First my specs:
Chip: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
TV Capture Card: Pinnacle (Unknown model?)
1.5GB of RAM
PCI ATI Video card (Unknown model)
First, installation went ok, however after installation I got notices that OpenGL couldn't start, however the first time the error was above the screen so I couldn't read it, after a fresh install this was fixed and I ended up going with the old style layout (card couldn't handle it, thats fine).
First step: No sound, eek! Appears onboard sound of the A7N8X-E doesn't work, however it seems people here have used that board before but haven't reported a problem, thats ok, I got an older soundblaster, oops, it's full of static (but I have audio now!), looks like I need a new audio card. Only gets static once Linux boots... hmm.
Next step: TV Capture card... well sure isn't auto-detected like the video said, actually even if I go into the settings and manually let it pick it up, LinuxMCE still doesn't think it exists (even though it picks up a Pinnacle TV Capture card). Pick up a better video card? Sure... if I find out LinuxMCE is still worth it.
Network booting, the main reason I want this MCE, the ability to distribute video to any computer in the house, I had to disable DHCP on the media center because it was interfering with the DHCP of the main router, however when a network machine tries to network boot, it hangs at getting a DHCP address and finding a bootable device, why would that be? I even turned off the firewall and still got nothing, also tried adding the machine manually as a Media Director, but no go.
At least it plays DVDs, however it seems to randomly jump to and from the remote control interface, sometimes I'm waiting around for a good 15 seconds to let the interface go away and get back to my media.
Also, I picked up the DVDs probably 3-4 months ago, do I need the "new" one? I couldn't find a release date for them, so I can't tell if they're newer than what I got.
Also, everything seems to take slower than it should, especially considering how many times it re-creates overlays and such, seems kind of unreasonable for a device when I want to get to my media. Does it really need to re-create overlays every bootup? Or once I'm done screwing with it I wont re-create overlays again?