I'm trying to convert my home to LinuxMCE after being railroaded by the latest version of MythBuntu..... So far I'm seeing things in LinuxMCE that have me totally excited and others that are just leaving me totally frustrated. I know its a new project so I hope to be able to give feedback and help the developers (I, however, am not a developer).
Currently I have my core running in my crawlspace and that took a lot of coaxing to get running. I still havent got MythTV set up and it's looking like I'm going to have problems with the PVR-150 IR Blaster which is unfortunate. The main issue at hand is trying to get a diskless media director set up in my living room. First, the details of that machine:
Dell Dimension 4600
Pentium 4 2.4ghz HT
2GB DDR400 RAM
No optical drive (yet)
No hard drive
Chaintech AV710 Sound Card (w/ optical) (on-board audio disabled in bios)
PCI GeForce2 MX card with 32MB of RAM (Dual Head)
StreamZap USB remote control
After going through the video set up I come to the connector type for audio and I select optical spdif. I hear the music that follows just fine. Next it comes to Dolby Digital and I do not hear music, however, I should at this point. My receiver supports Dolby Digital and works with the sound card (This is how it was running in MythBuntu). Regardless, I say no and it asks about DTS. My receiver does not support DTS so I say no -- and that's it. The machine hasn't locked up at all because I can switch tty's using ALT-CTRL-Fx but I don't know what the username and password would be on a moon system and tty10 doesn't show anything useful. While the system hasn't locked up, it seems that the setup process has. I tried this a couple times and then I left it sit over night to make sure it wasn't just being slow. This morning I tried again and selected analog audio and, while I wasn't able to hear any audio (yes, I connected to the analog port on the card), the orbiter completed the set up. I haven't even got to the StreamZap remote. I also got errors initially when I was using OpenGL -- which seems odd because the card should support OpenGL. I switched to minimal and it works fine.
It is looking to me that LinuxMCE does not support the Chaintech AV710 sound card (which is an VIA Envy24 chip, I believe) and this kind of shocks me because this is the card that almost everyone I talk to has recommended for using with MythTV and it works FLAWLESSLY in basically any other distro. Additionally, the card that I have had numerous problems with previously, the SB Live, is actually in the set up options on LinuxMCE. I'm quite confused about this.
Does anyone have any information that could help me out. I'd be happy to provide any additional information, log files, etc if someone let's me know what would be helpful.