Welp, another notch in Fate's belt for me. Installed the much anticipated moome card in my 8500 as soon as I got home from work (I even remembered to disconnect power before yanking the VIM) and I have lights...just not a link when component source is connected. I haven't received the new Panasonic DVD-S97S yet so can't test the DVI port yet. FedEx should be bringing it tomorrow. The way things are going I can't help but wonder how many pieces THAT will be in.
Here's a rundown of my foray into CRT so far (I had a LCD box)
Oct 05- Won an 8500 on ebay that DHL lost for almost a month and then delivered beat to hell and inoperable- $880 + $204 shipping -$1084.00
Oct 05- Buy a gaggle of PC parts to convert PC to HTPC-$450.00
Nov 05- Win a Zektor HDS4 switcher on ebay-$188.00
Nov 05-Purchase moome card to simplify connectivity-$180-ish
Late Nov 05-Win another 8500 on ebay-(Thanks for the excellent transaction AVS member Brian) $1400.00 plus shipping -$1650.00
Dec 05-Upgrade receiver to better than what I had for 6.1 DTS-$550.00
Dec 05-Upgrade speakers (especially the gawdawful center) -$750.00
Nov 05-Purchase theme posters for HT-$275.00
Dec 05-Misc cables-$250.00
Dec 05-Order 8 butt kickers-$160.00
Dec 05-Misc electronics supplies-$175.00
Dec 05-Panasonic DVD-S97S-$275.00
Battle the WAF- EVERY step of the way
Nov and Dec 05-Visits to doctor for back problems from lugging Volkswagen weight pj's around (three prior back surgeries under my considerable belt) $650.00
Not having watched a movie in my HT in months for all this??!!!-
Whining??? You bet your ass I am!! Do I have a right to??? Same answer.
I guess if it were easy we'd all be at Best Buy picking out a flashlight but I ain't quitting!
I thought to myself when I opened the moome box and the card was floating in a sea of styrofoam peanuts without being in a static bag: "No good can come of this".
See honey? I TOLD you a hobby would relax me!!!