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Forum: HDTV Technical   07-27-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By mdavej
As ProjectSHO89, said, page one of the owner's...

As ProjectSHO89, said, page one of the owner's manual states in big bold text:


Here's the manual:
http://www.sceptre.com/pub/Manuals/LEDHDTV/X505BV-FMQR%20v5.pdf

Sounds like you need to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 84
Posted By mdavej
I still use remote potato. Works fairly well. No...

I still use remote potato. Works fairly well. No VPN needed, but bandwidth is usually a big issue. My ISP is only 4MB up, which, while pretty typical, isn't enough to get good quality. I've also...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-27-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 574
Posted By mdavej
FWIW, AMD driver has overscan settings.

FWIW, AMD driver has overscan settings.
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-27-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 47
Posted By mdavej
Simplest solution would be Next Generation RF...

Simplest solution would be Next Generation RF base plus 7 additional Xmitter batteries (all the same frequency), $180 total. No limits that I know of besides distance (60' give or take, depending on...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-26-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4,021
Views: 496,588
Posted By mdavej
If you do that, you've just made yourself an HTPC...

If you do that, you've just made yourself an HTPC (check out the HTPC forum as well). That can easily be controlled by remote as well. Just get an IR dongle and possibly an RF remote if it's not line...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-26-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2,072
Views: 159,647
Posted By mdavej
I still don't understand why you need all those...

I still don't understand why you need all those streaming devices. If your PC is connected to your TV, why do you need Plex in the same room? Do you really need to control all those game machines...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 815
Posted By mdavej
If you're getting DTS, then you're getting 5.1...

If you're getting DTS, then you're getting 5.1 surround the way a DVD was intended to be heard.

If you're getting DTS MA, then you're getting 7.1 surround the way a Bluray was intended to be...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-26-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3,375
Views: 225,201
Posted By mdavej
The STBII is fine and has a better remote than...

The STBII is fine and has a better remote than the STB. But the version with the 3/4 slider switch on the back won't work properly with cable TV and can't be firmware upgraded presently. If you use...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 815
Posted By mdavej
Between core bitstream and PCM? None. ...

Between core bitstream and PCM? None.

Between core and MA? This:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-receivers-amps-processors/1480307-dts-core-vs-dts-ma.html
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By mdavej
I can't recommend any RC6/MCE because none worked...

I can't recommend any RC6/MCE because none worked consistently for me. But Rosewill, HP, Lenovo, etc. are popular. Maybe someone else can recommend one known to sleep/wake properly.

Ortek is a...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-26-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 824
Views: 40,746
Posted By mdavej
I agree this doesn't belong in the thread. But...

I agree this doesn't belong in the thread. But the phrases I used are factual, not emotional. I'd be happy to make a chart comparing various OSes and quantifying the quality of each, best to worst....
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-26-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 824
Views: 40,746
Posted By mdavej
You couldn't boot to desktop without a 3rd party...

You couldn't boot to desktop without a 3rd party tool until 8.1. Even then, the option is very well hidden. I guarantee you Grandma would never find it on her own. Plus if you accidentally click...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By mdavej
Chinavision won't wake. Get a different dongle,...

Chinavision won't wake. Get a different dongle, Ortek or MCE (RC-6). In my experience Ortek is the most reliable for wake. MCE ones are hit and miss.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-26-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 587
Posted By mdavej
srvnet means something else on your network is...

srvnet means something else on your network is waking it, not a keyboard or mouse or program on that computer. What else streams files from it, another PC, extender or streaming device? Is your...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-26-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By mdavej
Yes it does. Touch has always been RF capable,...

Yes it does. Touch has always been RF capable, but it was not enabled until the Ultimate and hub were released.
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-25-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By mdavej
A repeater will be cheaper but not better. It...

A repeater will be cheaper but not better. It will be far worse in fact, but will get the job done. A well place mirror will work too, for free. The Touch is an expensive remote to begin with, so...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-25-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3,375
Views: 225,201
Posted By mdavej
Finally managed to snag an old STB model on ebay....

Finally managed to snag an old STB model on ebay. Thanks jprc and Aleron.
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-25-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 40,746
Posted By mdavej
I wouldn't exactly call Windows Phone 3% market...

I wouldn't exactly call Windows Phone 3% market share a roaring success. And grabbing phone and tablet market share is why Win 8 exists. It's a slap in the face to desktop users. It's unusable on the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 587
Posted By mdavej
Are you sure all yours would always sleep after...

Are you sure all yours would always sleep after waking for a recording? Mine would eventually go to sleep, but there is apparently some bug in WMC that interferes, especially after a guide update. At...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-25-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11,318
Views: 1,606,963
Posted By mdavej
The hub works with the "Ultimate One", not with...

The hub works with the "Ultimate One", not with the "One", so that isn't an option. The One has no RF or wi-fi capabilities whatsoever. Just put a repeater in the front of the room. Many make them,...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-25-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 40,746
Posted By mdavej
If they change for the better, many would be...

If they change for the better, many would be compelled to upgrade. Works for everything from cars to smartphones. Win 8 changed for the worst, confusing and alienating their shrinking user based...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 574
Posted By mdavej
HDCP doesn't need to work over VGA. I've never...

HDCP doesn't need to work over VGA. I've never had trouble watching anything over VGA.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 587
Posted By mdavej
I'll say it one more time. MST fixes the sleep...

I'll say it one more time. MST fixes the sleep after recording issue. It's free. It works. It also does a lot of other nice things. There is no other way that I know of.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 574
Posted By mdavej
FTR, I also dislike AMD immensely, but couldn't...

FTR, I also dislike AMD immensely, but couldn't say no to all the $15 cards I've gotten. Once I learned to resist the temptation to update working drivers, I've had very few problems with them...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 574
Posted By mdavej
A $29 fanless HD 5450 running the current 14.4...

A $29 fanless HD 5450 running the current 14.4 AMD drivers should work fine. I've run AMD cards in my HTPCs for years and only version 12.8 and 14.4 drivers work, in my experience, without error....
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