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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 2008-01-04, 10:27 PM
 
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Wayne - What does that have to with getting the content to his TV? Just curious as I a looking for a solution myself and getting the content to an upstairs TV is the only part I am missing. I am using the Vista Media Center and burning to watch upstairs like the OP.
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 2008-01-04, 11:14 PM
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Wayne - What does that have to with getting the content to his TV?
The OP asked how can I watch content that I download from the net onto TV - one way is to actually connect a PC to the TV which is what I was getting at. With a remote you can then effectively control content like videos, etc. from 10 ' away. He says that his PC is a laptop so this may work even better as you could leave a VGA cable hanging off of the TV and connect the laptop into it when you want to watch this content.
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That sounds good wayne, however the very first thing I did was remove Vista from the new computer. I tried to live with it, but vista is just so slow and annoying with all its well slow and annoying-ness I just coulnd't deal with it. Honestly Vista is so annoying that when I was upgrading to XP HP was telling me the computer is not ment for XP and drivers are hard to find etc. I told them I they dont get me XP drivers (which they did in the end) I was sending back the computer. I honestly dislike Vista that much. It's retarded. (no offence to vista lovers, thats just a personal opinion)...
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To each his own - I built a full HTPC just over a year ago just before Vista was released. I therefore qualified for a free upgrade to Vista. I have not upgraded this HTPC since it took a lot of playing around and configuring to get everything working properly. Plus the UI in Vista Media Center is slightly different. I don't want to tick off "She Who Must Be Obeyed" by having the system not work for a while because I am playing with video drivers, etc. and then have her get frustrated by the new interface. I also have bought 3 (soon to be 5) extenders that allow me to play this content on other TVs around the house and these extenders don't work with Vista, only XP MCE.

But I do have Vista on another PC and, for the most part, I like it - it looks gorgeous.

Assuming that you still have a license for Vista you could always try installing it in a dual boot config. It probably isn't worth spending $100 for XP MCE plus it would require an OS reinstall.

The other things you could try are other HTPC software - I once tried something called Meedio and it was good but then it was bought by Yahoo and killed. There are other options out there - MediaPortal, etc. that act as a front end for media content.
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Are you sure about that Dubble? My dvp5140 has no USB or HDMI. Just Composite and Component output - not even S-Video. Are there different versions of this player?
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