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I've followed and loved this forum since ripping and burning my first movie eons ago.


Now I'm finally ready to move from my current setup (my "main" XP Pro machine streaming to my xbox360) to a more / less full blown / dedicated HTPC.


I've been trying to get a handle on Linux v. Windows debates around here, and leaning toward Linux to a) avoid DRM & b) use older hardware (?)


I'd like some help as right now my biggest complaint is that my XP (Media Center) machine and xbox360 often don't let me stream HD videos.


I have a few old PC boxes that I can quickly salvage and add tuner/video cards as needed.


My first Question,

- should (can) I go the way of the Linux "media server" sending HD video to the Xbox360? or buy a old xbox to run XBMC?


Second, if I go that route do I need a "good" video card in the Linux server?


Third, my issue with the "old" machine for Linux is the lack of a PCIe slot, thus I would need an AGP or PCI video card and those are becoming costly vs. top end PCIe cards. and an upgraded Mobo means CPU as well...i.e. I'm wondering if I can truly do this using "spare parts"


Thanks in advance for any help!!!
 

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Originally Posted by dabagboy /forum/post/17004596


My first Question,

- should (can) I go the way of the Linux "media server" sending HD video to the Xbox360? or buy a old xbox to run XBMC?

I know little about the original xbox or the 360, but as long as they are able to mount a SMB (Windows share) or NFS share then a Linux media server would work with them.

Even an old Pentium III 1GHz would be sufficient as a Linux network media server.

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Originally Posted by dabagboy /forum/post/17004596


Second, if I go that route do I need a "good" video card in the Linux server?


Third, my issue with the "old" machine for Linux is the lack of a PCIe slot, thus I would need an AGP or PCI video card and those are becoming costly vs. top end PCIe cards. and an upgraded Mobo means CPU as well...i.e. I'm wondering if I can truly do this using "spare parts"

Why would you need a good video card in a server? If you intend to use it purely as a server, any video card will do (even a 10 year old plain PCI card).
 

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I know little about the original xbox or the 360, but as long as they are able to mount a SMB (Windows share) or NFS share then a Linux media server would work with them.

Even an old Pentium III 1GHz would be sufficient as a Linux network media server.




Why would you need a good video card in a server? If you intend to use it purely as a server, any video card will do (even a 10 year old plain PCI card).

That's kind of why I ask, the 360 "normally" needs a Windows Media center share to stream content, and even then there are a lot of formats that it will not play/transcode.


I'm reading about uShare, but not sure if that will allow me to use the xbox360 as I intended
 
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