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Old 12-02-08, 06:56 AM   #1
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New Computing Toy

So, I've had a PC plugged into my LCD TV for a couple of years. I never really used it for anything except surfing the web. It was a single-core box, 1GB of ram... two 160GB drives on a PCI Caching RAID controller.. an internal and a USB DVD burner. Nothing special.

That machine has been handed down to my nieces, and my new box went in yesterday:

Athlon X2-5200 Dual-core Processor
2GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
2x250GB Drives in a Stripe
DVD Burner
BluRay / HD-DVD ROM Drive
Hauppauge 1800 TV Capture Card
192kHz S/PDIF 8-Channel Audio
HDCP PCI-e Video Card, One output to TV, second output to 24" LCD next to TV
Dual Gigabit NICs
Bluetooth, Multi-FLASH Reader
Mega-Quiet Case (Antec Sonata III)

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Windows XP MCE 2005
OpenOffice 3
Firefox 3
Pinnacle Studio 11
Roxio 10
NVidia PureDecoder
AnyDVD HD
CloneDVD
MP3tag
WinAMP
LameENC
DVD Shrink

I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but I am eagerly looking forward to filling up my server with my BluRay, HD-DVD, and DVD collection.

One thing I'd also like to know is if Windows can bond two Ethernet ports. My switch supports it, and I have two Gigabit NICs in my server bonded to it. Hmm...
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Old 12-02-08, 07:43 AM   #2
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I hope you built that.....

How much did you spend on that?

And XP can bond 2 ethernet ports, just everything in the loop has to support it as well.
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Old 12-02-08, 09:12 AM   #3
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Of course I built it I dunno exactly how much I spent on everything. A lot of it has been laying around for a while.

When you say "everything in the loop must support it as well," what are you talking about? 802.3ad is what it is right? It's a layer-2 protocol that should be invisible to everything above the MAC layer.
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Just that your router/switch needs to be able to do it.
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Well yeah, that was stated in the original post... still trying to figure out where the "loop" is... heh..
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It's funny how I used to be so into computers and hardware, etc. I built my own computers just for the fun of it, and to learn more about it. Now I find it mostly boring.
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It's funny how I used to be so into computers and hardware, etc. I built my own computers just for the fun of it, and to learn more about it. Now I find it mostly boring.
This is where I am, too. But I still read a lot to keep up.

Heck, I even recently told my dad to buy a budget box from BBY rather than me building him one--he just needs the bare basics anyway, and in that regard it's cheaper to buy than build.

Even my own machine is 3+ years old, single core, 7xxx nVidia, etc and it suits me more than fine! I am even using dual CRT monitors, different sizes! Can't justify the dreamy 24" LCD I want, though...
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It's funny how I used to be so into computers and hardware, etc. I built my own computers just for the fun of it, and to learn more about it. Now I find it mostly boring.
Very boring. It has been boring since the mid 90's when pnp started coming into fruition more and more. PC repair and building was actually a good skill to have when you needed to know how to program cards for their correct IRQ settings and you had to manually set the jumpers to tell it how much ram and cpu speed to use.

But like everything, it has become easier. PC techs are now more replacement techs than skilled geeks. Unless the are actually troubleshooting to the silkscreening
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But like everything, it has become easier. PC techs are now more replacement techs than skilled geeks. Unless the are actually troubleshooting to the silkscreening
Huh? How would a problem with the silkscreen cause a functional problem?

hhaha j/k..
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...PC plugged into my LCD TV...

2x250GB Drives in a Stripe...

...filling up my server with my BluRay, HD-DVD, and DVD collection.
Nice toy... but you gonna run out of disk space real soon is you are doing full HighDef. I've a similar setup with the same disk space and I'm already running out. Good news is that terra-sized disks are cheap now at 99 bucks, and the movie storage doesn't have to be on the stripe. Here's my setup (waiting for the wall mount):

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Nice toy... but you gonna run out of disk space real soon is you are doing full HighDef. I've a similar setup with the same disk space and I'm already running out. Good news is that terra-sized disks are cheap now at 99 bucks, and the movie storage doesn't have to be on the stripe. Here's my setup (waiting for the wall mount):
Why am I going to run out of disk space real soon? (Hint: if you actually read my OP, you will know the answer to this question)

edit: Okay, now I am pissed. I already got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but this is the Nth post I've had to read this morning by someone who obviously didn't pay any attention to the context. It should have been plainly obvious that I am not storing things on the media PC. I mentioned the server more than once, and my last comment about network interface aggregation in windows, because MY SERVER HAS A DOUBLE PIPE, should have driven the point home.

You even quoted the pertinent parts!! What the hell?

I know this is Foo, but jesus, there's simply no excuse for this kind of ignorance.
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Why am I going to run out of disk space real soon? (Hint: if you actually read my OP, you will know the answer to this question)

edit: Okay, now I am pissed. I already got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but this is the Nth post I've had to read this morning by someone who obviously didn't pay any attention to the context. It should have been plainly obvious that I am not storing things on the media PC. I mentioned the server more than once, and my last comment about network interface aggregation in windows, because MY SERVER HAS A DOUBLE PIPE, should have driven the point home.

You even quoted the pertinent parts!! What the hell?

I know this is Foo, but jesus, there's simply no excuse for this kind of ignorance.
Eeeeasssy there partner.

I would have said the same thing - I might be missing something and I reread it twice but didn't see the specs of your server. The only space I see talked about is 2x250 Gigs on the media box - which would fill up if you were using that as storage. The server was mentioned but wasn't the main focal point of your post - that would have been an easy point to miss.

I think we all tend to skim/read quickly to catch up on what's happening at times - I know there have been many posts that I was asking about one thing but because of how I wrote it people responded to something different. When that happens it's typically the way I phrased it that's the issue.
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What's the specs on the "server"? I don't see it listed anywhere above and I doubt you'd saturate a single gigabit NIC with only two drives anyway.

For my video storage, I'm installing a 15TB EVA5000 (98 drives) with twin Emulex 2gb FC2408 HBAs. Then again, the EVA can only pump out 850-950 MBps anyway. I might upgrade all the 10000rpm drives to 15000rpms.
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Yeah...that'll do it.
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