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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Let me give a little background before I get to my question.

HTPC Specs:
P3 1ghz
Abit BX133-Raid
256mb PC133
ATI AIWPro 8mb
AP 24/96
D-Link Network Card
53" Mitsubishi RPTV (12 years old)

Now, the problem stems from the fact that I am using that old rptv, so all the text and what not looks fuzzy, but divx movies look fine. Part of the idea behind beefing up the HTPC was so it could do divx encoding, but I find that hard to do with the fuzzy text on the screen. So I decided to try using VNC to remotely control the HTPC, but alas, VNC sucks... So I decided to try putting win2k server on my HTPC and use terminal server on it. That is working like a champ, but I cannot get my soundcard to work (I have tried looking through every post in this forum on win2k and the ap 2496). So now I am torn, I need to go back to 98 for sound, but I need some kind of remote (non-laggy) control product...

TIA

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The Other Other White Cheese
post #2 of 9
VNC sucks?!? Oh man.. You won't get anything better for free, that's for sure. If you gave a little more info about what you're doing, there might be better options than remote desktop viewing. If you just need to control the sytem, there are a lot of good methods. If you really need to see the display, then there a several desktop programs out there, but they're shareware or commercial.
Look for Remote Administrator, PC Anywhere, or ControlIT. Anyone of those will give you remote desktop capabilities.

Although I still swear by VNC...

-will

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post #3 of 9
>Although I still swear by VNC...

I usually swear at VNC. Seriously, it's a nifty tool but I find more video corruption on Win -> Win setups.

PCAnywhere 9 or 10 would be the way to go but it costs.

Also see if you can get Windows Terminal Services going on Win2000 Server. It certainly is fun...

T.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok,

Hepcat:
Well, I do like VNC but I have problems with it refreshing and laggy when I try to move the mouse. Also, it will only run 16 colors for me.

Tony:
Not to be rude, but did you read my post? I did install win2k with terminal services... I couldn't get sound to work under 2k server...

Well, after poking around on the net today, I found a tool called Radmin (I believe it is one of the proggies you mentions Hepcat). So, I will be trying that out once I get win9x reinstalled on that box.

Thanks for the suggestion

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The Other Other White Cheese
post #5 of 9
Have you considered NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing? I've used it to control both Win9x and NT boxes before, and it has the advantage of already being installed on many computers.
post #6 of 9
Hi Queso:

___I cannot help any more than what has already been mentioned already in terms of remote control operation but the last time I had Windows 2000 Server installed, I had PCM audio capability from the M-Audio cards. This was before SP2 beta and the M-Audio WDM drivers for AC-3/DTS capabilities. I cannot say for sure if Server and Professional act the same as far as their sound handling capabilities are concerned but I can bet that they do. Just install SP2 and the WDM M-Audio drivers and your set. You will have to manually swap the M-Audio’s setup for PCM to AC-3/DTS but this is not a problem given you probably will be watching a DVD once or twice a week whereas MP3’s and CD-Audio will be played almost continuously. At least that is my situation when I am on my main dual boot HTPC. Secondly, why are you installing Server if you are considering Win98 on the same HTPC? The services alone are a huge resource hole for the average HTPC’er and our particular setups.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
___ xcel@midwest.idsonline.com

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New E-Mail address for the time being ... waynegerdes@earthlink.net
post #7 of 9
Remote Administrator ( http://www.famatech.com/ ) is very fast, and considerabe cheaper than PCAnywhere.


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Jeff Kohn
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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Xcel:
I installed win2k server because I was told that was the only way to get a terminal services server setup. I have installed the lastest WDM drivers from M-Audio and SP2 from MS. The problem is not the fact that I am not getting AC3 sound, it is that I am not getting ANY sound... I have tried switching the M-Audio Control Panel settings to:
Under Patchybay/Router
HW OUT 1/2 to monitor mixer
and HW OUT SPDIF to monitor mixer

Still nothing... got me


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The Other Other White Cheese
post #9 of 9
Hi Queso:

___For the Windows 2000 setup, the following will work for S/PDIF AC-3 pass-thru/DTS. Under your Patchbay Router tab, use WavOut ½ and WavOut S/PDIF. Under the S/PDIF tab you have to select Non-Audio as your data type under the Professional --> Advanced settings. You will also need to have installed the Windows 2000 5.12.1.9 WDM drivers.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
___ xcel@midwest.idsonline.com

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New E-Mail address for the time being ... waynegerdes@earthlink.net

[This message has been edited by xcel (edited 05-25-2001).]
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