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Cable Boxes or HTPC+Extenders?

That is the great debate I've come upon; my wife and I recently purchased our first home and are slowly getting used to having multiple rooms (just moved from a studio apartment), and we'll soon have multiple TV's. I'm expecting to grow from one TV to probably three in the next few weeks, but I cant decide if the HTPC Pro's outweigh the Con's, or if I should just pay the extra monthly fees for more boxes from Comcast. Help me decide.
posted by GuppieXX on Oct 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the verdict on bluetooth multicasting using Windows 7?

Mrs. Van and I enjoy watching movies at night using XMBC on our HTPC (which runs Windows 7)... But in a Manhattan apartment with two kids under the age of 2, we're usually stuck watching foreign subtitled films, using bulky headphones with a splitter, or turning the volume up and down constantly on a Hollywood blockbuster. I bought a couple of bluetooth headphones and an adapter a while back. I got one of the headsets to pair, and while that works beautifully, I don't think there's a way (using the normal Broadcom drivers) to pair two at the same time. Is there a software product or workaround that would allow us to pair *multiple* bluetooth headsets, allowing both of us to listen to audio coming from the computer? Thanks.
posted by BobbyVan on Oct 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Why does my computer keep freezing?

Why does my computer keep freezing during video games and HDTV playback? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Jul 28, 2013 - 10 answers

What do I do with a moderately fast spare computer?

Ideas for what to do with a (moderately fast) spare PC in 2012? (Intel C2D 3ghz E8400, 8GB RAM, etc) HTPC comes to mind, but open to more creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by petah on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.

My homebuilt, always-on HTPC has ground to a halt. It won't boot past the BIOS, which slowly - slowly - fills the screen like it's being downloaded by a very old dial-up modem. What's my "checklist" for zeroing in on the problem? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Windows 7 home server hardware recs

Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Recommendations for a minimal Home Theater PC system

I want to build a budget low power and quiet home theater PC to replace my XBox with XBMC. I'm not looking for HD or Bluray (I don't have the TV for the HD or the interest for the Bluray). I'm pretty out of touch with hardware these days so I don't really know what I need for a minimally viable HTPC. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Mar 14, 2011 - 21 answers

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC?

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC? [more inside]
posted by zcow on May 22, 2010 - 3 answers

I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand?

I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Apr 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Keyboard for my HTPC setup?

Recommendations for a good HTPC (home theater PC) keyboard? [more inside]
posted by petah on Dec 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Can anyone lend me a hand in designing my new home network computer setup?

Can anyone lend me a hand in designing my new home network computer setup? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 7, 2009 - 7 answers

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months?

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months? I would like to make sure I'm prepared for future technology. I don't want to build totally for the present. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Help get my HTPC to sleep

My home theater PC wakes up by itself [more inside]
posted by bargainhunter on May 30, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV?

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV? [more inside]
posted by Ponsonby Britt on Apr 25, 2008 - 6 answers

DVR me?

Scenario: the Cable line in my house comes into the living room. My desktop is in my bedroom, on the other side of the house, nowhere near that coaxial line... I'd love my desktop to act as a DVR, recording tv from that cable line. Is there some sort of solution other than running coaxial across the house to get me a cable line in my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Feb 27, 2007 - 6 answers

What are my options for a motherboard upgrade?

Help me find a motherboard upgrade to my Dell Dimension 4300 that I'm using as a HTPC. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on Oct 14, 2006 - 4 answers

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