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blundakat



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: media server Reply with quote

Hello

I am playing with the idea of using an old PC as a media server. The main thing I'm concerned about is power consumption, its an old Pentium D processor. I realize it will be running 24/7 but using up electricity while its not being used seems a little waste of money. I was just wondering if anyone can recommend a distro/package which is particularly good at power management?

Any advise would be much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every modern distro has proper power management these days. But you could run some seti@home or similar project on that machine. On a Pentium D you're not gonna get many points quickly though Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what you mean by media server.
Do you want TV, or just music, video and pics?
It is possible to use a headless box, and even power down to S3 sleep mode at set times of day, or use wake on lan, if the box supports it..

If you want TV, MythTV is the best choice, especially Mythbuntu.
If you don't, check out XBMC or subsonic
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would suggest MediaTomb

Works well for me and streams nicely to iPhone, Android and my LG TV.

Web based management, too, so suitable for headless deployment.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyBaxman wrote:
Would suggest MediaTomb

Works well for me and streams nicely to iPhone, Android and my LG TV.

Web based management, too, so suitable for headless deployment.


Works well with PS3
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blundakat



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TV is not a must, certainly not just yet anyway.

I would like to be able to torrent on the box as well

Thanks for your help guys!

EDIT: headless deployment is also important
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