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Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-26-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By captain_video
The only issue with that is that sometimes the...

The only issue with that is that sometimes the option to boot from a USB device gets removed from the boot order list once you remove the device, requiring you to re-enter setup each time you want to...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-26-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
Thanks for the recommendations. It looks like...

Thanks for the recommendations. It looks like SideMicro is a reseller of academic software. I wish I knew someone that was still in college because I was able to get a copy of Windows XP, Office...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-24-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
I just checked with SideMicro about the status of...

I just checked with SideMicro about the status of my order. The tracking number they sent me has indicated that a shipping label was created on the 15th, but no progress has been made beyond that. ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-18-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By captain_video
Not bad. It had been going for $144.99 while the...

Not bad. It had been going for $144.99 while the 32GB model was $109.99. Even though it's only a $5 differential, I might have been tempted to go for it over the 32GB version.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-17-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 225
Posted By captain_video
I believe that was the author's original setup. ...

I believe that was the author's original setup. You'll notice that he uses several Motorola set top boxes instead of extenders on that site. The same guy did the HD Home Sports Bar shown on the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-17-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 225
Posted By captain_video
There was an article posted over at the Missing...

There was an article posted over at the Missing Remote a few years back that addressed exactly what the OP is looking for. Here's a link to a YouTube video that shows the setup in action:
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-16-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 286
Posted By captain_video
Your biggest mistake was thinking anyone at Best...

Your biggest mistake was thinking anyone at Best Buy actually knows anything about PCs. If they did they'd have a better job.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-16-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By captain_video
PC's generally don't speak Apple. The problem...

PC's generally don't speak Apple. The problem with using proprietary Apple formats is that you can't generally use them in the real world, although there might be an app out there that can translate...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-16-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
OK, this was somewhat unexpected. I got a...

OK, this was somewhat unexpected. I got a shipping confirmation e-mail from sidemicro yesterday with a USPS tracking number so it looks like they're sending me physical media. I would have expected...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-15-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 474
Posted By captain_video
I'm of the mindset that whatever drive is on sale...

I'm of the mindset that whatever drive is on sale at the time I need it is the best one to go with. I use a WD AVGP drive in my HTPC mainly because it is supposedly optimal for DVR use. I believe...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-15-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
Then you have not had the privilege of living...

Then you have not had the privilege of living with a woman who is neither rational or patient. I tried to get her to use extenders a couple of years ago. It was an experiment that did not have a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-15-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,687
Posted By captain_video
People build media servers to store their...

People build media servers to store their collections of DVDs, Blu-Rays, TV shows, etc. It's much more convenient to select a video from a list on your HTPC than have to grab a disc off the shelf,...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-14-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
Doesn't matter. Not going to use it.

Doesn't matter. Not going to use it.
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-14-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
Because I don't trust sleep mode to work the way...

Because I don't trust sleep mode to work the way it should. My wife is not tech savvy and doesn't like things that don't work exactly the way she wants. If one of the NUCs doesn't wake up when she...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-14-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
I'm replacing the NUCs with the Livas. I love...

I'm replacing the NUCs with the Livas. I love the NUCs but I'm running two desktop PCs, four HTPCs and a 24-drive server 24/7 and my electric bill is through the roof. Using the Livas instead of...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-13-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
You can still upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free...

You can still upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free through the Microsoft Store. Just make sure you've got Windows 8 installed with the latest updates or the option to upgrade to 8.1 won't show up when...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-13-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By captain_video
I tried the Liva on my main HDTV via HDMI and it...

I tried the Liva on my main HDTV via HDMI and it works great. I assume that it doesn't like using a HDMI to DVI adapter due to HDCP handshake issues, which is probably why I couldn't get an output...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-13-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
I've never dealt with them. I found the link...

I've never dealt with them. I found the link posted in a side ad on Woot.com. The software is downloaded from Microsoft and SideMicro sends you the key in an e-mail. They're probably an OEM...
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   12-13-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 279
Posted By captain_video
Win 7 Pro $55; Win 8.1 Pro $85

Ran across this deal on Windows 7 Professional 32 or 64-bit versions for only $55:

http://www.sidemicro.com/microsoft-windows-7-professional-32-64-bit-full-version-sp1-download/

There are links...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-12-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 166
Posted By captain_video
I saw an announcement posted at The Missing...

I saw an announcement posted at The Missing Remote about update KB3004394 prior to installing any of the latest updates. So far I've only installed the current updates on my main PC and haven't done...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-12-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 183
Posted By captain_video
While it is certainly possible to run multiple...

While it is certainly possible to run multiple instances of MakeMKV at the same time, the program will be fighting over the PC's resources and the result will be a slowdown in the ripping process. ...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-10-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By captain_video
The newer Haswell NUCs come with USB 3.0 ports. ...

The newer Haswell NUCs come with USB 3.0 ports.

I'd be curious to know what the newer Liva X will sell for. The addition of another USB port plus the ability to use a mSATA SSD is huge and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-10-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,100
Posted By captain_video
New high capacity drives are usually introduced...

New high capacity drives are usually introduced at a premium until production meets the demand. The cost per TB eventually comes down to what other lower capacity drives cost. 5TB external drives...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-10-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,100
Posted By captain_video
$30-35 per TB seems to be about the norm these...

$30-35 per TB seems to be about the norm these days so $260 for 8TB is about right.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-10-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,289
Posted By captain_video
I got one a few days ago, but the HDMI output is...

I got one a few days ago, but the HDMI output is dead so I've got to generate an RMA to get a replacement (VGA out works fine). I went ahead and started installing the software with the intent of...
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