Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.2


Ok lads and lasses.  Time for another update.  In todays edition: choosing a linux distribution. First let me start out by saying that the Windows Vista portion of my dual boot system is still in tact.  However, due to a few stability issues that I’m having running Mythtv in Windows I thought I would take another stab at my linux installation.  Initially I had installed Fedora […]

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nMedia HTPCKB Keyboard

nMedia HTPC Keyboad

  nMedia HTPCKB Keyboard and Remote Everyone runs into a time eventually when a remote just isn’t enough to control your HTPC, but you don’t want to clutter things up with mouse and keyboard cables.  Read on to see if nMediaPC’s most recent innovation will fit your needs.  INTRODUCTION nMedia was founded in 2004 with a goal to "create future home entertainment PC […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.1


Well, it’s official.  I now have a Mythtv frontend running under Windows.  It’s not all peaches and cream though.  Right now it’s just the frontend software running.  I don’t have any plugins going, and the backend is running on my linux server.  The frontend is now working well enough that I have it connected to the tv and the AV […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.2


Welcome to another exciting episode of my life.  When last you saw, our daring young hero (me) was struggling to get video drivers working under Linux that would actually allow video playback in Mythtv to run smoothly.  We’re talking your run-of-the-mill, standard def content.  After struggling with it for a week, I decided to move on to Virtualization so that […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.1 RC1


Well, I told you that I would keep you all updated in with my new frontend build.  So here’s the first report card.   As you will recall, there were three goals I wanted to achieve with this setup: Run Mythtv (replace the old frontend) Store all (or most) of my DVDs on the HDD Virtualization So far, I’ve accomplished… pretty […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.01

I recently reported here that the motherboard that I have been using in my frontend system for the last year or two has been acting up on me.  Well, after RMAing it for the third time over the same issue, I have decided that enough is enough and replaced it.  The problem that I ran into was that the old […]

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The End and the Beginning


It was a fine spring day.  The sun was shining all day.  The family got to spend a lot of time together.  The little one is now asleep and it’s time to unwind.  I grab myself a Dr. Pepper, and my wife and I sit down for a nice relaxing evening of tv shows.  I reach for the remote and […]

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I was recently looking at my development system and wanted to load Windows as a boot option to a system primarily running Linux.  This got me to thinking.  What if I did something that corrupted or overwrote the boot sector on my hard drive?  What if I could no longer boot into Linux as I had intended?  What if I […]

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First impressions of Mythtv 0.21

As we announced here a couple of weeks ago, a new version of Mythtv was recently released.  Now that I’ve been toying with it for a couple of weeks, I thought I would share my initial impressions. One of the big new features that was included with this release is the ability to create multiple storage groups.  I am guessing […]

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Antec Fusion Black 430


The search for a great frontend has met its match today in the Antec Fusion Black.  Sporting a black front panel, LCD with integrated IR receiver and a quiet design, what more could you need?  Read on to find out. Intro   Antec is a name that most have heard before.  They have a number of great computer cases and […]

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