lol whats a 'pointy haired moron' ?
Anyway greetings all, my first post. Came across this forum recently whilst research for my setup, and its been good reading. I have had the luxury of piecing together a 'HTPC' from scratch based on a Core 2 Duo 2.33, Intel DG33TL 'Media Series' mobo, 2GB RAM, Saphire HD2800 Pro, LG BD/HD DVD drive, Antec case hooked up to Onkyo 5,1 system with an Acer 32" LCD, Vista home premium (I took the plunge), Micro$oft Home Entertainment 8000 kbd/mouse set just got it all working, havent tested a BD/HD DVD yet, they still in the post.
I am using a 15" LCD as the primary (used Dell), the 32" Acer TV as the secondary, both hooked up via DVI just sussing it out at this stage since for years I have had my home PC hooked up via coax to the home hifi system for years but come stuck with HD content and since a lot of nature programs like BBC's Planet Earth and Blue Planet have been published in HD, there was no turning back. I plan on using Power DVD Ultra and Zoom player when I can since thats a great piece of software, Winamp for music (old habits die hard). I have a gigabit Ethernet connection to my study PC where I will store all the media (clunker at the moment, Quad core coming soon)
My existing set in my study use a Dual screen Maxtor card that supported 'Video Overlay' that outputed PAL video to the RCA dongle, now from what I can figure to get my dual screen system to work is to set the screens as a 1,2 arrangement, drag PowerDVD over to the big screen when I am ready to watch, maximise it on the second screen. PowerDVD has a dual screen setup option to stream the video to the second screen but those options are greyed out for some reason, maybe there is another seamles and hassle free way to run dual screen setup, perhaps someone can advise. Other option would be to have the same res on both displays and run clone mode? Both are 60Hz refresh rate.
I am hoping it will all work as advertised, and I dont have to spend time tweaking registry settings and running hacked gizmos, although I havent managed to get though the 126 pages of this thread yet to find my answers I am sure they are there somewhere.
Thanks again for all the informative postings.