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post #15571 of 15907
The static sound appeared again this morning after having worked fine yesterday... So far this is what I've done, after reading a ton of different sites:

1. Updated all drivers from the Asus Site (problem occurred prior to and also after).

2. Uninstalled the RealTek software/drivers and restarted using the Microsoft drivers - problem came back within a day

3. Installed the RealTek Drivers - then tested to see if the head phones worked once the sound got static like sound. They did! I'm therefore thinking this is fixable... if I could somehow get the RealTek drivers to 'operate' the HDMI port sound... there was no static on the headphones (powered by the RealTek). So, I checked the Sound in control panel and the controler is HD Audio Device... I deleted this device and restarted, drivers installed.

However, the control panel>sound>SharpHDMI properties there are numerous settings which could be played with (General, Supported Fomats.... ) ... Under enhancements I just enaabled Low Frequency Protection and loudness equilization...

Is there a supported format (I just changed to 24 bit/studio quality from 16 bit) or 'exclusive mode'... Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device... That is checked and I'm thinking if I can some how point it from MS to RealTek my problem is solved.

Because this pops up once/twice per day (and restart corrects) this is bugging the hell out of me.

Under 'sound' my playback devices are HD Audio Device (Sharp TV - the one where the problem 'pops up'), Speakers which are disabled and Realtek Digital Output, which is currently the default device (testing the head phones)... but I just ran tests on the Sharp and the test tones were clean.


I really feel like this is a 'go hear, and uncheck this that or the other thing' and problem is solved.

Edit: I should add I currently am using the sound settings as described in Guide 1 for those connecting directly from HTPC to TV... (and, have been since the beginning), but have not added any codecs other than those which may be inherent to the RealTek software.
Edited by mattiedread - 7/4/13 at 2:33pm
post #15572 of 15907
Does the purchased guide cover setting up xbmc on my tab. As I have it on my computer/htpc, with all my movies but would like to access it all with my tablet if I could.
post #15573 of 15907
I think I found my answer.
post #15574 of 15907
I haven't had a chance to read through the guides, but I have recently downloaded xbmc to my hp computer, and have been using a external hard drive for storage. I know this isn't idea setup but the computer does have a dvi, and optical output. Know I know I had this hooked up to my avr and it was working fine. How ever I now have a ir emitter hooked up to the computer so I can control xbmc and for some reason when I try to do things like pause, play, etc. It cause problems with my browsing in the first monitor, like really bogs down the internet. I should say I have 2 monitors and have my tv/avr as monitor 2 which which is set up in xbmc, and use monitor one for basic computer browsing. Any ideas if you need more info or this doesn't make since let me know.

One more question it seems that building a htpc would just be easier then dealing with my computer, so if I did could I use my external hard drive as storage as I plan to build a server instead of having massive storage space on the htpc(plus I plan on building multiple htpcs). I really don't want to have to load the htpc with all my movies.

Thanks
post #15575 of 15907
Thread Starter 
A few announcements...

1. I have someone who I have worked with closely in the past that is going to help me write a lot of new guides including updating the free hardware guide. He is a HTPC enthusiast and is committed to making the guides even better. He also is on of the guys that helps at Assassin HTPC so he has a lot of first hand knowledge about HTPC from a hardware, software and technical (customer service) point of view.

2. I am doing a Gigabyte Brix (NUC) build as well as a 4 bay NAS for a friend in the next few days (weeks?). I will post pictures when I have the time.

Thanks for the continued support for those that support the guides.
post #15576 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

A few announcements...

1. I have someone who I have worked with closely in the past that is going to help me write a lot of new guides including updating the free hardware guide. He is a HTPC enthusiast and is committed to making the guides even better. He also is on of the guys that helps at Assassin HTPC so he has a lot of first hand knowledge about HTPC from a hardware, software and technical (customer service) point of view.

2. I am doing a Gigabyte Brix (NUC) build as well as a 4 bay NAS for a friend in the next few days (weeks?). I will post pictures when I have the time.

Thanks for the continued support for those that support the guides.

are you going to do hardware section with haswell?
post #15577 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Augus View Post

are you going to do hardware section with haswell?

Yes. It's high on the priority list.
post #15578 of 15907
Well audio seems to be working, I think I just need a usb extension to get my ir emitter for my computer in front where I point my remote when turning on the receiver, and tv.
post #15579 of 15907
I'm still relatively new at ripping, so please bare with me. I have been ripping some of my blurays and dvd's using handbrake which has been working fine for the most part. I've recently come across some 1.85:1 (source 1920x1080) movies and I'm scratching my head on these with the picture settings. For a bluray, the output is at 1920x1040 with 0 20 20 0 set to automatic cropping. For a DVD, the output changes to 720x458 (from 720x480) with 0 10 12 2 cropping. When I encode the movies (on both) and play them on my HTPC, of course I get black bars at the top and bottom. I'm guessing this is coming from the cropping. I don't see any setting to leave it at the full source resolution. What picture settings do you guys use for 1.85:1 movies?
post #15580 of 15907
Assassin and all,

I built my HTPC based on your HTPC guides, thanks! I also subscribe to your Server Guides. I started a new thread with some questions here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1482626/split-htpc-into-an-htpc-and-media-server Any advice would be appreciated!
post #15581 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

Assassin and all,

I built my HTPC based on your HTPC guides, thanks! I also subscribe to your Server Guides. I started a new thread with some questions here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1482626/split-htpc-into-an-htpc-and-media-server Any advice would be appreciated!

Replied!
post #15582 of 15907
Hey I'm having issues with using the guide to playback on my ps3. I have installed the ps3 media server program as well as make sure he setting are the same as the guides with it pointed to my media folder. I do not get the ps3 to show up on " detected media renderers " on the ps3 media server screen like the guides show. I have my ps3 set up for wireless and my htpc uses a wireless card. Don't know if that is why it is not working.

Just trying to get my living room ps3 to playback my movies when I'm not downstairs in the theater room. Any and all help would be great.
post #15583 of 15907
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Originally Posted by keithkeith View Post

Hey I'm having issues with using the guide to playback on my ps3. I have installed the ps3 media server program as well as make sure he setting are the same as the guides with it pointed to my media folder. I do not get the ps3 to show up on " detected media renderers " on the ps3 media server screen like the guides show. I have my ps3 set up for wireless and my htpc uses a wireless card. Don't know if that is why it is not working.

Just trying to get my living room ps3 to playback my movies when I'm not downstairs in the theater room. Any and all help would be great.

Dump ps3mediaserver and install plex. Also try to ditch the wireless cards. The ps3 has specifically sucky wireless
post #15584 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

Dump ps3mediaserver and install plex. Also try to ditch the wireless cards. The ps3 has specifically sucky wireless
Ya I wanted to install plex on my htpc one day so this just makes me do it faster. Do I have to install plex on the ps3 also ? If so I'm guessing use a thumb drive. I have jail broken my ps3 will this effect anything connecting to plex ?
I'm guessing I still will not get cover art with the ps3 ? I have a couple of lines on 2 xboxs for $80 each.
post #15585 of 15907
Nothing to install on the PS3, it uses the DLNA protocol and PLEX shows up as a server.
post #15586 of 15907
I am currently using the HD3000 graphics on my i3. I have issues with turning my TV on/off.

Here are common occurrences:
-I start playing music in J River Media Center and then turn the TV off - the audio gets silenced and does not come back on. Turning the TV back on and stopping and starting the music will start playing audio again.

-This is even more annoying, is that sometimes I will turn the TV on (with nothing playing) and get no picture or audio. What usually but not always works is to change inputs on my AVR and let a new handshake occur then then switch back to the HTPC input. If that doesn't work I need to restart the computer.

These problems happened with my older AVR Denon 3808 and I was hoping that my new Denon X4000 would help remedy it but it doesn't. My HTPC stays on all the time and I don't want or need a giant power hungry video card. I do have plenty of room in my case for any card. Getting a performance increase would be nice but all I really care about is getting rid of these problems.
post #15587 of 15907
Thread Starter 
Have you thought about using something like the hdmi detective?
post #15588 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

I am currently using the HD3000 graphics on my i3. I have issues with turning my TV on/off.

Here are common occurrences:
-I start playing music in J River Media Center and then turn the TV off - the audio gets silenced and does not come back on. Turning the TV back on and stopping and starting the music will start playing audio again.

-This is even more annoying, is that sometimes I will turn the TV on (with nothing playing) and get no picture or audio. What usually but not always works is to change inputs on my AVR and let a new handshake occur then then switch back to the HTPC input. If that doesn't work I need to restart the computer.

These problems happened with my older AVR Denon 3808 and I was hoping that my new Denon X4000 would help remedy it but it doesn't. My HTPC stays on all the time and I don't want or need a giant power hungry video card. I do have plenty of room in my case for any card. Getting a performance increase would be nice but all I really care about is getting rid of these problems.

I've had success with my HTPC > Receiver > TV all by HDMI by making the TV turn on before the Receiver. This way the Receiver senses both an output and input device when it is powered on. I do not use J River, but my HTPC is always on WMC.
post #15589 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Have you thought about using something like the hdmi detective?

I just learned about it. I will look into it.
post #15590 of 15907
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

I've had success with my HTPC > Receiver > TV all by HDMI by making the TV turn on before the Receiver. This way the Receiver senses both an output and input device when it is powered on. I do not use J River, but my HTPC is always on WMC.

The problem is that I am not always powering on all the devices at the same time. I might turn on the AVR and TV to select some music then I want to turn the TV off because I won't be looking at it and there is no reason to have it on for hours.
post #15591 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

The problem is that I am not always powering on all the devices at the same time. I might turn on the AVR and TV to select some music then I want to turn the TV off because I won't be looking at it and there is no reason to have it on for hours.

Can you remote in from a laptop and avoid the TV altogether in this scenario?
post #15592 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post


The problem is that I am not always powering on all the devices at the same time. I might turn on the AVR and TV to select some music then I want to turn the TV off because I won't be looking at it and there is no reason to have it on for hours.

You may need to settle for changing the TV to an unused input for the duration.

post #15593 of 15907
I can do this but it is much less convenient than just using my universal remote. I have a 2nd monitor hooked up VGA and it was working for a while but I think the last HD3000 update made it a little goofy. I haven't been able to get the pc to auto switch between the TV and monitor depending on which is powered on. I was able to do this before. Now when I try the TV settings get messed up.

I can usually also use J River's Gizmo android app but sometimes I turn on the TV to more than just select a playlist - like to start ripping a new bluray.

I may try a discrete video card and see if it handles the EDID handshakes better.
post #15594 of 15907
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

I may try a discrete video card and see if it handles the EDID handshakes better.

If you intend to purchase a card to "try" I'd suggest going with the HDMI detective instead

Not long ago someone had similar problems http://www.avsforum.com/t/1480740/wmc-crashes-when-power-cycling-my-avr-or-tv/0_100

People have had the issue all along if they intend to use HTPC/AVR/TV in the way you are describing. Rather than modding around your video card, I (and most others) will just suggest to bite the bullet and purchase the HDMI detective.
post #15595 of 15907
Thanks. It sucks having to get these extra devices to solve sloppy engineering.
post #15596 of 15907
I'm really considering a cheap-o HTPC build (with no TV Tuner, as my parents have DISH, and since they are in the middle of nowhere... cable is not an option, and they pickup nothing OTA, so hard to beat getting East Coast/West Coast feeds on DISH).. anyway, Microcenter has the G1610 for $29 after combo discount... seems like a good way to get the floor of a setup that would just run Media Center+MB3..
post #15597 of 15907
Hello. I am about to build my first HTPC. All I want to do is be able to watch my DVD/Blu-Ray rips without issues. And have a customizable/sortable (genre etc) interface. Currently been ripping all DVD/Blu-Rays to .mkv files.

I came up with this build, is it suitable?

OS: Win7 64 bit
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CPU: i3 3220
Mobo: ASUS P8B75-M-LX
Ram: Corsair 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 (or DDR3 1333, it's cheaper)
HDD: 64gb SSD for OS
HDD: WD Green 3gb (x1) to start with for movies
PSU: Seasonic M12II 520W Modular PSU
Case: Silverstone GD05

Thanks for any feedback on my part choices.
post #15598 of 15907
I'm in the process of researching a potential HTPC replacement for what I currently have and was wondering if someone could weigh in on what I have selected for components. My current HTPC runs Plex (1080p mkv play fine), Subsonic, and Crashplan, so this would need to be able to reproduce that:

Intel Core i3 3225 3.3GHz
ASRock H77M LGA 115
G.SKILL 4GB 240-pin DDR3 PC3-12800
SeaSonic S12II 380W
nMEDIAPC Black HTPC 500B Micro ATX

I have all my media on an unRaid server so storage isn't an issue with this but my plan is to use my current SSD for OS level stuff and use a HDD for cache/transcoding from Plex (though I think a SSD would make more sense here).
post #15599 of 15907
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by frankspin View Post

I'm in the process of researching a potential HTPC replacement for what I currently have and was wondering if someone could weigh in on what I have selected for components. My current HTPC runs Plex (1080p mkv play fine), Subsonic, and Crashplan, so this would need to be able to reproduce that:

Intel Core i3 3225 3.3GHz
ASRock H77M LGA 115
G.SKILL 4GB 240-pin DDR3 PC3-12800
SeaSonic S12II 380W
nMEDIAPC Black HTPC 500B Micro ATX

I have all my media on an unRaid server so storage isn't an issue with this but my plan is to use my current SSD for OS level stuff and use a HDD for cache/transcoding from Plex (though I think a SSD would make more sense here).

Looks like a great build. Only thought would be to consider upgrading to an i5 for a little more horsepower for transcoding but if 1080p is playing fine for you now it might not be needed (assuming you aren't already using an i7 or similar).
post #15600 of 15907
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Looks like a great build. Only thought would be to consider upgrading to an i5 for a little more horsepower for transcoding but if 1080p is playing fine for you now it might not be needed (assuming you aren't already using an i7 or similar).
I'm actually on a Core 2 Duo right now, but if I can get into an i5 for not much more I'll look into it. I notice on your guide the i5 you recommend for a budget option is only HD2500 meanwhile the i3 I'm looking at is HD4000. Is there much difference between the two with regards to my HTPC needs?
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