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Users / Re: VIA vs. Atom in 810..
« on: May 15, 2009, 09:53:04 am »

do you guys have plans to testdrive the Zotac Ion A/B Board?
With the Atom 330 it looks quite promising to me. Here in Germany its about 180€(for the A with Wifi&fan) and 120€(for the B w/o wifi) (tax incl.) + Shipping for the A & B model. I guess the A is provided with a small external PSU as well.

Another Board came to my eyes:
They have models with single & dual Core. Fine thing about them is... they support up to 4x SATA + 1 PCI-e 16x.
Maybe not the best choice for an MD... but for a file server it is! (4x2Tb + raid controller. is not to bad!).
The POV does not come with a PSU. The POV 230/330 is available starting from 125/140EUR (tax incl.) + Shipping.



I second the idea with the templates. Since tschaak came up with the video about how to use the Designer, more and more guys came up with ideas, PoCs etc. even whole implementation. I get some kind of frustrated when i do a whole reinstall with my specific hardware. e.g. DVB-T-USB-Sticks, my DVB-T PCI card. As far as i know, everything could be handled via templates, that communicate with the DCE. The templates can download stuff, make/compile, install new code all this... AS it is mention some time "guys, create templates for your stuff, for the sake of the community", i guess some of us would take a shot to support even more hardware as most of us have specific at their home. Am i asking for "Create-LMCE-Templates/Packages-for-Dummies"?... i guess i DO! ;O)

Users / Re: MSI MS-9A08
« on: May 13, 2009, 10:03:52 am »
AS the Zotac ITX Ion Thing comes with a Powersupply... does someone has a tip which case could be useful? I was waiting for the Acer Aspire ION PC... but to get the grip on an Atom 330 & Nvidia 9400 for approx 140€ + shipping... sound just to good! Any ideas about a nice, small but cooling case (girlfriend HATES when PCs hang down the desk, baremetal! ;O))

Thx. Pat

Users / Re: Is the MSI Media Live still a good hybrid?
« on: May 12, 2009, 11:26:04 am »
Any Questions left`? ;O)
Can I ask one too?  ;)
I am looking for a lightweight solution to provide sound and vision in my living room, where I still have a CRT television with SCART connections. Doesn't this board provide component video out that can be cabled into SCART? Does this output work without too much hassle for you (or anyone else)?
Thanks so much,
Well it depends on buying the MSI Media Live Barebone or just the Mainboard
The MB itself just comes with HDMI(DVI), VGA, component. The Barebone comes with additional SCART und composite and other stuff: .
I ordered the s-composite slot-thingi via ebay for aprox. 10 EUR + shipping. As the Scart signal was kind of crappy, the cause might be the 2§ adapter ;o), the s-composite works fine for me. THe Resolution kind of sucked as it was standard PAL. Video was fine, everthing else... well, at least a got a good reason to get myself a LCD... finally!

Users / Re: Is the MSI Media Live still a good hybrid?
« on: May 11, 2009, 03:12:48 pm »
My other option is to spec/build something myself.  I have been playing around with specs roughly like the following, but would be grateful of some feedback;

1 x ATHLON 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHZ PIB SKT AM2 2X512KB F...    £39.21            Fast enough?
i would go for the 4850, as it is less Energy consuming. As for HD without VDpau, u still need a quick machine.
My Athlon BE-2400 sucks at this, at it seems to bee to slow. In the Forum are some attemps with coreAVC (try the search functionality ;O) ) in which i couldn't succeed. Kepp in mind to have a proper cooling with HOT Hardware!
1 x M3N78 PRO AM2+ GF8300 ATX VGA+SND+GLN+1394+U2 H...    £51.04            Wiki says its compatible
Check the Forum for this Board. There should be some HUGE threads about it...
1 x Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2-SDRAM ...    £17.97            Fast enough?
Who cares much about Memory anymore, as long as there is enough and your machine is not i7-ish ! ;O)
Just spend ur machine like 2-4gb, everything should be fine... Myself went for Kingston, as they usually just work, nothing else...
Graphics Card
1 x EN9500GT/DI/512MD3 512MB DDR3 PCI-E DVI-I HDMI ...    £43.58            Any idea if this card will work?
No bloody idea, but check out the mythtv forum for the compatibility of vdpau and the supported graphic cards. They are getting more and more. I guess, a 9xxx card should but a good choice, but please check the forum, as there used to be some issues with with 8x, 9x cards, their drivers and 7.10...
Optical Drive
1 x Pioneer 5x BluRay DVDRW Combo    £57.96
Pfee.. no idea. No need for BR yet... but i guess it should be P&P
Hard Disk
1 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA 32MB Cach...    £62.24
I just love the new WD drives. I got some with just 16mb cache (not that i could feel that). quite, quick... nice price.
Case wise im thinking if i go this route myself i will go for a silverstone LC20 with some sort of 520W powersupply.  I guess what im asking is am i better to go for the MSI or this self spec'd machine as the cost will be pretty similar
I just have my nice Antec p150 next to my TV... just little WAF, but not ready for a silverstone yet ;O)
But i guess, there is not much that can go wrong with such a case.
Big plans are, just to have a small MD in the "future-Living-room"... small case = big WAF, rite?

Well MSI ML? New one?... Hardware support is getting really awesome with linux. Well, as i bought my MSI in Jan last years, i do not see the need for a new board. But the new stuff looks really nice. I guess i would go for the new Hardware and make it work... so .. have fun! ;O)
Once upon a time, when LMCE will work with the new Ubuntu releases, HW should be an issue anymore. But 7.10 is still picky, and 8.10alpha is still hard to manage for a "user"...



P.S: My tip for playing around with different versions: get yourself several hardrives. 160Gb ~ 30Eur (40USD/GBP?) should do the trick...

Users / Re: Is the MSI Media Live still a good hybrid?
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:57:36 am »

i'm running on the MSI Media Liv Mainboard myself. I still think it's not to bad. So if you can get a good deal with it, why not! ;O)
BUT...First i just use the internal NIC for the DSL-line and plugged in a Intel GBit NIC for the internal stuff. Second I'm using an Nvidia 7300GT 512MB graphic card, as i was hoping to get rid of the tearing. The internal card is ...ok, but not perfect. Newer boards, with newer chipsets might could perform better Nvida VPDAU, once its being set up in LMCE... but this is some sound of the future.

so... again, i like the MSI Live as a hybrid... especially for the beginning.
Later on, maybe i like a board with MORE PCI-(E) stuff, more SATA  and MDs that come in a smaller Formfactor...

Any Questions left`? ;O)


Users / Re: GlovePIE WiiMote support, and other noob questions
« on: April 14, 2009, 06:02:06 pm »
Hi Che,

welcome to the world of LinuxMCE...
Does Linux MCE have glovePIE support, and if so, has anyone used a Wii-Mote with it? If so, then that would be BRILLIANT for me, as I've been thinking of using WiiMotes, as it has a bit COOL factor, plus, they're cheaper. And also, Glovepie is very customisable, which makes things LOVELY.
As far as i could check, GlovePie seems to be a key-mapping editor for Windows... well, still buzz around with linux.
Checking the search-forum/wiki function would return u bunch of information. give it a try, won't hurt ;O)

How much do you think it would cost for a basic media/lighting automation system? I already have the box, just no monitor, or any other goodies. I will initially only be using it in just the one room, more as a test than anything, so I don't need much.
Well .. some spent few bucks, i did aprox 1000USD, but didn't accomplished most of my goals. Some spent much much more (several 1000s, as LinuxMCE used to be quite picky with Hardware). It depends on, what u bring to the table, what u need, how big your scenario(one light-switch or 254?) should be etc...
Does LinuxMCE play HD movies?
Yes it will. If you have the right graphic card. Some NVidia 6xxx, 7xxx, etc will do, but check the compatibility in the forum... some seem not to be supported yet. As Linux Support for HD is not implented in 7.10, keep in mind to have a powerful CPU for HD playback or play around with the CoreAVC implementation. Again... check the search.
Does it have bittorrent support?
Well its Linux, so everthing is possible. But No, there won't be a plug & Play support within the Orbiter/MDs scenario, but u can install a client, extract/move the files to the specific folder, and LinuxMCE will pick it up... so you can use the files.
again... check the forum/wiki

And one's for sure... our Devs REALLY rock ;O)

Cheers as well

Money send via paypal ;O)

Users / Re: Another Ion Net-top to look forward to (AspireRevo)
« on: April 14, 2009, 10:02:29 am » says (, is already listing this cute device for 179 GBP . Acer Aspire Revo / Intel Atom N230 1.6GHz / 1GB / 8GB SSD / Linux / Desktop PC (92.G1DYZ.UF0)
ETD: 18.05.2009

Sorry... i just got the wrong version. Never installed Vista... never will ;O) so another 70bucks saved...

Users / Re: Would you buy EEEbox for MD (199€)?
« on: April 04, 2009, 09:49:30 pm »
alx2k, thanks for the info. I just forgot, that mediamarkt acts europe wide, not just in old germany. Spain is a little bit too far away... still, good luck! ;O)


P.s. maybe we get this offer here as well... some time ;O)

Users / Re: Would you buy EEEbox for MD (199€)?
« on: April 04, 2009, 09:38:42 pm »
Alx9r.... where the hell to you live, that you can get a b202 for just 200 bucks

Canada.  price was $335 CAD (see my earlier post).

Sorry alx9r, i meant which "mediamarkt" alx2k went to... i just got confused with your alx* ;O)

Users / Re: Would you buy EEEbox for MD (199€)?
« on: April 04, 2009, 09:11:44 pm »
Alx9r.... where the hell to you live, that you can get a b202 for just 200 bucks (cheapest one on is about 289€? Grab one for me too ;O)
Good look with the your new toy..


Users / Re: New Forum Layout for 810
« on: April 04, 2009, 08:44:31 pm »
Actually i kind of like the setup like it is right now, To many subforums makes it hard just to browse all categories while watching TV on the couch. I prefer, just browsing the board, sneaking around others problems, as my own system is not that advanced yet. To divide up the forum with the new release is not the best idea, because some solutions might work on the new version as well.

Count me in to support Thoms great work ;O)


Users / Re: Re-calibrate broken Fiire Chief?
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:09:32 pm »

i always used to recalibrate the remote by not moving ot for 10 secs,
but this one is steady... reproducable.
its not that the cursor is moving by itself, more that its moving not exact.

thats why i was asking for help ;O)


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