: New Member HTPC Discussion Thread
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2005-11-06, 04:34 PM
I'd like to get some help to use my laptop to display via the VGA ports to my toshiba 44nhm84 dlp tv.
Under the manual, the tv's native resolution is 1024x768 (which is 4:3) format. I have tried to use powerstrip to change this to a 720p display (1280x720), but the tv doesn't reconize this and nothing is displayed.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Your TV's native resolution is 1280 x 720, as are all 720P DLPs, as indicated in the following link. It is NOT 1024 x 768.
How are you connected from the laptop to the TV - i.e. what cable are you using and what connectors are at both ends?
Do you get a picture at any resolutions?
2005-12-16, 10:31 AM
Hi, is there any recommended TV Tuners I can use in my PC for viewing Rogers Digital cable?
Or do I have to use the Rogers digital terminal and then send that to my analog TV Tuner?
Or do I need some sort of additional equipment i.e. cable card etc?
I'm in toronto, ontario if that makes any difference?!
I've tried searching the forums but the search does not seem to be working ("Page cannot be displayed").
1. Rogers digital cable channels are encrypted (except for the odd "preview" channel), therefore you need their STB.
2. CableCARD is not supported in Canada yet and probably won't be for a couple of years when it's two-way. Currently CC is only one-way (no VOD, PPV, IPG, etc)
2005-12-16, 11:54 AM
Ah ok, thanks for the info! But what about running the outputs from the STB to my PC with an Analog tuner? Will that work?
I want to use the PC as a PVR/Media Center.
May be best to use composite video or S-video if your card has those inputs. RF-coax isn't the best...
You're probably better off using the Rogers DVR. It's the only way to get HD (if that's what you're after). See the Digital Home FAQ "Recording HD". If you're only after SD, different story.
2005-12-16, 12:09 PM
Thanks again. I'm only planning to subscribe to SD service for now.
I have an ATI TV tuner card, can't remember what inputs it has.
But I may get the ATI Theatre 550 TV Wonder card.
2005-12-22, 08:30 PM
The Sapphire Theatrix 550 is essentially the same card, but way cheaper (I don't own shares in Sapphire).
2006-01-10, 11:48 PM
I'm looking to ghetto build my first HTPC with some old parts. Can someone go over this with me and see if I need to upgrade anything?
Primary - Playing HD content (ts/wmv-hd)
Less important - DVD/TV upsampling, TV recording, don't really care about this stuff too much though
Athlon XP 1800+ (not sure if this is gonna cut it huh?)
768megs of ram
ATI Radeon 9600xt (w/ DVI)
ATI TV Wonder Pro
dl dvd-burner/sb live 5.1/400+gb HDD space
I'd like upgrades to be as cheap as possible, but not leave me crippled at the same time. Any recommendations?
2006-01-11, 08:31 AM
Your CPU XP 1800+ might be the bottle neck for playing HD content. I have a Athlon 2100+ and I can play Mpeg2-HD and wmv-HD not more than 720p or 1080i and it uses about 80% cpu. More than than will result to some sound and image lag. So with a 1800+ it will be very close.
And in the future if you want to watch H.264 HD (such as how it will be encoded on Blue-ray DVD) you can forget it with this CPU. My Athlon XP 3000+ has trouble decoding H.264 at 720p. But the newest video card will come with hardware decoding for this format.
By the way, from where will you get your HD content ?
2006-01-17, 10:35 AM
Thanks. I grabbed an xp3000+ off ebay, best upgrade I could make without having to upgrade my motherboard.
Have you tried using CoreAVC to decode H.264? It's a new filter that's quite a bit faster than it's competition. Approximately 50% or more faster than FFDShow.
2006-02-04, 09:54 AM
:mad: Cannot adjust image settings on Dell XPS 600 with dual video cards to fit correctly onto my KF60WE610 Sony Projection Tv using dvi connection, all four edges of image are "off" the sides of the viewable TV screen. I can still use the mouse to click stuff in toolbars but I must guess and click as they are cut-off.
Perhaps the following information on Powerstrip will help.
2006-02-19, 05:00 PM
Can anyone tell me which RPTV with a PC input has the best display for surfing. Ease of set up is also a concern.
2006-02-21, 05:36 PM
I'm a complete noobie to this HTPC stuff. I'm really just looking to buy a new laptop and my husband wants to be able to use it to record TV and burn DVDs.
Is this possible? can i just buy a stock laptop and then external PVR?
My TV is the Sony SXRD and we have Starchoice Satellite in BC.
Thanks in advance if you can help me out ;)
2006-04-05, 02:10 PM
I have a athlon 64 3700+ chip with 1 gig of ram
I want to beable to have something that is MCE complient or beyond tv(whatever)....
I want to have PVR capabilities,, and preferably be able to recorde one ch and watch another...(if its possible.. if not its no biggie...)
but most of all... I would want a card that will get tv or a video input,,,,(with sound) and not hog my cpu so I can be pvr-ing and useing the pc to surf and stuff like that.. and to beable to burn it to DVD,,,
you guys get what I mean??
I am looking at the hauppage pvr150??? would this be the card to get?
remotes are not that important..as I have the MCE remote already(ebay)
Its a Good card Elantra probably one of the most used because of availability,
I use the 150 MCE with the tuner and don't have any complaints.
Picture Quality is very driver dependent with it though.
Here's a link to the unoficial forum for the Hauppagge line of cards.http://www.shspvr.com/smf/
2006-04-05, 05:45 PM
Currently I have a Rogers PVR, but I will be purchasing a HDTV soon and as such have been thinking of renting a Rogers HD PVR, however I have also been considering a HTPC but I was hoping for some suggestions as to how I would be able to record HDTV with my media centre pc?
As I see it, the signal has to come from the outlet to the STB from Rogers to descramble the signal, which is fine, I just rent a HD terminal. However, how can I get the HD signal from the Rogers Terminal to my HTPC so I can record it in High Def for viewing in HD later when I have time to watch it?
I can go from my HTPC to my HDTV for viewing, just can't figure out the middle part. What am I missing?
Thanks in advance...
This issue has been covered many times. You cannot do what you want with Rogers/SA in Ontario. The only way to get an HD signal from the STB to the HTPC is via firewire, however, firewire is not activated on any of the Rogers SA STBs. See the Digital Home FAQ "Recording HD".