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Regarding NOVA-TD-500s, take a look at this thread

Does anybody know if that pesky USB disconnect problem got sorted? Or is it still an issue?

Doomed, thought this card was plug and play for LinuxMCE.

Still the article at LINUX TV is ending with this:
2008-06-16 - Today, using an up-to-date Ubuntu 8.04 x64, a recent V4L-DVB tree, the MythTV tuning and EIT settings and the provided remote receiver, this card is absolutely rock solid with no USB disconnects, no tuner lost or any other trouble. The few MythTV tweaks are an slight annoyance, but they are worth it. This card is a great DVB-T solution!

But it is old from 16.6.2008. Your forum discussion is from april 2009. Anything happening in the last year, anyone?

I can still return this card to the dealer and get my mony refounded. But I only have this week to do that before the timeframe goes out....

This page on wiki for myth tv here says:
68109 Model; This card was released in very low volumes, probably only in the UK, and is not supported in Linux. Hauppauge has been swapping these units for Linux users; call Hauppauge customer services. There is no new stock of this card (end of life components) and it has now been replaced by the 84109 Model Nova-TD 500 which works fine in Linux.

My model nr is the latter; 84109 LF Rev D3F4 Nova-TD-500. This is stampet on the card.

Andrew posted this in december 2009:
We dont have a device template for the T500... cue Thom to give me a 'bashing' for not having one ;-)

...but we do have it working very well using our V4l package (PM me if any of you would like a copy...its DKMS based so will work correctly on 0710 or 0810...or indeed 0910 too ;-)  )...and reliably in Myth now. The only issue we see is that if we reboot the T500's do not get in initialised properly from a 'warm' firmware boot. The solution is to do a shutdown, remove the power for 15 secs or so, then powerup and all is well. This is an irritation but compared to before when the T500 was so unstable it was unusable its very acceptable!

All the best for Xmas and for the new year too!


Purps, looks like the support is better, but still with some issues...

Users / Re: New hardware for dedicated core build
« on: May 17, 2010, 04:34:59 pm »
Thanks for your replay all  :)

So I guess the AMD option is the one to go for; Well known hardware, onboard nividia grapich that can handle HD with vdpau(not shure if this is posible in LMCE, but it works with XBMC I hear) and UI2 overlay. 5.1 sound and NIC working(not shure out of the box doe!).

    * Mobo: Asus M3N78-VM
    * CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240e
    * Ram: Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB)
    * CPU Cooler: Zalman CPU-kjøler CNPS8700 NT

Checked out the Phenom I and II with the "e" version both at TDP 65w. But none at stock at my place. I will see when I have the system up and going(need to see the WinTV-NoVA-TD-500HD working in LMCE), maby upgrade to one of those. (of cauce it is more than twice the price at the moment...) I am also planning an web admin server for the media files. So maybe I will jiggle the HW around later.... if you catch my drift ;)

So this one is going to be low cost and low power consumtion, with enough power for 1-2 MD's I hope  ::)

Users / Re: New hardware for dedicated core build
« on: May 17, 2010, 12:02:30 pm »
Did a search for the AMD Athlon II X2 240e processor, like here

And it seems like that the "e" version only differense is the 45W TDP.

And here

The only real thing stopping the Athlon II X2 240e from sweeping the low-wattage, low-price processor market is that AMD already has another processors just like it in the form of the AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor. The Athlon II X2 250 draws a little bit more power (about 10W) and is a little bit faster (approx. 5-7%) and costs slightly more (around $10).

If you have to choose between the two, you'll likely want the Athlon II X2 250 processor if you're building a primary computer system that will need that bit of extra speed, and the Athlon II X2 240e for a PC
that's just staying on in the background. It's a tiny margin though, so either processor can be a winner in the right setting. only 10watt is differing actually.... what to do, what to choose  :-\ ;D

I can get the 250 for the same price as 240e, so that gives me 200mhz more power, but also 10 more watts at full load, this changes however to only 6 watts in idle...

Users / Re: New hardware for dedicated core build
« on: May 16, 2010, 02:16:23 pm »
ok! I am challanging the intel setup with AMD :o

Did find a webstore with the Asus M3N78-VM in store. This mobo has a wiki here

New spec for a core setup will be:

The II X2 240e is at 45W and should have a low heat submission. (I have measured a Core 2 Duo E8400 and Athlon x2 4850e 2.5Ghz, and they both have approx 60watts at idle and 80-90watts in regular use(for the total system, approx identical setup). AMD had an higher cpu core temp in bios, approx 5-7 degre celcius at idle.)

The regular Athlon II x2 240 CPU have only 65w total. Maybe in idle this is not noticeable, in my core setup. But will give some more power when needed??

The core is being located in the living room, so I like to keep the noise/heat to a minimum.

Any comment...


I don't understand what the 4000HD is considering the 4000 does HD. Maybe it's the software that comes with it. Nice to see that there's a PCIe version though!

When I look in the manual for the NOVA-TD-500 it says that it is capable of HD receiving, but you need a codec and a fast CPU (Core Duo 2.8; without HW acceleration)

I guess the HD tag is just a naming upgrade, to show the potensial buyer that it is capable of receiving HD format. :)


I see there is a new PCIe card from Hauppauge in the webstores now. It's called Hauppauge WinTV - HVR-4400 HD MCE KIT.

It looks like a PCIe version of the WinTV-HVR 4000HD, due to same hybride layout/funtions...

Due to limited PCI slots on mATX boards, would it be possible to add this one to the support list of yours? That be if you get the nessesary card info?

or should I still go for the WinTV-HVR 4000 HD?

(my webstore canceled my order for WinTV-HVR 4000HD, but I received the NOVA-T-500-HD. Actually the package was renamed from NOVA-TD-500 to NOVA-T-500-HD?? Still need a new mobo to do the card info for you :-))


Users / Re: **Need Input** Newbie building [Hard]core server
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:15:42 pm »
My server building project have been halted because I can't find any PSU fint my chassi. Need one where the air can pass through the PSU.
[From the side with the modulare cables are to the backside. Have a look at pic to undersand how the air passes through the chassi.]

Need to have a meshed PSU or a dual 80mm fans  PSU. Seams that the have disappeared from the market. >:(

Looks like your chassi, route the cooling from the bottom of the chassi, up trough PCU and exit at the rear. This will minimise heat emission from the PSU to the system itself. This could be a plus or bad thing, resting on the settup for the rest of the cabinet, airflow etc. If you have room for a couple of 120mm fans in front, it would do good.

I would requmend Seasonic for server/mediaPC, due to low noice(using 120mm fan that runs on less than 1000rpm). I use 2 at 350W and one that is 380W. On system that are low on wattage, like core2 duo E-series etc, they do a great job. There is also a 430w unit, if you have like 4xhdd in raid/lots of tuner card etc. Look here and

These units give good stable ouput, inspite of low wattage off these unit.

Go for aS12-II units, I am currently using the 380W unit like in the link....

Good luck

Users / New hardware for dedicated core build
« on: April 17, 2010, 11:23:48 pm »
I'am in a prosess of getting me a new platform for LMCE.

Looking at the new intel cpu Core i3 and socket LGA1156, it shows a very low power consumption, but have more power than core2 E8400.


Also considering a Core2 Duo set up with:

Both system will have the same total cost approximatly.

I have in order one Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T-500-HD and one WinTV-HVR 4000 to put in the core. Also I have an Win TV-Nexus that also should be able to work with LMCE...

Is it considered gambling to try out a i3 system on LMCE this early, or will it work in a core enviroment?? Also considering the onboard GPU on the i3, will it display the installer in LMCE with the ALSA drivers?

Thanks for any comment  :)

Thanks for your replay Mandingo :)

Then I will order HD, and if needed collect the info for you.

None in stock by this time, looks like I have to wait a while for my order to come through... :P

I have read in this forum and on wiki about Hauppauge DVB cards. The WinTV-HVR 4000 and NOVA-T-500 seem to be working in linux. So I planned to order one of each, but then I noticed that the webstore offered now a HD version of these cards.

Will these HD cards work in LMCE, or should I try to get the older card without HD?
(I am at this stage not concerned about receiving or vewing HD streams, regular is just fine...)

I am living in Norway, so I need support for the MPEG4 H264 and AAC audio for the DVB-T features. I will also be using DVB-s. All free to air...

If someone have other card, type/brand to recommend, feel free to comment.

Always good to talk things over, with you people here :)

Come on man, THINK! *bop-you-on-head*

Put the OS on a separate disk.

In fact, if you follow our network diagram, and put the disk in a NAS....There is an additional layer of insulation there.


allright then;-) Managed to emty an 250GB hdd, and use this as dedicated core. Then make the 1TB hdd to store the media files :o


Why don't you try using the DVD as is, since this is your first time through?


Sorry, not first time trying LMCE, but first time to build a usefull system, that I intend to transfer all of my media files too :).

And in light of this, I dont want to give LMCE the hole 1TB, in case of OS falilure etc...

What is this file:
To do so we have to create a single file
Those it mean the /pluto.conf?


I'am installing LMCE 7.10 RC2 on my new core; 1TB hdd. I am following the "DVD Install And Custom Partitions" guide. To problems:

1. Step by step using fdisk to make the partitions from Ubuntu. The Alt + F2 dident work for me. I ended up partioning via an install off ubuntu:

sda1 = 60GB   /
sda5 =  2GB   Linux Swap
sda6 = 10GB   /mnt/recovery
sda7 = 0.9xTB rest

2. The notion:
"We need fool the LinuxMCE Installer into believing we already have a LinuxMCE installation. To do so we have to create a single file. If you are using the LMCE DVD, it has created the /media/target directory to use below"
What do I need to do, in order to "fool" the LinuxMCE Installer. I need a step by step instructions here as well. :P

Yes I am a newbie at linux, and I am most struggeling with the terminal, partitions, where do my file and folders end up/or how to separate my privat files, from the linux system files. And it all sums up in how do the file system actually work in linux, as suppose to windows.... struggeling here again  :D

Well much to learn :P, if anyone have some god tutorial on these matters, dont heasitate to donate som links ;)

Users / Re: New Hardware for Core Linux MCE
« on: August 26, 2008, 07:25:51 pm »
I am just not sure if the 4850e has enugh power to play all formats at 1080p resolution, can anyone comment on this ?

Well if you read this review here: that conclude with this:

In comparison when we tried the 4850e the power consumption was only slightly less at 98W but the loading on both cores was 95-100 percent. The playback was not watchable as it constantly stuttered.
It look like we have to wait for HW driver support for H264 support for the 4850/780G platform. In order to play HD content flawless.

So maybe you should find a good mobo for the E7200, and go for that, inorder to get the playback you are looking for right now... :)

I am not into HD content yet, so I can wait a bit... ;)

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