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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-01-2015, 07:51 PM
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Posted By smitbret
Chromebox with OpenELEC has been rock solid since...

Chromebox with OpenELEC has been rock solid since last June for me. The only glitch I have experienced was the box just locking up completely, which it has done 3 times that I know of. Otherwise it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-27-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 129
Posted By smitbret
What version of XBMC are you on? I know that in...

What version of XBMC are you on? I know that in v14 (KODI), you get "Working...." at the top/middle of the screen while I wait for the drives to spool up. I started with v13 and as far as I can...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-27-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By smitbret
I have been using FlexRAID for a little over two...

I have been using FlexRAID for a little over two years. There's an occasional lag when the drives "wake-up", but other than that we get no lag of any kind whether the video is played back on the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-25-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 175
Posted By smitbret
I think you missed the point since you are...

I think you missed the point since you are somehow convinced that Plex pegging your CPU is a bad thing. It should.

Plex, Mezzmo and I assume any other FFMPEG based transcoder solution should be...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-25-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 98
Posted By smitbret
No way to know for sure, but I believe most...

No way to know for sure, but I believe most people that follow the service comparisons would support the idea that Vudu HDX seems to offer the best PQ the most consistently.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-23-2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 175
Posted By smitbret
Not enough info to give a recommendation. Plex...

Not enough info to give a recommendation. Plex is pegging your CPU because it is trying to transcode as quickly as possible, not just in real time. I'm sure there must be a setting that will let...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-23-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 231
Posted By smitbret
I have had my FlexRAID for about 2 years and...

I have had my FlexRAID for about 2 years and haven't had a failure, yet.... <crosses fingers>. If your Storage is legit, you should have most of your media already backed up in the form of the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-20-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 419
Posted By smitbret
FlexRAID is exactly the same.

FlexRAID is exactly the same.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-17-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 734
Posted By smitbret
Your biggest problem is the BR ISOs. Do you...

Your biggest problem is the BR ISOs. Do you require full menu support of would a "lite" menu be good enough? It comes down to licensing and costs for supporting full Blu-Ray playback.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-16-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Posted By smitbret
OpenELEC on a Chromebox seems to fit, but you...

OpenELEC on a Chromebox seems to fit, but you seem to be selling the WDTV short, too. Have you never used the 'Media Library' feature of the WDTV? It consolidates your shared folders and builds the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-15-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By smitbret
Just mount the .iso as virtual DVD drive using...

Just mount the .iso as virtual DVD drive using something like WinCDEmu and then just rip again, this time with the option to remove CSS enabled.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-13-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7,572
Views: 403,499
Posted By smitbret
We'll have our answer when he doesn't check back...

We'll have our answer when he doesn't check back into the forum for a few days. The taste of crow doesn't leave your mouth for a few days even if no one can prove you ate it.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-10-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 411
Posted By smitbret
DVD Decrypter will work great on older DVDs...

DVD Decrypter will work great on older DVDs (before 2005ish) but will struggle on anything with "newer" protection like Sony Archoos and their rootkit. Not to mention the way they physically move...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-07-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7,572
Views: 403,499
Posted By smitbret
Perhaps I should rephrase in the form of a...

Perhaps I should rephrase in the form of a question.

Why are you not just ripping it to a shared folder on the server in the first place?
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-07-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7,572
Views: 403,499
Posted By smitbret
Or just rip to the Shared Network Location.

Or just rip to the Shared Network Location.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   02-07-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 197
Posted By smitbret
The trial version of AnyDVD HD is full featured...

The trial version of AnyDVD HD is full featured and certainly not the issue. I have ripped Maleficent with AnyDVD HD and it shouldn't pose any abnormal issues. With my ASUS BD Drive, it usually...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-06-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
You will probably want both. Data Protection...

You will probably want both.

Data Protection is what gives you the parity protection so that if a drive fails you don't lose your data.

Pooling takes all of the drives in your array and makes...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-06-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
I can't disagree with this logic and it makes me...

I can't disagree with this logic and it makes me curious to count my load cycles for the couple of Greens that have been used in my server for a couple of years. One has been in regular service (in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-05-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
You don't need to worry about WDIDLE3 if you are...

You don't need to worry about WDIDLE3 if you are using FlexRAID. It's really only necessary if you are using non-NAS drives on a hardware RAID where the TLER settings can cause a sleeping drive to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-05-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
Plex is not necessary if you are able to playback...

Plex is not necessary if you are able to playback the files via network shares. Your current system is plenty powerful for that. Plex comes in handy when you wanna start streaming to lots of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
Whoops, sorry. Added the CPU to the wishlist.

Whoops, sorry. Added the CPU to the wishlist.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
OK, couple of things. Yes, that SeaSonic is...

OK, couple of things.

Yes, that SeaSonic is a better PSU and if you can afford it, go for it. It's a better PSU with better components but the number of connectors is really, really low on my...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
My FlexRAID server is an FX-6100 (six-core, 95W...

My FlexRAID server is an FX-6100 (six-core, 95W TDP) and it draws about 60W Total at idle. That includes the 7 drives and all peripherals like fans, add-on cards, etc. When I use it for encoding it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
While you are right, that CPU is underpowered,...

While you are right, that CPU is underpowered, there are AMD options that are about $100 that are more than enough for server and light-duty workstation use (as I linked, the A8-7600 comes to mind). ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,108
Posted By smitbret
You may be better off ditching the 5TB drive for...

You may be better off ditching the 5TB drive for now, especially if you are eyeing FlexRAID/SnapRAID in the future. The largest drive in the array must be the parity drive, so if you start with a...
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