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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 08:35 AM
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Posted By gtgray
Stop should work fine in JR MC straight out of...

Stop should work fine in JR MC straight out of the box, it does for me. The weird thing with stop is that I have PCs with WMC that stop in live TV and those that don't. My bedroom PC stops live TV in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 07:34 AM
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Views: 132,037
Posted By gtgray
Jim, I am aware of that. But unless and until JR...

Jim, I am aware of that. But unless and until JR MC TV is up to snuff that is not really a viable option for me. Someday maybe. It may be a good option for others. If it there was an on the fly...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 07:00 AM
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Posted By gtgray
Actually the remote works much the same in JR as...

Actually the remote works much the same in JR as in MC which means they conflict a bit. There is lots of customization you can do with the remote in JR. The problem with the setup out of the box is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By gtgray
JRiver is worth a look. It does produce a better...

JRiver is worth a look. It does produce a better image than WMC can due to its use of LAV filters for live TV and recorded TV playback. It is cheap and it is has its own server built in. The Guide is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 09:09 AM
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Views: 132,037
Posted By gtgray
JRiver is not for everyone. It is aimed at the...

JRiver is not for everyone. It is aimed at the audiophile and to some extent the videophile market. It is endlessly customizable but can make you crazy sometimes when it doesn't do the simplest...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 389
Posted By gtgray
An i5 2300 on an H67 board with an HD7850 is...

An i5 2300 on an H67 board with an HD7850 is pretty competent platform for HTPC use, particularly for secondary HTPC duties.

My primary HTPC is an i3 530 on an intel H55 board which I just...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-16-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By gtgray
Fix your signal situation first if you can. If...

Fix your signal situation first if you can. If you have improved that to the degree possible than go with what you know works. I have found some PC tuners work better than others, yes. But the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 771
Posted By gtgray
If you don't mind using IR you might consider...

If you don't mind using IR you might consider searching eBay for the remote HP built to go with its x280n (Smart Media Connect) Windows Media Extender. The remotes were widely available a couple...
Forum: What's Your System Configuration   08-09-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,111
Posted By gtgray
I have the Mits 92" WD-92840 and the Mits...

I have the Mits 92" WD-92840 and the Mits displays really benefit from external color calibration. I just installed a new lamp in mine and will do a color calibration when the lamp has about 200...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-08-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
In a discussion of how much hardware one needs in...

In a discussion of how much hardware one needs in their HTPC for a fast fluid stutter free experience madVR invariably comes up. madVR is something of a corner case but it always gets trotted out as...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-07-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
If I had invested a dime for every dollar I...

If I had invested a dime for every dollar I wasted on electronics in my lifetime I would be a very well to do guy. Electronics are cheap today, but they will be cheaper tomorrow. Consumer Electronics...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-05-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
Yesterday reading this thread I thought Assassin...

Yesterday reading this thread I thought Assassin must be out there somewhere feeling the love coming from this thread.


I don't think there is just one philosophy to HTPC that is valid. I do...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-05-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
I guess that would be an argument for turning off...

I guess that would be an argument for turning off the internet and living in a mud hunt while practicing some oriental mysticism.


Actually, I have primarily been binging on "The Wire" and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-04-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
My point through most of this discussion is that...

My point through most of this discussion is that there is nothing esoteric or exotic about an HTPC. A modern intel cpu gets the job done. Add a discreete GPU if you are using MadVR choose some...
Forum: Rear Projection Units   08-03-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,764
Posted By gtgray
Being a size whore and a cheap one at that I am...

Being a size whore and a cheap one at that I am very fond of my WD-92840. It is a decent TV in many ways but without the Radiance Lumagen to fix its color problems I would have grown to hate it. I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-03-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
I wander back into this thread with trepidation....

I wander back into this thread with trepidation. I don't know why HTPC is such a mystical thing. It really is just a PC used for media duties.


My first HTPC was an HP Box with an early Athlon...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
I am a big fan of Mazda cars have and still own a...

I am a big fan of Mazda cars have and still own a bunch of them. Have a first-off-the-boat first gen 2004 Mazda 3 and a couple of Miatas including a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata with a number of very...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-01-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,321
Posted By gtgray
Bigger faster makes more heat and uses more...

Bigger faster makes more heat and uses more energy. My displays already dump a boatload of heat into my rooms. So it is not just initial cost, as they say its complicated. I want an HTPC that does...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By gtgray
If you have enough signal. I have run 2 HomeRuns...

If you have enough signal. I have run 2 HomeRuns for years but recently found I seldom use more than two ATSC tuners at a time. I decided to clean up the cabling by just using one box. These things...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,710
Posted By gtgray
Way too much power consumption for an appliance.

Way too much power consumption for an appliance.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By gtgray
You do not need to attach directly to your...

You do not need to attach directly to your router. If you have the PC on your local network than plug the HD Homerun into port on the switch. If you are using a wireless connection to the PC then you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,418
Posted By gtgray
If you need WMC it is not really that good a...

If you need WMC it is not really that good a deal. I have an older Atom/Ion with Win 7 it just needs an Asrock J1900 ITX and some memory to be comparable. .. The problem is this ACER MB Firmware is...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-21-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 763
Posted By gtgray
Calibration is trickier than most realize. If you...

Calibration is trickier than most realize. If you are using a colorimeter like i1 Display you need to have either an offset table for the exact display type you are using (DLP UHP Front Projector,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,029
Posted By gtgray
I have installed Shark a number of times and it...

I have installed Shark a number of times and it always went well. Until last week I never had a bad experience. Unfortunately I ended up having an ugly battle with PC Optimum Boost. From what I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-09-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,016
Posted By gtgray
Unfortunately all this is just the gnashing of...

Unfortunately all this is just the gnashing of teeth in the wilderness. For all practical purposes MS is out of the decoder for Windows business and Comcast well those of you who are Comcast...
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