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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
#Open permissions so myth can use the adapters
sudo chmod 775 /dev/video*
sudo chmod -R 775 /dev/dvb*

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)

Easy Way:

If you have a login to the ubuntu forums, download and install latest install script from

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
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 **NOTE** Fiire chief does not yet function on 810, please reference forum post for latest details)

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

9. Download and install latest nvidia drivers

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