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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-21-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By captain_video
No, the remote PCs cannot be used as extenders. ...

No, the remote PCs cannot be used as extenders. Any show recorded that is flagged by the provider can only be played back either on the PC it was recorded with or through a WMC extender, such as the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-17-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 838
Posted By captain_video
You can configure Windows updates so they only...

You can configure Windows updates so they only get installed if you tell them to. I let Windows download them, but I pick and choose which ones get installed and then manually reboot when they're...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-16-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 434
Posted By captain_video
I used to use BeyondTV for recording OTA channels...

I used to use BeyondTV for recording OTA channels and it worked great. The only reason I switched to WMC was to use the Ceton InfiniTV 4. BeyondTV is no longer sold, but you might find a copy for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By captain_video
If your other equipment is within sight of the...

If your other equipment is within sight of the remote then all you need is a universal remote that can be programmed with macros. Harmony remotes can be set up to control activities and will turn on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 838
Posted By captain_video
I don't think anyone is disputing the stability...

I don't think anyone is disputing the stability of Windows. It sounds like the OP is looking for some method of creating pooled drives on his Win 8 PC and not so much in building a dedicated server....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 838
Posted By captain_video
I don't believe that's entirely true. If you...

I don't believe that's entirely true. If you have drives that had been previously set up in unRAID that contain data I'm pretty sure you can add them back into the array. UnRAID uses the reiserfs...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-05-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
So, they're all French sheep? To that I say...

So, they're all French sheep?
To that I say baaaaaahhhhhh, Monsieur. :p
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-04-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
I've had to do a lot of traveling over the years...

I've had to do a lot of traveling over the years and found ways to have media with me that I didn't have to transcode. Over a two-year stretch I was on the road almost continuously, but I'd tend to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
Get a better internet connection or just stay...

Get a better internet connection or just stay home? :D
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
Don't transcode anything. Leave it as is,...

Don't transcode anything. Leave it as is, otherwise, what's the point of having Blu-Ray in the first place? I rip Blu-Rays to mkv files with the original bitrates and HD audio intact.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By captain_video
Use the phone activation option. It's a royal...

Use the phone activation option. It's a royal pain, but it does work. You'll see a screen with about 16 boxes, each containing a 5-digit number. When you call the activation toll free number you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By captain_video
I don't know where they came up with the name...

I don't know where they came up with the name Kodi, but they did mention that the change was to eliminate any possible legal issues with Microsoft since the name stems from the original X-Box Media...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
I buy from Harbor Freight quite a bit, actually. ...

I buy from Harbor Freight quite a bit, actually. I've found over the years that the vast majority of the jobs I've performed on cars or around the house tend to require the use of a particular tool...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-02-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,357
Posted By captain_video
I've lost track of how many times I've upgraded...

I've lost track of how many times I've upgraded my HTPC. I've gone through a multitude of changes in recording technologies and formats since the early days of VCRs. I've been a diehard couch...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-31-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,164
Posted By captain_video
You're mixing apples and oranges. The 2250/2255...

You're mixing apples and oranges. The 2250/2255 can only record digital OTA and clear QAM. The HDHR Prime is for encrypted digital cable and uses a cablecard. Both tuners are for entirely different...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-29-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 468
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: 219
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: 95
Views: 3,936
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: 762
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: 762
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: 386
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: 764
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: 169
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: 281
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: 1,029
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...
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