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Users / Re: Fiire
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:44:23 pm »
I ordered about $2700 worth of stuff from them on 12/26/07, the money came off my card on 12/27/07.  As of right now, I have no product, my order says "Processing" on their site and I've made many calls and emails over the last week with no response to either.

Needless to say, I'm not happy and do not intend to do business with them again.

Users / I'm confused yet again....
« on: December 27, 2007, 08:55:14 pm »
OK, I've read and reread the wiki and I can't gleen a clear answer to this.

I'm not understanding how the LinuxMCE system will control my A/V equipment.  Here's what I mean specifically.

Most of my A/V equipment is very basic, meaning my TV's only have RCA or Coax input, no RS232 or anything, same with my cable boxes, S-Video and Coax out with only Coax in, again no RS232.  The MD's (I'm looking at the Fiire boxes), only have S-Video or VGA/DVI output and computer soundcard type audio out (which none of my A/V equipment has).  So how does my Cable box and TV hook up and once the A/V part is hooked up, how in the hell is the MD going to communicate with it in terms of power on/off, channel changing, input selection, etc?

I looked at the diagrams showing the connections between devices and there is something called an "Interface Module" that connects to the receiver through IR and to the TV through RS232 but what exactly is it ("Interface Module" is pretty vague) and what happens if I don't have any RS232 connections?

Thanks in advance

Users / Re: Storage sizing
« on: December 27, 2007, 12:35:04 am »
I'm working with Polywell to see if they can build me a Fiire Engine around this.

My fingers are crossed.

Users / Re: Storage sizing
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:47:26 am »
Thanks Man

Users / Re: Storage sizing
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:31:50 am »
9.2GB is the max size for dual layer DVD's, but I'm sure most movies aren't that big.  Anybody got an average size on DVD's.  Fiire only offers a 16TB RAID cage.

Ideally, let me know how many movies you've ripped and how much hard drive are you using.

Users / Storage sizing
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:11:26 am »
Can anyone help me out with sizing the storage on this system.  I'm looking to find out how many standard DVD's (Not HD) I can rip per TB of storage.  I have roughly 2200 DVD's and would ideally like to get them all on the core.


Users / Re: Newbie question (again)
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:49:44 pm »
Thanks a ton Dan, that helped a lot.

Users / Newbie question (again)
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:12:00 pm »
I'm a little confused on exactly how A/V equipment physically connects to the system.

If I have a core and 2 MD's, I gather I hook the cable box up to a video capture card in the core.  Will I be able to watch two different channels at the MD's with one cable box or will I need two cable boxes hooked up to the Core?  If the latter is the case, does that mean 2 video capture cards installed and what happens when I need 6 or more? 

Likewise how do other A/V devices physically connect?  For instance, Cable box + CD changer + DVD Jukebox + Satellite Box, etc.?  I don't see anything on the wiki that adequately explains the physical hookups of all this equipment.  I need this info before purchasing hardware so I know what to purchase.

Is the video/audio transmitted to the tv's from the core over ethernet?  If so, what is the point at which the traffic is too heavy for smooth playback and what is the solution?


Users / Good Hardware to make this thing rock.
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:51:28 pm »
I'm going to be building a system for my home, can anyone help me with a known working hardware list.

I want good gear that won't be buggy and will perform excellent, price is not an issue up to about 5K.

The system will consist of the core and three clients, I'll only be using it for AV right now.

Any help would be appreciated.

Before Thom rips me again to read the wiki, I have seen the hardware section.  What I'm hoping for is user input on hardware they've used and that works well.  :)

Users / Re: Playing multiple movies/media at the same time.
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:43:23 pm »
Any media director (PC running the LinuxMCE software booted from the network), can independently access media stored at the core, or on the network.

This is by design.

Please read the wiki, a lot of the questions you are asking, have already been answered there.


Sorry, I'm a bit of a bone head I guess, but when you say "wiki", to what are you referring exactly?  I read the user and installation guides and didn't see any reference to this.  Is there somewhere else I need to look?

The other half of this question that I didn't express clearly enough is: Do I need any special hardware considerations to do this?  For instance would I have to proportionally beef up the Core in relation to the number of TV's I might be using, etc?

Users / Playing multiple movies/media at the same time.
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:17:20 pm »
Does LinuxMCE do this?

Play one movie in the living room while someone else plays a different movie/music in another room?

If so, is there any special consideration/hardware to make it happen?


Users / Re: Is Linux mce for me
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:25:18 pm »
I've also just began looking at this and being unfamilar with Linux and MCE's in general, I've got a few questions.

What I'm looking for is something like the Kaleidescape system that I can rip my dvd's to a controlling server then be able to access the movies at my tv using a remote control.  I see that LMCE seems to have this functionality, however I'm unclear on the tv controlling devices.  It seems that they're PC's, can they be controlled via an IR remote or do you have to have a mouse and keyboard?

Ultimately, I want a system that operates like a normal DVR so people like my parents and kids can watch movies in any room in the house with no computer knowledge.


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