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hi there !
I think it is a great idea that someone starting off knows the setup he has bought "could" work!
I love Linux and Lmce! but for someone that has just left their cosy windows home to start this project... it is a minefield!
and it would be great if these newbes where spurred on by their successes rather than sulking and shouting about their failures!

 gets my vote!

Thanks for the vote of support gazzzman.  I agree.  I think with the right information in the right places, a lot less grief would be encountered by newbies.  Hopefully this reference design provides some of that information.


I think that is a good idea and I was planning on doing the same thing when I installed mine from scratch.

Thanks for the vote of support.  :)

Hi Todd,
I definitely consulted the Newbie Packs pages and learned what I could from them in designing my own system.  Informative as they were, the Newbie packs still left a gap in the knowledge I needed to reliably construct a working system.  The main drawbacks of the Newbie Packs for me were as follows:
1. The basis upon which the author(s) who is/are suggesting the Newbie Packs components is not apparent.  I'm not saying that the suggested hardware is good or bad, just that there is no way for me to know based on what is written on the pages. 
2. There is no indication of whether anyone has tried the suggested hardware in the Newbie Packs with LinuxMCE.  Without some confirmation that the suggested hardware works, it isn't really any more useful than shopping for hardware from scratch.

I was planning to actually build my system and report the results.  That way others can rely on my experience with the hardware without having to be confident in my ability to pick good hardware.  They need only have confidence in my reliability in reporting the results. 

If I can show that my setup works and give clear instructions on how to recreate it for yourself, I think we're a whole lot further ahead than we were with just the newbie packs.


Edit: It looks like hari did report that the MD Newbie Pack Slim is confirmed working in the wiki, which is great to know.

I have proposed a "Reference Design" project that will encompasses the "benchmark system" I was looking for.  Look here for details:

Users / New in the Wiki: Alx9r's Sample Setup
« on: May 12, 2008, 06:54:18 pm »
Edit: This thread was originally called "Proposal: Reference Design -- A Complete Description of a Working System".

Hello all,
I am currently building my first LinuxMCE system from scratch.  I think I can contribute something meaningful by completely documenting my design for others (especially newbies) to copy, adapt, and learn from.  I am currently keeping details of my design on my user page here:

I have created a proposal to move it to the wiki once it is mature.  The proposal is here:

Please respond with your thoughts so I can gauge the level of interest in this.



Users / Re: the next M2NPV-VM
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:40:24 am »
My wiki/forum/video research confirms what you found: The M2NPV-VM is likely the best supported mobo for linux MCE -- perhaps for both the core and media director.  No surprise that it's discontinued, but it does pose a problem for those of us who are seeking a known-compatible mobo.

It would be great to find out from others what mobos and peripherals are known working, but so far I haven't had much luck getting concrete compatibility information except for the M2NPV-VM.

From what I have read the M2NPV-VM is recommended mainly because it is proven to work (it was used in the video).  It's based around the nForce 430 MCP.  It looks like the 430 is no longer in production so it's no surprise the M2NPV-VM is also out of production.

FWIW, I plan to select a new mobo (not an M2NPV-VM) for a LinuxMCE box probably in the next month or so.  Here is what my criteria is so far:
definite needs:
 - $150 or less
 - AM2 socket
 - onboard known-compatible nVidia GPU
 - onboard known-compatible Gigabit Ethernet
highly desired:
 - onboard known-compatible S/PDIF out

I didn't include HDMI-out in my criteria.  It seems that going from DVI out on the PC to HDMI in is just a matter of buying the right DVI->HDMI cable.  I haven't tried this myself, but most reports I have read indicate that this works just fine.  Given that, I think HDMI out is safe to leave off the criteria list.

My plan of action to narrow down the mobo model was to nail down which nVidia MCPs and GPUs are working for people in the Ubuntu and MythTV forums, then select an appropriate motherboard using a known-working MCP and GPU.

If you do narrow your search at all, I'm definitely interested in hearing the results.



I was hoping to find a "benchmark system" made of known-compatible components that exercises the core features of LinuxMCE.  I couldn't find such a system spec anywhere in the wiki, forums, or web.  I did, however, find lots of wisdom and guidance in those places. Based on that, I am designing a system that can hopefully become that "benchmark system" I was seeking.  I will be documenting that design on my user page in the wiki which you can find here:

At this point, my hope is that I can get this system working without too many issues.  Once I can do that, I am hoping to sufficiently document my system so that others can replicate it for themselves.  That way newbies have a way of getting a basic system up and running without the huge learning curve that I encountered.

If you are interested in this "benchmark system" spec, please reply here, so I can gauge how useful this exercise is likely to be to everyone.



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