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  1. it was store bought so came with windows, but to be honest even with a linux os the setup would be the same after installing kodi because flirc works on any os and acts like it's a keyboard, you just use it's own app to set keyboard presses to the remote buttons signal.

    setting up the pc part was really easy, because both harmony and flirc apps have a kodi setting so things just worked once i chose them.


    when i set things up on my daughters dedicated pvr using mythtv and a different universal ir remote, i had to train flirc by pressing a remote button and then telling it what key press i wanted it to use, was easy enough but took a little longer to set things up, but still much much easier i found than using lirc and editing files to set up an ir remote to control things like i had to do with my own mythbox.



  2. nothing much to it really, they run a windows 7 pc i'd previously connected to the tv and sound system, so just installed kodi, pointed it to their video files folder and then they could easily find the video they wanted to watch using kodi.


    to make things work with a remote i bought a flirc device :- https://www.flirc.tv/to control the pc,

    i bought this instead using any other remote control method like a wifi keyboard setup that nigel uses on his pi kodi machine (and i'd already used one with great results on my daughters mythtv box.) because i wanted everything to be controlled by 1 remote instead of the 4 controls they'd other wise need.

    1 for tv

    1 for skybox

    1 for sound system

    1 for pc


    the universal remote i bought wasn't the cheapest but works great (can control loads of things including lights.) :- https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Companion-Control-Entertainment/dp/B00N3RFC4G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512502&sr=8-3&keywords=harmony+universal+remote


    then it was just a case of using the harmoney app (installed on an android tablet.) to set things up so at a single button press it would turn on all devices and put things on correct channels for whatever they wanted to watch. not the best and easiest app to work with and took a while before i got everything setup but works great so far.


    because they use the pc for other things, i left things so they first have to manually turn it on and start kodi but after that everything is controlled by the remote.



  3. i couldn't care less, but i really don't understand why some people do that, seems a little childish to me.


    does make it look like i'm nuts (even if i am.) and talking to myself though. :laughing:


    back on topic though, my parents are happy with their new universal remote and kodi, it's only setup to play their video files at the moment. i still can't make up my mind if i'm going to set it up to stream things off the internet yet.



  4. The phone home stuff is a nonissue anymore. http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/14/comparison-of-windows-10-privacy-tools/Pick one and use it.

    don't you believe it.


    yes those programs limit what's sent but nothing stops windows 10 from phoning home unless you have a machine incapable of connecting to the net. :- http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/



  5. only thing i need to know about windows 10, is never let it get anywhere near any of my pc's. :laughing:

    can't remember what tech site i was reading but one of the staff/writers decided it was time to upgrade all his pc's/laptops and out of the 4 machines he had only 1 installed without any problems.


    there's loads of irate people who lost valuable data during the upgrade and seems like there's loads more this time around with the anniversary updates.


    one things certain anyway, windows 10 will never get installed on any of my machines, not even in a vm so i can help others with a problem.


    i simple don't trust an os that doesn't let me turn off things and phones home by design, i like to at least think i have 100% control of my os even if i may not, with windows 10 though you have little to any control over the what the os and microsoft can and can't do on your hardware, like install updates and phone home.



  6. in the uk the board is about £30 then you have to buy a separate power supply,

    the recommended is 5.1v @2.5 amp and uses a micro usb type connector i believe at about £6

    official one here :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raspberry-Pi-Official-Universal-Supply/dp/B00MBH6XNS/ref=pd_sim_147_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=41C0YiXEPgL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=4JWJR0077E968T7YE46Z

    and of course your going to need an sd card, price varies but i believe you'll want a class 10 type card and not any old cheap sd card for best reliability and performance.


    when nigsy wakes up tomorrow and see's your post i'm sure he'll have a lot more info for you, seeing how he's running one as his media centre i believe.



  7. i'd think the old 13.2 cd doesn't support one or all of either uefi, gpt or secure boot, so to install on a windows 10 laptop i'd suggest using a newer install media that does support all those things.



  8. what happened to all of iamgeorgeareu posts?


    did i upset him somehow and he deleted them or did something else happen that i've missed causing him to delete everything of his from the topic?



  9. don't see why not.


    way i look at it is they are both front end media players, used to play all your media easily.


    both play anything on your pc, both can be setup to stream content from the net, both can be setup to record things.

    only real difference i can see is mythtv needs a dedicated backend to start with before it will work whilst kodi doesn't.


    think of it like this ubuntu is the same as suse,

    both are linux os.



  10. ignore below, just noticed you said you'd installed the rpm and now you have no connection problems and it's just the speed seems bad, so will start a new post to see if we can find out why it's slow.




    i haven't replied because duan is/was helping you and it's just a rehash of the same topic here :- https://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/205283-update-kernel/?hl=rtl82192cu&do=findComment&comment=1800630

    where you'd figured out how to fix the problem.


    anyway i've had a look and made some changes to the instructions as was.

    i put the correct rtl8192cu-fixes repo instead of rtl82192cu-fixes where you got stuck last time and also changed the version number from 8192cu/1.9 to 8192cu/1.10 which i believe is the latest and correct one.

    so with luck these instructions will work, but if they don't just let us know where you failed and i'll see if i can figure out why for you.

    After a long troubleshooting in the OpenSuse forums and lots of learning this is what's needed to make it work:

    -Add Pacman repos (Yast)
    -Install dkms (Yast)
    -Install Git (Yast)
    -Update Kernel (Yast)
    -Install devel_basis (zypper install --type pattern devel_basis)

    git clone https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes.git
    sudo dkms add ./rtl8192cu-fixes
    sudo dkms install 8192cu/1.10
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo cp ./rtl8192cu-fixes/blacklist-native-rtl8192.conf /etc/modprobe.d/
    Reboot :)


    try above and see how you get on.



  11. i'd give you one duan but they won't work for you in the states, we use a different digital signal to what you use over there.


    we use dvb-t/dvb-t2 and you use atsc/qam i believe.

    so my cards wouldn't be able to decode your television signals.


    if you really want one look on ebay,


    do some research first and make sure it will work on linux, you'll want an atsc/clear qam card :- https://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/ATSC_Devices


    if you want a usb type then i believe this works fine :- http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Hauppauge+WinTV-HVR-950Q&_sacat=0


    this is the usa equivalent tv card i put in my last build for my daughter:- http://www.ebay.com/itm/TBS6704-ATSC-Clear-QAM-Quad-Tuner-PCIe-Card-Windows-2000-XP-Vista-7-8-10-Linux-/331721016745?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT


    her card :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/TBS-FREEVIEW-DVB-T2-Terrestrial-Replacement/dp/B00VK0R3KE/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1468460106&sr=1-2&keywords=tbs+dvb-t2

    and i am currently using the older full height type in my setup. :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/DVB-T2-Tuner-Definition-Digital-Receiver/dp/B006MTN32A


    here's tbs site for drivers :- http://www.tbsdtv.com/products/tbs6704-atsc-or-clear-qam-quad-tuner-pcie-card.html


    must admit i've spent a few hours testing kodi today and can't say i'm that impressed with it, nothing really wrong with it but mythtv seems so much more intuitive to navigate and use to me even though they are very very similar.


    probably just me being biased and more used to using mythtv.


    the content available on kodi via the addons is very impressive though, can't say ive used mythtv to stream anything off the net except for a short test a few years back so no idea how easy or hard it would be to get the same content on mythtv but might look into it again one day.



  12. everything on skygo and netflix can be had like you say through the addons anyway but because it's for my parents i really want to try and make sure they aren't breaking any copy write laws which some of the addons probably are with the content they play, but it seems like i'm in a catch 22 position from what i've been able to glean so far from google, sky go and netflix seem to be the 2 hardest addons to find that reliable work, yet other addons work perfectly and can play the content of those 2 channels perfectly but probably illegally.



  13. i wouldn't use the builds, so understand what i'm going to do, and it's just a case of deciding on which are the best repo's to use and what addons to install.


    from the comments beneath the tvaddons video it looks like they're upsetting the people who use their repo so might give it a miss unless i find i really need it for something.


    you have any recommended skins and addons you think i should try george?

    so far looks like i'll only install

    addon installer





    can't find a skygo addon at the moment.




    to be honest all kodi really needs to do is play their dvd collection, sky go and netflix reliably every thing else like exodus and velocity i might skip.

  14. yes seen that before duan, but as i understand it you need a running myth backend first before the app is any use, and if i was going to do that anyway i'd probably setup a myth front end and use that instead of kodi on their pc.





    think i'll follow this setup guide when i do setup kodi :-

  15. cost wasn't a concern really just didn't see the point in buying something that didn't offer any more content than what he could get anyway with his pc and why i thought any streaming stick was a waste of money for him.


    in fact just spent about 3 or 4 times as much as the cost of a firestick on a universal remote (they've wanted one for a while.) and flirc so when i go round i can set things up so he can just use the 1 remote instead of the 4 he now uses and also control kodi without the need to get up and go anywhere near the pc..


    still looking into what apps i'm going to install on kodi.


    things they'll definitely want to use kodi for is netflix and skygo don't think they stream anything from amazon and just use it for books.

    and of course all their dvd collection i've already put on their pc.



  16. yes that's what i thought, my dad wanted to buy one for my mum but i told him he's just wasting his money seeing how they only have 1 tv already connected to a pc so they can stream things.


    i really should put a front end on it though to make things easier for them to use.

    kodi looks favourite seeing how they don't need a backend for any tv tuners so no point setting up a mythtv system like i use.



  17. off topic but seeing how 2 of you have a firestick i was wondering what advantages if any does a firestick offer you over streaming from a pc?

    more interested in content than anything hardware like remote or lower power.



  18. just for info and no help to the topic in general.

    I did just download a couple of opensuse iso's via direct download and even as torrent. They downloaded super fast and I seen in uTorrent a down speed of 1.5 MB/s which showed in task manager as 14.8 Mbps

    So why is it that I can download a 4GB OS iso file in less than 3 minutes, but then trying to load webpages takes forever and seems like waiting on a dial up connection?

    no idea why the difference between the torrent and task manager but 1.5MB is equal to 12Mb. not 14.8Mb task manager shows. after all there is 8 (b)its to 1 (B)yte.

    and there's no way on earth you can download a 4.7GB iso in 3 minutes at 1.5MBs.
    4.7GB is about 4812MB,

    so 4812 divided by 1.5 equals about 3,208 seconds which equals about 53 and a half minutes.
    not the 3 minutes you say it took you.

    to download it in 3 minutes you'd need a download speed of about 27MBs or 216Mbs.



    not really sure what xfinity has to do with anything here duan, from my understanding that is a mobile phone app that allows the phone to use xfinity wifi hotspots when it can't connect to the mobile network.

    and all an xfinity router will do is allow anyone to use your routers wifi that has the xfinity app installed.

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