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  Random Dean's Images
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 04-01-2006, 01:05 AM - Forum: User Systems - Replies (20)

I figured I'd start a thread here for posting my random selections of images I do from time to time. I usually end up posting them in whatever running commentary development thread I have going, but that's probably not the appropriate place for them.

Tonight's image isn't immediately useful, but it'll probably become part of a very nice background here soon. I was just playing around with how realistic I could get a shiney glass sphere using Illustrator. There are still some things to improve but it looks pretty nice so far. My attempt to emulate that highlighted (and inverted) edge brightening isn't completely convincing, but it's pretty close.

[Image: GlassGlobe.png]

Part of what really sells the effect of course is the room reflection. It's just an image I grabbed, applied a fisheye distortion, and then clipped out a spherical section that I needed. And the simulated specular highlights help a lot also.

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  BritOverseas config thread.
Posted by: BritOverseas - 03-29-2006, 08:56 AM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (170)

O.K First question and maybe this is for Dean, I don't know.

Can I use the Pioneer Elite VSX-74TXVi??

I know this does not have enough zones to do the SD, but will it be able to handle the 4 HD zones?

And, do you do drivers for it???

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  Rip DVDs to ISO or IFO/VOB?
Posted by: 1080iAddict - 03-27-2006, 08:48 AM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (30)

I started my research on hosting DVDs to build this aspect of my project. So far, it looks like the following programs are on the radar screen: FFDShow, Zoom Player, DVD Profiler, Alcohol 120% (or 52%), and DVD Shrink.

The DVD files will be on a dataserver, then transported over CAT5 to the HTPC in a separate room. I want the very best video quality for this operation, along with the best integration with CQC.

It seems like people are using two different methodologies: Ripping to .ISO files or ripping to IFO/VOB files. It seems from what I am reading here is that both solutions will work with Zoom Player. Is there a quality benefit using one approach to another? Is the size of the ripped files the same? I think I understand that ripping to .ISO will require the Alcohol 120% (or 52%) program - - whereas maybe ripping to IFO/VOB means you dont need this program?

One thing seems for sure: DVD Profiler looks like the starting point. But then I get a bit confused as to the best approach for the next step.



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  Denon 2807
Posted by: ellisr63 - 03-26-2006, 10:30 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (48)

Well I tried to hook up the denon 2807 with the Denon 3806 driver....all I get is wait to connect error. I was hoping I could at least ge it connected and some basic functions...Power, volume and volume adust. Anyone that could help? BTW this receiver is nicer than the 3806, it shows the menu on my projector now where the 3806 would not (moved the 3806 to my Sony rear projector and it displays the menu there).

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  IVB's HA progress
Posted by: IVB - 03-26-2006, 08:40 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (1278)

Well, I spent 5 hours today running all new wiring for a doorbell plus Elk doorbell ring detector. Haven't actually connected to the Elk via CQC yet, took longer than I thought as I had a harder time than anticipated running the wiring in my 95yr old Craftsman house. It's both roomy in the crawlspace, yet cluttered to hell with old wires and bizarre wood runs.

What do I have to show for it? Well, the chime does go ding-dong when you push the button. And the wife does have the pushbutton of her choice [from restoration hardware], and it only cost $10. Oh, and a new multimeter as my 20yr old finally conked out, and I couldn't remember which wire went to the chime, and which went to the pushbutton.

I have faith that sometime in the next 7 days, i'll be able to connect to the Elk using the ElkRP software, then connect to CQC.

If I'm super-lucky, I'll learn how to get CQC to trap the inbound doorbell ring via the Elk, and have it do something. No idea what, but something.

I can't believe Rohan thinks this HA stuff is fun. Maybe for grits & shins, i'll have it turn down the volume on the music, just to inject some HT into the situation.

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  Alarm clock
Posted by: penngray - 03-25-2006, 04:41 AM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (8)

Does CQC have the ability to be my alarm clock, set time to play a specific playlist in a specific zone?

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  Ken's CQC System - New CQC Server Machine
Posted by: kwoodrow - 03-24-2006, 10:04 AM - Forum: User Systems - Replies (11)

I've made several substantial changes to the infrastructure of my CQC system during the last month, including a brand-new CQC-built master server machine. I can't remember if I've posted about this yet, but it certainly deserves a discussion of its own.

The new CQC server consists of two basic parts -- a CQC-built WinXP machine and an ACard RAID solution. The details:

CQC Master Server
Case: Atech Fabrication 3000 case, PS, cables
RAM: Kingston 1024Mb PC3200 DDR (2x256+1x512) RAM
Mobo: MSI K7N2 Delta2-LSR
CPU: AMD Athlon XP-M 2200+
Heatsink: Swifttech MCX462-V Heatsink
SCSI controller: Panasonic CW-8124-B
Video: Sapphire Atlantis 9600 Radeon
Drives: 2 x Seagate 320Gb SATA1
Soundcard: M-Audio Delta 410 multichannel soundcard
Serial ports: SIIG CyberSerial 4S PCI (2 cards for 4 total RS232 ports, plus 1 on the mobo)
RAID Array: ACard AEC67160

OS: Windows XP Pro
Charmed Quark Controller (CQC)
Thinsoft Winconnect Server XP

ACard RAID Array:
SATA-to-UltraSCSI solution using 4 SATA drives (500gb Maxtors). Links to a SCSI host controller card on the host system. Details here: http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/23/a...ppliance/

Because the ACard runs from a SCSI controller, it is scalable -- so I can add any number of additional 1.5 tb units as my needs grow. The ACard is a great form-factor, but its little fans are loud. For that reason I am working on modifications to replace the fans with something larger and quieter.

The CQC machine was installed personally by Mark Stega and is one of the first installed in a user's system. The install went pretty smoothly -- I was up and running on all of my networked PCs and touchscreens by the end of the day.

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  Controlling blinds
Posted by: jm9 - 03-23-2006, 05:38 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (19)

We will be building a new house and looking at installing these blinds.

I'm looking for suggestion on controlling a house full of these. Would you try and run individual ir blasters to each window(hooded)? Or would you try and set up blasters in the walls across from the windows?

I see the new pci-ir device with 4 zones. Could I somewhat combine my windows and drive them from one zone, or would I need a zone for each window.


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  Weather and the Precip Map
Posted by: bradishm - 03-23-2006, 10:42 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (14)


I imported both the Woodpanel Weather and Precip Map skins (is that the right word?). With your help I got the weather working (Thanks again!). When I hit the Pricp map button I get (after a delay) "action canceled" and "Internet Explorer was unable to link to the Web page you requested."

I don't have other skins or drivers loaded....Thanks


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  display photo
Posted by: diy8888 - 03-17-2006, 06:40 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (5)

Is there a way to display photo in manual and slide mode and to browse through folder of photo?

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