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Users / Getting my feet wet!
« on: September 20, 2008, 04:21:31 pm »
I have been following this project for several months now and i'm ready to take the plunge.  For a starter system would the below rig be acceptable?    

# 19" 2U Chassis
# 1.8GHz Intel Celeron Processor w/ 800MHz FSB & 512K L2 Cache - Upgradeable up to Core 2 Duo
# Asus LGA775 Motherboard with 800Mhz & 1066MHz FSB and Core 2 Duo Support
# 512MB Kingston DDR2 RAM - Upgradeable
# 80GB 7200 RPM Western Digital Serial ATA HDD - Upgradeable
# Onboard Support for RAID 0, 1 & JBOD
# 10/100 Integrated LAN
# 6 USB 2.0 Ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
# 3 x Expansion Slots Optional via Riser Card:

    * 1 x PCI Express x16 Slot
    * 2 x PCI 32-bit Slots

# Onboard 6-channel Audio
# Drive Bays:

    * Internal: 2 x 3.5" HDD Bay
    * External: 1 x 3.5", 1 x 5.25"

# Ports : VGA, USB 2.0, LPT, COM, Keyboard, Mouse
# 300 Watt Power Supply w/PFC


    * Construction: Heavy-duty cold-rolled steel
    * Drive Capacity: Exposed 1 x 5.25" and 1 x 3.5" drives
    * Cooling: 1 8cm ball-bearing fan
    * Front Panel Indicators: 1 x pwr on/off, 1 x HDD
    * Front Panel Controls: 1 x pwr on/off, 1 x system reset
    * Front Panel Connectors: 2 x USB
    * Dimensions: 19" W x 19.6" L x 3.5" H
    * 300W 115/230V ATX auto switching power supply
    * Maximum Expansion Card Length: 9.5"

Motherboard & Peripherals

    * Processor Support
          o LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D processors
          o Support Intel EM64T/EIST/Hyper-Threading Technology
    * Chipset: VIA P4M900 / VIA VT8237S
    * Front Side Bus: 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
    * Memory:
          o 2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
          o Support max. 4GB, DDR2 667/533/400 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
    * Expansion Slots:
          o 1 x PCIe x16
          o 1 x PCIe x1
          o 2 x PCI 2.2
    * VGA:
          o Integrated Graphics, up to 256MB shared memory
          o Support max. resolution to 1920 x 1440 (@75Hz)
    * Storage:
          o VIA VT8237S South Bridge
          o 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
          o 2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s supporting RAID 0, 1, JBOD
    * LAN: VIA VT8237S built-in 10/100 MAC with external PHY
    * Audio: Realtek ALC662, 6-CH High-Definition Audio CODEC
    * USB: Max. 8 USB2.0 ports
    * Special Features:
          o CrashFree BIOS 2
          o ASUS EZ Flash
          o ASUS Q-Fan
          o MyLogo
    * Back Panel I/O Ports:
          o 1 x Parallel
          o 1 x VGA Port
          o 1 x COM Port
          o 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
          o 1 x PS/2 Mouse
          o 1 xLAN (RJ-45) port
          o 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
          o 6-Channel Audio ports
    * Internal I/O Connectors:
          o 2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
          o 1 x CPU / Chassis fan connector
          o 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
          o 1 x IDE connector for two devices
          o 1 x S/PDIF out connector
          o Front panel Audio connector
          o CD audio-in connector
          o Chassis intrusion connector
          o 24-pin ATX Power connector
          o 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
          o System Panel connector
    * BIOS: 4 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, ACPI2.0a, SM BIOS 2.3
    * Manageability: WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

Installation issues / Install advice
« on: October 09, 2007, 08:35:36 pm »
I'm looking to deploy my 1st linuxmce system.  I have the following:

main server
1 gig ram
1 ide 20gig hd
1 sata external drive 2.5tb
on board ati video controller
2 nic cards

Media computer
1 gig ram
80 gig hd
nvidia GeForce FX5200 card
Gyration mouse
Soundblaster 5.1 digital sound card

my question is would it be better to put the Wintv-150-mce card in the media station or in the server?  and for future expansion where should I put the win-tv-cards?

Installation issues / Dual Hard Drives
« on: October 03, 2007, 10:55:52 pm »
I have two 80gig hard drives in the machine i'm preparing to install MCE on.  Initially should I disconnect the secondary SATA drive until install is complete, then plug it up and let the dcerouter find it...or will the system automatically detect the 2nd drive and use it for media storage?

Installation issues / Graphics Card Assistance
« on: October 02, 2007, 10:02:08 pm »
I have just sucessfully (partially) installed a fresh system from the DVD.  I am using a PNY Nvidia GeForce FX5200 VAG+VAG+S-video card.  During the install i selected S-Video - NTSC-M (i'm in the usa)  The video is being piped to my regular rca TV via it's s-video port but the video/screen is crapy.  I can barely read the button labels and such.  What if anything can I do to clear up the video? 

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