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  1. electron286

    UnRAID Manual 6 (Downloadable/Printable PDF)

    I always preferred my nice warm Amber monitors over the harsh green ones myself.
  2. electron286

    Upgrade (UK) - older SuperMicro boards?

    Sounds great! For your use, I think you will be much happier with what you bought than you would have been with the old Supermicro Server. I guess I need to look at my old servers and consider making some updates myself. Newer controllers would be a big boost on my Athlon(tm) 64 X2 server for sure. I have always loved how easy it is to upgrade hardware with Unraid, even the older 4.x versions were VERY good I felt, just had to move the drives, and/or cables around to make the array valid there. But CPU, M.B., Chipsets, Controllers, NICs, most everything will work!
  3. electron286

    Server Loses Connectivity with Network

    Just two days ago, I had a problem at work where the USB Keyboard would not work on one of the computers. It worked for initial boot, BIOS, Wndows boot selection (F8), but after that it would do NOTHING and there was no way to log into Windows. The USB Mouse was still happy though. Then I found out the computer had been moved, then hooked back up. I then started realizing that the cable for the keyboard probably had been switched to a different USB port. I looked at the motherboard, and realized that two of the rear USB ports were from the MAIN CHIPSET, and the other 4 USB ports were going to an additional support chip. In this case, it was a driver issue for the add-on chip for the 4 USB ports that the keyboard and mouse were both plugged into. Windows, as pretty much every other OS, loads and uses the drivers it has configured for the hardware on the mother board, INCLUDING ALL hardware that may already have been functional before the OS fully loads. I moved the cable for the USB Keyboard from one of the 4 ports on the add-on chip, to one of the two USB ports on the main chipset, booted the computer again and everthing started to work normally again. This is just one of many times over the years I have seen this type of behavior with USB Keyboards. There are other times, when I have not been able to find ANY USB port on the mother board that would work fully with a USB keyboard always. In one case, I had a multi-boot computer that one USB port set would work with the Keyboard in Windows but not Linux, and the other USB port set on the motherboard would work in Linux, but not Windows! Luckily, this motherboard did also have the PS2 type connections, that worked well in ALL the boot states and OSes that were loaded so all USB keyboards removed and an older PS2 type keyboard installed. I have also seen more issues with USB Dongles, than with hardwired USB keyboards. You may also have better results by moving the USB dongle to another USB port on the mother board. I always recommend to, IF USB MUST BE USED, to try to make sure the keyboard is plugged into a USB port connected to the MAIN CHIPSET not an add-on chip. USUALLY this would also mean that you would be wanting to use a USB port on the BACK of the computer, NOT one on the front of the case, or via a USB hub. The trick is which ports on the back are on the MAIN CHIPSET? Usually the motherboard manual can help you out to know which USB ports are on which chip... As a side, but related note, I have also seen better compatibility with USB keyboards with INTEL chipsets and associated drivers (including BIOS), than with other chipsets. I have not paid attention to USB DONGLES and chipset compatibility, as I really try to avoid them unless absolutely needed, and then I usually try to still have a hardwired keyboard there also as a second keyboard for when the dongle does not work... It does seem, from what I have encoutered, that the USB Dongles usually have a better chance of working well AFTER an OS has loaded and taken over than in the pre-OS environment with the BIOS drivers running however.
  4. electron286

    Server Loses Connectivity with Network

    Sadly, I have also had some new big name power supplies that were bad out of the box. It does not happen often, but it does happen.
  5. electron286

    5 minutes to boot

    hat22, It looks like you have a Gigbyte board... G41-ICH7-6A79PG0WC G41M-Combo FB 1st, I would go into your BIOS settings, and under your "Advanced BIOS Features" screen near the bottom you will likely see a setting called; "Delay For HDD (Secs)" Change it from the default setting of "0" to the maximum of "15". This will allow the BIOS to wait before attempting to send commands to the hard drives to initialize the communications between the chipset and the drives. This will insure the drives are fully ready to talk, unless there is a real problem. 2nd, if not already enabled, also enable "HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability" on the same screen. 3rd, MAKE SURE THE "Backup BIOS Image to HDD" feature is already "DISABLED" - IF NOT YOU MAY WANT TO STOP HERE FOR A LITTLE BIT AND RESEARCH THE NASTY FEATURE AND THE HAVOC GIGABYTE HAS CAUSED US UNRAID USERS BECAUSE OF IT!!! 4th, press F10 to save... (this may not be needed here, but some BIOS versions require you to save before moving to antother screen to not loose the settings you just changed.) 5th, after looking to see of anything else needs to be changed anywhere, esc to leave the BIOS setup screens. It looks like there is a problem with the hard drive on ATA2 to me. The above steps MAY have helped, with the added delay for the hard drive to perform power up diagnostics before the mother board starts asking for responses. Another possibility could be as easy as a loose connector/bad connection. So I would next unplug the cables, then plug them back in to see if it makes any difference. You could also move the cables between drives and ports on the mother board to identify a bad cable or port on the mother board. In the BIOS settings again, you can also DISABLE any unused ports to make sure they are not also checked during POST. This can speed things up some. You can do some quick tests also by unplugging all the drives, and seeing how the system POSTs then try ONE drive at a time with additional POST time tests. You can either unplug the Unraid FLASH drive during these tests (suggested), or power off the computer after the DMI POOL has been checked when the Lime Technology Boot Selection Screen pops up. You probably should do a quick SMART test on all the drives after Unraid is booted. Then you can see a little more than the normal SMART reporting will show. A long test may also be advisable for the drive that seems suspect. If all else looks good, you may want to replace the drive, and rebuild the data on a new one.
  6. Pretty cool if you can also still use the keyboard. I do not think I could make myself do that, I love my Atari computers too much. Plus many of my Atari computers also have been upgraded with RAM and other upgrades. :-) ok... sorry for the off-topic
  7. electron286

    5 minutes to boot

    I would hook up a monitor to the server, and watch it. Then you can see what is actually happening during bootup, POST, etc. If you would like to make a detailed list of what happens, including times for each phase of booting up to the point the console login is presented. Then after that how much time before the web GUI is available on a networked computer. After that we can see what we can talk about to possibly speed things up. The time you are seeing may be NORMAL for the hardware you have, but there may be some settings that could speed some phases up.
  8. I will need to agree, while it sounds nice, there are just too many things that need to work together for this type of a setup for a client. The only way I would do this for a client, is if part of the fee paid was living in the guest bedroom. You are going to live there anyway with this setup. Now... Basic concept I can agree with. Intel NUCs are great for a TV device. However, the cheap but very capably Chromecast Ultra works very well with PLEX, as long as you want to use a tablet or phone to cast from. I like the Tablet option since you can get nice large tablets for cheap that make for great controllers for casting PLEX and other apps to the Chromecast units. It all depends on if you also need 5.1 or 7.1 surround at each TV also. The NUC is a better choice for full surround, BUT... you need to make sure which one works well for your audio set-up! if you want the highest quality possible, why would you need Handbrake? Normally people only use Handbrake to compress video to reduce the size, which also reduces the quality. Unraid is great, and works well for many things, I love it as a video storage server. XBMC (now KODI) is my favorite for a video player. Plex is great for transcoding and watching server based video content to a wide range of devices. Most people would NOT want to use KODI and Plex, they each have advantages and disadvantages compared with each other. Unless you plan to also use one of the "hacks" to merge them together functionally, I would suggest sticking with Plex and forgetting KODI. I would suggest getting a copy of Unraid and Plex to try them out to see if they will work the way you desire. Try them on any compatible hardware to start with and go from there. It looks like you may have a real bottle-neck issue with that external drive enclosure however. Yes I think you could get it to work, but the bandwidth would be limiting on parity checks and rebuilds it seems.
  9. electron286

    [SOLVED] Windows 10 and SMB

    Everytime there is a Windows 10 update, it breaks many things I need. I need to go in and reconfigure all my network privileges, and find where they moved things in the registry "this time" and whatever else they changed in their NEW default security model... I think I am giving up on Windows 10 the next time. It took me over 2 hours to make my Windows 10 system usable after the last forced update. And that still happens sometimes, EVEN WITH THE REGISTRY KEYS CHANGED TO KILL UPDATES!!!!
  10. Pretty cool! I think some people will really enjoy this! Not for me sadly, I just do not spend enough time before the web UI to really feel a need. But I really did enjoy watching the process you went through!
  11. electron286

    5 minutes to boot

    If timing from pressing the power button, I am wondering how much time is actually spent from when the Unraid image is loaded till the shares are available. I have a few server hardware unraid installs that I think take close to 6 or 7 minutes just to go through the disk controllers and then start the normal MB Bios memchecks... I also have some installs that load the image from USB in about 10 seconds, and others that take a good 2 minutes just to load the image from USB. Add to those times bios checks, and loading the os after the image is in RAM, then the array startup checks...
  12. Performance... I just saw this thread that also may have also been related to the initial problems... https://forums.unraid.net/topic/76834-please-help-cpu-spiked-to-100-plex-unusable/
  13. electron286

    Sonarr Media Managment help

    I do not use Sonarr, so I may be wrong, and can not test it... But, look at your Season Folder Format setting, it is set to: Season {season} I think it will work as you desire if you change it to: Season {season:00} I think setting it in the normal screen, will also allow it to show with the new setting in the advanced settings, if not change it there too. I think this is the same as going from a null, or undefined folder configuration to a defined format for the folder configuration for the season number xx folders.
  14. If the problems have been resolved GREAT! but... I thought from the initial post that Radarr was causing an issue, as that was when the crawl popped up... In looking into it, and some related Radarr posts, it seems there have been some memory leaks, that should be fixed now in the current builds, and also some configuration problems some people have seen performance issues with, the biggest one being; Quality profiles - Be sure to set your CUTOFF settings appropriately for EACH Quality profile to allow Radarr to stop looking for better versions of downloads. Followed by not setting up Delay Profiles, to allow for a longer delay before looking again for matching downloads. I know some people really do not like the word WRONG, so that may be the source of the issue as seeing the replies as unfriendly. While I also use the word, I try to use the words incorrect, or incorrectly, when writing to an unknown audience. Wrong is often taken personally, regardless of how it was used or intended. Add to that how many times the word wrong did appear in multiple postings, and... well you get the general idea. No matter why the emotions are ignited, it is hard to look at any other part of a conversation without them getting in the way. The Unraid forums have been the BEST forums I have ever seen as far as keeping things civil, and while we all make mistakes at times, all the guys here really do care and try to help each other. We all have a love for computers, and the wonderful solution that Unraid has provided for many years, and now the many MORE solutions it provides! I would like to say WELCOME titanarchon, and I hope you can enjoy your Unraid server and feel better about this forum. We are all new at some point, and even newbies on some aspects of Unraid with all the changes that have been rolled out over the years. I am still mostly way back on version 4.5.3 for an example. I have set up newer versions, but mostly 4.5.3 is my work horse. (NO I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE USE 4.5.3 UNLESS THERE IS A REAL NEED, DUE TO THE MANY POTENTIAL USER ISSUES THAT COULD LEAD TO DATA LOSS! These problems were all resolved nicely in newer releases.) I am also the ONLY one that touches my old units. If I had anyone else touch my servers, I would be running newer versions just for the safety and peace of mind. Anyway, with each new Unraid server I set up for other people, I always use the newest stable version, and always need to learn what changes were made since the last server I set up. Sometimes the new features do have a bit of a learning curve, (such as setting up shares to work properly in a PLEX Docker..).
  15. electron286

    Upgrade (UK) - older SuperMicro boards?

    I think that is the same as one of my SuperMicro servers. Mine seems to work very nicely so far, using it for testing a new Unraid installation with Plex in a Docker. Mine came with two processors though and 32 GB of RAM. I love the Supermicro cases, for the quality build of the cases, drive caddys, redundant power supplies, cooling, and very stable hardware! THEY ARE NOT QUIET HOWEVER! You can normally configure the fans to run slower than full speed, which helps, yet due the large number of fans, these are still loud cases. Depending on what you have in use for storage and work load, you can unplug a "few" fans and still keep the temperatures nice and low with the fans running at low speed! You do not get the safety net of cooling well if a few fans fail without being noticed however that way. The one you linked to also does NOT include the drive caddies, so they would need to be bought seperately as an added cost. Also over the years, Supermicro has used a few different Caddy designs, so while not hard, it is a little extra work to make sure you get the correct caddies if you buy a chassis without them. I like front mounted drives, which can be done with the Supermicro, and Norco cases, as well as quite a few nice drive bay options for large standard cases. Redundant power supplies, while nice, may really be overkill for home. :-)