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Users / Running a core on a 'server' with little / no graphics card ???
« on: November 06, 2007, 05:11:11 pm »
I'm about to try to get MCE running within a a VMWare server on a dedicated server machine (HP Proliant). My MD will probably be a shuttle  SG33G5M which comes with all the graphics/sound capabilities I think I need. (The server machine already has the TV card installed, but just the basic graphics card - it is a server after all).

The question/problem I have surrounds installing on the core. Can I install MCE in the core in effectively a 'text only' mode? I normally connect to the core from another machine and would like to install the core this way if possible. So basically from the command line. Does the MCE install process support this - can it be done pls?

Thanks vm,

Users / Using receiver as a client and video cards...
« on: August 29, 2007, 06:18:59 pm »
Hi all,
I'm about to embark on building a system based on LinuxMCE and whilst I've read the most recent posts on the forums for answers to my questions below I can't see anything, so here goes....

Proposed LinuxMCE setup :
  Core :    New (to be built) server in basement, 64 dual core cpu, 2Gb ram, >100Gb HDD, 2Gb NIC's, IR dongle to control Sat box, 2 Tuner / video cards (1 for Sat, 1 for "over the air" video in)
  Client : To be built / bought but thinking about either a relatively bare bones Shuttle with just a some RAM and a HD DVD OR a Yamaha home cinema receiver (that's one of my questions below).
  TV : Sharp Aquos LC46XL1E
  Audio : Yamaha RX-V2700
  Cabling : Cat 5e
  Security/Lights etc : None for now

  1) - The Yamaha has a network connection and the manual for this says you can connect it to your DCHP server "to listen to music". Does it / could it also work with receiving video over the network connection ie from LMCE and then directing the audio to the speakers and the video to the TV? I appreciate this could be specific to the Yamaha and might need to ask on another forum, but anyone know if this can / has been done on any other home cinema receiver (namely to use it as a client if it has a network connection)?

  2) -  Video cards. If I do actually need a PC as a client (which would then feed the Sharp/Yamaha), I have been told to "get the best card(s) I can afford" so I'm assuming these two should go in the core/server?. But what about in the clients? Do they need to have top of the range cards too? Do the better/best cards need to be just in the core or the client or both?

  3) - CPU in client. Do I need a kick ass CPU in the client or do I just need one in the core and an average one in the client?

Can anyone offer any tips advice pls?

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