Can you please elaborate as to how I can set an MD to boot from a network? I was under impression that I need LinuxMCE to be setup on all machines. Also, how does the fact that the Core, which is an older AMD machine with an ATI card, running 7.10, allow newer Zotac board with an Nvidia 9400 video card to run? How do I set up the correct video drivers?
If I can get the MDs to boot up and act as slaves with the Core pushing the content would be ideal!
PS. OK. I looked up the info about the network boot, and will definitely try it. Still, how do I make sure that the newer video card is supported?
1. You will have only 1 Core fully installed with LinuxMCE as per the wiki, the others will install from the Core over the LAN
2. Your Core will have two (2) Network LAN Cards, in your case 1 on the motherboard and another usually in a PCI slot
3. 1 NIC, network interface card, becomes the external LAN, connected to your broadband modem or WIRED port of a router and the other becomes the LinuxMCE internal LAN usually connected to a switch (or a router with the DHCP server functions turned off - the Core needs to supply the IP to the MDs and, if any, Mobile Orbiters)
4. Connect your Diskless (No hard Drive) computers that are to be "Diskless Media Directors" to the Core's internal LAN switch, one at a time initially, so that the Core can recognize them and build a Media Director image (on the core) for them.
--- Picture the Image of a Media Director as a drive that the Media Director's computer would boot from when turned on except, it resides on the Core and boots the MD over the Core's Internal LAN ---
5. If you are using LinuxMCE 8.10-Alpha2-Latest, and you should, the video in your Zotac should be recognized and at least get you an output from the VGA connector. I would recommend connecting to a VGA monitor at first and then fine tune the output of your HDMI connector using the AV/Wizard after everything is set up and you are familiar with setting up your first Media Director.
Note: I use a wireless router with the DHCP server functions turned off for my Internal LAN so that my Media Directors can be hardwired over CAT5e and my WebDT 366 Orbiter can communicate through the wireless portion, with WEP Key encryption for security.
I hope this helps to clear some of the confusion up.