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Current configuration running 0710

System Specifications:

System Name: DCERouter (Core)

Motherboard: 1 x ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
        CPU: 1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache
        RAM: 2 x CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Optical: 1 x Memorex IDE (DVD)
         HD: 1 x Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
        GPU: 1 x MSI NX6200AX-TD128LF GeForce 6200 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X
        NIC: 2 x Netgear GA311 Gigabit PCI Adapter (replacement for the failed onboard NICs)
         OS: Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10
Primary App: MythTV Backend
Source code: 0810 (Deployed using DVD installer)
Form Factor: 4U

System Name: Black Box(Theatre Room)

Motherboard: 1 x Nvidia Gforce 7050PV HDMI
       Case: 1 x Apex DM-387
        CPU: 1 x AMD 2800+ Sempron 64
        RAM: 2 x 512MB DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DIMM 240-pin 533MHz
    Optical: 1 x Memorex IDE DVD
         OS: PXE
Primary App: LinuxMCE FrontEnd

System Name: Latop (Work)

      Brand: HP 6715b
        CPU: AMD Turion 64x2 Mobile
        RAM: 3GB
    Optical: DVD rewrite
 Video Card: ATI Radeon X1250
         OS: Windows XP sp2
Primary App: LinuxMCE Orbiter

System Name: Aspire Revo

      Brand: Acer Aspire Revo 1600

Orbiters/Remote Controls

 1 x Fiire Chief Remotes

Home Automation

 Insteon PLM
 Insteon Light Switch
 Insteon Receptical


 Netgear Switch JGS524 24 port Gigabit
 Cat6 cabling


A short description by TheGos is provided below:


The green cable has nothing to do with the setup.

The remote sitting on the end table is the only remote for the system, although the system does not controlling the TV, the Fiire remote does.

There are several devices under the TV, but obviously the receiver and the media director are the only ones being used. The others are just for show :) The same goes for all of the DVDs and VHS shown on the shelves. It's hard to part with them isn't it?

Lights for the room are controller via Insteon. The actual light switches are nowhere close to the room (poor design or laziness on the part of the original builder) so lighting control is almost worth the hassle by itself. The led runner lights are controlled via an Insteon controlled receptacle behind the couch.

The "Theatre Room" isn't massive and I'm not made of money, but LinuxMCE has made a solution like this accessible for someone who wants to have a great experience in their little basement at a very low cost. Elbow grease not included.