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Alternatively you can locate your MD behind the TV and do the switching by controlling the TV's input via RS232. You then need more cables because you still need to get the audio signals back from the MD/TV to the AV Amp and you still need to control the AV amp too so an additional rs232 control capability is needed. All in all this is messier to be honest.

Thank you for taking the time to put together such a detailed response.

You mentioned an AV amp in each option. Since it's not going to be used as a theater setup, I was planning on using the TV's internal speakers. If I only need a MD in this setup (since I don't use cable boxes and I don't need a DVD), are there good VESA mount options that would just be between the mount and the TV?

The TV doesn't have an RS232 input. Can I control it using USB? It has two USB inputs. Or do I need to use IrDA from the MD?

* The other approach is to locate all of the system equipment centrally at the 'Hub' of the system and use HDMI-CAT5 baluns to transmit the video (and possibly audio) to the TV screens in each room. You will also in this type of system need to have long speaker cables run to each room from the 'Hub' and possibly long rs232 or in-room IP based rs232 controllers - either of which will require more CAT5 to be run to each room. The advantage of this topology is that everything is out of the room apart from the TV & the speaker systems and so there is zero clutter, all cables can be neatly run in-wall/ceiling and there is no issue of fan noise or other 'noise' from the system components as they are all remote from the room.

My system (what little of it there is so far) is actually just a hybrid core in the basement. I have wired the home with Cat6 and there are speakers wires going from the core to in-wall speakers in the Living and Family rooms. So far all we have used the system is for zWave (over 20 devices) and playing audio/Pandora to the in-wall speakers. I'm anxious to get MythTV part working within LMCE so can decommission my standalone Mythbuntu and cleanup the gnarly setup we have in the master bedroom (so far the only TV in the home)

The setup I'm trying to get done will likely be a 32" or 40" TV on a wall in the family room. Ideally, it would go on the wall facing towards the family room from the kitchen and would be able to extend out and turn 180 degrees to face into the kitchen. If I pull that one off, my wife will be REALLY happy.

My wife has given me permission to get a new TV, provided that In finally get LMCE running seamlessly with the TV. The TV will be wall mounted and it will need to look "pretty" with no cables and boxes visible around the TV. Basically she wants it too look like a framed painting hanging on the wall.

  • What the best way to mount a TV and MD on the wall? Are there and compatible VESA mount systems that work well as MDs? I'm a bit concerned with heat.
  • The TVs that we are looking at (Samsung LEDs) have USB 2.0 inputs. Can the TVs be controlled by the MDs through USB?
  • What do people do with wall mount TVs if they need to connect things like Blu ray or cable boxes to them?

After i get the TV and MD sorted out I will need to get her Galaxy S phone setup as an orbiter. I'll also need to finally get my Hauppauge 2250 working with MythTV or break down and buy a dual tuner card that is proved and handles clear QAM

Thank you for your assistance.

Installation issues / Failed to get MythTV-Backend - Solved
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:22:45 pm »
I'm running the August 5th snapshot and while sitting at my core I see a box pop up in the upper left hand corder that displays a number of "failed to get" messages including failed to get Mythtv-backend. What am I doing wrong?

I needed to update my sources.list file to match what was in this Wiki entry:

Users / Re: OMG, why do you make this so difficult?
« on: August 21, 2011, 03:27:23 am »
There are some really wonderful things in LinuxMCE that I would love to use, but can’t even get the installation/AVwizard to complete consistently without errors.  I have wasted untold number of hours doing repeated installations following severely out of date Wiki instructions.

I'm a complete beginner. What are you trying to install on? Are you using supported equipment? I did my test installation on an old scrap PC that I had laying around. It got through the installation but I didn't have any hardware to do anything interesting with it. Next I bought a bare-bones system from a reputable supporter of LMCE ( and everything that they provided me with works perfectly. The only thing that doesn't work is the linux unsupported tuner card that I bought on my own (for a "good" price), even though many suggested a different model. Even with that bad purchase decision I still had many people put a lot of their time trying to support me. When I mentioned that the Wiki wasn't up to date, they suggested that I update it. I stated doing that and now I'm actually beginning to help the project (albeit in my very limited way) rather than just be a person that demands time and attention from those who are very tired of answering the same questions over and over again. I feel your pain but I think that your energies would be better used helping correct the issues with the Wiki rather than just complain about it in the forums.

Users / Re: ANN: Podcast on FLOSS Weekly - 1 Sep - LinuxMCE
« on: September 01, 2010, 11:02:40 pm »
Well done Thom. Will there be replays available?

Users / Re: ZWave device not turning on/off reliably
« on: August 29, 2010, 07:06:37 pm »
I've had a problem where at least one of my Z-wave devices fails to turn on. Which device that fails seems to change whenever I reload the devices. I have nine z-wave devices (switches, outlets, lamp modules and an outdoor module). They are mainly controlled by LMCE using a Aeon USB stick but I also have an external remote to override thins.

I verified that everything on my network is plugged in. There aren't any large distances between the devices that work or don't work. The instructions that came with my Intermatic devices wasn't the best so I could easily be doing something wrong. Are there any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this issue? I have another ten modules that I will be installing but I just have not gotten around to.

Has anybody been able to get this Foxconn Nettop - 0331i to do a PXE boot.

Any luck? I see that newegg has this unit for $159 shipped after coupon (EMCYTZY32). I've been looking for a small unit and it this works and does not have heat problems, it might be my pick.

Developers / Re: Work in Progress: Pandora Player
« on: June 06, 2010, 06:08:46 pm »

Thank you very much for working on this. (any all of the other things you are working on)

How will it log you onto Pandora? Do we sign in using the browser and once the cookie is set all is good?

Users / Re: What do I need for my plan?
« on: June 04, 2010, 03:33:24 pm »

I highly recommend that you consider buying a core from some place like I bought a barebones core from them and it was the best decision I made.

Which core did you buy? I can only see media directors on the site quoted, and no cores as all. The PC that I use now i double checked all the components would work looking on the and asking in the forums once I had chosen everything I wanted. If it should come to building it I can do the same again.

The owner (tkmedia) frequents the forums and the IRC. I sent him an e-mail letting him know what I wanted to do and listed the components that I already had. The next day I had a quote and a week or two later I was installing LMCE.

I would skip the blu ray for now. It may be a VERY long time until it is supported in Linux.

Feature requests & roadmap / Meego (was: Attitude of COOPERATION.)
« on: June 04, 2010, 03:25:02 pm »
I am doing research to move the stack to MeeGo.

Is it the consensus of LMCE developers that MeeGo will be the open source OS of choice for portable devices in the future? It looks very promising to me but I'm not qualified to make that judgment. I installed 1.0 it on my netbook and it looked ok.

Users / Re: What do I need for my plan?
« on: June 03, 2010, 03:37:58 pm »
Welcome to LMCE. I'm a newbie too but I'm hoping that my experiences can help you make some of the right decisions.

You'll need to do more research than you have done so far. Many of the questions that you asked are already answered multiple times in these forums and on the Wiki. I'm not hating, I'm just trying to give you a friendly warning that some/many of the bigger LMCE supporters get frustrated when people ask questions that they have answered many, many times. Trust me, I made and continue to make the mistake of asking questions that I could have or can answer on my own.

Again, I'm a newbie so don't take anything that I say as gospel but hopefully it will be a starting point. Here are some of the things that I see which may be problems:
Blu Ray - There is no reason to have a blu ray on the core and blu ray doesn't play nice with Linux
Orbiter - What are you planning on using as an orbiter?
Laptops - How do you plan on using the windows laptops? I don't believe that PXE works with wireless (well or at all)
HDTV Tuner - I'm not familiar with UK TV. Are you planning on OTA or over cable? If cable is the signal unencrypted?

If you are like me then you will want to try to get every piece at the lowest possible cost. Unfortunately the money spent on the equipment was the least significant cost in me getting my LMCE box running (I'm still trying to get all the features working). The time spent on getting non-compatible (or not commonly used) pieces working has been the most significant cost. I highly recommend that you consider buying a core from some place like I bought a barebones core from them and it was the best decision I made. I seem to have had troubles with the pieces that I found "good deals" on and bought elsewhere.

I hope that this helps a bit.

Installation issues / Re: newbie wireless help
« on: June 03, 2010, 03:16:22 pm »
should just buy a wireless router and use it as bridge to the core?

I have an Asus wireless router that I use only as a wireless access point (WAP). Most of the features are turned off (such as DHCP) but WPA-2 was left on. There was actually a setting on the router to use it only as a WAP.

Users / Re: ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11-U
« on: May 30, 2010, 08:54:07 pm »
The Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11-U is working great !!!

How is the machine doing with heat? I'd be getting the Zotac box to replace a Dell Zino that slows down the processor when it gets too hot which causes a unwatchable choppy picture.

Am I correct in assuming that you are netbooting LMCE? If so, did you need to do anythign to get the NIC drivers to work?

Thank you!

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Kylo Browser
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:51:31 pm »
Kylo reached out to me to ask if I would help beta test a linux version. It is billed as a browser for the big screen. I'm still new to LMCE but wouldn't there be some advantages in integrating this browser?

Users / Re: Why many CATx cables?
« on: April 26, 2010, 03:01:23 pm »
Am I current in my understanding that CatX has eight leads of which only four are used? Would it be possible to run two pairs of signals down one cable or would there be interference problems?

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