Streamed MP installed

streamThanks to Matthew Fenton for pointing out Streamed MP 

Which is now my skin of choice on my media server.

“Streamed MP is a port of Team Razorfishes skin Mediastream created for XBMC, over to the popular open source HTPC Application MediaPortal. Streamed MP is a close port, however there are some new views/layouts included with the skin that will keep the fanart fans happy. This skin has also been designed with ease of use in mind, with a custom menu generator included to make creating menus suited to your setup extremely easy. All of this is wrapped up in a nice installer that also installs the latest version of two very popular plugins TV Series (currently being worked on by various developers) and Moving Pictures (worked on by fforde and armandp). “

The more I use MediaPortal it grows on me, the only draw back at the moment is the speed of the animations and the transistions. Which I was hoping to sort by upgrading the RAM.. However just before I got round to placing the order for the RAM it’s priced was hiked up to nearly double!!! So that’s on the back burner for now..

At least I have had confirmation that my heatsync is on it’s way!

Next on the cards (besides the RAM) is another TV card, twin tuner this time I think, another DVD drive and a TB hard drive.

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MediaCenter PC goes Passive

Passive FanWith thanks to my friend Mark, I have now ordered the parts to get rid of the annoying drone of the CPU fan in my MediaPC. I have just ordered a Cooler Master RR-600-NNU1-GP Hyper Z600 Passive CPU Cooler Heatsink With Six Heatpipes from along with the long awaited 2GB RAM upgrade, also from

I have spent the last few days looking for a reliable and working method to ‘ripping’ my dvd’s to .mov files so I can play them direct from MediaPortal and I have hopefully just found it! I am currently downloading DVD Ripper 8.1.1 which claims to be able to convert DVDs to VCD (MPEG1), AVI, SVCD (MPEG2) and DivX (MPEG4) formats.

So hopefully this afternoon I should be able to start filling up my hard drives with my DVD collection!

I have always planned an upgrade to Vista ultimate for this PC, but if MediaPortal continues to excel my expectations I will happily stick with my current set up!

Right, back to ripping DVD’s

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