A media center/centre is an audio-visual software application or a dedicated hardware device for such use - usually in a home environment where media can be played through the local network, web or from storage mediums.

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Why does my speaker system go “whoomph” every few minutes?

I have an old Creative Inspire 5.1 surround system hooked up to the computer I use with a movie projector. The speaker system has recently begun to give off a weird sort of discharge sound, and it ...
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Equivilent to STRM files in Windows?

I've been working with XBMC lately and having fun learning about all the features it has. One major feature I found is the ability to add files from the Internet using a text file with the URL of the ...
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Samsung Series 6 smart TV and Window Media Centre

How does one stream Windows Media Centre to a Samsung Series 6 Smart TV? I am wanting to show my and play music which is on WMC in my den to my TV in the living room along which the picture slide ...
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Completely remove windows 8.1 taskbar

Does anyone know of a way to completely remove the taskbar in windows 8? I have tried taskbar eliminator as suggested in a different post however it doesn't work reliably in windows 8. I'm using this ...
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How does Plex Server Work with MyPlex?

I had a little scary surprise the other day when I tried out Plex as a media solutions. I installed the server on my local server that is behind the router and windows firewall. All ports are blocked ...
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How to set up a home NAS and share it online?

My family lives in 3 different countries in Europe. We've all got decent Internet connections, but we're struggling with sharing files (documents, photos and home movies, and music). I'm dreaming of ...
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How do I get Windows to adapt overscan settings depending on which device is connected?

I have two monitors on my desk and a TV mounted above my desk; I often like to plug my HDMI from the TV into my PC to enjoy watching TV via Plex and other sorts of things. However, I have a couple ...
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media center for school

I have a problem with delivery quantities of videos throughout the school where I work in Thailand. Frankly, internet here is permanently miserable and unreliable, so YouTube, as great as it is, is ...
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Is there a way to get the free Windows 8 media center upgrade for a license that has yet to be installed?

The upgrade adviser told me my computer was compatible. I bought the upgrade, downloaded and found out it wouldn't install. My computer is too old, missing some CPU feature (NX if my memory serves, ...
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Integrated Graphics and Audio as Media Center?

I'm considering setting up a PC as a Media Center. Mainly to watch movies (ideally HD quality) and listening to music, but also to perform tasks like e-mail, web browsing, ... I quite like the looks ...
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Connecting PC to tv (using VGA)

I'm trying to connect my laptop to my TV, to use an old laptop as a HTPC. The laptop only has VGA connection, so using HDMI, DVI or DVI-S is not an option. The laptop has windows 7 home, and the TV ...
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How to play multi-channel sound (from PC) on music center

Music center have 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer. But has only 2-ch AUX IN (means sound from PC plays only on two speakers). There is a way to play sound from PC on 5 speakers? Maybe I can enable ...
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Long distance wifi for media cloud

I'm wanting to set up a long distance wifi and put a media computer on it. I'd like to have two routers one that is my home network and then the second one would broadcast the long distance wifi, and ...
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Is USB IrDA adapter enough for a TV-remote to work?

I've got an idea to make a remote-controlled PC (using TV remote controller). After a brief googling session all I found were lots of references on DIY versions of IrDA adapters. But is it possible ...
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How can I transcode a library of DVD Rips into a more compact/accessible format?

I have a hard drive that was filled with DVD copies of movies that I own, used in conjunction with My Movies to allow the children to easily watch the DVDs without having to mess around with and ...
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How can I send audio from a Linux box to a Mac?

I have a Mac mini connected to my TV and sound system. I would like to use it as an audio 'server' in the sense that it will receive network audio and play it to the speakers. My client is a Linux ...
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Is there a way to change the NETFLIX skip interval Windows Media Center?

There is a way to change the general skip interval in Media Center. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10762/increase-skip-and-replay-intervals-in-windows-7-media-center/ But it doesn't affect Netflix ...
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Play Button Disappeared From Netflix in Windows 7 Media Center

For the last year and a half I've enjoyed watching Netflix movies in Windows 7 Media Center. Within the last few days I've encountered a problem where the play button no longer shows up reliably. I ...
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How can I stream media from my desktop to other PCs on my home LAN?

I know that this is a basic question, and I'm aware of a similar one, but that answer does not appear to be evergreen - it's a simple link which says that VLC can do it, with no other explanation of ...
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How to use Server 2008 as a media server (including XBox clients)

Is there any way to use Windows Server 2008 R2 as a media server for XBox? I want to be able to play (legally) ripped DVDs, stored on my server, without needing to install another computer or OS. ...
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Choosing OS for media center

I'm making a media center out of old obsolete parts lying about my attic. I probably will however add a decent low profile graphics card to it capable of playing games on a decent res, As such I've ...
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Alternatives to Boxee

I have a mac mini that I'm using as a media hub. After hearing about Boxee I was quite excited. After installing it, however, I am far less excited. It's current state is... well... broken. 90% of ...
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Options for Living Room / Armchair Monitor Mounts? - Issues with the one I've tried [closed]

I'd like to have a monitor arm in the living room to use while I'm in a recliner or on the couch. I'd like a system that can handle larger monitors (or small TVs). I've tried what I believe is one ...
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How to set up Windows 7 Professional as a NAS

I searched and didn't find any answers, so please forgive me if this is a repeat. Anyway, I have an older computer that I'm using as an HTPC, and I was hoping that I could use it as a ...
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Any good suggestions for media server software? [closed]

I have a random assortment of hardware laying around so I was thinking of setting up a media server that's accessible from just about anywhere (preferrably) does anyone have any good suggestions for ...
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How can I obtain/build a wireless volume knob for Windows?

I use my computer as a media center and simply love it. It's an older box running XP and it works better than everything else I've tried turning into a media center (Windows 7, Vista, several Linux ...
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VLC's http interface and other web based media players

VLC has this nice http interface. I will say it is nice that it has a http interface, but the interface layout is a little bit rude. Do you know of other http "skins" available for VLC in http mode ...
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How to play a DVD from a different region on the PS3? [closed]

I'm trying to play a region 4 DVD on a region 1 PS3 and, predictably, it refuses to play it with a message like "The DVD is from a different region". Is there any way to change that and play DVDs from ...
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Linux/Ubuntu Audio Output Per Workspace/Application

I'm looking into building a media server that will output to 2 channels. I'd like to use Ubuntu however, if there's a better alternative, I'd be open to using it. I'd have 2 audio and video cards for ...
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media center software for dual-audio VCD recommendation

I already have a large collection of Karaoke VCD, they are basically mpeg movies with dual audio track. ie, the left audio channel has the music only, and right channel has music + vocal. In ...
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Streaming Media Server Software Recommendations?

I'm looking for some sort of streaming media service to try and set up a home-based radio/video site to stream over LAN and internet. Overlooking the potential issue of residential upload speed, I'm ...
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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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Is there any NAS+Media Center that supports WiFi networking?

I built a little server machine and tried the Windows Home Server. I liked it, although it did have its issues, but now the 120 days trial has expired and I'm not sure I want to stick with it. I'm ...
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Use Mac as media server/hub with iTunes

I have an iMac that I rarely use anymore. About the only thing I use it for is to manage my ever-expanding music and movie library, and to sync all my iPhones and iPods and stuff. What I'm looking for ...
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Building a media center pc that can control a cable box?

I know this can be done but I'm not exactly sure what software and hardware is required. I'd like to build a media center pc with a TV capture card. I'd like to plug this capture card into a cable box ...
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Media Center TV - pauses 3/4 second, plays 3/4 second - continuous loop

SYMPTOMS: Watching TV on Media Center - the video (not the audio) pauses 3/4 second, plays 3/4 second, pauses 3/4 second - continuous loop. The bottom 5th of the screen is solid green (a rectangle ...
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Media Server Solution

i am currently using Windows Home Server to make use of it's media center capabilities, however, it's a pain that it's designed to run headless, and i don't like the Windows server 2003 OS, as it's ...
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Which Linux distribution is the most suitable one for a home-server? [closed]

Im building a custom homeserver, based on a RAID. My aim is to build a reliable fileserver, but I also want it to be capable of playing music (as it has an audio output), and streaming movies/music to ...
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Windows 7 / Media Center lock problem

we have a Win7 with Media Center that is connected to a large screen. It displays a corporate slideshow near the coffeemachine. When the computer is started it automatically logs in and starts the ...
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Media Center keeps re-recording movies (not listed in “Series”)

When I record a movie in Windows Media Center, it records it again every time it shows up in the Guide listings again - days, weeks, or months later. The movies are not listed as a Series (Recorded ...
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Best way to “stream” music / video to my HDTV from my pc?

My requirement is simple: I have a laptop and a desktop at home that I often use for various media (music, videos etc.) and I want to know what the best (quickest, most seamless, best quality etc) ...
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Cheap dvr media server

I would like to build a new computer to be used as a DVR and media server. I am thinking of using mythtv as the DVR software, but short of that decision I am completely open to suggestions. ...
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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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TV video constantly skips 1/2 second, plays 1 second; green on bottom

I just got DirecTV. It worked for a day, but now the TV video constantly skips 1/2 second, then plays 1 second. Also, the bottom 5th of the screen is solid green. The audio does not skip. I tried ...
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Error - “IR Hardware not detected” - but it's installed/working

I am trying to do: Settings->TV->Set up TV signal. During this process I am getting the error "IR Hardware not detected." With the remote, I can select the "try again" button (to re-detect) and it ...
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Remote control for mythtv?

Can anybody reccommend a good remote control to buy to use with mythtv?
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What is a good way to split the .wtv files for Media Center PC recorded TV programs that are 25GB?

I am using Windows 7 and recording some winter Olympics programs on TV. A lot of times, the programs can be 17GB or 25GB long. (now the extension is .wtv) What if I want to just keep 2 minutes of ...
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How can I speed up the display of Recorded TV in Windows Media Center?

When my Media Center was new the Recorded TV loaded in a flash, but now with about 750GB of recorded material it takes about 5-10 seconds to display. The slowdown has been gradual as more material ...
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Connecting HDMI MediaCenter PC to Standard Def TV

I just purchased a ASRock ION 330-HT-BD to use as my new Media Center. Sadly I still have a crappy standard-def old tube TV for the foreseeable future. The TV has Coax & Composite (Red, White, ...
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What is a usable throughput for a home media server

I am looking to setup a home server that will act as a media server. This will include both video (possibly HD) and audio. The clients will be a fun mix of hardware but that is a different question. ...