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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 26024 9-Sep-2008 22:35
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Greetings All,

Just built my first HTPC after much time trawling this forum..and I can see this becoming a very addcitve/expensive/frustrating/fun hobby :-)

Specs :- Silverstone LC16 Case, Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H M/B, Phenom X3 CPU, 2GB RAM, Hauppauge 2200,2 x 512MB HDD, Vista 64bit, MCE.

I currently only have a Sky digi decoder as an input as have a PS3 for blu-ray, and prior to this build the sky was direct into a 720P Sony 40" via svideo. Since putting the sky into my nice new  htpc i noticed a marked drop in video quality...I assumewd this was due to going via a standatrd antenna cable, so thought I would try going in via Svideo. I have now hit the issue that i cant set this up in Vista MCE as it expects to see IR hardware which i dont have at the moment.

So - some questions i have at the there a way to bypass the need for an IR blaster in Vista MCE TV setup?  - I will get one asap, but want to  placate the wife who says "why did you spend all that money, and yet the picture quality is worse" :-)
Also a basic question around this- how do these IR blasters connect at the htpc end? - i've seen some which are just a 3.5mm jack?

And following on from this quality issue - should i really be looking for a dedicated video card (GT8600 or similar) instead or should i expect good resutls from the integrated ATI HD3200.

Thanks In Advance. I'm sure there will be a few more posts for help as i get into it!!!

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  Reply # 163428 10-Sep-2008 07:19
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One thing you will want to change - Go into the ATI Catalyst Control Centre and go to the last section down the left - Forget what it is called right now.  What you want to change is the deinterlacing method - Set it to BOB.
The iR remote for MCE connects via USB.  The Microsoft version doesn't seem to be available any more but Hauppauge still make one.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 163579 10-Sep-2008 19:36
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Thanks...The silverstone case already has imon and remote which i have wokring with MCE.

However now i want to run my Sky box in via S-Video, it is forcing me to have an IR blaster....Can you get USB IR blasters, or will i have to buy a new remote control kit that also has an ir blaster connection with it?

Thanks in ADvnace!!

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