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  1. Terry Wysocki

    Don't buy a Pinnacle PCTV card for capture

    I'm getting my htpc together slowly but surely and now I'm to the point where I want to get my analog video (VCR, etc) to the projector which is fed from the PC. From someone's suggestion, I got a Pinnacle PCTV pro card to capture the s-video from the VCR where I think I'll then use dScaler to...
  2. Terry Wysocki

    Discovery HD Theater

    I just got an "invitation" in tne mail from Dish about DHDT. I'm in Los Angeles on the 148 sat and the "order taker" said it WAS on both sats but not the demo channel. He also said they were back ordered about 2 weeks for the unit. After I placed my order (which took a very long time while he...
  3. Terry Wysocki

    Where can I learn basic framing techniques?

    Is there any DIY website that shows how to do framing? I mean the kind of framing used to build a house or a shed, etc. I'm setting up my home theater and I need to build a small shed to store the stuff that's in the room I want to use. I'm fairly familiar with woodworking and construction but I...
  4. Terry Wysocki

    What's the best web portal?

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try all these ideas. Yahoo didn't use popups in the past but lately they've started. Maybe it's significant that I'm using my.yahoo.com instead of www.yahoo.com . I've run ad aware and there is no spyware found on my computer, but every once in a while...
  5. Terry Wysocki

    Why is this forum in "Other Distractions"?

    Why is the "Computers and HTPC Area" forum grouped in the "Other Distractions" section? It would make more sense to put it in the "Home Theater Hardware" section. Maybe even break it out into two computer forums: A new one for specifically HTPC related topics and the other (current one) for more...
  6. Terry Wysocki

    What's the best web portal?

    I've used Yahoo as my home page on my IE6 browser for a long time. Now they're putting out a bunch of popup ads (like for some stupid online casino). If I wanted popup ads I'd be using AOL! I switched to Excite for a home page but they're doing it too. I know I can run a popup blocker but I want...
  7. Terry Wysocki

    New Hypersonic speaker - virtual 5.1?

    I just heard a radio talk show in Los Angeles talking about a company in San Diego that has invented something called a hypersonic speaker. From what I heard, it's not a cone type speaker, but rather a tube that emits ultra-high frequency sound. This sound is above human hearing and is extremely...
  8. Terry Wysocki

    Got Powerstrip, now what do I do with it?

    It's an LCD projector with a native 1024x768 panel. It autodetects output up to 1280x1024 but scales it back to 1024x768. One of the lines in the spec sheet shows 1024x768 @ 72Vhz/58.03Hkhz. So if I'm running my PC with a 1024x768 display size, why do I need Powerstrip to change anything?
  9. Terry Wysocki

    Got Powerstrip, now what do I do with it?

    I'm running my Radeon 7500 direct to a Sanyo XP21N projector with VGA cable. I have the PC set to 1020x768 resolution @60hz and want to get the best video for my DVDs and other PC apps. Everyone told me to get Powerstrip so I did. Now what do I do with it? I have to admit that it's pretty...
  10. Terry Wysocki

    How much loss going from vga to component?

    Thanks, Jay. Unfortunately the Audio Authority unit just jumped up to $179! I ordered the other one just out of general irritation. I was reading that I'd need Powerstrip as well. Is this because I'm going to now use component instead of VGA to my projector? This htpc thing is really getting...
  11. Terry Wysocki

    How much loss going from vga to component?

    I have a Dish 6000 with vga and component output and HTPC with vga output for DVDs. Problem is, it's a pain switching my XP21N projector between inputs. I'd like to use my Denon 5800 to do the video switching but it only has component (not vga) switching. Best solution I can think of is to...
  12. Terry Wysocki

    How do I configure Radeon 7500 w/monitor and projector?

    My ATI Radeon 7500 has two vga outputs, one for the htpc monitor and the other which will go to my projector. Does anyone have experience with this configuration? What's the best arrangement to be able to get the best pic to the projector while having controls visible on the monitor?
  13. Terry Wysocki

    Best/most HD movies on HBO or Showtime?

    I got a Dish 6000 then discovered that I got NO programming in HD with it! I picked up a 8VSB for it and now I get local channels in HD - Cool! Now I put up another dish at the 148 satellite. All this work and expense so that I can now order HBO or Showtime from Dish so that I can see a few HD...
  14. Terry Wysocki

    Satellite Multi-Switch SAT-A70

    For sale: Milleniium STV Active Multi-Switch SAT-A70. Combines two LNB and one antenna input, has four outputs to receivers. For more info Click Here then search for "SAT-A70". Normal price is $59. Will sell for $25. SORRY, IT'S BEEN SOLD TO JAMES ELVICK!
  15. Terry Wysocki

    Need an automatic fan control/switch

    Exactly what I'm looking for! Where did you get the sensor/switch unit, anywhere on the net? Does the manufacturer have a website? I did a search but can't find it online.
  16. Terry Wysocki

    Need an automatic fan control/switch

    I mounted my Sanyo XP21N projector on the ceiling in an enclosure that has a duct from the exhaust fan up into my attic. The manual says not to have any "obstruction" within 3 feet of the exhaust port but I built a duct (not an obstruction), right? Anyway the exhaust temperature is the same as...
  17. Terry Wysocki

    Need composite capture card

    Can I assume there are no capture cards for composite signal? HELP!
  18. Terry Wysocki

    Need composite capture card

    I'm running a Radeon 7500 on my HTPC feeding to a Denon 5800 and a Sanyo XP21N projector. I want to feed my old VHS player into a capture card (maybe improve the quality?) and run it through dScaler back out to DV or my projector. I was about to buy the WinTV PVR but I don't see that it has...
  19. Terry Wysocki

    How to start my PC remotely?

    Great idea! But is the universal module a momentary contact type of device? The power button on the computer is momentary so that it toggles the power state of the computer with alternate presses. If the module isn't, do you send multiple x10 commands to do the toggle or what? [EDIT]: Oops...
  20. Terry Wysocki

    How to play a WAV file on startup

    JeffR: Thanks, it worked! BTW, I'm running 98SE and it DID close successfully. Maybe there's a difference in the versions of mplayer2.exe? One more question (I'll have to check this out): what order do the items in the startup folder execute? I don't think it's necessarily the order they...
  21. Terry Wysocki

    How to start my PC remotely?

    My motherboard supports pressing the Enter key to startup my PC. Now I have a cordless keyboard on it which works great except that I've lost the ability to just press Enter to startup. I have an IRman on it as well but both devices require the computer to be running to accept a command. How can...
  22. Terry Wysocki

    How to play a WAV file on startup

    I'd like to play the thx.wav file when my computer starts up. I could define it as the Windows startup sound but that sound always plays way before the computer has completely booted. I'd like to hear it when I can actually start using the computer. I created a shortcut to the file in my startup...
  23. Terry Wysocki

    PCS vs other X10 dimmers

    The PCS light dimmers go for about $70 each. How different are they from other X10 compatible dimmers that sell for as little as $10-$20? One Example Some of these other switches ($7.99) say they're "Dimmable when using an X-10 controller with dimming features". Is that something special?
  24. Terry Wysocki

    HT Lighting??

    The $99 kit includes a wall switch dimmer, a X10 Maxi controller, and an IR543 infrared receiver. Both the controller and receiver plug into AC sockets. There is no non-wired remote included. You can add as many dimmer modules as you'd like. I have to warn you if you're just getting into X10...
  25. Terry Wysocki

    HT Lighting??

    From reading the post about the Aktis, it sounds like they're thinking about releasing the source code for the PC based editing program for the Aktis, not the microcode that actually controls the Aktis' behavior. This would allow programmer types to create a better version of the editor for...
  26. Terry Wysocki

    At what temperature will a fire start?

    I got a Sanyo XP21N projector and decided to ceiling mount it. I knocked a hole in the ceiling and built an enclosure for the projector to mount to that: 1. Ducts the projector exhaust up into the attic. 2. Covers the projector (for noise reduction) without blocking the entry of room air...
  27. Terry Wysocki

    Cooling Fan

    The third wire on a fan (of the 12volt variety) is usually used to provide RPM feedback to a computer motherboard. Use a 7.5 or 9 volt transformer from an old cordless phone or portable radio, etc. to create a very quiet fan.
  28. Terry Wysocki

    Do I need to upgrde PowerDVD to 4.0?

    The version for $49.95 is the 2-channel version (I already have the 3.0 2-channel version). I think I need the "Deluxe" version for $69.95 which "includes DTS Digital Surround and SRS TruSurround XT audio features, which are not available on the Standard version". I have a Radeon 7500 64mb card...
  29. Terry Wysocki

    Do I need to upgrde PowerDVD to 4.0?

    I got a Liteon DVD player and it came with PowerDVD 3.0 2 channel and I have a Audiphile 2496 sound card with digital out. Do I need to upgrade to PowerDVD 4.0 multichannel version to get all I should out of a DVD? The upgrade will cost about $55 (I think I could buy the whole program outright...
  30. Terry Wysocki

    Audiophile Midiman WITH internal sound card?

    Thanks for the help, but I'm confused as to how the DVD audio gets to the receiver. Am I not supposed to use the digital audio out jack on the DVD drive? Does the sound go thru the IDE cable to the sound card to the receiver via an RCA audio cable connecting the digital jacks?