assuming I can get this thing to work, it will be the best thing I've gotten my hands on since the original Playstation!
At any rate, I don't know much about linux and what little I do know is limited to linux distro with GUI, but I'll make a sincere effort to get this thing working. I will, however, require some assistance, but by the looks of things, that shouldn't be too hard to get.About my hardware:
I recently became the proud owner of a BlackArmor® NAS 220 2TB http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/blackarmor/blackarmor_nas_220/
, hoping it would allow me to have access to my media (music and video mainly) without having my computer running 24/7. Not that this is a problem, but y'know... if it goes down and I need new parts or I want to upgrade...About my media:
I've been an on/off fan of the PS3 media server. Had mixed results with on-the-fly-transcoding, so I've pretty much given up on that and rather convert the things I really want to save (there's a lot of junk out there and you know it). The bulk of my videos comes from anime in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to anime, *.MKV is the name of the game, 8 out of 10 at the very least. Dual audio and multiple subtitle tracks are not unheard of. With no fixed "standard" for format, codecs or what have you, it is my experience that I can get it to work for some, but not for all files. Also, later shows comes often in HD of some kind and then there's the new favorite; the bluray rip-offs.
Originally I hoped the media server functionality on the NAS would suffice, right out of the box, but that was not the case. Several formats are either not listed, listed as unsupported format (though they work fine from a USB stick straight into the PS3) or they give a weird network error when I start them. Music is not an issue, as all my music is in *.MP3 format.About my needs:
I'd like to give this application a try. Even if it doesn't work (for whatever reason), I can always fall back to use the NAS as storage and map up folder structure on the PS3MS running on my PC. So if I may ask a few questions to clarify some minor details:
1. the installation of this server software will delete all data already on the disc?
2. my NAS and PC find and talk to each other fine - I assume I install the software from my computer, over the network?
3. given my hardware, what is best to use, 64 or 32 bit? (figured 32, since transcoding isn't going to be an issue)
4. currently my NAS is set with RAID 1 - should this be changed before I do anything, or will the software take care of that for me?
5. as I understand it, there are two 1 TB discs inside, will I be able to use both discs or do I have to install 1 server per disc?
I apologize for the lack of info about my NAS, but that was all that I could dig up. The documentation that came with the installer disc is the same as found on the site.
Thank you very much for your assistance.