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Forum discussion tagged with htpc.
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    Best device to play movies from HDD in a hotel?

    I'm heading out on a trip in a few days and was wondering what would be the best device to play netflix and my digital video collection that's stored on a 4tb WD passport hard drive. I don't have any 4k videos, most are 1080p with aac audio. At home I just use my roku tv (roku media player app)...
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    Laptop and 3.5" hdd power

    Im building a HTPC out of 8460p elitebook i5. i have a small sata for OS, and i want to wire a 1tb hdd 3.5 for storage inside. i know what you think. but since i dont have a battery and im building a case for it from scratch as i only have MB CPU and RAM i can fit it in. ALso i made a new...
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    Build an Ultimate HTPC with all entertainment Function in one single Box

    I want to Build an Ultimate HTPC with all entertainment Function in one single Box The features are :- i. 4K Support. ii. 3D Active/Passive, 3D Side by Side videos which can be played from the Internal HDD by selecting the File from PC. Blu Ray Optional. iii.5.1 Dolby Surround Sound (PCI...
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    4K@60FPS On YouTube stutters on a capable PC.

    I just got a new RX 460 which is used a lot for 4K HTPCs but for some reason I still have terrible stuttering issues when trying to run 4K videos. Normal 4K videos on youtube work 'mostly' fine, im saying mostly because while they're smooth, they are not as smooth as 1080p videos, and 4K@60fps...
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    Connecting PC to Yamaha AV receiver HTR-6130

    Hi! So I got an old Yamaha HTR-6130 AV receiver from my uncle and I'm trying to set it up with my HTPC to get 5.1 surround sound. Everything seemed simple enough as I connect the HDMI from the computer to the AV receiver input and another HDMI cable from AVR output to the HDTV (LG). However...
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    Building a OTA DVR that is also a Linux box running KODI (XBMC)

    Approximate Purchase Date: Late 2015 or Early 2016 Budget Range: Up to $500 System Usage from Most to Least Important: OTA DVR, KODI (XBMC) for streaming free content (not pirating). Parts Not Required: I already have a nice long range antenna hooked directly to my TV at the moment...
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    HTPC First Time Build: Specs Review

    Hello, I am looking to build my first HTPC and I am looking for your feedback on the specs I have selected. Please let me know if this is a good list, if I can improve on anything and if I am missing anything: Main Build: 1. Chassis: Undecided!!! Suggestions welcome. Hoping for something the...
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    HTPC OS Advice: OpenELEC vs. Windows 10?

    Hi there, I am looking into building my first HTPC and I have been reading a lot about OpenELEC as a good (and free!!) OS for and HTPC. But here is the rub: I am a noob when it comes to software knowledge and have only ever used Microsoft-based OSs. I have a few questions that I am hoping you...
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    New (to me) house - Starting with a clean slate. Need advice on how to hookup peripherals to new 4k TV theater!!

    Hi guys! I've been doing lots of reading that past couple months on this. This is my first house and I plan on living in it for quite awhile. I've been looking into what I want and need help with an overall picture on how to do it. First - My Overall Goal - I want to watch TV and surf online...
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    Energy Efficient HTPC?

    I'd like to build a Media Center PC that will also handle my security cameras. I'm trying to generate all of my electricity from my solar panels so I need it to be as energy efficient as possible. I was planning on running LinuxMCE, unless someone has a better suggestion. Should I just use a...
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    HTPC Options - Plex vs Kodi/XBMC vs Emby/Media Browser

    I'm planning on getting a HTPC - not decided now between Raspberry Pi 2 vs dedicated HTPC. Will be used in my home theatre room and would like it to be constantly on and downloading via Bittorrent. I am wondering about what app/server option I should go with I will be storing all my media on...
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    Ideas for a HTPC system

    Recently i have been fed up with how much my family is paying to rent DVRs and signal converters from the company. I want to build network HTPC devices so that we can access one device and watch different channels or just watch them on each HTPC. TVs Two flat screen TV's with HDMI ports two...
  13. ToineF

    Boxee alternative for TV

    I have been using the boxee for quite some time now and I really liked it. But it seems like the box is on it's last kilometres. The remote control is acting up and the boxee crashes from time to time. I am starting to look for a replacement. I normally use the boxee for netflix and some...
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    HTPC Build Help

    Hi, I'm wanting to build a HTPC that can handle 5.1 1080p movies flawlessly and also handle some light gaming in case. I want to keep costs low as possible. Intel Pentium G3240/G3258 or Core i3 4160 or AMD A10-7850k 400W Zalman ZE-LE-400 8GB ( 2x 4gb) G.Skill Ares 1600mhz RAM Sapphire Dual-X...
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    Opting out of Dish Network, Looking for Whole House OTA and Streaming Setup

    Problem: Dish has gotten to be too expensive for what we get. There are bunches of channels that we never use, along with music, etc. We do not subscribe to any premium channels. I need help determining what setup to use in order to achieve my desired outcome. Existing Setup: TVs I have a...
  16. crazysaguaro

    Calling all audiophiles! Windows Sounds cut off w/ HDMI possible S/PDIF keep alive issue

    Hello, I've got quite an annoying problem. I'm hooked up from my NVIDIA GTX760 via HDMI to my Bose CineMate 130 receiver (also HDMI). Sounds awesome except for the Windows sounds. The front 0.500ms of each sound is cut off and some shorter sounds do not play at all. This did not happen with my...
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    First HTPC for XBMC

    Hello, Im looking to build a HTPC for XBMC and need suggestions on the motherboard and CPU and SSD HHD. We only stream and sometimes download. We do not game no do we need a blue ray player because we only stream. Every time I look at components I go to big, I want to go cheap but best.best. Im...
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    5.1 from PC works Except for gaming, any help?

    I have an HTPC with an Asrock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard (http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Extreme6/) outputting audio via optical cable to a Pioneer Elite VSX-74VXTi. I use this setup for both media watching and PC gaming. Currently if I play a movie that has a 5.1 track it will play in 5.1...
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    How To? - HTPC to multiple screens in separate rooms?

    I have a PC with a tuner and I am using windows media center to access and record TV. The PC is in a gaming room/office. CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Memory: G.Skill TridentX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Storage...
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    Should I ditch my HTPC?!

    Picked up the latest Intel NUC w/ i5 the other day. This little guy is pretty sweet. It is supposed to function as my HTPC. For the movies that this thing can play without problems it is amazing. However some movies I drop entirely too many frames on. This can be cleared up on about half of the...
  21. THRobinson

    Android App for Controlling a PC

    Not sure if should go under software or tablets... Anyways, I tried an app called MONECT which does an ok job but, remote desktop crashes and no single screen with keyboard and mouse you have to switch back/forth. What I'm looking for is a good/free app that I can install onto my Win7x64...
  22. rafspeik-1301927

    Extreme Budget HTPC

    Hi people, my mother recently saved up and bought herself a 32" flat screen, a nice upgrade from a 27" CRT!! I thought it'd be nice to make her an HTPC to go along with that, but I have no experience in this field so I've come to you guys! So basically, I'm looking to build an inexpensive...
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    should i repair my board, part it out, or build a ptc from some of the parts

    I have a asus k52f, when I was replacing my screen i accidently and stupidly touched metal without unplugging the battery, i know stupid. Well the bottom started smoking and i after taking it all apart i found that i blew 2 surface mount resistors. i can attach a photo if needed. I was going to...
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    Soundcard for HTPC w/ Soundbar?

    Hey guys! So, I have a HTPC for all my media needs with my TV. And I'm planning on upgrading my sound system. I was thinking about getting this: http://amzn.to/1cz3LVx Would there be any point to me getting a soundcard for my HTPC with that? Also, is that even a good choice? Would an actual...
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    42" TV as monitor, how can I read the screen better?

    I'm currently using my TV (LG model 42CS560) as my monitor for my desktop and have been for about a year now. I'm running Windows 7 and through the Control Panel > Display where it asks me if I want to zoom the text I have it set to Larger 150%. This has been what I'm using and has been suiting...
  26. Jordannn15

    Need some help on an HTPC or media server build

    Okay so I have heard of htpc's and media servers but I don't really know what they are except for some research I have done. I have 5 TV's in my house and I would like to be able to record and watch live (HD) tv without paying for cable and having the stupid set-top box is this possible? I think...
  27. THRobinson

    Advice for replacing 10yr old DVD player with something media/user friendly

    Our house is split in two, I'm on one floor, family upstairs. Problem we're having is that I run an HTPC, and converted everything I have to MP4/MKV and store all my originals in the basement, out of sight out of mind. Works great and saves me a LOT of shelf space. Problem is, can't watch my...
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    Setting up my first HTPC, audio not working

    Hi All, I am setting up my first HTPC and I have run into a real fix now. I have  A Creative 2.1 Speaker system,  A Panasonic TH L42E6D Led TV,  My PC Windows 7, AMD Phenom II X3, 6GB RAM, Motherboard- BioStar...
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    HD 7990 hdmi out to receiver gaming sounds signal issues

    Greeting- I got a powercolor 7990 their first model, i installed 13.9 amd drivers, i use media player to bitstream dts hd and truehd to my receiver using 7990's hdmi, i can listen to youtube music, winamp and play game like Castlevania the lord of shadow, lineage 2 and got sounds for them...
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    Recommendations on $300 to $500 Intel HTPC Build

    Hello everyone, I'm looking for suggestions on a budget HTPC Build around Intel Core i3-3225. Approximate Purchase Date: Immediate, will probably buy the parts as soon as I have the full list! :-) Where to buy: Amazon or Fry's Primary Use: As a Media Server connected to my 65" Samsung TV via...
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    Stream from PC Server to TV

    Hi there, I currently have a HTPC that I watch my shows from but I want to reduce the footprint around my media center. Is it possible to stream video and audio content directly to my TV from my PC server (planning to build one and leave it in the office for this purpose). And it is possible...