For the last several years, I've been running a WinXP HTPC based on the discontinued Immersive Holo3D card. I used Girder to tie lighting control into the DVD playback. Here is a picture of my home theater:my home theater
The setup does have some quirks (scanning forward/reverse during DVD playback locks it up), plus the Girder lighting and IR control is heavily scripted and I've long since forgotten how all of it works. I've read impressive things about LinuxMCE so I decided to try installing it on a spare drive today.
Unfortunately, my experience seems to be a study in unsupported hardware:
- Dolby Digital audio does not play back through my nForce2 onboard SPDIF, although that works fine in WinXP
- my CM17A (X-10 Firecracker transmitter) does not seem to be supported
- my StreamZAP USB I/R receiver/remote does not seem to be supported
I tried adding a CM11A on the chance that the CM17A was compatible, but it still doesn't work. I don't mind upgrading the motherboard to something new to get the audio working, but I'd really like to avoid having to buy a new X10 transmitter (CM11A) and IR receiver (USB-UIRT) if possible.
Before everyone tells me to ditch X10 in favor of ZWave
, I am actually using an X10-based scene controller:PCS Scene Controller
When it receives simple X10 on/off codes, it will actually fade up to four channels to predefined levels. In my setup, B1 is "seating" (cans on, sconces on, aisle off), B2 is "movie" (cans/sconces off, aisles 30%), B3 is "pause/intermission" (cans 50%, sconces off, aisles 75%). It works really, really well, is already wired in the room, and is not practical to replace.
So... any chances of getting the CM17A or the StreamZAP IR receiver working?
- Chris (hoping to find a way into the LinuxMCE experience)