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I built my first LMCE system in the Summer of 2008, knowing nothing about Linux. Since then I have learnt a bit about Linux and about LMCE but still have a way to go. In November of 2008 I moved from the UK to the US. My Hardware has evolved over time, here is a list of the hardware I am currently using.

Software Setup

Currently running Linux MCE 1004 RC1 upto date

My hardware is as listed below:

A/V Equipment

Core/MD1 (Hybrid - Living Room)

Living room.JPG

Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2 with GeForce 6100 (256Mb shared), Realtek 8201 phy (10/100Mbit – eth0) LAN onboard

• AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

• 2 x 1Gb DDRII

• Nvidia GeForce 8600GT 512Mb

ASUS NX1101 10/100/1000 LAN card (eth1)

• Creative Labs Audigy2 ZS (connected to receiver by Digital Coax)

• Samsung 1Tb SATAII drive

• Western Digital 200 Gb IDE drive (boot drive)

• 1.5 Gb SATAII drive

IOGear GBU421 Micro Bluetooth Dongle

• DVD Player with Lightscribe

• Wireless Keyboard

Wireless Trackball Mouse (from Techstyle UK Ltd. -

• Windows MCE Remote


• Sharp LC46D85UN LCD TV connected by RS232

Pioneer VSX-411 AV Receiver – ‘Blasted’ by the USB UIRT

Techstyle core.JPG

Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 MCE

• LG BD550 Blu Ray Player with Netflix

• Hauppauge HD PVR

• Xbox 360 with Kinect

• Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD Cable Box

• Microphone

MD2 (Master Bedroom)

Master bed.JPG

This MD is a Zotac ION based ITX board with a dual core Atom 330.

• Zotac Atom 330 ION with 2 Gb Ram

• Hitachi 450Gb SATAII drive

• Gyration Keyboard

Wireless Trackball Mouse (from Techstyle UK Ltd. -

• LG 32LC350 LCD Screen connected by RS232

MD3 (Basement)


My Basement MD is mounted on the wall and the units case is hidden in the closet behind. This apartment is rented, otherwise I would have fixed it to the inside wall of the closet and run the cables directly through the wall

• Matsonic MS8147C VIA KT400 Chipset Socket A, Realtek RT8100B LAN (10/100 Mbit), AC’97 audio (sound did not work)

• AMD Athlon XP 2600+

• 3 x 256Mb PC133 DDR

• Elsa Erazor 8x AGP (Nvidia GeForce 440MX chipset) 128Mb

• Creative Labs 5.1 sound card

• Maxtor 40Gb IDE drive

• CDRom

• Viewsonic VE500 15” LCD Monitor

• Altec Lansing Quadrophonic Speakers

• Gyration Ultra GT Cordless Air mouse and Mini Keyboard

Techstyle Bedroom.JPG

Mobile Orbiter


O2 XDA IIi connected via WIFI (802.11b)

Zenithink ZT-180 Android Pad connected via WIFI (802.11g)

Telecom Equipment

EP-636 SIP Phone

• Tesco Internet Phone IPA1000

Security Equipment

• Generic USB Webcam

• Linksys USB Quickcam

Automation Equipment

CM15A USB X10 Controller

• MS14A X10 Motion Sensor x 4

LM15A Socket Rocket x 5

• WS467 Wall Switch Module

• LM465 Lamp Module

• TM751 Mini Transceiver x 2

• KR19A SlimFire 2 Unit Remote

• KR22A 4 Unit Credit Card Controller

• SS13A 3 Unit + Dim RF Style Switch

DS18S20 1-Wire Temperature Sensor x 4 (Basement, Living Room, Master Bedroom and Inside the HVAC Ducting by the Furnace)

Climate Equipment

• Filtrete 3M-50 Wifi Thermostat

• 1-Wire DS9490R USB Interface

• 1-Wire DS18S20 digital thermometer x 5

Currently the 1-Wire stuff is not working

Network Equipment

• Motorola Surfboard

• Cisco-Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router configured as a switch (SSID linuxmce-n)

Linksys WRT54G router/WIFI Access point (SSID linuxmce)

• 2 x D-Link DGS-2205 5-port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch

• D-Link DL-604 router - Not Currently used

• Netgear ADSL modem/router/WIFI Access point (SSID jasong) - Not currently used

Network Setup

Below is my network layout

Network Setup - (red are gigabit, blue are 100M)

Techstyle US Setup.JPG

Problems and Solutions

Resolved Issues

Set up Voicemail on Asterisk: I wanted to recieve e-mails when a voicemail was recieved by the system clickhereto learn how.

Outstanding Issues

1. Resolve HDPVR Choppiness

2. Get 1-Wire working

3. Get incoming calls under asterisk working


General Notes

Sharp Aquous does not fit the screen. Modeline modification needed and turn of EDID.

Modeline "1920x1080@60" 148.500 1920 2008 2056 2200 1080 1084 1089 1125 +hsync +vsync

is the new modeline