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post #14911 of 15901
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Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post

How much would repair cost?

Good question. Its pretty old at this point (only 2 HDMI ins) and I am getting ready to move so I may just wait and get a bigger and better receiver instead of paying for a fix. I can always use this one for analog or optical digital sound like music. I may install whole house audio so it may still have a use.
post #14912 of 15901
Thread Starter 
Bizarre.

So I was going to hook up the HTPC and Satellite box via optical to the receiver. The volume was locked at -41. I thought that was odd so I unplugged it completely from the wall and let it sit for a minute. Now its working perfectly again.

Definitely on the fritz. But usable for now.

The new Denon will have to wait another day.
post #14913 of 15901
I am having trouble getting WHS 2011 to recognize and install the Intel NIC driver from Assassin's guide (PRo1000)

Any tips? It sees the file but fails each time.
post #14914 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

I am having trouble getting WHS 2011 to recognize and install the Intel NIC driver from Assassin's guide (PRo1000)
Any tips? It sees the file but fails each time.

Are you using an Integrated intel NIC or an Intel NIC card?
post #14915 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Are you using an Integrated intel NIC or an Intel NIC card?

Intel NIC card, recommended in the guide.
post #14916 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

Intel NIC card, recommended in the guide.

You shouldn't use my Intel driver then as it is only meant to use for the integrated intel NIC that some motherboards have (which intel disables with WHS2011 thus forcing you to buy a card if you are using WHS2011). My driver was a way around this.

However, for a discrete Intel NIC card such as you have you can use the default drivers just fine and shouldn't need or use the drivers that I have listed (which again are only meant to be used with the integrated Intel NIC + WHS2011).
post #14917 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

You shouldn't use my Intel driver then as it is only meant to use for the integrated intel NIC that some motherboards have (which intel disables with WHS2011 thus forcing you to buy a card if you are using WHS2011). My driver was a way around this.
However, for a discrete Intel NIC card such as you have you can use the default drivers just fine and shouldn't need or use the drivers that I have listed (which again are only meant to be used with the integrated Intel NIC + WHS2011).

Oh I see, totally my fault as usual. Thanks smile.gif
post #14918 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post

Oh I see, totally my fault as usual. Thanks smile.gif

Not a problem. Been there many times.
post #14919 of 15901
Assassin- I noticed a few posts up that you said you were using XBMC. I'm still experimenting with my use patterns, but I tend to also use XBMC. The only thing that I find irritating is the inability to do a "jump" from my remotes (Rosewill RC6, Lenovo N5902). In WMC, the jump button goes ahead 30 seconds, but in XBMC, it goes to the next playlist item. Must be a simple configuration setting, but I can't find it. Can you give me a pointer?
post #14920 of 15901
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Originally Posted by CAL7 View Post

Assassin- I noticed a few posts up that you said you were using XBMC. I'm still experimenting with my use patterns, but I tend to also use XBMC. The only thing that I find irritating is the inability to do a "jump" from my remotes (Rosewill RC6, Lenovo N5902). In WMC, the jump button goes ahead 30 seconds, but in XBMC, it goes to the next playlist item. Must be a simple configuration setting, but I can't find it. Can you give me a pointer?

I don't think there is one without writing a script. Since XBMC is not really developed for Live TV there probably wouldn't be a reason to include this for most people. I will take a look again but I don't think this is currently an option.
post #14921 of 15901
Thread Starter 
Actually there is an easy way to do it.

"." (the period) skips forward 30 seconds

"," (the comma) skips backwards 30 seconds
post #14922 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Bizarre.
So I was going to hook up the HTPC and Satellite box via optical to the receiver. The volume was locked at -41. I thought that was odd so I unplugged it completely from the wall and let it sit for a minute. Now its working perfectly again.
Definitely on the fritz. But usable for now.
The new Denon will have to wait another day.

I had a similar situation with an older Onkyo receiver where one set of inputs stopped working. Somewhere I read about unplugging a receiver because it's logic circuitry (or words to that effect) might lock up due to a signal or power glitch. So I unplugged it for several minutes & when plugged back in it worked perfectly. And the same thing happened a second time a year or two later & unpluging/plugging fixed it.
post #14923 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Actually there is an easy way to do it.
"." (the period) skips forward 30 seconds
"," (the comma) skips backwards 30 seconds

One of the things that have been in my to-do list for years: how do you change that 30 seconds default value for the backwards skip (comma). Some shows have very short intros, less than 30 seconds. Having something like a 10 seconds back skip would be great. Is it possible? confused.gif
post #14924 of 15901
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Userdata/advancedsettings.xml
Code:
<advancedsettings>
<video>
  <usetimeseeking>true</usetimeseeking>  <!-- Whether to use time based or percentage based seeking. -->
  <timeseekforward>30</timeseekforward>  <!-- Time to seek forward in seconds when doing a short seek.  Defaults to 30. -->
  <timeseekbackward>-30</timeseekbackward>  <!-- Time to seek backward in seconds when doing a short seek.  Defaults to -30. -->
  <timeseekforwardbig>600</timeseekforwardbig>  <!-- Time to seek forward in seconds when doing a long seek.  Defaults to 600 (10 minutes). -->
  <timeseekbackwardbig>-600</timeseekbackwardbig>  <!-- Time to seek forward in seconds when doing a long seek.  Defaults to -600 (10 minutes). -->
</video>
</advancedsettings>
post #14925 of 15901
HD AUDIO PROBLEM

hi guys. I'm a paid up Assassin blog member, unfortunately I just cannot get HD audio to work properly.

Spec:
HTPC i3 2105, on a ASrock H67M ITX mobo connected via HDMI to
Onkyo TS XR308 (manual says it does support bitstream DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD)
which outputs to an LG LCD tv.

I have updated windows, audio drivers, bios.
It WILL bitstream any other audio formats with no issue.

I normally use Arcsoft Total media to play bluray, and again, it will always 'downgrade' to DTS instead of playing DTS HD.
If I use MPC HC and LAV Audio, and play a sample HD audio file, it will not play any sound, only video. I have to go into LAV Audio, UNTICK the HD audio formats, then it will play the sample file in normal DTS or Dolby Digital, and I get both video and audio.

Heres the big issue I have - in windows, under system, sound, I can see the Amp, but in properties it Does NOT show any HD audio formats as Supported formats. Its got all the correct sample rates, and under supported formats it has DTS audio, Dolby Digital plus, Dolby digital.

So., What is going on?

This has been bugging me for ages. Please please help.
Edited by schloss - 12/10/12 at 8:27pm
post #14926 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

[URL=http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?

Excellent, thanks!
post #14927 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I use the NEO PSU. Just make sure you have a power cable. It does not come with one.

Everything has already been ordered, expect for the RAM and the case (waiting for the store to have it available). This is the final build:

CPU: Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
MoBo: ASUS P8H77-M PRO
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 DDR3 1600 ("standard height" one)
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-64G 64GB
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W
Case: Silverstone SST-GD06B
Optical drive: LG Blu-ray/DVD/CD Burner

The only issue I have is that I can't find the RAM here in my country (even tried eBay). Is there any other RAM that is similar in performance as this one?
post #14928 of 15901
any DDR3 ram should work. Make sure you get 1600mhz or greater. Might want to try 8GB it's only a little more cost. Muskin, Crucial, Corsair are all decent brands too....
post #14929 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

any DDR3 ram should work. Make sure you get 1600mhz or greater. Might want to try 8GB it's only a little more cost. Muskin, Crucial, Corsair are all decent brands too....

Is 8GB overkill? If not, I might get this one: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
post #14930 of 15901
WARNING, NOVICE POST:

I have been ripping blurays using ANyDVD-HD and tried to play several of the ripped films using MB. I am getting in one case, just the bonus features, in another the voice over commentary audio and in yet another I get the audio but no video.

I was trying to rip just the movie and HD audio to keep the file size down but it seems that every rip has issues. Assassin set it up for me so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what the heck is happening.
post #14931 of 15901
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Originally Posted by RMK! View Post

WARNING, NOVICE POST:
I have been ripping blurays using ANyDVD-HD and tried to play several of the ripped films using MB. I am getting in one case, just the bonus features, in another the voice over commentary audio and in yet another I get the audio but no video.
I was trying to rip just the movie and HD audio to keep the file size down but it seems that every rip has issues. Assassin set it up for me so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what the heck is happening.

NOVICE POST:

I'm not that experienced either, but I think you should learn how to remux (remux: A rip of Blu-ray or HD DVD disk to another container format or just stripping the disc of menus and bonus material while keeping the contents of its audio and video streams intact, guaranteeing the exact 1:1 movie quality as on original disk.). By using eac3to and mkvtoolnix, I have never had an issue when doing what you just wanted to do.

EDIT:

A quick example of what I just said:

The movie I'm remuxing is Yojimbo. The whole BD has 45,6GB.

Here, I'm using to eac3to to identify which playlist has the movie itself so I can just remux that .m2ts file:



After identifying which files I need (sublined in the previous image), I need to use it on mkvmerge to choose the streams I want to keep and make it a .mkv file:



Here is a look at the .mkv file (new size: 28,8GB) after the remux:



It seems hard, but after you get the hang of it, it's way better than any program. Trust me, I'm a total tech noob. wink.gif
Edited by mrfury - 12/11/12 at 11:26am
post #14932 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mrfury View Post

NOVICE POST:
I'm not that experienced either, but I think you should learn how to remux (remux: A rip of Blu-ray or HD DVD disk to another container format or just stripping the disc of menus and bonus material while keeping the contents of its audio and video streams intact, guaranteeing the exact 1:1 movie quality as on original disk.). By using eac3to and mkvtoolnix, I have never had an issue when doing what you just wanted to do.
EDIT:
A quick example of what I just said:
The movie I'm remuxing is Yojimbo. The whole BD has 45,6GB.
Here, I'm using to eac3to to identify which playlist has the movie itself so I can just remux that .m2ts file:

After identifying which files I need (sublined in the previous image), I need to use it on mkvmerge to choose the streams I want to keep and make it a .mkv file:

Here is a look at the .mkv file (new size: 28,8GB) after the remux:

It seems hard, but after you get the hang of it, it's way better than any program. Trust me, I'm a total tech noob. wink.gif

Thanks, I am going to be looking at my process vs the link you sent and check differences in the setup. smile.gif
post #14933 of 15901
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Originally Posted by RMK! View Post

Thanks, I am going to be looking at my process vs the link you sent and check differences in the setup. smile.gif

You'll need these two programs:
- eac3to (explanation of eac3to's functions)
- mkvtoolnix

Most of the time you can just use the mkvmerge (it comes in the mkvtoolnix).

I just use eac3to when the movie is split into many files (in the first picture, where I sublined, there would be the files used by the movie) or when mkvmerge won't recognize a stream (just happened to me with .pcm. You can notice that by comparing the first and second pictures, where the RAW/PCM stream isn't shown in the second).

I wish I could link you the guide I learnt from, but it's a private forum and I'm sure they wouldn't like it to be linked. If you have any doubts, you can PM me (I can help you with what I know biggrin.gif).
post #14934 of 15901
Quote:
Originally Posted by RMK! View Post

WARNING, NOVICE POST:
I have been ripping blurays using ANyDVD-HD and tried to play several of the ripped films using MB. I am getting in one case, just the bonus features, in another the voice over commentary audio and in yet another I get the audio but no video.
I was trying to rip just the movie and HD audio to keep the file size down but it seems that every rip has issues. Assassin set it up for me so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what the heck is happening.


If your novice you should be using MAKEMKV.

it's wonderful.

http://www.makemkv.com/download/

Novice friendly... excellent results.
post #14935 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

If your novice you should be using MAKEMKV.
it's wonderful.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/
Novice friendly... excellent results.

I can't give an opinion about MakeMKV, because I've never used it. You'll probably be fine with it, but I just recommend that way because I learnt like that and don't regret anything. tongue.gif
post #14936 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mrfury View Post

I can't give an opinion about MakeMKV, because I've never used it. You'll probably be fine with it, but I just recommend that way because I learnt like that and don't regret anything. tongue.gif

You really should try it. It takes 5 seconds.

The download link is right above I posted it. It's free.

I think you would change your mind.
post #14937 of 15901
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

You really should try it. It takes 5 seconds.
The download link is right above I posted it. It's free.
I think you would change your mind.

Thanks for the suggestions all. I went with AnyDVD-HD to allow the full HD audio bitstream to be ripped as well as full 1080P video. I thought that was the best way to go considering that goal.
post #14938 of 15901
Makemkv does that as well, and for free

Anydvd HD is good software to have
post #14939 of 15901
what does everyone think of this type of build?

http://lifehacker.com/5936546/how-i-built-the-media-center-of-my-dreams-for-under-500

I can get what I need for $365 (already have BDROM and Windows 7)
post #14940 of 15901
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Originally Posted by b_scott View Post

what does everyone think of this type of build?
http://lifehacker.com/5936546/how-i-built-the-media-center-of-my-dreams-for-under-500
I can get what I need for $365 (already have BDROM and Windows 7)

I think most here are going for LGA1155 builds for the high parts availability, lots of product options- low cost and reduced energy/heat/noise of that platform.

I would suggest:

CASE: $48 micro ATX with 275 PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154087

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 $80-$99
Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-120GB-internal-Solid-MZ-7TD120BW/dp/B009NHAF06/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1355265109&sr=1-14
Or
OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714

Motherboard and DDR3: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294

CPU= G630 or G860 For example:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=G860BOX

If you wanted a cheaper motherboard this is also a great option: (you would lose the free DDR3 8GB Gskill kit)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326

Any 3TB HDD is good for storage.

You could drop down your SSD to a 64GB and save some cash and also get rid of it all together- But I think a 128GB SSD is important and completes a good build. It's benefits are obvious and deserves serious consideration.
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