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Users / Re: How did you end up here, using LinuxMCE?
« on: March 17, 2009, 03:19:18 am »
Part accident, part destiny perhaps.

After a multitude of failures with the Bell ExpressVu PVR (total of 8 units in just over two years) I knew that I had to do something. Unfortunately, we had just started having a family and well, like me, my kids don't sleep so I get even less sleep and less time to myself so the project went no where until about a month ago.

I was aware of MythTV from my desire to not be tied to dedicated hardware, and I used to dabble in DVB so I really wanted flexibility. I also wanted to eventually get home automation going.

In my desire to get this moving, searches about MythTV made a connection to LinuxMCE. This solved both of primary objectives.

I have looked at a lot of automation systems over the years and found this to be quite impressive from a capability standpoint.

For the last month I have been handpicking my parts and ordering them from across Canada and finally have my hybrid "running". I have not connected it to any TV feeds yet, hope to do that next week.

I have also started mapping out my deployment of other aspects such as security.

I would love to get to the point of having security up and running, MAME playing, irrigation control, camera at front door, full lighting control (likely Zwave), HVAC, phone, maybe a remote weather station for actual temperature etc.

I am very green to Linux as a language but have done a reasonable amount of personal programming in other languages so it is not completely foreign. I hope to contribute and to truly be part of the community and not just a user. It seems that standard phone services needs some work so that might be an area I could contribute to.

For the next few months time is scarce but I do plan on soaking up as much Linux as possible. If anyone has any recommended resources for Linux or Ruby or anything else they would not go to waste.

I look forward to contributing and hope to affect positive change during my time here.

Installation issues / Re: ASUS M3N78-EM
« on: March 15, 2009, 04:44:13 am »
Thank you Lexje

Tried doing the sudo killall gdm and it came back reporting nothing to kill.

Rebooted and ran the install again for 180.29 the same way I have a number of times previously and everything works. Strange....

Anyway, thanks for confirming 180.29 was working, I was starting to blame the software.


Installation issues / Re: ASUS M3N78-EM
« on: March 14, 2009, 04:16:54 am »
Anyone who has the video working with latest driver 180.29?

I upgraded based on that version and can't get past the screen cycling.

If not 180.29 what version of driver are you running?


Users / Re: Input/Output through LPT1
« on: February 04, 2009, 03:26:09 am »

Thanks for the great reply. And yes, the PP is certainly already dead. If it were not for some amount of legacy stuff there would ultimately be more USB connections in that space.

Any port would work just as well.

What I am looking at is using something like a Motorola MCH6811 type of MC as a front end to effectively integrate anything.

Thinking that one only because I have one and have done a reasonable amount of MASM programming.

Are there other options with other ports for more low level communication? Not sure about the MCH for interpretation of high level, but if I need to pursue different MC not a big deal either.

I don't have a specific application in mind, and acknowledge a lot of home automation is now readily available through Zwave enabled devices. Just trying to understand potential capabilities. I don't need to do it today.


Users / Re: Best Mainboard for hybrid device???
« on: February 03, 2009, 05:00:48 am »
I was in the same boat and did a lot of reading in the hardware wiki.

I went with the following:

ASUS M3N78-EM mATX AM2+ NVIDIA 8300 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI Video Sound LAN Hybrid SLI Motherboard

Don't have mine up and running yet but read it works right out of the box with just minor tweaks.

Has HDMI, DVI, SPDIF, eSATA, 1394, 6 SATA, 12 USB, 2 PCI, etc, etc.

If you search on M3N78-EM it's all there.

Users / Input/Output through LPT1
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:55:54 am »
Just starting to piece together my first system and trying to understand what options currently exist.

Are there any options for accessing data via LPT1?

There are so many other integration options with port access and a microcontroller.


Installation issues / Communicate with Parallel Port
« on: January 13, 2009, 06:41:04 am »
Hello All,

Heading down the path of building an LMCE box. Lots of reading, lots of really great stuff. Excellent work.

In all my reading, and searching, I have not been able to find a reference as to whether or not the parallel port is available under LMCE.

I would like to build an interface board to control other objects and use the parallel port to talk to the hardware.

Thanks in advance.

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