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Users / Inexpensive MD maybe?
« on: January 04, 2009, 08:49:12 pm »
Hey guys,
on some of the online retailer sites, they've got cheap refurbished dell optiplex machines that have decent RAM and an OK processor (P4 2.8 Ghz, not dual-core). main problem with them is that they generate too much noise from cooling fans to really be a decent MD.  any ideas on how to quiet them down.  The PC are low profile by design which i think limits what kind of heat managment solutions are available.

If anyone has an idea, please post!

Users / Re: Minimum requirements for HDhomerun
« on: January 04, 2009, 08:28:22 pm »
thanks for the reply Andrew,

I've not had any problem playing 1.0 - 1.5 avi video files on MDs that are connected to the core through a 100Mbit linksys WRT54G.  I don't my DVD collection on my core in its original format, i compress them to better manage my storage space.  I will try an uncompressed movie just to make sure though.

To add to the list of strange symptoms, last night I had my core record a TV show using the feed from the HDHomerun, just to see if the stuttering would be present during playback of recorded content, in addition to the problems with watching live TV.  The results were surprising, but a disappointment.  Audio playback was smooth and clear, however the video playback still was stuttering.

I fear that its an issue with the core not having enough processing power to handle the HDHomerun, which surprises me because my experience with LMCE so far has been that you don't need an expensive machine to run it well.

Any more thoughts?

Users / Minimum requirements for HDhomerun
« on: January 04, 2009, 05:26:55 am »
Question to the experts,

I'm running LMCE 0710 on a dell optiplex gx 270, p4 2.8GHZ processor, 2 gigs ram, nvidia 6000 graphics card.  using a linksys WRT54G as switch, LMCE is being used as router.  have hauppage pvr 150 and HDHomerun setup as well.  both card and hdhomerun are functional after some setup issues.  I have comcast cable in san francisco.  Problem comes when watching Live HD TV. analog tv on pvr150 not the issue.  there is a lot of stuttering, constant stuttering.  not enough to lock up mythtv, but too much to be satisfied with.  The picture is perfect otherwise.

The question is, do I have enough horsepower to run HDhomerun on my network?  right now I have no other MDs setup other than my core/hybrid.  I do have laptops running wirelessly on the network, but not in such a way to tie up a lot of bandwith. 

I feel if i threw another MD on the system, watching live HD tv on it would be impossible, given that I can't watch it now on the core.

thanks for any comments.

Users / Re: surveillance for home
« on: December 22, 2008, 01:56:05 am »

went back to the wiki pages to read over again the "IP Cameras" article to see if there was anything I missed, than took your advice to see if I could simulate an image capture using a web browser.  Once getting that to work i created an analog IP camera under the motion wrapper, and after some more tweaking, and a router reload, it worked.  Now i can keep an eye on my 7 week old baby!  I posted here my setups for my Panasonic IP camera.

in the configuration field:
netcam_url http://192.168.80.***/cgi/SnapshotJPEG?Resolution=320x240&Quality=Standard
netcam_userpass [username]:[pswd]

Next question is how to I configure LMCE to be able to utilize the pan/scan functionality of this particular IP camera?  there are not setup fields in the device screen that seem to relate to moving the camera lens.

Can anyone give me a place to start for this problem?

Users / Re: surveillance for home
« on: December 20, 2008, 07:09:41 pm »
Thank you for the point in the right direction.


Users / Re: surveillance for home
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:29:22 pm »
As a follow up to the plug n play question.  I got my system to see my panasonic ip camera via plug n play, but first strange thing that it did was recognize the wrong ip address.  after fixing it in the admin, i reloaded the router and hoped to see an image on my core/hybrid md.  still nothing.  what's also peculiar is that when i exit out of that screen, the orbiter seems to crash and restart itself, a process that takes about 30 seconds to complete.  My guess is the two issues are connected.  any ideas?

Users / Re: surveillance for home
« on: December 14, 2008, 02:50:04 am »
Are the panasonic ip cameras plug and play?

the wiki article on "monitor survelliance cameras" says that most ip cameras are.

Users / Re: surveillance for home
« on: December 13, 2008, 11:12:54 pm »
I just got a BL-C131A and am trying to get it working on LMCE 710.  Can someone walk me through the steps they've taken to get this little bugger working.

I've gotten it functional through a regular web browser.  and I've tried adding it to the system using the steps in the wiki under "IP Cameras" but that didnt' work.  I've added it as a child device under the motion wrapper plugin, no luck.  I've also added it under the "survelliance camera" section, with it saying that its controlled by the core.

one thing i know i'm probably doing wrong is the entry into the path setting.  I put it in.


which is what i copied off the browser when logged into panasonics web interface.  I've seen short path inputs, and tried them, but still nothing

I'm desperate for help!!

Users / Re: Converting Video output to component signal
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:58:54 pm »

thanks for the assist.  I've been looking around for a device like this.  But what i found so far has been more expensive and without solid recommendations.

take care,


Users / Converting Video output to component signal
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:59:16 pm »
Hey guys,
Has anyone tried the VGA to component converters available on the market right now to hook their MD up to a TV using component cabling?  I'd rather use another connection type, but the layout of my home requires me to use component cabling.  Do they work with LMCE?


Users / Re: Canit' Multi-room stream media
« on: October 25, 2008, 10:22:53 pm »
Andrew and/or Thom,
What version of LMCE are you running?

Users / Re: Canit' Multi-room stream media
« on: October 25, 2008, 01:04:54 am »
Thanks for the replies guys.  I'm encouraged to know it does work.  Is there a way to troubleshoot why audio file streams are not working?

Users / Canit' Multi-room stream media
« on: October 24, 2008, 08:06:29 pm »
First Post,
I am an absolute linux novice, but I love the linuxmce concept and have been desperately trying to make it work on some older equipment that I have laying around.  Want to understand it before making a big $$$ investment on the right hardware. So here's my question, I love the idea of playing the same content in multiple rooms at the same time.  LMCE is set up to do that, but when i try to play the same song in two rooms, I get silence from both MDs!!

I can use one orbiter to control what's played on either MD, and I can move a stream from one MD to the other, I just can't get it to play on both


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