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Users / Weather Station
« on: December 15, 2007, 05:46:31 am »
I know I am getting way a head of myself but I stumbled onto this and was curious if anyone had a weather station connected to LMCE yet.

I have an Oregon Scientific WMR968 with a serial connection that I would love to connect to LMCE.


Compatible Products & Services / Sony 200 Dvd XL1B3
« on: December 04, 2007, 07:13:58 am »
Anyone know why the price spiked on Sony XL1B3 units?

I understand basic supply and demand, but what made them go from $99.00 to $300+ so fast?

Any likely hood they will ever get back closer to the $99.00 price?


Users / MSI Media LIVE HDMI
« on: December 01, 2007, 09:12:02 pm »
Just got my MSI Media Live from Newegg yesterday.
I just got it put together. I got it hooked up via HDMI to my westinghouse 37" HDTV. I booted the pc to check it with a Kubuntu 7.10 live cd.

It boots and the MSI Boot splash does not fit inside the screen (runs off the edges). I looked into the BIOS to see if I needed to set output res or the output (HDMI) But didn't see anything like that in BIOS.
I booted Kubuntu 7.10 and it also ran off the screen.
I am not sure how to fix this. Any clue anyone?


Users / Hauppauge 500
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:11:37 am »
Starting to regret my Hauppauge - 500 purchase.
Thinking I might have been better served by a HDHOMERUN and an HD antenna.
With the Hauppauge I can only capture in SD. 
Whats the point when I can get a 720p copy of the show of my choice off an RSS feed and bittorrent within a couple hours of the shows air time. On top of that the commercials are edited out for me.
Is there any chance of incorporating TED into LinuxMCE?
Looking for something to get/view video podcasts -> Miro???


Users / Any Nokia tablet users See this?
« on: November 26, 2007, 06:32:56 am »

Looks interesting. I have not connected my Nokia 770 to LinuxMCE yet. I am still working out some home wifi issues.
I know the Nokia 770 can be an Orbiter, but could I watch live/recorded tv on it?


Compatible Products & Services / Need <$100 HTPC case ideas
« on: November 15, 2007, 07:40:20 am »
I have been scrounging around to put together a MD.
I a trying to keep the build a cheap as possible so I can hopefully have enough soon to build another.

I was looking at this barebones as a good starting point.
I think this is the  ASUS M2NPV-VM in a ASUS case with PS.

I think I can get the Asus mobo from the WIKI (above) for around $70. I would rather get my own htpc case. The problem is keeping in under $100.00.
Almost every decent htpc I have seen runs at least $149 with a PS.

My origonal budget was:
Mobo - $70  ASUS M2NPV-VM
CPU - $70   AMD X2 4000+
Ram - $25 Generic 512MB
DVD/RW - $30 Whatever is on sale at newegg
Case - $100 - (??????????????)

I've searched countless web stores and Ebay to try to find a deal but I have not found one that fits my $. Any ideas?
I've searched silverstone, antec, thermaltake, D-Vine etc..


Users / New Version Soon?
« on: October 24, 2007, 07:56:39 pm »
Is there a time table on the next version? I figure it is coming soon.  I am going to do a reinstall and figure I will hold off until the next release.


Installation issues / Surviellance cameras/ and bt878 card
« on: October 24, 2007, 07:53:27 pm »
I have been trying to set up my generic motion sensing 30LED IR analog Security cams to no avail.

I need to set up the capture card and I can not find a device template for my brooktree bt878 card.

I know this card is linux compatible. I used it with zoneminder recently.

Is there a template out there that would work with this card?


Installation issues / guide.pdf
« on: October 16, 2007, 06:02:04 am »
Is there a instal l/ setup guide in pdf or similar format? I need something I can print out and sit down and read.

I know none of our installs are exactly the same but I would like a step by step ie. install kubunutu --> LinuxMCE Install1 --> LinuxMCE Install2 --> setup Network --> setup rooms--> build weborbiter --> setup MD --> etc...

If someone can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.


Installation issues / Need help with 2 nic standalone core network setup
« on: October 11, 2007, 10:47:17 pm »
I installed LinuxMCE via cds - because I wanted a Core not core/hybrid.
Everything has went very smooth up until the point where I try to connect to the internet via a pc connected to Linuxmce. (the pc fails to open any sites.)

I have two nics - etho and eth1.
DCHP server is on.
I used the default network setup.
connected linuxmce devices get - (or whatever the number was) the rest of the network gets through
internet ---> Verizon Modem (?) -->eth0
eth1 ---> switch -->Home LAN.

I don't have the VZ router connected yet so there is nothing else on the network serving DCHP.

The VZ dns servers look right at and

I just don't get networking. Can someone lend some help? Please speak slowly as its now apparent I am mildly retarded.


Users / Need Cheap MD any Ideas?
« on: October 11, 2007, 06:03:52 pm »
Looking for an MD between $200 and $300.

I would like a small form factor with DVI or Component out SPDIF and Gigabit onboard NIC, and decent onboard graphics or an open PCI-e for a decent Nvidia card. Cool and quiet would be nice since it will be in my main living space.

The media Director I have now cost way too much because I had to add the vid card, gig nic, and audigy4 card.

I searched the forum for what others are using and didn't come up with anything.



Users / Can u Check my Network Diagram
« on: September 03, 2007, 10:50:44 pm »
I will have the last of my major pieces delivered tomorrow. I just wanted to make sure I had it right.
This is what I have so far. I will probably be adding 1-2 more media directors. Plus adding a SIpura 3000 for VOIP to analog phones.
I am unsure if my wireless connections will get an IP address in this config. (I will turn the DCHP off on the FIOS wireless modem).


Compatible Products & Services / Sound card with spdif for MD
« on: August 25, 2007, 04:21:04 pm »
I am looking for a sound card with spdif to connect to my onkyo receiver.
I have looked for a CL card such as Audigy but didn't see any that had toslink connector. I googled a bunch of cards I know of like the turtle beach cards, but couldn't tell if they worked 100% with ALSA. I know my old shuttle used to have spdif integrated that worked perfect with linux I justed needed to unmute the channel on the alsa mixer.
Anyone have a pci soundcard with spdif they are using,or could recommend?


Users / A handful of last minute questions
« on: August 16, 2007, 06:03:44 am »
Trying to put together my list of stuff I need finish building my core and getting my MD better video.
I have some last minute questions to clarify some things I am not 100% certain on.

Do I need a video card on my core if I am not running hybrid? (have a M2NPV-VM w/ integrated nvidia and dvi out)

If I connect to my hd motorola box via serial and set this box up correctly can this be viewed from another MD in the house? (ie. could I watch my hd FIOSTV box that is located downstairs on a md upstairs?)

I am looking for a half height AGP video card. I found a decent xfx 6200 on Amazon. I know it works with linux. Is there anything I should be checking to make sure it can do UI2 w/ alpha?
I know it can do the liinux eyecandy (compiz beryll). Its for a sff w/ a P4 and 2.4 1 gb ram 9200 Radeon PCI card.

Anyone have a cell trunk working in Asterisk? (want to be able to make long distance call via cell through Asterisk)

I have a lot of X-10 devices. I got the all out to figure out they won't work with my baby monitor in use.
Considering selling them and going with zwave. Is there a kit anyone recommends? I am just looking for a couple lamp modules, a couple dimmer switches, and a few motion sensors.

Looking at a Hauppauge 500 is there any difference in the type A or B cards? Should I seek out/pay more to get a Type A?


Users / Storage in Core vs. NAS
« on: August 04, 2007, 03:28:50 am »
I am building a core and planned on loading it with a TB or two of drives to hold all my media conent.
I am not sure of how LinuxMCE updates itself / Kubuntu.  It looks like a lot of people do a fresh install with each release.
If that is the case for the near future I would rather store all of my media outside of the core via NAS.
As of now planning on using one 500gb SATA in core.  I was looking at an infrant NAS but they are very expensive.

Anyone have any recommendations?


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