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Users / Core boot time
« on: November 13, 2007, 09:30:08 pm »
im testing mce (hybrid core/md) on an old pc of mine, want to be sure its worth using before I buy a dedicated machine ... (amd 1ghz, 256mb ram, geforce 2 gts)

rebooting the core takes AGES, like 20 minutes ... is this the norm for a core or is it because of the low spec machine ?

Users / Home automation
« on: November 12, 2007, 01:41:16 pm »
Can somebody explain what software is included with mce for home automation ?  I understand scenes/scenarios exist that you can control with an orbiter or md but how would you create events for an X10 system ? ie.  timed events, events that get triggered by x10 commands, etc ?

Installation issues / Ethernet over power
« on: November 08, 2007, 11:33:21 am »
Anyone tried connecting their media centre, san, media directors using ethernet over power ?

Anyone see any problems with this ?  Ive already figured trying to go for a WLAN solution will be a waste of time ...

Installation issues / network storage
« on: November 07, 2007, 03:33:42 pm »
Might be an obvious question but im not 100% clued up on linux's capabilities.

I want to go for a hybrid core / media centre which will be positioned in my lounge with my main tv ... doing this because I it will be easier for tv feeds into the core ... I want a small good looking HTPC chassis, which wont be able to hold enough hard drives ...

I already have a linux server used for backups, firewall, proxy, vpn in my study, I would like to load this up with 4 - 5 hard drives running a raid array.  Anybody see any problems with me storing all the media on a different pc to the core ?

Users / X10 Control software
« on: October 29, 2007, 04:00:16 pm »
Is it a specific software package that linux mce distro comes with to control X10 devices ?  What is is called ?

Users / Marmitek X10
« on: October 10, 2007, 02:37:08 pm »
anybody know if linux mce works with the marmitek X10 usb computer interface ?

Users / Use network audio players for a whole-house music solution
« on: August 24, 2007, 11:22:34 am »
Ok ive read this article in the usuer manual ... it says buy a squeezebox, plug it in the MCE core will auto detect this and add it to the available devices in your orbiters ... how does this work ? or what technology does the network audio player need to support to work with linux media centre ?  Im assuming you can buy almost any device available but I dont understand the technology and which devices will work as a network audio player ?

Users / Home automation
« on: August 21, 2007, 04:48:42 pm »
Very interested in the idea behind having a home automation system controlled from a pc ... I just dont understand the link between the home and the pc ... ie. can somebody explain basically what devices are needed and how they connect.  For example ... the device for your lights ?  what device and how do you connect it all up ?

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