Originally Posted by Cirdecus
If anyone has any ideas, that would be awesome. I've hit a wall trying to build my HTPC environment.
I have the following:
HTPC - Windows 7 64-bit ultimate, 8GB RAM, 2600K Processor, ATI HD6750 graphics and an Auzen X-Fi HometheaterHD Card. OS runs on an SSD
Server - Windows server 2008 R2, 8GB RAM, 2600k processor. OS runs on an SSD and data\\movies run on a PCIe x16 RAID controller in a RAID 5.
Gaming PC - 12GB Ram, Core i7 950, HD 5870 Graphics Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
All machines are connected using CAT 5e cable using their onboard gigabit cards through a Cisco E3200 Gigabit Router and a Cisco SE2800 Gigabit Switch (tested without the switch already)
The HTPC and the Gaming PC use the DivX codec to play MKV files and AC3 Filter to get the audio to work with WMC. DivX alone will allow WMP 12 to play video and audio from MKV files, but WMC wont' play the audio part of the file without the AC3 Filter.
Here are my problems:
1) Neither the HTPC nor the Gaming PC can play MKV files stored on a share on the server using simple UNC paths or mapped drives. The file attempts to open and shows a few frames every 20 seconds or so with maybe 2 second of audio between each frame..
2) Transfer rates when copying the file from the server to my Gaming PC are perfect (120MB/s ~ 960Mbps). I can transfer an MKV file from the server to the gaming PC in about 25 seconds or so.
So I'm wondering what's causing this terrible performance trying to play MKV files directly from my server on my HTPC using WMC or WMP 12?
I can't imagine someone wanting to store their entire movie library and play them on a tiny HTPC box instead of a NAS or server...