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Old 02-04-2011, 18:57   #1
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My Ubuntu Media Server Build

I've started this thread to document my home server build. I'm currently still setting this server up on very old hardware (upload details soon) which I plan to update soon.

Current Server hardware:
AMD Athlon 900 mhz
gigabyte 7zm motheboard
320mb ram
40gig hard drive IDE
1.5Tb WD USB 2 hard drive connected via USB 1 port
geforce mx 2
PCI network card

(don't laugh, it was my old uni PC from 2001 with whatever bits i had around)

I'm no Linux expert so I've mostly been following the following guides

[Ubuntu10.10 setup] http://www.havetheknowhow.com/
(note sudo apt-get desktop-base if gnome-core is used)

[PS3 Media server install guide] http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/forum/...php?f=3&t=5589
(works not yet configured)
[PS3 Media server config] http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/forum/....php?f=3&t=254
sudo /etc/init.d/pms-linux restart/stop/start

[GNUMP3D] http://www.gnu.org/software/gnump3d/index.html
[GNUMP3D install guide] http://www.unixmen.com/linux-tutoria...r-with-gnump3d
(doesnt work with video m3u playlists. if anyone has a solution, i'd appreciate it)

[XBMC possible headless guides untested] http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=41138
[XBMC browser interface] http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=The_Web_Interface

network is:

modem
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d-link router
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hub | PS3
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belkin router | server | desktop PC


the belkin router is broadcasting wireless upstairs. network config is a bit odd as i've had trouble getting server on the same ip subnet as the PS3. dont know if it was the old router or my poor networking skills. still it works.

squeezebox hint, you need a media player like winamp pointing at http://YOURSERVERIP:9000/stream.mp3 to play music

more details coming soon

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Old 02-04-2011, 19:24   #2
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Cool stuff. I'm currently beginning a HTPC build; it'll be based around my current PC with a few upgrades, but evetually I'll build a new HTPC with spankier motherboard etc, but the older stuff will be pressed into service as a NAS almost certainly running a Linux solution of some sort, such as FreeNAS

I don't feel like forking out to Micro$oft for it! Anyway they're doing weird things with Windows Home Server at the moment
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Cool stuff. I'm currently beginning a HTPC build; it'll be based around my current PC with a few upgrades, but evetually I'll build a new HTPC with spankier motherboard etc, but the older stuff will be pressed into service as a NAS almost certainly running a Linux solution of some sort, such as FreeNAS

I don't feel like forking out to Micro$oft for it! Anyway they're doing weird things with Windows Home Server at the moment
will you be hooking your HTPC to the network or is it a straight hdmi to your home theatre?

there's certainly no need to look to windows for this sort of thing when there are solutions like freeNAS and distro's like Ubuntu

watched my first show streaming over the network from my server today. fantastic i dont need to fanny around with laptop, hard drive and cat 5 every time i want to watch a show in my living room. felt good
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It's a straight HDMI, it's all in the one room and I have no requirement to access it anywhere else, at least for now but I'll include the basics to enable that if I ever want to do it in the future. No doubt down the line I'll be wanting to stream to tablets and stuff like that!

It's all quite fascinating stuff.
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Ignore me, just did a little bit of reading up.

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I've set-up a Ubuntu server machine recently as well. After much reading around and trying things out it's working nicely but that 'havetheknowhow' guide looks to have a few bits of info on things I've yet to do - webmin and monitoring temperatures.

I've yet to read anything on there though for setting up UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) which I did as extra security, it's fairly easy to do as well.

I installed Ubuntu on a 16GB USB pen and have the media I want to stream on a 2TB Samsung F4 drive (XFS formatted).
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webmin is very handy. don't need UFW at the moment as everything is inside the network. I may put the server on an external IP at some point however, so that's good to know about.

i've added a link to a good gnump3d tutorial.

I've been having trouble with boxee which i think is down to my graphics card not being able to render the gui. have the same problem with XBMC. I should look into running them headless. don't know if this is possible yet, if anyone can link to a tutorial i'd appreciate it.
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