Thinking of alternatives to having a media PC

Discussion in 'Tech' started by ThatHideousStrength, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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    I was planning on building a PC. I have almost all the components except the processor. But now I'm thinking about getting a small windows notebook and hooking up external hard drive enclosures. I don't think running a PC 24/7 is good on power consumption which is why I like laptops. I currently have a Macbook but I would like to have another PC or laptop dedicated to my movies and music.

    Maybe I should just stick to a tower PC since I got this far lol.

    The whole point of the machine is for me to do .NET development, and stream audio/video to my Xbox 360.
  2. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I simply use an upconvert DVD player that plays DIVX and XVID. An Xbox 360 would really be the best way to go.

    If I had to buy right now I'd probably get a Blu Ray player that also streamed NetFlix. The Xbox 360 does the NetFlix bit but obviously not Blu Ray.
  3. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I have my 24/7 pc that is a Celeron 2.2C, then I have my main rig that is a E7300 with 2gigs DDR, 9800GT that is hooked up to my TV. I watch TV on my main rig.
  4. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Yeah, I have a 22" LCD and watch movies on that. The wife watches the 42" plasma, I might consider a HTPC if not for that.
  5. ShabazKillaX

    ShabazKillaX I'm an F18 bro

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    I just bought the PopCorn Hour A-110. It plays basically every media file in existence, including 1080p h.264 mkv's. The menu system is lacking and it's mp3 playback is basic (no real visuals). Other than that it's great at $215.

    Welcome To Popcorn Hour
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  7. randomtask

    randomtask Chimp.

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    same as what I use.

    I was watching a video (downloaded content.) the other night and hit the square button on the remote by pure accident and found the chapter style skip thingy. Best feature I ever accidentally discovered.
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    ShabazKillaX I'm an F18 bro

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    I used the PS3 before I got the Popcorn Hour, but the lack of mkv support sucks.
  9. MSP

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    Can you stream NetFlix on the PS3? That would be the feature that would push me over the edge to buy one.
  10. Tacdriver

    Tacdriver Junior Member

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    James K Administrator Staff Member

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    I use PS3 + PS3 media server. Plays everything including my MKVs with subs. Only thing that sucks is I have to be connected to my PC but since it's always on it's not really a bother.
  12. Bran-Damage

    Bran-Damage New Member

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    I agree, the PS3 media center is WAY better than the XBOX360/Microsoft Media Center combo. PS3 you can go on the internet through a browser, xbox you cannot do this... well at least i have not found out how. And the PS3 has a better interface and it is faster. It also plays more file formats. I try to stream movies from my xbox360 using media center and it does not work, it says invalid format, but if i copy the .avi file to a usb drive and than plug that into the xbox360, the movie plays fine.
  13. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    Build a cheap, headless media server w/ a dual-core CPU, use RDP or VNC to administer it, and stream media to an MCE or PS3/Xbox 360. The PC can be tucked away in a closet or something.
  14. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I've pretty much gone to the x264/720p exclusively, no more divx or xvid.
  15. ShabazKillaX

    ShabazKillaX I'm an F18 bro

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    How did you get it to play mkvs? Are you doing transcoding with TVersity or something similar?
  16. sims

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    Can you guys recommend me some software for the PS3? this is all new to me, until I week ago I was dead set on building a HTPC, but now it seems almost pointless.

    I'm using Tversity right now, the first night it seemed great, but yesterday I was having all kinds of connection problems and I found alot of my movies that wouldn't play.
  17. Bran-Damage

    Bran-Damage New Member

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    Use the PS3 media center, it is great.
  18. James K

    James K Administrator Staff Member

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    Transcoding using the free and ridiculously easy to use PS3 Media Server. You can even turn subs off/on and other options from the ps3 itself. I've used tversity and also WMP11 and nothing works as well as ps3 media server.
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    Wedge_ Rogue One

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    Great app. Tversity transcoding never worked very well for me but that one works perfectly with no setup required.
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    Nice.

    I'll give it a try this weekend.
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    so I've tried both Tversity and PS3 Media server, and alot of my movies don't play on it? am I doing something wrong? what formats are supported?
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    I don't know shit about Tversity but I just yesterday started using the PS3 Media server and it works great. What format are the movies in that you're having a problem with? I just tried it because it plays .mkv files which is cool for HD vids. I'm a big Stargate SG1 and Atlantis geek so.....
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    PS3 Media server works like a charm. Better than WMP 11 that's for sure. Thanks for the link James.
  25. sims

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    i'm not sure what the format was, the last one I tried to watch was a IMAX movie that was 1080P, 13 gig file :p so its probably some funky format.

    I've found, atleast on Tversity, that alot of my files don't work, I trend to try and download the highest quality files I can, all the generic Divx stuff does work it seems, but alot of stuff that runs on my computer doesn't on the PS3 with either Tveristy, or PS3 Media server, though I haven;t tried all the ones that didn't work on Tversity yet.

    maybe i'll be building a HTPC after all :p