« on: March 01, 2008, 03:23:11 am »
- LMCE (at least 0710beta3 onwards) will give you 720p/1080i/1080p, but you should do lots of reading on this forum and the wiki to understand the caveats! It will be dependent on how well the hardware handles it, video card capabilities/compatibilities and the specific screen capability/compatibility.
Yes, I've been reading for a few weeks :-) I have the 0710beta3 on DVD here now.
- Your CPU/RAM/Video are all at least as much as they need to be from the sounds of it, although I note that some of the 8000 series nVidia chipsets have been fiddly to get working, esp the 8500/8600, anecdotally. Again forums and wiki for advice on drivers and settings for this, but just do a search for 8400 as well, as I am sure I have seen people talking about it working OK.
So far I don't recall anything negative about the 8400 (well, maybe one thread?)... I've got it working great with ubuntu 7.10 and all desktop effects right now.
- Make sure you read and understand the networking requirements before you start (2 NICs, internal/external network, LMCE being the DHCP server, etc) - if you just accept these "requirements" you will find it much easier to get working.
In my case, I do want to run with 1 NIC. I already have the page about "Single NIC & Existing DHCPd" printed out and I've read plenty on the subject.
As such, I tend to side with the group that likes a single NIC. I, like many, already have a LinkSys wireless access point which connects me to my PPPoE internet connection. I have no problem disabling the DHCP server in it. I understand LinuxMCE must be the DHCP server, and I want that, as I want to use diskless Media Directors.
- Probably best to wait another few days for Beta 4 to be released as it has lots of bug fixes....
Oh, I didn't know Beta 4 was forthcoming. That may work out great as I'm not ready to start till another 7 days anyway!
- Read and understand the differences between the DVD and CD installs - use DVD if you can because it is quicker and easier
I am completey prepared to use the DVD install and start with a fresh system. I don't need to "save" any existing partitions. I want to do exactly what the DVD install is supposed to do (wipe and start clean).
- Read up on the AV Wizard and how to deal with blank screens after install, it is usually quite easy to resolve this. And display drivers...
I'm hoping the 8400 will do fine, but I will have a VGA monitor connected as backup during the initial configuration, with the goal of using the LCD HD TV as the only video output when everything is installed/configured.
- Don't expect much on the HD DVD/Bluray front at this stage. Apparently it works (sometimes), but a lot of caveats around functionality.
I don't have any HD inputs (DVD, dish, etc) so HD is not an issue here.
- You cannot use your DLinks as Media Directors. A Media Director is a LMCE PC ... period.
Thanks for the clarification. I'm using Tversity under Vista to share my media currently. It provides media to the Dlinks and we have a web address where we get a quick 'n easy interface to all media on our notebooks and PDA. I wasn't sure if the DLink's would be able to talk to LinixMCE.
Since I'm moving my current Ubuntu box to be the new LInucMCE core, my Vista machine is becoming my new ubuntu box (albeit in dual boot mode). However, I can configure TwonkyVision under Linux to deliver media to the DLink's while playing. I've already tested that.
I appreciate your response. I've been researching LinuxMCE for about a month now. I've purchased a gyro mouse and hauppage pcr-150MCE pci cards with a remote and beanbag IRD that are known to work. My core is already happily running ubuntu 7.10 and should be fine for LinuxMCE.
I do intend to sell off the DLinks and use that money towards barebones MD's. Hopefully something quiet ;-)
I have been paying attention to what hardware "works" and have been making sure my equipment is compatible, *before* the installation, as opposed to the other way around. Hopefully I'll do well.