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  1. My PS 3 is another room from where my PC is. So, I don't know how well, if at all, I could set it up for a network.


    My PC is in a different room than your PC but we're still talking to each other, aren't we? ;) Run a line from your ps3 to your router or network it using the inbuilt wireless. I prefer a wired connection myself. It's a lot faster.

  2. No network? Your PS3 would make a decent media client combined with some decent software like Plex or PS3MediaServer. (Both free). There's heaps you could do with a set up like this if you wanted to. Cheap, too.


    I was hoping for more than one response. Anyhow, here goes.


    2 x desktop pc (down from 8 a few years ago)

    3 x laptops

    2 x qnap859 nas server

    1 x qnap659 nas server

    2 x xbox

    3 x ps3

    1 x psp

    2 x apple tv2

    2 x ipad

    1 x iphone

    1 x nintendo wii

    1 x nintendo ds lite

    1 x noontec media client

    1 x astone media client

    1 x wireless repeater

    1 x network printer

    3 x network switches


    and lastly (and obviously)


    a router.



    That's about it. :bag:

  3. An interesting question, is it not? The explosion of UPnP devices, mobile phones (cellphones), media servers and players, laptops, palmtops, XBoxes, PS3s, PSPs, IPads, Wii's etc in the last 10 years has been simply astonishing. All of these gadgets connect to your home network in one way or another. Adding to that list are servers, NAS units, routers, switches and hubs.


    What I'm curious about is this: How many devices do you have attached to your own network? This isn't a pissing contest to see who has the best setup. I'd like those of you who visit this forum to give an honest account of your home network.


    20 years ago home networks didn't exist.


    10 years ago a home network was a pretty rare thing. The proliferation of XBMC on the original XBOX changed the world forever IMHO.


    5 years ago most people were still asking "What's a network?"


    Today, the demand for streaming services is staggering --- which brings me back to my original question, How much crap have you got on your home network?


    If you tell me what you have, I'll do the same.

  4. oh ok. i don't have a amplifier (Surround sound you mean right)


    Nope. A digital amplifier (as the name suggests) accepts a digital audio input. It's very, very crisp and sharp. Put it this way, if your amplifier doesn't have a HDMI port, it isn't digital. It's analog.


    cool. my entertainment table it rests on has no closed doors or vents at the rear. there's not enough room to stand it upright. so it's sitting flat on its back. do you think i should get what you suggest or just get a ps3 cooler? they have both at amazon.com right?


    I have several PS3s. My slim stands upright. My phat machines sit horizontal on top of some old harddrives with one of those crappy usb fans blowing air both over the top and underneath. Probably not the most aesthetic solution but it works.


    gotcha. yeah i don't really need psn. so i'll keep it at 3.55. the main reason is for the homebrew.


    Me too. I have zero interest in copying PS3 games. I buy what I like. That said, Sony have fucked it up yet again by not giving the PS3 a decent media player. Anyone who has ever used XBMC on the original XBOX knows what I'm talking about. 8 years or so later and I still use it everyday. A brilliant, brilliant piece of software.

  5. by digital amplifier you mean like a hdtv or hdmi cable or both?


    Yes, mate. HDMI from your PS3 to your amplifier and then HDMI from your amp to your telly. At least that's how mine is set up.


    i'll have to buy a ps3 cooler thing to keep it cool.


    Well... possibly. The best way to keep it cool is to make sure it has plenty of space around it and that the hot air isn't trapped by putting it into an entertainment unit with closed doors and/or no vents at the rear. What I'd suggest is to stand it upright on it's left side. Then buy a really cheap USB hub and a crappy USB powered desk fan. (The hub gives you more slots if you need them). The fan and hub are both about $5 or something and only run when the PS3 is on.


    i have custom firmware 3.55 on my ps3. when i turn it on i get booted from the psn network with this message that i can't seem to recall off hand. i don't think i was banned tho.


    PSN now requires an update to firmware version 3.60. If you use PSN, you need to update. If you like the freedom to do what you like with the hardware you actually own and paid for, keep it at 3.55.


    weird. that firmware update making some blu-rays not working is tht with copies and is it happening with firmware 3.60? do you know by any chance?

    Sorry, I got that arse-backwards. Newer movies may require firmware updates to play properly or at all.

  6. PS3 is (or at least was at the time) one of the best Blu-ray players on the market. plus i liked how it was able to play stuff recorded on blu-ray blanks without any real problems. at least that's what i read too. my friend is interested in getting a blu-ray player soon and i recommended a ps3 for the reasons i got one. you wouldn't have a recommendation for a good blu-ray player that can play blu-rays and recorded blu-rays without problems would you? or a site that you can guide me toward?


    Let me clarify something before I respond. I am not an expert. These are just my opinions with a little knowledge tossed in. With that in mind, I'll give you a response you can research on your own. Sound fair? Let's begin...


    First and foremost, the PS3 is a great media player. It delivers very high quality audio and video straight out of the box. The audio is crisp and the video is stunning at 1080p via a digital amplifier. The things to really watch for are twofold:


    1. Keep it cool. The PS3 runs very hot and is the root cause behind the RLOD, YLOD and failing bluray drives.


    2. I wouldn't trust Sony to boil a cup of water. The rootkit debacle a few years ago combined with the PS3 "phoning home" every time it starts and transmitting data about your system, the movies you've played, your firmware version, your total uptime, your user account and various other things just sets my teeth on edge. FWIW, my PS3s cannot connect to the PSN network, even though they are available on my local network. (Choose advanced network settings and give it a fake DNS like Also, after a firmware update for your PS3, you may find that some Bluray movies that you actually own no longer function because the firmware update includes new encryption keys which make your disk unplayable. Sony will never get another dollar out of me.


    yeah, i'm familiar with MKV and PS3 Media Server. love that media server. i use it all the time. didn't know that ps3 has no problems with the MKV2VOB app.


    The PS3 natively supports the VOB format. That means no lag as PS3 Media Server doesn't have to transcode anything.


    i might look into the MKV stuff. but to be honest i prefer to have exact copies of blu-rays with menus and extras intact and uncompressed video and audio. i'm kinda of a perfectionist when it comes to quality and home theater. that's just me.


    Well, that's where we differ. I might watch the movie itself 50 times but I'll only watch the extras once or twice.


    <Opinion mode off>



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  7. hmm. i didn't know that there's a LG drive in my PS3.


    It sure is, mate. Check the article below. There's alot more articles if you search Google for "lg sony lawsuit".




    i originally thought upon reading your reply that you were referring to the LG drive on my computer. is that one (a HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH10LS30) considered a crappy drive too?


    Honestly? No idea. You can read a review of your drive by actual professionals here:




    and can you tell me when you know a ps3's blu-ray drive is dying.


    It'll stop reading disks properly. There's nothing scientific about it. Games and movies will freeze. Sometimes it might need 10 minutes to cool down before you play anything. Things like that.


    Theoretically, you could rip the Bluray disk that you own to Matroska format which is an .MKV file (or H264, which is illegal in some countries) and use something like PS3 Media Server, which is free, to stream content via your home network to your loungeroom, bedroom or wherever. As the PS3 doesn't natively support .mkv files (because Sony thinks we're all pirates), you could even convert the .mkv file (which is actually a container and not a file), with something called MKV2VOB. The resulting .vob file could theoretically be played back on a PS3 without any problems.

  8. Looks like I'll be adding a gigabit NIC to that machine eventually...(plus incorporating the gigabit switch).


    I would. It's just..... better.


    Yeah, theoretically I could have a 500 GB Seagate drive connected to the Wii. In theory, all of the games we own could be backed up onto it, using USB Loader. No modchip in the Wii, though. I have contemplated using WBFS Manager 2.5 and 3.0, as well as Wii Backup Manager. I once had an idea that I might be able to back up the wbfs files to BDR, in case the theoretical Wii-connected HD should ever crash.


    Theoretically, using WBFS Manager (V3.0, hypothetically) would also scrub the ISO image of useless data (which is illegal in some countries). A 4gig ISO *might* only contain 400MB of actual data with the remainder being just zeros. Hypothetically, you could use homebrew software on the Wii (such as an FTP server, for example, which is illegal in some countries) and just copy ISOs across, using an FTP client, which I would never recommend (because it's illegal in some countries). There is also talk of a theoretical way to store Wii ISOs on your computers' harddrive (which is illegal in some countries), and mount them over a network, (which is illegal in some countries).

  9. While I do have a spare 8-port gigabit switch on the shelf, the PC (oldie dual Xeon 2.2GHz) that has the data has a 100MB integrated NIC. I'll look into maybe adding a gigabit NIC one of these days.


    I would. Particularly if you're going to move large files around - but you already know that... :)


    Forgot to mention the HD containing the source data connected to that machine is an external USB2.0 1TB made by Seagate. So I'm sure that also puts a squeeze on data xfer rate.


    Nope. USB2.0 has a much higher transfer rate than a 100 Mbit LAN. You should get at least 20 MB/sec from USB2.0. Your speed is being bottlenecked by the NIC.


    I mostly backup the kids' Wii games, so I can't comment on PS3 bluray playback at all.


    Having a modchip (which is illegal in some countries), for your Wii would theoretically allow you to attach a very large harddrive to store ISO images of your Wii games (which is illegal in some countries), and then theoretically use something called "USB LOADER" (which is illegal in some countries), to boot images from the attached USB harddrive (which is illegal in some countries). You could also theoretically use "WBFS Manager" (which is illegal in some countries), on your PC to theoretically copy your ISO images to a harddrive....(which is illegal in some countries), theoretically allowing playback without inserting a disk of any sort (which is illegal in some countries). Because this is illegal in some countries, I can't help you in any way regarding Wii backups, (which is illegal in some countries). Theoretically.

  10. multicolored video artifacts would appear on the screen for a few seconds and then disappear. it would continue playing fine from then on. i initially figured it was due to those notifications i was getting that i told you about. but now i am thinking it was just due to the original disc being a bad disc. anyway that's all i can i come up with.


    Assuming that the crappy LG drive in your PS3 isn't dying, I'd have to concur that the source disk sounds a bit dodgy. The only way you're going to know for sure is to put the disk into another player. FWIW, I have 3 PS3s and the Bluray drive has died on 2 of them.

  11. But why before i can use this to burn.But now it's broken


    The difference between ImgBurn and other burning software is that ImgBurn checks the data written and also the media itself for errors. Burning a disk is easy. Being able to read it properly after it's been burnt is another thing altogether.


    Also is there anyway to burn successfully without buying new disc


    See above. Burning is the easy part.

  12. I burn a lot over the network and can't think of a time when I don't get those warning messages. Burns come out a-ok. Then again, I use mostly Verbatim & TY CDR and DVDR (which is a big +).


    AH! That'll be the problem if you're not running gigabit capable hardware. If you're already running gigabit, you have a problem which needs fixing. If you're on a 100Mb connection, it has a realistic throughput of around 8 MB/sec. A DVD trying to burn at 8x requires just over 10 MB/sec - which would cause a buffering problem if the write rate on your burner is set too high. Burning a Bluray at 2x would max the connection speed for a 100Mb network at 9 MB/sec.




    Install gigabit hardware or you could copy the file from your network drive to a local drive before burning or slow your DVD burn to 6x which is just under 8 MB/sec or Bluray burn to 2x. Personally, I'd go for option number 1. A 5-port gigabit switch can be bought these days for around $50.

  13. i never heard of Secunia until you mentioned it. i didn't know i was using it.


    You probably aren't using Secunia. It's a security program for Windows that keeps track of software you have installed to make sure it's up-to-date. It's just an example of a program that is very disk intensive, just like a virus scan is.


    i've started using 2x dual layer blu-rays again. i seem to recall having less problems with those in the past. that's slow enough speed to take care of major errors right?


    As I said above, they are *not* errors. This is ImgBurns' way of telling you that your burner is going too fast for the HD to keep up with it.


    10 years ago this was called buffer underrun and was a big problem because neither the software nor the hardware was able to deal with it, which meant you got alot of zeros burned to disk which made it unplayable. With newer drives and excellent software like this, it just doesn't matter anymore. It might be a minor irritation to see it in your logfile but it won't affect the quality of your burn.

  14. Sony outsources almost everything these days. Sony TVs are made by LG. Same with their DVD/BD burners. Don't quote me on this but I don't think Sony has actually made anything in the last 5 years, including the PS3. Sony throwing their rubber stamp on crappy Ritek media doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

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