MPStartIt - Start MediaPortal with specific plugin (1 Viewer)


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  • December 17, 2006
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    Please note that the attachment in this post is for old version of MediaPortal BEFORE 1.2 beta!!
    New release by cheezey here.
    Latest release for MP 1.2 Final. Please thank Cheezy here for this release.

    To start MP directly into a specific plugin.

    This process plugin is very simple and make use of the existing MediaPortal functionality to start with the last active module.
    All that the plugin does is to change the value of the last active module to the plugin-id you specified in MPStartIt configuration.

    • Copy the dll to the process plugin folder
    • Enable the plugin in MP Configuration
    • Configure the plugin and enter the window id of the plugin you want to start

    You can get any plugin id by editing the plugin xml file.
    A few examples
    • 96742 = MovingPictures
    • 9811 = TVSeries
    • 603 = Recorded TV

    Technical Details:
    If you configure for example to start with MovingPictures, the following values are written to you mediaportal.xml during startup
    • <entry name="showlastactivemodule">yes</entry>
    • <entry name="lastactivemodule">96742</entry>
    The plugin is then stopped immediately.

    • No validations in the configuration form yet. Make sure you enter correct value.
    • Only tested on MP 1.1.0 RC2 running Windows 7
    • No c# experience, not much time, so please do not request complicated changes ;)

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    September 30, 2010
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    I just installed Media portal today (went from GBPVR which caused me some problems for a while). I spend an hour searching for where the plugin xml files were !!

    I don't know if the place I found is the good place, but I found the ID I was searching for.

    C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\skin\Blue3

    The ID I was looking is 1, yes 1, to start the TV at startup.


    Portal Member
    November 1, 2010
    This may sound a bit nooby but I can't get this installed
    I put the .dll in \Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\plugins\process, is that the right place?
    Now how do I install it in MP configuration? It doesn't show up under plugins and I can't install it via Extension Installer, cause it's a .dll and not a .mpe1.
    Also, I can't find the plugin .xml file :(.

    Thanks in advance


    Portal Member
    November 1, 2010
    Unfortunately it doesn't, is that even the right folder I put it in?
    And where's the plugin .xml file?
    greets :)


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    Is this where you put it as stated in the first post?
    C:\Program Files\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\plugins\process

    And the plugins .xml files are in your skin folder mine are here.
    C:\ProgramData\Team MediaPortal\MediaPortal\skin\BleazleWide
    Open any "skinfile.xml" with notebook or your favorite text editor.


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    Cryptos, have you sorted it out?

    And just for clarity, THIS plugin does not have a xml file. Normally it is only the window plugins that comes with xml skin files, not the process plugins.

    You can get any plugin id by editing the plugin xml file.
    The above quote refers to the xml files of other window plugins like TVSeries or MovingPictures.

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