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Forum: Screens   03-09-2003, 12:34 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 15,922
Posted By archtech
Ron: Wow! Thanks for the construction tips....

Ron:

Wow! Thanks for the construction tips. Extremely helpful.

Brian
Forum: Screens   02-27-2003, 11:22 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 15,922
Posted By archtech
Thanks, Mark. I'm this close (fingers spaced...

Thanks, Mark. I'm this close (fingers spaced about 1-1/2" apart) from going the 5x10 Parkland route on a DIY screen.

A question for anyone: someone said that the Parkland surface is greyish. Any...
Forum: Screens   02-27-2003, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By archtech
I'm no expert, believe me, but I would think...

I'm no expert, believe me, but I would think that the ND filter would only reduce brightness levels across the board, just like in photography, and wouldn't enhance blacks the same way as a...
Forum: Screens   02-27-2003, 09:53 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 15,922
Posted By archtech
Does anyone have a contact at Parkland for this...

Does anyone have a contact at Parkland for this material. I tried using their Webform for ordering info., but it's been three days now and still no reply.

Thanks!
Brian
Forum: Screens   02-27-2003, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,777
Posted By archtech
Well, according to Tryg's awesome, ultimate...

Well, according to Tryg's awesome, ultimate screen fabrics review http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=228371 (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=228371) it appears...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-26-2003, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By archtech
looks like an elegant solution. Thanks!

looks like an elegant solution. Thanks!
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-26-2003, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By archtech
Sorry to come late to this thread, but I was...

Sorry to come late to this thread, but I was also looking for a USB to SPDIF solution. Can't help you there, but if you haven't solved the resolution problem, here might be the solution...
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-27-2003, 11:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By archtech
I'm actually building a "bedroom" HTPC today....

I'm actually building a "bedroom" HTPC today. This is my 2nd HTPC and will just be streaming time-shifted NTSC content to the bedroom from my main HTPC in the theater downstairs.

I chose...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-26-2003, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By archtech
You can also buy external enclosures to make IDE...

You can also buy external enclosures to make IDE drives compatible w/ USB 1.0 and/or 2.0. I think USB can go 3m by itself, or much longer with "active" extensions (up to 20m).

Brian
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-17-2003, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By archtech
Not to generalize, but, yeah, it's amazing to me...

Not to generalize, but, yeah, it's amazing to me how indifferent most women are to HT. Thankfully, my wife did let me go nuts with my PJ, 10' screen,HTPC, and 5.1 setup (probably because it's down...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-16-2003, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By archtech
I concur with the others... IMHO moving to...

I concur with the others... IMHO moving to plasma would be a downgrade from your current setup. People would stop going to the movies (and definately feel "downgraded") if the multiplexes decided...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-14-2003, 09:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By archtech
Hey, I like the sound of that sub, Darin. If you...

Hey, I like the sound of that sub, Darin. If you can truly "go deep" for about a hundred bucks or even a little more, then you do it all for $1,000...

$100 - $200 basic sub
$300...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-14-2003, 03:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By archtech
Rob, yeah, an HTPC with a solid video card like...

Rob, yeah, an HTPC with a solid video card like a modern ATI Radeon has been compared favorably with external scalers costing up to five figures. I'd be floored if any on-board PJ scaler could...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-14-2003, 02:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By archtech
I'll vote for the HTPC. I couldn't imagine my...

I'll vote for the HTPC. I couldn't imagine my theater without one...

- "free" scaling
- dScaler for many legacy devices
- PC Gaming
- Tivo-like time-shifting
- cheap HDTV
- Web surfing
-...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-13-2003, 10:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By archtech
I upgraded to Platinum from 2.8 and suffered the...

I upgraded to Platinum from 2.8 and suffered the same synch problems you described with hardware accelleration turned on.

Specs...
Athlon XP 1600+
512 MB RAM
Radeon 8500LE
SB Augigy OEM
Win...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-13-2003, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By archtech
You can always add a PCI video card to drive the...

You can always add a PCI video card to drive the secondary display on XP or W2K. I went this route on my work PC with my 8500LE because I didn't like the limitations of the one-card dual display...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-31-2002, 12:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,145
Posted By archtech
I think Dells must be like airline tickets,...

I think Dells must be like airline tickets, where everyone's paid a vastly different range for every single one of them. Every time I go to to Dell's site and customize a modest system it's nothing...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-29-2002, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By archtech
You can spend very little or you can drop quite...

You can spend very little or you can drop quite a chunk of change for an analog capture card. It just depends on how much tradeoff... the $ <--> quality you're willing to make.

On the lower end,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-29-2002, 10:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,145
Posted By archtech
I had the Santa Cruz card in my HTPC for almost...

I had the Santa Cruz card in my HTPC for almost two years (though I've recently upgraded my PC and got an Audigy). It worked fine for HTPC and it's great for gaming. The SPDIF pass-thru works via a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-29-2002, 12:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,145
Posted By archtech
If you haven't bought the computer already, I'd...

If you haven't bought the computer already, I'd check and see what it would cost you to build from scratch. It's already been said that some of these parts are overkill for HTPC, but if you're also...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-29-2002, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 165
Posted By archtech
If you haven't tried it already, you might flash...

If you haven't tried it already, you might flash the BIOS with the latest BIOS revision for your board.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-10-2002, 10:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,453
Posted By archtech
I agree with both the "check locally" and the...

I agree with both the "check locally" and the "latency + bandwidth" sentiments. Personally, I had DSL at my old house and now have cable service at the new. There's just no comparison between my two...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-17-2002, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By archtech
With active USB cables, you can go a full 25...

With active USB cables, you can go a full 25 meters (~ 80 feet). You can find them in 5 meter lengths for about $20 and daisy chain up to 5 together. I think the "active" reference means there's...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-16-2002, 04:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,798
Posted By archtech
Well, it looked like a rogue *.DLL from PC...

Well, it looked like a rogue *.DLL from PC Anywhere was causing the problems. I found out by trying to enable the Welcome screen on my laptop users settings and XP informed me that this file wasn't...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-16-2002, 11:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,798
Posted By archtech
Any chance a loaded NetBEUI protocol could be...

Any chance a loaded NetBEUI protocol could be messing things up? I use it in order to communicate with my last "legacy" 98SE box.
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