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Users / Re: Quality of TV tuners?
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:00:41 pm »
I have a PVR-500 Hauppauge card

In 0704 the quality for me was absolutely horrible. I remember asking myself why anyone in thier right mind would even use MythTV if this was the quality they would be watching it in - so I never used MythTV in 0704 (I'd never used MythTV before this)
. When I reinstalled with 0710, I figured that I would check the liveTV again. I'm not sure what changed (or if there was some other tuning I could have done under 0704) - but capturing via s-video now has beautiful picture quality. It would take a pretty good eye to spot the degradation from the original. Its so good, that I even record movies and Pay-Per-View movies for permanent inclusion into my media library.

How are you getting Pay-Per-View to record? 

I've tried with a Comcast box as well as a DirecTV box and in both cases I can only view ppv by switching to the box (not going through MythTV).  i.e. On my Comcast box on-demand is channel 1, when I tell MythTV to tune to Ch1 I get nothing.

Installation issues / Re: Fiire experience
« on: August 19, 2008, 11:00:38 pm »
This is an interesting thread to me.  I've ordered 2 servers (one the 7.04 model and one the 7.10 version), a total of 13 MD's (3 of the old ones and 10 of the new prestige boxes) and 3 remotes with 13 dongles.

I was charged correctly, they shipped within the 2-4 weeks they had promised and to date everything is running perfectly.

It is noteworthy that with both of these systems are limited to DVD/CD storage and playback.  No lighting, alarm, video surveillance and the like, strictly store and play DVD's and CD's.

The older equipment is sitting in our home theater showroom connected to a D-Box motion couch and an overhead projector, with 2 MD's connected to LCD TV's in another room.  We've had no problems with the system and it's a big hit with home media people.  We'll be showing that system at our second Home and Garden Show this October. 

With the commercial installation the customer gets promo video's on CD that he rips to the server then plays on 6 TV's throughout his building and he is extremely happy with the system's performance.

As far as tech support:  I only had occasion to contact them twice and in both cases the people I spoke to through their online chat were helpful and solved my issues.

I did have a number of problems when I first started learning the system, but that was clearly my ignorance of Linux, nothing related to the Fiire equipment.  Mostly, it was me "tinkering" with the system to better understand it's capabilities and limitations.

Also, I did have many problems when I tried to install 7.10 on the older equipment, but installing 7.04 from the DVD provided by Fiire was smooth and trouble free.  It seems that the older MD's are NOT compatible with 7.10.

I'm not sure if the reason I've had no trouble is that I'm not doing much with the systems in terms of LMCE's advertised capabilities but sticking to the "out of box" installation with no customizations has been flawless for me so far.  I, myself am not a coder and have no interest in becoming one.  I was looking for a cheaper media server solution to Kaleidescape and I've found it with LMCE.  Fiire, to this point has been a reliable source for hardware and software that keeps our installation/configuration labor down and I'm careful not to advertise/promise features of LMCE that aren't 100% reliable.

With my personal system at home (custom server with 2 Fiire MD's and the Fiire remote), I tinker around and experiment all the time and the system spends more time down than up, but again, that's due to my monkeying around, no reflection on LMCE or Fiire at all.

We plan on upgrading our demo system to the new equipment before our upcoming show and I intend to implement Z-Wave lighting.  I'll post again with my experience.

Users / Re: Fiire Invisible: New Reviews?
« on: June 30, 2008, 09:06:37 pm »
I'm ordering a couple of these along with the new server in the next couple of weeks.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Users / Re: MythTV/PVR Setup - Is this the best way to do it.
« on: June 03, 2008, 06:02:55 pm »
Awesome! Thx.

Users / MythTV/PVR Setup - Is this the best way to do it.
« on: June 03, 2008, 05:31:05 pm »
I've got MythTV/PVR working fine with my Comcast cable box but the obvious limitation is that due to the fact the tuning is done by the cable box, I can't record one show and watch another.

Here's what I think I'm going to try.  Setup 2 tuners and 2 cable boxes on my Core, using one for recording and one for viewing.

Is this the best way to do this?

Will I be able to setup scenarios for each box on my MD's?  i.e. "Cable" and "Recorder"?


Users / Re: Can I set up my network like this?
« on: April 14, 2008, 06:08:16 pm »
I have a similar situation but setup a little differently than suggested.

Here is my setup:

Cable Modem > WiFi Router (DHCP enabled with subnet) > Switch1
     LMCE Core Ext Eth0 > Switch1 (getting dynamic address from Router)
     LMCE Core Int Eth1 > Switch2 (DHCP server enabled on this NIC for the MD's)
     MD's > Switch2
     Home computers > Switch1

I disable the firewall on my LMCE Core to allow my home computers to connect to shares on the core.  (I'm not too worried about the security issue as it is behind my Router/Firewall)

Home computers and Eth0 on the Core are getting addresses from the router on the subnet.  MD's are getting their addresses from the Core from Eth1 on the subnet.

Works well for me.

Hope this helped.

Users / Re: Via to partner with nVidia
« on: April 11, 2008, 01:30:07 am »
Now this is interesting.  I personally think it's too late, but you never know, Nvidia is no chump and together they may make a good run of it.

As horrifying as this is, I think I agree with Zaerc on this.

Intel's move into the low voltage market is the equivalent of when MS decided to enter the web browser market.  VIA, much like Netscape can see the writing on the wall and knows that their days are numbered.  This move by VIA to finally truly enter the open source market is a panic induced attempt to salvage at least a small part of the market.  I personally think they're screwed.  As another poster noted, many people (including myself) will leap to Intel chipsets asap.

On a side note, it's interesting that VIA's approach has been very similar to Microsoft's business practices.  When there was no competition it's "Oh no, you'll have to pay for drivers" now that the big boys are in the fray it's "Oh, did we mention our drivers are free now?"  LOL  The irony is that had VIA been opensource from the start they may have been able to maintain their market share through this.

Users / Re: MythTV's Internal Guide
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:50:14 pm »
What I found is that once I installed the cable box as a device in LMCE, Myth kind of "figured out" that the box is where the channel gets changed.

You do have to have some type of controller for the cable box (UIRT, Serial, etc.)  Once I got the box and UIRT setup then asked Myth to change the channel, the actual tuner card stayed on channel 3 and the cable box changed to the channel I wanted.

On a side note:  There is considerable lag using the UIRT to control the cable box (1-2 seconds between the time I push the channel up button and the channel actually changing)  my box doesn't have the serial connector so I don't know if that method is faster.

Although I haven't tried it, I don't believe you can record one channel and watch another with this configuration as the channel is being controlled by the cable box and the box can only tune one channel at a time.

Hope this helped.

Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 27, 2008, 09:46:18 pm »
edit:  oddly enough, when I did an apt-get install ddrescue it completed, but there was no ddrescue.  After poking around I found dd_rescue????

I don't know about that, when I saw the reference to ddrescue I just went to a command line and typed it and it worked.  No install, no path, just # ddrescue....

Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 27, 2008, 09:42:46 pm »
By slow I mean regular method usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, the ddrescue method takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 27, 2008, 06:40:56 pm »
Fantastic!  If that works seamlessly I'm happy to dump vlc to get an option that works from within lmce. 

Before you try creating a new menu for a separate rip method, you might want to give a different DVD a try, something that works quick with the disk_copy method.  The slowdown may just be a result of a ton of bad blocks.

edit:  oddly enough, when I did an apt-get install ddrescue it completed, but there was no ddrescue.  After poking around I found dd_rescue????

OK, I used the ddrescue method on a disc I had previously ripped with the disk_copy method and it is still slow so I'm going to go ahead with the second menu option.  I'll keep you updated.

Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:45:54 pm »

OK, I substituted the ddrescue command for the disk_copy command in the file:

Old command:

command='/usr/pluto/bin/disc_unlock "$sourceDevice"; nice -n 15 /usr/pluto/bin/disk_copy "$sourceDevice" "$" > '"$ProgressOutput"

New command:

command='/usr/pluto/bin/disc_unlock "$sourceDevice"; nice -n 15 ddrescue -n "$sourceDevice" "$" > '"$ProgressOutput"

I used ddrescue because it copies the disk straight to iso/dvd format.  Now I can use the Orbiter interface and choose Copy disk and it will copy any disc perfectly.  The downside is this method takes WAY longer to copy so what I'm going to attempt is create a new menu item for this type of copy so I'll have one button for the quick copy and another button for this copy if a movie fails using the first one.

Another issue I'm having (but not really one of importance) is using the ddrescue method the percentage doesn't show up when you view the progress.  I'll look into that later.

Holy Cow, I think I just contributed something to this project.

Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 25, 2008, 11:00:25 pm »
OK, after some investigation (please remember that I'm new to LMCE and Linux in general), I've discovered that it seems that the ripping function is performed by the command /usr/pluto/bin/disk_copy which is being called from /usr/pluto/bin/

Here is the section of script that seems to be executing the command:

case $diskType in
      ProgressOutput='>(/usr/pluto/bin/|/usr/pluto/bin/ "$diskDriveDeviceID" "$jobID" "$taskID")'
      command='/usr/pluto/bin/disc_unlock "$sourceDevice"; nice -n 15 /usr/pluto/bin/disk_copy "$sourceDevice" "$" > '"$ProgressOutput"

I've searched my ass off for switches for the disk_copy command but I only find references to the Mac command.  Anybody know where I can find out about this command or if I'm even on the right track?

I'm hoping that I'll be able to add a switch that will ignore errors or something and enable me to rip newer DVD's.


Users / Re: DVD Ripping question
« on: March 25, 2008, 09:51:03 pm »
Thanks for the replys guys and the help is much appreciated.

I'm going to try both of those methods, however the ultimate goal is to get this thing to a point that an 8 year old could walk up to my TV, drop in a movie and choose "Copy Disc" from the menu.

Can any of these solutions be implemented through the UI?

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