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Users / Re: Voip/Thin Clients
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:54:44 pm »
1. I'm going to have a stab at using Vonage with LinuxMCE over the next few weeks, so I'll let you know how I get on if you're still interested.

2. Thin clients, yes, pretty much anything, provided it can do a network (PXE) boot. Another hurdle is the graphics - if you're wanting to use the high end UI, then you'll need nVidia, or VIA UniChrome I believe, not sure about drivers for that though.

I've been looking at building my own thin clients using a mini-ITX motherboard. Having sourced the motherboard that I want to use (1 Ghz fanless processor, VIA Unichrome grpahics, S-video, DVI, gigbit LAN), along with the power supply etc, I intend on building my own case for it (due to the high cost/unavailablity/large dimensions of other thin mini-ITX cases that I have seen) which should end up around 1.5 - 1.75 inches thick. Not quite as good as the 1" Fiire ones, but remember this - I intend on mounting my computer to the wall, behind the TV, not on the VESA mount itself. This means that with a swing arm-type TV mount, I will actually be able to get the TV closer to the wall than would be possible with the 1" client. And for a much lower price.

For smaller TVs (where it really IS necessary to have the PC sandwiched between the TV and the VESA mount), I intend on building a custom all-in-one TV bracket and mini-ITX computer case. Ideally I want the PC and/or case to be removeable, but this may mean sacrificing how close you can get the TV to the wall. Not sure what I am going to do yet, but that's the fun of design. I'm working on the CAD for this now.

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Users / Re: Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:31:03 pm »
Thanks for your reply.

That is good news! So how would I go about using the on-screen orbiter to control that particular TV? I have never seen anything in the orbiter control menus that suggest I would be able to do this. Maybe a silly question, but how would I turn the TV back ON again using just the gyro mouse? Obviously in this case, the TV will be off, so I won't be able to use the on-screen orbiter!

Any help would be much appreciated. I've had a look on the forums and the wiki, but I couldn't find anything that answers these question - apologies if I've missed them.

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Users / Re: My Future LinuxMCE Experiment
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:24:18 pm »
Lol, I was quite looking forward to actually giving something back to the community then, after all of the help that I have received! Better luck next time.

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Users / Controlling TV via orbiter (not with IR remote control)
« on: August 04, 2008, 02:46:35 pm »
Hi all,

I want to invest in a 3-buttoned gyro mouse for use with the bedroom media director (I intend on buying 1 Fiire chief, and that will probably stay downstairs for the lounge and kitchen).

My question: How do I control the TV? I'm assuming I would need the USB-UIRT, but my understanding was that this required the use of an IR remote control, in conjunction with the UIRT. Is it possible to gain control of the TV via the on-screen orbiter? This is a bog-standard CRT TV, no serial port.

Thanks.

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Users / Re: Just found out about Linux MCE
« on: August 04, 2008, 02:16:43 pm »
Not just your free time - time when you should be working as well  ;)

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Users / Re: My Future LinuxMCE Experiment
« on: August 04, 2008, 02:08:31 pm »
As an INEXPERIENCED user of LinuxMCE, I would definitely recommend the standalone LinuxMCE installation DVD, as opposed to installing Kubuntu first.

What are the specs of your laptop, namely the graphics? This pretty much dictates which UI you will be able to use. Do you intend on using it wirelessly (purely as an orbiter), or as a diskless (wired) media director?

The media library is fantastic at reading tags, be it for videos, music, recorded TV shows, or whatever. I am very anal with the naming of my music, and quite sloppy with the naming of my videos (because they invariably get deleted if I don't burn them), and LinuxMCE copes very well with both. I don't think you'll be dissappointed.

Last but not least, don't get worked up over a given response, just because it wasn't what you wanted to hear! colinjones' answer was very concise in my opinion, and these forums have been a lifeline to me. Best of luck with LinuxMCE.

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Users / Re: Z-Wave dongle for Europe - READ THIS
« on: July 31, 2008, 02:15:58 pm »
Would you happen to know if these are available in Britain?

Thanks.

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Users / Re: Hybrid vs Dedicated Core
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:24:20 pm »
May I ask why not? I would just try it, but judging by the fact that you have suggested that I do not do this, I can't help but think that something horrible will happen!

So is the orbiter part of the media director? What aspects of the system does "media station" refer to?

Thanks for your replies.

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Users / Re: Hybrid vs Dedicated Core
« on: July 30, 2008, 01:23:48 pm »
Coley,

Thanks for the reply. You refer to not starting the media station - is a "media station" the same thing as a "media director"? I noticed that on the admin page, a media director (for the core/hybrid) is present -  can I simply delete this, or is this not the same thing? Or should I do both?

I also understood that the "main screen" as it were (with the menu containing media, climate, lights etc) is the "orbiter" - does this need removing as well, or again, is it all the same thing? I'm really starting to get a bit mixed up with my terminology here.

Thanks again for your reply, most helpful.

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Users / Hybrid vs Dedicated Core
« on: July 30, 2008, 11:11:39 am »
Hi all,

I have a question concerning the exact differences between a hybrid and a dedicated core.

I am well aware of the difference in theory (through reading the wiki), but what are the physical differences?

Is it simply a standard LinuxMCE installation without a monitor connected to it? With regards to the software, what changes need to be made to the system that makes it a dedicated core, as opposed to a standard hybrid from the default installation?

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Installation issues / Re: Nvidia 6200 TC Tearing
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:00:44 pm »
Thanks for your thoughts on this - my media centre has 2 GB RAM, 512 GB of which is dedicated to the graphics card; I have done this through BIOS, as per your suggestion. Whether this value is referring to the onboard graphics (which I'm not using), or my graphics card, I don't know.

However, you've spoken of a setup under advanced setup or advanced chipsets - could you elaborate on this please? Would I access this through the KDE desktop?

Cheers,
MM.

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Installation issues / Re: Nvidia 6200 TC Tearing
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:31:45 pm »
Zaerc,

I don't agree. Not only does it work fine when I turn alpha blending off, but I have an ancient machine with an ancient AGP graphics card that has no problem whatsoever. If it was my setup, how would I even go about correcting something like that when it works fine with alpha blending off?

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Installation issues / Re: Nvidia 6200 TC Tearing
« on: July 15, 2008, 02:34:00 pm »
I don't have anything that's HD - everything is either PAL or NTSC, so very low resolutions. Both the TV and projector are connected to the respective graphics cards via S-video. I have swapped the projector and the TV before - the result is the same; tearing on the PCIe nVidia card, but not a bit of it on the AGP nVidia card.

I'm not seeing this "Z" tear either that I've heard about (I have read your previous posts on this, very peculiar). I have horizontal tearing at approximitely 1/4 of the way up the screen, and also 1/4 of the way down the screen, leaving about half of the screen in the middle unmolested. This happens in MythTV, and when watching videos (DVDs and DivXs) through the orbiter.

It's a real shame that LinuxMCE has this problem, and I can completely understand why some people can't be bothered with it. Not me though, it's better than the alternative... How come you don't see the tearing if you just do an ordinary Ubuntu Gutsy install and play a video, yet you see it on the LinuxMCE install? That IS Gutsy, is it not?

MM.

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Installation issues / Re: Nvidia 6200 TC Tearing
« on: July 15, 2008, 12:21:33 pm »
Gazlang, I think you're on to something when you say it's a PCIe issue.

My core is a 3 - 4 year old PC with a fairly old AGP graphics card (not sure of the other details of the top of my head as it's my housemate's PC). We're actually using it as a hybrid, as I use it to play media on our lounge projector. This has always had alpha blending enabled, and I have never seen any tearing. The projector is connected via S-video (PAL or NTSC resolution, it's a big old thing).

I have just built another media centre which is currently in my room, working as a standalone system. It sports a MSI K9AGM3-FIH motherboard, AMD64 x2 processor, 2 Gb RAM, and a nVidia 7100GS graphics card, connected to a TV via S-video also (PAL-I). With this machine, I experience the dreaded horizontal tearing whilst using alpha blending.

I'm no expert, but from what I have read in other posts, I really do think it's an PCIe issue. Has anyone ever experienced tearing using an AGP card? If anyone out there is clever enough to sort this out, and if any extra information about my core machine would be helpful (specs, log files, etc), please let me know. I know this issue can be sorted by turning off alpha blending, and one would assume that this is the reason nothing is being done about the problem, but you KNOW that LinuxMCE looks soooo sweet with alpha blending turned on  :) I'll be putting up with the tearing for now.

MM

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Users / Re: Playing DivX movies/series straight from CD/DVD
« on: July 14, 2008, 12:23:06 pm »
Thanks for the reply. How would I go about adding it to "Disk_Drive", and what would this achieve exactly?

Thanks again.

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