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Disabling HDMI Audio Passthrough in XBMC

I don't know exactly what worked, and I will try to clean this post up later, but here are the sites where I found the answers: http://ossnotebook.blogspot.com/2010/07/ubuntu-1001-maverick-on-lenovo-q150.html http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10638836#post10638836 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1876296 http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?s=8f341bcee7634816d4630bef9f61fd22&p=1424122#post1424122
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Auto-Mounting SSHFS at Startup

Mounting SSHFS at Startup

This tutorial was created using information from the following sites:
Connecting SSH Without Using A Password
How To Automount SSHFS Filesystems Automatically at Startup

Background
There are two reasons why I did this. The first is that I constantly move files back and forth between systems using the command line, and SSHFS is the easiest way to do it. The second is that I am connecting my XBMC's together using MySQL for the database, but thumbnail files need to stay in the .xbmc/userdata folder on each machine. This will also setup an easy rsync without having to create an SSH connection on the fly.

SSH Passwordless Login

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Swapping HTPC HD's

My HTPC died the other day. It didn't turn out as tragic as I thought, but nonetheless it was cause for concern. The dual-core 2GB machine had been running with a 5400 RPM laptop drive, so when it came time to replace I decided to use an old 80GB 7200 RPM drive from my old single-core 64-bit machine. Oddly enough, it booted right to my install of Linux Mint 7, perfect the first time. Once the HTPC booted, I ran the Hardware Drivers application to pick up the nVidia drivers for the card, and it ran itself at a full 1080p. It had xbmc previously loaded on it, and it ran flawlessly with it. After I verified that it would in fact play any videos I threw at it as well as startup and shutdown regularly, I ran the LIRC commands again to get my remote working, and presto! I was back in business!
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Finally!

Last night I finally swapped out my Windows+MediaPortal HTPC for a Linux Mint+Boxee one. The benefits, of course, being the on-line content that Boxee brings to the table as well as the ability to use the $20 Vista-only remotes I bought ~3 years ago. I played back some 1080p videos in testing, and... wow. Not a peep from the newer machine (dual core, 2GB, 512MB video). This was a stark contrast to my other HTPC that sounded more like a jet engine than a computer when attempting to play HD content.

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