[mythtv-users] Time for the big upgrade. Need some advice!
jaggroups at brownout.com
Sat Oct 11 23:24:29 UTC 2008
I use the microsoft mce remote. I got it here: http://www.pcalchemy.com/product_info.php/pName/microsoft-mce-remote-control-for-windows-xp-mce?osCsid=f67e27abcb4f02be86ffb4e2f978950d
(Well, I got one of them there, I have 3 (one for the backend, and I
have two frontends). It has two infrared emitters. I believe they
both work but I'm not 100% sure since I only use one of them on my
It works pretty well and it's a pretty nice remote (though I have
replaced one of them with a harmony which is an even nicer remote).
On Oct 11, 2008, at 6:38 PM, Nowhere wrote:
> Thanks Brett,
> I should have mentioned that if I stay with my integrated HTPC box I
> have fill all TWO of the PCI slots with the tuners. I was looking at
> and CommandIR but was thinking it was over kill especially since it
> would be $100. But then again, I still haven't found some USB blasters
> or something. I don't have enough enough serial or PCI slots at this
> time either.
> Are there any other USB solutions?
> Brett Kosinski wrote:
>>> I need two IR blasters: I currently run analog cable with two
>>> Just upgraded (mostly by force) to digital cable and now I have a
>>> box. When I get it working I will get a second. My PVRs didn't
>>> come with
>>> the blasters. I see wikis and such talking about Microsoft media
>>> remotes but I don't see much for sale. What should I get (see
>> Well, my setup uses a pair of serial port IR blasters that I bought
>> from the guy who runs irblaster.info. The downside is this
>> requires a
>> serial port expansion card... 'course, assuming you have a spare PCI
>> slot available (I planned ahead and bought a board with a lot of
>> slots), a 2-port card is something like $20.
>> The only other gotcha, here, is that lirc requires some hackery.
>> I'd looked into this (admittedly two years ago), a given instance of
>> the lirc blaster driver module could only handle a single serial
>> and since the kernel doesn't let you load two modules with the same
>> name with different settings, one finds oneself in a conundrum. The
>> answer is to compile out a regular serial lirc module, then hack the
>> code to rename the module, then compile it again. Fortunately the
>> is replete with recipes for accomplishing this.
>> Other than those intricacies, it works great. I have two Motorola
>> DCT-2524's driven by serial port blasters, and they never miss a
>>> Total Media Server: My system is a self contained set top HTPC
>>> type of
>>> system with an AMD1800+ CPU and 380GB of disk. I have music on my
>>> hard drive, a desktop system, a ton on an external drive, my wife
>>> music on her laptop, ipod and external drive. I want to
>>> consolidate all
>>> this. I'm going to get a 1TB drive and need to decide if I should
>>> with a seperate backend server. I don't want to buy another PC so
>>> I may
>>> try to piece one together from parts I have.
>> Do it if you can (and can afford the electricity of running a
>> piece of hardware (and don't mind maintaining another box)).
>> Consolidating everything into a single backend server has some very
>> nice advantages... you can pick a nice, large, possibly ugly, but
>> well-ventilated case, which is good for hard disk lifetime, not to
>> mention for expandability. It lets you put all that noisy, bulky
>> hardware somewhere where it won't be seen or heard. And, as you
>> out, it keeps everything in one place where it's easily accessible.
>> That said, it does create a single point of failure. If you can
>> afford it, I'd buy two terabyte drives and set up a RAID-1 mirror
>> ('course, that doesn't obviate the need for backups, as a PEBKAC can
>> still screw you, but it does significantly reduce the chances of
>> catastrophic disk failure destroying all your data). Even better,
>> up the mirror, and then throw the md device into an LVM volume group,
>> and splice off storage from there. Then you can tack on additional
>> mirrors if you want to expand storage (this is the way my server is
>> set up... it's basically glorified RAID 10, but lvm provides some
>> management advantages).
>> Of course, this all depends on how easy it will be to wire everything
>> together. After all, a consolidated backend isn't nearly as nice if
>> you're forced to stick it right beside the TV. In my house, I
>> cable from the livingroom to the basement, and so my backend sits
>> there where it's nice and cool while my frontend is under the TV.
>> for the rest of the house, for now, I'm piggybacking on the
>> pre-existing cat5e.
>>> Mythdora or Mythbuntu?
>>> I run Ubuntu everywhere else in the house and laptops. I have run
>>> for the MythBox for many years. Which is more 1 clickish install
>>> for the
>>> IR blasters? Which one is more likely to upgrade without major
>>> problems? I don't have a ton of time available for the install
>>> this time.
>> Well, I can say this much: I used Fedora for my FE and BE, and I
>> *seriously* regret it. In my experience, Ubuntu has been *far*
>> to upgrade and maintain (my own laptop has gone from Feisty -> Gutsy
>> -> Hardy without incident). And these days, with Fedora having so
>> many problems with their servers thanks to that security compromise a
>> month or so back, I *really* regret it.
>> Consequently, if I were to do it all over again, I'd go with Ubuntu,
>> no question about it.
>> But, as always, these things often come down to personal
>> myself, I've always been a big Debian fan, and Ubuntu has really won
>> me over in the last six months, while Fedora continues to be a pain
>> my personal backside. Others I've spoken to say the exact opposite.
>> So, as always, YMMV.
>> As an aside, regarding the blasters... odds are, they'll be a pain no
>> matter what distro you go with. :)
>>> Who's using a myth server as a media server serving/storing music
>>> for a
>>> group/family of iPod users? What packages are you using to
>>> maintain the
>>> library (folder locations, duplicates, tagging, album covers etc)?
>> No one here owns iPods. That said, we do stream our music to work,
>> and use Ampache for that purpose. As for management, that's more or
>> less a manual process for me, with the help of some scripts I've
>> hacked up here and there.
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