Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


75 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 88566 18-Aug-2011 07:51
Send private message

i am pretty keen to plunge into building an HTPC system. one question has come up:

say the system has a PCI-e TV card and the OS is primed to wake on PCI input. if it is set up to record something in the middle of the night, is the wake-up time an issue? does one need to compensate for this? can the software take care of this?

Create new topic
586 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105

Subscriber

  Reply # 508333 18-Aug-2011 07:56
Send private message

Hi,

What software are you planning on using?

I use Windows Media Center (Win7) and it is all handled for you.
The computer is set to wake up in advance (not sure of the actual figure here) to be ready to record you show.

I never missed a show because the computer didn't wake up...

Not sure about the other HTPC software though... 



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 508338 18-Aug-2011 08:07
Send private message

thanks for that. very good to know. i knew someone would have taken care of that!

not sure yet what OS. in my desktop life i am a linux enthusiast, but i may go with windows on this one. got to keep things simple at least to start with :-)

586 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105

Subscriber

  Reply # 508348 18-Aug-2011 08:23
Send private message

Well I have used mostly Microsoft OSes (a bit a LInux at Uni, etc) but 7MC is really nice and easy to use.

What are you planning to watch?
- DVB-T? DVB-S?, Both?
- Personal videos (*.avi, *.mkv, etc..) ?
- DVD's & Blu-Rays?

One way of another, all of this is handled nicely even if in some cases you need to install separate applications.

If you have a collection of ripped movies and use 7MC, you can't go without MediaBrowser. (http://www.mediabrowser.tv/) Have a look on their website and you will see what I mean...



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 508372 18-Aug-2011 09:50
Send private message

yeah, i know it would be easier to go the MS route...we'll see!

i plan to watch DVB-T, stuff recorded off TV, DVDs (blueray eventually) and on-line material - youtube, ted, etc. also just general internet browsing

i'll definitely check out mediabrowser. - there are some great apps out there

722 posts

Ultimate Geek


  Reply # 509108 19-Aug-2011 17:40
Send private message

I'm stuck in a time warp: still use XP. & with Mediaportal, as my preferred media front-end, my system wakes up for any recorded TV show. I use S1 sleep mode as my case doesn't have the facility to power-on via my MS remote.




Silverstone LC14 HTPC Case/Intel E4600 CPU/GA-EP35-DS3 MOBO/Asus EN9500GT graphics/2GB RAM/total 2TB HDD space/HVR-2200 & 2X 150MCE tuner cards/LG GGC-H20L BD Drive/MCE2005/Mediaportal/TVServer 1.1.0Final/LG 55"3D LED-TV/Denon AVR-1803 receiver/X1 projector



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 509281 20-Aug-2011 08:38
Send private message

i'm in the same warp!

good to know that mediaportal works with XP. sounds like a good option for me



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 509282 20-Aug-2011 08:39
Send private message

I use S1 sleep mode as my case doesn't have the facility to power-on via my MS remote.


what case have you used? can you explain some more about the different sleep modes?

722 posts

Ultimate Geek


  Reply # 509461 20-Aug-2011 21:48
Send private message

The case model is in my sig.

Sorry. I meant S3 mode, not S1.

Here is a description that explains more elequantly than I.

Basically, S3 will power up quicker, but uses more power in standby, than hibernate (S4). But hibernate takes longer to power up.




Silverstone LC14 HTPC Case/Intel E4600 CPU/GA-EP35-DS3 MOBO/Asus EN9500GT graphics/2GB RAM/total 2TB HDD space/HVR-2200 & 2X 150MCE tuner cards/LG GGC-H20L BD Drive/MCE2005/Mediaportal/TVServer 1.1.0Final/LG 55"3D LED-TV/Denon AVR-1803 receiver/X1 projector



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 509524 21-Aug-2011 07:13
Send private message

thanks for that link - good info.

so is it reasonable to leave an HTPC in some chosen sleep mode indefinitely. like with most media devices today - everything can be left in "standby" mode.

this brings up another question - what about powering down after a recording has finished. how does this happen?

722 posts

Ultimate Geek


  Reply # 509700 21-Aug-2011 21:00
Send private message

Using a Mediaportal plugin -Powerscheduler- you can set a desired inactivity time to which the machine is put into the preferred mode. You can also set this.

The machine can wake up for recordings using the same plugin within Mediaportal TVServer configuration.

Rather than go to & fro asking & answering, you will be better off reading through the WIKI, to see if MP is right for you.

Personally, I think it is a great option. There is a learning curve attached, especially with using the plugins, lile TVSeries, or Moving Pictures. As well as configuration time. But once done, it is pretty much enjoy.




Silverstone LC14 HTPC Case/Intel E4600 CPU/GA-EP35-DS3 MOBO/Asus EN9500GT graphics/2GB RAM/total 2TB HDD space/HVR-2200 & 2X 150MCE tuner cards/LG GGC-H20L BD Drive/MCE2005/Mediaportal/TVServer 1.1.0Final/LG 55"3D LED-TV/Denon AVR-1803 receiver/X1 projector



75 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 509771 22-Aug-2011 06:28
Send private message

ok thanks for that - will RTFM :-)

MP does seem to be pretty excellent and in constant development

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.