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Users / Hoping someone here can help.
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:44:46 pm »
I've got a Fiire Engine and two Fiire stations.  The core showed up with a failed hard drive so I put another drive in it and installed 704 from my download, all went well except when I tried to start the Fiire Station MD's. 

Evidently there are special VIA drivers that should have been on an installation DVD from the company which I did not receive.  So the Fiire techs uploaded "VIA archives" to my core last night but I have no clue as to what to do with them.  Unfortunately I'm told there won't be a tech available for four hours and I don't want to wait that long.  Can anybody tell me how I'm supposed to install these things?

The three files they sent are as follows:

Any ideas?

Users / Re: Add on ESATA ports.... (like Fiire Station does)
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:38:53 pm »
I have a Fiire engine and the eSATA ports are simply extensions coming off the SATA ports on the motherboard.  If you want to add more, you simply need to get another SATA adapter and the eSata cables.  Should be pretty much plug and play.

Users / Re: Just venting general frustration.
« on: January 25, 2008, 10:18:05 pm »
I'm connected via VGA to a computer monitor using the Geforce 6200 (Fiire Box).

Users / Re: Just venting general frustration.
« on: January 25, 2008, 08:33:08 pm »
Thanks for the reply and I saw that post about 710 however I've been downloading it for 2 days and I'm currently getting 960 bytes/second so no telling when I'll have that.

The "blank screen" section of the wiki only talks about having the wrong interface hooked up (i.e. Comp vs. VGA).  That's not my issue because I am connected to the VGA port and I have video not a blank screen it just hangs. 

Users / Just venting general frustration.
« on: January 25, 2008, 07:42:35 pm »
First, I'm a Windows guy.  Now, that doesn't mean I'm an OS biggot.  It just means that in my business (IT support for small businesses) Windows is the dominant OS so that's what I've put my effort into for the last 12 years.  (MCSE, CCNA, Network+, etc.)  So, I'm a linux newbie and I am fully aware that this is the main reason for my frustration.

Second, I also believe that LinuxMCE is a good product and I commend everyone involved in it's development for their hard work.

Now the frustration part.  Mostly it's documentation, it seems to me that the Wiki assumes in many areas that the user is familiar with linux.  I have often been greeted with the solution "You can do that in the Admin page" as if from there it is totally obvious.  Well, it's not.  The Admin page is confusing at best.  One example is adding a diskless MD.  The documentation says to add the MAC address of the MD in the admin page then boot up your MD and all will be candy and soda!  However in the Admin page I go to Wizard > Devices > Media Directors and I see a New Device button that seems to be what I want.  I click it and Choose the manufacturer, category and template and then update the MD page assuming that my new device will show up seeing as I think I've just added it (I have to assume that because the wiki says nothing other than "Do that in the admin page").  Well I click update and nope, no new device.  So where am I supposed to enter this MAC address?  I try the Setup Diskless MD button, reload the router and still no MD in the list.

In desperation I just turn the MD on and it now shows up in my MD devices list with the correct MAC address and everything but the damn thing hangs at "Helper Script End".  It's been sitting there for 3 hours now and I've scoured the wiki for any hint at what to do and of course there's no love.

As I said this is just one of the many problems I'm having, not to mention setting up AV equipment which is about as vague as the Bible in the wiki as well. 

It seems to me that the wiki assumes too much about the users knowledge of the system and being brand new to LinuxMCE with very little linux experience in general I'm getting more and more frustrated by the minute.

I'm a savvy guy however and I'm sure I'll get it figured out but for now I need to step away from this thing and breath a little.

/end rant

Users / Re: How do I add a hard drive as a media location?
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:52:08 pm »
The drive is on my core.

Users / How do I add a hard drive as a media location?
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:03:49 pm »
I've installed on a small drive in my computer, I have an eSATA 500GB drive which is where I want to be my media location.  How do I do that?  I don't see anywhere that I can define which drive to rip to.


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?


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