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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By captain_video
Just a bit of advice here. I would never let...

Just a bit of advice here. I would never let Windows update automatically install drivers for any device I have in a PC. I've had many instances where it said I needed new drivers, only to find that...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 184
Posted By captain_video
Not quite. You'll have to download and install...

Not quite. You'll have to download and install the drivers from the Intel website. The last time I let Windows install the drivers for me it totally hosed my network connection. BTW, I use an Intel...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 88
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Posted By captain_video
Yes, it does that pre-clear thing. I don't recall...

Yes, it does that pre-clear thing. I don't recall how long it would take on an 8TB drive, but since it can be run in the background without adding it to the array it doesn't really matter. I just ran...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 88
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Views: 1,171
Posted By captain_video
UnRAID updates parity similar to Snapshot mode in...

UnRAID updates parity similar to Snapshot mode in FlexRAID, IIRC. (just updates parity for the new data). However, I like to perform a full parity check on occasion just as routine maintenance,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 533
Posted By captain_video
Recordings go into my RecordedTV folder and stay...

Recordings go into my RecordedTV folder and stay there. I use the ShowAnalyzerSuite to map the commercials. Once they're watched they get deleted.

Downloaded and ripped content gets placed on my...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-27-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 88
  8tb
Views: 1,171
Posted By captain_video
Yeah. Having any kind of array that uses parity...

Yeah. Having any kind of array that uses parity would take forever to build parity or restore a drive with drives this size. It may cut down on the number of drives required, but there's a huge...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-26-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,796
Posted By captain_video
This is all good to know, but at some point there...

This is all good to know, but at some point there will be a scheduling conflict where you'll have to choose between family and football. I just hope you make the right choice. ;)

FWIW, the NFL...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-25-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,796
Posted By captain_video
Wow. I don't think I've ever read a more selfish...

Wow. I don't think I've ever read a more selfish response. If the NFL is more important than family I feel sorry for you. There will come a time when you'll look back and regret not going to that...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-25-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,796
Posted By captain_video
I hope it wasn't an English class. With that...

I hope it wasn't an English class. With that grammar I can only assume which way the curve got blown. :rolleyes:


Dude, you're a new parent with twins. There comes a time when you've got to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-24-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 951
Posted By captain_video
You can only have one failed drive for parity to...

You can only have one failed drive for parity to be able to restore the data. If you've got two bad drives and only one parity drive you can kiss the data goodbye. You could try a data recovery...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-24-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,796
Posted By captain_video
I'll never understand why people suffer through...

I'll never understand why people suffer through commercials so I guess that makes us even. :p I record every game I watch and start playback about 45 minutes into the game. This allows me to skip...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-24-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By captain_video
If you place your recordings in a folder in a...

If you place your recordings in a folder in a media library you'll see an option at the top of the screen to "play all." You won't get this option in the RecordedTV folder. I've set up folders for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-21-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 464
Posted By captain_video
No, the remote PCs cannot be used as extenders. ...

No, the remote PCs cannot be used as extenders. Any show recorded that is flagged by the provider can only be played back either on the PC it was recorded with or through a WMC extender, such as the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-17-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 937
Posted By captain_video
You can configure Windows updates so they only...

You can configure Windows updates so they only get installed if you tell them to. I let Windows download them, but I pick and choose which ones get installed and then manually reboot when they're...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-16-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 752
Posted By captain_video
I used to use BeyondTV for recording OTA channels...

I used to use BeyondTV for recording OTA channels and it worked great. The only reason I switched to WMC was to use the Ceton InfiniTV 4. BeyondTV is no longer sold, but you might find a copy for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By captain_video
If your other equipment is within sight of the...

If your other equipment is within sight of the remote then all you need is a universal remote that can be programmed with macros. Harmony remotes can be set up to control activities and will turn on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 937
Posted By captain_video
I don't think anyone is disputing the stability...

I don't think anyone is disputing the stability of Windows. It sounds like the OP is looking for some method of creating pooled drives on his Win 8 PC and not so much in building a dedicated server....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 937
Posted By captain_video
I don't believe that's entirely true. If you...

I don't believe that's entirely true. If you have drives that had been previously set up in unRAID that contain data I'm pretty sure you can add them back into the array. UnRAID uses the reiserfs...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-05-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,508
Posted By captain_video
So, they're all French sheep? To that I say...

So, they're all French sheep?
To that I say baaaaaahhhhhh, Monsieur. :p
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-04-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,508
Posted By captain_video
I've had to do a lot of traveling over the years...

I've had to do a lot of traveling over the years and found ways to have media with me that I didn't have to transcode. Over a two-year stretch I was on the road almost continuously, but I'd tend to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,508
Posted By captain_video
Get a better internet connection or just stay...

Get a better internet connection or just stay home? :D
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,508
Posted By captain_video
Don't transcode anything. Leave it as is,...

Don't transcode anything. Leave it as is, otherwise, what's the point of having Blu-Ray in the first place? I rip Blu-Rays to mkv files with the original bitrates and HD audio intact.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Posted By captain_video
Use the phone activation option. It's a royal...

Use the phone activation option. It's a royal pain, but it does work. You'll see a screen with about 16 boxes, each containing a 5-digit number. When you call the activation toll free number you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 779
Posted By captain_video
I don't know where they came up with the name...

I don't know where they came up with the name Kodi, but they did mention that the change was to eliminate any possible legal issues with Microsoft since the name stems from the original X-Box Media...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,508
Posted By captain_video
I buy from Harbor Freight quite a bit, actually. ...

I buy from Harbor Freight quite a bit, actually. I've found over the years that the vast majority of the jobs I've performed on cars or around the house tend to require the use of a particular tool...
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