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Users / Blastoff with LinuxMCE
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:29:53 pm »
The LinuxMCE Community invites you to join Blastoff!!!

Proceeds from sales will go to the LinuxMCE developer fund.

Users / Free fundraiser website available
« on: October 23, 2009, 01:24:12 pm »
Hey guys!

  We've talked here about ways to get support money and donations for LinuxMCE, right? Well, I just found this brand new website that promises to be the next big thing on the Internet and can make some money to be put into our Donation Bin. Its called Blastoff! Check it out:

  Whoever controls the donation money bin needs to create the Blastoff/Linuxmce site by joining in to the page and then we can just tell the community to join that Blastoff page to help us raise development funds.

  I can take care of creating the Blastoff/Linuxmce site, but I'll need some information as to what the email of the account will be.

  This site is brand new so we have to take advantage of being the first ones so that other people that decide to help us with donations can join from the Blastoff/Linuxmce site.

  The site is very easy to set up, and customizable. And this promises to go viral very very soon.

  The LinuxMCE project will benefit everytime anyone in the Blastoff/Linuxmce network decides to buy something online from the over 400 merchants available on the Blastoff site. In addition, we will accrue payments from the purchases by other members that join Blastoff from our Blastoff/Linuxmce site (down to 10 levels).

   For example, we heard that Pizza Hut is scheduled to start promoting this and trying to sign up customers to their site...So if they can do it, how much more can the Linux community accomplish. and all proceeds from the website will go towards LinuxMCE development.

   This is mainly for our US based guys, but of course our non-US friends can help also spread the word to US-based ones.

   Well, let me know and I can get us going...

Users / Web Orbiter enabled by default
« on: August 10, 2009, 06:59:36 pm »
Hi guys...
  Is there a particular reason why the web orbiter is not enabled/set up by default when you install the system?

  I was playing with the system last night and "installed" the web orbiter...very nice indeed (albeit any issues it may have). It provided a nice (and more holistic) view of what LMCE can do for us in the house, versus our "regular" controlling the system via our Gyration remote control. My impression is that it could help more people get more "hooked" quicker into LMCE because it shows the different ways that you can interact with the system.

  If it doesn't take serious system resources, I would recommend that it be enabled by default on 0810 instead of people having to go through the wiki HowTo to install it. Comments...?


Users / this is what a real media center is!!!
« on: March 26, 2009, 03:58:02 am »
   I must say guys... you should be really proud of yourselves...Beaucoup Kudos to all who contribute to this project.
What do I mean? Well, when I first decided to set up LinuxMCE in my home, we were thinking "Well, how about a nice system where we could watch movies and record TV with one common interface? Ok...I've heard of this thing called LinuxMCE, lets try that". But what we found out tonight just blew us away. Wife and I were getting ready to cozy up and watch a movie tonight and we just noticed that all of our home made videos were there that we can now watch from the living room. So we don't have to be stuck in the office or the laptop to watch them. Everything was there...we started watching old honeymoon videos and Christmas vacations and all. Great wife-brownie-points right there!. (Just last night I had done a full synch of my network drives but couldn't see it finishing).
   And Oh, By The Way, now we also have our music down in the living room. I mean, I realize this is what a "media center" does. So some of you may say "Duh!". But this is so much more than what we had originally intended...just excellent guys! Thank You!
I realize this is just scratching the surface of LMCE, and there's so much more, but so far...Awesome!  And we just have one hybrid right now...
   Definitely have to/will do some "pay it back" to the community...

Thank you all!

Users / New installation - UI2 alpha blending with no tearing
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:17:53 pm »
Hi guys!
   Just wanted to report my first success and see if I can somehow help out. This is a new (my first ever) installation of LMCE and just tested playing an .ISO last night. The movie played very very nicely, including the fight scenes (Jackie Chan and Jet Li together). The thing is, am using UI2 with alpha blending and since there seems to be so much complications with this setting, I was wondering if you guys wanted some specific information about my setup to help out. I had absolutely no tearing at all!!!
   Please let me know if you want any log or config files or anything that could help out. I'm not completely done with set up yet (still need to finish config of the Gyration and other stuff) but before I continue (and maybe mess something up later) I thought I'd share.


Users / Orbiter without the Windows logo
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:56:33 pm »
Hey guys and gals!
    Any recommendations for a good oob orbiter like the Gyration remote but that doesn't have the @#!#$&* Windows logo?
I've looked around the wiki and forum but can't seem to find anything related to this subject.

Thanks a bunch,

Users / Newbie with Installation from Scratch
« on: January 24, 2009, 12:05:44 am »
Hello there guys and gals...
   I'm new to LinuxMCE (or any other media center solution for that matter), but I want to jump in with both feet and get myself soaked. And (side benefit) I want to show all my friends the power and flexibility of Linux. ;D By reading throughout the website, I've come up with this shopping list that I'm planning on buying to get me going. But before I actually plop down my credit card I wanted to check with you the experts to see if this makes any sense.

   This will be a Hybrid/Core system only for now...only serving my living room, to a 40" 1080p Samsung...Maaayybeee (big maybe) later extending to other rooms in the house. So that's why I'm not planning for another NIC since everything will be on my one network.

   Also, I'm seeing on the wiki page for the MOBO I picked ( that this board may not have best performance out of the box for UI2 with alpha blending, so I'm thinking maybe I should wait until LinuxMCE v0810 comes out.

   Any thoughts, thumbs up or down on the shopping list, anything I should change or add, or anything else will be very much appreciated.

(I'm fairly technical, as you can see I'm planning on building this myself, and have some intermediate knowledge of Linux so feel free to talk tech. Although I would prefer if I didn't have to be running a bunch of scripts or recompiling things to get everything going).
Thank you all,

Case$49.99 hec  Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC 7K09 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC
CPU$78.00 AMD
  Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W  Dual-Core black edition
Motherboard$89.99ASUS M3N78-EM  AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI Micro ATX AMD
RAM$45.98 (2)
  Kingston HyperX 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Hard Drive$74.99Western Digital  Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache  SATA 3.0Gb/
Bluray Player$109.99 LITE-ON  Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 6X Blu-Ray DVD  ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model iHES106-29 -
TV Capture Card$114.00pcHDTV
Transceiver$55.00 USB
Sound CardIn MOBORealtek  ALC1200 - 8 Channels
Graphics cardIn MOBONVIDIA GeForce 8300
Heatsink$24.99 COOLER  MASTER RR-CCH-P912-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU
Thermal  Compound$5.99Arctic Silver 5  Thermal Compound -

  Total:  $797.92

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