Well, first of all... I'm new to the Linux game, so be gentle.
While researching some things for a potential future HTPC, I stumbled upon the LinuxMCE tutorial video. The more I read, the more impressed I am with this light weight free software. I recently upgraded my desktop and am trying to make the LinuxMCE work as a core on my old desktop. It's a P4 2.0Ghz with a GA-8Ik1100 Motherboard. Currently only 512MB of RAM and a 40GB HD (have a second 60GB drive that was going to use to store PVR, and will likely buy an additional 1TB+ drive for ripping my DVD's to as well as a little more RAM).
The first problem I'm encountering that after I do the DVD install and all seems to go well (tells me to eject disk and press "enter" to continue), when it reboots it will not boot. It checks for a boot CD and then just hangs. If I insert the DVD and boot from the DVD, then select "boot from first hard disk" during the initial menu options, it will then perform it's first boot properly. But for some reason the booting from the HD needs to be initialized by the DVD.
The second thing I'm having a problem with is when I get to the audio portion of the A/V Set-Up Wizard I can not hear any analog audio. (Even when I try turning the Linux menu volume up to 100% and my speakers are turned all the way up). I'm using the same speakers and the same audio out port that I used previously when this was an XP machine.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Is it a Mobo compatibility issue??
Thanks for the assistance.