How To Build a Windows Media Center PC Andrew Boisen

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How To Build a Windows Media Center PC  by  Andrew Boisen

How To Build a Windows Media Center PC by Andrew Boisen
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For enthusiasts and beginners alike, building a Media Center PC can be confusing and stressful. Andrew Boisen takes you through the process of choosing components step by step, giving detailed advice gained over years of experience.

The software sideMoreFor enthusiasts and beginners alike, building a Media Center PC can be confusing and stressful. Andrew Boisen takes you through the process of choosing components step by step, giving detailed advice gained over years of experience. The software side of the Media Center experience is examined in-depth, with recommendations on codecs, plug-ins and third party applications that can be combined to deliver a first class Media Center experience that will be the envy of all your friends.Further delving into delivering the Media Center experience to your whole house, the author lays out the best approach to build a series of networked Media Centers that leverage network attached storage for your Media Collection.

Comprehensive information about home theatre setup, including video and audio calibration, surround sound setup, 3D support and network configuration is given in an easy to understand, anecdotal approach.Contents:IntroductionWindows Media CenterWhat is a Media Center PC?What are the alternatives, and why they aren’t real alternatives?HardwareWhy it’s so easy to go wrong when choosing hardwareBuild or buy?Why building from scratch is a mistake?What do you need at a quick glance?Choosing your CaseChoosing your Motherboard and CPUBackgrounder on CPUsChoosing the CPUDedicated Graphics Card or Integrated Graphics32bit or 64bitChoosing the MotherboardChoosing your Power supplyChoosing your Operating SystemChoosing your MemoryChoosing your Hard drivesChoosing your CD/DVD DriveChoosing your Remote ControlChoosing your TV TunersDigital or AnalogUSB or PCIHow many tuners do I need?Antenna AmplifierCompatibilityBrandsChoosing your Graphics CardNoise3D SupportChoosing your Network AdapterChoosing your Sound CardChoosing CablesWindows Media CenterYour Basic InstallHow to make it all worthwhileRemote Control TricksMove quickly to a position in a video streamTV guide and Recorded TVMedia Center Libraries and how they workGetting your Codecs in order3D ContentGetting rid of your DVD and CD collectionGoing to the next levelWhat is a plugin and why do I care?One Plugin to rule them all: Media Browser – mediabrowser.comMy Channel Logos - mychannellogos.comMCE Backup - madeformediacenter.comMade for Media Center - madeformediacenter.comMCEWeather - jaast.comPlugin SourcesProfessionalsProfessional installation seems like a good idea, but it’s notWhy they are going to screw youHome theatreGetting your picture rightCalibrationGetting your sound rightAudio CodecsCalibrationBuilding a Media HouseWhy stop at just one Media Center?Media Center ExtendersMedia Center PCs as extendersRequirements for getting it all to workHome networking options, and why there is only one true solution.Wireless Networking marketing hype and why it’s all designed to mislead the publicThe future of wireless networkingLaying cableMaintenance and SupportKeeping the damn thing runningSystem Backups - Imaging your SystemMedia Backups - They are not optional.Network Attached Storage, and why you would want it?Troubleshooting: Not so common problemsGradually degrading TV ReceptionScreen goes black or Media Center stalls when rewinding live TV&



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