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Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-27-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 26
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Posted By blueiedgod
It has nVidia Quadro FX1800. Looking on newegg...

It has nVidia Quadro FX1800. Looking on newegg site, it appears to have HDMI, but no mention of HDCP support. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133272

nVidia site does not...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-25-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By blueiedgod
There are 2 types of SiliconDust HDHomeRun, the...

There are 2 types of SiliconDust HDHomeRun, the dual which works with Antenna and ClearQAM, and Prime (triple) with works with ClearQAM and CableCARD.

CableCARD version won't do OTA, and OTA...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-25-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Sometimes they are not sure what to think, or do....

Sometimes they are not sure what to think, or do. We had TWC come over to "install" cable. Since our installation is not the norm, the installer asked where the box is going, and I told him "nowhere....
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-25-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Minimum specs? For a 4 TV set up, I would...

Minimum specs?

For a 4 TV set up, I would look for a quad core CPU, basically match the CPU core count to the number of TV's you will have on at the same time.

If you are going to have 6 TV's...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-24-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
With socket A motherboard, the fastest CPU you...

With socket A motherboard, the fastest CPU you can get is Athlon 3200+, which will struggle running WMC for one TV with one tuner.

I know for sure, because I have an MSI MEGA180 that I revived and...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-24-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Rome was not built over night, neither has our...

Rome was not built over night, neither has our "whole house DVR" system.

Start small, but keep in mind that you will be expanding.
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
You are thinking in terms of HDMI, still. With...

You are thinking in terms of HDMI, still. With WMC, you don't need HDMI from a central location to the TV's. All you need is network access, and an Extender. The TV connects to the Extender via HDMI,...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Laptop and wi-fi are a no go for most people....

Laptop and wi-fi are a no go for most people. Laptops are not designed for 24/7 operation, and can't dissipate heat efficiently.

Also, many laptops use display port to connect to the monitor,...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
You can start here ...

You can start here
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1250607-windows-7-media-center-setup-guide-knowledge-base-support.html

But, it is way too much for someone wanting...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
No problem. Come on over to the dark side....

No problem.

Come on over to the dark side. The water is warm :-)

If you want DVR and don't want to teach your wife how to use it, Windows Media Center is the way to go. The key is to use...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-22-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By blueiedgod
Go through the amp settings. There should be...

Go through the amp settings. There should be options to "fake" 5 channels, and another to combine Low Frequency and Main for the sub/speakers. It may look like "LFE+Main" or something. Whatever the...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Right now, there is no reason you can't use a...

Right now, there is no reason you can't use a non-CableCARD equipped DVR, however, it is a short term solution. That is what I am trying to say. What works today, may not work tomorrow because of the...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-22-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
Like Tulpa said, samsung is just a cable box that...

Like Tulpa said, samsung is just a cable box that you can buy at Walmart
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-GX-SM530CF-Smart-Media-Set-Top-Box/32478996

It has CableCARD capability.

To answer...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-21-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 519
Views: 33,760
Posted By blueiedgod
CableCARDs are still alive and will be for a...

CableCARDs are still alive and will be for a while. What has been lifted is integration ban, whereby company provided boxes are no longer required to rely on CableCARDS.

Support for CableCARDs in...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   08-21-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 469
Posted By blueiedgod
None of them will work since Time Warner Cable...

None of them will work since Time Warner Cable already encrypts or will encrypt everything, and most non-local channels are copyright protected.

So, what may work today, most likely will not work...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 417
Posted By blueiedgod
Only 2 products remain available through retail,...

Only 2 products remain available through retail, XBOX 360 and Ceton Echo. Linksys, D-Link and HP products are no longer manufactured, but available through secondary market.

I'm rocking 5x...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 417
Posted By blueiedgod
Maybe I am a minority, but we only have 1...

Maybe I am a minority, but we only have 1 relatively large TV (55") where raw BD rips would've made a difference. The rest of the TV's (6x total) in the house are 42" and under (1x 42", 2x 24",...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 417
Posted By blueiedgod
Windows Media Center and Windows Media Center...

Windows Media Center and Windows Media Center Extenders.

Mostly same functionality, but adds support for encrypted and copyright protected cable like HBO and Cinemax.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By blueiedgod
My guess is that back in the early days of "high...

My guess is that back in the early days of "high speed internet" the whole cable network was distributed over copper with signal boosters along the way.

Time Warner claims that they have "fiber...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By blueiedgod
I have had arguments with a couple of IT...

I have had arguments with a couple of IT professionals about ReadyBoost. There seems to be a lot of misinformation (which I think is Microsoft's fault, see below) online about its functionality.
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 520
Posted By blueiedgod
If it is Cat5e, then GigE is pretty much...

If it is Cat5e, then GigE is pretty much guaranteed. Cat5, is maybe.

Considering that you are using it to connect extender, which only use 100 Mbps connection, you will be fine. Your connection...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By blueiedgod
A) Get rid of everything but Microsoft Security...

A) Get rid of everything but Microsoft Security Essentials.

B) Don't use HTPC as PC, which will virtually eliminate the need for Anti-Virus/Firewall

C) Your hard drive is probably fine if you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By blueiedgod
If you want Live/Recorded TV without having to...

If you want Live/Recorded TV without having to transcode on the fly, the Windows Media Center extenders are the easiest way to go.

Another option is central XBMC HTPC running XBMC SErver, and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By blueiedgod
As per Microsoft...

As per Microsoft (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/set-up-a-windows-media-center-extender)

You should have as many CPU cores as extenders, and 1GB of RAM per extender. Even if you are...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 585
Posted By blueiedgod
Running conduit in an existing structure is no...

Running conduit in an existing structure is no different, in fact easier than replacing pipes. And pipes get replaced on the regular basis.

If your house has forced heating and cooling, conduit...
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