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Users / KVM/libvirt-friendly DVB-C tuner? [SOLVED / AVOIDED]
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:45:38 pm »
Hi all!

I recently discovered that my Technisat CableStar HD2 DVB-C PCI tuner, which has some GNU/Linux support, does not offer the required FLReset capability that is needed for libvirt to passthrough the device to a virtual guest (KVM/libvirt on OpenSUSE 12). I am currently in contact with TechniSat to see if they have any firmware updates. In the meantime, I'm looking for other options. Maybe you can help?

If you are using a DVB-C tuner, you can find this information by running:
# sudo lspci -vv
in terminal, locate the right device and check out the DevCap features. A FLReset- is a nogo, and FLReset+ is what I need.

If anyone is using a DVB-C tuner, could you run this check for me, so that I don't have to buy more stuff I can't use:)

I will eventually move LMCE over to a dedicated, more eco-friendly machine, where the card will work natively, but at the time being I want to test it out virtually. I prefer PCI cards, but PCIe and USB cards with Linux support is OK.

Thanks guys!

Smile, that was a joke :)

There is a lot of activity and hard work being done on the LinuxMCE project, but I don't think the project website reflects this in any sensible manner.

From the design I cannot tell whether the website is "selling" a PDA device, medical supplies or holiday apartments in Spain, when it should be the LinuxMCE portal to the world. The layout is a modified version of the Rocket Theme called Affinity for Joomla, if I am not mistaken.

Maybe a simple blog on the front page with project news (as in Developer and feature showcase) would make the project seem a bit more alive? It's a great way to attract more people. Just my 2 cents..

I am not a professional web developer but I do know my way around XHTML and CSS. If I can help out, let me know. Personally, I am learning Drupal atm, but skinning Joomla shouldn't present much of a problem.

Users / Ambient lighting hack from hackaday
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:43:02 pm »
Just thought I'd share this AMBIENT LIGHT hack from Hackaday:

The processing sketch continuously takes screen captures and then takes the resulting pictures and averages all the colors together. That average color is fed down to the Arduino over its stock serial connection, where it is output to 3 of the pwm capable outputs. Those outputs are connected to the 2003 Darlington transistor array to switch the 12 volt led strip.

The result (youtube):

There are several comments on HaD recommending the Phillips ambient light. I was not able to find it in the LinuxMCE wiki, but it should be cool to try out. Here's a how-to DIY clone called Amblone:

Users / Anyone tried ML1154 Jensen internet radio?
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:32:58 pm »
I've been looking for some audio player that can handle both regular FM & DAB radio, as well as play the music I am playing on the LinuxMCE, and was wondering if anyone have tried the Jensen iRadio Extreme Media:Link 1154? It will replace my current Tivoli kitchen radio and should be simple, and don't have to sound like a diamond Bang & Olufsen hi-fi stereo. (Used mostly for BBC news and parties, but FM is a must.)

Here's the product sheet (PDF):

It only says "UPnP" on the internet part. Here's a translation from one of the reviews:
In addition to the internet radio part of it (probably preloaded net stations), the radio can also play music from a computer connected to the same wireless network. It can either play music from shared network resources or music that is served by a UPnP server. All this works nice when it is setup correctly, but it may take some networking knowledge. It supports  only MP3, WMA and AAC....
It gets positive views for its battery usage, featuring DAB+ and being able to play many sources, but the remote is worthless, the sound is only average and the LCD is crap.

Users / Apacer Full HD Media player (AL670)
« on: January 31, 2011, 01:56:21 pm »
Has anyone tested Apacer's full HD media players? I'm getting a good deal on them now, about 50% of what I must pay for a "regular" nettop, so if I could hack one of these to boot over LAN I'd save a lot of cash:)
Product specs:

Unfortunately, it's only 10/100 Ethernet Connector. But it does have a remote!

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