Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon LCD Display

Want to add a little pizzazz to your HTPC?  Maybe it’s time to rethink adding an LCD display to your case.  In the past, it seems, that LCDs provoked more hassle than dazzle for the builder.  The folks at believe that Matrix Orbital may have broken the “shoddy software” barrier and given the LCD display a new lease on […]

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Selling Your Old A/V Equipment

Looking to get rid of your old A/V gear? EH has a nice article that should help you out. Electronic House New technologies pop up faster than weeds and make you lament having bought that new HDTV or pretty much any home theater component a year or even a few months ago. But once the temptation to buy has been […]

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AMD CPU Power Consumption Tested

Ever wondered how your HTPC AMD CPU stacks up in comparison to others in the family when it comes to power consumption?  Just how much money does it cost to run it 24/7?  Tom’s Hardware has a pretty indepth article comparing 35 different AMD CPUs.  Hopefully they compare Intel CPUs next. Tom’s Hardware The amount of electricity a computer needs […]

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The New Kinder, Friendlier CableLabs

Well, it seems that CableLabs may have heard your cries.  According to this news post, Cable Labs will be making it easier for OEMs to certify their CableCARD products. engadgetHD CE companies will be able to "self-certify" their products. This is great news for manufacturers and consumers alike, and could solve issues stemming from the previous requirement that all gear […]

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HTPC Tip of the Day: Autodetect Your Channels


Ah, Autodetection. A feature included with even your 1990 analog television set. BUT…did you know that this simple feature can save you a lot of time, and it’s included in Vista Media Center?   Go into Start > Tasks > Settings > TV > Guide > Edit Guide Listings > Auto Select While it’s still a brutally time consuming process […]

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Niveus Movie Library 1.0 Released


Well, unfortunately it’s not available for non-Niveus customers, but if you’re one of the lucky few who can afford them, Niveus Media has officially released their Movie Library out of beta. Version 1.0 is available now & free to Niveus customers only.     The download is available at Niveus Media’s Software Labs .   

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I was recently looking at my development system and wanted to load Windows as a boot option to a system primarily running Linux.  This got me to thinking.  What if I did something that corrupted or overwrote the boot sector on my hard drive?  What if I could no longer boot into Linux as I had intended?  What if I […]

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HTPC Buying Guide: Audio


For some people, sound can make or break a home theater. For others, they just want to set it up, have it work and generally sound decent. Today I’m going to step through some of the critical factors in determining how to connect your Home Theater PC to your audio system. Hopefully the information will allow you to determine the […]

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The Daily Button: May 5th, 2008

Happy Monday :). Not a whole lot going on in the labs right now. We are waiting for an HD-PVR and Avermedia’s new hybrid card to test. I have a small update to my ongoing build that I plan on writing up today or tomorrow. As well, I have roughed out what CPU tests we will be looking at […]

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