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Old 06-28-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default So my HTPC is in it's 1st week of life.....

So far, its going great.

First, I had to activate the storage drive on the HTPC (Zeus) which Windows do not detect on initial setup, then I tried to get my network to find the storage drive from the main computer (Isis). However, I had networking issues: Zeus was able to access Isis and its network, but it wouldn't let the network operate within it. So I had to give the main computer permission to access the system. Now, I was capable of streaming to Zeus, but I was going to store all my movies onto Zeus anyway. Plus I found out that Sony has a anti-streaming code into their movies (found out when streaming Priest to the PS3). So at first, moving movies to the 2TB drive on Zeus was painful.... because Mr Idiot here tried a mass file transfer of movies... was going to take 22 hours to complete transfer. So I started transfering movies 6 to 7 at a time... which took less than 15 min per batch.

I then started transferring my music to the main OS harddrive.... which only took 5 minutes.... but it as only like 3 gigs worth. The bulk of my music files sits inside my car using a Music Keg. Now all I have to do is break out my laptop and sync all my music over to Zeus. What I like to try is syncing both my movie database and music data base so that instead of seeing the filename, you will see a thumbnail picture of the movie or music file.

Now here is the bottleneck: my rear projection TV. Although it is a 61" screen set, it is rather old: Composite inputs, as well as a S-Video input. Zeus has VGA, DVI, and HDMI outputs. I had to get a VGA to Composite converter to make the system work.... and I am not liking the results in Windows mode. Once it enters the XBMC program, the screen resolution is better. So I am going to buy a 60" Sharp Aquos tomorrow. My audio output is a 7.1 digital output from the motherboard (thank goodness for the EVGA 680i), but might switch to a digital equipped sound card if my motherboard croaks due to old age.

So that is my story... looking good so far, but still needs improving.
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