I went to PC World and bought a cheap NVDIA GEFORCE 7200 with 128mb RAM and this works great. AVWizard ran first time and I was able to use UI2 with alpha blending and it looks superb. I went through the set-up without any problems (wish I had all the cool plug and play gear). I still need to setup my receiver, TV and Sky Digital box - another days work!.
Congrats on your new toy! 7.10 Release seems to be doing a good job.
I have the nVidia GeForce 7200 (with 256MB Ram) in two of my machines and they are working great.
This is a great system I just need to convince the wife and daughter to use it. The wife is happy with Sky + and gets mad at me when something isn't working because I am tinkering!!!
I was politely reminded the other day by my better half that I'm getting away with a lot more than other households with all my HTPC and X10 Home Automation wants! She prefers "easy" and the same controls in each viewing area. I do believe I'll be needing a couple more gyro mouses ;-)
I'm revisiting LinuxMCE myself and I'm happy to report I'm having terrific success! I'm running a 3 station MythBuntu system but I'm able to boot media directors over the network by moving a few network cables to a different switch and playing while nobody is around, to be able to test the LinuxMCE core. When I'm done, I put the network cables back in the other switch and everything runs off the MythBuntu system. This is a good time to tinker as most of the regular TV Series we watch are over so nothing will be missed when I'm playing around.
That being said, today I just ordered another hard drive, a DLink 1Gig NIC and two USB UIRTS. All my testing has been successful and I've been unable to 'break' the thing. Hopefully I can reinstall on the larger drive later when I'm ready and rebuild again with the same luck. The good thing is I can still tinker all I want with the new core while the rest of the house runs as is, and when I'm ready I can swap out the mythbuntu core with the LinuxMCE core and carry on.
It's good to hear success stories. It's unfortunate that some of us have struggled and gave up. I think the publicity of LinuxMCE is bringing in more newbies which is great, but that also means some not so good experiences too. Since I was in that category a few months ago, I'm a little more sympathetic to those with problems. ;-)