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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HDMI video card with sound?

Building a media center PC here, are there any video cards that will output HDMI with sound? Ideally I'd like to run just the one HDMI cable. Is this possible? If not what is the best solution right ...
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Getting the most out of a Mac mini as a media center

I own an old Mac mini from 2006 (maybe early 2007). It's got an Intel Core Solo 32-bits CPU and 512 MB RAM. 160 GB HDD. The GPU is an integrated chip… Currently, my Mini is sitting under my LCD TV ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crackly image from my HTPC

I have an odd problem. Whenever my HTPC is left on over night the image starts to crackle. I originally suspected my HDMI lead, but noticed that if I change the resolution and change it back, the ...
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Media Center Configuration - TV Setup Issue

When attempting to configure Windows Media Center for the first time, a user of mine is unable to get past this screen. No timeout becomes visible, the screen literally remains in this state with no ...
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Inconsistent black levels in windows 7 media center

I've got a HTPC running windows 7 64bit, hooked up to a Samsung LCD TV. My problem is different types of video are displaying different black levels on the TV. When I play a bluray through Arcsoft ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to tell if a player can read NTFS or Pal

I'm considering picking up a box set DVD t.v. show which uses Region 0 (The IT Crowd, Seasons 1 - 4). I know there are regions for DVD (Region 1 = USA, Region 2 = Europe), but this DVD set is Region ...
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Media Center Manual Recording Naming Convention

I am using a program to record a TV show manually with MCE and just noticed that the naming convention on these files is different between machines. How is the Manual Recording....wtv vs ...
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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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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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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, ...