Okay, I need some help here. I am entertaining the idea of using an HTPC in my home theater project but I dont really understand how it all goes together. I have a combonation reciever, and DVD player which is progressive and that has surround sound connections on the back. If I want to play DVD's through the HTPC will I be able to pass it through this unit in order to take advantage of all the sound fields and such? Also, is there a way to start DVD's at the first chapter instead of having to fumble with the menu at the beginning of the disc? I guess what I am trying to accomplish is a more realistic theater experience rather than a "look at me push buttons until I get the movie started and take forever to change discs" Help! I have the following computers at my disposal and dont know if they would fit the application or not. Desktop computer is about 5 years old, not sure of graphics card type. I have a Sony Vaio laptop with the ATI Radeon card and DVD player, writer, etc. What kind of shopping list do I need to put together or can I just buy a piece of software?