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Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
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Posted By captain_video
I'm not disputing anything you're saying. I had...

I'm not disputing anything you're saying. I had NetFlix for many years so I know where you're coming from. However, with NetFlix you sometimes end up on a long waiting list so the current release you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By captain_video
That all depends on how you watch your Blu-Ray...

That all depends on how you watch your Blu-Ray discs. I never watch the previews or extras on a disc so ripping just the main movie to mkv is not only a replacement for a standalone player, but much...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-21-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By captain_video
I get what you're saying and understand...

I get what you're saying and understand completely. What I'm suggesting may not work for everyone. I rarely rip anything but the main movie and some discs have a ridiculous number of titles...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-21-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By captain_video
Shark007 provides you with all the codecs you'll...

Shark007 provides you with all the codecs you'll need. MakeMKV can rip each video segment (i.e., main movie, trailers, shorts, and other extras) as individual MKV files. Just dump everything in a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-20-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By captain_video
I can only say that I watch Blu-Rays from various...

I can only say that I watch Blu-Rays from various sources using my HTPC and I've never had to use the internal BD drive for that purpose. ;) If you need to play the actual disc then a standalone BD...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-19-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 778
Posted By captain_video
MakeMKV and XBMC/Kodi - works great, retains and...

MakeMKV and XBMC/Kodi - works great, retains and plays HD audio, fully supported, trouble-free and simple to setup and use, and best of all they're free (although you can buy a license for MakeMKV). ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-18-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By captain_video
Is the Yamaha listed at all under the sound...

Is the Yamaha listed at all under the sound devices in the Control Panel? If it's not being recognized then you won't be able to bitstream HD audio via HDMI. If it's shown in the list you should be...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-18-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 605
Posted By captain_video
I feel your pain. I went through similar issues...

I feel your pain. I went through similar issues in the past with more than one motherboard. I had two bad Intel motherboards in a row that drove me nuts. Your setup appears to be more than adequate...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-18-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By captain_video
Note that relatively few Blu-Rays actually...

Note that relatively few Blu-Rays actually contain 7.1 audio soundtracks. The majority are only 5.1, usually DTS-HD. I have a 7.1 setup and the extra two surround speakers are rarely used for this...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-10-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By captain_video
Missed that the first time around. I bought some...

Missed that the first time around. I bought some forward breakout cables from monoprice years ago and just assumed they carried them in the reverse configuration as well.

Ebay, Newegg, Google,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-10-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By captain_video
Check monoprice.com.

Check monoprice.com.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-08-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
I don't see why not. The NUC is about the same...

I don't see why not. The NUC is about the same size as the Echo and probably weighs just a bit more, but not enough that a couple of strips of Velcro couldn't hold it in place.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-08-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 767
Posted By captain_video
I have three 1st generation i3 NUCs and none of...

I have three 1st generation i3 NUCs and none of them stutter with live TV. You say that they stutter when they first boot up. Have you considered just leaving them on? Mine run 24/7 with no...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-06-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
I never said others would not have issues. The...

I never said others would not have issues. The problems you're describing are unique to the way some people may or may not watch TV and don't really apply to my situation. However, today's hardware...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
Thanks for the tip. I rarely watch recordings on...

Thanks for the tip. I rarely watch recordings on any PC other than the one they were recorded on so it's not that big of a deal. I can still use the 30-second skip or fast forward through them on a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
I think I may have gotten my remote HTPCs...

I think I may have gotten my remote HTPCs confused with my extenders with regards to commercial skipping. Thinking back I seem to recall that I was able to skip commercials with the extenders but...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
Not sure what issues you're referring to as all...

Not sure what issues you're referring to as all of my NUCs have literally been set 'em and forget 'em. I'll run Windows Update once a month or so and then leave them alone. I do care about playing...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
I care about codecs, as do many others here. WMC...

I care about codecs, as do many others here. WMC and extenders don't support a lot of video formats natively so it's almost a requirement to install a codec pack or at least minimal codec support for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-05-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,229
Posted By captain_video
Slow response to remote commands Washed out...

Slow response to remote commands
Washed out graphics
Loss of functionality for commercial skip software
Limited codec support

Just to name a few ;)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-04-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By captain_video
FWIW, Wi-Fi and streaming HD content is hit or...

FWIW, Wi-Fi and streaming HD content is hit or miss, as anyone here can tell you. If you need to stream content from a server, a hardwired conection is your best bet. If that isn't possible, you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-04-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By captain_video
This is a very common problem in WMC. I suggest...

This is a very common problem in WMC. I suggest checking here for the solution:

http://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-04-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 608
Posted By captain_video
I get this on occasion. Just exit WMC and...

I get this on occasion. Just exit WMC and restart it. It should revert back to full screen.


Definitely an EDID issue. I used to get this all the time. The addition of an HDMI Detective...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-03-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By captain_video
Any of the latest Intel or AMD compatible...

Any of the latest Intel or AMD compatible motherboards should work just fine. Both brands of CPUs have integrated GPUs that will process both HD video and audio and stream it via HDMI. The...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-01-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By captain_video
Pretty much what's already been said. I use both...

Pretty much what's already been said. I use both the InfiniTV 6 and the HD HomeRun Prime and don't have any issues with either unit. You'll get more bang for your buck with the InfiniTV 6 because...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-28-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
Posted By captain_video
Just a bit of advice here. I would never let...

Just a bit of advice here. I would never let Windows update automatically install drivers for any device I have in a PC. I've had many instances where it said I needed new drivers, only to find that...
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