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Hi Guys,

I am selling some of my HT gear.

First up is a Nokia N810 in MINT condition. Not a single scratch on it. I used it maybe twice since I bought it.

$180 US + shipping


Next we have a WebDT 366 and WebDT 375. Both units work great, power up just fine and have WinCE installed. The 366 comes with the built-in wireless card, carrying case and external battery. The 375 does not have any of that. They both come with power cables, but do not have docks.

I'm selling both together for $200 US + shipping


Next we have a Gyration GYR3101US remote. This is the exact same remote as the Fiire Chief, but without the Fiire Chief firmware. It comes with the dongle.

$80 US + shipping


Next up is a VIA VM7700. I believe this is the same unit that Fiire use to resell as the Fiire Invisible. It's a fanless unit and can be mounted to the back of any VESA compatible LCD. This unit was not purchased through Fiire and does not come with any of their software. Additionaly it does not have a hard drive installed, although it accepts a standard 2.5" laptop drive.

Processor: 1.5GHz Via Eden Pro


Price: $500 US + shipping


And last we have the HTPC. I am unsure of exactly how functional this is with LinuxMCE. I had 0710 running very well, but some effort was required. I have not tried 810.

Processor: Intel Core2 Q6600 (2.4GHz quad core)
Motherboard: GA-73PVM-S2H
Hard drive: 120GB
Case: Thermaltake Mozart SX

  • Built-in infrared receiver
  • ThemalTake Multimedia Remote
  • Front display LCD for media metadata
  • HDMI out
  • SuperMulti DVD writer

Price: $450 US + shipping

Marketplace / FS: WebDT 570LX - 17" Monitor /w embedded PC
« on: February 23, 2009, 12:57:16 pm »
Boots and runs LinuxMCE UI1. No problem decoding DivX/XVID/MPEG. I mainly used it as a web browser in my kitchen for e-mails and office programs.

This is a WebDT 570LX 17" unit. It is a monitor with PC and speakers integrated into it. Perfect for a low profile computer in the kitchen, bed room, or nook. Great for web browsing, school work or office applications. In perfect working condition. Keyboard, mouse and power supply are included.

Processor: AMD Geode 512MHZ

1x Headphone jack
1x Microphone jack
2x RS-232 serial port
1x Parallel port
3x USB
1x Ethernet

$270 US +shipping

Marketplace / FS: Two Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 /w remotes
« on: February 23, 2009, 12:54:40 pm »
I have two of the infamous Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150's with remotes, in their original box. Linux MCE Wiki:

This seems to be one of the easiest to use and best supported capture cards for LinuxMCE. It is automatically detected by LinuxMCE.

$60US + shipping/each

Marketplace / Fiire Chief remotes
« on: December 19, 2008, 07:43:13 am »
I have two Fiire Chief remotes for sale. These are now sold.

Developers / Custom kernel modules in LMCE
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:40:55 am »
According to the Upgrading the Kernel wiki, and the charon svn there are a few drivers compiled as part of LMCE. Are these sources actually patched in any way from their original versions? Excluding the video drivers, most of the drivers appear in the mainstream kernel and the rest aren't even installed on my LMCE box.

I've been running a 2.6.26 kernel for sometime now, with no issues. I would like to document this in the Wiki along with a mini-HOWTO. And hopefully not break anyone's setup in the process.

Users / Stability survey
« on: September 09, 2008, 09:17:46 am »

Feature requests & roadmap / DHCP & network configuration revamp
« on: September 07, 2008, 09:19:51 am »
Just putting this here for future reference and to see if anyone else is already working on it. I will get around to it eventually if nobody else does.

The current DHCP setup is fairly clumsy and makes it difficult to integrate a LinuxMCE solution into anything but a cookie cutter network. At the very least there should be a one-click solution for configuring the core to use only 1 network interface.

Current solutions for this involve multiple subnets, ip aliasing, etc. These are all bad options. I understand the importance of running the DHCP server from the core, however there's no real need to run the gateway from the core. Modern routers all employ QoS for VoIP traffic and a great number of people who actually use LinuxMCE are already running extremely complex Linux firewalls (like me ;)). As a machine that runs a plethora of services, LinuxMCE doesn't make for a very secure firewall either. If more control over the information in dhcpd.conf were available, then users would gain the flexibility of integrating the core into exotic network setups.

Ultimately, a lot of users will be downloading LinuxMCE as a simple drop in replacement for Windows MCE, or similar products. I think there's enough demand for this feature, and as I said before, ip aliasing and multiple subnets are hack solutions at best.


Users / LinuxMCE + RAID + BOOT
« on: August 28, 2008, 10:06:40 pm »
Hey Guys,

I saw a few requests for RAID of the main LinuxMCE drive. I added a quick how-to into the wiki. It hasn't been very tested yet, but people have been using this method for years so it seems like it would be ok. As always, backup your data before playing with things.


Developers / Purpose of "System Recovery" boot option?
« on: August 28, 2008, 04:38:37 pm »
At the bottom of my menu.lst file, on a clean install off of the LinuxMCE DVD I have a menu option:

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                title           System Recovery
                root            (hd0,5)
                kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=f64a7de8-3eb6-42ee-93f5-8737ad0e5f84 quiet install_from_hdd
                initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic

This seems to point to a non-existent kernel image and initrd image. Is there any reason this is here?

Users / Quality of TV tuners?
« on: August 26, 2008, 10:29:23 pm »
I remember way way way back in the day playing with an All in Wonder as a TV tuner. Unfortunately the quality of said device was brutal and was quickly placed on the shelf. Have TV tuners made much improvement lately? Should I go buy the PVR150 expecting decent results? My source will be the analogue output of my digital cable box. On my 50" LCD the standard def source looks pretty good, will this change (much) through the TV tuner?

Developers / UniChrome Pro II & UI2
« on: August 06, 2008, 01:50:23 pm »
I have been searching the forums, and the wiki for information on the UniChrome chipsets. The forums all indicate that they work, but not with UI2. The wiki's indicate that UI2 works flawlessly and that VIA has recently open sourced their drivers. What exactly is the status of this chipset without using the licensed drivers from Fiire?

Users / Cheaper Orbiters?
« on: August 04, 2008, 11:59:22 am »
Are there any cheap orbiters available new around the $200 range?

All the orbiters I see people using are discontinued (Nokia N800, WebDT375).

Developers / HDMI /w HDCP bounce solution
« on: July 24, 2008, 07:59:32 am »
I wanted to start a discussion on the feasibility of manufacturing a device capable of splitting and distributing HDMI signals.

As I understand it right now (and correct me if I am wrong), HDMI output from a STB must be directly connected to the output device to view the HI-DEF content. Cable and satellite providers will not provide unencrypted MPEG2 streams for premium channels from these devices, and probably never will. This unfortunately makes it infeasible to share this media in the traditional way that Linux MCE/MythTV shares standard definition content.

After watching the LinuxMCE demo with the HD STB (and the direct input feature) it occurred to me that this functionality could be expanded through a separate hardware device. This hardware device could take an arbitrary number of input HDMI signals, and distribute them to an arbitrary number of HDMI outputs. Splitting and or copying the content as directed by a RS-232 control connection to the Linux MCE core system.

This device is really an amalgamation of existing devices already on the market:
A) RS-232 Link or IR
B) HDMI splitters (decrypts 1 HDMI signal, copies signal to all outputs, re-encrypts signal)
C) HDMI distribution amplifiers
D) HDMI extender over 2x Cat6 lines

With a combination of these parts, it's possible to then bounce HDMI input signals to numerous output displays as long as there are two free Cat5/6 lines running to the display. The source and destination all controlled by the RS-232 control port.

After I began thinking about this some more it occurred to me that it might be possible to make a home brew device that is capable of such a feat, using existing HDMI splitters.

Say for example you had two HD-capable displays in your house, and two HDMI only output devices (STB, Blu Ray player). Therefor the system has 2-inputs (I1,I2), 2-outputs (O1,O2). The system would then have 4 possible states:
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{ (O1=I1, O2=I2), (O1=I2, O2=I1), (O1=I1,O2=I1), (O1=I2,O2=I3) }.

The first two states can be achieved by simply "connecting" the HDMI inputs to the correct HDMI outputs in a passive fashion (no processing is required). The last two states are achieved by "connecting" the correct HDMI input to a pre-purchased HDMI splitter device, and "connecting" the two HDMI outputs to the respective output ports.

By utilizing an already existing HDMI splitter device, and HDMI extender devices this project could be completed without the need for a complicated design or expensive processors. Additionally the HDCP compatibility would be preserved assuming the HDMI splitter/extenders are HDCP compatible. Obviously the complexity of the project increases with the number of inputs and outputs.

Does this idea seem possible? Am I overlooking some major issue somewhere? Is there a better way to do this? Has this already been done?

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