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Old 1st July 2013, 04:03 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have a old laptop running on windows Vista which I would like to convert into a music server. I have a emotive USB DAC which I intend to use as the outboard DAC. It is presently being tried out as the music server using foobar. However I was thinking upgrading it. I have some questions which I hope some of you can help me answer.

1) Should I perform a recovery and hence wipeout the computers? A lot of old software in there, so it takes 5 mins to boot up. Will a computer that is too full affect the sound quality
2) How do I implement a remote control (play+skip etc}
3) Or should I just buy a new cheap laptop, apparently USB 3 plays better.

I am thinking of doing this.
1) Perform full system recovery on the computer (is this really necessary)
2) Install J-media.

Thanking all in advance
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Old 1st July 2013, 04:45 AM   #2
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Hay,

1) I think a clean wipe is ALWAYS a good idea. Might be worth the trouble so you don't have to redo things later once you get it running well?

2) You can get some generic remotes that should control just about anything you're playing back with. You might want to check on the FooBar site if something like this will work: Newegg.ca - Rosewill RHRC-11002 Windows 7 Certified MCE IR Remote Controller/Windows 8 MCE + Small USB Dongle Type, with Netflix CD

3) If your USB DAC is just USB 2 I don't think you'll notice any difference. You might actually find some odd compatibility issues with older devices on USB 3

No clue what J-Media is!

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Old 1st July 2013, 04:59 AM   #3
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One more Yes for clean install & tweak it as per Black Viper’s Windows Vista Super Tweaks
You can also disable the system restore option freeing up precious harddisk space.
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Old 1st July 2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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Oops I meant J-River.
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Old 6th July 2013, 04:37 PM   #5
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Leave everything and just install mpdpup on a compact flash card. Will better anything, for free and no up grade required.

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Old 1st August 2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Did some checking o the net. Mpdpup seems interesting. Couldn't quite figure it out. Is there a mpdpup wiki

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Old 2nd August 2013, 01:19 AM   #7
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Did some checking o the net. Mpdpup seems interesting. Couldn't quite figure it out. Is there a mpdpup wiki

Oon
Configure mpdpup is lot faster than installing & optimizing Windows, even for linux noob. It's not that difficult, just follow their forum. The author is very active in answering questions.

There was a plan to write down a manual, but I dont know the progress.
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Clean install = yes
JRiver = yes
Laptop latency = problems.

Laptops can get busy doing other stuff and cause clicks and pops in the audio. Be sure that your does not before you go to much trouble. There are tools, such as DPC Latency Checker that will help with that.
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Old 8th August 2013, 02:17 AM   #9
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Thanks Pano. Will try out that software. Do you have any idea how many computers can one jriver licence support? Can it support at least 2?
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Old 8th August 2013, 10:38 PM   #10
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Fidelizer also works very well.
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