HTPC Basics: The EPG


The basics is a series of articles that I am going to do a regular basis to introduce readers new to the HTPC world about the features and benefits of Home Theater PCs. I guess you can compare this to the cheap free drugs before the true addiction :). The software I will be using for the articles is Vista […]

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High definition audio wiring guide


So folks you’re sold on Blu-ray, and you want to connect your new Blu-ray enabled home theater PC to your killer sound system, but which way is best? what are the trade-offs?  Let’s chart the Blu-ray audio formats first so you get an idea of what formats are used on Blu-ray, which formats are mandatory, and so on. Then we’ll discuss the ways to connect your HTPC’s audio to […]

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An Introduction to Installing Ubuntu and Mythtv


For those of you that want to get your feet wet with Linux but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you.  Today I will be discussing the steps you need to go through in order to install Ubuntu Linux, based on version 8.04.1 desktop 386.  This guide will cover the steps performed to install Ubuntu, load the […]

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SageTV 6 On CentOS 5

SageTV CentOS 5 Install Guide

  A while back I mentioned that I was in the process of possibly switching from MythTV to SageTV.  I want to keep the main server running Linux because I feel it is a more stable environment than Windows.  Plus, due to the low OS overhead, it allows me to continue using an older PC.  The down side to all […]

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Native QAM With SageTV / HDHomeRun

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  With the latest beta release of SageTV 6.4.6 along with a beta version of the HDHomeRun software and firmware, it is now possible to natively tune QAM channels.  This means that the artificial 68 channel limit imposed by the previous mapping method is no longer an issue.  For those with a HDHomeRun that would like to pursue native QAM […]

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Firewire Recording with your Cable Box and SageTV

This guide is a repost of my original guide over at Broken links have been updated, no other real changes have been made. This repost is brought on by a resurgence of firewire related questions in my PM box so I thought I should bring this back up and also remind people that it’s 2 years old. Some improvements […]

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie I brought over from the HTPCnews days, it’s still relevant today because of the limitations of S/PDIF and the high resolution audio tracks found on the next generation formats (Blu-ray/HD DVD). So with that in mind there are some quick changes to modernize the information. What is S/PDIF? S/PDIF stands for Sony/Philips Digital Interface. It is […]

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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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