We started early, with a plan. The plan was:
1. Get a remote control working
2. Work out why the EPG isn't working
3. Work out a budget for our custom box
If we had time we would get games working under various emulators.Remote control
We have a MCE remote control
We plugged in the MCE receiver and 'dmesg' command shows us that we have a: lirc_mceusb2 and it links to device: uhci_hcd.
It also said we have the 'Phillips eHome' model so it looks like we the newer style of remote, with the research we did. Here is a link:
Here are a summary of the commands we used:
Check that the receiver is in plugged in.
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 0471:0815 Philips
# modprobe lirc_mceusb2
Checking with lsmod
# lsmod | grep mceusb2
Did a search on lircd.conf files
# locate lircd.conf
Found a mce related one and copied that to /etc/lircd.conf
# cp /usr/share/doc/lirc-0.8.2/remotes/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb /etc/lircd.conf
Check the buttons are working
Then get lircrc from http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/board/showthread.php?t=8048
and dumped this into the file: /home/mythtv/lircrc and made symlinks
Bugs with lircrc file
VolUp on the mplayer, it is VoleUp, change this to VolUp
When playing music Fast forward is backwards, and Rewind is forwards, I also noticed it does this when playing a video
# cd /home/mythtv
For mythtv control do:
# ln -s lircrc .mythtv
For mplayer do:
# ln -s lircrc .lircrcEPG update
I entered mythfilldatabase in 'crontab -e', but this wasn't working for some reason. I think it may have been a busy time when I was trying to update my EPG.
We entered the following into /etc/crontab:
0 16 * * * mythtv /usr/bin/mythfilldatabase
It's wise to use a time which isn't popular, so don't update between 2am and 6am because that's when everyone is trying.
We tested this and it seemed to be working.Budget for custom case
We are using an old Pioneer CD Player and we are looking at a via motherboard etc.
We are thinking of this hardware at the moment:
VIA mini-itx EN12000EG $309 eyo.com.au
1GB DDR 400 $80 msy.com.au
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-112 $38 msy.com.au
picoPSU-120 ~$90 mini-box.com
CF to IDE adapter & power cable. ~$18 mini-box.com
Sandisk CF 2GB $45 i-store.com.au
Hauppauge Nova-T WinTV DVB $60 USED - Brad.
OR swap the VIA mobo for:
VIA mini-itx LN10000EG $198 www.pioneercomputers.com.au
This would allow us to have a fanless, quiet, low powered and cool looking box. I will try and get some photos soon.
At the end we even had time to get quiet a list of games working
Sam n Max ScummVM
We had heaps of problems with ZSNES and SNES9X.
ZSNES has problems with audio
SNES9X has problems with fullscreen.