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ddamron

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My Dream Setup
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:53:32 am »
Ok, I've got a bunch of stuff (gadget freak) so let's first go over what I have:
Machine 1 (going to be CORE + MD)
EVGA NForce 680SLI Motherboard
GeForce 7600GT Video card
2GB Ram
320GB SATA HD
SATA DVD ROM
Linux 6.10 + mce
mobo has 2 gbit nics

Machine 2 (going to be MD, PVR for DVB-S)
EVGA NForce 680SLI Motherboard
GeForece 7600GS Video Card
1GB Ram
320GB SATA HD
SATA DVD RW

Machine 3 (going to be MD for Master Bedroom)
ASUS DIGIMATRIX

Machine 4 going to be portable MD
DELL INSPIRON 9100 Laptop (with bluetooth) 802.11abg

Machine 5 Going to be Portable MD
Apple Macbook Intel Based, OSX TIGER (with Bluetooth) 802.11g

3 x  Gadspot IP Cameras fixed, Day/Night capability
1 x Gadspot Pan/Tild Camera Day/Night Capability
VOXCOM Alarm Panel , 2 Door Sensors, 2 Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor
X10 throughout whole house, lights, appliances, etc.

In Living Room I have:
Samsung 67" DLP
Sony Playstation 3
Pioneer VST-1015 AV Receiver (all the bells and whistles, select2, thx, dolby everything)
Starchoice Satalite receiver DVR-530 (this is a PVR built into the receiver, needs 2 lines out to the quad LNB to record and watch at the same time.. internal hard drive, sadly, only 1 HD out)

In Bedroom I have:
Prima 36" LCD Flat Screen TV
Starchoice Satalite DVR505 - HD, no pvr

DVB-s cards are TWINHAN 102G (dual) both with remotes
also have a happauge PVR-150 MCE Edition (with the Dual IR Transmitter)
Sony HDV Camcorder (firewire output)
Bluetooth (will) be everywhere..
Current mobile devices:
Blackberry Pearl (Bluetooth)
Motorola Razor (Bluetooth)
HP Ipaq 4150 Windows Modile 2003 (Bluetooth and wifi)

5 port 100Mb/s Switch (currently connected to 4 ip cameras and a downlink)
DI-524 Wireless Router
Dlink 8-Port Gb switch

I'm sure I've forgotten some things...

back to basics here...
have Machine 1 installed with Ubuntu MCE seems ok

have the background images UI with antialiasing xv driver
tried to dump some media on for testing purposes..
put a movie in public/movies, that worked, but no way of controlling it using the built in orbiter
(portable devices not set up yet - whoa, one step at a time!!! :)
put a bunch of JPG's in a pictures folder,
MD (core) sees them, but when I try to "play" them, I get a message saying that no playback module available for playing this type of media.... it's a darn PICTURE!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ok, I'm calm again.  Any thoughts on how to view pictures on the core MD

Second situation:  I think I know the answer to this one, time will fix it...  the second machine (almost identical to the first) can't PXE boot from the first, NVidia NIC's
How do I go about building a Boot CD for this workstation so simulate PXE boot?

Third Situation:  Building a boot CD for the Digimatrix - it doesn't support PXE

on a good note, I was able to PXE boot my dell that's all fine, that was on a previous install - got the GSOD and had to reinstall from scratch, so I'm holding off on installing any more MD's until I can get 1 working properly


Fourth situation, have all the IP cameras configured for DHCP to the DCERouter, they all get 192.168.80.x addresses
programmed in their macs into Generic IP camera...
set the filepath to /GetData.cgi (stream mode)
don't know what IP's are being assigned to the cameras - how do I check?
any other hints about getting the IP surveillance cams working would be helpfull
My Wife has her laptop out of country, so can't do anything with the mac for now.

FYI, I'm using a CM11A (not hooked up yet) and a generic security alarm panel
I'll get the alarm panel later, it's got lotsa config both on the panel, and on MCE Protocols, messages, etc.

got lots more PC's and printers, etc, to get hooked up too.. but 1 at a time here, to get past the learning curve.

should be a nice setup if I can get it all working, X10 curtains are a nice touch in the living room

ok, my 2 cents..
Help!  if you can... thanks

Dan
« Last Edit: April 09, 2007, 06:57:07 am by ddamron »
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Re: My Dream Setup
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2007, 04:20:26 pm »
With a system like LMCE don't go too far too fast or troubleshooting will drive you crazy. You have movie playback. If you press F7 can you control it from the keyboard or mouse? (F7 brings up the Orbiter control). Do you have a laptop on the system running the Windows orbiter? Can you control the MD from it?

Once you have the the hybrid running you can go through and get the other pieces running. Most problems seem to be traceable to drivers- hardware incompatibilities with Linux. I think the photo player is "unfinished". Does the Flickr screen saver work?

I use the PXE boot exclusively for MD's. You can get NIC's that have NIC firmware from eBay. They don't cost much.

At this stage I run out of useful experience.

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Re: My Dream Setup
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2007, 05:20:21 pm »
Got Video working, put a test video on core, and F7 does work (yay)
haven't connected laptop as MD yet, will try this.
Flickr Screensaver works great...
as far as the PXE nics, the Digimatrix is a super small form factor, no room...
I can put one in the NForce 680i SLI, but I think I'll hold off on that for a bit...
using that (this machine) to do research while the other machine is the core.

Thanks for your input, apprec.

Dan
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My other computer is your windows box.
I'm out of my mind.  Back in 5 minutes.
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