I just got a network adapter for $30. Even though my PC is fully capible of playing DIVX files at full speed, and not even using full CPU power, I'd much rather use my PS2, which is right next to the PC to play them, both are hooked up to the stereo, but this way it's not on my main screen so I can be watching love hina right now and still post this. Which I'm doing. Heh.
Qcast is great, I'm really liking it a lot, my current favorite use for it is playing mp3s while I play UT2003... Barely any CPU usage on the PC, and no bandwidth issues since I've got a 100mbit switched fullduplex network anyway, I'm watching love hina now, and From Dusk till dawn next...
So far, about 4 of my many divx files havn't worked, and two of those are so b0rked even the PC won't play them, the other two don't have MP3 audio tracks (which Qcast tuner requires at the moment...)
Oh, and to put some rumors to the chopping block:
The PC doesn't do any of the decoding at all, all it does is serve files over the network. The PS2 does all the work. The Server software is written in java, and I've personally tested it in OSX, Win XP and 98SE, and Linux, and they all work great, even sharing CD-ROM drives! (I've got a lot of divx files on CDR)
The way Qcast Tuner works:
The PS2 CD provided is just a simple network loader. none of the actual video or mp3 decoder software is on the PS2 CD. You pop the CD in, it allows you to set it's IP address up, and such, and then it downloads the entire player software from the computer, which allows updates. And there's been a LOT of updates in the week or two that it's been out, a lot of fixes, and a lot of progress! So if you're having qualms about paying $50 for a dud peice of software, don't worry! It's going to be updated for quite a long time, I forsee, and it even comes with a copy of Snapstream PVR! That's another $50 value right there! (I use Showshifter myself, since I don't have a compatible tuner to use Snapstream with...)
Who knows, in the future, BroadQ may even support USB TV tuners, the PS2 harddrive, and encoding divx files! So show them your support, and hop on their forums and tell them what ya want! You just might get it!
Fooniman: A $39 broadband adapter and free beta software is a much better investment, imo... Radio shack sells the cables you're talking about for about $19.95 for 6 feet (EEK!) and a TNT2/Geforce card with TV out will run more than the broadband adapter, I'm willing to bet...
besides, If I was going to spend money on a new video card, I'd get a compro Personal Cinema Geforce 3/4 card...
(I wish I could afford the nearly $500 for the Compro Personal Cinema Geforce 4 TI 4600 AGP 8X... *siiigh*
I'd probably end up with the Geforce 3 TI 200 for $149...)
If I buy a new nVidia card, it will most definitey have a TV-Tuner in it... unless I get a nForce2... which then I'd pick up the first AGP 8X Personal cinema card later on...
Okay, signing off another f--kin' long post
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