I have an antec fusion case, 3GHz P4 prescott, nvidia 8600 GT dual DVI w/component output. I am capable of installing nvidia drivers, kernel re-compiles, etc. I normally use this machine for the basics and using RDESKTOP into work application servers. I use debian etch on this machine since I have found over the years that in general debian recognizes more hardware interfaces than stripped down derivatives of debian.
I tried installing MCE 710 which it did not recognize my sound and LAN interfaces.
I don't have to be stuck with the hardware I already have, since i use it for more then an HTPC. Obviously there are way too many different hardware configuration that MCE can support for it to work out of the box. I have read posts about MCE on apple TV and even mac mini. Ideally I would like to have a single dedicated machine with is the center of media and home control. Obviously this is what MCE is all about. The question is give the millions of different hardware options, what should I look for. Ideally, I would have an mac mini with external USB hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1950, and air remote. One limitation is that since apple does not yet embrace blu-ray and the mac mini does not have the DRM hardware, I would never be able to play blu-ray DVDs. The other option would be to add an internal hauppauge card, add a blu-ray dvd drive to my existing hardware.
1. What mATX mobos are best for LinuxMCE?
2. What internal/external hauppauge tuners does MCE support (single/dual tuner, analog and digital)?
3. Can I install nvdia drivers? If so, then how do I first install the kernel source, headers, gcc, libraries to compile the kernel module?
4. Does LinuxMCE support BD disks?
5. What air remotes and IP to IR devices are supported?