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I’m about to just buy a cheap mini PC and run all my services through the browser on Linux. This shit just continues to get more and more invasive.

E: Hijacking my own top comment: it was a bug. Restarted the device and the keyboard came back.

@Psythik@lemm.ee
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But what about HDR? Linux doesn’t even support it!

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Neither does my TV

@three@lemm.ee
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so when are you deleting this post?

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I’ve tried several times but it’s not working

Been using a HTPC + Fedora + Firefox + ublock origin for at least 7 years now. This computer is the only video source of my TV, and I haven’t regretted this move once.

This is the way.

@Psythik@lemm.ee
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But what about HDR? Neither Firefox nor even Linux itself support it. I didn’t spend $1800 on an OLED to not be able to take advantage of every feature it has.

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Look up OrangePi Zero 3. $15 runs Linux or Android TV. Fully customizable.

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I would have done that a long time ago, but most streaming providers limit your bitrate and there’s no dolby vision steaming when on PC.

Then buy a cheap keyboard remote with the track ball for mouse. Program some extra keys for stereo on and off as well as TV itself, it’s a dream.

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This is what I do, no trackball but it’s like an air pointer thingy, w keyboard too… works well

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Maybe with something like KDE Plasma Bigscreen?

I like the look of this. Is there any way to control it through your phone (eg through a locally hosted server and a QR code to connect to the page) or an easy way to hook in and send the control signals so I could make crappy version of a page myself?

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So does this just get installed into a mini PC you plug into the TV and act like basically a Chromecast? It looks beautiful.

I have been looking at it since I am fed up with Fire TV. Can you install it on any Linux distro? I thought it was for raspberry pi. I have an Intel Nuc running Opensuse

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Apparently there is a package named plasma5-bigscreen available for OpenSUSE, but I haven’t tried it myself.

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Oh lord, I have looked exactly for that (chromecast ui but open source). I was close to jailbreaking an old fire tv stick and running AOSP on it.

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That looks awesome, thanks!

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The only reason I haven’t just flat out installed LineageOS on my NVIDIA Shield TV is that it’d cause me to lose Dolby Vision & AI Upscaling. I know if I built a PC box unfortunately it won’t have these features either.

I’m currently just using the Shield with all Google apps and other garbage removed through ADB. Isn’t ideal but seems to work well enough without losing Dolby Vision or AI Upscaling or anything like that. That’s what I’d recommend if you stick with this Android TV.

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This is why I’m stuck with Google TV as well. The only PCs that support HDR/Dolby Vision + AI upscaling have high-end graphics cards, and I just don’t have $800+ to blow on another GPU just for the living room. Not to mention the increase in heat output from the GPU, and then my power bill goes up.

Nope, I rather put up with Google’s bullshit with their laggyass interface and whatnot, than lose HDR.

yep thats what i do problem is if you only get upto 720p on widewine l3 included with browsers. 1080p/4k on drm’ed streaming apps is not possible without these stupid boxes.

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I can recommend Beelink products. Good performance for the price and behaves well with Linux.

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The cheapest one they have is $200?

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I bought the Mini S with a Celeron N5095 and 128GB SSD for 150€. At the time it was cheaper than a Pi4, while having better performance.

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The N100 ones are only 170 i think.

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or an old laptop with cheap bluetooth keyboard and mouse

Just did this myself, though my cheap build accidentally ended up closer to 1500 bucks. Whoops.

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My setup has a goddamn 3080 in it and cost less than that. What the hell did you spend it all on?

It was shockingly easy:

  • Fancy mini-itx case (200 bucks)
  • New AM5 CPU (250ish bucks)
  • Compatible mini-itx motherboard (350 bucks)
  • SSD and RAM (120ish bucks)
  • GPU (200 bucks)
  • Low profile cooler (45 bucks)
  • Power supply (180 bucks)
  • Taxes (100ish bucks)

Turns out mini-itx builds with new hardware will kick your wallet’s ass.

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Yeah, I love small builds but the mini ITX components can get pricey. Counterintuitively, the big RGB gaming mega tower form factor can end up saving you money.

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What are you doing that needs a 3080?!

Preparing to selfhost ai in the near future maybe.

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Yeah, actually. And gaming, obviously. :)

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I have a 3080ti and when I eventually upgrade to the 50 series in a couple years that’s exactly what I’m gonna do with the old card.

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I assume it’s a gaming setup, not an htpc setup?

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Good point, didn’t think it could be a gaming HTPC

Why not both?

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You could certainly do both, but there are advantages to having a separate lower spec, low-power machine do your media. It keeps your electric bill lower, and it keeps your very expensive gaming hardware running longer.

Especially with how expensive and power-hungry GPUs are today.

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Pure diamond HDMI cables

You could hang a dictator on that cable and I’d still call it an overprice!

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How did you manage that?

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4x 18TB drives is about 1000 bucks.

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