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I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« on: September 30, 2007, 05:38:45 am »
Hi all...
First time poster here.
I am currently a Media Portal user who is in need of a more stable solution.

I am thinking of trying LMCE, but i need these answered first :

1 - I have a Windows Home Server PC running as a NAS which only needs to be on about 2 hrs per day. Within MP  ( media portal ) i can WOL this NAS. Can this be done from within LMCE ?

2 - How are people cataloging their DVD TV Series Box Sets ?  I have 6 different DVD series box sets all ripped to my NAS in Divx format which i would like to catalog in this way :  Series -->  Season --> Episode.  Is this doable ? Or something similar...

3 - If i have a PC as a Media Director in the lounge room setup to network boot, does it still require a hard drive ?


thank you.  :-)
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Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007, 06:59:19 am »
Hi all...
First time poster here.
I am currently a Media Portal user who is in need of a more stable solution.

I am thinking of trying LMCE, but i need these answered first :

1 - I have a Windows Home Server PC running as a NAS which only needs to be on about 2 hrs per day. Within MP  ( media portal ) i can WOL this NAS. Can this be done from within LMCE ?

2 - How are people cataloging their DVD TV Series Box Sets ?  I have 6 different DVD series box sets all ripped to my NAS in Divx format which i would like to catalog in this way :  Series -->  Season --> Episode.  Is this doable ? Or something similar...

3 - If i have a PC as a Media Director in the lounge room setup to network boot, does it still require a hard drive ?


thank you.  :-)


Hi,

Taking your questions in order;

1. Yes lmce supports WOL... but not as far as I know for NAS's (someone correct me if I am wrong). However I am sure this could be added.

2. You could certainly store your DVD in the directory structure you suggest and by using the Orbiters Media Browser filter by file you could browse using this structure as well. In database mode the Orbiters Media Browser presents content according to attribute searched on and not the physical location of the content ie show me DVD's by name & Genre etc.

3. All our Media Directors boot up from the Core/Hybrid over the network - they have processor, 512mb RAM and optionally an optical drive for playing physical discs locally. You do not need an HD in your MD's (but you can use one if you do as additional network storage).

Hope the above is of help

Andrew
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Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007, 07:19:04 am »
Thanks for your help Andrew.

Could you elaborate on the WOL issue ?  My NAS can be woken up from an OFF state. Quite a neat feature actually.  Right now, i have MP wake the NAS when needed.  Once the NAS has booted, i can then access my network shares.

I have to power down the NAS because windows home server cannot be placed into standby or hibernate.
Also, for reasons i don't want to get into, i need to stick with WHS .

btw..   i know nothing about linux at all...    this is all new to me.


thanks again..  :-)

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Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007, 09:09:58 am »
Thanks for your help Andrew.

Could you elaborate on the WOL issue ?  My NAS can be woken up from an OFF state. Quite a neat feature actually.  Right now, i have MP wake the NAS when needed.  Once the NAS has booted, i can then access my network shares.

I have to power down the NAS because windows home server cannot be placed into standby or hibernate.
Also, for reasons i don't want to get into, i need to stick with WHS .

btw..   i know nothing about linux at all...    this is all new to me.


thanks again..  :-)


Hi,

Well lmce uses WOL to wake up MD's so inherently the capability is already there. However I am not sure that a NAS can be controlled this way as i think lmce assumes that a NAS will be on all the time. I will check this though with one of the guys at work on Monday and let you know.
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Re: I want to switch over, but have a few questions..
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007, 09:38:46 am »
no problem....    thanks again Andrew.  :-)