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Desperate for hcpc advice (please)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by fatrich, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. fatrich

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    hi every one<br />being totally new to the hcpc side of home entertainment i wonder if anyone can help.

    Soon i will be getting a barco graphic 808 projector and have been advised to run it through a hcpc rather than my 737 and iscan.I know nothing about the internal workings of computer's but what i do know is what i want.I have a large number of region 1 discs of which 20 are DTS so DTS output is very important to me but i haven't seen any dvd rom's with the words dolby digital and dts output on them and how do you convert to muli-region?

    Can anyone out there give me the spec of a good to middle of the road hcpc, including recomended software and hardware like types of sound and graphic cards dvd rom .<br />i am very green at this and advice would be muchly appriciated.

    thanks

    richard
     
  2. GarryF

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    You can do lots of things with a HCPC, I would say keep it basic to start with and add stuff in as you want at a later day. Basic to me means DVD play back with DD/DTS sound. <br />Extras include MP3 player, TV in, remote control and TIVO type recording etc

    graphics card - geforce2 or radeon <br />sound card - any with sp-dif out<br />DVD player - doesn't need to be fast, quiet helps and multi region<br />Everything else can be pretty standard PC stuff. A low end hard disk should be quieter than the latest large ones unless you want it for video recording or a big MP3 collection.

    You then need a software program to play DVDs, if you get the Radeon card the ATI player is the best but I have read it's hard to get to work well. Windvd & PowerDVD are the other players, I went for windvd as it is supposed to have better image quality but I doubt there is much in it.

    I built my one based on this link <a href="http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/004647.html" target="_blank">http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/004647.html</a>

    I got a nice black case from <a href="http://www.kustom.co.uk/case/main.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kustom.co.uk/case/main.htm</a>

    For multi region drive advice look at<br /><a href="http://perso.club-internet.fr/farzeno/firmware/" target="_blank">http://perso.club-internet.fr/farzeno/firmware/</a>

    For remote control you can either got for an IR keyboard (look for airboard) and program the keys into a pronto or go for a IRman which plugs into a serial port. You also would need software called Girder <a href="http://www.girder.nl/" target="_blank">http://www.girder.nl/</a> for converting the IR signals into commands on the PC.
     
  3. Jeff

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    Richard,

    Here are the basics of a good Home Cinema PC

    Hardware

    PIII 800+<br />256 MB PC133 cas2 memory<br />Radeon graphics (Any except AIW or VE)<br />HD somthing like the Fujitsu 40GB is nice<br />Sound card Sound blaster 5.1 (the cheap one not the platinum) or if you want to use for CD and music the Terratec 24/96 or the Maudio audiophile 24/96.<br />Floppy drive<br />TV Card like the IDS Falcon if you want to use the PC as a scaler for external sources<br />DVD-rom, the Hitachi GD7500 is OK and you can reset the mulitregion counter to allow multiregion play.<br />IR Keyboard like the Airboard

    Software

    Windows 98SE (OS)<br />WinDVD 2.6.4 (software dvd player)<br />YXY 1.6 (aspect program)<br />DVD Genie 4 (mulitregion control + other)<br />DScaler 3 (Turn your PC into a scaler)<br />WinAMP (for music)<br />Girder (PC automation software)<br />Powerstrip 3 (Graphics card control)
     
  4. Stuart Wright

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    Jeff, do you think it's a good idea to start a new thread here with the latetest recommended hardware/software for a HCPC with links to specs/online retailers or download sites?<br />We can constantly update the thread when new/better items are available and recommended.
     
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    Stuart,

    I'd find that very useful. I'm intruiged after seeing Neil's HTPC.

    Gordon
     
  6. Jeff

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    Stuart,

    Sounds like an excellent idea, I would volunteer to write most of it myself but I'm busy over the next 9 days getting Kryton ready for the big one. Gordon upped the anti with the Rock plus and the Interpolator Gold and I wouldn't want to let the side down. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    Jeff
     
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    Thank you to every one for taking time out to help and guide me, and a special thanks to Stuart for speaking to me on the phone the other day.

    richard
     

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