Originally Posted by rmbelson
I'm going from the Audigy to an old Denon DRA 395 receiver. Have to go in through the vcr inputs because all the other ones are used up, but that should work OK. I did download xbmc and immediately got confused by the interface. Have to find some documentation. Why will it be better than using XP desktop to launch Firefox or Media Player Classic HT? Many thanks for the guidance.
As far as XBMC goes, there's a pretty complete guide available on this forum (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1294647/xbmc-media-center-setup-guide-knowlege-base-support
) and there's a whole lot of enthusiastic users of XBMC on this forum (I'm not one of them, though) that would be happy to address any questions or problems you may have. Since you're starting fresh, and especially since you're not planning on pulling live TV, it might be worth playing around with.
How are you planning on controlling your HTPC? Are you using a standard remote control (like for a TV), or are you using your usual keyboard and mouse? Are you sitting on a couch several feet away? If so, you might find the keyboard and mouse thing is somewhat less than ideal. Even most traditional wireless keyboard & mouse combos weren't really designed to work at that distance, and you'll probably experience dropped keys and spotty mouse movements. If you're planning on using a remote, you'll have to add an IR receiver to your HTPC (whole different topic). But an IR remote isn't much use if you're not using something like windows media center (or XBMC). In other words.. how are you going to move the mouse cursor if you only have a remote?
I solved this problem by using a Bluetooth device called a diNovo mini made by Logitech. That handles the mouse movement and occasional keyboard input, and it also handles windows media center, and I can even power off the HTPC. I cannot turn on the HTPC with it though, since it's Bluetooth (I have to use my logitech harmony remote for that). I'm now starting to experiment with using a tablet to control my HTPC's. That may or may not be a good solution for you.
Controlling your HTPC in a way that's easy and comfortable for you and whomever else would be using the system is going to be the biggest challenge you'll face.