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So I have been doing a lot of scavenging and finally have enough equipment to set up an HTPC. The specs:
AMD Athlon x2 @ 2.3 ghz
4 GB of DDR2 667 mhz ram


What I want to be able to do is connect to the HTPC with another computer in the house (possibly even an ipod but mostly just computers) and stream music/movies to the HTPC without actually going on the HTPC and initiating the streaming from itself. I hope I'm being clear enough, I can explain further if I didn't make myself clear.

If it helps, I'm planning on running Ubuntu 12.04 on it.
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my advise for what its worth is use xbmc with the htpc.

two obvious ways XBMCbuntu, this auto boots to XBMC, then (if you have a small wireless keyboard mouse combo) log out of XBMC and be greeted with an ubuntu login.

OR

Install Linux Mint 12 and download XBMC, it will add itself as an option on the login window of the operating sytem on first boot so you can choose between gnome, gnome classic, mate or XBMC environments.

ohh and do yourself a massive favour install Cinnamon from the package manager once mint is all setup, its a new fork in the road for mint and takes it away from the hideous unbuntu unity environment its ace biggrin.gif (enable hot corner in cinnamon settings for the nice multiple workspace switching)


btw windows 7 with xbmc will have most compatibility for the time being but its just not easy to swiftly and quickly boot straight to an application without windows icons, windows boot splash, taskbar pop ups etc.. and to run gpo (group policy) you need win 7 pro which is lots of $$$, just use windows to test xbmc setups then run it on linux


any more advise needed and il try help smile.gif
Edited by Pip Boy - 5/15/12 at 10:29am
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you can check out xbmc.. i'm currently using plex and it works great even streaming around the house to multiple phones and pc's
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I've done some digging around and XBMC looks like the best option. I also like the idea of booting right into XBMC on Mint.

I'm still a bit confused on the streaming part of it though. Essentially what I want is to not have to use a keyboard and mouse with the machine. I want to be able to have it on and open my laptop and play music on the laptop but with the sound coming from my stereo system. Can XBMC do this? I know I can accomplish it with airplay, however, I would rather stick with something not controlled by Apple.
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My living room HTPC is controlled by the ipazzport RF keypad/kb and elaborate on your home stereo? Example i pass coaxial from PC to my AVR and sound is all played thru my floor standers tongue.gif
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It's not the most complicated set up in the world. I have a receiver with inputs coming from my tv, phono player, radio, and htpc. The receiver only controls audio and you have to switch inputs on the tv with he remote.
Edited by Fullinator - 5/16/12 at 11:51am
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