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Windows 7 Media Center : Setup Guide, Knowledge Base & Support
But, it is way too much for someone wanting simple DVR functionality.
I think your first step is to see if you can run Windows 7 on your machine. Then, make sure you are within specs for WMC (i.e. number of CPU cores and amount of RAM for expected number of TV's. 1 CPU core and 1 GB of RAM per TV)
Open WMC from the start menu, and it will walk you through.
First step will be running Digital Cable Advisor, which will determine if your machine is capable of CableCARD support. If not, it will tell you what needs to be done. In most cases, it is the requirement for HDCP compliant video card. Which, since you will be only watching local broadcasts, is not going to be needed, since they are encrypted, but not copyright protected, yet. However, the system won't let you activate CableCARD without passing this requirement. There are work arounds, but they can lead to confusion.
Once pass DCA, you will need to connect the tuner, and follow the prompts.
Once tuner is set up, you will Insert CableCARD into it, and follow on screen prompts (zip code, service provider, etc) and it will give you the number to call, which is your Cable TV provider's CableCARD service to pair the card to the tuner. It will give you the host ID and other numbers needed for the pairing process (probably not even needed if all you plan on watching is local TV)
Once activated, it will download the guide, and you will be all set.
There is no need for RF remote. The extenders connect to your main PC over your home network and everything is controlled by the remote on the extender, which fetches and delivers TV over network.
Harmony has codes with windows media center, you will just need to get an IR dongle so that the computer can "see" the remote.
When you connect an extender, an 8 digit code will pop up on the screen, you will need to enter that code on the main TV screen to pair up the two. Once paired up, you will see exactly the same screen lay out on the second TV as you did on the main one. You will be able to control them independently from each other, i.e. you can watch live or recorded TV on main TV, and wife can watch different or the same live or recorded TV in another room. You will be able to independently forward or rewind.
You can add up to 6 total TV's to a single computer DVR. All with independent, but unified controls.
Originally Posted by roadking00
Sounds like a plan, sometime I think I was born to be on the dark side of most things....
Are there a few specific threads you can point me in the direction to start getting learned up on what I really need to learn/understand rather then digging through a ton of threads that usually end up with details I really don't need to learn at the moment (which is usually what happens in the beginning stages for me )
Like I mentioned , I have a media closet that holds all of my equipment (AVR,BD,Modem,WiFi) and all home wiring is or will end up in this central location, I current have a Harmony remote/hub just for my living room set-up, when you say the GUI is designed for remotes I'm assuming it would be programmable with the harmony and/or purchase seperate RF capable remotes for the regular other rooms basic TV operations ?
Like I said, a huge learning curve for me but more then willing to learn/pull wire and eliminate the fees that go along with the crooks out there selling service....
I welcome the dark side, just need a little early guidance....