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Users / Re: 710 Beta3 for AMD64 - Stable for core/hybrid
« on: January 17, 2008, 10:27:31 pm »
Great! I'll give it a try - as soon as it downloads. Unfortunately the torrents says its going to take another day to download.

Users / 710 Beta3 for AMD64 - Stable for core/hybrid
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:26:02 pm »
Given a core/hybrid Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard, AMD 64 x2 4400 with 1GB RAM, is there any reason to stay with the i386 DVD ISO instead fo the AMD64 DVD? Will there be nVidia or other driver issues?

I realize this is a beta - just not sure if the AMD64 version might be more targeted at a heavy-duty core only server where video and capture drivers "might" not be as much of an issue.

Users / Re: upgrade or fresh installation?
« on: January 16, 2008, 07:57:20 pm »
This is pretty general advice, but considering they just released the first official beta of 710 an hour or so ago - spending a few bucks on even a new small hard drive is probably well worth it. You can clone/ghost the old hard drive to the new if you want to try the upgrade route without hosing your working system.  I'm doing a fresh install.

There are discussions on this forum from some that have tried upgrades of the unofficial beta that was released a couple of weeks ago. I think it all depends on what equipment you had and what feature you were using. If you give some more specifics about your system and what you feature you tend to use the most (lighting, security, etc) someone might be able to give more guidance.

Installation issues / Re: Fullscreen image - Myth/Xine integration
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:54:53 am »
Maybe I'm pointing out the obvious, but if you do succeed in expanding a standard TV picture to fill the entire display width, the picture will be quite distorted - e.g. faces will appear quite fat compared to their normal aspect ratio.

Users / Re: # of users
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:47:20 am »
So you have two cable boxes connected to the inputs of your PVR500 on your core right??

How are you changing the channels ??

Uhh - scratch that, my bad. Actually I was using antenna-in on half of the PVR-500 and cable box to the other half of the S-Video, plus the two HD HomeRun tuners for a total of four sources.

Is there a reason that two independent cable-boxes will not work, each into half of the PVR-500?

Developers / Re: Good DBMS to view mysql tables
« on: January 11, 2008, 06:44:02 am »
I like phpMyAdmin also, but if  you are looking for a regular (not browser-based) app, look at the MySQL Query Browser in the Tools section on the MySQL site:

Users / Re: # of users
« on: January 10, 2008, 10:47:15 pm »
You can use the Hauppauge PVR-500, each PCI card has two separate capture "cards" on it, that way you only need 3 slots for six capture devices/cards.

But I would ask do you really need 5 separate capture cards? Normally you can share sources across the various MD's - unless you have 5 users strapped to their chair watching TV at the same time.

I have an HD HomeRun with two OTA HD signals, and two cable box signals on a PVR-500. Have never  been maxed out yet - but we only have 3 users that watch at the same time.

Do you also an independent sources/signal for each capture card to work with?

I believe you also have the option of putting the capture cards in each MD.

Hope this helps.

Installation issues / Re: Question about the demo video
« on: January 03, 2008, 10:48:30 pm »
The video is being sent over standard Ethernet cable - typically either 720p or 1080i, though with some nVidia cards it seems that 1080p should be possible.

Users / Re: [Q] Orbiter hardware
« on: December 19, 2007, 05:52:57 am »

In answer to your question, I don't believe the intercom feature is part of the orbiter. The mic and speakers are connected to the media directory ... which is controlled either by the builtin orbiter function (i.e. a remote control and the media director display) or can be controlled by an external orbiter such as the Nokia N800.

Hope this helps.

Now, I think somewhere I saw a thread where someone was trying to get a web pad to served as a media director, but not sure where it was. That would be neat to have a portable media director, orbiter with built in mic/speakers for intercom.

Just curious - knowing what you know now, would you buy the working firestation combo for $1300, rather than slog through your own setup to save $300?

From where I'm looking the difference might well be worth it for a lot of folks - but then a lot of us actually "enjoy" the tinkering.

« on: November 28, 2007, 02:50:33 pm »
Really sorry to hear about your failure. Could you be more specific about
  • ... Similar stories all over the net, extremely high failure rate! ..."

I googled on "Seagate 750GB failure" and found little if anything. Can you point us in the right direction?

We've been informally tracking failure rates of Seagate versusa Western Digital versus Maxtor for the last four years. We see a much lower failure rate in the Seagate IDE/SATA drives. But even top level industrial drives occasionally are DOA.


Installation issues / Re: GC100 simple setup, control one cable box via IR
« on: November 24, 2007, 05:28:38 pm »
BTW, the above did work. I did not come back and post at the time - sorry.

Also, I found it necessary to restart the core in order for the Port/Channel Number attribute to show up.

You must enter the value as "module:port" (without the quotes). See the gc100 API spec for how to count modules on the back of the gc100: For example on a gc100-12 the 2nd IR port (of a total of 6) is specified as 4:2 (module 4, port #2); the 6th of six is 5:3 (module 5, port 3).

Hope this helps.

 - Richard

Installation issues / Re: Networked Media Files
« on: November 19, 2007, 06:44:03 am »
It will autodetect shared folders that are on the same network. Here are a couple of related links that touch on this, but I've seen a better description elsewhere:
Search the forum, wiki and user guide.

Installation issues / Re: Media menu and "live tv" entry
« on: November 15, 2007, 07:20:57 am »
no, the media type he's talking about is type 11....

which is literally piping the output of the tuner directly into xine, and using the IR blaster to change channels.

The functionality is not available to the HDHomeRun tuners. I tried to add the scenario manually.

Thanks, tschak909, that makes sense given what I was seeing. Amazing it was smart enough to realize the HDHOMERUN was not supported and did not create the menu entry. Any idea why it is not available for HDHOMERUN tuners? Or if it will be?

Installation issues / Media menu and "live tv" entry
« on: November 15, 2007, 04:45:17 am »
I'm probably overlooking it in the doc, but does it explain anywhere how the Media menu on the orbiter is built?

I've figured out that chosing the top TV entry puts me into MythTV and then I just use the standard MythTV controls: Y to switch sources, m for a menu, etc.

But i notice another entry towards the bottom that reads "Qwest ChoiceTV Live TV" (Qwest ChoiceTV is my cable offering, sort of). If I select this I "believe" I am watching live TV, not going through MythTV - right?

But I would expect to see two similar items for the ports in my HDHOMERUN. Is there a way to add them?

Thanks - Richard

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