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Master Geek


Topic # 95027 24-Dec-2011 02:18
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Hi All,

Back in May I posted interest in building an HTPC, and just now about to place orders and commence work on it.  Just a quick couple of questions:

1)  Has anything changed with Satellite Sky?  Are Gold 1700 series cards still no good with card readers (Omnikey etc)?

2)  If 1700 series cards are useless, then I would at least like to be able to receive sky into the HTPC via composite RCA so we can still pause/record.

3)  Alternatively, if Sky turns out too difficult to capture I would settle for a media box.  With this in mind, are there any cost-effective "pre-branded" boxes which excel over the other (i.e. Boxee, WDTV) that would suffice instead of a full-blown Windows Media Center system?  Or am I better off building a mini-itx system?

Here's what the requirements are:
  • DVD Playback
  • All file format/codec Playback (WMV, DIVX, x264)
  • HD Playback
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • Capture DVB-S Sky to Pause/Record TV if possible.
Here's my proposed system:
  • Asus E45M1-I DELUXE AMD Fusion APU E-450? or
    • Asus E35M1-I DELUXE AMD Fuision APU E-350?
  • HVR-2200
  • Win 7 x64
Thanks for your input.

P.S. I've taken a stroll through this forum to find this information, but a lot dates back to 2008/2009 with the terms I'm searching, leading to the assumption that the issues still exist. Hence the reason for this post for clarification on the matters :)
- Acropoli

P.P.S.  Search function doesn't seem to appear in Firefox 7.  Works fine in IE 9  (shudder)

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  Reply # 561233 24-Dec-2011 17:32
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Acropoli:
P.P.S.  Search function doesn't seem to appear in Firefox 7.  Works fine in IE 9  (shudder)


Do you run a ad blocker in FF?







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  Reply # 561243 24-Dec-2011 18:26
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Nety:
Acropoli:
P.P.S.  Search function doesn't seem to appear in Firefox 7.  Works fine in IE 9  (shudder)


Do you run a ad blocker in FF?

Ahh, didn't even think of it.  Yes, Yes, I do.  That'll be the culprit. Thanks  :)

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  Reply # 561550 26-Dec-2011 15:39
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2)  If 1700 series cards are useless, then I would at least like to be able to receive sky into the HTPC via composite RCA so we can still pause/record.


With the right decoder and cable s-video will give you a better picture.

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  Reply # 561619 26-Dec-2011 20:11
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Acropoli: Here's my proposed system:
  • Asus E45M1-I DELUXE AMD Fusion APU E-450? or
    • Asus E35M1-I DELUXE AMD Fuision APU E-350?
  • HVR-2200
  • Win 7 x64


I'm a big fan of the E350/E450 chips from AMD, I just bought one recently but for a non HTPC related task.

The integrated GPU does all the heavy lifting when it comes to decoding HD video (either Freeview or Bluray etc).

AMD gear is best suited to Windows, their Linux drivers are a work in progress but it came be made to play nice. Depending on what front-end you choose (WMC, XBMC, MP etc) some would argue the CPU is a bit weak for some of the more flashy skins.

The other option would be something like the A4-3400, its more powerful but use a fair bit more juice. Need to decide if you want low power or high performance. There are a couple of ITX boards floating around for FM1 so you can still achieve small and discrete if you purchase wisely.

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