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  1. Now that Windows Media Center is out of the picture, I wonder if anybody used Kodi with another PVR backend on Windows 10 than using the WMC Kodi PVR plugin. My other challenge is replacing my Xbox 360 working as an extender for playing live TV and Windows Media Center recordings. Once I move to Windows 10 on the Windows PC, I would need something else to access the recordings on the PC from another room as I am doing with the Xbox 360 at the moment. I have checked out NextPVR and Android TV boxes but I wonder if someone actually tried it and could compare with the Media Center more
  2. flavoie

    Soft Sled

    I saw the article at http://computingondemand.com/xbmc-keeping-alive/ and thought to myself, this is probably the closest thing to soft sled i've seen, ever ! Thank you. I've been using Media Center, starting with WIndows XP MCE Edition up to WIndows 8 now, and the lack of file support outside of wmv and avi files was a bit hard to swallow as time moved on. That and seeing that the Media Center interface was going out the door. Nice to see something to take advantage of the services in place on Windows to provide an alternative.
  3. Thanks a lot. Maybe it's time to try these out. I have 64 bits version, and when i used codecs in XP MCE & Windows 7 Home Edition, I was losing fast forward control and could only do Skip using the remote. I hope that's not a problem with shark007's codecs. Sound like I'll need to get ready with some kind of bare metal image just in case. So here i'll go off reading about it under one of your Backup articles. Thanks...
  4. You mention you have not told the app how to see MKV. My question is, how do you play MKVs on your PC in the first place ?
  5. Ahum, *IF* your htpc uses windows... the Windows Task Scheduler is where I would look into first.
  6. I mainly hear good things about the HDHR except for sensitivity. In my area of Ottawa, Canada, we're considered fringe reception for channels coming from USA. And in general, any signal margin you have ensures you don't end up losing signal when a *snow storm* comes ... Right now I have 1x950Q outside the case right outside the case (I have the case fans blowing air on it), 1xpctv 800i, and one Hauppauge HVR-2250 dual-tuner. As long as I have the the tuner priorities set to record on the 950Q and 800i first, I mainly stay out of trouble
  7. Hello ! Here's a little project I've wondered if anybody thought of, and never really bothered to finish up. In my case for ATSC reception when using a preamp, I found the XC5000 based cards were performing best, and that means for me the Happauge 950Q USB tuner and the Hauppauge/Pinnacle/PCTV 800i PCI tuner card. Unfortunately, the PCTV 800i card has a driver limitation of 1 card per system, I learnt this the hard way when installing 2 in my system and asking for support. So... I'd like to put 2 usb tuners inside the case. It could find something simple to hook them inside the case us
  8. I like to check for the video card that will get me the most advanced video support at the lowest cost, and if at all possible, in a fanless version. What that means is you may only need to go just a few steps up from the cheapest card and still get top notch video acceleration support. I don't care about gaming performance on my HTPC...
  9. flavoie

    HTPC build

    I've tried this button to open XBMC and close WMC, it's a good idea and works well. Maybe I should install it again, i have not reinstalled XBMC since upgrading to Windows 8. WMC does not do everything, it's a bit of a shame. You can't play some new formats like mkv out of the box, so if you want to play those you have to use something else like XBMC. Does XBMC play .wtv files recorded through WMC ? Or do you play these using the ceton software ?
  10. flavoie

    Optical Audio

    Last I checked in Windows 8, when I couldn't get proper Dolby Digital sound from my AV receiver, I had to resetup in the Control Panel and it went fine. From what i recall (i used optical and now I use coax digital) it was the same setting, and it sounded like transparent. I don't try to let Windows figure out multi-channel audio, I instead select something that sound more like "transparent" or "passthrough" digital audio. My AV receiver is way better at doing that decoding anyways.
  11. flavoie

    HTPC build

    As far as software goes, I've been well served with Windows Media Center inside Windows XP, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. WMC and any other alternate software works best for live TV with ATSC tuners in my opinion because you don't have to integrate IR blasters with an external cable box.
  12. Some time ago, I used an Antec Aria case as my first HTPC. I had a depth limitation where it was going to live, so this was one of the few cases that could live within the limits. With a micro ATX board, it lived a couple of years, but it was trouble maintaining it since it was tight in there. I ended up upgrading the whole thing and putting it in a Silverstone HTPC case. If you like the small form factors, it can be done. At the time, with an Athlon 3200+ and discrete graphics card, this was a decent htpc.
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