Intro: DIY Cheap or Free Music Server
This is a Do-it-yourself-er if you want to make a very cheap or free Music server
Step 1: Find a Computer
I'm using an old IBM NetVista. It has a 767mhz processor and 192megs of RAM. For a hard drive it has a 80gb Western Digital 7200 rpm IDE drive. For an OS i use Windows XP Professional SP3. This computer used to be my main computer and then i got a new laptop and i don't use that any more. You have to either find a free computer either on the side of the road or on a couple websites EX. http://www.craigslist.org/ or http://www.freecycle.org/ (you have to have a membership for freecycle.org which is free) The computer doesn't have to be anything special you can use a 450 mhz Intel Pentium II with 128 mb ram, and Windows 2000 SP4.
Step 2: Give It the Internet
You have to give the computer access to the internet. Wireless or wired. I would go with wireless so you can sotre the computer in an remote location where no one can see it like a closet or under a bed
Step 3: Give It Storage
You need space to store music right and that 15 gig hard drive wont do it. You need some BEEF to hold a good music collection. I would choose around a 160gb-500gb hard drive for a good music collection. You could ever do a dual hard drive setup, just mae sure you computer has the room for it. You also need to have the jumpers set right.
Step 4: Remove the Stuff Not Needed
Take all the stff that you dont need. You don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse. in the next step I will show you how to access the computer remotely form where ever you are.
Step 5: Control It Remotly
use logmein free to remotly control the computer http://www.logmein.com/
Step 6: Get Access to Your Media!!!!
I use a free program called ORB http://www.orb.com/ you can set up your computer that you have stored away in the closet, remotely. Download ORB FOR FREE!!! and set it up on the host computer
Step 7: Choose You Music Program
Choose your music program. I use frostwire. You can use what ever you want to. Make sure you set the download folder to the folder you specified in the ORB setup.
Step 8: Here Is What You Can Do With the Finished Product!
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