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Q: Htpc bsod

Howdy y'all. Nice site I've stumbled upon here here, I'll have to do some poking around. Interested in learning how to debug my own problems eventually, but I do need some help now.

I've had my computer set up for over a year , and I'm having some real problems now. I'm using an HDTV as a monitor, and this computer is the only way I watch TV.

Half the time I don't know what happened, it's just rebooted and says something like 'grub rescue>' on a black bg white text screen.

When I reboot, sometimes I lose my display. Sometimes it goes to the bios splash screen, and then black. Sometimes splash screen, 'grub rescue>' prompt.

Just now, while I was watching TV, it blue screened, automatically rebooted, and I don't remember what happened next, but it didn't boot back into windows. After messing with it for a while, resetting, swapping cables, swapping inputs on the TV, I grabbed a VGA cable and used that. That worked, and showed a startup restore screen. The aspect ratio was 4:3 (black bars on the left and right) I followed the prompts, and it restarted fine, still on the VGA, in 16:9 now.

I read a bit on the forum before posting, there is nothing in my minidump folder. I checked, and the computer is set to do a complete dump, so I dono why it hasn't. I've bluescreened at least a half a dozen times in the past few weeks. My pagefile is manually set to 4000 Mib (or MB? I forget) maybe that's why? I had a 30Gig SSD as my only hard drive at install, so that's why I reduced the pagefile size. I have another hard drive in there for storage and programs now, so I could reset the pagefile size if that could be an issue.

God this is a long post, sorry.

Used the 7Z diagnostic tool to make a zip file.

Thanks for any tips!

Preferred Solution: Htpc bsod

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A: Htpc bsod


There seems to be no dump in the zip file.

Please make sure you're following the instructions on this thread
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html correctly and post the dumps again.

If you are not getting the dumps try:
Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD

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Hi guys - hope someone can help.

Installed fresh Win 7-64 on Acer Aspire X3950 u3022 with intel video (hdmi) and realtek audio. first installed all win 7 updates and downloaded latest intel vga drivers, and H57 express chipset drivers, Realtek audio and LAN drivers.
I have tried many installations attempts- with/without win7 updates, with/without acer stock drivers vs latest intel drivers...nothing has helped

Only problem I have is when I wake up from sleep if WMC if open, I get the BSOD. I have even tried Mce stand by Tool looked like it helped at first, but back to BSOD, even after setting MST to close WMC before sleep and re-launch after wake up. Appreciate any helped. I've attached the required logs

Its 2011, would hope all of this would work. The HDMI cable out from the pc goes to Pioneer VST 820 receiver then from there to Sony BRavia LCD
Thanks in Advance.

A:Htpc bsod

Can someone check the attached crashdump and give me an idea of what's going on? thanks

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This is new to me so please be kind.. Installed a SSD last week; great no problems for four days, then started getting BSOD's on when putting HTPC to sleep. I am able to leave this machine up for several days at a time with no problems. I have attached my info.
I will check back later from a non-HTPC.

BTW: Thanks in advance for helping me out. I would hate to have this HTPC go belly up. The wife would kill me...

A:HTPC BSOD on sleep

I have updated my system information... This information was scetchy on my first post.
This systems only bug is going into BSOD when put to sleep; some type of power fault is indicated on the screen.
I am seriously considering doing away with sleep (s3) on this system. What is odd, is that it actually was working within the first three or four days after installing the SSD.

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Well, something is really wrong, I believe with ssd, because when I used hdd as storage no problems what so ever, frequent BSOD 0xf4, 0x7a, 0x0a and freeze is present, chkdsk show no problems, no bad sectors, memtest ok, latest ssd firmware, win7 x64 updated, here's latest minidump if someone can look at it ..
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
4,00GB DDR3 @ 666MHz
ASRock Q1900B-ITX
Intel HD Graphics
59GB TS64GSSD340 ATA Device (SSD) Transcend
No optical disk drives
820-01b mini itx case 65w external power
Filename          : ntoskrnl.exe
Address In Stack  : ntoskrnl.exe+75169
From Address      : fffff800`02e09000
To Address        : fffff800`033ee000
Size              : 0x005e5000
Time Stamp        : 0x531590fb
Time String       : 4.3.2014. 9:38:19
Product Name      : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
File Version      : 6.1.7601.18409 (win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144)
Company           : Microsoft Corporation
Full Path         : C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe... Read more

A:Random BSOD, htpc with ssd

That's no minidump, it's just a list of various drivers seemingly taken from a BlueScreenView screen which reflected no BSOD data.  In any case...
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Well, something is really wrong, I believe with ssd, because when I used hdd as storage no problems what so ever, frequent BSOD 0xf4, 0x7a, 0x0a and freeze is present, chkdsk show no problems, no bad sectors, memtest ok, latest ssd firmware, win7 x64 updated
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Celeron J1850 @ 1.99GHz
4,00GB DDR3 @ 666MHz
ASRock Q1900B-ITX
Intel HD Graphics
59GB TS64GSSD340 ATA Device (SSD) Transcend
No optical disk drives
820-01b mini itx case 65w external power


A:Random BSOD, htpc with ssd

.. here's event log viewer with more than few errors, if someone can look at it:

MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 30-11-2014
Ran by HTPC (administrator) on 12-01-2015 at 20:53:29
Running from "D:\"
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal

========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
Error: (01/12/2015 08:48:29 PM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (01/12/2015 08:48:24 PM) (Source: ISCTAgent) (User: )
Description: ISCT - CISCTPnpDriverApi::CreateInstance *****Unable to open the ISCT device driver

Error: (01/12/2015 08:39:41 PM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (01/12/2015 08:39:21 PM) (Source: ISCTAgent) (User: )
Description: ISCT - CISCTPnpDriverApi::CreateInstance *****Unable to open the ISCT device driver

Error: (01/12/2015 09:31:01 AM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.Lo... Read more

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I finished building this computer about a month ago. All components are new. Intel dh67bl mb & i3 2100t, using built in video & sound. Have ceton quad tuner, antec earthwatts 380w psu, WD caviar 2tb sata hdd, 2x4gb corsair 1333mhz ddr3 running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit SP1.

I'm getting daily BSOD. Generally, the only thing running is WMC and avast. This latest BSOD happened with WMC gadget running along with IE while trying to set up an account for this forum.

I've updated the box with the latest changes to windows 7. Drivers for the mb are downloaded from Intel and running the latest versions. Ceton card has latest firmware & drivers. None of the drivers seem to be helping matters.

The system shows the following information about an unexpected shutdown. Don't know if this will add anything to help:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 1a
BCP1: 0000000000041201
BCP2: FFFFF6800004B538
BCP3: A08000005AAFC867
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1
Files that help describe the problem:
Read our privacy statement online:
If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:
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A:new htpc getting daily BSOD

Avast can be a contributing cause of BSOD'S . Please remove and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials AT LEAST TO TEST

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

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Hi guys... first post for a noob. I recently built a machine to use as my primary HTPC. I'm using as my main TV via cable card and Ceton Infinity pci card. Within the last few weeks my machine have started to lock up periodically and I'll have to hard reboot, or if it happens during the night, the system will eventually reboot and I'll be presented with a config. or log on screen the next morning.

I think I followed the BSOD instructions correctly and have attached the zip file. Hopefully you can help. I'm not a developer so I've never debugged code before but will give it a try if I need to. Thanks for any assistance.

A:BSOD - HTPC - Can WMC be the culprit?

Welcome aboard.

► You are having a Bugcheck 0x24, with a probable cause Ntfs.sys.

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 24, {1904fb, fffff8800a47a0c8, fffff8800a479920, fffff800030adfb6}

Probably caused by : Ntfs.sys ( Ntfs!NtfsCachedRead+180 )

Followup: MachineOwner
So let us try to recover the error that is saying to be ntfs.sys.

Reseat the sata and power.
Run chkdsk /f/r, following the option two of the tutorial Disk Check
Seatool for dos: SeaTools | Seagate download
Burn it in a blank cd. boot from the CD, click on "Accept", wait for it to finish detecting the drives, then in the upper left corner select "Basic Tests", then select "Long Test" and let it run.
► Another one:

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* ... Read more

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I experience BSODs on my mission critical HTPC which was recently upgraded to 3D (graphics card). I'm using PowerDVD 12. The BSODs make for frustrating movie nights

Because of the crashes and some stuttering I just upgraded the CPU and the RAM (no OC). Stuttering seems to be gone but crashes still occur. Prime95 and Memtest run without error.

Is there any solution you could ppoint me to?

A:BSOD in HTPC trying to play 3D-Blu-rays

5 of 8 related to your a memory exception probably caused by your video driver.

When upgrading your graphic driver you MUST remove all traces of the current driver.

In order to do that we recommend using
Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper

When it is removed then download and install the fresh copy.
If the driver doesnt fix it we can get aggressive. If the machine is mission critical you have a backup from before the problem started right?

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Hi Folks,

I use my HTPC for playing media using JRiver Media Center
It's new PC and worked with no issues for the first three months. First 0x0000001a error happened end of November and today it's 4th time. the errors also are getting more and more frequent. As far as I remember twice the error occurred while playing music, once when idle and once when watching a movie. All media were played from hard disk as opposed to internet streaming. My (active) internet usage on this PC is very low and 98% of time is spent on music and video. Absolutely no gaming, overclocking, etc.

SF Diagnostic report attached. Your help to identify and resolve the issue would much appreciated.



A:4th BSOD on HTPC, error 0x0000001e

Hi Andromedasuite.

Test your RAM modules for possible errors.
How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+
Run memtest for at least 8 passes, preferably overnight.

If it start showing errors/red lines, stop testing. A single error is enough to determine that something is going bad there.

If it does no show any error, enable Driver Verifier to monitor the drivers.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

Why Driver Verifier:
It puts a stress on the drivers, ans so it makes the unstable drivers crash. Hopefully the driver that crashes is recorded in the memory dump.

How Can we know that DV is enabled:
It will make the system bit of slow, laggy.

Before enabling DV, make it sure that you have earlier System restore points made in your computer. You can check it easily by using CCleaner looking at Tools > System Restore.

If there is no points, make a System Restore Point manually before enabling DV.


If you fail to get on the Desktop because of DV, Boot into Advanced Boot Options > Safe mode. Disable DV there. Now boot normally again, and try following the instruction of enabling DV again.
If you cannot boot in Safe mode too, do a System Restore to a point you made earlier.

Also Free up the startup. Windows does not need any other program to auto start with it, but t... Read more

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I've got a HTPC which is hooked up to my receiver/TV, and is on all the time even though the receiver is typically. Most of the time everything works perfectly, but occasionally when I want to watch XBMC, I'll use my remote to turn on the TV and receiver, and then the computer blue screens. It happens about 1 in 10 times or so, and I've only seen it when I use the remote (and not manually turn on the TV and receiver). The HTPC has a USB infrared receiver for controlling XBMC. That leads me to believe that the problem is either in graphics drivers or possibly the IR driver.

The crash logs seem to indicate that the problem is caused by ks.sys, but I don't know what that is and it seems to be a core system component.

One other thing, this issue only started happening recently when I replaced my old MB/CPU with a newer one. I didn't reinstall windows and everything seemed to be working fine, except for this issue. Reinstalling might fix this issue, but I'd like to avoid that if at all possible.

A:BSOD when switching to HTPC input

Welcome to SF MordredKLB it is recommended to clean install Windows when swapping a motherboard, but this case isn't due to the fact you didn't.

The problem appears to be due to your Bluetooth Hands-free Audio;

lmvm btwaudio
Browse full module list
start end module name
fffff880`044d9000 fffff880`0455f000 btwaudio (deferred)
Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\btwaudio.sys
Image name: btwaudio.sys
Browse all global symbols functions data
Timestamp: Tue Aug 25 23:36:15 2009
Driver Reference Table - btwaudio.sys
I wasn't able to locate drivers for it can you give some more information about it?

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I've done a fresh install of Win7 Ultimate x64 on my Intel DH67GD based HTPC. Based on the history of the Minidumps, I'm getting a couple of BSODs a day, and they typically occur while the machine is not doing anything.

After the fresh install, I've installed the following:

1) latest drivers from Intel site for motherboard
2) Windows Updates (except for language packs)
3) Windows Home Server 2011 Connector
4) Drivers for Ceton InfiniTV PCIe (using network drivers to connect to remote tuner)
5) MCE cablecard setup (including MyChannel Logos and GuideTool)
6) Adobe Flash
7) Quicktime

Any help would be welcomed.


A:Random BSOD on HTPC-IRQL Not less or equal

Please upload your msinfo32.nfo file again its corrupted.

To get this:
Click on the Start
Type msinfo32 into the Search programs and files box
When it opens, go to File, Save
Save as msinfo32.nfo and save in a place you will remember
Let it finish the process of gathering and saving the system info
Right click the .nfo file, click send to compressed (zipped) folder
Upload the .zip file here.

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I'm running a 64-bit Windows 7 HTPC that I build myself. Some quick hardware:

Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5K2/2G
ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E6300
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC TV Tuner White Box 1101 PCI Interface - OEM
SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Some local PSU

The OS is the original for the system, Full Retail version, as I am the system OEM
The hardware is roughly half a year old
The OS install is the same age - put it all together at the same time

This problem has been going on, near as I can tell, the life of the system, and it's starting to get annoying and I'm running out of ideas. Ergo - I throw myself on the mercy of anonymous Internet denizens.

I've attached the required BSOD files. I've also attached the minidumps that I found in the windows directory, though I know they don't represent all of the crashes, as the thing will wake itself up and crash during the night 2 times a week, sometimes more.

Wanting to be slightly self-sufficient I downloaded the Windows SDK and attempted my own crash analysis, as far as that goes. Text from WinDBG follows:

1: kd> .reload
Loading Kernel Symbols
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A:BSOD stop 0x00000124 intermittently on HTPC

Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

Vague BC. Follow the above.

It is usually due to hardware. Be sure to check RAM and Hardrive
Due to travel status I was not able to open your mini dump reports.

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Hi all,

Of late my living room PC has had this alarming habit of simply becoming unresponsive - no display output, USB devices stop working (if you reconnect a mouse the sensor doesnt light up), only option is for hard reset.

I checked Event Viewer after each time it happened and always, about 12~16 hours before I discover the hang, up to 200 similar Warnings are generated. They are:
- The filter host process #### did not respond and is being forcibly terminated.
- The protocol host process #### did not respond and is being forcibly terminated {filter host process ####}. ​

Googled these but there are hundreds of #### codes and no results regarding a wholesale shutdown of so many processes. The hard drive access lamp is also 100% on.

This is Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit, running on an Intel G2030, not overclocked. No discrete sound or graphics card installed. Used mainly as 24/7 storage, not many programs - very lightweight. Updated to SP1. No hardware upgrades lately. Have no idea what's going on but it has me very concerned.

Can anyone advise please?

A:Win7 HTPC Not Responding (No Display, No Bsod)

If USB has stopped working you may have a failing or underpowered Power Supply Unit. Shut the computer down, open the side, clean out any dust. Look at the PSU label and report the Make, Model# and Wattage. Start the computer and make sure all fans are spinning. Boot into Setup (Bios) go to PC Health look at the Voltages, and report the +12V and the +5V rail lines voltage. If they are more or less then .5 degrees the PSU is failing and needs to be replaced.

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Hey there everyone, I've been a long time lurker on seven forums, and have used the info on your theads to get my google chrome working when win7 first came out.

However, this time, I've decided to Move out of Tom's hardware threads and post here for a conclusive answer.

I have put together a build some time back since july, its been giving me BSOD's. This only happens when i ahve a portable USB HDD connected to the USB port - whether front panel or back panel header, I still get a BSOD. I did a fresh install of Win7 x64 with the latest device drivers from Intels and Realtek's site.

System specs;
Intel i3-2100 @ stock
ECS H67H2-M Black deluxe mobo
4GB (2x2GB)Twinmos DDR3 1333MHz (dunno the voltages since the sticker doesn't say anything apart from CL9) but I'm assuming its 1.5V +/- .075V
1x 250GB Seagate(formerly maxtor HDD) OS
1x 2TB Samsung HDD for movies and media drive
LiteOn DVD +/-RW
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU

The PSU and 250GB HDD were hand downs from me to this rig..my pals.

Now everytime I connect the portable USB HDD to the port, I can run a movie from the device but after a while, it gives a BSOD. When running a movie from the desktops HDD, there is no such hickup.

With all this digging I've learn't that
1| BSOD's can happen from a grounding issue
2| BSOD's can happen with a driver failure(or badly written drivers)
3| BSOD's can happen due to heat issues
4| BSOD's can happen from a faulty hardware
5| BSOD's can happen from USB devices as well

But i... Read more

A:System crash, BSOD's on new HTPC build

Quote: Originally Posted by Lutfij

Hey there everyone, I've been a long time lurker on seven forums, and have used the info on your theads to get my google chrome working when win7 first came out.

However, this time, I've decided to Move out of Tom's hardware threads and post here for a conclusive answer.

I have put together a build some time back since july, its been giving me BSOD's. This only happens when i ahve a portable USB HDD connected to the USB port - whether front panel or back panel header, I still get a BSOD. I did a fresh install of Win7 x64 with the latest device drivers from Intels and Realtek's site.

System specs;
Intel i3-2100 @ stock
ECS H67H2-M Black deluxe mobo
4GB Twinmos DDR3 1333MHz (dunno the voltages since the sticker doesn't say anything apart from CL9) but I'm assuming its 1.5V +/- .075V
1x 250GB Seagate(formerly maxtor HDD) OS
1x 2TB Samsung HDD for movies and media drive
LiteOn DVD +/-RW
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU

The PSU and 250GB HDD were hand downs from me to this rig..my pals.

Now everytime I connect the portable USB HDD to the port, I can run a movie from the device but after a while, it gives a BSOD. When running a movie from the desktops HDD, there is no such hickup.

With all this digging I've learn't that
1| BSOD's can happen from a grounding issue
2| BSOD's can happen with a driver failure(or badly written drivers)
3| BSOD's can happen due to heat issues
4| BSOD's can happen from a fau... Read more

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I have an HTPC that I built dedicated to running Windows Media Center. Media Center and supporting apps are all that it does and I do not install software on there beyond my based Media Center applications.

Recently I have started to get a BSOD with different messages. One time it says Memory_Management and another time it calls out a particular *.sys file. I am really at a loss for what the culprit could be and would appreciate any and all help I can get. It's very frustrating to be watching and/or recording TV shows and the PC pulls out the dreaded BSOD.

I have included the required attachment. Along with the Perfmon report I have included a full PC audit report.

Here is my PC information
? OS - Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) (build 7600) Full Retail
? What was original installed OS on system? This was a clean self build. No prior OS
? Age of system (hardware) - 9 Months, 1 Week
? Age of OS installation - 9 Months, 1 Week
? Have you re-installed the OS? No
? CPU - 2.80 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X3 720
? Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 4200 (On board)
? MotherBoard - ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A785-M Rev X.0x
? Power Supply - 80 PLUS? Certified 350 Watt power supp

Please Help so the family can watch TV again. Thank you!

A:BSOD on my home Win7 HTPC [moved from V/7]

If I need to provide any more information just let me know. I am getting ready to do the memory tests.

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Hello all,

I've recently started to experience a BSOD problem I cannot quite put my finger on. It does not save a log, even though I have it set to save in /Minidump.

I have not changed or added any hardware, or software. I completely wiped Windows and started over from scratch, using the most up to date drivers. However they're still occurring, I've restored my BIOS settings to all default settings. I am thinking it was a Hard drive issues, I've ran CHKDSK all both drives - I know my Windows drive was clean, I was not around to see the completion of of my slave drive - I was running CHKDSK via Safemode and came back to a BSOD.

I've attached a administrator Eventlog, but am unable to make much sense of it.

The last BSOD I saw read this;



STOP: 0X0000007A (0XFFFFFF6FC4000099C0, 0XFFFFFFFFC000000E, 0X00000001E7588860, 0XFFFFF88001338890)

NTFS.SYS - Address FFFFF88001338890 base at FFFFF880012450000, Datestamp 4ce792f9
I've ran Memory test already, no errors where found. The next step I am going to try is too unplug my Slave drive and see what happens without it. I've already re-seated both drives and memory sticks.

Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated.


EDIT: Attached diagnostic tool zip.

A:Random BSOD occurring, HTPC - no new hardware.

I've started to get BSOD when loading TouchBios, an application included with my Gigabyte mother board. These crashes have saved in /Minidump, unlike the others. I'm not sure if they're related in anyway.


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Have an ASUS AM2 M4A78-HTPC (2011)
Windows7 Ultimate (OEM) re installed on clean formatted HDD Dec 2011 and up to date with all service packs etc
Had a few problems with drivers, which thought was resolved and recently had 4 BSODs (occuring overnight)
Any help would be appreciated.

A:BSOD for PAGE_FAULT in ntosknl.exe on ASUS AM2 M4A78-HTPC

Run an sfc/scannow command in an elevated command prompt. If errors are found, run it twice more with each scan followed by a reboot.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Run a chkdsk on the system partition to check for bad sectors or system errors.
Disk Check

Boot into Advanced Boot Options and choose the Last Known Good Configuration option. This should start Windows with the last known registry and driver options that worked.

Test your RAM using Memtest86+. Let it run until 6-8 passes have completed or errors have been found.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Enable Driver Verifier. However before you do, it is advised that you create a system restore point and backup first.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable

Make sure all Windows updates are installed including the latest Service Pack.

The following drivers need to be updated:

AsIO AsIO.sys Mon Dec 17 20:11:49 2007
AtiPcie AtiPcie.sys Wed May 06 01:00:22 2009
mcdbus mcdbus.sys Tue Feb 24 21:34:07 2009
spldr spldr.sys Tue May 12 02:56:27 2009
usbfilter usbfilter.sys Fri Jun 05 18:53:33 2009
viahduaa viahduaa.sys Tue Jun 02 18:55:21 2009
GEARAspiWDM GEARAspiWDM.sys Mon May 18 22:17:04 2009

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Followed jgriff2's instructions.

It's been happening more and more often the past week. Never had one for the first few weeks of use. It's usually happened when opening a new tab when browsing Chrome. Also just happened when in itunes and switching windows.

Is the zip provided enough? I've also read about doing driver verifier and memtest.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help! I'm not the greatest at diagnosing these things :/

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - clean retail install
New hardware/software. Built in Jan 2012.

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3850WNGXBOX
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-D2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Corsair CSSD-F40GB2-A Force Series F40 Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX
Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive - Retail SH-B123L/RSBP (Black)
SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 100 % Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Black)
Rosewill RNX-N600UBE USB 2.0 Wireless Dual Band Adapter

A:New HTPC Build - BSOD just using chrome or itunes. Zip attached

The dump you've provided shows an inconclusive analysis, so there's not much we can go on. I'd recommend enabling Driver Verifier.

I've taken a look at the drivers list at this, here are a few that need to be updated:

wdcsam64.sys - wdcsam64 Wed Apr 16 04:39:08 2008 (Western Digital SCSI Arcitecture Model (SAM) WDM driver). Update here.

swpslwfx.sys - jswpslwfx Mon Apr 28 19:59:25 2008 (D-Link USB Wireless Adapter Driver). Update here.

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An expected clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor in an
MP system within the allocated interval. This indicates that the specified
processor is hung and not processing interrupts.
Arg1: 0000000000000031, Clock interrupt time out interval in nominal clock ticks.
Arg2: 0000000000000000, 0.
Arg3: fffff88002fd5180, The PRCB address of the hung processor.
Arg4: 0000000000000003, 0.

Debugging Details:



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I'm haveing some problems with my HTPC, when its going to sleep mode it usually gets a bsod, either right away or during the night.

I have all windows updates applied, i have updated the drivers, updated my ocz agility with newest firmware, tried other ram's also.

I have also tried reinstalling windows without success.

Would realy appriciate if anyone could give me some hints on whats causing this.

A:BSOD when the HTPC is in sleep mode ntoskrnl.exe+7f1c0

Hello Ray and welcome to Sevenforums.

SFC /scannow
We usually ask people to do this command to check if Windows is corrupted. It's the most common used one to check if the Windows files are corrupted. If it'll find errors, it'll restore them.

If you're having a custom customization layer on your Aero, it's likely to get restored to default.
Press Start | search 'cmd' | Right-click it
| open as Admin | type SFC /SCANNOW

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Best Regards,

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I'm building a new Windows 7 HTPC and have, well primarily two questions:

1) What version of Windows 7 should I use?
2) How do I strip it down to the bare essentials?

I have Win 7 Ultimate on my current one and it just seemed stupid to have all those extra features on a PC that only runs Boxee and streams media. What I don't like is having a feature-rich OS running in the background that never is used. I assume using home premium is my best choice? I'd also like to strip down all the services that will never be used either, but I'm not sure which are essential or not.

The problem I'm having right now is Boxee tends to lag/lock up. Not a lot, but enough that I'm inquiring here. I assume it's due in part to windows using up resources in the background. The PC is a 2.4GHz dual core w/ 4GB of RAM, more than sufficient. It also does this more frequently when it wakes up from sleep or hibernation and I usually have to restart to get it running smoothly again.

I've heard you can run XBMC as a standalone OS. I've used it in the past, 4+ years ago, but the interface did not play well with my windows remote and so had to abandon it. I also didn't care for the layout/navigation either and at the time and loved how Boxee linked up with IMDB to get all the media information. I assume XBMC did it too (or now does it), though it never worked for me. Is there a similar thing like this for WMC too? It seems logical they would.

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A:Win 7 HTPC

All versions of Windows 7 are included on each DVD of Windows 7 no matter what version you get. Depending on your product key it will enable which version of 7. There isn't that much difference between Home Premium and Ultimate If you do not require XP Mode or Bit Locker then Home is fine for you. What you can do with any version of 7 is to disable Aero Glass , which is video card intensive, if it is not required in Boxee,

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I am putting together a HTPC for my vacation house to use w a 32 inch syntax HDTV.
I have seen htpc described from pentium III on up.
I have a amd 1100mz chipand 1/2 G of memory. Radeon 9600 board. Am gettingAudigy 2 zs
Monoprice HDMI switch
I will not TIVO
what benefit is there for getting a faster cpu/more memory?


A:htpc needs.

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Q: Htpc

Hi Is their a way to make text look more clear on a hdtv I have my sharp 32 inch 720 set up through hdmi and i have to get close to read text or zoom in is their a way i can make it more clear?

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Hi everybody!

First let me say, I have purchased a copy of Win 7 Ultimate upgrade from my university. I am NOT, repeat NOT, asking about pirated software. I am asking about a copy of Windows Ultimate 7 Upgrade.

I have had issues recently with my system. After a whole lot of BSODs and reinstallations, I have isolated the problem and subsequently relegated that computer to being a home theater PC. During the setup, I was installing Windows. When I put in the key, it rejected it. I input it about 10 times, each time verifying it, and it kept rejecting it. I have installed this copy several times before, and had no problems previously. This is a fresh install, and the installation went smoothly up until that point. I did let it sit for about an hour during the installation. It sat at the point where you put in the username/password and then the windows key.

What could I be missing?


A:HTPC and Win key

Welcome Dave

Try it this way, do not put in the key number and uncheck the box activate automatically.

When done activate by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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i set up a HTPC recently, have an extra hard drive with all my movies backed up, have tried setting up sharing but it still won't show up to view on other computers on the network.
running windows 7 pro on host
windows 7 premium and pro on others.



That's a 3 steps process:
1. Enable printer/file sharing on the HTPC
2. Join the same network
3. Map the network drives of the HTPC to the client machines.

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I'm building an htpc running win7 and I want to use a ssd as my boot drive, it will only have the os, 32bit, and probably vlc media player on it so I am only looking at the 32 or 40gb versions. I like the ssd because it is quite, cool, and not power hungry which is just what i need. Any suggestions on which one to use? Also unrelated but what is the difference between the oem and retail versions of win7?

A:ssd for win7 htpc

I can't make a recommendation on the SSD, as I have yet to try one, but as far as the difference between OEM and retail, OEM is tied to the first machine you install it on (IOW, you can't move it to a different machine). With Retail, you can install it on any subsequent machine, as long as it is on one machine at a time.


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Information's in the description.

This is the first computer I ever built so I was a little bit nervous when I assembled it.

Originally I intended to wait to get a DVD drive (just got the basics) and borrow one in order to install 7, but this motherboard doesn't have IDE
So I copied the installer to a USB stick and installed it that way.

Afterwards it all set up fine and everything is actually perfect!
The problem is, the old 51" 1080i tv that I have this hooked to makes the text somewhat blurry, no matter the settings I use. One mode distorts the image while the other mode has the image so soft it's painful to read

Of course; I cant afford to replace this tv

computer is still good for watching videos; just text is kinda painful

A:Just set up my new HTPC computer

How are you hooking it up to the TV HDMI/VGA etc ?

Is the HTPC detecting the correct resolution for the TV?

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For convenience, I have a couple of remote controls next to my bed, so that I can easily shutoff the computer and everything connected to it, when I get tired of viewing.

One remote simply puts the computer to sleep, which works fine, so far as it goes, but leaves the TV/monitor, DVD player, etc. running. So I put a remote controlled electrical switch in the outlet that the cable that powers all of these is plugged ito.

Unfortunately, when I shutoff all power, that defeats the sleep function, and after turning power back on, I have to turn the computer on at it's own power switch, and Windows thinks that there was a problem, and displays the boot options menu.

I was thinking about setting it to go into hibernation, instead of sleep, but that tends to create locked files on the hard drive, that I would rather not have.

I really don't care about whether anything is saved, or that it can continue where it left off, I just want an easy way to control it as I nod off, or want to wake to a movie. Can this be done without using hibernation?

A:Powering Down A HTPC

You should have gotten one of those power strips with a master control feature.
It turns off the slave outlets when the master outlet powers down, like when you put the PC to sleep.

here is one,

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i need to upgrade an HTPC. I need a case, power supply, surround sound audio, and tv tuner and cable cards. could you help me by listing some including features of each and price?

A:upgrade a HTPC

There are numerous cases available. Everyone likes something different. In this case, it typically boils down to size and price. > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Description=htpc+cases&N=100008308&isNodeId=1

Power supply will depend largely on the hardware used (ie: cpu and video card). If you use a new motherboard with onboard video, you should only need maybe a 500w model. Current recommended brands are Seasonic and XFX.

Audio is provided through HDMI, so the audio chipset or a sound card are not necessary.

TV Tuner will vary based on your source (ie: OTA or cable). For cable usage, look at the HDHomeRun Prime network unit. The "cable card" is provided by your cable provider.

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I built myself a pretty nice HTPC lately. I...don't exactly know what to do with it now.

Currently, it sits there recording TV shows with a dual tuner. Sometimes I make it transcode the files to MP4 video.

Some ideas I had for the build:
- Even though it'll be wireless-only, it could stream to other devices.
- It has Intel HD4000 graphics, so I can hook up gamepad and play some chilled games on it I suppose.
- ???
- Profit.

So, what would you make a PC that sits under your TV do, if you had one?

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When i leave my htpc on by accident while watching a film, i usually come back to the htpc still on but the tv screen is sitting at the black "input 2" screen, as if the tv is no longer getting a feed from my htpc. When i move my cursor on my wireless keyboard, the image comes back and i see my paused movie.

If i want to stop this blackout from occuring, is it the tv or htpc's setting i must adjust and where exactly? Samsung tv here and running win 10 32-bit

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I'm putting together a cheap HTPC. Will the Cooler Master Elite Power 400W fit in the Silverstone Milo? Also, will these two components work together with an LGA1155 mATX motherboard (ASUS H61M-A)?


A:HTPC build help...

Support standard PS2(ATX) power suppliesClick to expand...

It says it will however I would REALLY rethink using a pw supply with a 1yr warranty. That is a very low end unit.

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Does anyone have pics of HP casemosd? I need ideas for a new HTPC project. My plan is to take my Gigabyte GA7ZMM and 1 ghz Duron which I jumper overclocked to 1.15 ghz. I also picked up an ATI All In Wonder 128 pro for 40 bucks. I also have a sterio to RCA jack converter.That and an extra 40 gb HDD, a DVD drive, and all of my DIVX movies shared on the network should let me:

Watch DIVX on my 22inch TV
Save TV programs
Schedule digital taping of TV shows
Pause Live TV
Get one of those WinTv Descrambler programs
Save VHS on my computer and convert them to DIVX
Plug in my my video camara saving all of the video digatally
Play Counter Strike on my TV!
Play any other games that will run on a 32 mb video card.
Give my DVD player to my sister and watch DVDs from my DVD drive.

Any Suggestions/Pictures of case mods for this BOX? I want to make it Black to match my TV set.


I added a desk to one corner of my living room, put a monitor on it, then added a gyration cordless optical suite (25ft range). Then I put the outputs to the TV using a 3 way switch. That way when we're not useing the PC on the TV, someone can use the monitor at the desk by simply taking the mouse and keyboard over to it.
I added a k-world TV/Tuner w/remote for recording shows. I use
Winamp 2 with the cdg plugins for karaoke. epsx for playing playstation, zsnes for super ninetendo, and a few more console emulators. IE N64, nintendo, sega, mame. A long USB hub with 4 10 button joysticks attached makes the ultimate game platform.
$4 joysticks w/10 buttons similar to consoles can be found here.
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=PCJOYPAD-BLU-N&sourceid=00384104774967759786 use promo code "bensbargains" for 10% off

I also use a program called voiceflux to voice control the setup.

And a program called modemspy to allow the PC to announce who's calling using caller ID over the TV's speakers.
Truster is used to create a lie detector that can be used on the modem telephone line.

Some home automation equipment on clearance from radioshack tied in with the voice control through macros allow me to voice control the lights in the house. Such as, I can simply say "living room lights down two" to dim the living room lights".

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Hi I’m hoping someone can help me with a problem I have a HTPC I built about 3 weeks ago. The components I used are as follows:

Case – ThermalTake Mozart SX with VFD (case fans replaced with 2 X Noctua 80mm)
PSU – Corsair 450w
CPU – Intel E8400
CPU Fan – Scythe Shrunken
MoBo – Gigabyte EP45-DS3
RAM – 4GB Rambo 800
HDD – 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1
ODD – LG HD-DVD/Blu Ray combo
O/S – Vista Premium

I brought the various components from various suppliers and built the PC myself (I’d replaced GPU’s, RAM and PSU’s before but this was my first full build). All went well, and I did a bit of testing/checking after I’d finished – bios showed the CPU temperature at around 40c – 50c after an hour or more usage, and Catalyst showed the HD4850 at around 75c after light usage both of which I figured were acceptable for a cramped little case.

Over the past three weeks I’d been using it on and off, mainly setting up Vista and my other programs and configuring a couple of external TV cards. I had done some light gaming on it too, maybe an hour to an hour and a half at a time on a couple of occasions.

However this Friday evening I turned it on to do some gaming and played Fifa 2009 for maybe an hour and a half to two hours when the screen turned into a pixelated green frozen mess and the computer stopped responding. I turned the computer off and left it for a few seconds before putting it back on, there was no signal to the monitor and there were a couple... Read more

A:Can someone help me troubleshoot my HTPC

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Is there a simple guide for simple people for turning a desktop computer into a dual-tuner HD DVR that supports DD5.1?

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Hi all, my PC (10 year old lol) has finally given up the ghost, so I have decided to build a HTPC which will sit in my TV cabinet as a replacement. I only want it for internet browsing, streaming video's and pictures from my phone and to play Blu-ray discs.
I do however want some degree of future proofing so I don't want to go cheapest of the cheap. Before I post what I came up with using PC parts picker, I would appreciate it if you could answer some questions I have:-

1) Intel i3 or i5? will a top end i3 processor be sufficient or is it worth the extra £40 or so for a lower end i5?

2) Am I better off with a cheaper mobo with a dedicated graphics card and sound card or a Intel H67 mobo that can do it all?

3) Should i have a separate HDD for operating system and one for storage?

4) If the answer to (3) is yes, should I use a SSD for operating system? If so why?

5) If I get a 1 TB HDD do I need to partition it? If yes, why?

This is all I can think of at the moment lol. My builds with slight variations are here - https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/gollum456/saved/#savedbuild_989646

Any advice greatly appreciated.

A:Help for HTPC build.

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Config for PC under the TV, used for watching TV shows and films through Kodi.

A:Askmark's Win 10 HTPC

What parts of Comodo do you use. It might be a total overkill to use VS with it if you have autosandbox on(proactive profile) especially when you also have HMPA.
Other than that all seem great. Listary is great also and kills windows index.

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I just bought a new hard drive and will set up xp on it very soon. I am looking for suggestions on how to set this up so that it will run as efficiently as possible. I have a 3.06 ghz P4 with a 200 gb hard drive. I would especially like to know if there are ways I can keep the computer running as fast as it does right after the OS installation and other software is first installed. Please feel free to throw appropriate search words at me or other urls. tips and tricks?

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I'm not real bright on networking and hope you will help. I have WIN 7 ultimate on my main PC, laptop and HTPC.

I would like to network in a blu ray that has dnla, but it is not wireless. It is physically located on top of my HTPC (Home Theater PC) and my HTPC has a wireless network adapter. The blu ray has (of course) an ethernet port.

A wireless router is hooked to the Main computer.

What is the BEST way of hooking up the blu ray to get a network and internet connection (other than running rj45 from the router to the blu ray)?

Is there a way, through a switch, hub etc to use the wireless connection on the HTPC to connect the blu ray to it? Cross cable maybe?

I've thought about a wireless AP/switch or a powerline network, but funds are tight. I would, however, do it right rather than cheap.

A:networking a blu ray and HTPC

You should be able to use bridge / ICS internet connection sharing on the windows 7 PC connected to the bluray

recently LAN sockets have been autosensing, so you may not need a cross over cable -
windows 7
TURN ON ICS - for internet sharing - for windows 7

form a TerryNet post
Bridging two network connections:
Make sure the secondary connection has DHCP enabled.
Open the Network Connections folder from the Start Menu, Settings.
Select the first connection to be used in the bridge and highlight it by left clicking on it.
Holding the Ctrl key, select the second connection to be used in the bridge by left clicking on it.
Right click on one of the two highlighted connections and select Bridge Connections.

otherwise you could get a wireless range extender , i have a EW-7209APg , replaced now with a EW-7228 (which i have not tried or tested personally)

it has 5 LAN sockets and connects to the wireless network - so you can connect LAN only devices like TV, bluray, PVR to the wireless network
thats what I'm using and stream video, music and internet to my PVR, TV and Bluray

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Currently trying to decide if I should build or buy an HTPC. It will be used for HD video and music playback, not gaming. Any suggestions for a good pre-built HTPC?

A:Build or buy HTPC?

Definetely Build.

Find a good pc hardware wholesaler, you can get parts close to cost and save hundreds of dollars

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Hey everyone! I want to ditch cable TV, so I'm looking to build a cheap HTPC. It needs to be capable of smoothly streaming online content such as Netflix and Hulu to my HDTV, as well as running Windows 7 Home Premium and WMC, and maybe the occasional DVD. I don't have a set budget, but I would love to build this as inexpensively as possible, preferably via Newegg. Thanks for the help!

A:New HTPC build

Hi there, i just built this one with the help of people here, take a look ;p



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Built a HTPC about 18 months ago and it has recently stopped booting. Upon turning the PC on, i can hear the fans and HDDs but nothing appears on the screen.

If i keep turning it on and off, it will boot maybe one in 5 attempts. I took a quick look inside last night and couldnt see any loose connections on any components.

Any ideas where to start troubleshooting?

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I have a Denon 3803 AVR connected to a Yahama 6.1 speaker system. My HTPC that I am bulding will be used for all types of media, "movies, on-line games, Xbox, Ps2, internet, music, television, guitar..etc..etc". I need to know what the best PC sound card is to connect to my reciever. I am not worried about how much I spend. Thanks in advance for any help you may have.

A:Which PC soundcard for HTPC

Creative Audigy ZS -Why not ?

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I am honestly stumped...

I have a HTPC [Evga 680i, Evga 8800GTS SC, Core2duoE6600, 4gb corsair XMS ddr2800 RAM, Silverstone case w/ imon LCD/IR reciever, xp MCE and Vista home premium Dual booted]

and i recently installed charter HDTV reciever with all the goodie HDTV channels to display on my Sony bravia XBR 1080P LCD HDTV

my question is.... i have an ADS instantHDTV PCI tuner card hooked into the analog input (the other is for HDTV antenna) to my computer from the HDTV set top box. media center scans for set top box but will not let me go farther than the "IR reciever not detected" screen when setting up my tv signal. so in other words, my IR reciever/remote is not MCE compatible aparantly.
bottom line:
1. my short question is this is there a way to set up an HDTV set top box using MCE without the MCE remote/Reciever?

2. are there other programs that allow HDTV signals through my HDTV set top box?

3. IS it even possible or are there successful setups running in peoples living rooms using my set up?

[ Hdtv Set-Top box -------> HTPC -------> HDTV]
any help on this subject is greatly appreciated as i joined here for answers because i can't find anything on the web pertraining to what exactly im looking for

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Can someone find me a PSU for theis HTPC on Newegg - Price doesnt matter

Newegg.com - nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

A:PSU For This HTPC Case

According to the blurb, it takes a standard ATX PSU.

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Check out my system, it's an Athlon 2800 (barton, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB HDD, and soon to be 6600GT video card (hopefully ). In about a year, I'll probably upgrade. But I would like to still get some good out of this vid card. So, let's say I upgrade. Could I use my old system (the one I'm using now) and convert it into a HTPC with an appropriate TV capture card? If I could, this seems like a way to still get some good out of this machine. Opinions would be appreciated.

A:HTPC Ideas

The 6600 would be fine as a display card in an HTPC. You might want to add another stick of 512 of RAM as ram is cheap. Depending on how much recording of TV you will be doing you might want to add a large storage drive seperate from your operating system drive. And as always, make sure your power supply can handle all your components. Your XP 2800 is fine for an HTPC.

For a TV Tuner/Capture card it depends on a few factors.
-Will you be using Windows Media Center or XP? Compatibility issues.
-Will you need HDTV capabilities?
-What open expansion slots do you have on your mobo? PCI, PCI-X

Answering these questions first will narrow your choice of cards. There's lots of reference resouces out there for HTPC's. Here's a few:


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Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:33:29 PM, on 8/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
F:\Program Files\IR Server Suite\Input Service\Input Service.exe
F:\Program Files\PCI Latency Tool 3\LtcyCfgSvc.exe
F:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
F:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
F:\Program Files\DVICO\FusionHDTV\FusionHdtvTray.exe
F:\Program Files\DVICO\FusionHDTV\Remote\FusionRc.exe
F:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
F:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe
F:\Program Files\SlySoft\AnyDVD\AnyDVD.exe
F:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe
F:\Program Files\iPodder\iPodder.exe
F:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
F:\Program Files\DVICO\FusionHDTV\ResManager.exe
F:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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