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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VGA resolution with Sony Bravia TV

I just bought Sony Bravia KDL40S5100 tv. The VGA input is acting weird. I have a Gateway desktop with Windows 7 and Intel 945 graphics. I also have a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04. The TV will not ...
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Partitionning : is it ok to put my OS at the end of my disk?

I've build a small HTPC; and I have a 2TB HDD in it. The idea is to store only medias on that drive, and to have a separate M.2 SSD drive for the OS. BUT those SSD still are expensive, and i'll wait ...
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Computer will not boot to BIOS

I have a custom-built HTPC with the following specs: * Motherboard: Intel DG45ID * CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 * Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (using HDMI) * RAM: 8 GB ...
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Best way to do a TV-out in 7300GT Nvidia video card?

I'm planning to recycle my old PC and build a Media Center using an open-source (C#) software called MediaPortal. My old PC has a GeForce 7300GT with a TV-out plug built-in. When I tested it last ...
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How to eliminate overscan on Ubuntu HTPC

I'm using an Ubuntu box with Nvidia graphics card as an HTPC. My HDTV is a Sony Bravia KDS-R50XBR1; this is a rear-projection unit with many inputs. I am using the HDMI input. I'm using the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Disable main screen in laptop

We have an old ASUS N61Jq laptop which we are now using as a HTPC. I have changed the settings to: use monitor 2 (the TV) as the main display show desktop only on monitor 2 do not sleep or anything ...
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External or internal hdd for media server? [duplicate]

I have a win7 machine where I keep a shared 3tb drive for all the household devices to stream media from. Unfortunately, the hdd is getting flaky. Does it matter if I replace it with an external (usb3)...
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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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Does my system need a cooling fan?

I've recently built a HTPC, and my research did not suggest that I needed any cooling beyond that provided by the CPU/PSU. Given the specs I describe below, would you say I'm at risk for overheating? ...
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Sleep HTPC when monitor is off

I would like my pc to automatically sleep when I turn the tv off. How can this be accomplished? I would also like the htpc to power on when the tv is turned on as well if possible Computer- Windows 8....
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hdmi output to yamaha receiver

I have my hdmi output from a gtx 680 connected to a yamaha rxv665. In the audio playback control panel it is detected properly and lets me configure the 7.1 speaker setup. As soon as I switch on the ...
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Windows 7 Media Center alternatives with Blu Ray Support

I can't believe Win7 doesn't have Blu-Ray support yet. Having plugins open in the background breaks the 10Ft experience. PowerDVD (came with blu-ray player) is unusable from the couch. Are there any ...
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Both Windows and Event Ghost are handling IR remote commands. How do I get Windows to stop?

Long story short, I installed the Windows 10 tech preview on my HTPC. After a recent update to build 10041, I noticed that Windows has started to handle at least some of the commands that are being ...
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Is the Miracast protocol a practical equivalent of an HDMI signal?

Miracast has been described as "HDMI over WiFi"†, and as such I've recommended it to a couple of people asking about HTPC setups when unable to run wire. After giving it more thought, I'm wondering a ...
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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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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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PC BluRay - Multichannel HD Audio output

When playing a BluRay movie on a PC (any OS, Mac/Win/Linux), I have some questions about audio output: When playing a BluRay disc on the PC using a BluRay player program, can it decode the ...
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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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No digital audio output with Asus Xonar DG

I've purchased an Asus Xonar DG as replacement for faulty onboard audio in a Medion 8822 as it has an optical output which is all I really need to feed my HTPC. I uninstalled the previous drivers/...
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How to emulate EDID on HTPC so it can be run headless

as my title, i need some way to make my HTPC think there is a screen connected, because when i connect to it thrue VNC or Teamviewer the screen is all black when there is no screen connected. so my ...
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Are there guides or even custom Linux distributions available for dedicated “slideshow” PCs? [closed]

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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How to turn off power/signal on a laptop HDMI port? (It triggers HDMI switch)

I have a automatic/intelligent HDMI switch . Automatic in the way that it always switch to the latest input that receives signals. I have connected a laptop (Windows 7, ati 4670 with official ...
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How to properly connect and configure PC to TV

When I connect my PC (Windows 7) or Mac (Yosemite) to my FullHD Plasma TV, it is properly recognized. However the whole experience is not as good as with a 'native' media player device. The following ...
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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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NAS + XBMC combination

I currently own a WD Sharespace and I am not too happy about it. It will freeze constantly and its rather slow. I've been thinking of replacing it. I also own a WD HD Live, and it works like it is ...
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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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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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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 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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looking for a simple program launcher that works with a remote [closed]

I am looking for a sort of launcher program for my HTPC. The idea is this program starts when windows (or linux, I am happy with either OS) and brings up a menu of programs, such as XBMC, HULU Desktop,...
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How do I start silverlight on netflix in full screen automatically?

I know that there this great big button that I can click for full screen on the bottom left of the screen. What I'm doing though is launching the direct movie/tv episode in chrome from XBMC using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does Power DVD have any command line options to automatically play a DVD in fullscreen?

I'd like to launch PowerDVD8 from a shortcut and have it automatically start the DVD/BluRay and display in fulllscreen mode. Is this possible?
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Blu-Ray on Windows 7 HTPC

I have configured an HTPC with the following components: Motherboard: Intel DG45ID CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (using HDMI) RAM: 8 GB ...
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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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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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What’s the best way to stream video from my computer to my TV? (preferably wirelessly)

Basically I have a bunch of AVI's and such sitting around. In the past I've used an svideo/5mm [computer side] to RCA [TV side] wire that basically makes the TV act as a monitor and uses the TV as ...
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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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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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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). ...