My HTPC project has continued already over 10 years. Your home theater computer is an every growing project that needs updating from time to time. So, do not tend to finish this project on spot because you will be upgrading it after a while. I will reveal what you should know before starting with your own project.
How to get even more out of your media center experience? We have put together 10 practical tricks you can apply right away to take your media center into the next level. Fixing a small usability issue can often make your media center a lot more user friendly.
When HD sprung along, even though onboard GPU’s (graphics processing units) were becoming increasingly more powerful with hardware acceleration and such, if one wanted HD quality graphics and a functional HTPC – a dedicated ATX / Micro ATX build with full-sized graphics card was once again required.
Building a good HTPC is all about building a small sized computer with full performance to fit inside TV cabinet or to blend well with your home theater setting. The problem that many HTPC users had suffered from is the overheating of the HTPC case. Lets have a look in detail the available solutions.
The technology has come a long way in the past 10 years. At the same time my usage requirements have become more advance as I am striving to simplify all the home theater devices into one box. Read my story about how my media experience has evolved from a desktop PC and Xbox XBMC to an iPad and dedicated HTPC.
Connecting a computer to HDTV and A/V receiver is relatively simple task, but there are some points that you should take into account to ensure an optimal video and audio quality. This article is aimed for beginners and will discuss various ways of connecting devices together and introduces the optimal way to enjoy crisp clear video and sound.
The optimal way to connect your computer to your TV is to use the DVI socket in your computer, DVI-to-HDMI cable and HDMI socket in your TV. For optimal audio, you should use the optical input on your A/V receiver and Toslink to optical mini adapter to connect your computer’s digital audio output with the optical cable.
You can easily turn your old laptop into a home theater PC if you already have a modern HDTV in your living room. A laptop media center is a laptop connected to TV which main purpose is to play media files such as videos, music and photos on TV. This guide is designed for beginners wishing to take their first steps towards bringing the internet into their TV by building a laptop without buying a lot of new hardware.
1. Hide as much as possible
2. Surprise with her favourite TV shows on the hard drive
3. Start with iTunes as media center
4. Simplify the user interface
5. Set a random photo slide show as the screensaver
6. Get an elegant and simple controlling device
7. Get her an iPhone
8. Get yourself an iPad
9. Consider Apple TV instead of HTPC
10. Get a good price
When building a high definition media center, there are certain requirements for component selection to ensure high performance with silent operation. In this article, we will discuss how to build a low power (energy) consuming living room computer that looks stylish, generates little noise, and is able to play 1080p HD video with ease.
Air Mouse makes browsing Internet a breeze as you can e.g. zoom in and out text size by simply waving your hand to left or right. Similarly volume control works with gestures. Air Mouse works well in both PC and Mac environments.