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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: ELO Touchscreen support?
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:36:05 am »
I have been struggling with getting Elo Touchscreens working with the Debian version of Pluto and it has not been easy- mostly the driver itself is cranky. I am about to try ELO's driver as soon as I'm ready to grind through the process. (the Elographic open source driver that I finally got installed isn't talking to the screen correctly. After it ID's the hardware it goes down trying to sync.)
You can use the touchscreens attached to a windows PC running Win Orbiter just fine. But it ties up the PC. Let me know what progress you make. I can forward what I have managed to get working in Debian if you want. PM me an e-mail. If it were working I would post the process which I will do if & when.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: xbox 360 support
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:25:10 am »
Twonky does support video. I used it to test the Roku HD1000 with HD video. Never worked well enough to be much use (the protocol's and other settings were all out of whack for video) but that was 2 years ago and I'm sure Twonky is better now.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Tivo
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:21:38 am »
Getting TiVo 2 content would be a good feature and not impossibly difficult. However it will be slow (the network speed is very slow). TiVo 3 and any other protected content will be much harder to get since the manufacturers  have worked very hard to protect it.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Single NIC installation
« on: April 02, 2007, 08:16:56 am »
It can be done, I'm using it that way now. But you need LMCE to be the DHCP server to get the media directors to work and the PNP setup feature to work.

you configure the two functions under networking like this-
1) disable the router's DHCP server
2) Set the cores's IP to static and in the same range as the router.
3) enable the DHCP server and make sure its in a different range (LMCE uses 192.168.80 )

Users / Re: DVD Playback help!
« on: April 02, 2007, 12:02:52 am »
To play a DVD you must have DVD CSS software installed.   From the orbiter on the MD you are using advanced - add software- (next page) select DVD CSS.

Installation issues / Re: Kernel Panic on diskless boot
« on: April 01, 2007, 11:54:06 pm »
Those are the two NIC's that have been troublesome before. The Marvel is more troublesome in my experience. The nVidia should behave but BIOS issues can't be discounted.

I picked up some IBM NIC's with PXE boot rom on them that work fine off eBay. IBM is pushing Linux hard so they have good drivers in distribution.

Installation issues / Re: Kernel Panic on diskless boot
« on: April 01, 2007, 09:02:18 am »
The Kernel painc relates to driver problems with ethernet cards. On some motherboards a bios upgrade will fix it, like the Asus M2NPV-VN. On others you may need to add a NIC with onboard PXE boot. Its more of a Linux issue than anything else. And a pain since MB vendors don't put Linux support high on their lists and the software doesn't come from them or get much support from them.

Users / Re: Can linux mce do all this?
« on: April 01, 2007, 08:48:58 am »
You use two ethernet cards to exploit the Firewall/DHCP server and Plug and Play setup features. Its possible to set it up with one but you lose the other features unless you use a specific configuration-

1) The DHCP server in your existing router/firewall must be disabled.
2) The core needs a fixed IP address and to be the DHCP server in another address block (e.g. fixed IP for the router is (e.g.D-Link) Core IP is set to Core offers DHCP addresses in 192.168.80.nnn range).

I use this  and it works but with Ubuntu getting Ubuntu's configuration to synchronize with LinuxMCE is not obvious.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: harmony remote and linux MCE
« on: March 26, 2007, 10:30:49 pm »
I got a used 12" Elo LCD off eBay for $120 which works fine w/ Windows running a Windows Orbiter.

I think the strength is supporting multiple options so you are free to chose.

Installation issues / Re: running horribly slow
« on: March 26, 2007, 06:23:47 pm »
The following will choke the system from my experience-
1) Not enough ram. You need 500 MB min in the core and it runs much better w/ 1 GB
2) The minimum video card for good results seems to be the 6XXX series nVidia. Its all about the vendors Linux support, which is mostly ugly stepchild stuff. But the 6XXX and 7XXX nVidia stuff works pretty well.
3) A sempron 2600 seems about the minimum processor (or Intel equivalent if you can actually figure it out).
4) The video card needs 128 MB. I have tried on the nVidia 6150 MB's setting the video below 128 and it really didn't work.

All of the above relate to HD especially but the video card will slow even the setup for some reason.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: harmony remote and linux MCE
« on: March 26, 2007, 05:58:04 pm »
Simple solution for the Harmony Remote is to add the WinMCE control to its setup. LinuxMCE will recognize those commands. How the state management in Harmony will handle that remains to be seen.

I have used both and I'm less enthused about the gyro remote but everyone is different. My preference is a touchscreen.

Users / Re: Questions for the well informed...
« on: March 25, 2007, 09:18:12 am »
Here is an HDMI capture card. Its only $250. But its in a very questionable area legally if its used to capture "protected" content. And the uncompressed HDMI stream will eat hard disks really fast if you can even record it. It doesn't encode to MPEG or H264 so its output to the PC may not be too useful. However if someone figures out how to exploit the card I'll buy one immediately.

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