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« on: July 28, 2009, 01:51:35 pm »

welcome, please dont take this the wrong way but i wouldnt expect too many replies from a post like the one above.  The wiki here contains lots of information about MCE hardware and I would at least mention if you have looked there before posting such brief details and asking for advice. 

What do you want to use your machine for (full HA or just media, multi room or one etc).

To help you on your way though, Silverstone cases are lovely, I have one for my hybrid machine and the quality shouts at you. I wouldnt think 80gb SSD is large enough for the OS, you might get away with MCE and KDE installed, but currently the PVR functions are stored on your system drive (without tweaking), and as such 80GB is very tight. 

If you expect people to answer your posts more fully take the time to contruct them more fully.

MCE is complicated but will reward you, if you invest the time.

Users / Re: HA in the UK
« on: July 28, 2009, 01:45:29 pm »
As ever, some more great information andrew.  HA is phase 2 of my install and looking forward to getting it working!

Wierdbeard, if you do go for anyof the bits described could you report back with prices / experiances please?


Users / Re: How many of us are interested in HDMI audio?
« on: July 28, 2009, 01:42:13 pm »
Nice to know I am not on my own after the update.  I will check the asound.conf as I am running alsa 1.0.20 and Nvidia 185.14.  I did have HDMI audio working under KDE before the MCE install, although my asound.conf will have changed by then.

Andrew, have you had to tweak anything further to get HDMI audio under myth?  I read on their wiki something to do with EDID settings to get HDMI audio under myth. 

If i get it working i will report back.


Users / Re: How many of us are interested in HDMI audio?
« on: July 27, 2009, 10:25:43 pm »
Anyone had any success with this update & HDMI audio? I am trying to work out why my hdmi audio might not be working.  Thanks

Users / Re: i wan't some info before i try linuxmce
« on: July 27, 2009, 11:27:41 am »
Which version of ubuntu are you running?  Linux MCE is based on KDE (kubuntu 0810 if you run the alpha or 0710 if you run the formal release).  MCE doesnt require specific hardware, but some bits are easier to get working than other, the wiki has LOTS of information on tested hardware. 

As far as home network changes, Linux MCE will want to be the DCHP controller for the network it is on.  How do you connect to the internet on your home network, and which machine is the dhcp controller (or router?). 

The configuration of MD or Core is taken part during the install phase, currently 0810 is in alpha and doesnt have a DVD release, but either way you need to start with a Hybrid or core before thinking of adding any extra MD's.

You will get some more detailed advise when you give some more details of your PC and home network.  The best place to start is the wiki, layout isnt great in areas but all the information you need is there.

Users / Re: How many of us are interested in HDMI audio?
« on: July 27, 2009, 09:17:03 am »
Ok, so had to reinstall my machine this weekend (again) and have reinstalled a fresh MCE machine from the latest alpha with the updated avwizard.  I am running Nvidia latest 185 driver, alsa 1.0.20.  Under KDE with a modified asound.conf i have audio over hdmi with no problems.  During the avwizard I get no audio over hdmi and likewise under mce.

I dropped to kde and found one of the 3 digital devices muted under alsamixer.  I have unmuted it but sadly i still dont have hdmi audio.

A Sudo aplay -L lists all of the correct outputs for my card,  but even speaker test gives no audio;

speaker-test -t wav -D plug:front -c2 -l2
aplay -D plug:hdmi /usr/share/sounds/KDE_Window_Open.wav (same result - no audio)

I am wondering if it something to do with the asound.conf generated by the avwizard?

Is there something I am missing, or something else i can do to get this working?  
(I am using an M378-EM motherboard if that matters).

Users / Re: Alpha install failing
« on: July 26, 2009, 08:21:20 pm »
I have updated the WIKI to reflect the use of ETH0.  I am hoping running twice isnt going to hurt my install (as it could have been saved if the wiki had been updated earlier).

Users / Re: cant upgrade nvidia drivers
« on: July 26, 2009, 06:11:25 pm »
Thanks, i will add it to the wiki.

Users / Re: cant upgrade nvidia drivers
« on: July 26, 2009, 05:35:37 pm »
I am reinstalling Kubuntu again now (second time today, joy!), and was wondering is there anything wrong with the following as a driver upgrade process;

Not enabling any of the resticted drivers under KDE.

Hitting ESC from GRUB and booting to a root prompt.  

Pressing Ctrl ALT F3

Running the nvidia driver install.

Sudo reboot.

I was just wondering if this process might give me more luck.  I seem to be having the API mis-match issues regardless of what i do when the 180.11 drivers were enabled within KDE.

EDIT:  This seems to have worked for me, i now have the 185.14 version of the nvidia drivers loaded.  

I would be interested to know from people what they think i was doing wrong before.  (It seems from the nvforum that Ubuntu is bloody tricky to get new nvidia drivers working on sometimes).

Users / Re: Possible BUG - AVwizard - dead install
« on: July 26, 2009, 05:31:46 pm »
If you do unplug an input device is there a way to stop the logging?  Reboot, or some kind of kill command?

Users / SOLVED :cant upgrade nvidia drivers
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:52:35 pm »
I am having problems upgrading my nvidia display drivers.  I have followed the wiki, as well as guides over on the ubuntu community but each time i get api mismatch errors on start up.  The same is true if i use 180.60 or 185.14 versions of the nvidia drivers.

I have disabled the "nv nvidia_new" module in the /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common file with no change.  

Please can someone help, this shouldnt be difficult its only a driver!

Users / Re: UPNP username and password on latest alpha
« on: July 26, 2009, 03:52:39 pm »
Having looked a bit more into this problem I need the following information;

where does LinuxMCE call mediatomb to start (ie where are MCE's start up scripts?).

I have checked the mediatomb config file and although logins are listed within the file (mediatomb, mediatomb) they dont work.  Even if you edit the config file and set logins as active then the username and password from the file do not work.  The mediatomb website says that the username password issue is related to not connecting to the correct port for the upnp server or another issue in the way mediatomb is called to start up. 

Users / Re: Possible BUG - AVwizard - dead install
« on: July 26, 2009, 03:19:12 pm »
My hdd wasnt full (got at least 125gb free before the reboot).  Sadly im mid way through my reinstall now, although fighting the bloody nvidia driver install.  Keep getting API mismatch even though ive followed the wiki.  (Sometimes i hate the fact things are not as easy as you think).

Users / Possible BUG - AVwizard - dead install
« on: July 26, 2009, 12:35:25 pm »
I believe this to be a bug and would not recommend anyone repeats what i have detailed below as it killed my install:

For some reason my AVwizard was appearing on each boot.  This was not a huge problem, i could just click through everything and then MCE would start fine. 

Today, I accidentally (bit hung over) selected the wrong resolution but didnt notice until the confirmation screen at the end of the avwizard.  I used the right button on my mouse to go back to the beginning of the AVwizard expecting to be able to select the correct resolution and all would be well.  What actually happened was the AVwizard became VERY slow to respond at the resolution select screen.  I selected 720p (which i have been using for a few months with no problem), at the preview resolution stage the top 3rd of my screen had mutlicolour lines and the machine froze.  I restarted and during the MCE start up received all sorts of error messages, hard drive full, incorrect use for the MCE services, samba unavailable etc. 

I am reinstalling now. 

The point to take away i think is that somehow returning to the very beginning of the AVwizard from the confirmation screen has caused something to die in my install (sorry cant be more specific).   I am running the latest Alpha release of 0810 with nvidia 185.14 drivers and alsa 1.0.20.

(If nothing else then i hope this saves someone else my pain!).

Users / Re: 8.10 Mainboard suggestions
« on: July 25, 2009, 12:48:20 pm »
You could use it as an MD, but IMHO its overkill (unless you have one lieing around). 

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