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Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-28-2015, 02:14 PM
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Posted By captain_video
The OP didn't specify if he had any other...

The OP didn't specify if he had any other intended uses for a HTPC. If he only wants to play Blu-Rays then a standalone player is probably the more cost effective option. Personally, I prefer to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-28-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 78
Posted By captain_video
For DVD playback, probably. For Blu-Ray, I don't...

For DVD playback, probably. For Blu-Ray, I don't believe you'll see any improvement.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-24-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 184
Posted By captain_video
DV = Digital Video. VHS is analog.

DV = Digital Video. VHS is analog.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-23-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
It caught me a bit off guard when it happened. I...

It caught me a bit off guard when it happened. I shut it down, hooked up the Kill-a-Watt meter between the power cord and the UPS and then tried to power it back up. It just sat there and did...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-22-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
MSI Z77A-G45 socket 1155 motherboard. I'm not...

MSI Z77A-G45 socket 1155 motherboard. I'm not sure clearing the CMOS will have any effect at this point. The board is stone dead with no signs of life. At the very least I'd expect the fans to...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   02-22-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 957
Posted By captain_video
The Hulk was one of the original Avengers. I was...

The Hulk was one of the original Avengers. I was into Marvel comics back in the 60's and 70's but got out of it for quite a while. Ant Man and the Wasp were also part of the original group. It was...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
I just tried out the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC...

I just tried out the MCE Standby Tool on my HTPC earlier today and it seems to work as advertised. I went into the BIOS and changed the settings to enable sleep mode and it worked without having to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 67
Posted By captain_video
How to recover your recording schedule when a restore goes wrong

I had my HTPC's motherboard take a dump on me today so I had to setup WMC using my old motherboard. Fortunately I was in the process of configuring the HTPC motherboard and CPU for use in my desktop...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-21-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,278
Posted By captain_video
You can buy Velcro in all shapes and sizes at...

You can buy Velcro in all shapes and sizes at Home Depot, Lowes, Target, or just about anywhere that sells home improvement products. I suspect you could also find it at Staples or Office Depot.
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-20-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By captain_video
You might want to take a look at this thread: ...

You might want to take a look at this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1863514-what-s-best-alternative-wmc.html

WMC is the only solution for watching and...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   02-19-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By captain_video
Fairly often. I check the Shell Shocker deals...

Fairly often. I check the Shell Shocker deals and Daily Deals on Newegg every day as well as slickdeals.net and dealnews.com. I have phone apps for all three sites so I can check them anywhere.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
Well, this should prove interesting if your...

Well, this should prove interesting if your premise holds true. I'm pretty sure I had sleep mode disabled whenever I installed Windows on any PC I own. Fortunately, three of my HTPCs are identical...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
Great. That's exactly how I'd like to wake up my...

Great. That's exactly how I'd like to wake up my HTPCs.
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   02-19-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By captain_video
I just picked up one of these during the Shell...

I just picked up one of these during the Shell Shocker deal and it arrived yesterday. What's interesting is that I also bought two of these during the last Shell Shocker deal a few weeks ago and the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
I linked to that back in post #3...

I linked to that back in post #3 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) and there's already been some discussion about it. Do you set up the PCs for S3 sleep in the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-18-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
I should have mentioned that all of my PCs are...

I should have mentioned that all of my PCs are running Windows 7. I believe all HTPCs and desktop PCs are using the 64-bit version.

I saw some mention of the MCE Standby Tool...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-18-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 461
Posted By captain_video
What's the best way to set up a HTPC to sleep/hibernate and how to wake it up

I've been running HTPCs and desktop PCs in my house for years without ever letting any of them go into sleep mode. I've been hesitant to do so because I've heard numerous problems associated with...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-17-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
LOL. That's the same web page I found when I was...

LOL. That's the same web page I found when I was looking into the "power saving" feature. Unfortunately, it says nothing about recording suggestions since the user does not actually schedule them. ...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-17-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
I've never owned a Roamio so there was nothing to...

I've never owned a Roamio so there was nothing to forget. ;) If it's anything like Standby mode on other Tivos it doesn't really go to sleep. It just shuts off the video output. The hard drive is...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-16-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
I think you answered your own question as well as...

I think you answered your own question as well as the reason why I never let a HTPC sleep. The extra power it consumes by staying on 24/7 eliminates the headaches associated with letting these...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-16-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
I never allow my HTPC to sleep so that's a...

I never allow my HTPC to sleep so that's a non-issue for me. HDMI handshaking is generally a hardware issue. What sort of issues were you seeing prior to the switch?
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-16-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
How do you figure? Just because the Windows 7...

How do you figure? Just because the Windows 7 EOL is scheduled for 2020 doesn't mean you can't still use it. It just means that Microsoft will no longer be providing updates or bug fixes for the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-16-2015, 11:17 AM
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Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
WMC and/or HTPCs aren't for everyone. Some...

WMC and/or HTPCs aren't for everyone. Some people like them and some don't. Tivos are great DVRs and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone that's less technically inclined. HTPCs can...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-16-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 468
Posted By captain_video
That's because they either just work or they...

That's because they either just work or they don't. I went through two of them during the beta testing phase and both units had more problems than I can count. It's a shame because I had such high...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   02-16-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 56,150
Posted By captain_video
I just stumbled onto this thread while reading a...

I just stumbled onto this thread while reading a post by Charles R in a thread I started over in the HTPC forum. I intend to go through the entire thread, but since that will take me a while I’ll do...
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