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relating to my spec for the computer i got - don't let the bastards grind you down.
taumeson
taumeson
relating to my spec for the computer i got
"That's when the eHome division, which Poole helped start, teamed up with Hewlett-Packard and Samsung to unveil the Media Center Edition PC. With a 2.4-GHz processor, a TV tuner, a personal video recorder, a DVD burner, an outsize 120-Gbyte drive, and a specialized version of Windows XP, it's meant to be a media command center. The new OS allows a consumer to use a remote control to manage digital media files of all sorts and perform time-shift recording with TV shows (à la TiVo). The whole thing retails for $1,300 to $2,000, without a monitor"

So...I have a smaller, faster hard drive, a rocking video card, a rocking sound system (ohhh..so good!), a better processor (2.6 800FSH, HYPERTHREADED, it turns out), and everything else it mentions (TV, PVR, DVD burner)

for 1500. And it's not fucking HP, it's Dell, who've shipped me entire fucking MOTHERBOARDS when colleen shorted my last one. i think i made out ok.
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wiffler From: wiffler Date: June 13th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you use it to watch TV on? Or is there an output on your PC to your normal TV? What's your review?
taumeson From: taumeson Date: June 13th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
here's the skinny:

i can watch tv on the monitor if i do either:

1. plug the cable into it. nuff said.
2. plug the cable into the tv (or whatever) first, and then into the computer.

if i do it like "1", i can change the channel, TiVo, etc.... but it won't go through the TV-Out to my TV because of how it overlays directly through the video card. same with DVD program number 1. if i do number "2", i can just record whatever i'm watchign at the time.

i hooked it up like number "2".

now...DVD program 2, "PowerDVD", plays from the computer into the TV....no video overlay problem. bah.

i'm going to spend a little time looking for a TV program for teh computer that can send the output to the TV. at that point i will have a TiVo/DVD/cable thingy ready to go....

has some cool features, too. i can watch 50 channels at once in "channel surfing" mode. crazy.

and the video card has a bunch of inputs and outputs. if i had a better receiver, i could hook my stereo up to it too, to record songs off the radio, or to pump it through the 5.1
swolfe From: swolfe Date: June 13th, 2003 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
when you do #1, does it blank out the screen? that would be macrovision...http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=macrovision
ferricide From: ferricide Date: June 13th, 2003 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
my dell came with a shit handicapped version of power dvd. i ended up .. uh, acquiring a better version.
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