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The invisibles do work with 7.10 the original Fiire Stations were the ones with the VIA chipset, they do NOT work with anything later than 7.04.

I have 2 Invisibles running on 7.10.  I've not tried 8.10 so I cannot comment on that.

As far as setup, they were pretty much plug and play following the normal setup for any MD.  I didn't have to do anything special at all.

Users / Re: Audio Configuration
« on: January 04, 2010, 09:15:25 pm »
Is there some reason you don't have your TV connected to your AMP so that the A/V from the MD goes to the AMP then from the AMP to your TV and/or Projector?

Users / Random story I thought the community would like.
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:59:53 pm »
So, my wife and I are bantering back and fourth, giving each other a hard time and at one point in the conversation I say: "Sure, then you'd leave me for a younger man." 

She gets a deadpan serious look on her face and says: "Honey, I'd never leave you, you'd take the movie server."

Needless to say I was stunned and had no retort.  We then laughed for twenty minutes.

Users / Re: Best Devices for first time install
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:44:43 pm »
Hey folks, I am a newbie here, trying to get some adivce on what works and what does not work.
I am looking to do a full install of Linux MCE, although I am not sure where to being for the hardware.
Computer/Server wise I have a couple of spares. What I do not have are any Digitall OTA Cards, video cameras, light controllers, security equipment. Is there such a thing as the ultimate build for the buck?

1. I want to be able to monitor my property outside day and night and record when motion or change in heat is detected.
I also want a few camera in the house. The smaller and less obtrusiive the better.

Recording on motion isn't a problem, I'd recommend Panasonic IP cameras.  They're well supported and come in a wide variety of capabilities.  No matter what brand you choose, definitely only use IP cameras purely for setup/support ease.  Heat sensing I'm not sure about, I've never looked into it. 

2. I also want to be able to walk in a room and have the lights go on by default for all family members. Hopefully saving a few dollars on electricity.
Again, no problem here.  Essentially you'll be using motion sensors that are tied to a "Lights On" scenario.  Check out the wiki for triggered events and scenarios.

3. I already have a good size NAS with all my DVD and other movies on it, and I would want Linux MCE to be able to play off that via either NFS or CIFS share.
This is virtually plug and play, I've never used a NAS, but I've seen lots and lots of posts about it.  Check the wiki, should be easy.

4. Home security devices, I really do not know where to start.
You'd have to be more specific, but there are a wide variety of Zwave motion sensors and window/door contacts that can be easily integrated into the system.  Again, a wiki search for zwave will reveal a ton of info.

5. Wifi Front ends (looking for inexpenive tablet) that can be left say in the kitchen.
When you say "front end", do you mean a controller or a full blown media director that will play video/music/etc?  This one, you'll have to do some research.  For just a controller I'd recommend the WebDT366.  There are a couple of people on these boards that sell them (tkmedia and I think tschak).  They're great wireless controllers, I have one and I love it.  As for an actual media director that plays content, I'm not 100% certain, but I believe it's not recommended to stream media wirelessly (someone chime in on this if they know more).  If your looking for a stationary media director to be mounted in your kitchen, I'd look into one of the all in one box touchscreen computers (again, you'll have to do some research on this but I've seen a few posts about it so I'm sure a forum search would get you started.

6. Would like to be able to play music on one sound card for upstairs, and watch a movie on another sound card from the same Linux MCE server/frontend all in one.
You need to read the wiki and learn more about how the system works.  You will have a server/hybrid that stores your media and controls everything, then you'll have a "media director" in each room (anywhere you want media to play).  A media director is just a diskless computer that network boots off the server.

Any other ideas are great, but I think this is what I need to start.

Since this is your first foray into LMCE I'd strongly recommend starting slowly.  Don't try to fire up everything at once.  Start with focusing on movies/music streamed to various rooms, then maybe add your cameras, then add motion/lighting.  The point being, don't install another system until you have the previous working well and you're comfortable with it's operation.  LMCE is wonderful but it can be a bit daunting and there will be a significant learning curve as it's unlike any system I've seen in terms of flexibility and capability.

Move slowly, don't get frustrated and remember the wiki and forums are your friend.

Users / Re: FireWire Support for Motorola DCT-6412 using MythTV
« on: November 18, 2009, 05:30:52 pm »

Any chance I could get some specifics on the things that need to be done.  I'm a horrible newb coder, but this seems like a good place to start as it's something I'm personally interested in.

Specifically, where are the myth database sync scripts, what do you mean by 'modified' and when you say 'setup script', do you mean the mythtv setup script or some other?


Users / Re: FireWire Support for Motorola DCT-6412 using MythTV
« on: November 18, 2009, 12:00:30 am »
I too would love the answer to this.

Users / Re: Photo Screen Saver
« on: November 06, 2009, 06:07:53 pm »
Not sure what you're asking for.  Perhaps some detail on what you're trying to achieve.

Users / Re: Mount /home to new hard drive?
« on: November 06, 2009, 05:28:03 pm »
My raid controller makes a volume that was then recognized as /dev/sdc.  I used gparted and mkfs, no problems with LMCE autodetecting or anything, is that unique to certain controllers?

Possible workaround:

Two alarm scenarios one to start MythTV another a couple of minutes later to tune the channel?

Users / Sudden DVDCSS error on AVI files
« on: October 23, 2009, 04:10:09 pm »
I have a bunch of avi files that I've had on my server for a few months and always worked fine.  All of a sudden I'm getting DVDCSS errors when I try to play some of them.  As far as I can tell about 50% of them still play just fine, the other 50% get the error.

I've tried re-installing dvdcss using apt-get and it seems fine.  Retail DVD's both still play fine and rip fine.  The problem only occurs with avi files and all of them use to play without a problem.

So, where do I start troubleshooting?

Installation issues / Re: Windows CE.NET Orbiter Question
« on: October 20, 2009, 08:00:48 pm »
Having the same problem with a WebDT 366 anybody know if the CE orbiter software packages work?

Edit:  Thom informs me that the CE Orbiter software does not work on Windows CE 5.0.

Users / Re: Congratulations on the beta & DVD
« on: October 16, 2009, 03:22:53 pm »
Gratz guys.

Although I haven't been around for previous releases I get the distinct impression that this one was particularly challenging. 

A big thank you from myself and the rest of the community I'm sure for all of your hard work.

Anybody know if this will work with LMCE OK?  They're $599 on Newegg and I'm sooooo buying one if they work.

Users / Updating nVidia Drivers
« on: October 08, 2009, 06:47:21 pm »
I'm running 7.10 and I just put an nVidia Geforce 8600 in my Core/Hybrid.  I'm having problems getting VGA to display on my Aquous 65" LCD.  I can see the post and boot but then a black screen in the A/V Wizard.

I've seen references to updating nVidia drivers and I'll probably try that tonight.  Is this the wiki to do that or is there a newer one I can't seem to find?

Obviously I'll be looking at the xorg.conf as well, just checking to see if there is a more streamlined method of updating the nvidia drivers.


Users / Re: Error when playing previously ripped videos
« on: October 05, 2009, 06:56:48 pm »
When you convert them to .iso are you renaming the extension to .dvd?

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