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  1. Mike_J_Potter

    Got new LCD TV calibration questions

    I got a new Samsung LN-T4061F 40" LCD HDTV yesterday to replace the almost dead 42" HD rear projection set I had. I have a couple of questions in calibration. First of all I am using my Avia guide to home theater DVD to calibrate and mainly talks about tube tvs. I just skipped the part about...
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    Looking at new LCD tv 40" or 42"

    I am in the process of shopping for a new tv to replace my dieing Toshiba 42" RPTV. Unfortunately I can't go up in size due to I am going to use my current furniture, and that means the TV's maximum width can only be 41". I have been looking at the Toshiba REGZA 42HL167 42" or the Samsung...
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    Any TV techs in here Toshiba Scan converter AKA Hyper Module

    I have been having issues with my Toshiba 42H82 RP HDTV with the screen being blurry and distorted on start up until the set warms up. After much googling I see that many people are having the issue and that its blown caps on the Scan convert or board AKA the hyper module. Has anyone changed...
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    Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Music slows down PC

    I recently purchased a sound blaster X-Fi Extreme Music card for my PC to replace the onboard sound in hopes of better sound quality and performance. Since installing it I have noticed it has slowed the PC down, even after reinstalling the drivers. I notice that things like clicking website...
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    Looking for good DVD player with Divx/Xvid playback

    I am looking to replace my older progessive scan DVD player with one that can also playback xvid/divx files (must do both.. Upconversion is too much of a concern since my TV doesn't have HDMI or DVI inputs (though one that can do that is a bonus since I will do the steps to do so) I am...
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    Infinity Entra Sub 10"

    Infinity 10" Entra Sub 150 watt powered sub Has built in 150 Watt amp , along with speaker and line level inputs. Frequency response 34 - 150hz Has Variable crossover and phase switch. Sub sounds good but needed something with more power for the room I moved the home theater into...
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    Thinking about switching from Celeron to Athlon 64 for HTPC

    I am thinking about switching my HTPC from a Celeron 2.8 ghz to a Athlon 64 3500+ in my HTPC. I know I am going to have to replace the Mini ATX board and replace the AGP card (Geforce 6200) with a PCI express Geforce 6600. Main reason I want to do this is the 2.8 celeron runs way too hot in the...
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    Looking for enclosure for custom HTPC case

    I am considering building a custom case for mt HTPC since I can't locate a case that fits my demensions and space requirements. Every small case I find is too small to properly fit a silent heatsink, and the antec Aria is noisy since the cpu heats up the case forcing the fans to run faster. My...
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    Remote for HTPC

    I am looking into getting a remote for my HTPC, well really all I want it for is for the IR receiver and to learn into my MX500. I want basic controls mainly pause and play but being to negotiate menus using the enter key and arrow keys would be nice also. I am running windows xp pro and use...
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    Harmon Kardon AVR 125

    Harmon Kardon Kardon AVR 125 Asking $100.00 OBO plus shipping. Ebay name is lowhip187 for reference (feedback at 118 all positive) Delivers 45 Watts per channel @
  11. Mike_J_Potter

    Looking for good quality sound card for HTPC

    I am looking to upgrade the sound card in my HTPC. It must have a optical out on it to connect to my receiver, and it must have Dolby Digital and DTS decoding built in. I Won't be using it for recording anything or doing any gaming so maximum DVD/media file playback quality is desired. A Would...
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    Denon 2805 to auto eq or not

    I just upgraded from a old Harmon kardon AVR125 to a denon 2805. I was wondering is the Auot EQ worth it or should I calibrate it with my Meter and Avia? The speakers are Infinity Entra .5 sats (front and rear) a entra center, and a SVS pb10-ISD. If I do auto eq I am planning to check the sub...
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    Radeon 9600 pro with dvi to component and silent cooler HTPC ready!

    This is the perfect setup for building a HTPC, and has everything you need for a cool quiet way to output HD to your HDTV via component video. Asking 90.00 plus shipping OBO. Card is under 1 month old and the heat sink and fan have under 5 hours of use on them. I can e-mail pictures upon...
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    Looking for good powerstrip tutorial

    I just put a new Radeon 9600 ori video card in my HTPC (replacing the buggy imitation geforce 6200) I am now trying to tweak the settings to get the whole screen viewable outputting in 1080I. I found a good how to earlier, but now all I can find is a more advanced one on AVSfourm. Can someone...
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    Software for htpc?

    I just ordered the parts today for a basic hometheater pc. Win XP pro (Celeron 2.8ghz) 512megs of ram, Geforce 6200GT with HD out, and a leadtek 5.1 sound card with digital optical out. I will be using it mainly for playback of various media files including HD content. I am planning to get a...
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    USB or PCMCIA hds component out for laptop

    I am looking for a way to output HD video from my laptop to my HDTV (1080I native). Does anyone make a adaptor that is USB or pcmcia that will allow me to do that. I would love to be able output HD through my laptop since I don't want to invest in a HTPC right now. I do not need recording...
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    Direct TV DVR R10 flipped to black and white

    I had a strange occurance tonight, I was watching TV and in the proccess of flipping channels the screen changed to black and white. I went into the menu on the TV to check the color settings and they were in color so I knew it wasn't the TV. Is there a button or a setting I hit that flips the...
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    Just got my pb10-ISD wow!

    I came home from work to catch the UPS guy, who brought my SVS PB10-ISD. My first impression is this thing is huge, it makes the little infinity sub I had before look like a toy. I did a quick calibration not to reference but enough to get me in the ball park. I threw in U-571 and took it up a...
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    Running coax from HD tuner to small amplified antenna max length

    I need to buy a new coax cable to use with my HD tuner and Radio Shack indoor amplified antenna. I previously used a 25 ft RG6 cable, but I had to use that to hook up both tuners on my Directv DVR. What type is recommended, should I go with RG6 again? Also whats the max length coax and I can get...
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    Nforce 3 chipset users replacing noisy NB fan

    I recently upgraded my pc, the problem now is that the northbridge fan is too loud on the Nforce3 ultra chipset. I am looking into replacing it with a larger northbridge heatsink thats fanless like this http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...118-214&depa=0 Anyone used these will I have...
  21. Mike_J_Potter

    Upgraded from Athlon 64 3400+ to 64 3700+ Now system is unstable

    I just upgraded my PC from a AMD athlon64 3400+ to a AMD athlon64 3700+ at first it ran hot but, I flashed the bios to the newest build and that got the temps down and after reseating the heat sink to about 45c idle. but now the pc reboots after about 5 mins of stress testing(I am running dnet...
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    Supid cheap OEM paste wrecks cpu

    After noticing that my Newly build AMD 64 system was running a little hot I decided to reseat and change the cheap paste that came with the heatsink I bought to Arctic silver. Well here's the bad part, the cpu paste hardened a little bit and more or less glued the heatsink to the cpu. After a...
  23. Mike_J_Potter

    64 bit windows xp worth trying?

    I am upgrading my system from a pentium 4 to Athalon 64 3400+ I see that there is a free beta copy of 64 bit windows out? Is anyone using this yet, I know the drivers are scarce but it looks like everything I have will be compatible. How is the stablility on it, is it much faster? I am at the...
  24. Mike_J_Potter

    Changing front mains from sats to towers

    I am considering changing front speakers out from small sats (Infinity Entra ones) to a tower style speaker (Infinity Entra Three). I listen to some music but mostly home theater. Will they improve my sound much, I know it will increase the mid range and mid bass response which I currently think...
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    Yamaha receiver switching to DTS on analog input on its own

    I am trying to solve a weird problem. I it a Yamaha HTR-5150 connected to a Mitsubishi WS-48413 tv using the audio out on the TV, the signal is being fed from a cable one of the coax inputs. Here is the weird part, if we flip through channels, on certain ones the receiver will flip into DTS and...
  26. Mike_J_Potter

    Monitor needs brightness almost maxed out

    I got a used 19" crt monitor for free today. The thing is that in order for the monitor to be easily readable I have to have the brightness almost maxed out. I am assuming that this means the monitor is almost dead, I know its been sitting for a few months could that be causing it? It seems to...
  27. Mike_J_Potter

    PC losing entire CMOS occasionally

    I have a strange problem my PC seems to be losing the flash on the CMOS. The PC is a P4 2.8 ghz with a Asus p4p800s Motherboard, 1024 megs of ram, 40 gig HD, Sound Blaster Live 5.1, a 330 watt Antec true power power supply. and a ATI radeon 9800 pro. What will happen is that the PC will crash...
  28. Mike_J_Potter

    Artic cooling VGA silencer?

    I am planning to order a Artic cooling VGA silencer (revision 3)for my recently purchased Radeon 9800 Pro. The card is nice and fast but the fan is too noisy for my taste. Has anyone used one of these heatsinks? I have searched the web and everyone seems to like them, besides the install looks a...
  29. Mike_J_Potter

    Did my speakers take 8 months to break in?

    I have recently noticed that my hometheater is sounding allot better though I haven't changed anything besides adding a HD OTA tuner which required a slight rearrangement of my components. What could've caused this? Did my speakers finally break in I haven't recalibrated in a few months or...
  30. Mike_J_Potter

    Thinking of attic mount antenna for HD OTA tuner

    I am thinking of replacing my current small amplified antenna with a attic mount model. Right now with some adjustments I can pick up HD broadcasts though depending on conditions sometimes it works placed at my backsiding door of my basement, or sometimes I have to string the cabling up to the...
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