« on: May 18, 2010, 06:14:39 pm »
I've been a user of LMCE for quite some time, but it's been in the "crippled" stage ever since I began the project. I'm currently on 710. At the time when I originally pieced together what I wanted, the hardware wasn't really available for me to integrate everything yet. But it looks like there's been some improvements. Having been away from the scene for a little while, I was hoping to get some recommendations for new hardware for my core, and MD. Assume at this point, I'm going to scratch what I have in my current CORE, and that the VIA based MD I have will be used someplace else.
I would like to be able to run UI2 / UI3 if at all possible (It looked like the new ION mini-ITX boards are now nVidia based.... are they fully supported by LMCE?) In the past I've only been able to get UI1, which was very disappointing since flickr never worked.
I would like to be to integrate / interface with the following pieces of A/V in my home:
DishNetwork - Want my Core to be able to pull HD content, Sore, and act as a PVR (if possible)
Element 42" Plasma TV Model PLX-42048 - It has an RS232 port, and I'd prefer to use this... although I've never been able to find a suitable MD that was able to communicate via the RS232 serial port.
Marantz SR5002 A/V Receiver - Has RS232, but again... never been able to really set this up before
1. The CORE is in a separate room (closet). The Dish Receivers are also in this same room. I have a central wiring cabinet, where router, dish receivers, and core are all located.
2. I havea considerable collection of ripped BD's on my NAS from my personal collection I've bought. Is the current version of LMCE able to read-playback these yet?
3. I've been considering upgrading my Blinds in the main living room / along with the lights to use X10 technology or somethhing compatible with LMCE for control of the climate, although completely clueless on what to purchase and general pricing?
4. The RS232 connections I tried using in the past, were with a USB to Serial Cable I tried plugging into the USB ports of my old MD. However, that never seemed to work. In fact, the LMCE Admin COnsole couldn't detect anything was ever plugged in.
Thanks for any help you can provide!