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== Network Setup ==
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Revision as of 20:18, 12 September 2009

My name is Ryan, my user name is Murdock on both the forum and on IRC. I am located in KC, Missouri. I have been interested in technology all of my life, though for the last year have been reading up on and studying/playing with linux. I watched the google video and made the purchasing decision with Fiire November of 2008 to 710. I have a dev SATA HD I boot up on for testing the newer releases. My setup at home is below.

810 Current Issues

  • USB IR Transceiver - This did not work in 710 or 810 for me, I'm thinking this is a hardware specific issue and not a software issue
    • 9/12/09 Update - FINALLY got a succesful transmit test, the issue seems to be centered around my receiver which is what I was using to test. MCE can now turn on and off the television, just have to tackle that pesky receiver...
  • Firewall disables MD access to external network upon core boot - Track ticket #329 - Workaround is to disable and re-enable the firewall in the MCE Admin web page

Hybrid/Core - Workout Room

Fiire 12TB

  • MSI MS-7366 MotherBoard
  • BIOS v1.4 (Required for pci-e slot)
  • Intel E8400 Core2 Duo 3.0 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 1 x onboard gigabit ethernet
  • 1 x pci-e gigabit ethernet adapter
  • GeForce 7150
  • 7.1 HD Audio with analog, SPDIF coaxial and optical outputs
  • 1x MiCasa Verde USB Controller
  • 2x PCHD5500 Tuner card for Core


  • 1x HDHomerun - 2 x HD tuner ports (Net attached)
  • Fiire Chief Remote

Family Room

Fiire Prestige-lite

  • UI2 with alpha blending (some tearing on ui2 w/ alpha)
  • MSI MS-7366
  • BIOS v1.0
  • 64-bit Intel Core2 Duo E4600 2.4GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 7.1 audio with SPDIF coax and digital outputs
  • GeForce 7150


  • Gyration GYR3101US Media Center Remote
  • Toshiba 62HM195
  • Sony Receiver - STR-DG920
  • Webdt 366 (Ordered from TKMedia)
  • Xbox 360

Living Room

  • IN WIN IW-BT610T.300BL Black Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
  • M3N78-EM MotherBoard (BIOS v0606)
  • AMD Phenom 9650 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor
  • Corsair 2GB DDR2 800Mhz Desktop Memory
  • LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

Z-Wave Setup

  • 1x MiCasa Verde USB Controller
  • 1x Intermatic HomeSettings Z-Wave 3-Way In-Wall Toggle Switch Dimmer HA 20C

More coming...

Coming up...

  • Additional media director for Master Bedroom
  • Z-Wave thermostat (currently looking around)
  • VistaICM (Ordered)

House Floorplan


Network Setup


My 810 Install Instructions

The following are instructions for my hardware setup specifically, if you have hardware that deviates, some of the steps (ie sound card names, etc) may vary for you. (Upgrade process: 1 kernel 2 nvidia 3 alsa 4 v41)

1. Install Kubuntu Desktop 810

2. Upgrade Ubuntu to latest

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

At this point I also associate the graphics adapter to the nvidia driver as well (Hardware Drivers program in KDE).

I prefer using htop to view system stats:

sudo apt-get install htop

After this I reboot.

3. Install OpenSSH for remote command line administration

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

4. Install FreeNX for secure remote GUI administration from ubuntu help site: help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX

5. Install MCE v810 (taken out from the lmce alpha2 wiki page **NOTE** Fiire chief does not yet function on 810, please reference forum post forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8571.0 for latest details)

sudo su -
mkdir ~/downloads
cd ~/downloads
wget -c http:// deb.linuxmce.org/ubuntu/new-installer-alpha-latest.tar.gz
tar xvf new-installer-alpha-latest.tar.gz
cd new-installer
sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2 kubuntu-restricted-extras

Decided not to perform - The following Steps have caused me issues

1. Download and install latest nvidia drivers

cd ~/downloads
wget http:// us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/185.18.14/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.14-pkg1.run  #remove the space between http:// and us.download
sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.14-pkg1.run
sudo /etc/init.d/kdm start
sudo reboot

2. Download and install latest V4L drivers for PCHDTV 5500 card

sudo apt-get install build-essential mercurial linux-headers-`uname -r`
cd /usr/src
sudo hg clone http:// linuxtv.org/hg/v4l-dvb  #Due to wiki constraints I had to insert a space between http:// and linuxtv, close this space prior to running
cd v4l-dvb
sudo make
sudo make install
#Open permissions so myth can use the adapters
sudo chmod 775 /dev/video*
sudo chmod -R 775 /dev/dvb*
sudo chmod 775 /dev/vbi*
sudo chmod 775 /dev/dsp*

3. Update to the latest alsa driver (1.20 as of this writing)

Easy Way:

If you have a login to the ubuntu forums, download and install latest install script from ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6589810#post6589810

Edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file to include the following at the end of the file:

options snd-hda-intel model=6stack-dig

Elongated method:

sudo aptitude install build-essential libncurses-dev gettext xmlto xmltoman linux-headers-`uname -r`
mkdir ~/downloads
cd ~/downloads
#The following assumes driver 1.20
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/driver/alsa-driver-1.0.20.tar.bz2 #Take out space between ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/lib/alsa-lib-1.0.20.tar.bz2 #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/utils/alsa-utils-1.0.20.tar.bz2 #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/firmware/alsa-firmware-1.0.20.tar.bz2 #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/plugins/alsa-plugins-1.0.20.tar.bz2 #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo wget ftp:// ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/oss-lib/alsa-oss-1.0.17.tar.bz2 #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
sudo mkdir -p /usr/src/alsa
cd /usr/src/alsa
sudo cp ~/downloads/alsa* .
sudo tar xjf alsa-driver*.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-lib*.tar.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-utils*.tar.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-firmware*.tar.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-plugin*.tar.bz2
sudo tar xjf alsa-oss*.tar.bz2
#Compile and install driver
cd alsa-driver*
sudo ./configure --with-kernel=/usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)
sudo make
sudo make install
#Compile and install alsa-lib
cd ../alsa-lib*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install
#Compile and install asla-utils
cd ../alsa-utils*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install
#Compile and install alsa-firmware
cd ../alsa-firmware*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install
#Compile and install alsa-plugins
cd ../alsa-plugins*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install
#Compile and install alsa-oss
cd ../alsa-oss*
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

Edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file to include the following at the end of the file:

options snd-hda-intel model=6stack-dig

Not Required

1. Download and install necessary drivers for HDHomeRun (pulled from help.ubuntu.com/community/HDHomeRun)

sudo apt-get install hdhomerun-config
hdhomerun_config discover