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Q: HTPC problem

I have a shiny new Samsung series 6 LED LCD 40inch screen TV and I want a small Blueray capable HTPC. I found the ACER ION 330HT-BD with the following specs:
Intel Atom 330 dual core CPU (1,6GHz)
Nvidia ION graphics processor
2GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
320GB HDD
Blue-Ray Combo drive
Wi-Fi, HDMI port, 7.1 Audio and a 65W PSU

Does it have the power needed to decode 1080p HD Blueray movies and .mkv's and show it at a high frame rate? For the book I'll probably be using Ubuntu as an OS. Any comment wellcome.
Thanks in advance.

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A: HTPC problem

I read somewhere that the Nvidia graphics processor will be pushed to its limit and that 1080p may not be possible on some movies.

2GB of RAM may also be pushing it. On my first HTPC setup, I had 2GB of RAM and that caused me some problems, but i was also running a single core processor at that time.

IIRC, your biggest hurdle may be your choice of OS. When I first started looking at building an HTPC, I considered using Ubuntu. But at the time, 2 years ago, playback of HD movies (HD-DVD and Bluray) was limited for Ubuntu. It was possible, but not without jumping through a lot of hurdles. Not sure if that has changed and someone has developed an open-source player for commercial HD content.

I settled on using Vista Home Premium and using WinDVD to decode Bluray and HD-DVD.

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OK, just set up a new HTPC for my home theater. (See specs, please)

The first Win 7 installation showed tearing with 720P h.264 videos played with ZoomPlayer 6 (which I've used for years) Online research suggested enabling Aero would stop the tearing, which happily, it did! Results on my 65" Mits TV are beautiful!

Problem is... although it seems like this system should certainly be able to handle running aero with home theater applications, I repeatedly get a system message that "windows has detected that your computer's performance is slow" then offering to let me drop back to a standard desktop instead of Aero. When I choose to stick with Aero, it allows it, but the same message will come up again later. (As often as not, when watching movies with guests! Rather embarrassing... )

Shouldn't a PC with these specs be able to handle Aero? Why is it saying my computer is slow? Is there a setting somewhere that will make it stop warning me?

Just let me know what further information you might need to help me with this problem. Thanks!

PS: Forgot to mention... using ATI Catalyst 9.11 from Sapphire site. Desktop resolution 1920x1080P --> optimized to 1840x1040 to fit screen exactly.

A:HTPC Aero problem

Areo yes. Only thing I would have suggested was to get the driver driectly from AMD ATI site.Why well maybe something got lost in translation. http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-c...ndows-7-a.html Good luck. Fabe

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HTPC:
3ghz/800 478, Gigabyte GA-8VM800M M-ATX, 2GB RAM, 3 SATA drives, BGears sound card, PNY 6600 AGP video, Syba SATA Raid card, and multimedia card reader. Thermaltake Mozart case. 380W Antec Earthwatts PS

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a problem with my HTPC. At that time the activity and power lights on the front of the HTPC would flicker, even though the HTPC was off. Other electronics nearby also started to act strange, such as the Dish Network DVR. Static started to show on the picture. But once I turned off the switch on the HTPC PS supply, the static on the TV picture would disappear and the activity/power lights on the HTPC would stop flickering.

Anyways, I rebuilt the HTPC and changed the PS supply. I removed an older Antec 350W Smart Blue PS and replaced it with a Antec Earthwatts 380W, which was less than a year old and just removed from my PC. That solved the problem and everything was working fine for about 10 days.

I went to start it up a couple of days ago, but it would not start. No lights, no fan....nothing. Turned off PS supply at back switch, checked connections, still nothing. Opened the case up and reconnected everything again....this time it fires up. Shut down the HTPC again and try to start up an hour later, same thing happens, no lights, no fan, nothing. Changed the PS supply again to a generic 1 year old 500W I gave sitting around. This time everything is stable and the machine is starting up, everytime its shut down.

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MoBo: Intel 875PBZ: 4 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel

So I finally got around to upgrading the memory on my HTPC. I had 3GB's (2x1GB and 2x512GB) of mixed RAM running in single channel mode. I upgraded by buying Corsair (2x1GB Dual channel) and PNY (2x1GB Dual channel) sticks on NewEgg.

When I first installed the sticks, the HTPC POSTED fine, but it didn't recognize all 4 sticks; it still showed 3GB's. So I opened the case and set the CMOS/BIOS jumper on the motherboard per the Intel manual instructions. Rebooted the HTPC with the new jumper settings and the HTPC booted into the Maintenance menu. From there the BIOS showed 4GB's of memory and operated in Dual Channel Mode. I pressed F10 to save the configuration a window came up asking that I shut down the PC and set the jumper to its original location.

Once the jumper was reset, I booted the PC. As the POST info displays on the monitor, it shows 4GB's of memory, but its operating in single channel mode. Then a message appears saying that my memory configuration isn't set correctly, that the DIMMS don't match in the slots (I double checked, everything is set correctly). If I press F4, PC will boot fine and continue.

I rebooted again and went into BIOS, which shows single channel. But I cannot change that mode, as its grayed out. So I reset the jumper again and rebooted. Again, it shows Dual Channel when the jumper is set to configuration mode. Turned it off and placed jumper to normal positi... Read more

A:Solved: HTPC Dual Channel RAM Problem

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I could wake my HTPC from sleep with my Gyration MCE remote while running windows 7. I upgraded to windows 8.1 and added a SSD for the OS install. Everything else is the same. I can still wake my HTPC with a wireless keyboard. Since the HTPC wakes with my wireless keyboard, I think everything should be set up to wake up correctly. Any ideas on why the remote will no longer wake up the HTPC like it did in windows 7? Thanks

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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?

Thanks!
Dave

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.

Thanks
Tom

A:New HTPC

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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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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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?

Paul
 

A:htpc needs.

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Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

-Josh

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:
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F:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
F:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
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F:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
F:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
F:\Program Files\IR Server Suite\Input Service\Input Service.exe
F:\Program Files\PCI Latency Tool 3\LtcyCfgSvc.exe
F:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
F:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
F:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
F:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
F:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
F:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
F:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
F:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
F:\Program Files\DVICO\FusionHDTV\FusionHdtvTray.exe
F:\Program Files\DVICO\FusionHDTV\Remote\FusionRc.exe
F:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
F:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
F:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
F:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exe
F:\Program Files\SlySoft\AnyDVD\AnyDVD.exe
F:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.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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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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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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Hi guys i am build my first HTPC and need some help with it.
it will be playing mostly MKV files from m720p - 1080p.


OS - w7 Ultimate

CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz Dual Core Processor is it enough

Ram - DDR3 2GB

Motherboard - MSI 785G-E53 AM3 785G or MSI 785GM-P45 AM3 785G both have a ATi Radeon HD4200 Graphics Chipset will the HD4200 working with 1080p

Drives - 3x2TB 1x500GB 1xDVD

PSU - 500W

is this all ok or do i need any upgrades Pls lat me know or any other suggestion..

A:Building HTPC???

Personally I'd forget AMD go for an Intel Quad core, and up the ram to 4 gig,
Also step up your PSU to 650w.

As to Motherboards don't stint, its the heart of the system. (I prefer Asus)

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HTPC watches ATSC OTA HDTV.
HTPC goes to netflix.com
HTPC goes to amazon prime video.

That is all, no email, no browsing.
It does pick up shares on the home LAN and all those PC have AV protection.
I have been using the HTPC for a week with no problems and have run Malwarebytes.

Isn't the risk pretty low for getting a virus?

How about just running malware bytes once a week or so.

A:Do I really need antivirus for a HTPC?

I wouldn't say one would be needed, but i don't think it would hurt to have a lightweight AV either, AVAST is pretty decent, Uses little resources and is really handy.

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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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Hello there! I've got a research grant that I plan on using towards building a decent HTPC to show focus groups stuff (oh, and to have a little fun myself ). This won't be my first PC build, but my first HTPC/Media Center build. I was wondering if there is anyone on TS (there's gotta be) who would recommend a processor for Media Center/HTPC. I'm thinking LGA775 Conroe E6750 Dual-Core right now. I am planning on having a decent HT projector hooked up to this, probably have Counter Strike: Source and COD4 installed on it too (I'm a huge geek I know) and will be doing photo, video, and music editing for my focus groups. Therefore I can't skimp out too much for the editing, and since I will probably be playing movies stored on the hard disk on the big screen.

Already have 580W PSU

thinking of:
8800GTS (possibly sticking it in my PC and my 7600GT in HTPC)
8 GB Corsair XMS platinum ram

Thanks in advance! :wave: -- TC
 

A:Best HTPC processor?

Anything in the 8000 series except the 8800GTX has big onboard HD decoding if you use specific programs, so that would ease the load on the CPU tremendously. But then again, any C2D is going to be able to software decode HD by itself.

CSS graphics requirements are pretty weak, and CoD4 isn't terrible unless you were planning on playing at 1920x1080. If I were you I'd consider how much I need to game, and then possibly drop the processor to something weaker and pick up an 8000 series card, even the 8400 has the hardware hd decoding.

Edit: I can't find exactly what I was referring to about the HD Decoding, maybe because I saw it back when the 8000 series was first released and it has since changed, anyway I was slightly wrong, it appears 1 8400 doesn't have the decoding, but its a mobile G version. pdf on supported cards here: http://www.nvidia.com/docs/CP/11036/PureVideo_Product_Comparison.pdf
 

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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,
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserv...8013563&sr=8-1

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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)?

Thanks!
 

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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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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And I can't figure out what program is doing it. Task Schedulers' UI sucks. Help?

A:My HTPC wakes up every day at 11:23 AM

Are you sure it isn't Media Center downloading the newest Guide information?

Mine wakes up at 3:00 Am every night to download it and any Windows updates, then goes back to sleep. Might be what's happening to you.

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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 0.9.0.2- 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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Folks:

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
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TURN ON ICS - for internet sharing - for windows 7
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/bridge-network-connections-in-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)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-7...1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1323898062&sr=1-1

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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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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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:

http://www.htpcnews.com/
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26
http://www.anandtech.com/multimedia/showdoc.aspx?i=2634
 

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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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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.

James

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Well I'm starting to work on my HTPC / DVR setup. I picked up a (surpassingly) decent computer for $20 at a moving sale. Has a 2.8ghz P4 dual core in it, 2 gigs DDR ram and it had Gefore 8800 GTS dual slot graphics card, but I had to steel that to replace a my 9800GT graphics that died. And it has a 600 watt power supply & a DVD drive. No hard drives tho.

So now I need to put a new graphics card in it. All I need it to do is do video play back, and down the road its going to record video via an internal TV Tuner card.

So I'm looking for any recommendations on a video card. I do want it to have an HDMI out, and be able to play back full 1080p video w/o any issues. It will be hooked up to a ~55" HDTV I will be getting this spring.

Also would like it to be fanless to keep the noise down.

From some poking around on newegg my top pick so far has been:
SAPPHIRE 100292DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

So wondering any opinions on said card, and if it should be more than enough to do 1080p playback?

Thanks,
 

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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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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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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 ... Read more

A:Htpc bsod

Welcome

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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Ok, I have an HTPC built, I'm trying to find a relatively cheap case, that will look more like a component than a computer when it's sitting with my receiver.

The biggest problem I'm having, is that my mobo is an ATX (not a mini-atx or a micro-atx) and it has to fit a regular sized expansion card.

I don't care if it's the size of a regular desktop...I just want it to look decent.
 

A:Case for my HTPC.

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Hi

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 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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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

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic162538.html

Regards,
Lee.
 

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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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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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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.
THANKS!
 

A:HP CASEMODS for HTPC

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.
http://www.voiceflux.net/

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".

I'm not using any HTPC programs to run it. I've got win2000 on it, wi... Read more

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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
GPU – ASUS HD4850
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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Basically I know virtually NOTHING about video cards. Last time I got one it refused to work in my computer (an Old Dell).

Basically I want to be able to decode 1080p (and do re-encoding, not necessarily 1080p) without my computer bogging down. And I want to stream to my Xbox with subtitles, which my G620 simply CANNOT do (as it requires burning in subtitles on the fly before streaming it to the xbox).

Any advice? I don't want a super expensive GPU, but it needs to be low-profile to fit my case (info in hardware description)


thanks. Oh and you you mind using newegg.ca as your referral site? it accepts debit cards, and I haven't gotten a credit card yet.

A:Looking for a low-profile GPU for HTPC. Advice?

Hello FuturDreamz,

I believe these low profile graphics cards should do quite nicely for your purposes:-

Newegg.ca - MSI N520GT-MD2GD3/LP GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 2GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Newegg.ca - ASUS GT520-1GD3-CSM GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GV-R645-1GI Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card

Newegg.ca - XFX HD-645X-YNH2 Radeon HD 6450 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814134147

Hope that helps!

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

A:Askmark's Windows 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 am looking to convert my computer to use as an HTPC. I want to use my current computer with minimum upgrades but look to add a specialized HTPC form factor case in the future. When I buy a case I might upgrade a lot of other components then as well so I want anything I add to my current setup to be good into the future. Besides HTPC I also do some gaming in the form of flight simulators.

My current set up is

Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD MotherboardAMD
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz'
Connect3D 3038 Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
Audigy 2 Platinum Sound Card
Logitech Z5300 Speakers
2 gigs of Ram
550 W Cooler Master PSU

I know I need to upgrade the Video card so I am looking for a suggestion on passive cooling cards. My Sound Card has a component with Remote. Do I need something else to get a remote to use in HTPC?

I would appreciate any suggestions to what to do to make this computer an HTPC.
Thanks
 

A:Need help w/ HTPC video card and more

You will want to use a case that can accept full hieght
video and other cards and an ATX power supply.
I bought one that has a nonstandard microatx power
supply and can't find a power supply powerful enough
for gaming components.
I saw a case on ebay with a 7" lcd touch screen
monitor built into it that was beautiful but it was $300.

ATI has started making all in wonder type cards again
and usually come with remotes.
Might want to check thier site for details.
TV/video combo cards.
Your bast bet is too add an aftermarket passive cooler
to the card.
You can get one big enough to do the job.
 

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This usually happens mostly when I'm watching my converted Blu-rays at 1600x896 resolution, but sometimes also my regular 720x400 videos too.
Heat isn't the issue since my CPU temp on average on both cores is around 25d Celsius under full load. MY HTPC specs are at the bottom on this post.
My assumptions are: CPU isn't powerful enough, bad Mobo, video card not powerful enough.

I find it weird that my computer would crash, usually in this sort of case on other computers I've been on where the computer was too weak to play a video file, the video would just stutter instead;not crash.

HTPC's specs:
Zotac intel motherboard
Intel Dual-core 2.5Ghz Wolfdale
1 GB single RAM DDR2
WD Green Drive 650GB SATAII
After market Heatsink (non-intel)
650watt Antc PSU Bronze Certified
ASUS NVIDIA video card 128MB

A:HTPC computer crashes

some sketchy specs, anything more specific?
what about the video card temps?
how do you cool it to stay under 25 degrees under load?
i assume thats just about your room temp. to have your cpu idle at these under load with air cooling is very impressive to say the least

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I have parts and pieces of computers sitting around and am trying to combine them to make an HTPC and Server in one.

These are the parts I have.

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual-Core Processor
HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe MCE ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Card w/MCE
SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
4 GB Ram
Aerocool case with http://www.aerocool.us/case/Masstige/Masstige-feature.htm
AMS DS-3151SSBK Aluminum 3.5" Black SATA Backplane Module

I had an HTPC computer running some of these era components that ran well. Would these be okay for an HTPC and server combo? I was contemplating upgrading MOBO and CPU, FRYs is having a sale to
AMD FX-4300
MSI 970A-G46

Would my current configuration run a HTPC and server well or should I change out some of the components? All suggestions are appreciated.
 

A:Looking to combine a HTPC and server

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Heya Guys,

Im working with either a pci 2.2 slot, or more prefferable a pci-x 1.0 slot (either the 133mhz or 100mhz, both are free) and trying to find a decent tuner card that will work with Comcast Cable, atleast as much as possible (Laim cable companies forcing me to use ther ereciever and not letting me record encrypted channels)
Anyone have anyrecommendations?

BTw, working with a e7505 chipset, which the Hauppage tuner is not compatible with (learned the hardway).
 

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