Turning a Rasberry Pi into a media sever with Plex:
I am practically drooling over that great price he paid for that 8 TB hard drive. When he says "as long as Raspberry Pi is online" when it comes to Plex the various devices can connect to it. So does that mean the internet has to be running; you can't just the router stream it around? I would rather be offline and streaming. Though I have to learn all these things because as much as I want to have a media server and a raspberry pi and the list goes on; I have other things that come before these luxuries.
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Last edited by jagabo; 18th Dec 2020 at 09:13.
jagabo: Thank you for your input. Thank you to you and all the other posters here at VideoHelp who give advice and share their knowledge the whole year round. Seasons Greetings and know that a whole lot of people including myself are thankful and grateful for all that we learn here.
I write the date on the drive at the moment I install it and it goes into service...the date on this one was September 2011.
I was having problems mounting the drive on about half of the boots, so I decided better safe than sorry and replaced it, although I do regular full image backups of all drives.
Sometimes you get lucky and end up with a quite resilient piece of hardware.
HDDs got a lot cheaper (along with the capacities going way up), and so must be being manufactured a lot cheaper. The point of my post was my wondering whether these could still have the sort of durability I experienced with those mentioned above ? A partial answer may be that in all the many WD Black (Made in Thailand) internal HDDs -- and also the portable ones, like the Passport series -- which I've been buying for years, I have not had any failures. But then none of these are being run 24/7 . . . .
[Those full image backups of important boot or storage drives is a very good idea. I do that, but could and probably should do it more often.]
Last edited by Seeker47; 19th Dec 2020 at 11:36.
Anyone having problems with the YouTube App on the Android Boxes? On my Mom's box last night the videos stopped playing. Today some are playing others just have a black screen with no video or audio playing.
On the device I currently use, Chromecast with Google TV (the best device under US$150), I tried a dozen or so random videos. They all played normally. Do you have a link to a particular video that's giving you problems?
I happen to have my old TX3 mini set up for some other testing. The preinstalled Youtube app on that device isn't working anymore. I just says "An error occurred" when it starts up. All I can do is exit. I tried to remove it but it wouldn't uninstall. So went to the Play store and installed a new version. The new version appears to work normally -- though it's a tablet version, not an Android TV version (it needs a mouse, or mouse emulation).
jagabo: Thank you for the information you have provided and wanting to help. I did try some stuff like clearing the cache and such for the YouTube app.
In the Google Store it will allow me to uninstall all the YouTube updates. Maybe I could do that and reinstall them hoping it gets back to functioning the way it should. I can watch YouTube via the Chrome Browser App but that isn't as convenient.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, the videos that come up as recommended because of what I have watched in the past those are not playing. Last evening they all were playing fine and then something happened and I haven't a clue what that was.
I am a wrestling fan so I have been watching quite a few of the AEW preview clips and my Mom has chosen Orange Cassidy as her favorite wrestler so we watch a lot of videos with him. I listen to these Jim Cornett talking about Wrestling even though he says stuff that would make a sailor blush; well a cartoon still picture and you hear him and the other guy talking. Well none of the videos plays now.
I hadn't realized how much I enjoy YouTube actually working and I miss it now when it is hit and miss. I watch a lot of Tiny House videos to and none of the "Living Big In A Tiny House" videos are playing for me. I click on the video and some writing comes up "includes a paid promotion" and the screen is black otherwise and you click on the play button in the middle to no avail.
Thankfully Tubi TV and the CTV Throwback App are working alright. Hopefully the YouTube App gets updated again and it fixes whatever has went wrong. It is such a weird box with a weird operating system and the Google Play Store has few apps to chose from.
Going into Google Play finding the YouTube app and selecting uninstall updates seems to have fixed it.
Another streaming option and this has the official Android TV I think:
We have Netflix and Disney Plus now. Netflix works well on my Sister's Blu Ray player. Disney Plus works on my Mom's Android Box. Netflix doesn't work on my Mom's Android Box.
Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord, Snoopy329
Incidentally, a friend complained to me that recent iterations of the top Roku model will not allow you to install VLC on them (from the Google Play store), severely hampering video file playback options. The Roku enabled alternative player falls very far short in that regard. I have an earlier model of Roku Ultra, which did accommodate VLC. (The VLC for Android that is, which is inferior compared to the desktop PC versions, but still your best bet for playback on the device.) I have no reason to change my Roku and so won't be testing this, but was he correct -- or simply missing something on how to go about this ? Some kinda side-load maneuver with the .apk, perhaps ?
Last edited by Seeker47; 17th Jun 2021 at 15:31.
Kodi onto an earlier model of the Amazon Fire tv box. It worked for awhile, before becoming outmoded and too far behind the later versions of Kodi. I rarely use that box these days, but could probably work out a retracing of those steps -- at least with that box. It's an experiment I might attempt in the case of a box that I owned, but I would not incline anyone else to pursue that with these latter day Roku boxes, if there was any strong possibility of it causing damage.
That still leaves open the question of whether the VLC apk could be side-loaded. But if there's any chance of brick-ing the box by so doing, I'd be hesitant.
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[Not sure how that came out upside down from the upload, but if I can edit this to correct that I will. The orientation looks right in my photo viewer program.]
Last edited by Seeker47; 8th Jul 2021 at 19:49.