Thanks guys, I appreciate the responses.
If you have that much invested in your setup, a UIRT really doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me... It is the best supported device, works out of the box, and learns codes very easily.
CM11A is also only $50 online - not really all that bad... I'm not sure what the technical differences are between the CM11 and CM17, but you can look at the CM11A device template to get an idea of what was required to get that working.
I've had similar sound issues. There is a good chance it is a simple configuration issue. Try setting the sound card to "manual configuration" or others in the web admin under wizard --> devices --> media directors.
I know $110 doesn't seem like a lot compared to what I have invested in the room, and it probably wouldn't be except that:
- it's a lot to spend if I buy these things, try LinuxMCE, and decide to keep my current setup
- the room was built when I was single - I'm now married, and in considerable debt due to a house exterior renovation project
So unfortunately, right now $110 is a little much to spend for me to just "try it out." I am hoping perhaps I can get help to get the CM17A working, and perhaps find a USB-UIRT on Ebay for a good price. Thanks for the advice on the sound configuration - I'll check that out!
chrispitude, nice theater... Are you an installer or...?
Nope, just your average homeowner. I've always read about those crazy home theaters on AVS Forum, and when I had this house built in 1999 I set aside a 15'x25' unfinished room for a movie room. You can see from the dates in the pictures that it took me many years to finish. Some stuff I hired out (framing, drywall, carpet) and some stuff I did (cabinetry, wiring, painting and wall fabric, projector install). The BarcoGraphics 808S was decent a decade ago, but now it's just a big, heavy, loud dinosaur which needs converged every time it sees a new video mode. I'd love to replace it with a modern-day digital, but that's not in the budget at the moment.
for the DD issues start by ensuring that the IEC958 ports are not muted by going to a terminal and typing alsamixer. Scroll to the right as this is usually where the IEC connections are located and use 'M' key to mute/unmute. And in the web admin for that MD ensure that the audio settings are SPDIF Toslink, and AC3/DTS pass-thru is ticked.
This advice is also very much appreciated. I'll see if I can get down there today and play with this. Under WinXP, I was able to play DD and DTS DVDs, but
I was not ever able to get 44.1kHz bit-perfect output from this motherboard. So, I do already know that the audio on this old nForce2 motherboard is somewhat picky...