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    Default Convert your old PC into DreamBox PVR


    Hi guys recently, I read in satelliteguys.us forum about converting your pc into Dreambox PVR please comment on this.

    Dreambox PVR project

    Hardware:
    ATX Desktop Computer Case
    PC Power & Cooling SILENCER® 360 ATX
    TYAN S2507T, TIGER 230T, 694T, DUAL SOCKET 370, 5PCI, AGP4X, 4 DIMM
    Intel Pentium P3 1.40 GHz 133 MHz 512 KB 370
    19dB Nexus AXP-3200 Quiet CPU Fan for Socket 370
    1GB of SDRAM
    ASUS N6200/TD 256MB VIDEO CARD
    Logitech® Cordless Desktop® EX 110

    Promise FastTrak S150 TX2 Plus Serial ATA Raid Controller
    HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 HDT722525DLA380 (0A31636) 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D

    TechniSat DVB PCI Card The SkyStar 2
    (CI & Smart car slots not available)

    Software:
    Microsoft Windows XP Pro
    VMware Workstation 6
    Fedora Linux Core 8
    Microsoft Windows XP Pro

    Step 1: Putting all the Hardware together

    Install PC Power Cooling Power supply in the case is straight forward. Next install Tyan motherboard into the case, once again straight forward . Next install CPU’s and CPU cooling fans, and memory (SDRAM). At this point install hard drives and DVD R/RW connect all power connections. Now can start to installation of graphics card, then DVB card, and decent sound card.


    Step 2: Installing all the software

    first install Microsoft Windows XP Pro as host operating system, and then VMware Workstation 6 and finally Fedora Linux Core 8. WMware runs multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC. Users can run Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris x86 in fully networked, portable virtual machines - no rebooting or hard drive partitioning required.

    There are some options to see Dreambox Reality I PVR machine project. Instant backup of the whole disk that contains all the operating systems and various software packages (2 disk RAID 1 can be an option, Adaptec - Adaptec ATA RAID 1200A or Promise - FastTrak S150 TX2)…for the PVR option a second disk (storing/recording) and one or two DVD burners will be used for burning of the stored movies, programs, etc....

    VMware: Virtualization, Virtual Machine & Virtual Server Consolidation - VMware
    FedoraForum.org - skystar 2 and viewing satellite programs in FC 2

    Other links related to DVB/TV/Satellite:
    LinuxTV.org - Television with Linux
    MythTV

    Main Page - LinuxTVWiki

    On the page above you will find many facts about DVB and other interesting information regarding Linux and DVB, here is an example of what you can find there…

    Tutorials, Howtos, Usage Info & Guides
    Software and Usage
    Hardware solutions
    Technical Background
    Supported Hardware
    Periphery for linuxtv-computers
    Developer Section
    Card modding
    DVB Links

    Fedora Myth(TV)ology
    Fedora Myth(TV)ology :: Welcome

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    Hey THAT IS COOL thanks for posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahidka View Post
    Hi guys recently, I read in satelliteguys.us forum about converting your pc into Dreambox PVR please comment on this.

    Dreambox PVR project

    Thanks for the great information

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    Grrrrr just gave away my old PC.

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    you could have installed fedora core directly and gone away with windows xp. i see no reason to install xp then virtualize a linux core. such injustice. you will be hit by performance snags since your linux will run inside a virtualization engine. i do it the other way around, install linux THEN install vmware and run xp from within linux (there are still apps that i cannot find a substitute on the linux environment, but im getting there). besides, running linux under virtualization does not give linux the real access to your hardwares, everything gets emulated, even the hardware drivers and softwares.

    anyhow... go on reading. you will learn a lot.

    it's funny to see people saying "cool" and "that's great" when do not even understand how it is to install.... much more run linux and configure everything smoothly, lol. oh well, you get synaptics, yast2, etc nowadays, so it should be a little bit easy on the newbies.

    @dom06,

    don't worry, forget about your old pc. you still have your pc with you. download the live edition linux, feel your way around then click the "install" button and forget about windows.
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    I do run Ubuntu and it finds the card. Only thing is I am yet to install it on a partition. I want to make sure whether Cccam sharing can be done or not on that.

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    as i said, it cannot be done. if you want to do ccam server, yes. ccam client, not.

    for windows you have wincsc to do that.
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    Thanks Boknoy,
    Would love to try it without doing any harm to my lap top!

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    run what? ubuntu? your laptop will love it.
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    Thanks Boknoy. That means there are no client share plugings for Cccam neither in Linux nor in Windows. For now we can watch the channels of Cccam only in Dreambox?

    On the other hand we can run Cccam servers on Linux. Correct?

 

 

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