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Some 12 years of Debian experience might be enough to start useng LinuxMCE, just not much experience in editing wiki's

Started this project recently and assembled the following hardware:



  • MoBo: MSI 770-C45
  • CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 620
  • RAM:(4GB) OCZ Platinum Low Voltage OCZ3P1333LV4GK
  • CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B
  • GPU: Club3D 9400GT HDMI Passive.
  • HD: 3x Samsung EcoGreen F2 EG HD154UI, 1.5TB
  • PSU: Nexus NX-5000 R3 530W; nice and silent if only the case fans could also perform that silent.
  • Case: Chieftec CA-01B-B-SL, a bit big, but lots of space for air circulation
  • TV-card: Hauppauge WinTV HVR-4000

Media Director

  • MoBo: MSI 770-C45
  • Case: Silverstone LC17
  • CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215
  • CPU Cooler:Scythe Ninja Mini Rev. B
  • GPU: Club3D 9400GT HDMI Passive.
  • PSU: Nexus Value 430
  • Infrared Tranceiver: IguanaIR


  • Nokia N800
  • Nokia N810

Issues encountered

It is pretty modern hardware in comparison with Kubuntu-Intrepid, so I suspect some mods and tweaks are nessecary to get things running.


First add the IguanaIR repository to /etc/apt/sources.list:

 deb-src source/
 deb binary-i386/
 deb binary-amd64/

(Since MCE is 32-bits only, the last line is actually not necessary) Then go to a clean directory

(for example: sudo mkdir /usr/local/src/Lirc;cd /usr/local/src/Lirc) And issue

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install iguanair
sudo apt-get build-dep lirc 
sudo apt-get -b source lirc

Kernel: MoBo NIC & GPU

The on-board NIC (RTL 8111/8168B) is not supported by Intrepid's native desktop kernel. The first homebuilt kernels (according to How To Compile A Kernel - The Ubuntu Way.) got this card running out of the box, but in all my from-scratch kernel configuration attempts, the NVIDIA kernel driver was broken.

I then copied the config of the correct operational Maverick Meerkat distribution kernel to the source of the ditto kernel and forged a new kernel package from that.

The NIC is supported (easy) and the compiled NVIDIA (v260.19.12) kernel driver appears to be loadable. Upon MCE -installation I suppose this will be automagically replaced by the nvidia distribution package.

installation MCE alpha-2

  • 2010 07 29: installation of current mce 810. Screwed thing up with grub and NVIDIA drivers.
  • 2010 11 09 : Reinstalled Intrepid, its sources have been removed from Ubuntu's main site, need to use the archives:
  deb intrepid-backports main restricted universe multiverse
  deb-src intrepid-backports main restricted universe multiverse
  deb intrepid-security main restricted universe multiverse
  deb-src intrepid-security main restricted universe multiverse