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Users / Avermedia 777 TV Quality issues
« on: May 13, 2008, 01:49:17 pm »
Hi All,

Not sure hat my chances are here but I was looking for some advice in getting my Avermedia 777 PCI digital tuner working properly.

I have it installed, successfully scanned for channels (and have XMLTV working). I can watch live tv and record.

Problem is the quality is very poor. All channels have regular artifacts and the sounds pops and crackles every 15 seconds or so (approx). I have tried changing quality options including MP3 sampling, changing the deinterlace options and preferred MPEG decoder but I'm flying dark with most of these and nothing seems to make any positive improvements.

This card is installed as a "DVB DTV capture card (v3.x)" in Myth backend. It shows up as "Zarlink MT352 DVB-T Subtype DVB". I know this looks odd but it is the only way it'll work and I have had the same config in Mythbuntu before with no quality issues.

If anyone could give me a shove in the right direction it'd be appreciated. If this card simple won't work - that'd be OK as I probably should get a dual PCIe one anyway at some point.

Many Thanks,

Users / Re: adding new media sub-types
« on: May 12, 2008, 02:24:08 pm »
Have you tried creating a "genre" for this, then filter from the genre menu?

thanks colinjones - I had not tried this - but I have now. Seems to work great. Thanks  ;D

Now if i could only find an easier way to edit multiple file genres at once. Can be a little tough to do lots of media like this. Might have to stick with sort by filename for the moment...

Users / Re: adding new media sub-types
« on: May 11, 2008, 10:34:50 am »
Hi Thom (or anyone else),

Did you ever work out how to do this? Do I need to manually edit an SQL table content? I have seen others post this question as well ( but could not find the answer... Nothing on the Wiki either.


Users / Re: A new LinuxMCE user
« on: May 09, 2008, 03:01:46 pm »
Thanks Sambuca  :D

* MythTV quality - there is a setting somewhere (recording group?) in the mythtv frontend that allows you to select the quality setting for LiveTV etc. Maybe this will help.
I had a play with the options in MythTV but alas don't seem to be having any luck yet. Changing the deinterlace options and preferred MPEG decoder seemed to change the types of problems a little (especially XvMC decoder which kills everything  :-\) but nothing appears to make it better. Thanks for the suggestion though.

VoIP - I came over this forum post dealing with setting up a Gigaset handset using asterisk, that guy is also in Australia.
I just purchased a Gigaset (S675IP) that I am hoping to set up with LMCE/Asterisk when I get the time.
I'll take a look at that VoIP phone - looks very nice although not having a home phone line these days I wonder if I would end up paying for functionality I wouldn't use (the fact its a POTS device as well)?

* Extra keyboard keys - I suppose the procedure for setting up extra mouse buttons could work for this case too (haven't tried it myself, so don't shoot me  Wink ). It is the wiki :

Currently trying to work out how to easily edit my video media's attributes when the stuff is stored on the NAS (after getting it working thanks to this thread -

The media browser in the admin page doesn't appear to allow this if the videos are on the NAS (unless I'm missing something) - don't suppose anyone knows about this?



Users / Re: New howto: Configuring and using network shares
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:40:07 am »
Thanks corwin!!! Old post I know but it was just what i needed to get my Dlink DNS 323 up and running after I stupidly deleted it out of the device tree.

Good stuff

Users / A new LinuxMCE user
« on: May 09, 2008, 05:42:53 am »
Hi All,

I finally took the plunge and installed LinuxMCE 0710 RC1. I am still at the early stages of setup - but thought I would let everyone know how I go with my hardware.

Core/Hybrid setup is:
  • Core 2 Duo 8200
  • Asus P5k PRO Motherboard (P35 chipset) (
  • Audio Realtek ALC883 8 Channel onboard (currently using analog stereo out)
  • Nvidia PCIe 7300 GPU (using VGA)
  • 2GB Corsair PC6400 DDR RAM
  • 500 GB Seagate SATAII 32MB
  • Zalman 460W noiseless PSU
  • 2 x Ethernet (Gigabit Lan onboard + a PCI 10/100)
  • PCI Avermedia 777 DVB-T
  • Logitech Dinovo Bluetooth keyboard

Other stuff laying about(more to come as I go):
  • Dlink DNS 323 NAS (with 500GB single drive)
  • Samsung 46" M8 LCD
  • WRT54GS Router (DHCP disabled)
  • Standard Windows XP shares
  • PS3

Install went well, no major problems. Very logical and well explained process IMO. Settings:

- UI2 with transparency @ 1280 x 1024 works a charm (1080p hopefully this weekend)
- MythTV setup / DVB-T success, however the quality appear to be lacking. Some channels have quite a few artifacts and others such as Ten HD (I'm in Victoria, Australia BTW) are unwatchable (through ABC HDTV seems to be OK?)
- Ice TV guide (XMLTV) works fine as you would expect
- NAS and Windows share initially auto-detected (but then i screwed the NAS up - see below**)
- Other devices in the network appear to have Internet access via the Core (had to switch the interfaces - murphy's law)

The only real issue I had was with the resolution. I ended up having to go with 1280x1024 @ 60 hz as although the TV supports 1080p and both 1080p and 720p were selectable in the GUI - both (@60 and at @50hz) came through as "resolution not supported" on the Samsung M8 LCD. Not sure if this is driver issues or something else. Will try and work it out this weekend.

**I completely deleted the NAS from devices after it was auto-detected (wanted to change it's shared directories etc and thought I'd just get it to auto-detect again) and now I can't get it back! The NAS still seems to get an IP from the core ( - I can browse to the web admin page) and I have tried adding the device manually using template 1769 (think this is the correct one) but it doesn't appear to work. Is there anyway to force it to be auto detected again as this doesn't seem to be happening regardless of what I do...?

Anyway - plenty more to do and research. Other stuff on the todo list are (any suggestions/recommendations are more than welcome!);
  • Get a Gyro or Fiire remote
  • Get a VOIP provide in Aus (and a VOIP device)
  • Purchase/Setup a USB-IRT device (any suggestions here are welcome!)
  • Install Thom's fantastic MAME plugin
  • See if I can get the Dinovo keyboard special keys to work

Thanks to the community for a great platform. Much appreciated!


Users / Re: Samsung 46" LCD M8... working with USBUIRT
« on: February 09, 2008, 01:45:34 am »
Hey Colinjones - did you get anywhere with this one ???

Sorry I'm of no help yet (don't have LMCE running ATM) but I have this TV as well. Hopefully you can get it running for us both  ;D

Users / Re: Is it just me?
« on: December 21, 2007, 11:44:40 am »
Definitely not the only one. I'm here (lurking) several times a day as well. Also waiting for 7.10 before I build a new rig.  ;D

Users / Re: LinuxMCE Slow
« on: December 10, 2007, 08:01:54 am »
What GPU do you have? Nvidia/ATI? Also what UI settings?

Users / Re: Fiire Engine REVIEW/SPECS!!
« on: November 28, 2007, 02:03:51 pm »
Fiire/Jeff - thanks for the info and being so open. I think you guys have done/are doing an exceptional job!

BTW - I don't suppose you sell to/support customers in Australia do you, Region 4/240v/PAL/DVB-T/S/etc? Your web site lists only about 4 dealers over here, but if you go to all their web sites, none of them mention anything about Fiire... not very encouraging! Direct sale/support?


Hey Colin,

FYI - I'm in Aus as well and after chasing down for some weeks, got through to John from Digital Smart Home (as listed on the Fiire Dealers page. As I understood it, these guys are working on getting the Fiire products in Aus, and I was told they should have a demo in their store (Melbourne) within a few weeks (which would be great!)..

Having said that though, he also passed my details on to another guy, Mario from ACS (, who contacted me to let me know they were looking at putting their own hardware together (built for LinuxMCE) to run 1080p content etc. Amoung other things, Mario mentioned waiting for a new MOBO with a built in ATI GPU /HDMI out. Not sure how far away this one might be though considering the current state of ATI drivers.

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