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Originally Posted by bobby2478 View Post

I haven't, but that's something I could try. I installed XBMC and for the most part this appears to output the right audio, and I can change my audio settings to output audio to my TV speakers only or my Receiver depending on what I want at that time. One thing I really don't like about XMBC is I have my TV hooked up via HDMI, and my PC monitor via VGA. My PC monitor is my main monitor, and my TV is my extended desktop monitor. To get XBMC to show up on that display is a pain, the TV has to be on and set to that input, I open XBMC, then select video output associated with that monitor, then it appears. But everytime I turn the TV off, I have to do this all over again.
WMC on the other hand with Media Browser, I can drag that over to the TV monitor, and it either stays there or always goes back to that monitor when the TV turns on. I don't have to drag it over there every time I turn the TV on.
Curious what the pros / cons are for choosing one of the various splitters? The guide makes mention of LAV and Shark, but you mention FFDShow and another post suggested Haali?
Haali
LAV
FFDShow
Shark

LAV was too buggy for me and it wouldn't bitstream AAC audio. So I setup FFDShow in Shark007 codec pack to bitstream all my audio, to include AAC audio. Zero problems since I started using FFDShow (about 8 months now).
post #14252 of 15901
I can't wait for this to come out!!!

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/18/ceton-companion-windows-media-center-wp7-ios-android-app/

Right now I have Remote Potato HD on my iPad which is great for streaming my recorded tv and movies, but no support for live TV, and you have a EPG Guide but only for setting recordings.

I would love to be able to be watching, say a game on ESPN, on my HTPC. Pull up the Guide on my iPad (without pulling it up on the WMC interface and covering up the game), scroll through the guide, find something else I want to watch, tap it on the iPad and the channel changes on the HTPC to the new channel I selected via the guide on the iPad. This APP seems like a good step in achieving that. Has anyone seen a viable solution that is already out?
post #14253 of 15901
The Companion App releases at the end of this week.
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Hello, new to this side of technology (and by that I mean computers in general). I just built my first HTPC using AMD cpu with Windows 7 using Assassin's guide. My computer will not boot when plugged in via HDMI, however, it boots fine when connected via VGA. Any advice?
post #14255 of 15901
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Originally Posted by azula View Post

Hello, new to this side of technology (and by that I mean computers in general). I just built my first HTPC using AMD cpu with Windows 7 using Assassin's guide. My computer will not boot when plugged in via HDMI, however, it boots fine when connected via VGA. Any advice?

For starters, I'd boot it with the VGA monitor and try connecting an HDMI monitor at the same time and see if HDMI is working.
post #14256 of 15901
^ I will definitely try that. I found a thread with someone having this exact same problem and has the same hardware I do. Looks like the poster troubleshooted extensively still with no fix.
post #14257 of 15901
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Check your bios settings. Make sure that you have the HDMI or similar setting enabled.
post #14258 of 15901
Hey Assassin,

I have the Asrock A75M motherboard. Do you know if there is a specific HDMI setting in bios for this particular model? Also, would I be able use both VGA and HDMI simultaneously with this motherboard? thanks
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Originally Posted by azula View Post

Hey Assassin,
I have the Asrock A75M motherboard. Do you know if there is a specific HDMI setting in bios for this particular model? Also, would I be able use both VGA and HDMI simultaneously with this motherboard? thanks

I am not as familiar with that particular bios so would have to download the manual and look and don't have the time currently. Refer to your motherboard manual and make sure that you have it set to output the appropriate way that you want.
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I ordered an nvidia gt430 as an upgrade to my assassin htpc thats currently using the intel 2000 built in graphics and audio, anybody know if its just a matter of installing the new card, moving the hdmi cable, and that is it? Or if there is more in depth setup needed?
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Originally Posted by nebrunner View Post

I ordered an nvidia gt430 as an upgrade to my assassin htpc thats currently using the intel 2000 built in graphics and audio, anybody know if its just a matter of installing the new card, moving the hdmi cable, and that is it? Or if there is more in depth setup needed?

You will need to install the drivers from AMD. Also if you don't get a picture from the discrete card's hdmi you may need to change a setting in bios to use the discrete card.
post #14262 of 15901
I guess I should ask too, should I move from madvr to lav cuvid?
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Originally Posted by nebrunner View Post

I guess I should ask too, should I move from madvr to lav cuvid?

Cuvid is built in to LAV now when using NVidia cards.

I don't notice any benefit at all with Madvr when using 1080p/720p material which is 99% of my media files.
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What are some good TV Tuner cards for HTPC's? I don't need anything super fancy or expensive. Just something I can install, get OTA signals, and records shows like a DVR.
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Originally Posted by blobula View Post

What are some good TV Tuner cards for HTPC's? I don't need anything super fancy or expensive. Just something I can install, get OTA signals, and records shows like a DVR.

I like the HD Homerun. Can place it anywhere on your network and any PC or HTPC in your house can use it.
post #14266 of 15901
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You will need to install the drivers from AMD. Also if you don't get a picture from the discrete card's hdmi you may need to change a setting in bios to use the discrete card.


I'm confused ? AMD drivers for an NVIDIA graphics card ?
post #14267 of 15901
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

I'm confused ? AMD drivers for an NVIDIA graphics card ?

Thanks for that. Meant nvidia obviously.
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

The Companion App releases at the end of this week.

YES!!
post #14269 of 15901
I have a question about the guides that I want to follow up on. Under Bios and Windows on the Assassin HTPC Blog, it says to "next tell Windows to set your speakers as "stereo". Don't worry - when you play movies this will be bypassed and everything will be sent in surround sound..."

Why should we do this? The reason I ask is that this seems to cause trouble on my machine. With Windows speakers are set at "stereo", LPCM HD audio tracks in Blu-ray ripped-MKV files (Underworld, first couple Harry Potters) display as "stereo"on my receiver even though XBMC says it's a "5.1" audio file and the sound is lousy. When I change the Windows speaker setting to the actual number of speakers I have then XBMC properly displays "PCM" and the sound is fine.
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Funny, I just ran through this last night. My live TV wouldn't work when set for anything but stereo.

Make sure the "Advanced" tab has "Exclusive Mode" turned on.

 

 

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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Funny, I just ran through this last night. My live TV wouldn't work when set for anything but stereo.
Make sure the "Advanced" tab has "Exclusive Mode" turned on.



Yep, I just checked and "exclusive mode" has been on the whole time.
post #14272 of 15901
LiveTV works for me using 7.1 in Windows > Sounds and I get all the HD Audio, including PCM in all it's glory for blu-ray rip playback too.
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Originally Posted by pbmpharmacist View Post

I have a question about the guides that I want to follow up on. Under Bios and Windows on the Assassin HTPC Blog, it says to "next tell Windows to set your speakers as "stereo". Don't worry - when you play movies this will be bypassed and everything will be sent in surround sound..."
Why should we do this? The reason I ask is that this seems to cause trouble on my machine. With Windows speakers are set at "stereo", LPCM HD audio tracks in Blu-ray ripped-MKV files (Underworld, first couple Harry Potters) display as "stereo"on my receiver even though XBMC says it's a "5.1" audio file and the sound is lousy. When I change the Windows speaker setting to the actual number of speakers I have then XBMC properly displays "PCM" and the sound is fine.

What tracks are actually being ripped as the default track in those MKVs? That's what you need to find out. It possible that you ripped it to the container and there is only the Stereo track or the HD Audio track is the second stream and not playing by default.

Choosing 5.1 as the audio type in Win7 control panel will bypass bitstreaming and may play your stereo files or equivalent in "5.1" but it won't be bitstreamed. Shark007 posts about this often as well: http://shark007.net/forum/Thread-No-surround-sound-from-mkv-RESOLVED?pid=8285#pid8285
post #14274 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

LiveTV works for me using 7.1 in Windows > Sounds and I get all the HD Audio, including PCM in all it's glory for blu-ray rip playback too.

Yep, I agree. You helped me solve this problem a few weeks ago. That made me wonder why I had it set to "stereo" to begin with and I found that Assassin's guides say to do it that way. Just would like to follow up with Assassin on this, to make sure I'm not causing any problems by having it set to 7.1 instead of stereo.
post #14275 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

What tracks are actually being ripped as the default track in those MKVs? That's what you need to find out. It possible that you ripped it to the container and there is only the Stereo track or the HD Audio track is the second stream and not playing by default.
Choosing 5.1 as the audio type in Win7 control panel will bypass bitstreaming and may play your stereo files or equivalent in "5.1" but it won't be bitstreamed. Shark007 posts about this often as well: http://shark007.net/forum/Thread-No-surround-sound-from-mkv-RESOLVED?pid=8285#pid8285

I'm not having any bitreaming issues with my speakers set at 5.1 and your Shark007 settings. If Windows speakers are set to "stereo" then I only get "stereo" on my receiver unless I'm watching a track with TrueHD or DTS HD Master (bitstreaming works properly). If Windows speakers are set to 5.1 or 7.1 then I then I only get "PCM" on my receiver unless I'm watching a track with TrueHD or DTS HD Master (again, bitstreaming works properly).

I'm sure that I have properly ripped my blu-ray discs with the LPCM track. Specifically, I've ripped my Underworld blu-ray disc (original 2007 movie) multiple times now with every available audio stream.. Here are the specs for the disc: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Underworld-Blu-ray/498/ I've checked the MKV file with MediaInfo and it says the track is LPCM 5.1 16-bit, which matches the description from the manufacturer. The other track is Dolby Digital 5.1. The Dolby Digital track processed the same via my receiver no matter what setting I use in Windows speakers. Only the LPCM track is affected.

Thanks for the reply. I guess I'll keep my settings the way that they are as I'm not really having any problems. Hopefully I won't be compelled to buy any more discs with LPCM though as they are kind of a pain. I really like seeing "TrueHD" or "DTS HD MA" light up on my receiver.
Edited by pbmpharmacist - 8/28/12 at 3:35pm
post #14276 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

LiveTV works for me using 7.1 in Windows > Sounds and I get all the HD Audio, including PCM in all it's glory for blu-ray rip playback too.

Weird. Just tried again. Changed it to 5.1 and got an error about video drivers not installed or working, restart. Stereo worked fine (in high def whatever audio).

Have I mentioned lately how much I hate Windows?

Michael

post #14277 of 15901
Guys,

Need a little help. I built a HTPC based on the Asrock H77 MB and i get a blank screen on first startup. It should go to BIOS right for the initial start-up?

Is HDMI turned on or do I need some other connection?

The fans are going and the lights on the case are on.

Any suggestions?
post #14278 of 15901
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

Guys,
Need a little help. I built a HTPC based on the Asrock H77 MB and i get a blank screen on first startup. It should go to BIOS right for the initial start-up?
Is HDMI turned on or do I need some other connection?
The fans are going and the lights on the case are on.
Any suggestions?

No, you have to hit a button (usually delete with ASRock but check your manual) to enter bios. It doesn't do it automatically.
post #14279 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

No, you have to hit a button (usually delete with ASRock but check your manual) to enter bios. It doesn't do it automatically.

I tried delete, f2,f6 and no deal.

Should the AsRock logo or something come up? I think I am getting no signal at all, my monitor shows no input.

I have a usb keyboard hooked up, its an apple product but it should work. Any ideas?
Edited by colleycol - 8/29/12 at 9:29pm
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

I tried delete, f2,f6 and no deal.
Should the AsRock logo or something come up? I think I am getting no signal at all, my monitor shows no input.
I have a usb keyboard hooked up, its an apple product but it should work. Any ideas?

Make sure you are using a usb 2.0. Also try to connect with vga if possible.
Edited by assassin - 8/30/12 at 5:01am
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