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Users / Re: Add on ESATA ports.... (like Fiire Station does)
« on: January 26, 2008, 07:09:25 am »
Are you sure about that? The M2NPV-VM only has 4 sata ports.
The Fiire website states that the Fiire Station comes with a 160GB internal drive for the OS and 6 ESATA ports on the back - so they must be using some kind of host card...

Users / Add on ESATA ports.... (like Fiire Station does)
« on: January 26, 2008, 03:04:04 am »
Does anybody know what card the Fiire Engine uses to add its external ESATA ports?

I am building my core right now, and need to find an esata card with 6 ports that works with linux.

Also, while on this subject..
I want to start out with 4 1TB drives raid5. Since my M2NPV-VM mobo only has 4 SATA connections, I was thinking that I should house these separately through an ESATA card, and have LMCE installed on a local drive inside the core (wouldn't this make updating easier, having the data and the OS separate?)

ANy advice would be appreciated...

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: 2 orbiters on one machine??
« on: January 25, 2008, 10:21:46 pm »
Thats too bad - it would be a really nice feature - as a lot of power is "wasted" just serving one room. If someone has the power to server more than one room, why should they be limited? This is not just a cost savings, but an energy savings as well too

Feature requests & roadmap / 2 orbiters on one machine??
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:49:22 pm »
My core is going into a closet between my bedroom and the living room. I was wondering if I could give it 2 video cards, and 2 Fiire dongles (extended with USB extension cords to put them about 15' apart) and have the core as a hybrid with 2 on screen orbiters (one for my bedroom and one for the living room)? If so, would it operate the same as having an MD in each of the rooms (functionally)?

The same for MD's - is it possible to serve two or more rooms in the same manner?

If not, I think it would be a great feature to add and it could save a lot of cost deploying a whole-house solution.

Users / Which tuner/capture card would you recommend?
« on: January 08, 2008, 08:43:08 am »
I'm setting up a core right now (modeled after the fireengine of course). The only problem is that I will have very few PCI slots at my disposal.

I would like to be able to have 3 live TV feeds at a time. We have 3 FTA satellite receivers. Would I be better off getting 3 DVB-s PCI cards, or some kind of capture cards to hook to the receivers themselves? As I said, PCI slots are at a premium (I think I will only have 2) does anybody make a capture card with 4 inputs? 

One more question - do capture cards only input video, or can you input audio into them too? If not, does that mean I will need a sound card with many inputs?



Users / Re: Device priority??
« on: January 08, 2008, 08:17:40 am »
Ok thats what I thought - thanks.

Now another question.. Now say that I have 2 capture cards and they are both hooked up to satellite boxes..  If I am watching live TV on one of the capture cards, and someone else on another MD tries to watch it, will LMCE suggest that the other capture card (not being used) be used instead?

Users / Device priority??
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:31:34 am »
Lets say I set up a core and Have only one capture device hooked up to my satellite box.. Lets say that I am watching that on my TV in my bedroom. Now lets say someone in the living room tries to watch a program though that MD (most likely on a different channel) from that same satellite box. What would LinuxMCE's default behaviour be?  Is it first-come-first-serve in this situation?  Or will the MD in the livingroom steal my satellite box device and leave me with no stream?  Is there a way to set a priority for a device on a room-to-room basis? (I.e. priority_of_satellite_box_in_my_bedroom=1, priority_of_Satellite_box_in_livingroom=2, etc...?)



Users / Re: Help me pick out a motherboard for hybrid core
« on: October 07, 2007, 02:15:15 am »
Wow, I was unaware that you could extend the number of PCI slots with a riser card (or any card for that matter). If we can find out for sure if this is true - it would make selecting a mother board so much easier!

Users / Help me pick out a motherboard for hybrid core
« on: October 05, 2007, 08:47:06 am »
I am looking for a good working core motherboard to build my system around. What I would like (in order of importance):

1) Intel Quad Core CPU chipset (the 2.4ghz quads are just barely over $200!)
2) PCI slots - its getting hard to find good mobo's with lots of PCI slots! I'm figuring I'll need 2 for NICs, 2 for tuner cards, and a couple extras would be nice
3) 4 sata ports (1 for system disk, 3 for raid5 storage)
4) esata port (for later storage expansion)
5) Onboard gigabit ethernet (dual gigabit ethernets a huge plus)

I want to be able to stream to 5 MD's and leave some headroom yet for future expansion..

any suggestions?

Users / Re: Has anyone been able to get analog phones working?
« on: September 22, 2007, 02:37:48 pm »

sudo apt-get zaptel, zaptel-source

these are the only two zaptel packages in Ubuntu that I'm aware of..  you may need to compile the zaptel-source kernel driver, but i'm not sure on that one...

Users / Re: Intermittant Internet
« on: September 18, 2007, 04:38:45 am »
I had the same problem kind of. I don't have my LinuxMCE up yet, but I had a similar problem in a setup of DSL Modem->Router->PC's. I had to put the DSL modem into bridge mode and do the PPPOE settings from the router - this solved all of my intermittent Internet problems.
Maybe its a similar situation for you?

Users / Re: suggestions for a doorbell switch?
« on: September 18, 2007, 01:40:25 am »
I haven't used LinuxMCE yet (though I have used Pluto Home)..  Pluto had excellent support for X10 devices (

X10 has a device called "The Big Red Button" which should work great for firing off a pluto event. They are cheap too - the button, a tranceiver unit and chime come to under $20.

I have had excellent results with X10 products with Pluto - they aren't as great as ZWave (there is a 2 second delay in the tranmitting with X10 products) but they do work great.

Users / IR Dongle??
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:02:28 pm »
I'm starting to gather parts for a hybrid core.  I would like to know what I need to be able to transmit IR commands to my TV etc. Is it some kind of USB IR dongle? Or do I have to get one of those GC100's?



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