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post #14821 of 15907
There is going to be an xbox under the tree this year and I have only briefly messed with it but couldn't get .mkv to stream to it with any reliability. I looked through the guides and didn't see anything about the xbox but I just want to make sure there isn't one. If there isn't then I will take my questions elsewhere instead of taking this on a tangent.

Thanks
post #14822 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

There is going to be an xbox under the tree this year and I have only briefly messed with it but couldn't get .mkv to stream to it with any reliability. I looked through the guides and didn't see anything about the xbox but I just want to make sure there isn't one. If there isn't then I will take my questions elsewhere instead of taking this on a tangent.
Thanks

Not there for a reason. The XBox is not a good device to play MKVs and I don't recommend it.
post #14823 of 15907
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Originally Posted by BucksWin View Post

decided to try to cut out Time Warner's bill for internet, DVR and cable service

Unless you know something a lot of people don't, you're probably going to want to keep internet. Are you one of the grandfathered unlimited Verizon users?
post #14824 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Karyk View Post

I have an older HTPC which I might want to upgrade from a 210, and which doesn't sleep with ATI cards (or at least the one I tried).
The numbering system used by video card manufacturers is maddening.
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Many thanks. I feel much better knowing that. Too bad I didn't consider the "audio" consequences of a "video" card.
Michael

Usually the cheapest way to go with NVIDIA was the GT 420, but right now it looks like GT 610 by zotac. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500276

Should support bitstreaming if your receiver can decode, and it's $10 after rebate
post #14825 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Not there for a reason. The XBox is not a good device to play MKVs and I don't recommend it.

Thanks. It doesn't seem like the best solution. I just figured if the box was going to be there anyway I might as well get all my content on it.
post #14826 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

Usually the cheapest way to go with NVIDIA was the GT 420, but right now it looks like GT 610 by zotac. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500276
Should support bitstreaming if your receiver can decode, and it's $10 after rebate

Should or does? Has anyone tried it?
post #14827 of 15907
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Originally Posted by duder1982 View Post

I don't have a finished basement, so I am able to go all wired. How would you recommend doing this. If I get a wired router would I run my internet to it, my server to it and then make runs to each computer and htpc.
I am still new to all this server/htpc stuff, and would like to understand how it is all wired and works. If you know were I can obtain some info or if anyone wants to take a min in another thread to explain I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks
Duder.

Get yourself a good wireless router and connect it to your modem the way you normally would then get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156251

Connect that to your router and connect all wired devices to it. This will give you the best of both worlds, a wireless network for your laptops, printers, tablets, etc and a wired subnet for streaming HD content. All devices on the whole network will be able to communicate with each other (if applicable).
post #14828 of 15907
I've just built a new HTPC, but as a nod to my household CFO, I've decided to run Win8 as an OS. (she works in tech and wanted to try out the new MS OS, so I went with 8)

I'm unable to download Media Browser, because it is built for win7, and I've got Win8.

Assassin, do you have a list of issues and solutions for people like myself who are trying to follow your guide, but are running Win8?

Thanks!
Dan Peters, Mpls, MN
post #14829 of 15907
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Originally Posted by vespadaddy View Post

I've just built a new HTPC, but as a nod to my household CFO, I've decided to run Win8 as an OS. (she works in tech and wanted to try out the new MS OS, so I went with 8)
I'm unable to download Media Browser, because it is built for win7, and I've got Win8.
Assassin, do you have a list of issues and solutions for people like myself who are trying to follow your guide, but are running Win8?
Thanks!
Dan Peters, Mpls, MN

I am not recommending Win 8 at this time as there are just too many issues right now.

Follow this thread and the link in the thread to try to get it to install. MB will likely need to be completely re-written to work in Win 8 from some things that I have read.

http://community.mediabrowser.tv/permalinks/12375/windows-8
post #14830 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

Unless you know something a lot of people don't, you're probably going to want to keep internet. Are you one of the grandfathered unlimited Verizon users?

Yeah, that wasn't clear... Switching internet to Fioptics from the local telco. For the same price, I can get 10Mbps and a little more gets up to 30!

Any ideas on the Sickbeard issue?
post #14831 of 15907
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Originally Posted by BucksWin View Post

Yeah, that wasn't clear... Switching internet to Fioptics from the local telco. For the same price, I can get 10Mbps and a little more gets up to 30!
Any ideas on the Sickbeard issue?

I don't think AVS likes talk about sickbeard around here but perhaps someone could suggest you a better forum for answers on your question.
post #14832 of 15907
I set-up sickbeard, pre-assassin using this guide http://www.howtogeek.com/72267/how-to-turn-your-computer-into-a-supercharged-tivo-with-sick-beard/. Worked well, don't know if it's any more detailed or not.
post #14833 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

There is going to be an xbox under the tree this year and I have only briefly messed with it but couldn't get .mkv to stream to it with any reliability. I looked through the guides and didn't see anything about the xbox but I just want to make sure there isn't one. If there isn't then I will take my questions elsewhere instead of taking this on a tangent.
Thanks

I play mkv's on my Xbox extender in Media Browser with no problems. You just need to know what the limitations of the Xbox are.

The biggest one is the Xbox does NOT like subtitles. When ripping your discs using MakeMKV make sure to deselect any subtitle tracks. If you are like me and already ripped all your movies with subtitles, then run the mkv's through MKVtoolNix and remove the subtitles, just leave the video and main audio track.

Then setup your Shark007 codecs per this guide: http://shark007.net/forum/Thread-Step-By-Step-Media-Browser-Xbox-360-Extender-MKV-Question-RESOLVED

I have had a lot of success with this. My HTPC is in my living room. All my other rooms are Xbox extenders I bought on Craigslist for $100.

P.S. make sure you have run all the available updates on your Xbox console.
post #14834 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Disto View Post


Should or does? Has anyone tried it?

Should.

 

ZT-60602-10L.pdf 210k .pdf file

 

Worth a try for $10.  I guess I could return it within their 30 day return period, but it would probably cost almost the same.

I expect that I'll be happy with it. I'll let you know.

Thanks for the link, D_S.

Michael

post #14835 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

I play mkv's on my Xbox extender in Media Browser with no problems. You just need to know what the limitations of the Xbox are.
The biggest one is the Xbox does NOT like subtitles. When ripping your discs using MakeMKV make sure to deselect any subtitle tracks. If you are like me and already ripped all your movies with subtitles, then run the mkv's through MKVtoolNix and remove the subtitles, just leave the video and main audio track.
Then setup your Shark007 codecs per this guide: http://shark007.net/forum/Thread-Step-By-Step-Media-Browser-Xbox-360-Extender-MKV-Question-RESOLVED
I have had a lot of success with this. My HTPC is in my living room. All my other rooms are Xbox extenders I bought on Craigslist for $100.
P.S. make sure you have run all the available updates on your Xbox console.
Thanks.

Thanks. I do have subtitles and it might not be worth it to remove them. I don't think that the xbox is fully updated because I get messages to update something but I need an xbox live account to do it. Since its a gift I didn't want to set up an account. I will mess with it some more this week.
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Originally Posted by CAL7 View Post

Question about renaming TV episodes.... I get shows from two sources: tuner wtv files fed to MCEBuddy and torrents that I send to "TheRenamer". I use custom renaming in MCEBuddy that almost always works and I setup TheRenamer to map the correct folder and naming structure. One problem is that MCEBuddy sees "Vegas" and pulls down the info for the 1970's show instead of "Vegas (2012)". Can anyone advise how to force it to recognize the correct show?


Bump to the latest version 2.3.10, under the conversion task page under advanced settings you'll see a little button next to download series details (if I remember correctly) there you can specify the TVDB Series Id for the show and force it to use that one for the task.

Keep in mind though you'll have to create a separate task for this show and setup a filter in the task name for this show and one more conversion task for all the other shows.
post #14838 of 15907
I got an Asrock A75M mobo, 8 GB 1600 G-Skill Ripjaws and an A6-3670K APU from a previous build. I saw the mobo, RAM and A6 family CPU listed in the hardware guide on the Assasin HTPC blog and I wanna built an HTPC with these parts. Will the A6-3670K suffice or do I need an A8-3850?

What are the options to play Bluray ISO and folder structure with full menus?

Will this mobo and CPU allow me to bitstream DTS MA HD and Dolby TrueHD over HDMI or will I need a separate video and audio card?
post #14839 of 15907
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Case? You don't need a case:


 
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Hehehe, that's how I built mine.
post #14840 of 15907
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Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post

Hehehe, that's how I built mine.
For a small fee I won't tell your wife that you used her table without any coasters.
post #14841 of 15907
Is the Ivy Bridge build with i3-3225 much better then the llano built with A8-3850 in speed and capabilities?
post #14842 of 15907
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Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post

Is the Ivy Bridge build with i3-3225 much better then the llano built with A8-3850 in speed and capabilities?

Better depends on your needs. One way in which the i3-3225 is "better" than the 3850 is in power consumption and heat. The A8-3850 runs a lot hotter than the i3-3225. But, if you need the additional GPU capabilities in the A8-3850 then maybe it's better for you despite the power/heat cost.

I would say though already paid for and full capable (your A6-3670K) is even better though. It'll do the things you listed no problem. You're just going to have to pay attention to cooling.
post #14843 of 15907
Can the Llano built also handle 23.976Hz. What software do I need for bluray ISO playback with full menus? Don't really like WMC.


Whats a good cooler for the CPU? I aint gonna buy a fancy low-profile case, just a small tower.
post #14844 of 15907
Assassin, I'm using WMC 7, Harmony One remote, and just bought the HP IR Receiver you suggested. I cannot get the pc to recognize the remote commands. I currently have the Harmony Device as the Windows > Windows Media Center SE. This gives me nothing. Is there a set up i am missing or another device it should be?
post #14845 of 15907
Nevermind, problem solved. My computer didn't automatically install the drivers for eHome IR receiver USB. I had to find it under device manager and manually have it installed.
post #14846 of 15907
ok looks like I will be needing some help. After messing with it I still dont have full functions such as the ability to start WMC from the desktop, go back (backspace), or other functions. Is there a simple way to more customize the controls?
post #14847 of 15907
Any recommendations for a wireless LAN card that will allow streaming of full Bluray rips. I use a ASUS RT-N66U router.
post #14848 of 15907
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Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post

Any recommendations for a wireless LAN card that will allow streaming of full Bluray rips. I use a ASUS RT-N66U router.
no.
post #14849 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

Thanks.
Thanks. I do have subtitles and it might not be worth it to remove them. I don't think that the xbox is fully updated because I get messages to update something but I need an xbox live account to do it. Since its a gift I didn't want to set up an account. I will mess with it some more this week.

I am not going to re-mux for any extender plus what about forced subs for foreign language portions of movies or even entire movies?
post #14850 of 15907
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Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post

Any recommendations for a wireless LAN card that will allow streaming of full Bluray rips. I use a ASUS RT-N66U router.
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Originally Posted by olyteddy View Post

no.


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