Right now I have a Pentium 3 866 that I'm using as a sound system and was wondering if there was any way to remotely control it. Right now, I'm running VLC in Windows ME on it and controling the computer through VNC, which is very sluggish to say the least.
Is there a better program that would accept remote interfaces? If so, that would be extremely helpful. It can be for either Windows or Linux (I have Ubuntu 6.06 installed).
Also, an old computer I got has a sound card in it; my 866 is using integrated. Would it be a good idea to add the sound card to the computer, or will there not be a very noticeable difference? Most of my music is 128kb/s MP3, if that helps.
Adding the sound card to the Pentium 3 866 system would take the sound processing duty off of the processor, and give your processor an artifical speed boost. So yea, I'd transfer the sound card.
Is your virtual network contoller setup via your home network, or through the internet.
Right now it's set up through my home network.
It shouldn't be lagging if that is the case.
Are you using a router or a switch/hub?
A router (Linksys WRT54G).
My viewing computer is running over Wifi, could that be the problem? And I doubt the speed of my ethernet card in the computer - should be 10/100 but not sure.
Yes, the wireless connection is likely the culprit. When you're downloading a file though the wireless network onto the computer that uses the network, what is the average speed?
It takes about 2min 39sec for a 175mb file so maybe 1.25 mb/s (10 megabit/sec). I'm not sure if that's because the ethernet card in the computer only supports that, or if the wifi is just that slow.
It could be that the router is by a ton of cables. Could they be causing interference? If so, how could I reduce the interference?
I would be more concerned about electric devices that sit between the router and computer.
Wireless cellphones, wireless landline phones, and microphones tend to be offenders of wireless signal interference.
But the speed that you quote shouldn't be causing all that much lag. Hmmmm.... I'm about out of ideas. Give it some time until someone else comes upon this thread and gives you another possible answer.
Linux, Linux and rdesktop.
How exactly is the PIII operating as a sound server? It has the music on it and outputs directly to a preamp/amp/speakers?
Yeah, it just has music and a pair of pretty nice speakers. The computer I'm using to access the desktop is running Windows XP. Would the rdesktop be accesable from that?