Plex Setup Update

3. June 2019 22:33 by Cameron in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments

I now have all of my media in one place on my HP Proliant DL380 G7. It took a few days as the library consists of over 14TB of files.

When I tried to install the Quadro P400 into the server, the system would crash on the driver installation and force the server to reboot. This would render Windows effectively bricked and I fought with this about 3-4 times before giving up on getting it to work. Plan B is to use a GTX 1050 single slot card in its place. I have a GTX 750 installed in my colo server so this should work too. The GTX 1050 has more shader units than the Quadro P400 and it is HP branded so hopefully the fan control will be softer. The memory bandwidth bus is 128bit vs 64bit too. I will need to use the driver nvenc unlock to get its full potential, but according to the attached matrix, I should be able to get 14 simultaneous transcodes. This has yet to be benchmarked by myself, but the numbers look promising. I will post an update shortly after I've had a chance to test these findings.

nVidia NVENC NVDEC Matrix.pdf (427.36 kb)

Why I bought an HD-DVD player in 2018

28. September 2018 09:15 by Cameron in Home Theater, server  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments

I recently stumbled upon a video on YouTube about adding various upgrades/addons to an Xbox 360. Among these upgrades included the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. Since HD-DVD lost the format war against  Blu-Ray back in 2008, it is considered a dead format and likely any movies on the platform are cheaper than their Blu-Ray counterpart. That's when I had the thought to purchase this drive and some HD-DVDs to expand my HD movie collection. Because the drive communicates over USB, it can be used with a PC and you can either play the discs directly or rip them to play them on your media server. I went to eBay and found a 46 movie lot with two HD-DVD drives for $60 which is a huge discount on movies.

I am now in the process of converting these movies with MakeMKV and AnyDVD HD/Clown BD. Most of the discs I've tried have worked with MakeMKV, but a few might need a different approach. I've been able to rip most of my library so far without issue, but some of the Warner Brothers titles are more difficult to rip due to their impending disc rot. Luckily, I was able to rip "A Clockwork Orange", "I am Legend", and "Constantine" so far and there doesn't appear to be any disc rot on these. I have about 10-15 more Warner Brothers titles to assess, but hopefully I can get through most of them. Disc rot is inevitable on Warner Brothers HD-DVDs so if you have any of these still, get them backed up ASAP!

I will be looking for single movies or smaller lots that don't contain Warner Brothers movies in the future. However, even if only 20-30 movies out of the 46 are good in this lot, it still is a heck of a deal on all of the movies.

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