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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
Unfortunately, that is one rabbit hole I cannot...

Unfortunately, that is one rabbit hole I cannot afford to go down. The cost of a Lumagen Radiance processor is strictly prohibitive to my budget.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By captain_video
LCD Output from TV interferes with HP IR dongle

I recently installed an Intel NUC in the master bedroom for the wife to use. I'm using a HP Media Center remote along with the HP IR dongle. When the TV is on, the red LED on the IR receiver is on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By captain_video
Here's a list of SATA controller cards that work...

Here's a list of SATA controller cards that work with unRAID. They'll work with any OS as long as you have the right drivers:

http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12404.0
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-19-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 858
Posted By captain_video
LOL. I guess I should have consulted a map...

LOL. I guess I should have consulted a map before telling a native where things are located. I usually stayed near South Center or slightly further south when out there on business. I forgot where...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-19-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 858
Posted By captain_video
Actually, Redmond is north east of Seattle by a...

Actually, Redmond is north east of Seattle by a fair amount (about 15 miles, give or take, IIRC). I've made many trips to Seattle on business over the past 35 years and I've been to most of the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,492
Posted By captain_video
I should have clarified my post to limit my...

I should have clarified my post to limit my opinion to BB sales personnel. I haven't met one yet that actually knew what they were selling. I had one try to tell me that the new Tivo coming out was...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 623
Posted By captain_video
I don't see anyone holding a gun to your head. ...

I don't see anyone holding a gun to your head. If you don't like the thread, don't read it. Wasting your time was your decision. ;)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 623
Posted By captain_video
Sound quality is highly subjective and varies...

Sound quality is highly subjective and varies from individual to individual. Comparing a reproduced sound to a reference (i.e., live music) is the best anyone can hope for when it comes to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,492
Posted By captain_video
Why? DMV wasn't hiring? :rolleyes: (Sorry, but...

Why? DMV wasn't hiring? :rolleyes: (Sorry, but you had to know that was coming.)

BTW, do the employees at your store go through the same tribal rituals before they open the doors that a lot of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 623
Posted By captain_video
Define "normal PC power supply." Make and model,...

Define "normal PC power supply." Make and model, please. What's the purpose of the 250W converter? I didn't see that listed on the HD Plex website. Also, will this work in any PC case or is it only...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 858
Posted By captain_video
Just another reason not to live in the Seattle...

Just another reason not to live in the Seattle area. Microsoft and Boeing account for a huge percentage of the workforce in the region. Redmond is actually about 20 miles north of Seattle and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,492
Posted By captain_video
You've got to remember that you're mostly buying...

You've got to remember that you're mostly buying a name brand with the higher price tags. Monoprice stuff is totally generic unless they slap their own name on it. Names like Monster Cable and Bose...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,492
Posted By captain_video
I didn't listen to the entire conversation, but...

I didn't listen to the entire conversation, but I'm pretty sure I got the gist of it after just a couple of minutes. The customer was relatively calm and polite at the beginning, but if he started...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
The guide you referenced talks about Chromapure...

The guide you referenced talks about Chromapure calibration software, which is a commercial product. Am I to assume that the ColorHCFR software is basically a freeware version of Chromapure with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,155
Posted By captain_video
Check the specials posted on dealnews.com or...

Check the specials posted on dealnews.com or slickdeals.net. You can usually find turnkey PCs dirt cheap with a Windows 7 or 8 OS pre-installed. Newegg also offers a lot of refurbished PCs at...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
Thanks for the info. I've already got a good...

Thanks for the info. I've already got a good sturdy tripod. I'm not sure why I'd need the USB extension, though. My HTPC sits next to the TV and it shouldn't be a problem if I have to move it closer...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By captain_video
You probably have some 4-pin Molex to 3 or 4-pin...

You probably have some 4-pin Molex to 3 or 4-pin fan adapters that came with a fan at some point. Instead of connecting the extra fan to your motherboard you should be able to insert it into one of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
I did use DVE for my original calibrations, but...

I did use DVE for my original calibrations, but it was probably the original version on DVD. I got a copy of WoW on Blu-Ray the Christmas before last and never got around to trying it. I had looked...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,210
Posted By captain_video
AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.

AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 1,918
Posted By captain_video
I usually download the latest drivers for the...

I usually download the latest drivers for the motherboard and all peripherals and put them on a USB flash drive. It's usually preferable to get the drivers directly from each manufacturer's website...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
I fully understand the concept of calibration and...

I fully understand the concept of calibration and I have no doubt what you're saying is true. Whether the viewer can actually see the difference depends entirely on the viewer and the quality of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By captain_video
Here's the thing. We all view the display with...

Here's the thing. We all view the display with our eyes and not a meter. If you can calibrate the display using the aforementioned tools just using your eyes to the point where it is pleasing to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By captain_video
Definitely Can't say. If you find the...

Definitely


Can't say. If you find the fans are too noisy you can replace them with quieter fans without breaking the bank.


If your receiver or preamp/processor has HDMI inputs then you can...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-09-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,462
Posted By captain_video
Ethernet cabling (CAT5, CAT5E, or CAT6) has four...

Ethernet cabling (CAT5, CAT5E, or CAT6) has four twisted pairs of wires. 100mbps ethernet only uses two of the four pairs. Gigabit uses all four.


You probably do not have gigabit ethernet...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-08-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By captain_video
There are at least two ways that I'm aware of to...

There are at least two ways that I'm aware of to set up your recording preferences. When you first set up WMC you can go in and set up your recordings to start XX minutes early and XX minutes late. ...
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