2.4 ghz p4
4gb ddr ram
4.5 TB internal sata storage (all my movies & such that I want to be able to play and view on any tv in the house)
GE Force 5500 graphics card (vga, s-video & dvi outputs)
Currently, I have the dvi going to a local display and the svideo out going to a linear rf modulator before the coax spliiter that distributes coax to each room in my home. To test the system, I am using a crappy channel 3/4 modulator ($30 bucks at radio shack) and plan to implement a nicer rf modulator with a notch to clear out the channels I want to use...so my first (and probably easier question) is can someone recomend a decent rf modultor that will run a minimum of 3 channels with flexable selection of what channels it output to?
The biggest problem I have is the quality of image is really poor and since I want to use the computer as movie server, it needs to be a decent image (not necessarily "HD" but something at least equivalent to standard TV programing). My first thought was that the cheap rf modulator was causing this problem, so I hooked a tv straight to the s-video feed on my computer and it was no better, so the rf mod is not the problem (it might be once i get a better output going, but ill cross that bridge when I get to it)
I have spent days reading online just to get to this point and getting very frustrated with it all. The potential solutions I am considering & questions I have related to those options are as follows:
Potential solution #1:
use the vga output through some sort of conversion to the rf modulator
Potential Solution #2
from what I have seen there are cables that go vga-->rca video and there are converter boxes that do the same and are a bit pricer, one would assume the boxes will output a higher quality picture with more flexible options, am I right? If so, would the simple cable conversion be sufficient? If not, could someone recommend a reasonably priced converter box?
Potential Solution #3
do the same type of thing as in the previous solution, but will the dvi output....my questions are the same but related to dvi conversion
Any suggestions would be great, Im sick of reading through thread after thread trying to find solutions, so I thought I would give it up to the AV gods and see what ya'll can tell me, thanks for the help!
I am sure it is possible that I am overcomplicated this or going about it complete wrong, so my last solution would be to take any suggestions you all have to create this system. Again, that system needs create tv channels (preferable with choosable numbers) that are the desktop of my ubuntu 8.1 movie server and do so in a higher quality than my svideo output is currently providing
PS I have a somewhat limited budget, but am more conserned with the system working (ie ide rather spend $400 on a system that works than $200 on something that half works)