Turn Any PC Into a Media Center
Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:07 AM
Although Windows Media Center works fine for videos, I personally don't use it because of its terrible search menu for computer audio. I prefer Winamp pro, which also offers internet radio, internet TV, and internet video of stations and individual artists. I use Faststone or Picassa for slideshows.
I purchased my Vista desktop from Bestbuy for less than $1,000, but have been using the aforementioned connections for over 3 years on my old XP computer, although I did upgrade my sound and video card to get the necessary outputs.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:20 AM
Like [~166564] I am not ready to go to Vista. Could you kindly run the (hardware and software) specs on your old XP computer including upgrades? I am also curious about what you felt was desirable in your new Bestbuy desktop. I am resigned to replace my old legacy stuff, but want to do so wisely and still avoid the Micro$oft upgrade traps. Thanks.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 04:24 PM
It is designed around the Hauppauge componets mainly the PVR-150 and MVP Media Server. Aside fro mt hecost of th ehardware the EPG provider that I use costs $12 a year considerably les than a Tivo setup nd more versatle.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:55 AM
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Posted 16 September 2008 - 06:56 PM
Life was great. Both WinTV & Windows Media Center allowed me to record cable content while watching something else on TV.
But now with Dish Network, I've lost the ability to tape a show on the pc while watching something else on the TV. The DishNetwork line into the living room goes to a set top box. From there I have it split with 1 line going to the TV that always need to be on channel 3 and the other to PVR 150 MCE tuner
Now, I can only record what is on Channel 3. And if I switch channels on the TV, Windows Media Center or WinTV will receive the new signal and possibly interrupt what I may have started recording
Do you know if the WinTV-PVR 150 MCE will work with satellite? Can I table the direct cable line and hook it to the WinTv-PVR tuner card? Will it know how to decode the Dish Network signal?