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Video card recommendations

I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj on Aug 24, 2012 - 37 answers

Help me disable automatic brightness adjustment on my windows 7 htpc.

I use Windows 7 Media Center to timeshift basketball games and it works fine, except that after a commercial break where there is a bright white commercial, the brightness is shifted down, and the subsequent footage is too dark. This happens at record time but I'm not sure exactly what is causing it or how to disable. My capture card is an ati tv wonder 600 pci.
posted by Manjusri on Mar 25, 2012 - 2 answers

One universal remote to rule them all?

One universal remote to rule them all? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Jun 18, 2011 - 10 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

Lend me your up-to-date media center knowledge

What's the latest in small, cheap media centers? [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld on Dec 10, 2010 - 20 answers

My Dark Twisted Media Fantasy

I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So - I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC

I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Zero to HTPC in 700?

Going crazy trying to figure out my HTPC/media server options from scratch. Yes, I've been reading other threads but I'm a unique snowflake so there's [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Sanity check my Mac media center.

Please sanity check a possible Mac Mini HTPC/media center setup. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 2, 2009 - 12 answers

HTPC + DVD ISO + automounting = WIN: Show your work

Looking for a media center solution (not necessarily a Media Center solution), that will automount DVD images (ISO files) for playback. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server?

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 29, 2008 - 2 answers

What's the best option these days for building a home theater PC (HTPC)?

HD-capable HTPC advice / help? I'm overwhelmed here... XBMC, Boxee, MythTV, Windows Media Center, CableCARDS, Popcorn Hour, Apple TV -- too many options! What should I build to fit my needs within a reasonable cost? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Oct 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me upgrade my DIY HTPC without it becoming a PITA

With digital OTA coming in February and the possibility of dipping into HD in the near future, help me give my 2 year old HTPC a facelift. [more inside]
posted by genial on Sep 10, 2008 - 4 answers

What Linux am I looking for? Does it even exist?

Help me find a linux build for my media PC.... please! [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa on Apr 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me setup my home theater network?

How do I make an easy to use media server? I'd like a nice, pretty interface that'll allow me to play any files on the back-end without having to do work on the front-end. Can Windows Media Center be run over a VPN? Is there one that more properly showcases new movies or television shows? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me configure an HTPC with multiple audio outputs.

What's the best way to configure an HTPC to easily manage and control 3 separate audio outputs and then flexibly route those outputs to 3 separate locations? [more inside]
posted by Embryo on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Building a Home Theatre PC

My PC is sick. Before I repair it, I want to build a new one to use while I work on it. I'm thinking of a HTPC sort of thing. Something I can use on the desktop in the office if need be, but also small and quiet enough to move to the living room and still powerful enough to run modern 3d games. I don't need the latest, fastest framerates, but it would be nice to have the option of playing some modern first person shooters. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Aug 9, 2007 - 3 answers

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