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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:58:15 pm »
I've looked at newegg and saw that the server MB all seem to have built in video.  This was an issue when I was building my MythTV.  It was a micro ATX and had a built in Intel GPU.  The options in the bios were limited to putting it as a second priority to the nVidia card (9 series I think).  I couldn't disable the onboard GPU completely.  This worked fine with Myth but seemed to be problematic with LMCE.  I couldn't use the onboard GPU with either because of perfomance issues.  I really needed the more robust nVidia performance.  Could this be an issue with the server MB as well or do I just need to pay attention to the onboard GPU specs.  I didn't see one with onboard nVidia.

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:45:43 pm »
Again, if you want my advice..you'll do good to base your hybrid on a server motherboard. Your chance of both hardware compatibility and reliability go up immensely. Keep in mind, this machine needs to run 24-7.

-Thom


That's right, you said that already (I didn't ignore you, I just forgot) .  I don't know anything about server MB vs plain ole everyday MB.  I will do some research on this and not clutter your forum with that..yet.  :-)

Any advice on the Silicondust vs Hauppauge vs pdHDTV question for tuner cards.  Like I said, this is a new build so my concern is performace as well as compatability.  It seems that all of there are plug-n-play in your system so the question is more about performance.

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:13:19 pm »
Okay...great...recap.  This will be Hybrid that could possibly be converted to a core later.

Full ATX MB (just about any new one will work, ASUS or Gigabit?), seperate nVidia GPU (probably a GeForce 9 series or later (I need component out for now), modest dual-core processor.

Back to tuners.  Since this is a new build (I don't plan on using anything that I currently own) would I be better off with Silicondust, pcHDTV, or Hauppauge?

Are there any ASUS of Gigabit MB that I need to avoid becuase of known issues such as onboard audio or nic not working properly?

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:53:37 pm »
I would honestly recommend an HDHomeRun, if you want a ClearQAM tuner...otherwise, get a Hauppauge HD-PVR and attach to your cable box's component out.

The Gyro remotes have their own transceiver and do not use the USB UIRT. However, the UIRT will prove instrumental in IR control of your A/V gear.

-Thom
I don't have cable or satellite.  I am getting my HD OTA.  Currently I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 (collecting dust) and a WinTV-HVR-2250 currently installed in my MythTV box.  I like the single cable/dual tuner of the 2250.  I don't like the fact that the IR remote doesn't work.  It came with a MS Media Center remote.  I like the way this page <http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Capture_Cards> is set up.  It just doesn't have any real information on those two cards.  It seems to like the 5500.
Since i am not using cable or satellite, should I still use an external box like the HD Homerun?  Or should I stick with an internal card.
The price for a homerun seems reasonable.

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:37:30 pm »
So far, this is what I have gathered from the wiki and forum.

Tuner - HD 5500
GPU - any recent nVidia that has is compatable with my display
Remote - USB-UIRT (do the gyro remotes with built in infrared work with these?)
Motherboard - ?????
Processor - ????

Good so far?

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:32:39 pm »
If you want pre-configured systems, you can get them from www.lmcecompatible.com ... funds there go towards helping us devs. If you are in the UK, you can get a Cascade or Dianemo system.

With that said, we have been keeping lists of motherboards and things known to work, the unfortunate reality is that new products always come out and supplant the old ones, and in the desktop computing world, this happens at an alarming rate.

But, once you get past the motherboard, using two NICs, an NVIDIA GPU, and supported tuners, will get you what you need. If you can, even...spring the extra cost for server motherboard and memory...the reliability you will gain will be priceless.

-Thom


I've been looking at the motherboards on the wiki...there is just so many of them.  It's a little overwhelming.

:-)

M.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:31:11 pm »
If you want pre-configured systems, you can get them from www.lmcecompatible.com ... funds there go towards helping us devs. If you are in the UK, you can get a Cascade or Dianemo system.

With that said, we have been keeping lists of motherboards and things known to work, the unfortunate reality is that new products always come out and supplant the old ones, and in the desktop computing world, this happens at an alarming rate.

But, once you get past the motherboard, using two NICs, an NVIDIA GPU, and supported tuners, will get you what you need. If you can, even...spring the extra cost for server motherboard and memory...the reliability you will gain will be priceless.

-Thom


I'm in the US.  I would prefer not to get a pre-configured system as there is a certain amount of enjoyment that goes into building.  I would be willing to buy whatever is available from the LMCE Store since it helps y'all out.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:29:33 pm »
Why don't we start with your preferred form factor? microATX, full ATX, mini ITX?

Do you have a case already? Perhaps you want to use your existing MythTV case?

Cheers,
Matt.

Everything is on the table.  I am not going to convert my current MythTV box as I originally tried loading 8.10 on it (before beta was released).  It never worked and would do different things everytime I tried to install (we won't go into detail as I am not looking to author a book). 
Form factor could be anything that works.  It seems from the research that I have done is that a seperate video card works better than an onboard one.  It also seems that there are more ATX boards w/o onboard video than there are micro ATX.  Since I will be buying all the components new, that there are no limits.

But it seems that ATX is the better option.  Am I off base on this one?

M.

PS.  I am still searching the forum and wiki while we are talking.  I know how annoying it can be to restate what has already been said.  Sometimes you just need help pulling it all together.  And I appreciate your help.  I am happy to read an earlier post if you have any that you can direct me to.

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Users / Re: Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:01:38 pm »
I understand, and we all can help.

What are you wanting?

-Thom

Basically, there is a ton of information in the wiki about hardware.  It is pretty daunting to try to sort through it all to build a basic system.  I was wanting to know if there is a recommended hardware comfiguration that just works (motherboard, US terrestrial tuner card, graphics card, processor, nic, USB-UIRT, etc).  I am new to Linux and LMCE and I am learning a ton as I play with it.  I'm not doing home automation just yet.  I am just looking to replace my MythTV box with something a little more robust.  I don't have the specs with me so I can't tell you what it has in it right now.  Just suffice to say that it took me a while to get it running because of hardware conflicts.  For example (MythTV), my nVidia driver broke my tuner card until I reallocated memory. I have read things on this forum about on-board nics not working on MB brand "X". The list goes on.  like I said, I am new and I learn by breaking and fixing but I need it to work first.

All that to say, is there a list of LMCE compatable hardware that works well together. A shopping list of sorts I suppose.

Thanks,

M.

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Users / Hardware Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2011, 06:42:30 pm »
Hello All,

I have scanned the forum and wiki and I have found helpful information about hardware.  However, I have yet to figure out an anwer to the best complete hardware list for a hybrid box.

What I would like to know is, is there a list of recommended hardware for building a comlete hybrid box that is known to work together out of the box. For example, motherboard "X", processor "Y", video card "V", Tuner "A", and sound card "S" is a complete package that works with LMCE and are compatable with each other.  I have had problems in the past when I was building my Myth TV box when video card "nV" is not compatable with tuner card "H" and you have to jump through hoops to correct the memory allocation.

Any help or constructive advice is appreciated.

M.

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Zaerc,

Your original post stated, "This will start one month from now with the banning of all yahoo, gmail and hotmail related email addresses."

The list of email accounts in "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_webmail_providers" is quite extensive and there looks to be some free or low cost options.  At least they are lower cost than changing my ISP.

At this point, are you only banning the yahoo, gmail, and hotmail addresses?  In otherwords, if I sign up with  an email provider like AOL or something else from the list that you provided, I will be good to go?

Also, if you decide to ban another provider besides the three previously stated, would you alert us and also give a chance to adjust to the new rule?

Thanks,

M.

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I will look at that and see where it takes me...

Thanks for the help

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If you figure out a way to do individual exceptions to policy, I would be willing to do whatever I need to do to validate that I am not a spammer.

Thank you,

 M.
Signing up for a real email address somewhere, is that included in "willing to do whatever I need to do" by any chance?

If I could, I would.  If you have any suggestions, I would be glad to see if they are possible.  They only email accounts that I know of that I could just sign up for are hotmail, gmail, or yahoo type accounts.  The "real" email accounts that you refer to usually come from your ISP.  The only one that comes with my ISP is a Google account.  I can't get DSL, Cable, or FIOS.  I can't afford satellite.  The only other option that I know of is dial-up.  And I am not willing to pay for a dial-up account.

Willing to do anything includes going through whatever vetting process that I need to to prove that I am not a spammer. Or doing some sort of verification for each post to show that I am not a bot.


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If you figure out a way to do individual exceptions to policy, I would be willing to do whatever I need to do to validate that I am not a spammer.

Thank you,

 M.

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Instead of grasping at straws, please take it up with Verizon.  They provide you with the connection which should come with an email address.  


I did...and it does....it's a Google account.  That's it.  I don't have a verizon.net account and they won't give me one unless they are my isp with dial-up, DSL, or FIOS.  End of story from them.

I suppose my days here are numbered.

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