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Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-30-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 218
Posted By captain_video
I think the biggest roadblock for Windows 8 was...

I think the biggest roadblock for Windows 8 was the fact that it was such a wide departure from any previous version of Windows. Every other version prior to Win 8 carried over at least a partial...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-30-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 218
Posted By captain_video
Next version to be Windows 10

Microsoft is skipping Windows 9 and going right to Windows 10:

http://preview.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/windows-10-is-the-official-name-for-microsofts-next-version-of-windows/ar-BB6Chcy
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-29-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By captain_video
Select Windows Update from the Programs list or...

Select Windows Update from the Programs list or through the Control Panel. On the left side of the window you'll see an option to display the update history. Each update that has been installed...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-29-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By captain_video
1. When the system creates a restore point it...

1. When the system creates a restore point it makes a log of the current configuration, including all updates that have been installed up to that point. If you run into a problem where the system...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-27-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By captain_video
You can do a Windows backup and create a rescue...

You can do a Windows backup and create a rescue disc to create a backup image of your hard drive. You don't need Acronis. Run Windows backup and specify your drive that contains the OS (usually the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-26-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By captain_video
Try this link: ...

Try this link:

http://www.repairwin.com/windows-7-sp1-iso-official-download/

I'm not sure if the above download links are just for SP1 or contain an updated iso image of Windows 7 with SP1...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-25-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
Posted By captain_video
Unfortunately, I have yet to use an application...

Unfortunately, I have yet to use an application that is 100% flawless. You can set up the default selections in MakeMKV to make sure you get the desired language for both subtitles and audio. You...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
Posted By captain_video
But now you can buy a standalone Blu-Ray player...

But now you can buy a standalone Blu-Ray player for less than what you paid for TMT. :D
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
Posted By captain_video
Discs like Hunger Games are few and far between...

Discs like Hunger Games are few and far between and definitely the exception to the rule. A quick search in these forums found which tracks were the correct ones on those discs and allowed me to rip...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
Posted By captain_video
Ripping a disc using MakeMKV doesn't require...

Ripping a disc using MakeMKV doesn't require anything more than popping in the disc, letting MakeMKV scan it, and then selecting what tracks you want to rip. One click and you let it rip while you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
Posted By captain_video
Yeah, I'll give you that. I was thinking about...

Yeah, I'll give you that. I was thinking about playing isos and not actual discs when I wrote that.


I can't speak to physical disc playback since I started off with isos and then migrated to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-22-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 62
Views: 2,514
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: 275
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: 27
Views: 1,030
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: 275
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: 303
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: 303
Posted By captain_video
Check monoprice.com.

Check monoprice.com.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-08-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,262
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: 802
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: 1,262
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...
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