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Users / HDHomeRun IR receiver
« on: April 14, 2009, 12:13:24 am »
I am replacing my PVR350 tuner with a HDHomeRun and as such would like to switch from using the PVR350 IR receiver to using the same remote with the HDHomeRun IR receiver (at least until the gyration stuff is mature). I followed the directions here but still no go. the "udp" device fails to start during a router reload. I had seen a message in the log for the udp device early on that seemed to indicate it didnt have any remotes configured, whatever that means, but now it is not writing a logfile at all. I intend to continue using the "lircd.conf.hauppauge" (template 360) as that matches my remote and worked fine previously. I can run lircd manually and use irw to view the remote commands, but lmce does not respond to them.
I am wondering if i am doing this step correctly: "From here just add your remote config file with proper linuxmce mappings and you should be all set." as I am not sure what to do. I have clicked the "add remote" button for the MD and chosen the lircd.conf.hauppauge device.
I have looked over the wiki but have only found advanced info on creating new devices, not the proper use of existing ones, but perhaps i missed something. Any pointers?

Users / Re: more RAM or separate video card?
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:30:17 pm »
I see no reason for more than 2 gig in any case. the onboard graphics should use no more than 256 meg.
I also see no reason for sli of any sort. if a 7xxx series geforce can run UI2 flawlessly, then there is no reason to throw more graphics power at it.

I am currently unemployed but would like to show my support for this effort and help in any way i can.

Users / Re: still no luck with LinuxMCE :(
« on: December 03, 2008, 05:50:04 pm »
I had all sorts of problems with my 7300 as well, until i saw a random note somewhere that said there was a bug (feature?) in the xorg driver that would make it use the dvi connector output as default for a crt even if the monitor was plugged into the vga output. the fix was to use a dvi->vga adapter on the other port.

Installation issues / Re: MCE install on MD running 7.10
« on: November 08, 2008, 12:05:12 am »
yeah, if you are using a wifi router on the internal lan you would not be plugging anything into the WAN port. all PCs on the internal network must be on the same lan segment as the core; that is they connect through the core for internet access and it's ip address will be given to them as their gateway.

Installation issues / Re: MCE install on MD running 7.10
« on: November 07, 2008, 11:29:04 pm »
No, the NIC in the server has no effect on the ability of a client to PXE boot. The boot rom you mention is what a client uses to PXE boot. There usually needs to be support in the bios on the client for it as well, but if not the floppy/cd image mentioned above is a workaround (and should also work with a nic that has no boot rom).

I am not really sure whats up with the cd install, its been a very long time since ive done it and I much prefer the dvd install. I suspect that whatever software you were using to burn the dvd image ended up creating a dvd with the iso file on it, rather than actually using it as an image.
I know i used CDBurnerXP to burn it (theres a specific option for making a disc from an image), which is free.

Installation issues / Re: MCE install on MD running 7.10
« on: November 07, 2008, 07:40:12 pm »
There would be no need to modify anything on the MD's hard drive when swapping NICs. In fact, you could completely remove the hard drive, it isnt used.

ubuntu maintains a list of ethernet devices it has seen in /etc/iftab. Whenever it detects a new device that it hasnt seen before, it grabs the next available eth device and writes a line to that file, permanantly associating that eth device with the mac address. You can hand edit this file and tell it which interface should be associated with each eth device though. Its a pretty simple file, the format should be obvious.

Users / Re: Core crashing... routes but little else...
« on: October 31, 2008, 10:34:12 pm »
The kernel is certainly unhappy about something. I would suspect hardware, most likely memory. Take the machine apart and give it a good cleaning if its been awhile, then start removing or swapping out nonessential hardware (extra stick of ram, storage drives, etc). Make sure the cpu heatsink/fan is still working properly (fan running slow, problem with thermal paste).

Users / dynamic dns
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:24:35 pm »
So, are the dynamic dns clients really only meant to be used when the core has a directly accessible public ip address on its external interface? This seems pretty limiting to me, as most installs are going to involve a cable modem or dsl router in front of the core which serves it a private ip.
I setup a dyndns account last night and initially set it up with the external ip it autodetected (207.something, iirc). Then I setup dyndns info in the dynamic dns section of the web admin. Now I see this morning that my dyndns address resolves to (the ip given to the core by my dsl router). Did i set something up wrong or is this service just completely useless for the majority of users?

I would assume that the motherboard has a laptop style 44 pin ide connector then? if so, you can get adapter boards to hook laptop drives to normal ide connectors, i assume this would work in reverse too. On that same note, maybe a normal laptop dvd drive would work as well. As another option, you may be able to pull the hard drive out, install it in a desktop system temporarily, and then do the install.
You may also be able to find guides online for doing a network install of kubuntu, which would give you a way to do the cd install. This starts to get pretty technical though, and requires setting up a server with some very specific software packages. It will certainly involve lots of command line work.

Marketplace / Re: Orbiters on ebay!!! get em while they're hot.
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:38:46 pm »
Ive been meaning to ask what devices people are using for touchscreen orbiters, and these look perfect :)
Since that auction was ended I looked around to see what else is available. Would a 325 be suitable for the CE orbiter, or at least a web orbiter?

Users / Re: Screencast: Using LinuxMCE's Media System, part 1 of 2
« on: October 25, 2008, 12:37:15 am »
Very cool, I am eagerly awaiting part 2 :)
Watching that *really* makes we want to accelerate my plans to upgrade to HD as well, since UI2 was obviously never intended to be used on 4:3 displays. It also did reinforce one of the problems I have been having with tv shows tho, since I also saw this in your screencast; how do you tell the difference between various episodes of the same series? They all show up with just the series name, and even when selected it is not very obvious what the actual episode name or description is. For now I have resorted to using Myth's playback interface since I have gotten very used to it over the last couple years of using MythTV. It just makes sense to me to have shows organized the way Myth does it, and the video preview doesnt hurt either :)

Users / Re: Character LCD/VFD displays
« on: October 25, 2008, 12:14:40 am »
Interesting to know, thanks for the update. If it helps any, my display uses the very popular HD44780 driver, and is for display only (has no buttons).

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