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Users / Re: another n00b with n00b questions
« on: July 25, 2007, 07:48:16 pm »
Sorry I misunderstood.
Mythtv can pause/rewind live tv. Its in the features here:

Similar question asked in this forum here:
Another about the dvb card:

There are more just search here for stuff like "freeview" "dvb"
Google also "mythtv UK freeview" "Mythtv freeview"


Users / Re: Building a core ideas?
« on: July 25, 2007, 07:34:22 pm »
@ 1audio - Thanks I will take that under advisement. I like challenges. Hell thats half the fun of Linux in general. I look forward to hearing about the new build. I am going to get the main PC pieces first. Unfortunately I have to wait on a sales incentive to get paid out at work before I can start on the rest. Its going to take at least 2-3 weeks to get the money and everything delivered.

@pixelator - Thank you. I have heard mixed reviews on the x100P's. Most articles I have read have said to use them only for testing.  I like the Digium cards I think they are the TDM400's but I dont want to spend $200. I was looking at maybe doing a couple snom phones.

Again I appreciate all of the input. I will post as much as I can about the setup and FIOSTV once I get it up and running.

Best Regards,

Users / Re: another n00b with n00b questions
« on: July 25, 2007, 06:17:35 am »
I will be real honest I live in the states and I am not familiar with SKY+.
I am pretty sure if it works with mythtv it should be able to work in LinuxMCE.
That being said here is an article I found googling "mythtv SKY+"
The list of supported hardware is somewhat lacking. But can be found here:

Users / Re: Building a core ideas?
« on: July 25, 2007, 05:48:05 am »
I am very thankful for all of the input. I am working on a limited budget and would hate to make a costly purchase to have it not be compatible. I have heard the Sipura-3000 recommended highly in the places I read about Asterisk and Trixbox.( ie. ) I am excited about getting everything together and installed. I know its going to be along time getting everything working and just right.

Thanks again for now the build stands at:
Asus M2NPV-VM ($56)
AMD X2 3800 or 4200 depending on how much $. ($70ish)
1gb pc2 6400 ($55)
2 500GB SATA ($200)
LiteOn DVD-RW IDE ($35)

Approx: $416.00  (I have a decent ASUS server case laying around)

Kodicomm BT878 card w/120fps (own one and 4 cams that wired and powered already waiting)
Grandstream or Sipura ($100)
Hauppage -500 or HDHomerun (most likely the Haugpauge) ($160)
Dlink BT Dongle (have a 120 (i think) laying around here somewhere.)
CMA11 w/ handful of X-10 devices (own)

Approx: $260.00

.....  $676.00 (I am over budget but worth it to get stuff that works)


Users / Re: Building a core ideas?
« on: July 24, 2007, 07:42:04 am »
Thank you 1audio.

So linux software raid will work...saves me a $100+ dollars.
Grandstream HT488 on the same lines as the Sipura 3000? (thats a good solution thanks)
I am using FIOSTV. I doubt I will be able to get any of the encrypted hd signals. I have an extra line I can split. Wish I could use ant but I am in the middle of nowhere.
It helped a lot. Thank you. I just have to get my finances together.(sell stuff on Ebay)

Best Regards.

Users / Re: Building a core ideas?
« on: July 22, 2007, 03:34:54 pm »
Thank you for the link. The Asus boards look good. I need more PCI slots.
have a kodicomm card thats PCI  (cctv card)
have a hauppauge thats PCI (Video capture)
have a Digium card thats PCI. ( Telephony)
plus a 3ware Raid card that most likely will be PCI. (I want hardware raid)

The only one I have in my possession now is the Kodicom. So I can tweak if necessary.


Users / Re: Building a core ideas?
« on: July 19, 2007, 02:13:13 pm »
Thanks for the input. I have had bad experiences with VIA and Linux.  I have had good success with ASUS mobos and Nvidia chips and Linux.

Still scouring for a deal.



Users / Building a core ideas?
« on: July 17, 2007, 06:49:26 pm »
I had a Poweredge 2400 Dual 1ghz P3 1gb ram w/ ~120GB SCSI Raid 5.
I tried to install Kubuntu a bunch of times, but I had problem w/ the Perc Raid controller not working with Kubuntu. I don't have the patience to track down a solution nor do I want to. I will use the Poweredge for something else -File server - NAS -Misterhouse box -etc...

I am looking to put together a core.

I have a decent ASUS server case that is unoccupied at this time.  I am looking for a cpu/mobo combo or barebones kit or a used pc that would be good for the core.
I have been looking at the Dell Precision 450 Dual Xeon PCs  and similar on Ebay.(around 300.00 w/o decent storage.)
I have been searching Tigerdirect/Newegg/Zipzoomfly for a decent barebones.  I saw a lot of cheap Pent d's kits.
I think I would rather do an AMD x2 4000+.
I have been using Pricewatch to see if I could find a good deal on a cpu/mobo combo.

I have around $200.00. In a couple weeks I will have around $250 more to contribute. Plus some stuff I can get some money for on Ebay...

I would like somthing similar to:

ASUS mobo
AMD 4000 or greater CPU
1gb ram
1 -500gb SATA drives.
Nec DVD writer/drive

Not sure if I need a good vid card or not or just use the integrated??????

mobo and cpu approx $150
Ram - $50
500gb -$100
Nec -$30
VID card??
PVR-500 - $150ish

Less that $500 is what I am shooting for.

Any one have any ideas? a setup that is similar? better place to look for parts?

Any help is appreciated.
I would only be running one MD to start, but would like to run possibly 3 or 4 someday w/ a dedicated core.


Users / Re: change the window decoration
« on: July 10, 2007, 07:40:13 am »
I am not sure of this becasuse i am not currently running LinuxMCE. But from the scouring of the forum I have seen two xsessions be available. Meaning you can have LinuxMCE open under one xsession, and have your normal Kubuntu Desktop open on another. Whether 3d accel is available I am not sure.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE and Misterhouse
« on: July 09, 2007, 06:00:22 am »
I agree I wish I could find something with the functionality of both wrapped into one.

I could run both. Using LinuxMCE soley for the media content/ cams / pbx  and Misterhouse mainly for x-10 / weather / etc.


Users / Re: MCE and other linux distro's
« on: July 09, 2007, 05:53:44 am »
I have seen this question asked before.

I believe the answer was plutohome was based on Debian.  All of the scripts were written for a Debian based distro. Ubuntu/Kubuntu is a popular Debian based distro now. That makes it a perfect fit for Linuxmce. 

I would love to see it on Gentoo or a Gentoo based distro like Sabayon.


Users / Re: change the window decoration
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:41:57 pm »

Here is a wiki article on skinning LinuxMCE.

From what I can tell its using a modded version on ratpoison as the WM.


Users / Re: LinuxMCE and Misterhouse
« on: July 08, 2007, 08:05:38 pm »
I like MH.  The learning curve is on the steep side. I don't know if I am going to have the time to learn Perl to make things happen.
I am using gentoo 2007.0 now and to get get MH up and running is as easy as "emerge misterhouse" "perl mh".
BUT, the lack of MYTHTV integration in MH is a dealstopper.
Plus there is no MH forum.(AFIK) I could only find mailing lists.

I REALLY like how easy LINUXMCE makes media.
X-10 and media would be my major uses of this type a system. 

There are a bunch of ways to approach this.  I just want the easiest.  There are a bunch of linux apps that would handle my needs. (Mythtv, zoneminder, bottlerocket, wxlog.) I just would rather have everything in one place.

LinuxMCE/Plutohome look like they come the closest to what I want with the least amount of effort. Misterhouse has everything I need except video with a lot of learning to set up the way I want.

Users / LinuxMCE and Misterhouse
« on: July 08, 2007, 06:17:15 pm »
I have been wanting to put together a media/x10/security cam solution for the last year. I had planned on using Misterhouse until I stumbled over LinuxMCE on youtube.

Here is a list of the stuff I have put together over the last year:
4 - installed and wired 30 LED cctv cams.
1- kodicom capture card. (works with linux - I have used it with zoneminder)
1- CM11 and a handfull of x10 contollers/recievers/remotes.
1- NAS with most of my media on it.
1- Dell server w/ dual 1ghz 1gb ram and for now 140gb 10k scsi drives (if not enough power I will upgrade.)
1- small form factor pc in my bedroom. (P4 2.4 1gb ram 250gb HD.) Hoping to use this as a MD.
1- Oregon Scientific WMR968 Weather Station.
I had and old wintv tv capture card. (thinking to upgrade to the pvr-500 if everything works)

I am having a hard time deciding between MH and LinuxMCE.  Misterhouse can do everything I need except streaming video and the learning curve is very steep.. LinuxMCE can do most of what I want (Media streaming) but does not have voice recognition and a module for weather station and some of the plugin functionality provided by MH with Perl add ons.(ie. the comic strip viewer, )

Is there any way to get LinuxMCE to handle logging my weather info? Is there any voice recognition module?

Neither of these are deal stoppers I can run a seperate machine to log the weather info, and voice rec would be nice but not necessary. A nice gyro mouse will do.

I am not sure my old server will handle LinuxMCE. For now I just wanted to run the one md in my bedroom going to 3 or 4 mds if everything goes OK. I have seen some real nice dual 3.0 xeons on Ebay for a decent price.


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