Originally posted by Raven_13
I just received my HD120. If I want to run my desktop as well as hd from my tv, I'll need the bybass cable setup? Can someone outline the pro's and con's of running the desktop? Is it possible to do all the recording, scheduling, and watching, just from the remote, or will the desktop be needed for viable functionality?
Dan, I'll give my my $0.02. One option (the one I'm using) is to run two wires to the TV, and use the TV to switch between the two. In this case, you don't use the loopback (you can just connect a regular monitor in case your resolution gets whacked, or use VNC - more on that later).
The HD-out goes to one of the component inputs on the TV. When I leave the TV, I leave that input selected. This way, the less sophisticated users ;-) can just hit the power buttons on both the TV and the MyHD remote, and begin surfing channels. That works fine until MyHD is busy recording something when they walk up. In that case, the MyHD remote seems "broken", and the sound doesn't work (hey, I'm quoting here, that's not me talking). The backup plan for the uninitiated is to use the TV's analog tuner. The back up plan for me is to select the computer desktop by changing the TV's input to the DVI input and shop around the hard drive for something I've already recorded, and play it back with VLC (that's another thread
). I digress.
You can do a lot with just the remote, but, as others have indicated, you won't be able to schedule recordings through TitanTV, which I kinda like. The data in the guide is not worth a crap in my area. You won't be able to know if you have space enough to record without going to the desktop. You won't have concurrent (play while recording) capabilities without a desktop. You won't be able to write AVS forum posts while you listen to the news (and pop over for a peek if you think they have a visual worth a look). As you can tell, I'm biased toward having the desktop on the tube (or panel, or whatever you have nowadays)!