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Problems with my HCPC, need help with new setup...

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by janmars, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. janmars

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    Currently I have an old 1ghz AMD processor running with 256mb and an ATI 9200SE for use as a HCPC. Whilst a fairly low spec it seems to handle what it does fairly well. However lately I have been getting a lot of problems with it...so am considering using a new software setup.

    This is what I am using at the moment: myHTPC with ZoomPlayer Pro. The video files are hosted on another PC. The HTPC has a 54mbit wireless card, and pulls the video files across the network.

    With this setup though, lately I am getting long delays before the video files begin, and pausing during play back. All in all it isn't much good.

    So this is what I am thinking.

    1) Getting new HTPC software, (I would like to keep ZoomPlayer though, unless there is an equivilent player out there).

    2) I need an application on the PC upstairs that can serve the video files to the HTPC. As it currently stands, the HTPC merely access the other PC via a network mapped drive...this seems to be making things very slow.

    3) I am using Windows XP Pro. Can I somehow do a limited installation so that it boots faster and has none of the unnecessary junk.

    4) Any other suggestions you guys have...
     
  2. ReggieDaMole

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    Your bottle neck will be the network. Consider getting 2 100mb lan cards (£10-15 each) and hardwire between with cross over cable.
     
  3. janmars

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    Is that much bandwidth really needed just for divX files and the like? I am not using DVD's at all...
     
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    I abandoned WiFi for similar reasons, though I view mainly DVDs so the bandwidth needs are higher.

    For (3) you may want to look at nLite to create a cut-down XP installation CD, perhaps fine-tuning it by manually disabling some services which nLite can't remove.

    IMHO ZP isn't bettered by any other general-purpose player, if only it handled .TS files like VLC it'd be perfect.
     
  5. janmars

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    Thanks.

    Changed the WiFi for a 100mbit ethernet card...but oddly still seem to be getting the same problems.

    Oh, and that nlite is a neat program..
     

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