Update - I have good news for you and bad news for me.
Motherboard - Asus K8V-X (via K8T800) - Avoid this and via chipsets ref MythTV and other PVR websites.
I got another H/D and I installed xp on the computer. I found it was 'flaky' even with the windows software. Not good. I tried it in my other computer, also a Asus K8V-X. Same problem. I could only find a pvr-150 locally, so bought it. Same problem in both computers. After checking mythtv and other pvr mailing list archives and forums I found out there are issues with various VIA chipset motherboards - Great ! ?#$@$?#
Don't know it there is much we can do here, we don't have that kind of hardware in the office and also i don't know if we would have any time right now to come up with a fix for this. As soon as a 3rd pary teams (myth, kernel .. ) came up with a fix we would be happy to add it to pluto.
The plutohome server is designed to connect to the internet and be on all the time, hence the Two interfaces and the firewall.
But for many people who are testing, this is a problem. You can't (easily) have Two DHCP servers going at the same time so if you have a real firewall or firewall/router the box, then you have an initial problem you MUST solve.
Assuming you are going to be turning plutohome on and off whilst testing, turn off any dhcp server in the firewall/firewall/router and set your other computers to static IP addresses with the appropriate netmask, GW and DNS servers.
You will know when you try and boot a pc as a media server as it will likely pick up the from both dhcp servers and you will get an IP in a different subnet (assuming your other subnet IS NOT also 192.168.80.x). Most are 192.168.0.x or 192.168.1.x
Pluto core is meant to be a separator between the pluto network and the other networks. This design was also use from some security reasons and i would recommend you a separate network or vlan to use pluto in. There is unlikely to change this in the near future.
NOTE: you will need a switch for the 192.168.80.x subnet as well. Devices you want to control/use need to be connected to this switch
You can change this starting with .41 build but only at installation time only , for now.
During the install, pick 640x480 resolution (I used 60HZ) - I had problems with the video etc. (you can change this later after you login to the web setup)
I think 640x480 is the default install resolution, and can be changed at install time using the Audio Video Wizard also.
Also DO NOT accept the default 'UI ' that is for newer gforce 65xx graphics cards, otherwise you will end up with a grey screen.
The new UI is still in development now and far from being final/stable. In the next releases we hope to support other/older hardware too.
My Gateway MX7515 notebook (Marvell chipset sky2 driver) doesn't get past init 2 unfortuantely :-(
I would really like to take a look at this, if you could send us the remote assistance information that ionut.f was asking you of.
I'm going to compalin to asus about these motherboards and find the receipts, as I have found out that they have 3-year warranties.
Please do so, as hardware manufacturers don't give a damn about Linux, maybe more complains would make them change their mind.