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Guys, I'm looking to turn a rackmount server into my media server, but wanted to get some input. I have quite a few poweredge server's, but am looking to get a more beefier server. My biggest and only issue so far is finding one 2U or bigger that I can get a working HDMI video card to pass audio and HD video.

Most of the server's I have mostly have PCI-X buses which to my understanding are backwards compatible with standard 32-bit PCI. I did manage to find a PCI video card with HDMI, but it did not work. I will admit I am a bit behind on my hardware, when I read the A+ book it was 2004 so I never even remember nor messed with PCI-X until I got these server's.

I'm looking to use either a PowerEdge or HP Proliant. If anyone has any suggestions.

Thanks.

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Guys, I'm looking to turn a rackmount server into my media server, but wanted to get some input. I have quite a few poweredge server's, but am looking to get a more beefier server. My biggest and only issue so far is finding one 2U or bigger that I can get a working HDMI video card to pass audio and HD video.

Most of the server's I have mostly have PCI-X buses which to my understanding are backwards compatible with standard 32-bit PCI. I did manage to find a PCI video card with HDMI, but it did not work. I will admit I am a bit behind on my hardware, when I read the A+ book it was 2004 so I never even remember nor messed with PCI-X until I got these server's.

I'm looking to use either a PowerEdge or HP Proliant. If anyone has any suggestions.

Thanks.

PCI-X is not backwards compatible. Pretty much any pci-x video card you pick up will do hdmi now, or at least have dvi, which converts to hdmi without the audio built in.

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I've used plex and mixing it up with a google tv or media device is not a bad idea. Hmmm I like that.

Hmmm... well one of the server's I believe it was the poweredge 650 had a raid controller card installed that did not fill the PCI-X bus completely if that makes sense. I did a bit of research and even asked a guy at a fry's electronic's if a 32-bit PCI card would work in that bus and he said yea.

I also have heard PCI-X is PCIe, but the bus is longer and I've not yet seen any PCI-X HDMI video card. I need to find a recent A+ course that cover's all that so I can be up to date.

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