Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by Sebastalona, Apr 2, 2013.
It's like a mini What If
Does anyone here have a Chromcast an d can tell me if i can use it via my PC? all i can see online is you either need a Tablet, Phone or Laptop...
so i would have thought in theory a PC also but i guess i would require a Wireless card
Yes you can stream via the chrome browser, by downloading an extension. Doesn't work on everything, for example i can't stream netflix when running hola to my tv, but i can stream the uk version of netflix fine. It is streamed via your home network, so as long as you have a wireless router it will be fine.
I am not 100% sure if a tablet or the like is needed for first time setup, or if that can be done via the chrome browser as well, as i have only ever set it up via my nexus 7.
Great little piece of kit tho, especially considering it can be got for £25 or so, including £5 of google play credit.
Found one of Hotukdeals for £18.99!
But looking into it its not really what I'm after! well i think im still not sure
I'm wanting a device i can plug into my TV and stream content from my PC not the internet
Is it movies/TV shows you have downloaded and are stored on the PC you want to stream?
Yes mate! But i want the device to be small and good quality like the Chromecast
Have you thought of a pi running xbmc or buy a roku?
I brought a pi and a usb harddrive with me on holidays, Had it plunged into the apartments tv and enjoyed some film in the evenings.
I have a HDD i just dont like leaving it left in my TV also its the fact i have to plug it back into my PC to add new content
ill just set me TV up onto the Network i think and just do it via that
I think Plex media server would be your best bet mate. Install this on your PC, and then buy something like a Roku 3 media player to connect to your TV to stream your content.
Plex - Plex Media Server: Your Media on all of Your Devices - Plex.tv
Roku 3 HD Streaming Player: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
Plex App Interface Running On A Roku 3Watch this video on YouTube
Plex is very easy to set up, you basically just point it to where your media is stored on your PC, and it then adds metadata and artwork etc.
There is also the free Plex app so you can play on your phone / tablet etc.
I'm running plex on my server and there is a native app on my samsung smart tv. Plex is great.
I have a sammy smart so i should be able to grab an app also?
Yes you should be able to find it on the smart tv app store.
Hunting for it now!
Got a job to upgrade a 2010 Macbook Pro:
Remove 320Gb HD, insert 512Gb SSD
Remove internal Optical drive, install to usb caddy
Install 1TB laptop drive in caddy into optical drive bay
Upgrade 4Gb RAM to 8Gb.
Fresh Mavericks Install
Kit List (RAM and SSD checked through Crucials website for compatibility)
Ram memory upgrades 8GB kit (4GBx2) DDR3 PC3 8500 1066MHz for your 2009 / 2010 Apple Macbook Pro & iMac: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 512GB MX100 SATA 2.5 Inch 7mm SSD Includes 9.5mm Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Caddy for Apple Macbook Pro 2nd HDD Hard Drive Caddy Module Tray SATA New UK RM | eBay
Slot in USB SATA External DVD±RW Drive Case Caddy F Apple MacBook Pro SuperDrive | eBay
Samsung M8 1TB 2.5" 9.5mm SATA 6Gps Internal Hard Drive -PS3/PS4 Compatible: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Followed these instructions.
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Hard Drive Replacement - iFixit
As you can see, fluff builds up (all along the top) under the case through the air vents, so this was all cleaned up with my IT paintbrush.
The Hard drive was replaced nice and easy, so now to the next step, removing the optical drive.
Optical Drive replacement
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Optical Drive Replacement - iFixit
This is the fiddly bit. Removing the tiny connections in the boxes - the red boxes show the connections already removed, the blue one is yet to be done. They dont all come off in the same way either so its very gently gently through the whole process.
Once done, the drive is removed ready to put the HD caddy back in. A Samsung 1TB laptop drive is used in this instance.
The Ram was changed while I was in there as well, upgrading from 4Gb to 8Gb - this model cannot take 16Gb. Overall, it took a couple of hours (my first time plus I was being careful and taking pictures) and there are some REALLY fiddly bits, its like playing operation with boxing gloves on. Once it was all done, I put a couple of screws in the back plate rather than the whole lot (just in case I had to remove them all if I made a fail) and then onto that moment when you press the power button....
...which all came on without a hitch. Booted off a Mavericks installation USB and begun the installtion process, only to get a tad confused when the only available drive to install Mavericks on was the USB of Mavericks. A quick Disk Utility check to find both the SSD and the 1Tb were there and showing correctly. So I erased them both to create partitions and once back to the Mavericks installation, huzzah, both were present and I started the OS instalation to the SSD.
The external drive for the optical unit was a little cheap, and so the drive does not fit correctly unless it is upside down - the bottom of the caddy needs padding. Apple also has the internal drive hardcoded for DVD Player, so you have to edit the DVD drive file so that it looks for an external drive rather than an internal one. Following these instructions made it all work correctly.
How To: Get your external Super Drive working in Lion
...and then the missus comes in and complains about the mess all over the floor rather than praise my amazing tech skills.
This Plex is great!
Nice work Theydon. I've upped the ram to 16gb in my 2011 mbp and changed the hard drive to a ssd but not had a go at the optibay as yet.
If you have the app it's real easy to get plex all setup,
I have my server recording tv then renaming the files and plex imports them, I also have ripped my dvd's and music to the server.
My wife can then access them all using a nice netflicks style UI from the smart tv in a similar way she uses iplayer. She has always hated my tech but is loving my new plex setup.
WAF is unbelievably high!
Just make sure you follow the naming conventions for tv shows as it will make scraping the info a breeze.
Some shows it wont pick up, where can i find the naming conventions?
I use this for TV shows: Awesome Simple Best TV and Movie Show Renamer .....with Episode Titles!
..or scrape info with IVI on my MBP.
Thanks for all the help chaps! Working like a charm Made my day haha
PC Gaming section PREVENTS member spending money!
Got to be a first!
Glad it's all working for you mate!
iVI Pro is superb!
I use that too. Also take a look at Online TV Database - An open directory of television shows for HTPC software
He hasnt got a dedicated server to house his media yet
I forgot, there's always an angle!
Yep, Pro - should have mentioned that, bought from them direct, not through the app store as it does not intergrate in iTunes (not that I use iTunes)
I'm locked in with Apple mate, so whenever my download hits, it converts and exports to iTunes automatically.
We can't let him buy a gen 7 hp mircoserver as it doesn't have a good enough cpu for transcoding so we will have to spec a custom server!
I'm using mcebuddy to rename my files. Still need some tweaking to get it correct but i should do the job.
I'm happy with my extra TB HDD's in my RIG
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