Sockets style interface to CQC.
  • Control applications as though they are devices, so that you can integrate them into your automation solution.
Give it a Whirl

The product is available in a 30 day unencumbered form, so you can use it to it's fullest extent during that time, in order to see if it works for you. If you decide to buy, you can just license your existing installation, so that you won't have any interruption of your work done during the trial period. To download the installer, click the Try/Buy tab of the main web site menu, or the Try It button in the upper right hand corner.

Then go to the Learn tab of the new web site, and select the Quick Tutorial link, which will talk you through the whole process. You might want to go through the Using CQC section (also under Learn) first, but if you are hands on person you can just dive right in and come back to the Using section later.

Our license is a site license, and all our device drivers are part of the package. So there's just one base package and a few optional packages to choose from. You can then run the client services on any other devices in your home network that you choose.

* There are two versions of the CQC product, a DIY version and a professionally installed version. The DIY version is available for purchase on the web site, and at a very reasonable price, in an 'as is' format, with best effort support provided purely through the CQC support forum.

Sample Interfaces

Here are some example user interfaces, to give you a feeling for what can be done. These are not fixed interfaces, they were drawn using our Interface Designer, to create a solution that has the appearance, flow, and features that the particular customer desired.

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  IVB's art-based HA/HT interfaces (many pics)
Posted by: IVB - 04-09-2006, 02:11 PM - Forum: User Systems - Replies (38)

6/21 EDIT: Yep, this is definitely V2.0, even the nanny can use it, and MAN is she non-technical.

List of Interfaces:
- Main Menu w/Mzone wrapper (with sliders)
- Zone Control by name (select which source for which room)
- Zone Control by picture
- Source Overview (see what's playing on each source)
- Source Control
.....CD Stream 1 via art
.....CD Stream 1 via text
.....CD Stream 2 via art
.....CD Stream 2 via text
.....XM Overview
.....DVD Overview
.....DVD Detailed Info selection
.....SageTV control (via web browser)
- HA Control Menu
.....Security & Motion
.....Doors & Windows
.....Elk Keypad
.....Elk Zone Review
.....Weather (4 day, 7 day with Doppler, 7day with Satellite, 7 day with temperature radar)
.....Doorbell Detector popup
.....Denon Control

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  Brand new M-Audio Delta 410 cards available
Posted by: MikeW - 04-07-2006, 08:40 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (2)

I was outbid on eBay for an M-Audio Delta 410, but this led me to a discovery that newegg.com has some in stock and they are new units. If anybody needs one now might be a time to get one from newegg.com. After shipping I was able to get it for a cheaper price than I could on eBay for a used one.

Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6829121126


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  Home Automation Icons
Posted by: Ripper - 04-07-2006, 01:08 AM - Forum: User Systems - Replies (13)

Here are some of the home automation icons I made last week that could be used by people to provide an image when an event occurs or something like that.

**Dean could you make these into an image pack when you have time, thanks.


Here is a screen capture of all the included images and their names.(actual images are better quality than this capture)

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I will be creating more sets of these in the near future, I have a list of many icons people suggested and haven't forgot about the "window" icons

I also have plans to create animated icons when I have more time and get a bit more practice.

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  Aprilaire 8870
Posted by: paul - 04-06-2006, 07:11 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (28)

Can anybody suggest a site where i can purchase the Aprilaire 8870 thermostat from and have it shipped to Australia.
I have tried smarthome but having a lot of dificulty.

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  iTunes Library, CQC and J.River/Media Center 11
Posted by: 1080iAddict - 04-04-2006, 03:55 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (16)

OK. I am befuddled. I am on a train at the moment on a wireless connection on my laptop, browsing about CQC of course.

Let me focus on J.River Media Center integration for a moment. The J. River website says J. River Media Center has iPOD support, and can play songs purchased via the iTunes music store. So, if this is the case, can my entire iTunes music library be accessed and played via J. River? And if this is the case, can I access my entire iTunes library via the CQC Interface Viewer media repository widgets? Does that allow me to then select and stream my entire iTunes library over the network?

So I can fully integrate my iTunes music library from the CQC Interface viewer if I install the J. River MC on the PC in any particular room?

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  Guide for using this section
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 04-04-2006, 01:02 PM - Forum: Buy/Sell - No Replies

This section is for forum members to post their offers of items to sell, or wanted announcements and so forth. Anything that transpires here is the business of the participants. Charmed Quark Systems is not liable for anything that should happen and will not become involved in disputes in any way.

Please help us keep this section well pruned by sending us a link to any of your for sale threads that are now completed, i.e. the items have been sold, so that we can remove that thread.

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  Elk "Client interface"/Driver Question
Posted by: IVB - 04-01-2006, 10:10 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (4)

I got my Elk kind of up & running, I know the keypad can report out the temperature for the keypad and a remote temp sensor I have plugged in to zone2. I haven't yet figured out the ElkRP software, but I opted to see what I could do in CQC. I can get "connected to device" just fine.

The supported devices page says "KeypadXX Card R If you configure any keypad thermometers in the client interface, then you will have fields of this type. The XX will be 1 to 16. The value is the temperature being reported by the keypad's internal thermo. ".

How do I configure a keypad thermometer in the client interface? I don't see something like that there.

Also, I can't seem to get CQC to report out the temperature for that Z2 temp sensor. Is that a "zone", "output", "thermocouple" setting?

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