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Originally Posted by cyberguy34 View Post

Recently noticed that any of the HBO channels, provider FIOS, shows a "strobe" type effect while watching on the tv. It almost seems like a backlight issues, but this is only noticed on HBO no other channels. The strobe is rather fast and rather difficult to watch.
I have a HD Homerun Prime, tried watching through Quick TV, but of course can't....get a copy protection error.
Also, have the latest i3 Intel graphics driver, 8.15.10. 2761. Any ideas where to go with this?
I'm going to check on the HDPrime forums as well, but I pretty much ruled out that piece of the equation with other channels displaying just fine.
I have noticed the same effect on HBO you are referring to, and it is not limited to the HDHomeRun Prime, I have seen it on both a cable receiver and TiVo also.
post #14132 of 15907
Thread Starter 
Expanded my introduction and explanation section at my server guides tonight.

Enjoy for those that use them...

http://www.assassinserver.com/?page_id=55#guide002
post #14133 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Google the 29/59 bug. That's likely what you are seeing.
Blame HBO and/or your cable company. Some cards can bypass this and some can't.
http://experts.windows.com/w/experts_wiki/71.aspx

No, I'm aware of that issue, its the jitter or skip you notice once in awhile with the 29/59 bug. This is a actually white light strobing while watching, its now unwatchable.

I may just downgrade the intel driver and see if its still there...
post #14134 of 15907
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Originally Posted by cyberguy34 View Post

No, I'm aware of that issue, its the jitter or skip you notice once in awhile with the 29/59 bug. This is a actually white light strobing while watching, its now unwatchable.
I may just downgrade the intel driver and see if its still there...

Looks like its an HBO problem if others are noticing it with non-htpc devices as well.
post #14135 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Looks like its an HBO problem if others are noticing it with non-htpc devices as well.


I stand corrected. You may be correct on the 29/59 bug. I didn't know the "white flashing" was also a symptom of it. I only thought the stutter or skips were the 29/59 bug. This is a letdown. Hmmmm, well time to start messing with driver and configs to find a work around....
post #14136 of 15907
This post is a rambling mess, but please bear with me. Now that I've ripped a ton of media, I'm paranoid that if a hard drive crashes that I'll lose it all.

What kind of hard drives/ internal storage are you guys using? Anyone using FlexRAID? I've now ripped over 3 TB of data and I'll probably be at about 3.5 TB when I'm completely done. The thought of losing that data makes me physically ill as I've been ripping for about 10 days now and I'm not even done yet. Right now, I have 2 Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives because the reviews are decent and they are pretty cheap. But I read on slickdeals that the "power on" stats for that drive suck, that if you ran it 24/7 that it would die in 4 months. That's probably why they only have a 1 year warranty. Anyway, I'm thinking of returning them to Amazon and buying 4 Western Digital Black 2TB WD2002FAEX drives for the 5 year warranty (I don't care about the 7200 speed, I just care about the warranty and perhaps better reliability). I could use FlexRAID to spin them done when they are not in use.

Anyway, I'm just confused about how many hard drives I'd need to back up all of my data. If I have 4 TB of data (I'm probably rounding up here but better to estimate high) and I use FlexRAID, how much data space do I need to back up that 4 TB? Another 4 TB?

Also, should I ditch the Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives? Should I get Western Digital black drives (2 TB) ,WD green drives (3 TB, 3 year warranty) or red drives (3 TB provided I can find them, 3 year warranty)? So many options and all of the user reviews suck for big hard drives!
post #14137 of 15907
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Originally Posted by pbmpharmacist View Post

This post is a rambling mess, but please bear with me. Now that I've ripped a ton of media, I'm paranoid that if a hard drive crashes that I'll lose it all.
What kind of hard drives/ internal storage are you guys using? Anyone using FlexRAID? I've now ripped over 3 TB of data and I'll probably be at about 3.5 TB when I'm completely done. The thought of losing that data makes me physically ill as I've been ripping for about 10 days now and I'm not even done yet. Right now, I have 2 Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives because the reviews are decent and they are pretty cheap. But I read on slickdeals that the "power on" stats for that drive suck, that if you ran it 24/7 that it would die in 4 months. That's probably why they only have a 1 year warranty. Anyway, I'm thinking of returning them to Amazon and buying 4 Western Digital Black 2TB WD2002FAEX drives for the 5 year warranty (I don't care about the 7200 speed, I just care about the warranty and perhaps better reliability). I could use FlexRAID to spin them done when they are not in use.
Anyway, I'm just confused about how many hard drives I'd need to back up all of my data. If I have 4 TB of data (I'm probably rounding up here but better to estimate high) and I use FlexRAID, how much data space do I need to back up that 4 TB? Another 4 TB?
Also, should I ditch the Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives? Should I get Western Digital black drives (2 TB) ,WD green drives (3 TB, 3 year warranty) or red drives (3 TB provided I can find them, 3 year warranty)? So many options and all of the user reviews suck for big hard drives!
I use my internal storage 3TB drives as just sata drives & not in my RAID that way I just back up the files by coping files to that drive they only spin up when accessed
post #14138 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

I use my internal storage 3TB drives as just sata drives & not in my RAID that way I just back up the files by coping files to that drive they only spin up when accessed

My Drives aren't in RAID right now but it seemed like FlexRAID would be a great way to make sure my data was safe.
post #14139 of 15907
Hi guy, Is the AMD A6-3500 tripcore + 4gb 1333ram + A75 micro ATX mobo good enough for 3D Iso playback? I heard that you'll need HDMI 1.4a output for it, is that true ?
post #14140 of 15907
The Seagate drives are fine, you can find horror stories for any brand of drive out there. Flexraid will not keep your data safe, nothing will do that for sure. Best bet for safety, is to keep an exact copy of each of your data drives at a friends house. Flexraid is designed to give you protection for at least a single drive failure (depends on your setup). You would need one extra drive to accomplish this. So if you had 4 data drives you'd need 5 drives in Flexraid.
post #14141 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

That's a new one on me. I have limited internet access for the next few days so can't research it for you.
Thanks. Using the vssadmin command I can't list shadows, providers, writers, or volumes. I've checked the services associated with shadow copy and they are all running. I can't get microsoft support since I'm using an oem disk frown.gifmad.gif
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Originally Posted by pbmpharmacist View Post

This post is a rambling mess, but please bear with me. Now that I've ripped a ton of media, I'm paranoid that if a hard drive crashes that I'll lose it all.
What kind of hard drives/ internal storage are you guys using? Anyone using FlexRAID? I've now ripped over 3 TB of data and I'll probably be at about 3.5 TB when I'm completely done. The thought of losing that data makes me physically ill as I've been ripping for about 10 days now and I'm not even done yet. Right now, I have 2 Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives because the reviews are decent and they are pretty cheap. But I read on slickdeals that the "power on" stats for that drive suck, that if you ran it 24/7 that it would die in 4 months. That's probably why they only have a 1 year warranty. Anyway, I'm thinking of returning them to Amazon and buying 4 Western Digital Black 2TB WD2002FAEX drives for the 5 year warranty (I don't care about the 7200 speed, I just care about the warranty and perhaps better reliability). I could use FlexRAID to spin them done when they are not in use.
Anyway, I'm just confused about how many hard drives I'd need to back up all of my data. If I have 4 TB of data (I'm probably rounding up here but better to estimate high) and I use FlexRAID, how much data space do I need to back up that 4 TB? Another 4 TB?
Also, should I ditch the Seagate 3TB ST3000DM001 drives? Should I get Western Digital black drives (2 TB) ,WD green drives (3 TB, 3 year warranty) or red drives (3 TB provided I can find them, 3 year warranty)? So many options and all of the user reviews suck for big hard drives!

I have 2 of the 2TB version of those Seagrate drives. They have been on 24/7 for 11 months straight, no problems (knock on wood).
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I hate to be that guy that ask a question that probably has been asked, but I don't have the attention span to read the 472 something pages on this post. But would greatly appreciate some questions answered.

1. Assassin, If I purchase your guide do I get the guide for both servers, and htpcs.

2. Does any of your guides explain the media extenders if not could you point me to the direction of this thread were I can read up on it.

3. If I was to plan on building a media storage server, I could then just hook that up the extender and play movies, music, and pics through what ever I have it hooked to. Do the extenders support blue ray.

4. Last for now I tried reading that long @$$ thread on media server builds and once again my attention span got the best of me before I got to the point were they actually pointed out what components were needed(as I would like to build a rack mountable one for blue ray, music, pics and regular dvds). Maybe Assassin's guide explains all of this and this is why I would see it worth the low cost.


I was thinking of using xbmc as I have read good things about it, I was going to read up on the xbmc thread today to get more info.

Thanks in advance, I just feel like I have done a lot of reading in the past two days and there are just a few steps I am missing. I will be more then happy to read the post were all of this is answered if someone could point me to it(then again I can't expect anyone to memorize exactly were it is located).
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Originally Posted by duder1982 View Post

I hate to be that guy that ask a question that probably has been asked, but I don't have the attention span to read the 472 something pages on this post. But would greatly appreciate some questions answered.
1. Assassin, If I purchase your guide do I get the guide for both servers, and htpcs.
2. Does any of your guides explain the media extenders if not could you point me to the direction of this thread were I can read up on it.
3. If I was to plan on building a media storage server, I could then just hook that up the extender and play movies, music, and pics through what ever I have it hooked to. Do the extenders support blue ray.
4. Last for now I tried reading that long @$$ thread on media server builds and once again my attention span got the best of me before I got to the point were they actually pointed out what components were needed(as I would like to build a rack mountable one for blue ray, music, pics and regular dvds). Maybe Assassin's guide explains all of this and this is why I would see it worth the low cost.
I was thinking of using xbmc as I have read good things about it, I was going to read up on the xbmc thread today to get more info.
Thanks in advance, I just feel like I have done a lot of reading in the past two days and there are just a few steps I am missing. I will be more then happy to read the post were all of this is answered if someone could point me to it(then again I can't expect anyone to memorize exactly were it is located).

Good questions.

1. No, they are 2 set of guides for 2 different machines. I am in the red on the server guides (and will be for some time) and usually break even each month on the HTPC guides. I am trying to keep them advertisement free and so far have been able to do so.
2. Depends what you mean by "extender". For live TV there is only the XBox 360 currently. Otherwise building smaller HTPCs without large storage disks is roughly the same approach.
3. What do you mean by "bluray"? Bluray discs? Bluray iso? Bluray media ripped to MKV? For HTPC use I recommend ripping to MKV and yes, this would be supported.
4. I go over servers including a hardware guide in the server build guides.
post #14145 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

New Guide tonight (#128)
Power Settings for the HTPC
Any reason why you haven't included MCE Standby Tool as an option for power settings in your guide? I find it a lot easier to use than the control panel.
post #14146 of 15907
Hi All,

Took out the drive from my 3TB Buffalo HD-LBU3 External Drive and plugged it internally. The drive has data but when I booted up into Windows, it is asking me to format it.

I thought I ruined the drive but, when I reconnected it back to the External Drive SATA/USB3 board, it was recognized as a usable drive with all the data intact.

How can I make Windows recognize the drive internally? Did I miss something out?

Hope you guys can help! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by almerickso View Post

Hi All,
Took out the drive from my 3TB Buffalo HD-LBU3 External Drive and plugged it internally. The drive has data but when I booted up into Windows, it is asking me to format it.
I thought I ruined the drive but, when I reconnected it back to the External Drive SATA/USB3 board, it was recognized as a usable drive with all the data intact.
How can I make Windows recognize the drive internally? Did I miss something out?
Hope you guys can help! smile.gif

How did you format it?
post #14148 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kesawi View Post

Any reason why you haven't included MCE Standby Tool as an option for power settings in your guide? I find it a lot easier to use than the control panel.

Haven't messed with it much. To be honest specific sleep modes and their settings are an absolute nightmare as all the different manufacturers seem to do them differently.
post #14149 of 15907
The drive is formatted in NTFS and it still reads/writes fine over USB 3.0. I'm not sure if it matters but I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by almerickso View Post

The drive is formatted in NTFS and it still reads/writes fine over USB 3.0. I'm not sure if it matters but I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

Use GPT partition.
post #14151 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Use GPT partition.

GUID Partition Table? Could you please explain a bit more? I would like to be able to use the drive internally with all the data intact.
post #14152 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by almerickso View Post

GUID Partition Table? Could you please explain a bit more? I would like to be able to use the drive internally with all the data intact.

Gotcha. Now I see. Does it show up in bios?

Edit: I remember seeing this article about 3TB drives about a year ago and was able to google it for you... http://www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything_you_need_to_know_about_3tb_hard_drives.html

Edit: Since the maximum size for a NTFS partition is 2TB what I would do is to divide the drive (if possible --- you might have to move about 1TB off the drive first) into a 2tb and 1tb partition while it is still in the external case. Then move it inside the HTPC. I hope this will work but the 3TB disk may still cause you a problem as the external enclosure and its interface is compensating for this limitation.

I actually have never done this. I pop them out of the case immediately and format them inside the HTPC while empty.

Good luck.
Edited by assassin - 8/16/12 at 7:22pm
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I'm using MPC-HC as my media player, following XBMC Option 4 in the guides (ffdshow for audio, EVR for video?). I'm having a couple of problems.

1) How do I set deinterlacing with this setup? I am getting some horizontal lines that look like interlacing problems.

2) When watching in MPC-HC and I mouse over the lower portion of the window to make the scroll bar and menu buttons appear, I first just get a rectangle that looks to be portions of the video being played overlayed in scroll bar area. Eventually the scroll bar appears but it is really slow and a real pain.

Also, just tried to use Graphstudio to confirm my video renderer and it cannot open mkv files, only avi.

Thanks for any help.
post #14154 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Gotcha. Now I see. Does it show up in bios?
Edit: I remember seeing this article about 3TB drives about a year ago and was able to google it for you... http://www.pcworld.com/article/235088/everything_you_need_to_know_about_3tb_hard_drives.html
Edit: Since the maximum size for a NTFS partition is 2TB what I would do is to divide the drive (if possible --- you might have to move about 1TB off the drive first) into a 2tb and 1tb partition while it is still in the external case. Then move it inside the HTPC. I hope this will work but the 3TB disk may still cause you a problem as the external enclosure and its interface is compensating for this limitation.
I actually have never done this. I pop them out of the case immediately and format them inside the HTPC while empty.
Good luck.

Thanks for that. I remember reading this post before and completely forgot about it when I was designing my build! I guess I have to look for another drive to back up my data first.

For those of you who have the same problem and would like to just convert MBR to GUID, you can use this http://www.rodsbooks.com/gdisk/index.html

I'm not that brave lol
post #14155 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Good questions.

2. Depends what you mean by "extender". For live TV there is only the XBox 360 currently. Otherwise building smaller HTPCs without large storage disks is roughly the same approach.

Then maybe a smaller HTPC is the route, I wasn't quit sure what a extender was, was thinking it was like a HTPC but with out all the memory.

3. What do you mean by "bluray"? Bluray discs? Bluray iso? Bluray media ripped to MKV? For HTPC use I recommend ripping to MKV and yes, this would be supported.

I just want to be able to rip(or download my blu disc to the hard drive so I don't have to load the physical disc everytime) So from what I have read and what you recommend ripping to MKV is the way.

4. I go over servers including a hardware guide in the server build guides.

Then maybe I will start with a server, since I all ready have a pc that would benefit from as well. If they will be compatible.
post #14156 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rstarr View Post

I'm using MPC-HC as my media player, following XBMC Option 4 in the guides (ffdshow for audio, EVR for video?). I'm having a couple of problems.
1) How do I set deinterlacing with this setup? I am getting some horizontal lines that look like interlacing problems.
2) When watching in MPC-HC and I mouse over the lower portion of the window to make the scroll bar and menu buttons appear, I first just get a rectangle that looks to be portions of the video being played overlayed in scroll bar area. Eventually the scroll bar appears but it is really slow and a real pain.
Also, just tried to use Graphstudio to confirm my video renderer and it cannot open mkv files, only avi.
Thanks for any help.

Could these be problems associated with using DXVA with a Sandy Bridge i3 without a discrete graphics card? I am noticing that MPC-HC in general is a bit slow to respond during playback, like when exiting fullscreen. How do I disable DXVA in HPC-MC? Or should I use a different video renderer in MPC-HC?
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Hello HTPC experts! Just wanted to let you know that I followed Assassin's Hardware Guide and have purchased the following components....



I'll probably be around these parts quite a bit in the near future as I ask all kinds of questions that have already been answered in this massive 472 page thread. biggrin.gif

Just kidding. Hope I don't duplicate too much.

Next step is off to become an Assasins Member so I can read ALL the guides.

First question -

If I want to be able to stream to my Galaxy Nexus and iPad3, I should be using Plex right?

Is Plex good enough for the TV interface too, or do I want to use Mediabrowser for that?

Thanks!
post #14158 of 15907
I was not sure who to contact but everytime I try to access the guide I get this error:

503: Service Temporarily Unavailable
Too many IP addresses accessing one secure area!
Please contact Support if you need assistance.

Has been happening for the whole week now. Was able to use it before with no issues.
post #14159 of 15907
^I believe you can't log in in from multiple computers in a certain time span. not sure of the exact amounts though.
post #14160 of 15907
I have a simple request hopefully:


I purchased Assassin's HTPC guide and will be building my first HTPC some time next week. I could not locate any guides speaking about networking. Basically what I would like to do is rip/download BD movies on my existing desktop and send them to my HTPC. My HTPC will be located in my dedicated theater room and turning on the projector every time I want to work on the HTPC is a bit impractical. Any simple solution to network my existing computer and my HTPC together? Both are Windows 7 machines.
Edited by azula - 8/17/12 at 2:50pm
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