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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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WIFI auto connect for HTPC in server 2016 standard

I have a htpc that connects to the internet using WIFI as well as gets it lan connectivity through WIFI. Its running server 2016 standard. The machine is set to connect automatically however, when ...
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Need a solution for running Windows apps full screen

I'm setting up a HTPC in Windows 10 and I want all of my UWP apps (Netflix, Hulu, Store, etc) to run full screen (not maximized... I want actual full screen). I know I can use tablet mode to ...
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Connecting a HTPC with a TV in a different room

I am using a HTPC to watch movies on an older plasma TV (LG 60PK990, built in 2010). For this purpose I am using: a) a wired connection via HDMI cable from the HTPC to the TV b) a wired connection ...
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File System Performance in Linux and Windows

I have built a HTPC with AMD Athlon 5350, which was completely sufficient. The system was running Windows 10 running in SSD and big HDD for backups in NTFS. Somehow there is a problem with network ...
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How to watch a uTorrent download that's still in progress?

By default, μTorrent requests pieces out of order and tries to finish the download as quickly as possible. How can I set it up to download pieces sequentially, from first to last, so that I can start ...
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Video capture from s-video is all green and pink

I bought a Diamond One Touch Video Capture USB device (VC500) to try to use it with BeyondTV in Windows 10. When capturing video from the s-video output from my cable box the video is all in solid ...
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How to keep display always connected when display is off in macOS Sierra?

I've got a Mac Mini connected to my TV for use as a HTPC and whenever I shut off the TV, the Mac has noticed that a display is disconnected. Normally with most machines this isn't an issue, but with ...
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Can Plex Media Server Launch a Custom Video Player?

Instead of launching a video through the web portal or through one of the Plex apps, can Plex be setup to launch a video player of my choosing, like MPC-HC or VLC?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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? [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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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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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 ...