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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.

Hybrid/Core - Workout Room

Fiire 12TB

  • Supports UI2 with alpha blending
  • Intel E8400 Core2 Duo 3.0 GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Dual gigabit
  • 7.1 HD Audio with analog, SPDIF coaxial and optical outputs
  • 1x HDHomerun
  • 1x MiCasa Verde USB Controller
  • 1x PCHD5500 Tuner card for Core

Family Room

Fiire Prestige-lite

  • UI2 with alpha blending (some tearing on ui2 w/ alpha)
  • Intel Core2 Duo E4600 2.4GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 7.1 audio with SPDIF coax and digital outputs
  • Fiire Chief Remote
  • Toshiba 62HM195
  • Sony Receiver
  • Xbox 360

Z-Wave Setup

  • 1x MiCasa Verde USB Controller
  • 1x Dimmer

More coming...

Coming up...

  • Cat5e to each bedroom
  • Additional media directors for these rooms
  • Z-Wave thermostat (currently looking around)

House Floorplan


Network Setup


Network Map


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.

1. Install Kubuntu Desktop 810

2. Upgrade Ubuntu to latest

 sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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:

5. 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://  #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

6. Download and install necessary drivers for HDHomeRun (pulled from

 sudo apt-get install hdhomerun-config
 hdhomerun_config discover

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

 sudo aptitude install build-essential libncurses-dev gettext xmlto xmltoman linux-headers-`uname -r`
 mkdir ~/downloads
 cd ~/downloads
 #The following assumes driver 1.20
 wget ftp:// #Take out space between ftp:// and ftp.alsa
 wget ftp:// #Take out space after ftp:// and ftp.alsa
 wget ftp:// #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
 #Compile and install driver - this assumes nvidia chipset (mine is)
 cd alsa-driver*
 sudo ./configure --with-cards=hda-nvidia --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

8. Install MCE v810 (taken out from the lmce alpha2 wiki page)

 sudo su -
 mkdir ~/downloads
 cd ~/downloads
 wget -c http://
 tar xvf new-installer-alpha-latest.tar.gz
 cd new-installer

9. Download and install latest nvidia drivers

 cd ~/downloads
 wget http://  #remove the space between http:// and
 sudo sh