Plutohome MD: problems, problems …

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Today I setup a new media director (MD) for our smarthome project. Its specs is here:

  • Case: SilverStone LC16M
  • Motherboard: Asus M2N Deluxe
  • Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
  • Memory: 2Gb
  • Video: Asus GeForce 6200 LE

I was afraid a bit about installation because Plutohome core has Single Core processor and ordinary kernel. But the media director is based on Core Duo and it needs SMP kernel (once we had some troubles with it – MD couldn’t get appropriate kernel from the Plutohome Core). But the installation passed fine. The media director got appropriate kernel without any problems.

The video card doesn’t have HDMI output. So, I used adapter DVI-to-HDMI to connect it to the Panasonic plasma. I couldn’t set screen resolution 1080p. It seems that something wrong with it. With 1080i the picture was broken. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything in the logs. So, I stuck to 720p.

Tomorrow I’ll continue setup of the media director. I need to connect it to the receiver Marantz SR5600 (sound and control via RS232), patch and configure remote control iMON PAD, configure MythTV. So, it’s the to do list is not so big but it’ll take some time.

Update: Finally I found that TV doesn’t support 1080p (according to owner worlds). So, this is correct that only 720p was set.

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    1. Rob, 24. August 2007, 20:37

      Any new progress with this system? I am considering building a system with the same motherboard, except it will be a Core instead of a MD. I’m shooting for 1080i via HDMI. Do you think a different video card might solve the broken picture problem. Thanks.

  • Michael Stepanov, 24. August 2007, 21:25

    Hi Rob. Actually, it was my mistake. The problem was that. TV doesn’t support 1080p. So, that configuration should work fine and with 1080p.

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