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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by [GSV]Trig View Post
    My Shuttle doesnt do a massive amount tbh, no tuner cards, it litterally plugs into the network and plays movies and DVD's...
    myth probably isn't the best project for you then - it's really geared towards "tv and...". you'll even end up having to modify theme files to get rid of the "watch tv" option

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by raber73 View Post
    Right, then I get it. However, I do think you can get an entire desktop via Xming. Maybe it's just me but sending an image, à la VNC, over the network rubs my technical-esthetic senses the wrong way.
    Strictly, technically speaking, yes, you can do it. But also, strictly, technically speaking, X is rubbish for remote desktop, especially on machines without a native X server, like windows. TBH, the Xorg team could do with completely stripping out the network elements of the server, because noone in their right mind uses it anymore. It would turn it from being a 1ton fat bastard into a slim supermodel. Probably the only reason why they don't, is because the Network components are such an integral part of the architecture, it would require a complete redesign and rewrite from scratch.
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    my grand plan currently is, when moving house:
    * get a satellite dish fitted, pointing at 28E and 13E (astra2/eurobird1, and hotbird6-8)
    * pull the DVB-T cards, kill the Top-Up sub (there's nothing good on it anymore anyway)
    * put in a pair of DVB-S cards (with the CI slot on one of them, for access to filthy foreign pornography)
    * use a USB DVB-T tuner or two for stuff that's not available unencrypted on satellite but is on freeview
    * finally get a frontend into the living room - i'm keeping an eye on developments in the mythtv source code to optimize it for ps3 linux, or there's always the mac mini option
    I think a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4000 would do all of what you need and you can buy a CI addon as well for Sky/topup TV etc.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Or one of these: BlackGold (GDI) :: TV Tuner Products :: BGT3540 :: 6 in 1 :: Dual digital satellite, Dual digital terrestrial, Dual analogue terrestrial :: PCI express card

    2x DVB-S2 and 2x DVB-T along with 2x analogue if you really want them.

    Just a shame they don't do any CI modules

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Or one of these: BlackGold (GDI) :: TV Tuner Products :: BGT3540 :: 6 in 1 :: Dual digital satellite, Dual digital terrestrial, Dual analogue terrestrial :: PCI express card

    2x DVB-S2 and 2x DVB-T along with 2x analogue if you really want them.

    Just a shame they don't do any CI modules
    Wow that makes the Hauppauge look crap. But yes thats a pain they don't do a CI module

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    I'm planning on getting one of these when I upgrade my MediaPortal server in the next few months, I'll need to get someone to fit a dish to the side of my house too

    The combines with my existing Nova-T500 should give me more than enough tuners to cope with any amount of reording and playing i'm likely to be doing. Like MythTV, MediaPortal can record multiple channels on the same transponder/multiplex using a single tuner.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Is MediaPortal also split into front end and back end ?

    I would like a lower powered server to receive all this stuff, and a higher powered PC in the living room to watch TV, hi-def videos, etc.
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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Sure is.

    And if you build a MP client box based on an ATI 780G chipset and use something like PowerDVD as the playback filter, you don't need a particularly powerful front end to do HD playback. I have a 2.2GHZ AMD that should cope with HD no problem because of the hardware acceleration. I haven't tried it yet though, I don't have any HD material

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    the hvr has some experimental linux support, and apparently supports a CI (not sure how, hauppauge favour indirect USB connections)

    the gdi on the other hand does not

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    How are the ATi drivers for this, upgraded my Shuttle so it had an HD2400 card in it only to find that it wont support HD playback under MCe05 due to some crap reason or other...

    If Myth can use the MCE Remote and do HD via the HD2400 then I'll move over as the rest of the hardware does what I want...

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

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    How are the ATi drivers for this, upgraded my Shuttle so it had an HD2400 card in it only to find that it wont support HD playback under MCe05 due to some crap reason or other...

    If Myth can use the MCE Remote and do HD via the HD2400 then I'll move over as the rest of the hardware does what I want...
    mce remote, no worries. hd2400... well it should display an image, but ati's support for "advanced" features under linux (such as crossfire, accelerated video playback, or not crashing if you use laptop suspend) is non-existent

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    We use mythtv too - it has really great features.

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    mce remote, no worries. hd2400... well it should display an image, but ati's support for "advanced" features under linux (such as crossfire, accelerated video playback, or not crashing if you use laptop suspend) is non-existent
    Damn it no better than MCE then for my needs

    Looks like I'm gonna be looking at a new MCE build then with one of the new intel boards

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by [GSV]Trig View Post
    Damn it no better than MCE then for my needs

    Looks like I'm gonna be looking at a new MCE build then with one of the new intel boards
    be sure to tell ati if you're disappointed. nobody else is to blame

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Aye, useless canadians

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    Re: Run your own home-entertainment server with Linux and MythTV: we show you how.

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    mce remote, no worries. hd2400... well it should display an image, but ati's support for "advanced" features under linux (such as crossfire, accelerated video playback, or not crashing if you use laptop suspend) is non-existent
    For accelerated video, try adding the following to your 'Device' section in xorg.conf:

    Option "TexturedVideo" "true"

    I needed this for my 2600XT to work well with myth.

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