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Hey everyone, I did a search for this topic, but wasn't able to find anything that seemed to cover the issue that I'm trying to solve. I'm currently using a Fujitsu with a 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of RAM. I'm running Windows 7, and, while it normally runs relatively well, I get some stuttering sometimes while streaming video to my BluRay player. So, to get to my point, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to how to optimize its performance for media server type tasks. As in, settings to disable or certain functions to prioritize that would allow the computer to function more like a server. Thanks!
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I have to ask the dumb question, how are you streaming to a blueray player? unless its a PS3 or something.

OT: Swap out windows 7 for linux. Yes its a drastic change but considering windows 7 installs around 20 gigs of stuff while Linux usually installs less than 2, linux would make your machine do everything much faster.

If you must keep windows 7, find Seans Windows 7 guide. he details how to make windows 7 a leaner OS, exactly what you are looking for.
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I'm streaming it using Serviio Media Server. It's very similar to PS3 Media Server in most respects.

I tried Linux initially but I quickly learned that I'm quite dependent upon GUIs (sadly). I know there are a few Linux builds that are better in that regard than others, but from the research I did, it seemed that to actually set up the computer as a server I needed to do quite a bit in the command prompt (which, as I said, I am terrible at using and don't quite have the time to learn how to use effectively).

Thanks, I'll definitely look into that guide.
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Not all Linux is just a command line. Look into Xubuntu. Based on most popular distro of linux, has a GUI, and is lightweight. i run it on a 1.6 ghz single core netbook and it makes that hardware feels snappy
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There are plenty of Linux distro's with great GUI's that in my opinion look better than Windows.

OpenSUSE with KDE is quite a friendly one if you are coming from Windows. Its not too dissimilar in looks.

However I think we need to get to the actual problem in hand rather than suggest a change of operating system..... What format are your blu ray rips in, what is the network speed, wired, wireless, switches, router etc....

Also, what drives are you using to store your rips?
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He is complaining that the streaming can be a little slow and stuttery on a 2.2 ghz machine with that little ram trying to run windows 7, just sounds like it plain runs out of hardware to push the video smoothly. Hence why he asked about optimizing the OS for streaming, hence my recommendation to switch to Linux. Obviously we cant rule out a network issue, but thats not what the OP asked.

offtopic MAN Rocker you have some nice servers! what do ya do with all that quad core power?
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Sorry for the long delay in responding to you guys, and thanks a lot for your help!

I currently have my server connected wirelessly to my Netgear WNR2000v3 router, and my Blu Ray player wired to the router. Most of my Blu Ray rips are 720p in mp4 containers, however there are a few exceptions. They are all contained in an external USB 3.0 7200 rpm HDD (although my server only has USB 2.0 ports).

To be 100% honest I'm not sure how to check my router's actual speed (I could spout off the numbers on the box, but those are theoretical).
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Id use speedtest.net Simple, free, and easy to use. To check speed over the network, grab a file thats a few gigs in size and try to copy it to your server PC or other PC in the house

Your router should be able to handle a 720p stream, but i think that external USB hard drive isnt doing you any favours. trying to pull stuff off the hard drive, through the usb could be the issue. is it powered by the USB ports?

Also, have you given any thought to switching to linux? you can just boot it right from a USB to see if it helps the stuttering problem. I dont know if Serviio will work, but i know PLEX is a great option that works on linux

*EDIT* actually read the Serviio webpage, it does indeed say it will work on linux
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