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And not to break subject, but im back at what type of core to build, or buy, as that will be coming first...I've looked at a few pre-packaged boxes, but there always seems to be something lacking.  The core will be housed in a closet in the middle of the house, and truly just be a dedicated slave box to serve the MD's., so im not so prone to buy the best video card for it, im more concerned with it's ability to serve all the functions of LinuxMCE at this point.  And im taking the advice and looking to setup NAS for media storage and keep this out of the Core completely.  I know there is a push at this point to make a clean core install and i've been taking notes from the forum on what to watch out with the first installation, and for my purposes, it seems like once I get to that point that the DVD install will work fine, as there will be nothing on the harddrive.  My question is, based off of just these parameters, are there any suggestions for a "off the shelf" box that i can use as a core?  Everything i see that has a i-7 chip, seems to over the top in other areas (graphics card, sound...etc.)?

I have been following your progress and I'm also at the point of deciding what type of dedicated core to build so I am curious to see the recommendations.  I have not yet decided if I will do a NAS.  Won't that increase the cost rather significantly?  I'm also toying with rack-mounting as much as possible (core, switch, UPS, power strip, patch panel, multi channel amplifier).  It would make the setup extremely clean but it would also significantly increase cost.  It looks like I'm on a slippery slope.  I started out planning on just using an old PC as a core.

Users / Re: BlackBerry as Orbiter?
« on: February 09, 2010, 12:30:54 pm »
I have my BB 8300 Curve running JavaMO via bluetooth.  it works just fine.

The key map does not translate well to the BB keyboard as it was designed for a Mobile phone numeric keypad but still works fine.

What version OS are you on? I have a Bold 9700, my wife has a Pearl 2 and we also have a 8820 without a sim card that works as a remote with MythTV. How did you get it installed and running?  Was there anything special that you had to do?  Is this something that might be good to put on the Wiki?

I'm not a programmer so I can't help writing code but I'm happy to help document as much as I can.

Users / BlackBerry as Orbiter?
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:34:23 pm »
I am in the planning stages of doing a LinuxMCE setup.  My wife and I both use BlackBerries and they would make ideal orbiters for us.  I didn't see BlackBerry as a LinuxMCE supported device.  Is this something that someone is working on?

If I wanted to use Web Orbiter over WiFi wouldn't I need to make the web server accessible over the public Internet?  Or is there a way I can gain web access to a machine on the on the internal network from my BlackBerry?  I use Freemote Control ( which allows me to control MythTV via my blackberry, so I know that the BlackBerry can access machines on the local network via WiFi...I just don't know how to do it using the BlackBerry Browser or Opera.

If the only option to use my BlackBerry with LinuxMCE is to make the Web Orbiter open to the public Internet, how can it be made secure?

Thank you!

Installation issues / Re: Trying out LinuxMCE to replace Mythbuntu backend
« on: February 06, 2010, 08:15:14 pm »
You have been warned.

I will certainly heed your warning.  Thank you for saving me a lot of time!

Where can I find out more information about how LinuxMCE integrates with MythTV?  Watching MythTV recordings will initially be my primary use of LinuxMCE.  I'm not happy with the MythTV interface and I'm hoping that I'll be able to use the LinuxMCE interface instead.  Even if the MythTV interface is needed to change channels and setup recording rules, am I correct in my assumption that I'll be able to watch the recordings with the LinuxMCE interface?  If so, would I loose the ability to skip commercials?

Thank you!

Installation issues / Re: Trying out LinuxMCE to replace Mythbuntu backend
« on: February 06, 2010, 07:14:20 pm »
The Wiki stated that you must have exactly one core.  However, since I already have a fully functional MythTV backend, can I have the core connect to that backend rather than setting up an entirely new backend through LinuxMCE?

I started installing LinuxMCE on my old P4.  It seemed to install ok but I didn't fully test it out since the only 2nd network card I have is wireless only.  It looked like I could specify my MythTV backend.  Would I have any problems using my existing MythTV backend if it's the latest version?  How does MythTV integrate with LinuxMCE?  Does each media director simply run the MythTV frontend or is there some other level of integration?

Thank you!

Installation issues / Trying out LinuxMCE to replace Mythbuntu backend
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:45:14 pm »
I'm a MythTV user.  I have an old P4 with two tuners running as dedicated Mythbuntu backend.  That old computer has served its purpose just fine. The only issue that I encounter are choppy recordings when it records to 1080 shows simultaneously.  But that's not the point of this post.

Today was the first that I heard of LinuxMCE.  I watched the video, read the wiki and I am VERY impressed.  I would like to give it a test run but the only spare box that I have is an another old P4.  Will this be enough to tinker with LinuxMCE until I get enough confidence to run it as my main source?  What problems should I expect to encounter using such an old and slow machine?

The Wiki stated that you must have exactly one core.  However, since I already have a fully functional MythTV backend, can I have the core connect to that backend rather than setting up an entirely new backend through LinuxMCE?  It has taken me many hours to get my MythTV backend running just the way that I like it.  I would really prefer to avoid going through that again until I'm ready to fully commit to LinuxMCE.

After seeing the LinuxMCE video, it was clear that LinuxMCE has a much better interface than MythTV.  Does LinuxMCE replace the frontend interface for MythTV?  The biggest problem that I have with MythTV is that I don't like the needing to use a keyboard input as a controller.  While I found a a really cool free application to control MythTV with my blackberry, I would rather use my loop pointer

How quickly will a media director boot using netboot?  Will it be much slower than if I have LinuxMCE installed on a HD?

What are the most cost effective options for controlling my lights with LinuxMCE.  Am I correct to expect to have to pay ~$40 per light switch or power outlet?

Thank you!

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