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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

No blue channel with component video

I need help with my HTPC and its component cable connection. I'm missing the blue channel. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Mar 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Adventures in Home Theatrics

My brand new HP Pavillion Laptop, running Win7 comes with an HDMI out port. My HD LCD TV has an extra HDMI-in port. The TV's Native Resolution is 1820X1080 When I connect the two, PNP detects a generic large screen tv with a resolution 1820x1080 and sets the screen res at those dimensions. This results in very substantial (unacceotable) amount of overscan. I can fix it (almost) by going into Win7's graphic properties dialogue and selecting a custom aspect ratio in which both Horizontal and vertical are reduced to 45% of normal. Whats causing the over scan?? Doesn't 1820x1080 = 1820x1080? Is there a better way to fix this than my kludge? (The TV isn't trying to change the picture shape to letterbox etc. pix shape= normal)
posted by Fupped Duck on Feb 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me cut the cord with no regrets

Having been humbled by a growing cable bill, and emboldened by articles like this and this, I've decided to return my cable box and buy a HTPC to serve up TV, movies and other content... Help me avoid some common pitfalls and make this an enjoyable and money-saving endeavor! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Feb 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Is an old mac mini beefy enough to play back HD video?

Can I use an older mac mini to play back HD divx and H264 content? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 31, 2010 - 9 answers

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money?

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Dec 17, 2009 - 23 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

Wireless keyboard for a home theater PC?

Please suggest a quality wireless (RF) keyboard that has an integrated touchpad, trackpoint or trackball for use with a home theater PC setup. There's a lot of different things available from Newegg ($35 to $150+) and the other usual sources, but I'm wondering about some first-hand experiences... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 26, 2009 - 13 answers

How should I set up my new HTPC's Hard Drives?

How should I set up my new HTPC's Hard Drives? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Getting new Win 7 Laptop this weekend for Home Theatre PC setup. Advice?

Best setup for a Win 7 laptop as HTPC? [more inside]
posted by jcmilton on Oct 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me plan my HTPC

Old-school SD TV with only coax and composite video inputs seeks modern HTPC for MythTV and maybe light Hulu. Can this relationship work? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Oct 9, 2009 - 10 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

Ready for CableCards?

What is the current state of CableCards? Is it worth adding to my HTPC? [more inside]
posted by medarby on Oct 1, 2009 - 11 answers

I don't want my MTV.

I want to dump cable, but I still want to be able to watch particular shows. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Sep 8, 2009 - 24 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

Windows Based PVR Software

I'm looking for free PVR software, preferably for Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Jul 16, 2009 - 7 answers

HTPC web browser?

Is there a web browser for your home-theater PC that works like Opera on the Wii? Something where I can sit back on the couch and navigate using the remote would be ideal.
posted by smackfu on Jun 16, 2009 - 3 answers

old mac Mini is too Mini for TV

I have an old G5 PowerPC Mac Mini that would be just right to repurpose as a DVR/HTPC. But the weak onboard graphics are preventing joy. Is there a way I can offload the graphics processing workload to an auxillary device? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Apr 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me mouse from the couch.

Recommend a wireless mouse with a good range. [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu on Mar 17, 2009 - 10 answers

HTPC, xbx360, External monitor - is there one display to rule them all?

AVfilter: Have XBox 360, Mac, and HTPC/cable box - need one display, 25 inches or larger, to use with all 3. Should I be shopping for an HDTV (no tuner req'd) or a Computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Feb 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Trying to get PC/TV AND PVR functionality to merge onto my 42" lcd

Is there a PC tuner card that can read from my Comcast digi-set-top box that I can control w/a wifi/bluetooth remote from 20-30 ft.? [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Feb 16, 2009 - 6 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

What is the best HTPC software?

What software (or set of software) should I use on my new HTPC for both DVR functionality and streaming internet video? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Jan 1, 2009 - 10 answers

n00b htpc 3850 dvi to hdmi with audio

I've got a Gigabyte HD3850 w/dual DVI outs and 1 Svid out.I went n00b and got a dvi to hdmi 30ft cable to my 42" LCD TV. Help?! E6850 duo + 2GB all overclocked and running flawlessly. [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Dec 9, 2008 - 13 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

htpc recomendations needed

im looking to build a htpc that will be able to play 1080p content and output HD Audio over HDMI. my main requirements are that i would like it quiet and energy efficient. Im also hoping to put a couple of HD satalite cards in there im not sure if this would make a difference to what hardware i should select. could someone point me in the direction of either some recomended componenets or a pre built machine
posted by toocan on Nov 17, 2008 - 5 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

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

I need my Rare Visions fix...in HD?

Keep me entertained on my new 20" widescreen. How small can I encode my DVDs and what's the most cost-effective way to get broadcast TV on it? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Aug 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Off the shelf HTPC recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommendations on off-the-shelf WMC HTPCs? I've been searching high and low, and virtually all the information on the intertubes seems to be about building HTPCs. I know that's the more cost-effective route, but I just don't have the time. Here's what I'm itchin' for: [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin on Jun 19, 2008 - 4 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

Pimp my HTPC?

Mobo Filter: Help me find the perfect motherboard (and possibly PSU) for my HTPC. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on May 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Best tuner for Windows Media Center 2005?

What are the best ATSC tuners to use with Windows Media Center 2005? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 1, 2008 - 3 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

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

all-purpose home media center.

Is this home media center set up possible and if so how much would it cost to set up? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 on Apr 2, 2008 - 13 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

How to set up a state-wide network of theater rooms all sharing the same media?

HELP - all you AV buffs. I have a huge AV project to undertake. It involves finding a way to either broadcast, stream, or sync movies located in one location (i.e., a media server) to 10 different theater rooms across the state of Utah. I have an unlimited budget. More info inside... [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Jan 31, 2008 - 14 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

Need for Speed:

I need to optimize x264, VC-1, etc. playback. Forgive me if I'm missing the glaringly obvious, but I have been googling for over an hour and haven't found anything. Most of the guides I've found are more geared towards encoding. I'm looking for a conclusive source on how to configure my computer for the smoothest and least-CPU intensive playback of next-gen HD codecs (yes, even accepting small reductions in picture quality!). [more inside]
posted by nervestaple on Nov 19, 2007 - 4 answers

I've got a HDMI problem with my new HTPC

I recently built a new HTPC using a Gigabyte GA-G33-2SH motherboard. The motherboard is built on the Intel G33 chipset, and has dual onboard video -- a VGA output, and a DVI or a HDMI output. (You can use the VGA and one of the digital outputs simultaneously, but not the two digital outputs.) [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Nov 14, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I play PC games from the couch?

Looking for the best wireless keyboard/mouse/lapdesk solution to play PC games from my couch. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 5, 2007 - 6 answers

HTPC and Comcast Set-Top Box

I just got a dedicated HTPC system and im having a hard time figuring out how to get my comcast service working with Vista Media Edition. Everything works okay as far as recieving a 'picture' to my TV, my only problem lies in having MCE control channel changing and recording TV using the MCE remote... [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Oct 13, 2007 - 4 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

Best media streamer for HDTV (under $300) ?

Now that I found out the XBox 360 won't have Xvid support in the Media Extender (thanks M$), what alternative media streamer would the mighty filter suggest to view the LOADS of Xvid (and perhaps x.264 HD) content on my PC via my HDTV over a wired network connection? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 1, 2007 - 12 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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