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  1. EduardoBonifaz

    EduardoBonifaz Stunt Coordinator

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    I recently purchased a sony 51" HDTV ready set(rear projection), supports 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals, it features 2 sets of component video inpunts (also 2 s-video and 3 composite), if I have a properly configurated Pc with a dvd player and a good video card, would it be possible to watch dvd´s scaled to a 720p or 1080i resolution?, would the movie experience improve with such a system?, thanks a lot
     
  2. Max Leung

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    It is definitely possible. Hard to say if the movie experience would improve, as you have to deal with the hassle of setting up the PC, the extra fan noise from the computer case, and hodge-podge DVD software interfaces that are really annoying to use.

    It is possible to deal with all of the problems with HTPCs by spending extra time and money on it. Personally, I won't bother watching movies on my PC until I get a front projector. It's just not worth it on a 40" widescreen TV. [​IMG]
     
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    I used to use my computer for DVD I've got an Audigy card with remote and all the goodies it was great was able to use the audigy remote to control the dvd software and all never had to touch the computer. The new ATI all in wonder card has a pretty nice remote as well.
     
  5. Vince Maskeeper

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    Or you can just snag an IR keyboard like the airboard and use a universal remote to send commands.

    Some people have also gotten a bit more elaborate- teaming IRman (an IR receiver/seriel device) with Girder to create amazing command oriented systems.

    Most of this stuff is old new in the HTPC world- I'd recommend some investigation, just to see how deep you want to go. I personally find "consumer" products like ATI's ALL IN WONDER stuff to be a poor solution- but it might solve all your needs.

    -vince
     

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