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Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-30-2014, 04:21 PM
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Posted By kesawi
Anyone know if there is a new Plex plugin for...

Anyone know if there is a new Plex plugin for Trakt.TV 2.0?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-28-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,922
Posted By kesawi
That's why I initially started my HTPC so that I...

That's why I initially started my HTPC so that I could rip all of their DVDs and avoid them degrading through mishandling. Now the kids are older (12 & 14) they generally don't do the same repetitive...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-28-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 583
Posted By kesawi
Being a member of both AVS and other gaming...

Being a member of both AVS and other gaming orientated forums, I've found generally that most members on gaming forums tend to over specify a build based on their personal wish list, while here in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-26-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 583
Posted By kesawi
I disagree. That may have been the situation 5...

I disagree. That may have been the situation 5 years ago, but hardware manufacturers have begun to realise that consumers want energy efficiency and good acoustics as well as performance. For...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-28-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,038
Posted By kesawi
This is an old article but it provides a good...

This is an old article but it provides a good explanation of the physiology behind human vision when it comes to different frame rates:

http://www.joz3d.net/html/fps.html
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-20-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 677
Posted By kesawi
If you are not planning to rip discs to storage,...

If you are not planning to rip discs to storage, and only watch borrowed/rented discs it is much easier and less hassle to just buy a standalone blu-ray player and use that. The cost of the internal...
Forum: HTPC Gaming   09-21-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,756
Posted By kesawi
I do hope AMD can come back with something good....

I do hope AMD can come back with something good. Healthy competition between NVIDIA and AMD has driven the great jumps in performance and energy efficiency, at reduced prices.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-18-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By kesawi
I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter for...

I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter for my server with storage via iSCSI to my NAS (see...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-16-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,048
Posted By kesawi
I'm impressed that you've been able to fit...

I'm impressed that you've been able to fit everything inside the case. It all looks so neat and the colour scheme works well. The front of the case looks quite busy with all of the LCDs and panels,...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,088
Posted By kesawi
I use Makemkv to rip to MKV rather than ISO...

I use Makemkv to rip to MKV rather than ISO files. I don't care for menus, extras, multiple languages, etc as they take up extra space (which does start to add up once you get a few files), and delay...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-14-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By kesawi
Have to agree with you there, but when you do get...

Have to agree with you there, but when you do get it right the meal is one of the best you've ever had :)

Being in Australia, where we use the DVB-T signal, Argus TV natively pulls the EPG data...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-14-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,321
Posted By kesawi
I disagree, it may become the norm for the...

I disagree, it may become the norm for the extreme/enthusiast end of the market, but they are generally a long way from the mean and even further from the median. Using my workplace as a sample and...
Forum: HTPC Gaming   09-01-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,347
Posted By kesawi
There are also a range of console style...

There are also a range of console style controllers available for the PC which makes it easier to play some games rather than trying to use a keyboard and mouse. I have a pair of Logitech F710...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
Good to know. Think I'll stick with Hyper-V for...

Good to know. Think I'll stick with Hyper-V for now though as I pretty much have everything working almost the way I want it and don't really want to upset things.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
My first preference was to use ESXi 5.5 for my...

My first preference was to use ESXi 5.5 for my hypervisor but I decided against it as vCentre is not free and my understanding is VC is required to manage vSphere. I also have plenty of Windows...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
While uPNP isn't the best it does take the hassle...

While uPNP isn't the best it does take the hassle out of manually configuring port forwards. Yes malware can start punching and opening up holes in your firewall from the inside with an infected PC...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,219
Posted By kesawi
Argus TV is another option. Has an absolutely...

Argus TV is another option. Has an absolutely awesome scheduler. Isn't as well documented as some of the others. It can control the MediaPortal TV server if you don't want to use the Argus recorder.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By kesawi
I agree that's the benefit with Server 2012 R2...

I agree that's the benefit with Server 2012 R2 Essentials, it provides the opportunity to use some of the more advanced features or stick with the basics. If the OP can get a free licence through...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By kesawi
I used Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in...

I used Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in server roles. I obtained my copy of Server 2012 R2 through the Dreamspark program.

With two laptops, a PC and a HTPC I find the active directory...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-11-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
After doing a bit of research I'm considering...

After doing a bit of research I'm considering shifting to pfsense. From what I can find, Sophos UTM doesn't allow uPNP for the firewall and has issues connecting through a VPN server. The issue with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-10-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
As I'm not real familiar with linux could you...

As I'm not real familiar with linux could you elaborate on how CIFS may help? My understanding is that the issues with NLA not detecting the network as a domain is due to it not being able to contact...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-10-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 997
Posted By kesawi
I'm running a central Windows Server 2012 R2...

I'm running a central Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host (my setup (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1604705-rackmount-home-server-vm-lab-build.html)) with separate baremetal...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-09-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
Thanks for the suggestion. I did try that...

Thanks for the suggestion. I did try that previously without any success. It didn't seem to correct the problem with the NIC type being set to domain, and delaying the start of the NLA service caused...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-08-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
That was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately...

That was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately I've found that NLA needs to be reset to detect the change. I'd like to find a solution which avoids resetting the NIC as I fear that it will interrupt...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-07-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,749
Posted By kesawi
Thanks for the tip. I've already implemented that...

Thanks for the tip. I've already implemented that particular policy so the interface type of the internal NIC is set to private, however I really need the type to be set to domain which you can't do...
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