Plex server not finding the drive you want to save to(Linux)?

My Problem

Alright so I thought I would do a quick post on a problem that I just ran into and solved recently.  I installed plex media server in my Linux computer with no issues.  I had all my movies and TV shows saved on an external hard drive plugged into my computer.

I tried everything

Opening the config file with:

sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Finding this line:

PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER = plex

and changing plex to my username didn’t work.
But give it a try it if you haven’t yet.

My Solution

What ended up working for me was the command:

sudo chown -R plex /media/

I tried it with:

sudo chown -R plex /media/tom/TomZeehsDrive

Which was the location of my actual hard drive but that didn’t work.
I had to move up a directory to get it to finally work.
Hope this helps some people out there.
Happy Watching!!!

How to create a bootable linux mint USB

Quick Walk-through:

  1. Download your distro-Linux Mint Download Site
  2. Download USB Installer-USB Installer Download
  3. Put Mint in top box
  4. Put recently download ISO path in next box
  5. Put which letter drive your flash drive is plugged in
  6. Press the create button
  7. Done!

Expanded Walk-through:

So today we are going to create a boot-able Linux mint USB drive. I chose to use the desktop environment Cinnamon since I was putting it on a more powerful machine that could handle it. If you are putting it on lower spec’d machine I would suggest MATE. Take a look at below to compare the other Desktop environments and choose the one the works best for your situation.

Link to Desktop Environments comparison

First thing we are going to do is download the ISO file, since that is going to take the longest.

Go to the link below.

Linux Mint Download

 

Click the desktop edition you want(I chose Cinnamon) and the bit size (I chose 64-bit).

Now we have that in the process of downloading(which might take a while). We have a USB Installer to download.

USB Installer Download

Once both have successfully download, open the Universal-USB-Installer.exe file

Click I agree.

Find Linux Mint in the first box and select it.

Select the path for your just download Linux mint download ISO file in the next box.

Then select the drive the flash drive you want to write to is located in. Check your my computer if you don’t know.

Finally hit the Create button. This process might take a little bit, but when it is done eject the drive and you will be able to plug it into the computer you want to install Linux Mint to.

 

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Learn how to put Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi

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Raspbian is a Linux operating system designed specifically to put on the raspberry pi.  It can be considered the starting point of many raspberry pi projects.

This tutorial is going to be very similar to the retro pi tutorial, you just need to download a different file and flash it.

So first go to the  link below and download the current Rasbian file.

 

Download Raspbian Here

Then click the blue square and download the zip file.

This file can be pretty large.

So once it has been downloaded extract it where you can find it later. Now follow this link below and instead of using the retro pie file use the Rasbian file we just downloaded.

Link to directions.

Once you have this file flashed over to the SD card you should now have Rasbian on your raspberry pi. Which allows you have a desktop experience and even have yourself a portable desktop that you can bring with you when traveling. There are also many other programs that can be downloaded for this particular operating system, many of which we are going to be using in the future.

Thanks for reading and feel free to subscribe to hear about future posts.

 

 

Create Your Own Retro Gaming Station

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Everyone remembers what it was like to play the games of old.  Those small pixels came to life thanks to our imagination and game developer’s creativity.  So we are going to try to find a way back to those good times with this tutorial.

First thing you will need is a raspberry pie. You can buy one here from amazon. Some other things you will need are a

  • Micro-SD card(at least 4GB)
  • A way to plug your SD card into the computer
  • Micro-USB Charger(5v)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Windows PC
  • USB or bluetooth controller
  • Keyboard
  • Flash Drive

So here we go.

  1. Once it installs properly we are ready to get retro-pie on our SD card.  You should see the three files highlighted in red on your flash drive.
  2. After you have downloaded the file, drag it into your flashdrive’s directory.  Then extract it.When the file is extracted we need to download this.  This is a program that flashes your extracted .img file to the SD card. You cannot just drag the .img file onto the sd card.  When you have downloaded this program and it asks you were you would like to install it choose your flash drive(I like to keep everything together).
  3. Next go to this link. And download the retro pie file. Click the button that has a red rectangle around it unless you are using the older raspberry pie(the old pie might not run games as smooth).
  4. formatsdSelect Restore device defaults and then hit start. It should format it how we want it.
  5. The first thing that we are going to do is format the SD Card.  Make sure there is nothing you want on it and find it in your File Explorer.  Right click on it and select format.
  6. So I know you might be seeing flash drive and thinking, why would you need that.  This is a way to backup all the files you are going to be downloading.  If you are a person that tends to just unplug their pie, you will more than likely lose it. Not your fault, it is just very convenient to do so.  So having a backup of software that you can just plugin is very beneficial. You can also just keep the backup folder on your desktop if find that easier. All files in the red boxes should be in the folder you are saving to.

Next click on the ImageWriter folder and then run the Win32DiskImager.exe file.You should then see a screen like this. Where you choose the extracted retro-pie .img file by clicking the red box, and the drive your newly formatted SD card in the blue box. Mine is D:\

Then click write in the green box.

When it is finished you should see this displayed.

Congratulations you now have retro pie successfully installed on your SD card. Throw your SD card into the pie, plug it into a screen, power it on, and you should see it boot up.  If you don’t make sure you downloaded the correct file from the website and didn’t skip any of the above steps.

Now we have a gaming system, but no games. Sort of useless I will go over how to install Rom’s in a future post. Thanks for reading and subscribe if you want updated posts.

 

Change your router settings from browser

routerYou don’t need that useless shiny circle that comes with your router in order to change your settings.  You also don’t need to wait and pay for a technician to come out to your house for a simple issue.  You are able to connect to your router straight from any web browser. You just need to know the address of your router.  All routers have a “web page” of sorts built into the machine itself. This web page allows you to make changes or even power cycle it to get it back to optimal running conditions.

  1. First thing you need to do is find the IP address of your router. Most  routers have the default IP address of 192.168.1.1 .

     

  2. If you type in this IP address into your browser address bar you should get something that looks like this Go to step 7 if you see the login page.

  3. If you aren’t able to connect to the login page then you should go to command line by searching for CMD in the windows search bar.CMD3

  4. Then type in ipconfigcmd4
  5. You will then see a default gateway which is what you should now try to type into your browser address bar.
  6. Or you can try to go to your internet network settings in the bottom right corner of the screen and look for something called gateway. Copy the gateway IP address into your address bar and you should be good to go.

    Result will vary depending on the router you own.
    Result will vary depending on the router you own.
  7. So now you should be able to see a login page for your router.  If the router has never been set up it will have default username and passwords.  For example mine has a default password of “admin”, but that is just for Linksys routers of that particular router.

  8. After you have tried “admin” or “password” to login and are not successful we are off to google. If say you have a Netgear router run a google search for “Netgear router default login“.router1
  9. You should find a list of default passwords and logins. You can also try searching the name brand then the model number(found on the bottom of your device) followed by “default login” to get more specific search results. For example “Netgear DG834N default login”.

  10. Now you should be able to login into the router. This next part very much relies on what brand of router you have.   Try a google search of “*Brand Name Here* Router Settings” if you are having trouble.
    This is what being logged in should look like.
    This is what being logged in should look like.

  11. Some Highlights of what you can do include
    1. Power Cycling the router without having to unplug anything.
    2. Set priority of bandwidth to certain devices.

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      I know what you are thinking….
    3. Give more bandwidth to certain games/software, like netflix or other data hogging streaming services.
    4. See any devices that you might not want on the network.
    5. Set time limits for the internet to turn off (if you reside in North Korea or something).
    6. Every device that has ever connected is saved on the router, so going through and deleting them can be a good habit to form.
    7. Change the default password and username so somebody can’t just sign into your router with default credentials and start changing settings.
    8. Many other cool advanced networking tricks.
  12. If you had any problems completing this tutorial please leave a comment below or use my contact page.

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The Cartridge Harmonica

Everything seemed better when we were younger.  This especially is true for video games.  I still have the konami code drilled into my skull after countless of times using it.  I want to harness some of these feelings with my first entry into my series of tutorials.  I remember my dad and I having a blast playing an old NHL game on the sega genesis, I believe it was NHL’ 93.  When you timed your boost just right you checked a player, knocking them down and sometimes you would hit them hard enough to cause a pool of pixelated blood to form around their head.  


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A resounding “BLOOD SHOT!” would then be yelled by aggressor at the top of their lungs along with a disappointing look from my mother.  It was an awesome father, son relationship building experience that we were just reminiscing about over the holiday’s.  We said we wished we could play that game again, for old times sake.  The problem with this is we would have to find a working Sega genesis, the game itself, and controllers to go along with it.  I am sure there are a lot of people out there who would also like to play your old favorite games, it’s just impossible to find those old games and systems that are still in working order.  My plan is to obtain a raspberry pie and create my own vintage game playing machine that you can play on any tv with your friends and family(or by yourself).  Once I feel comfortable enough with it I also plan on creating my own tutorial series.  I want to make it a hybrid video/text entry as I feel that is the best way to convey the information. So blow off that dust on your mind cartridge and get ready to load up that old save file called nostalgia.   

Link to learn how to make retro pi.

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