I don't believe it - I have it all working!

Discussion in 'OffTopic' started by Anonymous, December 16, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

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    Newbie here - I decided in October to build an HTPC. Spent days, researching the hardware and finally made my decision and put it together.

    Then, what I thought would be the easiest part, the software - turned out to be the most difficult. I bought XPMCE, thinking it would be a piece of cake - after all, I done tons of installs on MS SQL Server, All the NT variations up to W2k3, Exchange etc etc. Plus the interface had a nice look to it

    What a mistake! A product so locked down, that I might have well had an embedded "CE" os! Couldn't even join a domain!!

    Then, went through all the trials of the others, meedio, sage, btv,etc - a lot better, but still I did not have the ability to customize.

    Then I loaded MediaPortal - spent hours here on the forum, reading reading, reading and reading!

    Bottom line - I spent about 2 hours, configured MediaPortal - learned how to configure xmltv, catalog my music, play my Divx, load a virtual CDrom, and the weather - (Was surprised when I went to Sat view, how close Massachusetts is to Stuttgart-LOL).

    This is what open source is all about, volunteers helping us newbies and the wife is thrilled too! Yes, I do have some refinements to do, which Codec is better for what etc and refining my Niveus Remote

    Thanks to you all! :mrgreen:

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  3. Anonymous

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    It's nice to hear that it went smoothly for you, Mediaportal is the way to go if your into HTPC. I had similar experiences in the past. I tried mediabox, myhtpc (aka meedio),xpMCE , xpMCE2004 and 2005, any others that I already forgotten... In other words this program is the best by far :wink:
  4. Anonymous

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    Sounds AWESOME, glad MPortal worked out for you. I hope to build such a nice system for myself oneday. ATM I only build systems like that for my clients. College is taking its toll on my wallet for years to come. :cry:

    OH! And thanks for the heads-up on XPMCE, man woud I have been PO'ed
  5. MrMario64
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    I was in desperate need of a post like this.
    Your are my dream user!

    Someone actually reading and reading and reading the forums etc :)

    If you have any questions left don't be affraid to ask,
    if you have a desperate missing feature or fine tune, do ask

    I'll help you out for sure.

    Thanx for the good news.

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