Alan's Building Log Episode #2
As I mentioned in Episode #1 , I spent sometime integrating the XPS 420 and accessories into my home theater. I decided to snap a couple pictures from my build log to show. Other then that, I really dhaven't spent much time on my HTPC except to watcha few music videos from Yougle .
I had intended to use the HD DVD version of Digital Video Essentials this weekend to calibrate my TV but I did not get through it. I expected there to be a nice audio prompt to step me through it but I was very disappointed to find out there was none. I am by no means an expert on video calibration and I will have to read what the various patterns do.
|Cabinet with HTPC
||Full Cabinet shot
The XPS420 is about 2 inches too deep for the cabinet. Armed with a box cutter, I cut out a slot for the back to fit in. The lines aren't very straight and I will go back in someday to fix it. The crooked cuts are really bothering me even though they are not visible.
I was short a shelf in the end, so I robbed some wood from an old desk and voila I now have an extra shelf for the HD DVD player and soon-to-be Blu-ray player. The USB hub on the HD DVD player came in handy for plugging in both digital cable tuners.
Per advice from the TGB, I hooked up each DCT on at a time and updated the firmware. This is a really painless process. Kudos to ATI for eliminating any sort of painful firmware upgrade process. The call to the cable co. goes out tomorrow.
|Home Theater - Current 3.1 setup||Close up shot of EMUCenter
| Close up shot of Yougle
Hooking it all up
DVD Player - Component out to TV, Digital COAX S/PDIF to Receiver
WII - Component to TV/Stereo to TV
Playstation 2 - Composite/Stereo to TV
Keyboard/Mouse - 2.4 GHz wireless with receiver hooked up via back USB ports
Digital Cable Tuner X 2 - Hooked up via USB hub on Xbox 360 HD DVD drive
DVI-HDMI Cable to TV
Optical S/PDIF to receiver from onboard mobo sound to receiver
HD DVD player hooked up via back USB ports.
MS Remote Receiver - Hooked up via back USB ports