An HTPC, or Home Theater PC, is a computer used in a home theater. It normally is used to record and play back media.

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OS on Flash drive: noticeable performance penalty if used as (linux-based) htpc?

My question is whether there is any noticeable difference in performance, given my use case, for installing a (linux-based) OS on a flash drive rather than on a SSD. I plan to turn my fanless HTPC ...
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Cable company moving off of analog, will my HTPC still work?

I have an old plan with my cable company, we receive their "Basic TV" package that has analog channels plus the unencrypted local network HD channels (NBC, CBS, etc.). We have an HTPC I built a while ...
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Send chrome tab from w7 laptop to w7 HTPC? (Like with iPad to AppleTV)

For the last couple days I've been trying to figure out how to get open tabs syncing between chrome installs on different computers to no avail. (if it's supposed to work the way I think it should, ...
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How can I stream blu ray using Plex?

I'm looking at different HTPC solutions, and the name Plex keeps coming up. It has most of what I'm looking for, except I can't find a definite answer on whether or not it's possible to stream a ...
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How can I make a computer behave as a Bluetooth headset

I would like to be able to play music from my computer speakers from my phone using Bluetooth. Is this possible? How do I do it? Can I do this with XBMC? What I am trying to do is to use my Raspberry ...
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Can I setup XBMC to automatically detect media without saving them into specific directories?

I've recently upgraded an old HTPC box and in the process switched from the Boxee Windows app to the latest version of XBMC (12.3). I've found the process to be a really mixed bag. While Boxee hadn't ...
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How do I decide what CPU to buy? [closed]

I'm building an HTPC and I already have a motherboard with an Intel socket 1150 -- but how do I decide what specific CPU to get? I'm happy with the Core i7 in my desktop but for cost reasons I'll ...
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Windows 7 Autologin - Tray icons not showing up when no display attached

I am setting up my Win 7 box to be an HTPC and have autologin set up. I am seeing a problem though where some of the tray icons do not show up, and this appears to be caused by the lack of a ...
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WMC HTPC breaks down over time, reformat the disk and joy… for awhile

Trying to diagnose whats going on with my HTPC. It will run great for awhile and then over the course of a month it begins to bog down and eventually become unusable at which point I reinstall the OS ...
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Rendering Windows 7 at 1366x768 but outputting 1024x768 resolution to display (using AMD HD7770)?

I have a Samsung 720p plasma with a native resolution of 1024x768, which is a non-square pixel format (4x3 resolution on 16x9 display). Running Windows at 1024x768 looks nice and sharp, but the ...
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Intermittent hard freeze/crashes, generally while idle. No event viewer details

Subject says most of it. My HTPC will occasionally be found in this hard-locked/crashed state when nothing of note was being done. The past couple times, it has been while the screensaver was running ...
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How to build a LGA1150 HTPC with HDMI CEC support?

Story: I decided to build myself powerful HTPC using top modern "bleeding-edge" hardware, I mean LGA1150 with Haswell (Desktop 4th Generation Intel Core Processor Family). And because an easy way of ...
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HTPC/NAS implementation - What to design for based on the context of my situation [closed]

My situation I'm a 20-year-old college student with experience in building custom computers, but more experience in finding interesting software solutions. One day, while using VLC Media Player, I ...
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Basement to first floor wiring for HTPC

In my current house, my plasma TV hangs on a TV stand where my router and HTPC (CETON-based system) sits underneath. All of the wiring is just routed through the back of the TV stand and all is well. ...
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Prevent screen and desktop blackout when attached display powered on?

I have a custom home theater PC setup with the TV (a Sharp LCD) connected as monitor 3 via HDMI to my Windows 7 PC. I use an ATI/AMD 6770 graphics card with support for 3 monitors... I have two ...
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Intel WiDi / Miracast receiver hardware / software for DIY HTPC [closed]

I've read that there are many mediaboxes which could be good options for being Miracast-receiver. However I'm looking to build my own HTPC, and I want it to support being a receiver of Miracast, as I ...
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HDMI Audio drops out when display enters powersave

I have a Windows 8 machine with an AMD APU attached to my Home Theater system through HDMI (HDMI routes through a Home Theater AMP, then into the TV). Here's my problem, Whenever the display is ...
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TV device disapears when turned off when connected via HDMI to PC

I have 2 monitors and 1 TV hooked up as a monitor to a 660 ti GPU (this works when all on). When the TV is off, there is no visible device to extend a display to but when it's on there is. I wanted to ...
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Are there guides or even custom Linux distributions available for dedicated “slideshow” PCs?

First of all, I'm not entirely sure what the term is for a computer that only stands around and shows pictures, but I'm sure you've all encountered them at work, in stores and so on. Usually we notice ...
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Three instances of AMD HD7560D are shown in Windows 7

I have embedded graphics on an AMD A8 processor running on Windows 7 Pro Media Center, it shows up as HD7560D. When I use the AMD control for graphics in the hidden Windows 7 icons (in the tray) it ...
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Media Center MKV files & Non-Admin Users

Our Media PC has 2 accounts. Admin Viewer I've got kids, and if I let the kids watch shows, they are bad about deleting shows from our media library by accident. So, the Viewer account is given ...
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Vsync on multiple cloned displays?

Theoretically: If I have a HTPC or Nettop with HDMI-out connected to a HDMI-splitter (one to many) and connect this to a TV and at least one other display, will they all be vertically synched (without ...
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One HDMI-cable to send video/sound alternately both ways?

I have a TV and a kind of HTPC*, both with HDMI-out/in. Now I want to connect these so that I can both send the TV-signal to the HTPC HDMI-input and send the HTPC display-signal to the TV HDMI-input. ...
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Can WiDi stream from TV to PC?

I know WiDi is for streaming from PC to TV, but I have a scenario where I want the TV-signal streamed to a HTPC in another room, as a secondary screen duplicating the TV-image. I s this possible with ...
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Samba share still “in use” after client hibernates

I have an Ubuntu-based HTPC running Samba (the server). Other PCs in the local network (the clients) connect to the Samba shares on the NAS and use them as network drives (all of those PCs run Win 7). ...
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Accessing subnetwork inside college network

I live in an on-campus apartment at a University. I have my own subnetwork setup inside my apartment. For my main gateway I use an Apple AirPort Express and I also have an Asus RT-N12 running as a ...
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Does SSD write when streaming remote content?

I host all my files on a NAS device. I would like to know if I built an HTPC with a small SSD, will it write a lot on disk? I was under the impression that with enough RAM the disk would only read at ...
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1080p video plays ok through xbmc but youtube or vlc is sluggish [closed]

I have an htpc (asrock ion 3d). Running win7 pro (official ;-)) with all latest updates. Avast anti virus. Nothing much installed on this pc as it's mostly for xbmc. I have xbmc running and it works ...
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Wake up and record in Windows Media Center on a Mac Mini

I'm currently considering buying a Mac Mini to use as a media center. I plan to install Windows 7 (or 8) on it, using Boot Camp. Will it be able to go into standby or hibernate (S3, S4?) and wake up ...
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What's better - 90W laptop adaptor OR 80PLUS Bronze PSU? [closed]

I'm planning to build a low-power, value HTPC. I'm really undecided if I should go for an 80PLUS Bronze Seasonic PSU OR a laptop adapter from Cooler Master (Energy Star certified). SETUP 1. I go for ...
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Static sound through HTPC Speakers

I just built a Home Theater PC running Windows 7 with MediaBrowser. When I open Media Center, I get this static noise coming through the TV. This is before I have even played anything. It only ...
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Wireless HD TV (Hide cords and hardware)

I am building a HTPC for my main entertainment system. The plan is to use Ceton for my HD DVR, and Windows Media Center to put it all together in one interface. The problem I am running into cords, ...
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Windows Media Center history

I would like to know the means that WMC can determine if it had already downloaded a movie or series episode so it doesn't record it again. I encode unprotected videos aster recording due to space ...
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Does DLNA do streaming the way AirPlay does?

Everyone says how DLNA and AirPlay are similar things. As far as I understood, this is simply not true - AirPlay lets an audio stream travel wirelessly to an AirPlay "receiver" which reproduces it, ...
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Multiple tuner card for faster switching (HTPC)?

I'm annoyed by the slow channel switching time of digital TV and am wondering if it is possible to use multiple tuners to speed it up. One tuner would decode the current channel, one the previous, and ...
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How can I access my mini-pc (RaspberryPi / MK802 / Mele A1000 / VIA APC) via ethernet/wifi without having Monitor?

Soon I will be getting my own mini-PC (RaspberryPi / MK802 / Mele A1000 / VIA APC). But I was wondering whether is there any possibility that I can just power up and access my mini-pc's OS by ...
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Unexpected shutdown due to PCI card

I've got a home theatre PC which I built myself and have been using for about 4.5 years now without issue - the only components that have ever needed replacing have been the case fans. Recently, I've ...
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Internet (Flash) video without a PC [closed]

I am looking to retire my HTPC. So much of what we do with it can be done with one of our video game consoles or an AppleTV that is seems like a waste of space, power and time to maintain. The trouble ...
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HDMI Sound for HTPC

I have the (perhaps) the same problem as stated in this other HDMI sound to HTPC question. I tried the advice of clicking on the speaker in the system tray. I can see the HDMI audio device I want to ...
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Can a web server and XBMC HTPC co exist happily? [closed]

I have a machine that is currently dedicated to running my home theatre. It is way more powerful than it needs to be, and spec wise would have no problem running both a few websites and an HTPC What ...
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Where does the sound card come from HP Proliant N40L + Radeon HD 5450?

I recently bought a HP Proliant N40L microserver and intended to use it as a HTPC. Once I have discovered that it does not have a integrated sound card and a very poor graphics card, I bought a ...
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Is there a way to control windows media center without focus?

I would like to set up a new desktop at home with the dual purpose of using it for my regular applications and as an HTPC for the family. In my initial playing around with media center I noticed that ...
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1U vs. 2U Rackmount HTPC Chassis?

I'm in the initial stages of planning out the HTPC/Media server I'll be building come the summer, and I've run into a bit of a conundrum. My rack currently has 1U left free, and part of the appeal of ...
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how to make intel mobile graphics video card use HDMI only, permanently

I have a MSI IM-GM45 motherboard (http://www.logicsupply.com/products/ms_9818) installed in a machine set up for HTPC usage. It is running Windows 7 x64, and has an older version of Vista drivers ...
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How to choose a media center remote with mouse pad to control my pc for Windows/Linux?

My goal is to make my windows 7 mce htpc to use linux instead, I would like to use Mythtv and Xbmc to use my tv tuner and others sources. (tube sites, tv channels sites and others ...)
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Install unsigned drivers in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use an unsigned driver in Windows 7 x64 This question was never answered. I ask again because I need a way install unsigned drivers on Windows 7 so I can use my IR ...
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Windows 7 Media Player and Codecs

We use our Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit PC as a Media PC. If it matters, it is the Asus EB1501. A little slow, but it works. In an effort to get .MKV files to play, I installed Shark007's codec pack. ...
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HD Antennas and streaming/recording OTA

Within the next few months, I'm attempting to pull the plug on cable. I've been trying to figure out HD antennas and streaming OTA (over-the-air) and it seems that the path isn't very clear on how to ...
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ATI HD 4600 via HDMI: Screen offset about 3" to the right

I have a media PC running Windows 7 x64. I am running an ATI HD 4600 to my receiver using HDMI for both video and audio. The video is connected to a 42" Magnavox 1080p LCD TV. The resolution is set to ...
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is there a simple tool to determine if my combo of video card and TV is HDCP compatible?

I'm using Arcsoft TMT3 to play Blurays. It's been playing fine for a few years but all of a sudden TMT3 says that my system isn't HDCP compatible. No changes to anything in the system -- possibly a ...