HTPC Day one

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  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

    Gordon @ Convergent AV
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    It's Sunday and today is the first day of project X. With the help of some forum members and the inspiration of Jenz I am about to try and put together my first HTPC.

    All the bits are here except the rather critical Theatertek DVD player software which hasn't come from US yet...still I only ordered it last Tuesday I think.

    I have still to decide on the CD jukebox archiving and retrieval software as well.

    Today I'm just going to try and get it together and booting up etc. It's all going in a crappy midi tower case as my search for a desktop ATX case that would fit my low noise power supply was proving fruitless. I think I have now sourced a UK supplier for the DIGN case though...I'll find out next week. If so then I'll be doing some case mods in a few weeks as well...

    Wish me luck....

    Gordon
     
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    Hi Gordon,
    Good luck!

    I've started to make a list of steps, as re-doing things because they were originally done out-of-order seems to take the most time. Do you think between us we could build a list of multi-region HTPC steps:
    e.g.

    1. WindowsME, minimal installation. (unless WinXP home!)

    Windows critical updates?

    2. Radeon driver.
    Recommended drivers:
    Latest driver:

    3. Ensure DVD-ROM is region free so that it ignores region coding. May need to flash with hacked bios firmware.
    More info: http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/downloads/region.html

    4. Set DVD drive letter to R and ensure DMA mode is set for the drive/channel. This will ensure any DVD software doesn't gets broken if you add any other disk drives as the R letter won't need to change.

    5. m-audio Audiophile 2496 soundcard.
    Recommended drivers: {URL}
    Latest drivers: {URL}

    6. DVD Region Killer to make windows and some players ignore region coding.
    Recommended: {url}
    Latest: http://www.cdmediaworld.com/cgi-bin/dlcmw.cgi?SetupRegKill!exe
    More info:
    http://www.elby.org/RegionKiller/english/

    7. Powerstrip
    Latest kit: {url}
    Setup a dvdNTSC profile save.
    Setup a dvdPAL profile save.
    More info: http://www.entechtaiwan.com

    8. DVDautoRefresh
    Latest kit: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/rob.screene/DVDautorefresh/SetupDVDautorefresh.msi
    More info: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/rob.screene/DVDautorefresh

    9. DirectX8.1
    Recommended kit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/downloads/drx81.asp
    More info: http://www.microsoft.com/DirectX

    9. TheatreTek
    Updates latest: {url}
    More info: http://www.immersiveinc.com

    10. DScaler
    Recommended kit: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/deinterlace/DScaler311exe.zip
    Latest kit: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/deinterlace/
    More info: http://www.dscaler.org/
    11. Calibrating windows overlay default; DScaler; TheaterTek, etc.

    12. Girder
    Recommended kit: {url}
    More info: http://www.girder.nl/

    13. Soak test for two weeks and get the display device ISF calibrated!
     
  3. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Rob,

    I'm going to take notes and pictures of this. The worry for me is the danger of doing things in wrong order or loading up poor/wrong drivers and then having to uninstall them etc.

    I'm not a PC sort of guy....but I'll have a go. I'm using XPpro as OS. I have some assitance, as I mentioned, to try and keep me doing things in right order.

    As a matter of interest has anyone any comments on a good media player for my cd's. It has to be "skinnable" as I am going to make the whole interface have a "Convergent" look...as it were.

    Gordon
     
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    I find Winamp works really well Gordon, and there's loads of skins and plugins available (cool patterns etc when playing CDs to chill out to if you're into that sort of thing). There's also a great Jukebox program for Winamp that organises all your music and you can search by a word in a song title or the artist or the year etc etc.. check it out.
    www.winamp.com for the software, click on the plug-ins tab and search for jukebox, it's the 'Jukebox for Winamp' one that I've installed (by Alan Greoper). If you want MP3 ripping you can get a plugin for that as well (an output plugin).
    By the way I think you need the CD Reader Plugin (download from www.url.ru/~copah) as well, can't remember what it's for but I know I had to install it to get output through the spdif on my Maudio 24/96, it's the wacdr195.exe one you want. You install it and then select it as your input plugin in Winamp.
    Let me know if you need any more info...

    Cheers
    Andy

    PS Any news on The Event2 yet (when?)
     
  5. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Are you holding it in New Caledonia Gordon :D :D

    Good luck with the HCPC build.

    If you need any help there's plenty of bods here will help

    Cheer

    Tim
     
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    What components have you settled on?

    My TT player took 11 days from ordering to arrival.

    Good Luck with the build and I hope it all goes smoothly.

    Cam
     

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