November 7th, 2008

Welcome RPM Fusion

If you have joined either Dribble, Livna or FreshRMPS repositories, you may have noticed that you’ve got the following updates:

  • rpmfusion-free-release-9-11.noarch
  • rpmfusion-nonfree-release-9-11.noarch

You may check it by using the following command:

rpm -q rpmfusion-free-release rpmfusion-nonfree-release

RPM Fusion is a combination of the three repositories mentioned above. Their basic principles are to provide packages which are not allowed in Fedora. Those are the ones with license and patent issues, but still the free to use. Also there are some kernel modules too.

What makes the repository more appealing to the person having multiple Fedoras to be updated, is they do not provide upgrades to the existing Fedora packages. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any package conflicts.

So, the Livna, FreshRPMS and Driblle became obsolete, and you may remove those:

rpm --erase livna-release freshrpms-release dribble-release

May 22nd, 2008

Upgrading to Fedora 9

The desktop has been upgraded. So far, the following problems have been found:

  • NVidia 96.43.05 drivers don’t work. Two reasons: 2.6.25 kernel and snapshot X version are not supported. Unofficial patch is available for the kernel, and X can be downgraded.
  • Firefox 3 is in beta stage. Therefore at least Google Toolbar plugin is not yet available. However, the Firefox 2 plugins can be run, by tweaking the configuration.
  • The smbclient parameter -A doesn’t work at the moment. Therefore auto.smb routines can’t be used. Modify auto.smb to use username/password in the parameters, or use fusesmb instead.
  • Picasa doesn’t work. The fix can be found though.

So, I really can’t recommend for upgrading yet. Fedora 9 seems to be stuffed too much beta and pre-release versions.

Edit: Firefox 3 is released and available.

Edit: Upgraded the nVidia Quadro4 380 XGL to nVidia GeForce6200 512MB (cost 42 €) to get the 173.14.09 drivers working (+ compiz now works with dual head too). Also 96.43.07 drivers are now available, but not tested here.

Edit: All the flaws have been worked around, and the Fedora 9 upgrade is recommended.

April 15th, 2008

Front panel keys working on Hiper HMC-2K53A

Configured successfully the front panel keys using Xmodmap. The keys are used for the navigation.

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January 12th, 2008

Upgrading to Fedora 8

The Media PC system has been upgraded from Fedora 7 to Fedora 8 by using the instructions on YUM Upgrade FAQ. Everything runs just smooth.

November 7th, 2007

Kernel 2.6.23 released

As the latest kernel 2.6.23 fixes the logging issues with the Hiper HMC-2K53A front panel, it is recommended to do the update as soon as possible.

See the full article to view the detailed instructions how to do this with Fedora 7 terminal.

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October 7th, 2007

Silent PC Review with Hiper Media Center article

SPCR gives an excellent review of the Hiper HMC-2K53A-H2. It points out the same thing noticed here, that the PSU is quite noisy. However their solution to the noisy power supply is a PicoPSU, which definitely seems worth of trying out, as it drops the noise from 35 dbA to 23 dBA at 1 m.

Also noticeable mention was a new breed of HMC-2K53A-A3, which gives a HDMI connector, the Radeon X1250 and an IR transceiver.

September 16th, 2007

Media PC Fedora 7 upgrade

The operating system has been upgraded from Fedora Core 6 to Fedora 7 by using the instructions on YUM Upgrade FAQ.

The infamous libata update didn’t cause any problem, as the LVM disks were used. However, there were some problems, but none of them were unsolved.
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May 31st, 2007

Joined to mythtv-users list

I found a thread about MythTv at Hiper HMC-2K53A chassis. That’s exactly what I’ve done. Now I joined the list, but there seems no any backlog to respond to that exact thread. So, I’m waiting a while if that will continue. If not, I’ll post a new thread.

May 7th, 2007

MediaPC article series started

Not much yet, but there is a first article of making the Media PC.