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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-29-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By captain_video
Refurbished older PCs are dirt cheap on Newegg or...

Refurbished older PCs are dirt cheap on Newegg or ebay. If you don't mind using older hardware you can keep the initial cost below $100. Just don't expect it to work as well as the current gear. ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By captain_video
If you don't install and run the HDHomeRun...

If you don't install and run the HDHomeRun software on the PC using WMC, it will never be discovered. You need to configure the HDHR software before WMC can detect the tuners. You also need to make...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,225
Posted By captain_video
I wouldn't go into a panic about losing your...

I wouldn't go into a panic about losing your cablecards. Anyone that currently uses cablecard-based STBs or standalone cards in their tuners will be able to use them until such time as your provider...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 603
Posted By captain_video
Absolutely. I run both a HDHR Dual and a HDHR...

Absolutely. I run both a HDHR Dual and a HDHR Prime on my network. I also have three Hauppauge 2250's in my primary HTPC.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 603
Posted By captain_video
1080i is the best you're going to get with an...

1080i is the best you're going to get with an ATSC tuner. Here are my top recommendations:

Networked tuner - SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual (2 tuners)

PCI-e tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By captain_video
LOL. I had just finished looking at one of my...

LOL. I had just finished looking at one of my deal websites and saw a PSU listed. I was thinking to myself, I wonder who makes this one? Then I came here and swaw this thread right off the bat.
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 697
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: 144
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: 241
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: 941
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: 941
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: 56
Views: 1,918
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: 649
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: 649
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: 56
Views: 1,918
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: 649
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: 941
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: 56
Views: 1,918
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: 56
Views: 1,918
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: 697
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: 1,258
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: 697
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: 231
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: 697
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: 2,245
Posted By captain_video
AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.

AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.
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