Hi, I am definately looking at getting this card when my HTPC is complete (soon), but hav a few questions regarding hookup that i couldn't find answered in the guide to the 120 (which i assume will be the same). If there is a place for me to find all this info, i am more than glad to look there, I just haven't found it yet.:
A) I am looking to have a multiple monitor setup. the way i understand it currently, i have only one of two options. Either VGA -> monitor AND MyHD to HDTV (mine will actually be a DIY PJ that is DVI, so daughtercard will be needed) --- OR --- use the passthru cable and the PJ will just be a mirror of the monitor.
What i am looking for would be more of a DUAL MONITOR setup that will allow for BOTH, if that makes sense - not a mirror, but ability to show one thing on one, and something else on another, and switch them if i want. mainly, my thought is if i want to watch HD on teh 'BIG' screen while surfing on the web on the 'little' screen, i can - BUT, if I want to surf on the "BIG' screen, or play a game, i can do that as well. I hope this makes sense
B) Please understand i am asking just so I know what will be needed:
In order to recive digital cable, and HD over cable, will I have to tell my provider that i want this added?? I know that in order to get it now, I would have to have a STB (Ugh!
I hate those things). I currently have analog basic with the family add-on for more channels, and would like to have the cable go right from my wall to the computer. My provider doesn't offer any local broadcast HD over cable, only like 5-6 extra digital cahnnels (disc, inHD, etc) so I would need to use the OTA for the local channels anyway. So i am just wondering if the MyHD decodes the cable for you like a cable box they would give you, or will they still have to 'turn it on'?I ask as DiscoveryHD would be awesome, and digital would be nice, but i dont know that it's worth an ectra $40/mo for like 5 channels, ya know.
C) With the breakout box, I assume it is for AV input from other STB type devices - DVD, VCR, PSX - when this is inputted thru the MyHD, since the card does it's own Hardware decoding and scaling, will it also scale these signals to larger resolutions, or will it just be expanded (poor PQ)?
D) WAF will be more important than just about everything re: this install and use, so i am looking for some feedback on this. I know that it will not work under the MCE UI, BUT, can it be added to the 'OTHER' section as a shortcut, and then launch from there? That way it will just be a Full Screen overlay (if that's the right term) ontop of the MCE UI, and then when done and a different task is required, it's just minimized, or something like that. It would be running at the same time as MCE if that makes sense. Can this work??
If not, what is a simple way to make a universal remote w/macro spin up the application i want when i want it like a normal TV experience is????
I hope all this makes sense. I appreciate all the help. I have read thru ALOT, and am still trying to get all it together, as i came onto this product only about 3months ago.