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Discussion Starter #1
 Woot!

I'm not an HP fan but this looks like a good start to an excellent HTPC


And all for $704.99 with shipping



* Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Media Center

* Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz Processor

* 1066MHz Front Side Bus and dual 4 MB L2 caches

* Viiv Technology, Everything you need to build a PC for HD content.

* 3gb of PC2-5300 RAM (4 Slots 2×1GB, 2×512MB); Expandable to 8GB on 64-bit OS, 4GB on 32-bit

* 640GB (2×320) 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drives

* 16x DVD±R/RW 12x RAM ±R Dual Layer LightScribe SATA Optical Drive

* nVIDIA GeForce 8400GS with 256MB DDR Memory, HDMI, Dual-Link DVI, and S-Video ports

* TV Tuner Card (ATSC/NTSC) with FM tuner

* PVR functionality and programming guide let you watch, pause, rewind, and record live television

* Realtek ALC 888S Audio Chipset, Supports up to 7.1 Audio Channels

* Built-in wireless 802.11b/g 54g Wi-Fi networking

* Dimensions: 16.61 x 7.0 x 15.51 (LxWxD); approx weight - 24lbs


* 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front, 4 in rear)

* 2 FireWire (1 in front, 1 in rear)

* Composite video, S-Video, and analog audio inputs

* Video out: S-Video, DVI, HDMI, and VGA

* Headphone and microphone jacks

* Digital SPDIF audio input/output

* Surround sound speakers--rear, side, center (subwoofer)

* 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice

* 15-in1 (4 slot) Media Card Reader (CF I/II, Microdrive, SD/mini-SD, MMC/RS/mobile, Memory Stick/Pro/Duo/Pro Duo, SmartMedia, Extreme Digital

* 56K modem

* 10/100/1000 Base-T Networking Interface

* Two (2) 5.25 Bay, for Optical Drive (One Available)

* Two (2) 3.5 Bay, for Hard Drive (None Available, System already has 2 Hard Drives installed)

* One (1) Personal Media Drive Bay

* One (1) Pocket Media Drive Bay


# HP Media Center m9040n desktop PC

# Wireless keyboard

# Wireless mouse

# USB Transceiver for Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

# Remote control

# Power cord

# User's manual
 

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Originally Posted by cmurph /forum/post/12928668


But can you get ATI Digital Cable Tuners for it???

No, but better yet you can throw in one of these new Hauppauge HD-PVR (real-time component video to h.264 decoder) devices announced at CES and you have something pretty decent that can also record HD premium channels for under $1000. And without having to screw around with cablecard certified DRM crap.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/s...38&newsLang=en
 

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Hadn't heard about these new Hauppauge tuners... wonder how they are skirting around CableLabs certification, etc... anyways, I want the Media Center interface for DVR functionality (IMO the only interface equal to or better than TiVo)... wonder what Hauppage's included software is like...
 

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Hadn't heard about these new Hauppauge tuners... wonder how they are skirting around CableLabs certification, etc... anyways, I want the Media Center interface for DVR functionality (IMO the only interface equal to or better than TiVo)... wonder what Hauppage's included software is like...

They don't have to skirt around it, component video is the "analog hole". There are (at least not yet) any DRM limitations on capturing component video.

And I also want one for DVR functionality, but I will continue to use Beyond TV as my PVR (assuming SnapStream will support this new Hauppauge capture device). I'm guessing there's a better chance of SnapStream supporting it than Microsoft supporting it for MCE.
 
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