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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-21-2015, 06:13 PM
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Microsoft to offer Windows 10 operating system free (for the 1st year)

Microsoft announced the end of nearly 30 years of history on today, launching the first free version of its Windows operating system. The tech company unveiled Windows 10 at an event in Redmond,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-19-2015, 11:20 AM
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Posted By REnninga
DVD Decoder CODEC

Hello John,

Here are some source options:

Plug-ins and add-ons for Windows Media Player - Microsoft.com :
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-media-player-plug-ins...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-17-2015, 04:19 PM
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VGP-XL1B questions ...

Hello James,

I suggest you copy and paste your post to the Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B discussion thread. This thread is for the Sony VAIO VGX-XL* series Living Room Computers (HTPCs). ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-10-2015, 05:00 PM
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Posted By REnninga
A New SSD Standard in Speed and Longevity

The newest collaboration between AMD and OCZ is producing a new standard in speed and device longevity with the AMD Radeon R7 line of 2.5-inch Solid State Drives (SSDs).
Manufactured by AMD using...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-09-2015, 04:36 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello John, Check your settings...

Hello John,




Check your settings to confirm that your computer can fully access the Internet to acquire drivers.
Then try uninstalling the problem device in 'Device Manager.'
Exit...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-06-2015, 02:24 AM
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Posted By REnninga
Windows 10 to be free for Win 8 / 8.1 users; low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 ?

Many Sony VAIO VGX-XL* owners who have installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 have discovered that Microsoft prevented upgrading from Windows 7 with apps and settings intact.
It appears this will be...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-05-2015, 01:35 PM
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Posted By REnninga
VGX-XL2A upgrade to Windows 7

Hello John,

All models of the VGX-XL* Digital Living Systems shipped to North America and the UK/EUR are upgradeable to Windows 7. And if you use a 32-bit version upgrade, the "issues" need only...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-30-2014, 12:20 PM
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Posted By REnninga
The Answer to many fellow Sony VAIO VGX-XL...

The Answer to many fellow Sony VAIO VGX-XL Owner's Wishes!
:D

http://image.meritline.com/document/pmaoimage/Logitech915-000225HarmonySmartKeyboard1.jpg

For you 'Sony VAIO VGX-XL based'...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-12-2014, 09:44 PM
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Mr.Big BIOS Update Project v1.2 BETA test...

Mr.Big BIOS Update Project v1.2 BETA test opportunity
Please join us!

BETA testing for the next release from the "Mr.Big BIOS Update Project" is now underway. If you would like to take part in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-08-2014, 07:24 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello Joe, Thanks for your reply. :) Good...

Hello Joe,

Thanks for your reply. :)
Good luck to you Joe, and I hope you find a new home for it among the contributors to this discussion thread. Happy Holidays, and ....

Cheers!
Robert.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-29-2014, 02:31 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Your VGX-XL3

Hello Chris. You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help.

Your current issue with the Wireless module could also be something simple. And fortunately you don't need to disassemble the XL3 in order...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-24-2014, 05:50 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Your VGX-XL3

Excellent, Chris,

You should be able to continue to use your existing ATi TV Wonder internal tuner as well, for receiving ATSC Over-The-Air local digital broadcasting, and the three additional...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-24-2014, 03:57 PM
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Your VGX-XL3

Hello Chris,


Before replacing the CMOS coin-cell battery and clearing the CMOS with the jumper, be sure to power down and pull the power cord from the outlet and wait 30-seconds or so to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 01:28 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Your VGX-XL3

Hello Chris,


If you find that your local Radio Shack no longer carries the electrolytic 820uf capacitors (be sure to buy the correct voltage rating), and they don't have them stocked in the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 03:30 AM
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Posted By REnninga
Your VGX-XL3

Hi Chris,
Excellent! Sometimes bad news can be good news. Maybe that's your gremlin?
I'll bet you have capacitors in the same or worse condition on that failed OEM NVidia video card, too.


...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-20-2014, 01:14 AM
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Posted By REnninga
Hi Chris, Hmm, your "Code 52" comment has...

Hi Chris,

Hmm, your "Code 52" comment has me thinking that it may be something quite simple ... as opposed to an unrecoverable failure ( such as a fried, un-repairable motherboard).

"Code...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-19-2014, 09:33 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Your VGX-XL3

Hello Chris,

You may want to instead consider trying to sell the system "as is" through your local Craig's List (so you won't have to mess with shipping; they do not ship well without the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   11-01-2014, 10:03 AM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello 'feigs'. Give this a try: Sony®...

Hello 'feigs'. Give this a try:

Sony® Multimedia Changer Utility
http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGPXL1B2&upd_id=2669&os_group_id=10

Read the "Important notes" and follow...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-16-2014, 01:25 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello Bill, Just a quick anecdote. I have...

Hello Bill,

Just a quick anecdote. I have had a similar experience when batch ripping with my VGX-XL2A / VGP-XL1B. To make a long story short I discovered that the VGP-XL1B was somewhat finicky...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-03-2014, 03:49 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Windows 10 Technical Preview: Upgrade: First...

Windows 10 Technical Preview: Upgrade: First Impressions


Test system: VAIO VGX-XL2A [with Mr.Big BIOS Update v1.1]

Starting point: A fresh, "clean" (aka: custom) installation of Windows 7...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-03-2014, 01:27 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello Shape, OK, sounds like a deal. First,...

Hello Shape,

OK, sounds like a deal. First, you break it (to significantly lower it's resale value for others), and then send me a 'PM' telling me what you want for your "still looks fine, but no...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-02-2014, 11:47 AM
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Posted By REnninga
Hello Shape, Ah, well, I'm looking for one...

Hello Shape,

Ah, well, I'm looking for one which no longer 'WORKS fine', ... but LOOKS fine.
LOL! :D
Seriously, I'm engaged in a project for which I need to nearly completely gut-out the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-30-2014, 02:06 PM
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Posted By REnninga
SURPRISE!!!! :eek: Windows 10 Technical...

SURPRISE!!!! :eek:


Windows 10 Technical Preview: download goes live


http://static.neow.in/images/uploaded/2014/09/windows-10-logo-08.jpg


Yep, it's called Windows 10
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-03-2014, 04:18 PM
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Posted By REnninga
Responses ...

RESPONSE: Hello Dirk. Those two wiring harnesses (the little black & white 2-pin, and the multi-pin) are audio pass-through interfaces from the rear audio/video I/O ports. They are not required for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 06:49 PM
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Posted By REnninga
For those of us who have already upgraded our...

For those of us who have already upgraded our VGX-XL* system video/graphics card to support 4K HDTV, here's a little appetizer to prime your salivary glands ...

Sony shows off Curved 4K HDTVs
...
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