Very nice write-up!
I've incorporated it into an overall A to Z of Nvidia ION 330 purchase, install, and config guide here - heavy focus on media portal.
Windows 7 (64 bit) customization with bootscreens, log-on screens (dolby digital logo), automatic log-on to one account.
Configuration of remote control with intelliremote after fighting like crazy with keyboard map plug-in and/or the event ghost software.
Lots of links to the best possible resources I could find.http://docs.google.com/View?id=d2frfsz_114dvt6ktft
Hope this was useful to someone!
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Nvidia ION 330 Guide - Compilation of Guides/ Tips & Tricks to Fun in the Sun with MediaPortal and MKV play-back.
Order the*Revo*with 330 Nvidia GPU. *Go ahead and order with it the 4 gigs of RAM (comes with 2). *
Advantages - whisper quiet. *Comes with Windows 7 already on it.*
Cons - doesn't look as sleek and shiny black as the*Asrock, which I bought. *
Note - the ASRock is still much more quiet than the PS3 I was using - I just hear that the Revo is EVEN quieter. I'm still satisfied with my purchase though!
Order your*HP MCE Remote*- or the*Gyration Remote. *The HP is $15 - and you'll need to order the*Intelliremote software*for $25 later - overall cost is 40 versus 90. *
And the Intelliremote software will automatically let you switch profiles if you decide to go with a different media player down the road.
While waiting for delivery - read this:
To decide what sort of media player you want*to*install read this.**Before making up your mind, see*these screenshots.
If, like me, you went with mediaportal*so that you can play giant HD .mkv's with no stuttering, then read these:http://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/Extensions-Pluginshttp://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/Extensions-Skinshttp://wiki.team-mediaportal.com/Key...ard)|(shortcut
And the*motherload install guide*- skip the part about the TV server. *I wasn't really happy with it - and do NOT install it initially (makes the whole thing laggy as hell.
How you'll be adding your videos - it's auto-magic, but you'll have to do a little bit of work. **This is done with two plugins*MovingPictures*for movies. *And MPTV-Series for TV series shows - read*this guide.
Once the equipment arrives - do the following on your regular monitor*- the resolution on the big screen TV can make it very difficult to see the teeny, tiny lettering in windows. *
1. *Update Windows.
2. *Install latest Nvidia drivers.
3. *Add a non-admin account with no username and password and*then follow this guide*to allow launch into that account on boot-up. *This will be the account that you use for everyone.
2. *Download and install logmein.com on the computer - you may need it later, and it's free.
3. *Install utorrent - and configure it with web-access so you can access it later. *Also, sign up for and configure your utorrent with canada.btguard.com - best $6/month I"ve ever spent.
4. *Download a dolby digital logo from google images - use it for your desktop, log-on screen (with*tune-up*- 30 day trial), and boot screen (star dock*- after you install it, simply copy and paste your picture in place of theirs, and then use theirs for the boot screen).
5. *Follow this mediaportal*install guide**- but:
When installing Media Portal do NOT install TV server right off the bat. *Unless it's running, MP will be running very very slow.
When installing DO make sure on the General tab of the config, that you uncheck "Start in Full-Screen" mode -essential for trouble-shooting if needed.
When adding a folder, start with a small one - maybe put 10 movies in a separate folder. *Then, launch mediaportal and play with it with your mouse/ keyboard.
Then set up your remote - I'd hold off on adding*all*of the movies etc because it takes forever.....
6. *Set-up your remote with the*intelliremote software, and the*keyboard shortcuts. *
Try the MCE profile first - that may work for you. *I didn't like it. *So, I used and changed the intelliremote profile like this:
I changed all of the following by pressing "learn code" in intelliremote with the intelliremote software selected, then push the remote control keys - then set the keystroke with the button on the far right. *
Click Apply Change after each one.
Remote button*to*Intelliremote software (from left-side selection)*to*keyboard. *
Arrows to Arrows to Arrows. *
Ok to Enter to Enter.
i to Options/Info to F9. *(this is the context menu in mediaportal).
Play button to Play/Pause to space on keyboard.*
Pause - same as above.
Back to Clear to Escape
Mute to Mute to M.
1 to F1 to F1.
I'm working on making the big green button to launch mediaportal or giving me an "H" for home without launching Windows Media Center.
Still launching media center, but this is really more of a nice to have.
7. *Time to move the box to your big screen TV. *Take a deep breath, and remember these tricks:
TIP - leave your USB drives in the same slots, and power off your computer - and then move it.
** *Overscanning*is normal - read*this. *
** *The magnifying glass in windows 7 is your friend.
** *Logmein.com is your friend - it has options letting you zoom in if necessary.
** *Right-click on the desktop, and select Nvidia Control panel. *This is your very best friend.
** *Play games with resolution and the Nvidia control panel resizer.
8. *Go back and*DO make sure on the General tab of the config, check "Start in Full-Screen" mode.
9. *Reboot, and you should automatically be starting in StreamMP, with a working remote.
Yes - but now to add your videos. *This is done with two plugins read the following for a brief essential overview.
MovingPictures*for movies. *And MPTV-Series for TV series shows - read*this guide.
10. *Take the computer back to your LCD, with your USB drives, and import all of your movies and TV shows. *Do not launch mediaportal again - stay in the mediaportal configuration, and go to the manual import tab of MPTV-Series plug-in (click on Config- oh, and sometimes *you have to double-click on "Plug-In" in the Mediaportal configuration screen for them to show up) * - you'll see you have a lot still to find. *
Never fear - go to the Parsing Expressions, and use regular expressions to find the movies not added.
My technique - change an expression, and then hit "Start Import". *It will seem to freeze, and then it will show a brief pop-up indicating how many videos are in the library. *That pop-up quickly fades -but just watch the number. *If it doesn't increase, then you need to try a different expression.
If all else fails - you can manually add them.
Movies - follow*this .nfo tip.
At this point, you're done and having fun - although you might want to adjust mkv playback.
Personally, I moved the htpc back to the TV and will be using logmein.com to play with mkv, TV server stuff, etc.
Matroska (MKV) Video Playback - I haven't done any of these due to all of the above.http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1057/7/http://www.guru3d.com/article/accele...he-gpu-guide/3http://nunnally.ahmygoddess.net/watc...itecture-cuda/