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Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-03-2015, 02:33 PM
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Posted By captain_video
My set's been in my basement since I bought it...

My set's been in my basement since I bought it about 6 or 7 years ago and the only window in the room is covered so it never gets any direct sunlight (or indirect either for that matter) so your...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-03-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By captain_video
Yep, it's an SXRD, model KDS-60A2020. Still...

Yep, it's an SXRD, model KDS-60A2020. Still alive and well except for a small green blotch in the lower right corner of the screen that cropped up recently. I replaced the bulb a while back so it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-03-2015, 09:08 AM
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Posted By captain_video
This may be related to the Win 7 beta version. ...

This may be related to the Win 7 beta version. I'm not sure if the setup instructions were ever updated to reflect the Win 7 x64 version. There's a link to the support forum in the download section...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-03-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
Loved it. The wife was lukewarm about it, but...

Loved it. The wife was lukewarm about it, but she had her sense of humor surgically removed by the Catholic Church years ago. I thought having Kristen Schaal as the female lead was brilliant. I'm...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-03-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
I set up the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC last...

I set up the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC last night but forgot to install the Kill-a-Watt meter until this morning. I'm using a Harmony One remote configured as a MCE remote so it sends a command to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 116
Posted By captain_video
You might want to look into the MCE Standby Tool...

You might want to look into the MCE Standby Tool (http://slicksolutions.eu/downloads.shtml). I posted another thread about putting my HTPC into sleep mode to save energy, but I have been reluctant...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
You are not alone, which is why I started this...

You are not alone, which is why I started this thread. I like the thought of saving energy by allowing my HTPC to sleep when it's not needed, but that all means nothing if it can't wake up when I do...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 628
Posted By captain_video
Here's a good place to start: ...

Here's a good place to start:

http://www.assassinserver.com/

A media server is basically just a PC with a lot of storage that can be shared with other PCs on your network. One nice feature...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 628
Posted By captain_video
I'd definitely consider going with a dedicated...

I'd definitely consider going with a dedicated server vs. several NAS units. You'd be running a single CPU and peripherals in a server vs. multiple units and would thereby see a considerable savings...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   03-02-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 116
Posted By captain_video
There is absolutely no problem mixing tuner cards...

There is absolutely no problem mixing tuner cards of different brands or form factors in a HTPC as long as the software you're using can recognize them. I've mixed various makes and models of USB,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-28-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By captain_video
The OP didn't specify if he had any other...

The OP didn't specify if he had any other intended uses for a HTPC. If he only wants to play Blu-Rays then a standalone player is probably the more cost effective option. Personally, I prefer to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-28-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By captain_video
For DVD playback, probably. For Blu-Ray, I don't...

For DVD playback, probably. For Blu-Ray, I don't believe you'll see any improvement.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-24-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Posted By captain_video
DV = Digital Video. VHS is analog.

DV = Digital Video. VHS is analog.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-23-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
It caught me a bit off guard when it happened. I...

It caught me a bit off guard when it happened. I shut it down, hooked up the Kill-a-Watt meter between the power cord and the UPS and then tried to power it back up. It just sat there and did...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-22-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
MSI Z77A-G45 socket 1155 motherboard. I'm not...

MSI Z77A-G45 socket 1155 motherboard. I'm not sure clearing the CMOS will have any effect at this point. The board is stone dead with no signs of life. At the very least I'd expect the fans to...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   02-22-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 969
Posted By captain_video
The Hulk was one of the original Avengers. I was...

The Hulk was one of the original Avengers. I was into Marvel comics back in the 60's and 70's but got out of it for quite a while. Ant Man and the Wasp were also part of the original group. It was...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
I just tried out the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC...

I just tried out the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC earlier today and it seems to work as advertised. I went into the BIOS and changed the settings to enable sleep mode and it worked without having to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 67
Posted By captain_video
How to recover your recording schedule when a restore goes wrong

I had my HTPC's motherboard take a dump on me today so I had to setup WMC using my old motherboard. Fortunately I was in the process of configuring the HTPC motherboard and CPU for use in my desktop...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,287
Posted By captain_video
You can buy Velcro in all shapes and sizes at...

You can buy Velcro in all shapes and sizes at Home Depot, Lowes, Target, or just about anywhere that sells home improvement products. I suspect you could also find it at Staples or Office Depot.
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-20-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By captain_video
You might want to take a look at this thread: ...

You might want to take a look at this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1863514-what-s-best-alternative-wmc.html

WMC is the only solution for watching and...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   02-19-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By captain_video
Fairly often. I check the Shell Shocker deals...

Fairly often. I check the Shell Shocker deals and Daily Deals on Newegg every day as well as slickdeals.net and dealnews.com. I have phone apps for all three sites so I can check them anywhere.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
Well, this should prove interesting if your...

Well, this should prove interesting if your premise holds true. I'm pretty sure I had sleep mode disabled whenever I installed Windows on any PC I own. Fortunately, three of my HTPCs are identical...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
Great. That's exactly how I'd like to wake up my...

Great. That's exactly how I'd like to wake up my HTPCs.
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   02-19-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By captain_video
I just picked up one of these during the Shell...

I just picked up one of these during the Shell Shocker deal and it arrived yesterday. What's interesting is that I also bought two of these during the last Shell Shocker deal a few weeks ago and the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 672
Posted By captain_video
I linked to that back in post #3...

I linked to that back in post #3 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) and there's already been some discussion about it. Do you set up the PCs for S3 sleep in the...
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