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post #4081 of 4207
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Originally Posted by robertpcx View Post

I am thinking of building a HTPC based on a mini itx motherboard and I'm wondering if you have heard of anybody who has done this and successfully install MYHD into their system.

This is a question for anybody to answer and so any info about mini itx mobo's and MYHD would would help.

robertpcx

Although I have a mini-itx system for use as a networked music jukebox; for MyHd I use a full size system.

The 1st problem will be whether you intend to use the DVI daughter card. Most cases that I've seen would have space issue with this card and there is only a single slot without special riser cards.

If you don't need the DVI (I actually use VGA to 32" monitor) then just be careful of the case/power supply combination that you choose. I recommend a outboard 'silent type' supply vs a case with built in fan type. The built-in fan type make a bit more noise than you would expect. The thing to watch here is whether you need a DVD burner instead of simple reader. You would have to watch the specs on the small outboard power supply.

I've built a couple of entertainent systems for HD TV and have been tempted each time to continue with my Itx experiments, then I realize that at some point I'm going to want to do something Itx handles poorly. I rip some DVD's and lots of CD's, then I do a lot of music editing and encoding. A full size processor comes in handy. The itx that I have started as a joke project and it keeps playing music, so it still here.

Sorry to answer without actually having a HD mini-itx combo, but this may help.
Mike Cocorochio
post #4082 of 4207
I am at the last step of getting my rebuilt HTPC up and running. I installed the latest drivers for MyHD, but the MyIRC will not install. My new motherboard does not have a serial port. So I bought a serial to USB adaptor. The computer picks up that there is new hardware, but will not install the driver for it.

Any ideas???
post #4083 of 4207
I would recommend calling Digital Connection to see if they will sell you a MyHD USB IR receiver. Perhaps they have a few extra lying around. If you are lucky, it might not cost much more than the USB-to-serial adapter.

-Dave
post #4084 of 4207
IIRC, a USB receiver from DC comes along with a replacement controller for about 20 bucks.

Using serial receivers with serial-to-USB adaptors is possible, according to reports here, but not with all such adaptors. I guess that you were unlucky, RG.
post #4085 of 4207
Newegg has a bunch of serial-to-USB adaptors from $9-$25, so $20 for a MyHD USB IR receiver seems like a decent deal, since you know it will work.

-Dave
post #4086 of 4207
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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

IIRC, a USB receiver from DC comes along with a replacement controller for about 20 bucks.

Using serial receivers with serial-to-USB adaptors is possible, according to reports here, but not with all such adaptors. I guess that you were unlucky, RG.

That is about $12 cheaper than what I bought from Best Buy. Will look for it and order it if I can find it.

edit:

Shipping cost just about as much as the product.
post #4087 of 4207
But, as Dave said, "you know that it will work."
post #4088 of 4207
Yep and that is why I will be ordering it.
post #4089 of 4207
I did not see it on the DC website the first time I checked, but I found it when I looked again. It's only $19, and that includes the remote and the USB IR receiver, so you will have an extra remote. You should get it quickly since they have 19 in stock.

I was quoted a bit less than $11 for shipping, so it looks like it will be around $30 delivered (plus any sales tax).

-Dave
post #4090 of 4207
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Originally Posted by DPlettner View Post

I did not see it on the DC website the first time I checked, but I found it when I looked again. It's only $19, and that includes the remote and the USB IR receiver, so you will have an extra remote. You should get it quickly since they have 19 in stock.

I was quoted a bit less than $11 for shipping, so it looks like it will be around $30 delivered (plus any sales tax).

-Dave

Sounds like what I saw when I checked this out at DG. As it turned out, I didn't need it for my new MB. That MB has one serial port connection and another serial port header on the MB, to which you can attach a bracket. I had one old such bracket on an old AT system I had stashed in my garage, and I put it in my new system, fired it up and figured I'd have my required 2 serial ports. Turned out the bracket wasn't wired like it had to be to support this port. I found out the correct wiring and resoldered the connections, and now I'm OK with my 2 funcitioning serial ports. I'm still tempted to buy one of those MyHD USB remote receivers, however, in case I get another MB without enough serial port support. After all, serial ports are definitely legacy at this point, and will only get more so. I personally have no use for an extra MyHD remote. I haven't used mine for years... since I programmed the codes into my universal remote.

When DC runs out of those 19 USB remote controllers will there be no more?
post #4091 of 4207
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Originally Posted by Muse View Post

Sounds like what I saw when I checked this out at DG. As it turned out, I didn't need it for my new MB. That MB has one serial port connection and another serial port header on the MB, to which you can attach a bracket. I had one old such bracket on an old AT system I had stashed in my garage, and I put it in my new system, fired it up and figured I'd have my required 2 serial ports. Turned out the bracket wasn't wired like it had to be to support this port. I found out the correct wiring and resoldered the connections, and now I'm OK with my 2 funcitioning serial ports. I'm still tempted to buy one of those MyHD USB remote receivers, however, in case I get another MB without enough serial port support. After all, serial ports are definitely legacy at this point, and will only get more so. I personally have no use for an extra MyHD remote. I haven't used mine for years... since I programmed the codes into my universal remote.

When DC runs out of those 19 USB remote controllers will there be no more?

My motherboard actually does have a serial header and I have an internal serial adaptor that will fit into one of the spaces at the back of my case. The problem is the cable is to short from the pins and the space at the back of the case. I am thinking about just letting it lay on the bottom of my case if I can secure it some way.
I may try this tomorrow before I order the DC one.
post #4092 of 4207
My internal serial adaptor did work.
post #4093 of 4207
This is a very positive review of a product "Universal Remote's R5" and a puzzling question.
The question 1st. As amazing as this remote is for learning the MyHD 120 remote, it fails to learn the power on/off command. Not a big deal considering the wireless trackball is always at hand, but I'm just puzzled as to what it different about this single IR command.

Back to the remote: http://www.universalremote.com/produ...l.php?model=50
Works like a charm for all my AV so far. None of the built in codes worked 100%, but with learning function I was able to get to the 100% range on all devices but the one noted above. 1st time in years that I was able to put away ALL standard remotes. For all of its capabilities, they still keep it simple enough. No power hungry touch screens, just 2x AA batteries. Settings stored in flash.

One feature that they published that I assumed would not work as advertised was the "simplesound" technology. It works, one frustration with a lot of universal remotes is changing to 'amp' just to change volume, then back to HD, DVD, whatever. This unit lets you over-ride the volume settings to another device. While I'm in DVD mode, the volume changes the receiver's volume. Same with MyHD. 1st aftermarket remote that my wife can use on basic tv, without a training camp.

If anyone can answer the 'power button' question, that would be nice. If not, keep this remote in mind. The majority of the company's products seem to be for the power users who like to hide their equipment where IR can't see it (what fun is that?). Their other equipment does the RF/IR conversions.

Mike Cocorochio
post #4094 of 4207
I've had the 120 working in my old HTPC since 2004, but have now rebuilt the HTPC to add HD DVD/BLU RAY DVD capability. My configuration is below:

Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 MB
INTEL CORE 2 DUO E4300 PROCESSOR
A-DATA 2GB(2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
EVGA 8500GT 256 MB Video Card
Seagate 500 GB SATA HDD
LG BURNER GGC-H20L (CAN PLAY HD DVD/BLURAY)
MyHD 120 CARD

I initially loaded the latest SW from Digital Connection, but everytime I initiated MyHD, the program would begin then stop and give me the Microsoft error report screen with this message - "DTV PC Card has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." So, I uninstalled the program and loaded my original SW from the CD I got with the card (This is the software I knew worked well originally). I got the same message again and the error report states this: "AppName: myhd.exe AppVer: 1.61.1.0 ModName: mdplib.dll ModVer: 2.1.0.1 Offset: 000bcb8"

There are three regular PCI slots on my MB and the MyHD card in in the middle one. My video card is in the PCI E slot.

What should I try next?

I also have a problem with the MyIRC sensor. Since this MB does not have a Serial connector I got a Serial-to-USB adapter and installed in into my system with its SW. Then I connected the MyIRC sensor to it, but each time I have loaded the MyHD SW, I get an error stating that this sensor cannot be found.

Again, what should I try next?

Thank you very much for any help!!
post #4095 of 4207
Did you check the list of incompatible mobos on DC's website? I don't recall for sure but I think that the 965 chipset was problematic.

Aside from that, I'd try first removing one of the DRAM sticks and the PCI-e video card (switching to the built-in video) to see if RAM mismatch or the external video card may be the source of the problem.

Edit: I checked that DC page myself and I see that the problem child was the 845G and evidently the 955G was OK, so it's likely that your problem is not the chipset per se.
post #4096 of 4207
Which OS did you use on the new PC, XP or Vista?

-Dave
post #4097 of 4207
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Originally Posted by DPlettner View Post

Which OS did you use on the new PC, XP or Vista?

-Dave

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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

Did you check the list of incompatible mobos on DC's website? I don't recall for sure but I think that the 965 chipset was problematic.

Aside from that, I'd try first removing one of the DRAM sticks and the PCI-e video card (switching to the built-in video) to see if RAM mismatch or the external video card may be the source of the problem.

Edit: I checked that DC page myself and I see that the problem child was the 845G and evidently the 955G was OK, so it's likely that your problem is not the chipset per se.

I used Windows XP Home.

I did check the site for MB compatibility and, as you observed, this chipset was not listed their website.

Any thoughts on what I should try?
post #4098 of 4207
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Originally Posted by jetcobra View Post

Any thoughts on what I should try?

Why not try the things that I suggested already?
post #4099 of 4207
I'm sorry - I did not state so, but I did try both of your suggestions and did not get it to work - same error message.
post #4100 of 4207
I put everything back together and then moved the MyHD card to another PCI slot and when I booted up it told me that it had found the MDP100, so I installed the drivers and everything works now, so I'm going to update to 1.66 SW.

I guess it never recognized the MDP100 when I had it in the other PCI slot, so thanks for your help - I'm back up and running.
post #4101 of 4207
When I update to 1.66, should I completely remove this old version first, including the drivers?
post #4102 of 4207
You can uninstall, but it's not required. You'll need either to save your channel, reservation, and file lists and reload or recreate them after the upgrade in either case.
post #4103 of 4207
Thanks
post #4104 of 4207
Glad you figured it out. Changing slots is always a good thing to try. While it should not make a difference, sometimes it does.

XP Home is fine too. Since many people are now using Vista with new builds, I thought I would ask. There is a MyHD/Vista thread, but it has not been very active lately.

I plan to build a new system soon based on the Intel G35 chipset and having a quad-core Intel Q6600. I will be using Vista Home Premium. At this point, I don't think I will even bother with MyHD in the new system. I will just use TheaterTek for playback and HDHR tuners for recording. I also plan to continue using my old PC, so I will still be able to use MyHD. Maybe I will change my mind and move the MyHD card to the new PC when I decide to decommission the old PC.

-Dave
post #4105 of 4207
Hello all;

It's been a long time since I've been here. My Mits 65813 (ISF calibrated) died after 3 1/2 years. I'm going with a Pioneer PDP 6010FD. My set up is:

1. MyHD120 for capture (system 1)
2. MyHD130 for capture (system 2)
3. MyHD120 w/daughtercard for playback (system 3)
Radeon 7000 video card. Powerstrip. XP Pro SP2.

This setup has served me well for over 4 years. I hated to see the Mits go. Here are my questions:

1. I know that MyHD won't do 1080P. Will I have trouble displaying the desktop? (single monitor)

2. Will a DVI to HDMI adapter cause problems from the playback of captured files with the 6010?

3. Is there anything about Powerstrip and this new setup I should be aware of?


I have research on these questions and wasn't able to come to a satisfactory conclusion. The Mits had a DVI input and was 1080i. The 6010 has 4 HDMI.
The 6010 supports all the video signals; 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p @ 24 and 60 Hz.

Thanks for your time.
Gary in NY
post #4106 of 4207
Gary,

The MyHD won't output 1080p from its own DVI video port, but it passes through 1920x1080@60Hz for a standard DTV's 1080p display from your PC's desktop OK. The DVI to HDMI converter (cable) causes no problems that I've seen. When you go to DVI/HDMI and a new DTV that has "dot for dot" or "just scan" display mode, I doubt that you'll need Powerstrip anymore because you can use that mode to eliminate overscan.
post #4107 of 4207
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Originally Posted by TPeterson View Post

Gary,

The MyHD won't output 1080p from its own DVI video port, but it passes through 1920x1080@60Hz for a standard DTV's 1080p display from your PC's desktop OK. The DVI to HDMI converter (cable) causes no problems that I've seen. When you go to DVI/HDMI and a new DTV that has "dot for dot" or "just scan" display mode, I doubt that you'll need Powerstrip anymore because you can use that mode to eliminate overscan.

Thanks. TPeterson. It was a breeze. No need for Powerstrip. The blacks on this Pioneer are really deep. The PQ out of the box was 10X better than my calibrated Mits.
post #4108 of 4207
I'd appreciate any assistance with helping me debug this error message I have suddenly started getting whenever I try to start MyHD MDP-120:

Quote:


Error! [InitGraph]: could not create filter graph. Resinstall the device driver of MyHD or install the latest version of DirectX.

I updated DirectX to latest version. No joy. I removed the MyHD software completely and installed the latest version. No joy. I still get the error message, which completely prevents the video from booting up.

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but the only new program I installed before getting the error message was an Itunes/Quicktime update.

Any ideas for troubleshooting?
post #4109 of 4207
My memory is not coming up with the specific causes of this problem. What Windows version are you running? If XP, can you use System Restore to revert to the time when it worked?
post #4110 of 4207
>the only new program I installed before getting the error message was an >Itunes/Quicktime update.
It looks like you answered your own question.
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