Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Installing episode butler and sabnzbd on the Seagate Dockstar.

As i've mentioned i've gotten myself a nice Dockstar with the intention of running sabnzbd as well as episode butler.  I currently have a WHS running which works well but i've always been concerned about power usage even if it is an Atom board so have decided to go the ultra low power route which i don't mind running constantly.

I've had to rebuild the dockstar a few times so thought i'd create a script to make life much easier.  I'm assuming that you've followed the excellent guide from Jeff at link i've used this a few times now and it's worked excellently.  The only thing which caught me out was forgetting to set the boot partition as active.

Anyway down to the interesting stuff, if you run the following commands on your newly setup debian dockstar you will end up with a vanila install of sabnzbd as well as episode butler.

cd /tmp
wget ""
chmod +x

This will download the script from my website and carry out the installation.  Sabnzbd is installed from the apt packages but episode butler is a download from their site directly and unpacked and moved to the right location.  Java and a few other necessary packages are installed so the script will take a while.

I've done my best to ensure it's all ok and working  but use at your own risk!!  Any suggestions or modifications are much appreciated.

Good Luck :) 

Monday, 15 November 2010


Just got myself a lovely dockstar courtesy of a friend in the states for a mere £22 which is bargain to say the least.

I've installed it once already and had it working pretty nicely but knocked the power lead twice in a row causing the newly setup debian install to refuse to boot any longer :(

Still at least there are some positives, i've decided to document the install to get it up and running with sabnzbd and episode butler which are the two main things i plan to run and sure a lot of people are planning the same also.

Friday, 4 June 2010

WHS update

Well it's been somewhile since my last post but found that managing a full time job and being a new Dad is quite a task and take up the majority of my time these days !!

Getting a bit more free time though so i've splashed out on a PC-Q08 case for a much needed upgrade and plan to do it this weekend so shall post some pics and a write up of how i find the case.  Watch this space :)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

DVBLink Dreambox v2

Playing catchup at the moment with the latest releases as i'm now a Dad !!  Little baby adam was born on the 13th Feb at 4:12 and mum and baby are doing well.

I plan to upgrade to V2 of DVBlink Dreambox and also install the network pack at the same time, i'm moving these to my WHS so all the machines in the house can access the tuners so fingers crossed it all goes ok !

Friday, 11 December 2009

HP MediaSmart EX490

If your in the UK HP are doing a special deal at the moment with £90 off the purchase price and a further %10 off with a code they have published on the advert.  If your quick they are doing a free Marks and Spencer hamper also!

You can checkout the deal here

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

MCE Standby Tool

Just wanted to give a small mention to MCE Standby tool which i've been using on my living room media center setup for a while now and found it incredibly useful for making sure it stays in standby mode and only comes out when it needs to.  You can get the tool from here :)


Friday, 4 December 2009

SABnzbd-0.5.0 Beta1 Released.

Just a heads up that SABnzbd 0.5.0 beta is out, this has to be one of the most usefull programs i've found in recent years and is the core of any downloading i perform these days.  It sits on my WHS silently downloading in the background.  Been testing it ou in a VM and it seems just as stable as before so i'll be going onto my main WHS very soon !