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Thanks for the effort, I wish I had coding skills to support your effort, but I do not. I just wanted to offer another idea to get this done; would it be possible to use USB "soundcards" for each zone, and then use individual amps (might be more flexible and lower cost)?
That way the distributed audio could be centralized (at the core location with speaker wires to each zone), or they could be separated to each Media Director in each zone (I would imagine synchronizing the audio would then be the hurdle). If the idea has merit, I'd like to help somehow; I can donate the hardware if it helped the cause...
I use this motherboard as a core:
Core - Basement
NZXT Gamma Black Case - 580 Watt Green 80 power supply
Asus M3A78-EM Mother board
1x AMD X2 5000+ Dual core 2.6GHz
2G RAM - OCZ
1x LiteOn DVD-CDRW
1x Seagate 500GB SATA drive (OS Drive)
2x Western Digital 500GB SATA drive (media)
1x Hitachi 1TB SATA (media)
1x Seagate 2TB SATA (media)
I am currently using 10.04 and the ATI card onboard is what is hooked to the monitor in the server room.
Before that I was using a PCIe Nvidia Card I think the 8200 or sometthing. You do have to go into BIOS and set up the onboard devices to use the PCIe slot first.
Currently with the almost latest 10.04 install DVD LMCE-1004-20120412224425879.iso, the ATI card is functioning well, but this server sits in a closet in my office, if you intend to use it for your main viewing as well as serving PC, keep using your Nvidia card.
That setup is great. I know you were in chat last night but I was in and out.
I am left wondering if you disabled the onboard nvidia chipset in bios?
If you tell me what your current hw is, we can start there and give you a cheap/nobrainer answer.
We are investigating the issue and will post a fix as soon as it is available.