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Since I've finally re-installed Windows Vista on the living room media center PC, I thought I would share my experience of trying to set up the perfect home entertainment system. These are my ramblings of those experiences. Please feel free to add your comments about things I could be doing better, or if you are interested in setting up your own, and have questions, please post those too.

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dvb-s2 on ebay

I had a  look on eBay earlier for some dvb-s2 cards. Normally they range between £50-£100, but I happened to spot one with a really low starting price of just €1. This was a dual tuner option as well. Then I noticed that the person doesn't accept paypal...

SageTV

After much messing around, I am now trying out SageTV (a commercial media center solution). I must admit, I am impressed on the most part - I have all my music going through AC3filter, and I have all my extenders talking to each other correctly. My only...

Bedroom media center started

Right, I've now set up an old laptop in the bedroom to act as a second media center. It's a Dell Inspiron 8500 with a 2.4Ghz P4 and GeForce 4200 Go graphics card. I'm outputting via VGA at 1366x768 60Hz. It's not an ideal set up right now as I...

My Movies set up

Right, I've now installed all the bits and bobs on my computer, so I thought it appropriate to also sort out my movie library. As with my music, I have a ton of movies (most of which I have not yet watched). I use an application for Media Cent...

Getting up in the morning

Now that it's Winter and my central heating has still not been fixed, I was expecting to be terrible at getting up in the mornings. Fortunately, however, I have one of those sunrise alarm clocks that gradually light the room over a half our period. Beli...

Not done anything

Went shopping tonight, and by the time I got home and had dinner, the missus wanted to watch the telly, so I've still not installed the drivers on the Media Center. I'll done it in the morning!

Windows installed

Right, Vista is now installed but still needs codecs and drivers for some devices. Before people start slagging Vista off, I would like to explain my choice. I use a Mac in work, and I have tried both Front Row, and Center Stage. Center Stage ...

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Since I've finally re-installed Windows Vista on the living room media center PC, I thought I would share my experience of trying to set up the perfect home entertainment system. These are my ramblings of those experiences. Please feel free to add your ...