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Building a "music server" pc

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Bassline@ddict, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Bassline@ddict

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    Hi guys.

    i'd like to build a pc to store all my music on and be able to control via a PDA (like in the link). Only for in the room its in (so no multiroom capabilites needed).

    Basically this: (i just don't want to pay £1200-£1500 for it)

    http://www.hushtechnologies.com click on "Go to HUSH™ AVX
    Music Server"

    This will be its only function, so im guessing it does'nt have to be very high spec.

    Any idea's on what specs would be suitable(CPU,RAM,etc.)?

    Anyone know where i can find software (skins?) like whats in the first link.

    Anyone else done something like this.
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Can be done with an Xbox Which at £130 ish is pretty cheap!
    Xiva software is mutts nutts but you will pay for it!http://www.imerge.co.uk/
     
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    Just been reading some of the XIVA stuf on the web site...... what language are they speaking there ! Why can't they put things in plain English rather than this sales garbage speak ?
    For example:-

    • Re-purposes existing web content - no proprietary content creation process;
    • Close coupling of usage and personalisation data to deliver relevant and targeted entertainment.


    :confused:
     
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    Having said that, the Hush Music Server looks nice. I assume that the PDA interface is just a 2 way remote control ?
     
  5. nfordenfield

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    Can or does anyone just sell the hush case?
     
  6. GrahamC

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    No I don't think they do.
     
  7. Bassline@ddict

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    Cheers 4 reply's guys.

    Been having a look on mini-itx.com, come up with this system:

    Morex Cubid 2699R Mini-ITX Case £69.00 (ex.VAT)
    EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard £105.00 (ex.VAT)
    256MB PC133 DIMM - Major branded 10 year warranty £45.00 (ex.VAT)
    Barracuda 160GB 7200rpm Hard Drive £99.00 (ex.VAT)
    Panasonic Slimline CDRW *Special Offer** £49.00 (ex.VAT)
    Ribbon Cable IDE ATA 66/100 £3.00 (ex.VAT)
    Build and Testing of System (+1 to 3 Days) £19.00 (ex.VAT)

    SHIPPING £8.00
    SUBTOTAL £397.00
    VAT £74.03

    TOTAL £466.48

    What do you guys reckon, not a looker but i'm not that bothered bout looks (to a certain extent). I need it to run off a low power PSU cuz its gonna be pretty much "always on"

    Need some PDA interface software though any idea's?

    Hornydragon: Yeah xbox had entered my mind. cheers 4 link, those soundservers look great (shame about the price) Xiva software looks just the job, can't seem to find prices for it though.

    Steve
     
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    For that price you don't get digital audio output? :eek:
     
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    ouch. glad i got my xbox:) lol, its a shame the output isnt up to scratch with foobar2000 on my pc though:(
     
  10. hornydragon

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    Xiva is available VEDA are the reseller so contact local Veda dealer.
    PDA can also hold full tracklisting data etc and control more of the PC functions. Xiva works with Palm Zire 71 and a couple of other models of PDA.
     
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    I have 2 morex 2699 mini itx systems that are on 24/7. I am running 500mhz boards as I found the 667 got too hot in the small case without having the noisy fans running (defeating the object). I suspect that the 1000 board will create even more heat although it does have a CPU fan. I think I would consider a bigger case, maybe one of the cube ones. Also, be aware of the earthing problems with these cases. It's on the mini itx site and easy to remedy.

    One thing I would say is that the onboard audio of the 500 board is not up to much. If I were going to use one as a music server, I would get a pci sound card for the purpose.
     
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    Isnt there a program to at least power computers up and down during the awake hours?
    what is it with leaving Computers on 24/7 ? seems everyone is at it these days, (and to think there are old people dying because they cant afford to run a simple electric heater)
     
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    I 'd also like a program to auto shut down my PC running W2K. I have tried one long ago but it just didnt work, it just shut down to a 'It's now safe to shutdown your computer' screen.
     
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    Bassline take a look at this news story on Guru 3d of products being launched by Netgear

    Netgear

    sound interesting.
     
  16. Bassline@ddict

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    hornydragon: cheers4 that, i'll look into prices.

    Gazzz: cheers 4 the link.

    Stereo steve: I had originally looked @ the 600 (i think) but i read somewhere that the biggest HD it would recognise was 136g if i remember correctly (i may be wrong, have'nt got time to look now)

    GrahamC: That does look interesting, gonna have to look into that some more. Could be just the job.

    Steve
     
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    look into Mainlobby and Musiclobby PocketPC from Cinemar.com as well as JRiver's MC9. This combination of software will do what you want. If you are looking to invest money in good sound too you should also look at a RME sound card like the 9632 or 24/96 pad, do a search on here or avsforum.com for more details.

    On the hardware front I would try and avoid mini itx if you want cheap, as it can be done much better for less. Also I had some issues with getting enough power from the Cubid PSU to power the soundcard in my last Mini-itx system. My best bet would actually be an old Dell GX260 or 270 readily available at computer fairs or from EuroPC for £200-400 depending on spec. They were specifically designed to be quiet, are smallish, and I have had no problems with mine. I have also seen them used at Capital FM for around the office music.

    For extra storage I would use maxtor 250 or 300 gb external usb2/firewire drives which are now about £200.

    Dan
     
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    look into Mainlobby and Musiclobby PocketPC from Cinemar.com as well as JRiver's MC9. This combination of software will do what you want. If you are looking to invest money in good sound too you should also look at a RME sound card like the 9632 or 24/96 pad, do a search on here or avsforum.com for more details.

    Dan
     
  19. tonyb

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    You can find details about musiclobby and mainlobby here.

    Looks like you can get both bits of software in a bundle for $135.

    Think I might have to find some spare cash and get myslef one of those Dell Axim pda's.......

    Tony
     
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    If you shop around you can get a Toshiba with built in wifi for now very much now, or the new Dell which also has built in wifi.

    Dan
     

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