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Chris, we might want to caveat the performance considerations with a note that current video card drivers under vista don't seem to be making use of any (or few) of the acceleration features that are built into the cards. Ditto for the built in decoder. Lots of people saw major performance loss going from XP to Vista primarily because of half baked drivers and decoders.


Also, there are two types of users here-one may want two DCTs, Two ATSC Tuners, plus Blu-Ray, plus HDDVD. and any sort of playback of BD or HDDVD is going to be processor intensive until the vid card drivers take up some slack. then there are those of us that will do any sort of viewing using a 360-and should therefore have pretty moderate performance needs-recording several streams (4) and reading one off the hardrive is not that processor intensive-though 4 atsc streams might choke a non-raid 0 system.
 

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Definitely, I'm working on the best way of communicating that....
 

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Testing is good - Grand Theater systems look to be 100% and we're shipping next week. Pro Cinemas are a few days behind due to issues with Asus.
 

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Testing is good - Grand Theater systems look to be 100% and we're shipping next week. Pro Cinemas are a few days behind due to issues with Asus.


Hey - sounds fantastic - so chris do you have an answer - if 1 tuner has a cable card and the other doesn't is the OS smart enough to figure out which one to use?


also can more hard drives be added easily if my system is set up for RAID1?
 

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Chris, I've been reading in a separate thread about people not being able to get full surround sound using their Blue Ray with Vista and UltraDVD from their SPDIF connection from their PC. Has this been an issue with your testing on the Grand Cinema systems? I'm planning on using this connection to my Yamaha amp to my surround speakers. Apparently these people have had it work fine with XP, but not with Vista.


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Chris, I've been reading in a separate thread about people not being able to get full surround sound using their Blue Ray with Vista and UltraDVD from their SPDIF connection from their PC. Has this been an issue with your testing on the Grand Cinema systems? I'm planning on using this connection to my Yamaha amp to my surround speakers. Apparently these people have had it work fine with XP, but not with Vista.


Bob

We use the Play BD plug-in from Cyberlink and it works just fine - I just watched Superman Returns at home on Blu-ray in DD 5.1 the other night...


Also, you guys should expect your status to be upgraded this week...
 

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This is exciting news. The first CableCard-certified Vista MCE boxes are finally shipping!


I realize VM is in it to make money and sell complete systems, but, is it possible to only buy a "bare-bones" CC machine? Ex: Motherboard, boot HD (preloaded with Vista), CableCard and HDCP-vidcard? I already have a CPU, DDR2, and mass quantities of storage, I just need the CableCard itself, HDCP vidcard and preloaded, preconfigured Vista.
 

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Also, you guys should expect your status to be upgraded this week...

My current status on my CineMagix S85 (with Digital Cable Tuner) is STAGED FOR ASSEMBLY >> IN PROGRESS with an Est Ship Date of 3/21/2007. What shipping date should I really expect? I doubt it will ship next Wednesday if it hasn't completed STAGED FOR ASSEMBLY yet.


My timing was lucky in that I needed to buy a new media center/gaming/general purpose computer now, so I can get the CableCard support. I delayed my purchase several weeks waiting for availablility of the Digital Cable Tuner, but I would have been buying a new machine now anyway. I understand the frustration of the people with relatively new machines who cannot upgrade.
 

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Chris, it appears that you guys use the origen ae x11 htpc case for your mce machines, correct? If so, what vfd/irtrans driver do you use for vista mce?
 

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Has anyone had their status changed to 'In Assembly'? Mine still shows that it has cleared Staged for Assembly, but nothing else.

Mine has been "IN ASSEMBLY: >>In Progress" for a couple of weeks with an original to ship date of 3/2/07. From talking to VM it sounds like mine will be one of the first to go. I'll surely give you all a review as soon as I get her up and running.
 

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Thank god for companies like Velocity Micro. I was ready to declare CableCard PC's officially DOA, but VM is keeping the hope alive.


Let's pray somebody can hack the living crap out of all these security features so we can install these tuners on our own machines.
 

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Chris...different topic. I ordered a Microsoft Remote 3-in-1 keyboard with my VM CineMagix Grand Theater Entertainment System. I also like to do a lot gaming (the mouse on that keyboard won't cut it for games), and wonder if it would be compatible to hook up a separate cordless mouse (like a Logitech G7) with this? Or would the two separate wireless systems not work together?
 

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I can't wait to see the threads on trying to get the cable companies to actually get a cable card in one of these things. Should be a real hoot.
 

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Chris...different topic. I ordered a Microsoft Remote 3-in-1 keyboard with my VM CineMagix Grand Theater Entertainment System. I also like to do a lot gaming (the mouse on that keyboard won't cut it for games), and wonder if it would be compatible to hook up a separate cordless mouse (like a Logitech G7) with this? Or would the two separate wireless systems not work together?

If I were you I'd highly suggest upgrading to the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 - you can call sales to get that taken care of. It's the best gaming solution for the living room.
 

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Guys - as a courtesy to all of you at AVSForums we'd like to make sure we take care of you all first. Please email me your order number IF we have already missed your shipping date and I will make sure you are the first to get your systems.


cmorley AT velocitymicro DOT com.
 

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I can't wait to see the threads on trying to get the cable companies to actually get a cable card in one of these things. Should be a real hoot.

For better or worse, I don't have time to deal with the cable company for the next few weeks/months, so I'll just have to use the DCT as a regular tuner for a while. I'm not looking forward to the problems.
 

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Guys - as a courtesy to all of you at AVSForums we'd like to make sure we take care of you all first. Please email me your order number IF we have already missed your shipping date and I will make sure you are the first to get your systems.


cmorley AT velocitymicro DOT com.

Thanks Chris, but I'll wait my turn. Are you still thinking the first system will ship in the next few days and that it will only take 1 to 2 weeks for VM to fully catch up?
 

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Thanks Chris, but I'll wait my turn. Are you still thinking the first system will ship in the next few days and that it will only take 1 to 2 weeks for VM to fully catch up?

I believe the first systems to actually hit the UPS trucks will be Thursday or Friday at the very latest. I do not believe there will be any more delays. We are so comfortable with this that we are sending DCT systems out for review right now.
 
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