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Using a PC as a source is areally dumb idea. 

 

yours 

 

Really, no really hacked off Windows User.

 

- Ineffecticve customer support (how about losing an hours interaction / session ID notes for starters: you are Mr who again?)

- Spotify doies its own thing anyway

- Really crap customer support when it stops working (and it will)

 

Contrary to all the advice I have ever given on here, biased as it is given my predicament: don't ever, ever choose a PC as a main source of your music.J RMC can go shove it, what an ultimately  pointless exercise: what was I thinking, silly me.

 

 

 

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I've never understood why people play direct from their pc, any simple streamer (squeezebox rip, sonos...) will make a much better job of it, without any of the faffing around that seems to associated with playing music on a pc.

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All I ever did when feeding a DAC directly from a PC was to turn off system sounds, ensure PC volume was maximum, ensure the sample rate matched that of the material being played (set to 44.1khz in the sound settings instead of default 48khz in my case) and set it 24 bit instead of the default 16 bits.

(I set Quicktime audio settings accordingly as well.)

Just basic stuff from the Benchmark Media Wiki.

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You have got all your data backed up haven't you? 

As for the computer...I feel your pain. PCs haven't been sold with a proper, physical restore disc for some time now (illegal trading of OEM Windows discs put an end to that) so if your HDD dies completely you're bu**ered unless you've routinely cloned the drive to external storage. 

What OS was it running? Maybe you could source a cheap HDD and Windows disc off eBay (I'm assuming that it is the HDD that's failed...)

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You have got all your data backed up haven't you? 

As for the computer...I feel your pain. PCs haven't been sold with a proper, physical restore disc for some time now (illegal trading of OEM Windows discs put an end to that) so if your HDD dies completely you're bu**ered unless you've routinely cloned the drive to external storage. 

What OS was it running? Maybe you could source a cheap HDD and Windows disc off eBay (I'm assuming that it is the HDD that's failed...)

 

Yes all important data is backed up. I'm just going to send it away to be fixed. I've never had a major problem with any PC before, sod's law it's happened with the most expensive, powerful, important one that I have owned.

 

 

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I've said it on the main HiFi forum too, but why don't you try Linux? I used a cheap netbook as a dedicated streamer/music player and was running XBMC. XBMC can also be remotely controlled via an Android or i device and an app is available. Worth looking into and it's free.

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Vortexbox.

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Overdose wrote:

I've said it on the main HiFi forum too, but why don't you try Linux? I used a cheap netbook as a dedicated streamer/music player and was running XBMC. XBMC can also be remotely controlled via an Android or i device and an app is available. Worth looking into and it's free.

 

If I answer your question, "what the hell is Linux", then you'll realise why I haven't, and probably won't. 

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MajorFubar wrote:

As for the computer...I feel your pain. PCs haven't been sold with a proper, physical restore disc for some time now (illegal trading of OEM Windows discs put an end to that) so if your HDD dies completely you're bu**ered unless you've routinely cloned the drive to external storage.

The last two PCs i've bought came bundled with s/w to create a boot/restore disc/usb drive.

Some manufactures provide ISO downloads on  their websites too, so providing physical restore discs is unnecessary, and a bit 20th century...

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SteveR750 wrote:

Overdose wrote:

I've said it on the main HiFi forum too, but why don't you try Linux? I used a cheap netbook as a dedicated streamer/music player and was running XBMC. XBMC can also be remotely controlled via an Android or i device and an app is available. Worth looking into and it's free.

 

If I answer your question, "what the hell is Linux", then you'll realise why I haven't, and probably won't. 

I see.

Do a search for Linux Mint or maybe Ubuntu and also XBMC at xbmc.org and have a look. It is a free operating system and is well worth considering. XBMC is a media player that accepts a wide variety of audio and video formats. Other media players are available.

Don't let the fact that the OS is free put you off, Linux is intuitive and user friendly and highly customisable. In fact, best just have a look on the net for info, as I'm not too sure I'm selling it all that well. It worked for me though and I was using it for a few years before I got my Mac.

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As soon as I read 'Linux' I tend to think of people who'd have to order some clothes online if they ever needed to leave their bedrooms and go outdoors.

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daveh75 wrote:
providing physical restore discs...a bit 20th century...

true but some solutions to problems just worked perfectly well as they were, and didn't need changing just because someone thought they were outdated.
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chebby wrote:

As soon as I read 'Linux' I tend to think of people who'd have to order some clothes online if they ever needed to leave their bedrooms and go outdoors.

 

Quite.

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Overdose wrote:

SteveR750 wrote:

Overdose wrote:

I've said it on the main HiFi forum too, but why don't you try Linux? I used a cheap netbook as a dedicated streamer/music player and was running XBMC. XBMC can also be remotely controlled via an Android or i device and an app is available. Worth looking into and it's free.

 

If I answer your question, "what the hell is Linux", then you'll realise why I haven't, and probably won't. 

I see.

Do a search for Linux Mint or maybe Ubuntu and also XBMC at xbmc.org and have a look. It is a free operating system and is well worth considering. XBMC is a media player that accepts a wide variety of audio and video formats. Other media players are available.

Don't let the fact that the OS is free put you off, Linux is intuitive and user friendly and highly customisable. In fact, best just have a look on the net for info, as I'm not too sure I'm selling it all that well. It worked for me though and I was using it for a few years before I got my Mac.

The trouble I have with Linux (and open source in general, since it's now my living) is the different flavours.  If I want the answer to a problem, the internet might provide it and then I find out that only works with Mint or Ubuntu or RedHat or Centos (6, but not 5).  There's a reason Windows (and to a lesser extent OSX) is popular, and that's that the answer is usually there on Microsoft's (Apple's) web site...

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All the distros have help forums, and some have IRC channels where you can get all the distro-centric help you need.

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daveh75 wrote:
All the distros have help forums, and some have IRC channels where you can get all the distro-centric help you need.

Just that one sentence alone tells me I am never going to use Linux.

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