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post #15421 of 15901
Tough to get those kinds of opinions on a Friday night/ Saturday morning. Wish I could provide an answer for ya, but I'm not certain.
post #15422 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

If your avr is near a coax run (can be the verizon fios TV feed) and you use the std verizon supplied moca routers, you can buy one of the actiontec moca adaptors which will allow network access via coax. Very simple to use and IMO much more reliable than wireless.
http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-Verizon-Coaxial-Network-ECB2200V/dp/B005DIQ2OC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365129351&sr=1-2&keywords=moca+adapter
Here it is on Amazon

thanks for the response. my router is far from my avr it is located in another room. what i want to accomplish is to have it wireless maybe buying bridge network to be connected to my router.
post #15423 of 15901
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Originally Posted by eklan2 View Post

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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

If your avr is near a coax run (can be the verizon fios TV feed) and you use the std verizon supplied moca routers, you can buy one of the actiontec moca adaptors which will allow network access via coax. Very simple to use and IMO much more reliable than wireless.
http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-Verizon-Coaxial-Network-ECB2200V/dp/B005DIQ2OC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365129351&sr=1-2&keywords=moca+adapter
Here it is on Amazon

thanks for the response. my router is far from my avr it is located in another room. what i want to accomplish is to have it wireless maybe buying bridge network to be connected to my router.

What will you be trying to stream?
post #15424 of 15901
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

Tough to get those kinds of opinions on a Friday night/ Saturday morning. Wish I could provide an answer for ya, but I'm not certain.

No problem--anyways, I didn't pick up a system at the sale (picked up another 3 TB Seagate for $95, an Asus AC66U router for $80 though!) so any thoughts as far as the question would be appreciated.
post #15425 of 15901
Sweet deals!! Especially on the router. I can't find one of those for twice that price. That should suit you for a long time. Hope the pros can chime in to help you out.
post #15426 of 15901
Hey guys, anybody else having trouble accessing Assassin's guide the last couple of days. I get a 503: Server Busy error every time I try to log into the full guide. Hopefully it's just a temporary glitch (or better yet something on my end, but I've tried it through a few different PCs), because I could really use it this weekend.
post #15427 of 15901
No problems getting in just now.
post #15428 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

What will you be trying to stream?

firmware update and netflix, pandora etc.
post #15429 of 15901
Hey guys,

I have a NAS (Synology 1512+) and a 3D projector (EPSON EH-TW6000W). To watch movies I use my notebook which is connected to an AV receiver.
Last week I bought a mobo and CPU because it was really cheap and decided to build my first HTPC.

I want to use the following parts:

1. Asus P8Z77-M Pro (already have)
2. Intel Core i5 3570K (already have)
3. G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit (4GB or 8GB don't make much difference in price)
4. Samsung 840 Series Pro 128GB SSD
5. Streacom FC5 Evo Black Chassis
6. Optiarc BD-5850H
7. Streacom 150W Fanless Adapter+24PIN DC

The CPU has 77W TDP so I'm not sure whether I made a good choice of the Streacom FC5 case. On their website I red that it's possible to use a CPU with TDP of 95W but I'm still not sure. Anyone has experience with it?

Is there a good (cheaper) alternative for Optiarc BD-5850H? I'm not planning to burn Blu-rays, it's only to watch movies.

The Streacom PSU costs €82, seems expensive. I've heard that there are bad quality adapters so I don't know which to choose.

Any thoughts about this setup would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by roman_gp - 4/9/13 at 11:11pm
post #15430 of 15901
Can someone help me with an XBMC TVDB naming convention question? I bought The Bible on Blu-ray. TVDB lists the series as having 5 episodes. However, in reality there were 10 episodes that were 1 hour each that were aired back to back. So when I ripped my blu-rays, I came up with 10 files. I'm trying to get 2 files to show up as 1 episode or 1 episode and 2 parts in XBMC.

I started with the first Episode Genesis (E01). I named the 2 parts The Bible.S01.E01.1.ext and The Bible.S01.E01a.ext as described in the naming convention wiki on XBMC. Both when the file is scrapped, there were 2 entries in XBMC but they both pointed to PART 2 of episode 1. So I was unable to start at the beginning of the episode.

name.s01e01.1.ext
name.s01e01a.ext


If anyone can help me out I'd appreciate it. I'm super annoyed by this. I'm watching them on the Blu-ray Discs now and it's rought skipping past FBI warnings and such on a 2006 blu-ray player which is really slow.
post #15431 of 15901
Molex reconfiguration...

I had a problem with my Ceton, they graciously took it back and fixed it, however, over the course of the year I've been using it whenever I checked temps they were in the mid 50's so I've decided to try and lower the temp in the box a bit. I went into that AS Rock BIOS utility (I have a Z68 pro 3 M - I dig that BIOS UI w/o restart) and tinkered with the various fan settings/target temps.... lowered the CPU temp to 48 and now that fan is quite audible whenever anything is happening on the box... so that is definitely changing back....

So I ordered one of these:
www.amazon.com/Antec-Cyclone-Blower-Expansion-Cooling/dp/B000051299/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

And I'd also like to reverse my molex settings back to 12(?) from 7(?) or whatever. I got this config somewhere from Assassin but can't find it for the life of me. Does anyone remember where that is?.. The Molex configuration diagram? I found one on you tube, but, the dude is not convincing that he knows what he is talking about.
post #15432 of 15901
Thread Starter 
Its in my faq located at my blog.
post #15433 of 15901

Also still in post #3.

post #15434 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Its in my faq located at my blog.

Oh, yes, I've located it, thank you... again.
post #15435 of 15901
Bulding server, was looking at Intel Core i5-3450 , based on http://www.assassinserver.com/

But,
i am finding the Intel Core i5-3470 the same price.

Any reason not to go for the Intel Core i5-3470 ?
post #15436 of 15901
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Originally Posted by JL-F1 View Post

Bulding server, was looking at Intel Core i5-3450 , based on http://www.assassinserver.com/

But,
i am finding the Intel Core i5-3470 the same price.

Any reason not to go for the Intel Core i5-3470 ?

http://ark.intel.com/compare/68316,65511

I'm surprised the 3470 isn't ~10$ more but even on Intel's spec sheets they are the same price. The 3470 isn't missing anything the 3450 has and it's faster and has more features. I'd say there is no reason to get the 3450.
post #15437 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by itznfb View Post

http://ark.intel.com/compare/68316,65511

I'm surprised the 3470 isn't ~10$ more but even on Intel's spec sheets they are the same price. The 3470 isn't missing anything the 3450 has and it's faster and has more features. I'd say there is no reason to get the 3450.

Agreed.
post #15438 of 15901

AMAZING FREE SOFTWARE!

Equalizer APO

 

If you have an HTPC and at least a passing familiarity with Room EQ Wizard (http://www.hometheatershack.com/roomeq/), then you MUST get this program:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/

It is a software parametric equalizer (think Audyssey, MCACC, etc.)!

Documentation here: http://sourceforge.net/p/equalizerapo/wiki/Documentation/

 

Please bear in mind that REW has a very steep learning curve. If you don't already have REW measurements, this program is not for you.

But if you do, your simple/beginner HTPC will be the equal of some extremely expensive receivers.

 

Michael

post #15439 of 15901
Hello.

Assassin, I've recently completed my FlexRaid server (thanks to your guide), but as I'm using it, I've some question regarding different topics.

1) I've a movie trilogy in my collection, and want to use MCM's (Media Center Master) Collection function to display them together when I'm using Media Browser. But, as far as I know, the movie files must be placed inside the folder I designate as the collections one. Example: Trilogy ABC must contain A, B and C media files.

The problem I have is that movie A and B are located in a different drive than movie C. And both HDs only have 5-10GB left. Since the movies range from 20-30GB, I can't simply move C to A and B drive.

If I stop Storage Pooling and move the C to the other drive should be ok? Even if this is ok, I think the best solution would be manually moving the files between drives. But I don't know how to do this, as when I stop Storage Pooling, the drives that are pooled don't appear in the computer. How can I make them appear?

2) I've bought a BD season from a TV series I like, ripped it, and also remuxed to mkv. I want to add it to the Series drive I have, but again, I can't access the HD when the Storage Pooling is turned off.

It's the same question as the first, but a different situation: how can I access the HD to manually add the season?

Note: I'm using MCM to organize my series as well, and I want to keep the folder structure it's needed for it to fetch data from the to-be-added season.


As I'm new to this, I might be overcomplicating this. If so, what am I missing? rolleyes.gif
I hope you, and who else can help me, can understand what I wrote (not my native language).


Best regards.
post #15440 of 15901
Flexraid is a little untidy when you stop the pooling in that it leaves your drives with no drive letters. You will need to assign drive letters in system manager yourself.

To do this right click on "computer" icon and select drive management. Right click on one of your drives and select the option to assign a drive letter.

David
post #15441 of 15901
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Originally Posted by DavidT99 View Post

Flexraid is a little untidy when you stop the pooling in that it leaves your drives with no drive letters. You will need to assign drive letters in system manager yourself.

To do this right click on "computer" icon and select drive management. Right click on one of your drives and select the option to assign a drive letter.

David

Thanks, David.

Just to be sure: I already assigned a letter to them when I first plugged them, so, now, I need to assign it again?

Thank you.
post #15442 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mrfury View Post

Thanks, David.

Just to be sure: I already assigned a letter to them when I first plugged them, so, now, I need to assign it again?

Thank you.

Yes because Flexraid unassigns them.

David
post #15443 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Eldar3333 View Post

Quick question--I may be able to get an Asus P5E mb (intel X38 chipset, 6 sata 2 ports) and e8400 cpu from my brother who's upgrading--would that make a decent server (mkv rips and other media--don't think it'll need to transcode)? Otherwise I was looking at Assassin's lower end recommendations from the server guide (great resource!)--thanks!
....

Thought I'd ask again if this would work well as a server, plus just some feedback on where my thoughts are as far as my setup:
-I have 2, 3TB drives, plus a 640GB drive; I think I have another smaller drive that I can use for the OS, so I have 3 data drives to start
-the 640GB drive currently has Win XP on it and is in an old Dell Dimension 4600 (3 ghz P4, intel 865PE chipset)--I thought about using this for a server, but I think I only have 2 sata ports and I doubt the 3TB drives would be recognized properly.
-As far as media, we have about 100 dvds, 30 blu-rays (to be ripped), maybe 50GB in mp3s/wma files, video files taken with our Canon cameras (maybe another 50-100GB?, and will grow), 100+GB of pictures (jpg and raw, and *definitely* will grow), plus misc documents
-I'd like to keep pretty much everything on the one server, doing optical back-ups of stuff of value (personal pictures, docs, videos)
-I think Assassin has sold me on Flexraid through his server guide, but I'm also looking at Snapraid (because of cost)
-I'm thinking of running the server on Linux, again, because of cost and space required (at least I'm assuming I can save some space--might be mistaken). I've tinkered a bit with Linux some years ago, so I'm not uncomfortable going that way, though I know if you have problems you can get lost for a while.
-It seems like a snapshot raid setup would be best for most of our media, but we'd be best to exclude documents that we edit regularly.

Anyways, I appreciate any thoughts/feedback.

And again the guides are a great resource! I was going through the XBMC guide yesterday and found the plug-in to get live sport streaming--was really surprised how easily it was to set up, and that it worked in Canada. smile.gif I wouldn't have had a clue the option was out there if it weren't for the guide.
post #15444 of 15901
I'm having a problem with WMC program guide. In the guide channel 7.1 (ABC here in Chicago) is showing "no data available." I have tried changing the zip code but it did not help. We never watch live TV and only discovered it when my wife realized a show wasn't being recorded. Everything else works fine.
post #15445 of 15901
You could try to enter it in manually. Go to antennaweb.org and start the antenna selection wizard, once the map appears click on the channel for all of the necessary details. You can also try another zip code in WMC that is just opposite (180 degrees from) your location and the tower. Use the antennaweb map to find this out. Try to pick a location about 20 miles or so on the opposite side of the tower.
post #15446 of 15901
Nethawk - I'm dim. What do you mean enter it manually?

I will try another zip code again. I can't really go 180 degrees and that would be in lake Michigan so I'll just use the far south side of the city.

To be clear I receive the signal for the channel, just not the program data so shows aren't getting recorded. I could set up manual recordings but that isn't a great solution.
post #15447 of 15901
Nevermind. I changed the zip again to one further away and I got channel 7.1. I lost several others but they are channels I don't watch so I'm leaving it.
post #15448 of 15901
You can add missing channels in the Settings/TV/Guide screen. It will ask you for both channel number and frequency. You could have entered your missing channel manually with the correct frequency and the tuner would probably have locked on, but guide information is missing. You can work around this too by editing the specific channel listing. It's not pretty but it works.

Glad you got it working. Finding a zipcode without the bad channel is the easiest fix. It appears as though zap2it will occasionally get the frequency (RF channel) wrong for some channels and zipcodes. If I had to guess I'd say they have an indexing issue.
post #15449 of 15901
Hey guys was wondering if this system would be adequate as an htpc (don't want to build my own):

Alienware X51 System Details
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i3-3220 Processor (3.3GHz, 3M)
Windows 8, Dell Outlet Alienware X51 Desktop
1TB 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache, 6 GB DDR3 Memory (1X2G/1X4G), 1333MHz
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW), 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 640

With their current deals I can buy it for close to what I can build it. This one runs about $450
post #15450 of 15901
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Hey guys was wondering if this system would be adequate as an htpc (don't want to build my own):
Probably don't need the video card and Win 8 has to be pro or better and you need to purchase Media Center (assuming you want to use MCE).
EDIT: Can you still get it with Win7?
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