1. I too have an HD-PVR so it is good to know that it is not just me. I've been looking around on the web and it seems like the best fix is to transcode them from mpeg2 to avi and then they should play. I'll try it ASAP. It is just frustrating to have them mapped inside of the Video tab in LMCE and see a perfect picture but no sound.
However, my TV recordings play perfectly inside of mythTV with the libxine2 install so I'm not sure what you are referring to on that front.
2. I wasn't using a hub but thanks for the cautionary note. It seems like the "lucid" update changed things so that the gc-100 is no longer functional. If I plug the insteon PLM directly into a serial port it works fine. I'm going to try reinstalling the gc-100 to see if that works.
Another bug that has turned up is the breaking of the DHCP function of LMCE: It will no longer assign IP addresses to devices but works fine if you manually enter an IP address or if the IP address for the device was already in the networking table. This may be a function of my particular machine and network manager being reinstalled by the update. I had to delete network manager to get my machine to work initially, so I will try doing it again and see if it fixes the problem.
I guess the bottom line for me is the question of whether there is any way to "repair" my installation of 8.10. I seem to remember that there was a way in 7.x but I wonder if anyone has tried it with the finished 8.10. Since all my data is on a separate drive I'm wondering if I just go in and reinstall on the LMCE drive if it will be smart enough to figure out where everything is or how much manual labor will be involved in getting it to see everything again.
Also, I'm still wishing there was a way to save all my custom templates.
Any advice greatly appreciated.