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post #901 of 910
Very basic question-
I have an older HTPC (Core 2 Duo 2Ghz) and Soundblaster original Audigy with Windows XP Pro. Plays regular DVD's great with coaxial audio output. I want to add a BD SATA drive. Do I have enough horsepower, can you recommend a good inexpensive drive, and which software/drivers might I need? Thanks in advance!
post #902 of 910
You'll need to check for driver support to confirm sound card and BD player support, etc. (although I imagine it will be fine, esp if staying with XP), but in my opinion you can't go wrong with the Lite-On IHOS104.

Tiger Direct has it about as cheap as you can find:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...9&Sku=L12-1332

Comes with PowerDVD 8 OEM. You must upgrade that to v9 'Ultra' to get full DD/DTS etc. surround sound decoding (will cost another $60 or so from PowerDVD's web site). Do it.
post #903 of 910
Thank you very much for the advice. I've always liked Lite-On drives.
post #904 of 910
OK, stupid question.

I've got an HTPC connected to my TV via HDMI and to my receiver (older one, Sony STR-DG800) via optical S/PDIF, and Arcsoft's TMT3. And that works fine, except of course I'm limited to lossy audio (I have to set TMT3 to downmix).

The STR-DG800 has 7.1 analog inputs (though I'm only using 5 speakers + SW). So. Assuming I can re-assign the motherboard's audio ports appropriately, in theory can I run audio cables from the PC to the analog inputs and set TMT3 to decode DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD and get the better audio?
post #905 of 910
be wary of what your AVR will NOT do when processing analog inputs...
post #906 of 910
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Originally Posted by jimwhite View Post

be wary of what your AVR will NOT do when processing analog inputs...

Meaning what, exactly?
post #907 of 910
bass management, Audessy, etc....
post #908 of 910
Any idea how to get S/PDIF to do more than 2 channel audio?
I have an Asus P5Q-EM based HTPC, and using onboard realtek audio (s/pdif out) I can never get more than 2 channels. Running TMT3, output is set to S/PDIF. Receiver (Pioneer) shows 5.1 input, but is only playing through 2 channels. Windows NEVER gives me an option for more than 2 channel audio. Any ideas? Even on a DTS-HD source (Avatar), I'm getting downmixed to 2-channel DTS...
post #909 of 910
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Originally Posted by jimwhite View Post

bass management, Audessy, etc....

Ah, OK. Well, it's a pretty basic receiver and it doesn't do much of that anyway, so I'm cool with that limitation.
post #910 of 910
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Originally Posted by proteus7 View Post

Any idea how to get S/PDIF to do more than 2 channel audio?
I have an Asus P5Q-EM based HTPC, and using onboard realtek audio (s/pdif out) I can never get more than 2 channels. Running TMT3, output is set to S/PDIF. Receiver (Pioneer) shows 5.1 input, but is only playing through 2 channels. Windows NEVER gives me an option for more than 2 channel audio. Any ideas? Even on a DTS-HD source (Avatar), I'm getting downmixed to 2-channel DTS...

You might have to fiddle with the Realtek settings to tell it you have a 5.1 speaker setup. My Realtek has a "speaker configuration" setting.
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