Originally Posted by stevethebrain
I can connect the HTPC to the net. if it's absolutly nessasary just to install MB3 however I would prefer to not keep it connected to the net. after the install.
The majority of my achived shows are manuel recordings so I don't have synopsis's and cover art, I don't really care about MB3 updating and creating synopsis's because all I have is title unknow about the year show was created ect.
What I'm interested in is cataroizing my recorded TV I'm currently using folders in explorer and I'm having issues w/ some of the folders contents not being displayed.
Once MB3 is installed, you can turn off updates all you want. There's no reason it absolutely has
to go online again. But using it in that manner, you lose out on probably 75% of the functionality of MB3. It doesn't matter that your recordings are manual ones without cover art. If you enter the title properly (usually just show/season/episode) MB3 uses the Internet to fill in all the information for you automatically. After getting all the metadata in place, MB3 can then manipulate things like box sets, genres, suggestions, and the like.
You could conceivably leave the HTPC hooked up to the Internet long enough to install MB3, and to let the server populate with your media. Then, once you are happy with the results, you could take it offline. From then on, there would be no need to go online, but anything new you added to the server would need to be manually added by you, including the sort details.
It sounds to me like MB3 might not be your best bet. For one thing, if you are having issues with folders and content not displaying, you'll probably need to correct that first anyway. If you are not looking for any sort of automated system, there are plenty of offline options out there, including just using something like PowereDVD or TMT5, which will do everything you are wanting to do, plus they will also work as a Bluray player should you want to use your HTPC as the primary BR source and retain the menus. Those platforms have the ability to allow the user to pick media to watch/listen to by using the Windows Explorer tree. Most people don't find that ideal, but it sounds somewhat like that is actually what you are looking to do.
Do you mind if I ask why the HTPC cannot be connected to the Internet? That might help with creating a solution for you.