Howdy all, new to the forum and new to HTPC. I migrated over from hardforum.com, lots of help there, but as I believe in total immersion when learning I thought I'd pick ya'lls brains also.
Initially I became interested in HTPC because I wanted to get out of the disk business. I have a lot of content on HDD and just purchased a new W7 64 bit machine so I thought, well this should be a snap. Not so much.
I know a few things. My new machine is quite capable in every department, processor, RAM, and storage. W7 64 bit doesnt seem to get along with very many programs/apps. I love XBMC and would like to use it. I need an RF remote that works and plays well in this environment.
I ordered a Snapstream Firefly remote. That was a mistake, it's not really supported by the manufacturer. It arrived with severely corroded batteries and an installation CD with a date of 2006. I cant even get it to load on my new machine. Probably have to eat that.
I'm learning the nomenclature as I go and that may well be the hardest part. I'm no network guy, I'm a friggin fireman who loves tech, so I stay pretty frustrated.
I have a 2 story house with a mancave upstairs. The cave is where the PC is and an A/V center with an Emotiva pre/pro, a Sunfire amp and 5.1 speakers. I also have a 58" Panny plasma. Downstairs in the family room I have an LCD. The PC has HDMI out of the video card and thats what I want to share with the TV's runnign XBMC. I also have 2 PS3's and a WD TV.
Verizon Fios provides my cable and internet connection and it has plenty of bandwidth.
How do I get all this to work? Nothing seems to like the W7 64 bit OS, the remote I got is dead in the water, the PS3's doesnt play many file types (which got me on this road and also got me interested in the WD TV which plays just about everything) I dont care for the Windows Media Center or the Windows Media Player as they are not flexible enough.
Didnt mean to ramble though it seems I have. Anybody have W7 64 bit working as their HTPC and whats an RF remote that will work for me, I suppose are my immediate questions.