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post #151 of 352 (permalink) Old 2009-08-11, 04:29 PM
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At the moment I'm using Vista, however I pre-ordered Windows 7 when it was discounted and will upgrade when it arrives. Since it comes with both versions I can decide then. I only have 3GB of RAM in my HTPC so I wouldn't lose anything immediately with 32bit, but I'd prefer 64 for future expandibility.
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post #152 of 352 (permalink) Old 2009-08-11, 06:56 PM
 
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Well there is a delay changing the channels via firewire. I couldn't find anything to remedy that yet.

As for Win 7 HDPVR drivers for Media Center, according to this next month is the date:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/10/w...09-next-month/
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Colour me skeptical - I really think MS continues to move away from supporting products like this. For the most part I gave up on WinMC a year ago to switch to Sage. I hope I am wrong as I have a HTPC sitting under my 60" TV that is still running XP MCE. But it would take a lot to get me off of Sage since I now have about $1000 invested in four Sage extenders.

The other thing MS has to announce if they are really going to be viable, at least to me, in this space is extenders other than the Xbox360. It is unreasonable to expect a HTPC or Xbox360 under each TV in a multi TV home.
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Just out of curiousity, does this unit get warm like the other HD-PVRs Hauppauge releases? I have the USB Stick and that gets a bit warm to the touch after a while.
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@querty - Yes, early units had problems with overheating but I have two of these and haven't had any problems. They have now been out for about 14 months so hopefully these issues have been dealt with.
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Also, considering the heat and noise the 360 puts out I really don't think it makes a terribly practical extender. Nice if you already own one as a gaming console but not to buy one explicitly for that purpose.

Sadly my HDPVR still sits in the corner. I got my collection ripped and Sage working fine for Movies/Music/Pics but ran into a snag with the PVR getting the remote to work. I also was trying to focus on fanart for the collection. Need to make another attempt at the PVR in the near future.
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I own 3 Xbox 360s that are primarily media center extenders. It's a nuisance to have to find somewhere outside of AV cabinets for them, but other than that they work beautifully. Something to remember, the newer 360s are significantly quieter than the originals, and a lot of the running noise is the optical drive which doesn't run in extender mode. The noise has never bothered me.

Throw in the performance boost over my DMA2100 and they do a fantastic job. I'd prefer a slightly cooler running option, but they're cheap now and they have a lot of room for updating.
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Xbox 360 as media center extender

Speaking of XBOX 360 as extender in a Windows 7 Media Center where Hauppage HDPVR is used for HD, I am thinking of getting the cheapest 360 (I think no HDMI) for $220 and since I am anal about the noise replacing the original xbox case with one of those Lian Li cases (That is around $120).

My question is over the 10/100 LAN connection how is the HD streaming.

I am not into the games at all and thinking of putting this extender to the bedroom as long as I can make it silent with the new case.

Any insight, inputs to this idea?
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I don't know if the Xbox will work as an extender for HD-PVR files since I don't think that the Xbox supports H.264 files in extender mode and this is the format for all files from the HD-PVR. But I am not 100% sure about this and I do believe that H.264 may be supported in the Video Library mode, or whatever it is called in the Xbox.

For what you want to do, and if you aren't a gamer then I would recommend Sage as they have extenders that are 100% silent for US$180. And Sage directly supports the HD-PVR which Win7 does not, at least not yet.
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All 360s have had HDMI ports for a long time now, the only internal difference between the consoles is the 256MB of internal flash memory in the newest Arcade consoles.

They are also the only WMC extender I'm aware of with the ability to play back the H.264 HD-PVR recordings as normal (including in extender mode).

Before you buy the expensive Lian Li case I'd recommend trying the console out of the box. Depending on your setup you might find it's not as bad as you were expecting. Also, for whatever reason the MSRP on the Arcade seems to have jumped to $230 CAD, however if you look around you can still find some retailers that still carry it for the old $200 CAD.

10/100 is more than enough to stream HD, you won't even come close to saturation and someone else using the Internet won't even notice it.
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Have people verified that streaming H.264 HD-PVR recordings works to an Xbox360?
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Have people verified that streaming H.264 HD-PVR recordings works to an Xbox360?
Hey Wayne,

I can confirm that they work.

I have my recording setup like this: Windows 7 RC with HD-PVR (using dvblogic and firewire for channel changing)

Not only can I watch taped H.264 HD-PVR recordings. I can watch live tv through my 360

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@robinprice - Awesome!
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Firewire to change channels

I notice that some of you are using firewire to change channels on a Rogers box with the HD PVR and SageTV. How do you set this up, simply plug a firewire cable into the computer and Rogers cable box?
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For me, and my rogers box, I have the firewire from the box to the computer. you'll then need to find a program called firestb which will do the channel changing.

It's quite a process to get working but well worth it. Much more reliable.

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