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Initial Hardware Setup:

Asus M3N78-VM with AMD 955
SPDIF expansion card (Asus SPDIF OUT/COA+OPT)
2 GB DDR3 800 Mhz
3 500 GB HD in a RAID 5 conf (mdadm)
1 320 GB HD boot (1 partition for LMCE, 1 partition for Kubuntu 8.10, both having access to the RAID 5 /dev/md0)
Gyration Keyboard and air mouse
USB-UIRT with a Xantech 284D
Intel Pro 1000 NIC card (internal network)
Bluetooth dongle - Motorola
Hauppauge PVR-150 MCE Edition
Wiimote remote
Philips 37" LCD HDTV ready (720p) TV
Yamaha DSP-A1 amplifier
Linksys SPA-3102
Linksys PAP2T-NA (x2)


Prior: LMCE Beta 1 issues:
- TV overscan (solved)
- Subtitles (not solved)

Now: Beta 2 - time to start all over again - learned with Beta 1.


Kubuntu 8.10
-> apt-get update.
-> apt-get upgrade.
-> apt-get dist-upgrade.
All done with the VGA monitor.
LCD TV is also connected to the mobo's HDMI video output.
Running nvidia-settings, LCD TV identified.
After all is done (installations and reboots), KDE shows up, i disconnect the vga cable, hit CTRL-ALT-Backspace and the video output is redirected to HDMI.

First problem: video overscan.
-- Solution: nvidia-settings shows an overscan ruler. Save conf to ~/.nvidia-settings-rc
HDMI Sound works (KDE welcome sound) - it plays on TV speakers.

Second problem: network interfaces are switched - the mobo interface shows as eth1 and the Gb Intel interface shows eth0.
-- Solution: edit file /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules and change eth1 to eth0 on first entry (mobo interface) and change eth0 to eth1 (Gb Intel interface) - after reboot, it works like it should.

LMCE Beta 2
connect optical cable from the SPDIF Expansion card (the mobo's SPDIF does not shows up) to the Yamaha optical in.
install from internet.
AVWizard: HDMI / 720p / UI2 / Optical Spdif.
Initial setup (Sara).

Second problem: some files does not play sound.
-- Solution:

Third problem: H264 mkv and mp4 files plays with no sound, even after renaming to m2ts. After renaming to .m2ts, mplayer is used to play them, subtitles shows up fine, but NO sound.
-- Solution: - see reply #17
Sound, subtitles and controls works.

to be continued.