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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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Users / Re: Abit AN-M2HD install using DVD or CD has problems
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:03:05 pm »
I had the same problems with the same mobo. Having already successfully installed LMCE on a different box with an MSI mobo, I sent the Abit one back to eBuyer and got another MSI board with a cheap and cheerful graphics card (came to about the same price). It worked.

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Users / Playing DivX movies/series straight from CD/DVD
« on: July 11, 2008, 04:52:05 pm »
Hi all,

Is there any way that you can watch DivX movies or series straight from a data CD or DVD, using the orbiter? I find myself having to go into the KDE desktop to do this - not the end of the world I know, but it would still be good.

If it IS possible to play these straight from CD/DVD, would it be possible to play them automatically when they are inserted, just like a genuine DVD?

Thanks.

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