For what it's worth, I agree. However, the system can only handle 512mb. It's limited by the chipset.
I can't say for sure if 512mb of RAM is going to be a problem so perhaps somebody else can offer a pointer on that item.
So MythTV records over the network? That seems like a bandwidth problem even on a 100mbit switch? What if I had 4 or 5 tuners?
I have one tuner in the core, and one on a MD, no issues with recording and playback with 4 machines. I think if you scan over the user setups (look here: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Category:User_Setups
) you'll see this isn't a problem for anybody.
I think my commercial flagging happens right after a recording has finished. To be honest, I've never paid attention to which machine is actually doing the flagging, I assumed it has been the core.
Under MythTV alone, you can configure if commercial flagging should be run on the master backend only, or on the backend that did the recording. I don't know how LinuxMCE has configured things, but again, I'd "guess" the core does the work.
Maybe I misunderstood then. I thought LMCE was taking all the remote shares and grouping them into one "mount" on the Core. Kinda like creating a Raid array over the network? Am I wrong here?
Yes, that is not the case. This page may help: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Howto:_Using_Network_Shares
How exactly does one do that? It appears that when I PXE boot a MD, the internal drive is completely ignored. Is it because they are formatted NTFS?
If you have your dual network cards set up properly, then you'd boot your MD off the internet network. Once that MD is given it's IP address from the LMCE DHCP server, I believe there's a background script that will see if you have a drive in that box, and then it will prompt you if you want to use it, on screen. What I'm not sure of, is if you need there to be a public share or if it will just go ahead and create one. If you say Yes, you want to use that drive as a fileserver, then it should ask you if you want to use the LMCE User Directory structure. You are better off to say YES. It doesn't erase anything, it just creates folders in the manner explained above in the Using Network Shares link.
There is lots of info relating to network shares, network nas, et al. The forums and wiki should be pretty easy to search for more info on that. Sorry, I don't have a link here bookmarked to give you on that one.
It must suck to have such a limited music collection. My collection of mp3 files is 208GB at last check. I also have about 1TB of DVDs and downloaded movies/TV on an external firewire drive that I haven't even plugged into LMCE yet.
LOL. I thought it was a pretty good collection! :-)
When you do plug that firewire 1TB drive in, again, you should be asked about it, as mentioned above. Once LMCE creates the user shares, you'll need to move your music into the /public/data/audio/ folder, your videos into the /public/data/videos/, your pictures into /public/data/pictures/. And then, give LMCE a few hours (or more) to fully catalog your content. Your music and pics will likely show up fine, but your videos will require some manual work to get them to display on the grid (when not sorting by Filename). Again, this is something you should look up eventually, the Files & Media system in the web admin, is where you add these 'attributes' you will hear about.... lots of forum talk about that one, what to do, what NOT to do, etc.
Just take things one step at a time. When you've accomplished one item, move on to the next, and if you're having trouble, post a message about that one issue, get that working, move on to the next, etc.
Maybe you can help me out a bit too by clicking on the applaud link by my name. For some reason my karma level has dipped below 0 in the last couple days!