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Installation issues / MD Setup NVIDIA Driver Issues
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:15:59 pm »

I have been playing around with 8.10 beta2 for a bit an decided to
use my main PC as a MD (For testing purposes).

I wanted to test how well my hardware woud run on a diskless boot.
More specifically the optical output.

I ran the /usr/pluto/bin/ script and after it completed
I plugged my PC into the subnetwork for pluto.

All worked fine in terms of creation of the diskless boot files on pluto,
however when I rebooted and went through the start up sequence
It wanted to do a driver install for my 8800GT Nvidia card.

It appeard to download some packages and wanted to reboot,
However it went through the exact same cycle of wanting to install
the driver

The screen roll is quite fast but I can see that it's unable to resolve,
and there are serveral lines like this.

I did a fresh install of the core, thinking my previous tinkering may have broken somethin, I also diabled the firewall.

But the issue is still there.

Is ther somthing I need to do on the core to make this work, or can i install the driver on the
diskless partition from the core.

The core has a 6600 Nvidia card with the driver installed from the restriced driver section of Kubuntu,
installed prior to the MCE build scrip


Users / Audio Configuration
« on: January 04, 2010, 01:12:07 pm »
This is most likely a dumb questions (odds are staked against me  ;D )

I'm looking to setup a MD in my living room that will have a dual purpose.

Purpose 1 - Play movies/Share media on my HD TV
Purpose 2 - Play movies via a projector and 5.1 amp (Optical)

Is there a way to configure the audio output to come via the HDMI and optical ports together,
or an easy way to switch between outputs?

I know the AV setup can be run, but it would be a bit of a pain in the rump to do each time I want to switch.

I'm not sure of the technical implications of what I ask, so might not be possible, but surely there is a way to switch outputs,
very similar to the mixer tick in the output.

I'm most likely over simplifying things.

Any suggestions, or sources for reading would be appreciated.


Users / Small Form Factor MD Hardware (First Posting)
« on: May 17, 2009, 03:14:37 pm »
Hi All,
I've been looking around the forums looking to find the best small
form factor MD hardware.

My first intention was to use the VIA Mini-ITX form factor, however
one of my requirements is for HD playback.

I only have a 720p/1080i set at the moment but will be upgrading to 1080p,
so I want any hardware to be future proof on this front.

I receintly noticed that ZOTAC have released a Mini-ITX board with a fanless
Atom 1.6Ghz N230 CPU and NVidia ION graphics processor.

review here: -

I know the Mini-ITX boards have issues with the UI2 etc due to being either
under powered or driver access to acceleration features.

The fact that this is an Nvidia GPU, is this a breakthrough?

When I find the right kit I'll be placing an order enough for 4 MDs,
so I want to get it right  ;D

Any thoughts or advice from experienced users would be appreciated


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