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Ultimate Geek

# 29331 3-Jan-2009 16:29
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hey guys,

Am I in the right spot? I've decided its time to get my media center working as I have alot of movies and I hate having to plug my laptop in or get the dvd out of the box to plug into the TV... So I wanted to know what other people are doing.

Are you guys streaming over wifi to your ps3 using DLNA? If so what are you using? I read tversity does on the fly decoding to allow your ps3 play the correct format?

Or have you copied all your content to the internal hard drive? I only have 40gb so not a great option for me :(

And what about installing linux? I know there is a distro called yellowdog, is anyone using it?
I was thinking about getting a wireless keyboard and mouse for the ps3 also.

Alot of questions but thought I would ask here as I always get a good responce.

Cheers guys,

Toys:  iphone 4s; PS3 good times.  13inch macbook pro.   ipad 3. ï£¿ 27inch imac.   airport express & time machine. raspberry-pi running xbmc and a gopro try hard.

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Master Geek


  # 187210 3-Jan-2009 18:55
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I use tversity to convert  (if required) on the fly. PC is connected to PS3 via Cat 5e network cable. Once the PS3 recognises the media server, there is an entry on the XMB called Tversity media server. As Tversity puts pretty much anything you throw at it into a format that the PS3 can handle, you just find what you want to play under the media server entry on the xmb and away you go.

Haven't tried wireless, but have heard that it's not worth bothering with if you are doing anything with HD

Tversity recommends you switch DLNA off as it uses it's own proprietory system, but if you are using Windows Media Player (which you can do if you don't need to transcode on the fly, to get the right format), then you will need this switched on.

The Tversity setup is simple, and will walk you through all the required stuff. You should also read the specific PS3 setup instructions located here:


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Ultimate Geek

  # 187217 3-Jan-2009 19:49
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I am also using Tversity, but over wifi. It plays just about everything I have chucked at it. To be honest I haven't tried any HD content...Mainly cause with the small caps we have it's hard to justify blowing 1GB + on a 45 min show.



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Ultimate Geek

# 187233 3-Jan-2009 20:58
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you wont read about it but I thought I would fire up the ps3 to play some guitar hero and wasnt getting a responce.
Not sure if its sending a signal to the TV via HDMI, the controllers dont seem to get recongnised either. The RCA cable didnt
make a difference either. We were only playing on it the other day. A DVD movie didnt make a difference either, no sound or picture,
a little bit strange, the van is working hard so its doing something but getting any picture at all.

Bought from EB games with a 5 year warrenty so hopfully they have that on record. I hope.

Toys:  iphone 4s; PS3 good times.  13inch macbook pro.   ipad 3. ï£¿ 27inch imac.   airport express & time machine. raspberry-pi running xbmc and a gopro try hard.

T: jptocker@twitter

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Uber Geek


  # 187266 4-Jan-2009 00:18
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I would seriously consider putting a bigger hard drive in. I put in a 320gb, cost me about $150NZ.

I have ripped about 30 DVD's to the hard drive so far as well as 30gb of music and about the same of family photo's/video's.

I prefer having everything on the PS3 hard drive so I don't have to turn on the PC just to play some music or watch a movie.

I used tversity to transfer most of the DVD's before I picked up a portable 40gb drive so I use that now as it's faster.

One thing to watch though is that you have to make sure your DVD files are smaller than 4gb as the FAT32 system won't accept a file bigger than that, the other option is to split your movie into two files if it is a looooong movie and you don't want to reduce the quality too much.

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