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post #12241 of 15907
Wow... this is a BIG thread! Learned quote a bit by skimming some of the original and some of the latest posts.

I just finished my DIY NAS running on an old box with Ubuntu for sharing all of my media files... now it's time to build my HTPC! Thanks to all who contributed questions, answers, and advice in this thread.
post #12242 of 15907
I already own mymovies. I made an htpc and used the Assassin fantastic guide to set my media browser and media center master

I have a NAS whs 2011 with a Video shared folder. \\\\server\\Videos

I noticed the media center master does not automatically add metadata to the videos.

The videos are in the format of one folder per iso file. \\\\server\\Videos\\Batman Begins

So is media center master compatabile with a network folder like this on whs 2011?

If this all gets frustrating could I simply just use mymovies for wmc?

Will i still be able to bit stream with mymovies ?

anyone comment on pros and cons would be great if either system would be most appreciated.
post #12243 of 15907
I already own mymovies. I made an htpc and used the Assassin fantastic guide to set my media browser and media center master

I have a NAS whs 2011 with a Video shared folder. \\\\server\\Videos

I noticed the media center master does not automatically add metadata to the videos.

The videos are in the format of one folder per iso file. \\\\server\\Videos\\Batman Begins

So is media center master compatabile with a network folder like this on whs 2011?

If this all gets frustrating could I simply just use mymovies for wmc?



Will i still be able to bit stream with mymovies ? btw how to play blu ray iso without purchasing software?

anyone comment on pros and cons would be great if either system would be most appreciated.
post #12244 of 15907
Thread Starter 
Try to map your networked drives and add them that way.
post #12245 of 15907
I've had success both ways... directly pointing to the shared drive on another computer containing the media and using mapped drives. I'm not using WHS but rather Win7Pro to do this. Are your drives shared in WHS? Do you even need to share them in WHS?

BTW, MCM is a fantastic free program.
post #12246 of 15907
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Originally Posted by vidikron25 View Post

I might not be able to watch any blurays on my HTPC.

What were you using to watch BDs before? Any chance it was, say, a demo version of TMT that expired?
post #12247 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post


Since we have the same build. How many 2TB drives will I be able to fit in my HTPC?

I have the SSD velcroed near the top next to the Bluray drive. The the 3 harddrives mounted on the racks underneath, there is one more open rack and I believe another on top next t wear the SSD is. But I will run out of SATA ports before that as the mobo only has 6 (br, ssd, 3 hdd, leaves only 1 more).
post #12248 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post

If I decide to add a TV tuner to my build will I need to get a certain one for HD/3D? Secondly will I be able to use all the same features on my HTPC that come with my FiOS cable box, mainly OnDemand?

You lose the OnDemand feature when you go with a TV Tuner on your HTPC. But you can make up for it through your Internet connection and web browser.
post #12249 of 15907
Assassin or anyone else have hands on experience with both of these two remotes. Looking for some input.

1)Rii Touch N7http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Wirel...=5336055023-20

2)Lenovo N5902 RF Keyboard and Mouse with Backlight
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...zilla|57Y6678&

I know you posted on the guide with some info but looking for a comparison of both after a hands on experience.
post #12250 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by m_rod View Post

Assassin or anyone else have hands on experience with both of these two remotes. Looking for some input.

1)Rii Touch N7http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Wirel...=5336055023-20

2)Lenovo N5902 RF Keyboard and Mouse with Backlight
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...zilla|57Y6678&

I know you posted on the guide with some info but looking for a comparison of both after a hands on experience.

They are both good. You can get the Lenovo on sale for less than $40 when they have codes. The Lenovo doesn't have function (F1, F2, etc) keys but I don't ever use those for HTPC so I don't need them.

I have 2 of the backlit Lenovos and 1 of the non-backlit Lenovos. RF, backlit, etc for less than $40 is pretty good. Not perfect, but very good.

The Rii N7 is good as well. Just depends on what you think looks better really. I think the Lenovo looks good and does everything I need and want it to do (other than obviously also controlling my other AV gear which neither one can do).

Remember that with either remote once inside your HTPC front end program you rarely use the mouse. Its mainly left, right, etc just like a DVD menu.
post #12251 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post

Okay so I've done some vague searches that didn't turn much. I have a few questions about TV tuner cards. Do they support HD and 3D? Will I get all the channels that I pay for in my cable package and wil I be able to use the OnDemand feature? I have Verizon FiOS

HD, yes. Don't know about 3D as I do not subscribe to the 3D package. I have a Ceton InfiniTV 4.
post #12252 of 15907
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Originally Posted by amcdoc View Post

I already own mymovies. I made an htpc and used the Assassin fantastic guide to set my media browser and media center master

I have a NAS whs 2011 with a Video shared folder. \\\\server\\Videos

I noticed the media center master does not automatically add metadata to the videos.

The videos are in the format of one folder per iso file. \\\\server\\Videos\\Batman Begins

So is media center master compatabile with a network folder like this on whs 2011?

If this all gets frustrating could I simply just use mymovies for wmc?

Will i still be able to bit stream with mymovies ?

anyone comment on pros and cons would be great if either system would be most appreciated.

Your folder structure looks good for MCM. The only thing you may have to do for a few movies that return multiple results in MCM is add the year to the folder name.
post #12253 of 15907
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Originally Posted by m_rod View Post

Assassin or anyone else have hands on experience with both of these two remotes. Looking for some input.

1)Rii Touch N7http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Wirel...=5336055023-20

2)Lenovo N5902 RF Keyboard and Mouse with Backlight
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...zilla|57Y6678&

I know you posted on the guide with some info but looking for a comparison of both after a hands on experience.

Love my Lenovo for the 5% of the time I need a keyboard for PC type functions. Use my Harmony 890 95% of the time for HTPC use.
post #12254 of 15907
I got everything in today except the CPU which comes tomorrow. Time to play.
post #12255 of 15907
I'm spending an entire weekend coming up soon going through this entire thread. I want a great HTPC build, with the best bang for my buck. Great info!
post #12256 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

Love my Lenovo for the 5% of the time I need a keyboard for PC type functions. Use my Harmony 890 95% of the time for HTPC use.

Have either one of you guys been able to improve the mouse response. I'm about ready to throw mine out the window it's so aggravating. The roller ball version was ok, because if you continued rolling, the pointer would eventually get there. All I wanted was backlight so I got the 5902 only to find out they had changed to a mini soft touch pad which is not an improvement in my opinion. I'm ready to try the rii or something that works; however, it's hard to get excited about spending more money on something that works so so. FYI- I sit about 8 feet away from the pc, although I have tried moving closer and putting the receiver in the front USB without noticing any improvement.
post #12257 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Hank_the_Tank View Post

I'm spending an entire weekend coming up soon going through this entire thread. I want a great HTPC build, with the best bang for my buck. Great info!

The best bang for your buck is to buy Assassin's guides and spend a couple of hours reading those guides. Then enjoy the rest of a spring weekend doing something more productive than reading all of this thread.
post #12258 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post

Where do I mount my ssd in my nmediapc case

If the screw holes match, just mount it in one of the 3.5" drive bays. You can get a 3.5" to 2.5" adaptor tray so that it is fixed on both sides, but I found that my drive was light enough, and the chasis rigid enough to only have it mounted on one side. If the case was going to be subjected to a lot of vibration (ie driven around regularly) or the sheet metal it's mounting to is pretty flimsy then I'd put it in a tray, but otherwise I don't think it's warranted
post #12259 of 15907
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Originally Posted by kesawi View Post

If the screw holes match, just mount it in one of the 3.5" drive bays. You can get a 3.5" to 2.5" adaptor tray so that it is fixed on both sides, but I found that my drive was light enough, and the chasis rigid enough to only have it mounted on one side. If the case was going to be subjected to a lot of vibration (ie driven around regularly) or the sheet metal it's mounting to is pretty flimsy then I'd put it in a tray, but otherwise I don't think it's warranted

another use for duct tape
post #12260 of 15907
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Originally Posted by scopeyus View Post

Have either one of you guys been able to improve the mouse response. I'm about ready to throw mine out the window it's so aggravating. The roller ball version was ok, because if you continued rolling, the pointer would eventually get there. All I wanted was backlight so I got the 5902 only to find out they had changed to a mini soft touch pad which is not an improvement in my opinion. I'm ready to try the rii or something that works; however, it's hard to get excited about spending more money on something that works so so. FYI- I sit about 8 feet away from the pc, although I have tried moving closer and putting the receiver in the front USB without noticing any improvement.

Watch how you hold the keyboard as well. I've definitely noticed if I grip the whole thing (like under the keyboard) it becomes less responsive. but if i hold only the outer edges or only directly under the pad it becomes more responsive. Still a bit annoying but just something to try out.

I have both the older model (trackball) and the newer (backlite) version. Sad to say both have pro's and cons. Seems like the pro's from one are the cons i have on the other though. But i dont use them all that often so not to worried overall.
post #12261 of 15907
Thread Starter 
For less than $40 no choice is going to be perfect, imo.
post #12262 of 15907
Are the SATA cables that come with the gigbyte z68 SATA II OT SATA III .. I'm at work right now so I can't check my manuals.
post #12263 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post

Are the SATA cables that come with the gigbyte z68 SATA II OT SATA III .. I'm at work right now so I can't check my manuals.

There is no difference between a SATA II and a SATA III cable.
post #12264 of 15907
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Originally Posted by hollatbk View Post

Are the SATA cables that come with the gigbyte z68 SATA II OT SATA III .. I'm at work right now so I can't check my manuals.

They're SATA cables.
post #12265 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

They're SATA cables.

I may be wrong but I do think there is a difference in SATA cables when wanting to use a 6GB/s port and supporting drive.

My asus Z68 board came with SATA cables specifically marked for 6GB/s use.
The common cable(s) (at this time) is for 3GB/s use.
post #12266 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post

I may be wrong but I do think there is a difference in SATA cables when wanting to use a 6GB/s port and supporting drive.

My asus Z68 board came with SATA cables specifically marked for 6GB/s use.
The common cable(s) (at this time) is for 3GB/s use.

They're marked so they can be marketed.

If you go to the SeriaATA website you'll find:

9: Does SATA 6Gb/s require different connectors and cables to support the higher
transfer speed?
A9: The same cables and connectors used for current SATA 1.5 and SATA 3.0 Gb/s
implementations can be used to connect SATA 6Gb/s devices, although SATA-IO recommends
quality components be selected to ensure data integrity and robust operation at the faster SATA
6Gb/s transfer rate. Keeping the existing SATA connector form factor enables SATA 6Gb/s to
be designed into the same cost-conscious hardware architectures while minimizing
infrastructure changes.
post #12267 of 15907
I think the only limit is length which is 2meters. Otherwise any cable meeting the SATA I/O spec will work fine.
post #12268 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Lars99 View Post

They're marked so they can be marketed.

yep - now that you posted, and I have since researched the facts and it does seem marketting has grabbed a hold of me.
Thanks for the enlightenment!
post #12269 of 15907
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

What were you using to watch BDs before? Any chance it was, say, a demo version of TMT that expired?

I was just using MakeMKV to rip them to my harddrive and then using WMB. But now when I put the bluray in the drive, it says no disc. I also just installed the software that came fre with my drive, can't remember the name of the program, but it was by cyberlink, and it also says no dic is present when a bluray disc is in the drive.
post #12270 of 15907
when I try to enter the BIOS it goes straight to Q-Flash and not the main bios setup
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