Originally Posted by assassin
Very interesting comments.
I am just curious if you are already well versed in HTPC and its software if ANY
guide would come as earth shattering? That was not my intent at all and I have never claimed it to be.
That would be kind of like a PhD buying a freshman level textbook.
My intent was to create the single most detailed, painstaking, illustrated, step-by-step guide anywhere on earth for the initial setup and use of your HTPC along with links/tips/tricks to accomplish all of this. It takes the confusing whirlwind world of HTPC software, codecs, settings, keystrokes, etc and makes it into a logical step-by-step guide that anyone can follow.
I think (and so do many many others) that I have accomplished this. I am now at almost 10,000 words and well over 200 illustrations.
Sorry to interrupt the testimonial thread. It's a good guide. I guess part of the reason I was expecting something different was b/c, like I said, I've used nothing but macs as HTPC's (hell, I've been using nothing but macs whatsoever for the last 15 years). So, after diving into the deep end by building a Windows HTPC (granted, I did a lot of homework in the weeks prior), I was assuming there would be something major I had missed.
Alas, apparently my ability to do homework is still pretty good.
And perhaps the years during which I accumulated my 1500 movies and 50 TV series and set up my home media server network have trained me better for the Windows HTPC experience than I thought.
One guide I would love
to see would be one that allows for setting up auto-refresh-rate switching for TV vs film content in WMC. I've tried Media Control, and have been unsuccessful at getting the refresh rate to automatically switch. It just works in XBMC, but I don't want to use XBMC. I've found some fairly clunky workarounds, but most of them involve having the user adjust the refresh rates him/ herself for each individual file.
Anyway, moving on. It's a very good guide. I just wanted to give a little more perspective as to where I was coming from, as opposed to just seeming like a 'hater.'