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July 13, 2010 6:55:32 PM

Well, I hope I have this in the right cat. I have an older homebrew PC that I've installed Ubuntu 9 on. Since two of the three memory slots somehow got fried, I can only drop 1GB of RAM. (I said it was older.) What I'd like to do is reconfigure this puppy as a NAS / media server. From what I've read, I can use either FreeNAS or Ubuntu as the server hardware. I have a D-Link DIR-628 wireless router (http://www.d-link.com/products/?pid=DIR-628) and I'd like to keep the ol' girl up with my current PC. For the media server side, we currently have 32" CRT and a Kenwood VR-509 receiver (http://hometheater.about.com/blvr-509.htm). The TV only has Svideo and component video and is on the lower level of our house.
To get the media from the NAS / Media server on the upper level to the tv, would using a laptop with Win7-32 Home Premium (Athlon 64 2.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM) and SVideo out be sufficient? The Kenwood can mimic 5.1 sound but the laptop can only output stereo.

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a b G Storage
July 14, 2010 12:20:06 PM

I'd love to help, but I'm not seeing a storage question there :p 

You might want to try some media server type forums. Just a thought.
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July 14, 2010 4:54:06 PM

Picky, picky, picky.
I guess I forgot to ask if any of the open license NAS software are worth what you pay for them.
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a b G Storage
July 14, 2010 6:40:02 PM

There's so many free OS's available for NAS's that I don't see much point in paying for anything, assuming you're not afraid to get your hands dirty.

FreeNAS/FreeBSD would work excellent, and any Linux distribution would work equally as well. There's a huge amount of people that have these types of setups.
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November 26, 2010 8:03:44 PM

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