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Hi,

I have a amd 2.6 Barton with 512 ram which I used as a backup machine.
Now I do not need it anymore (streaming my stuff).

I want to use it as a Multi Media Station and I found this program which looks extremly good.

The point is, that I can start to build the machine from scratch, as there are no cards except a slow graphik card build in.

Which TV Card (Cable) would you advice to buy?
I have a sony 5.1 system which I would like to connect, so which sound card would you say is the best?

Last point might sound extremely stupid, but do I need a seperate monitor for the pc`? Or is the TV screen used as a monitor?

Please let me know what you guys advice.

In case I posted in the wrong forum or did not find an existing answer to my question I would like to ask for forgiveness, wasnt my intention to bother anyone.

Cheers

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    Hi Hungarian,

    i think this is the right forum. :)

    Do you have digital cable or analog?

    For analog Hauppauge PVR! (the one and only)
    - PVR 500, if you want two tuners (watching and recording) and radio
    - PVR 350, if you want one tuner and radio
    - PVR 150 / 250 if you only want TV

    For digital:
    ??? ;)

    What graphics card do you have? I would recommend a DX9 compatible card, since MP uses DirectX like a game.

    Soundcard, hmm i have the Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS and i am very pleased (THX certified) you may look out for Audigy 4. (But soundcard question is somewhat religious ;))

    Your TV screen might be the best choice as monitor. (I have connected my HTPC only to TV). Depends on a good TV out on the graphics card.

    Everything just my 2 cents. There may be other (better) recommendations. :)

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    Hallo Flip

    ..geht auch auf Deutscsch, aber wegen der anderen..mal lieber auf Englisch

    Ok, well I have pretty much a very simple 64mb TV out Card...never connected it to a TV so far...thats why I asked if I need a seperate monitor.....
    I have anloge Cable (at least some German channels here) but I am thinking about to get myself a digital sat system, just because of my old homeland programs...too much RTL II makes ppl sick after a while...insider joke....

    Well, I just want to connect the machine to my 5.1 system so I need a soundcard with a coax digital out...nothing serious...just good.
    I will have an eye on that haupauge card...remote is included?
    Do you guys have a mouse and everything in your living-rooms?
    My dear wife is always getting on my back because of the huge bunch of remotes on the table...if there will be a mouse and a keyboard I might have to move in my boys room.....´which I realy would not like....
    I also see the possibilty to put soime extra money for a new graphics card in if I have too, I never even tried the card on the tv....

    You know what, now I am going to look what card I have...brb....
    ATI Radeon 5500 128 mb ram and tv out....more decent then a thought...
    It looks like I have to much money...a card like that in a backup machine...

    Any´experience with that card?

    Thank you for the time...
    Cheers

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    Hi,

    jup, besser in Englisch, dann profitieren auch andere davon. Gutes deutsches Forum http://www.mp-forum.de (aber natürlich nicht so stark besucht ;)).

    Sure about the Radeon 5500? I only know 7500, 8500 or 9500. I have the 8500, this card works well with MP. I use a special VGA to Scart cable to connect to TV (Powerstrip needed), what gives me a great picture, far better than any TV out. :) (Search tips and tricks for more infos)

    The PVRs are bundled with a good remote, which is very good implemented in MP. mPod made a great plugin for it.

    But i still have wireless mouse / keyboard in my living room, because i am playing from time to time with my HTPC. If you use a WLAN you can control the HTPC remotly, this is also a good solution via VNC.

    Do not know enough about good digital out for audio. Has to answer someone else. :)

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    Hi again,

    I hardly ever play....no time for this...

    How did you connact your soundcard to your amplifier?

    Well, maybe I read that card wrong, crack the machine open tomorow and I will have a look...
    So you say the small Hauppauge (150) would do?
    I have a radio receiver in my sony system, two near each other makes not to much sense....I will take a look into that cable you mentioned...
    I am building the wlan system now. The only trouble is that I have a whole house, so I am not sure if I will have reception everywhere....
    Can you explain the remote HTPC solution...or should I google a round with "VNC"`

    Cheers mate

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    Hi again,

    my amplifier is just via analog chinch connected to the soundcard. Currently i consider to buy a THX speaker system. The Audigy has 7.1 output, and Teufel has nice (and expensive ;)) speaker sets which can be connected directly to the soundcard.

    Sure the PVR 150 would do, nice card.

    For VNC look on http://ultravnc.sf.net
    VNC is OpenSource. You will have a small server and a client to connect, works very well, even over internet for TV programming from work ;). VNC works on Windows and Linux.

    RDP (remote desktop from MS) seems to have problems with MP.

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