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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    The only thing I see that is making me nervous is about how there is a shared lane with the SATA 3_3 and M2_2. I just want to make sure I can use everything. So if I'm reading right, there are 4 SATA ports, 2 M.2 ports. If I used M2_2, I can't used ONE of the SATA ports, but I still have 3...
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    Yeah that's what I was thinking. And even though the OS would really only need 256 (or shoot, probably only 128) GB max, it doesn't look like it's worth it to cut that low just because you don't save very much. Alright, well if I move forward with this, I'll try to post and update. I've been...
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    Thanks. What about from the standpoint of having the SSD for the OS? If nothing else, that puts my OS on a separate drive from my media.
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    Right you are. Again, I'm so far removed from buying stuff like this regularly that i don't know what to expect. I really appreciate your assistance. Any thoughts on my plan with the SSD? Alternatively, if I wanted to spend more money, I suppose I could get a larger sized one and in...
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    I forgot to mention that while I'm doing this, I was also considering switching the OS over to an SSD - something just big enough to maintain the OS, so I was thinking of NVMe and it didn't look like that mobo you posted had a port for that, so I guess I may have to spring for a little bit more.
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately, no Microcenter near me. I was thinking at one point there were combo deals you could get that lowered the overall cost, but I wasn't sure if those existed anymore, so I guess I may need to buy it all separately. Don't see any prices on RAM anywhere...
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    Replacement Mobo / CPU for HTPC

    Hey all, I have an ancient HTPC that I think has a mobo that is dying. I mean the thing is like 11 or 12 years old, but suddently it isn't seeing hard drives...2 drives and all at once it can't see either. The case is good as is the power supply, and I have ample storage space. What I was...
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    Time for a change?

    So I know this topic is an old one, but thought I'd revisit it. I wasn't particularly happy with the options i had a year ago and just left my setup as is with an HTPC running Win7 / WMC. However, I once again realize I'm getting closer to that not being viable. The guide service on it isn't...
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    need GenControl alternative for Windows 7

    Thanks for looking into that. I'm sure all of us who have used this tool would love to see those changes implemented so it works more consistently on win 10.
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    Time for a change?

    I understand that a gridview is forthcoming. I'll say I also don't care for the layout in Roku anyway of TV shows. Shows either latest aired or last added. I'd rather it just show me them grouped by series. If you go to the Web, you can do a list view, but I can't see that you can in Roku...
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    Time for a change?

    Nevermind - turns out my HDHomerun works with it. I bought plex pass to try it out. I have to say, I'm not a fan so far. Their EPG and DVR functionality compared to what I'm used to on WMC is awful. Sure it is glitzy with thumbnails and such, but unlike ever other EPG I've seen, it doesn't...
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    Time for a change?

    I have the OLDEST generation of HD Homerun...I believe an upgrade will be required to work with Plex DVR, am I right?
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    Time for a change?

    I hadn't really considered Plex as my software, but I guess they have DVR now that will also work with Roku, so that is certainly worth checking into.
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    Time for a change?

    Hey all, I have been running a Windows 7 pro machine for years. I have know for awhile that one day I'll have to make a change since WMC no longer exists in 10, so I'm currently weighing my options and thought I'd come here for advice. Caveat: Currently in addition to video recording, I also...
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    need GenControl alternative for Windows 7

    It appears that in our case, most of the issues were caused by Windows 10 possibly resetting the remote registry service to disabled? However, even on enabling the service, it is set to trigger for the start. I'm not certain what "triggers" it though. There seems to be limited information on...
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    need GenControl alternative for Windows 7

    Edit: I was using an older version, apparently. On the latest version what happens to me on Windows 10 AU computers is I get a connection refused by host (see below). I have another VNC type program that works (it just is laggy, so I don't like using it) - so obviously I have access. Also...
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    need GenControl alternative for Windows 7

    We are connecting from Windows 7 and 10. After updating remote machines to Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607), we cannot seem to connect to them any longer. I get a connection refused 10061. This is using the latest version 1.9.1 (if I use older versions, it just crashes).
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    need GenControl alternative for Windows 7

    This is a very useful tool and I appreciate the work being put in. That said, I feel like it would gain some legitimacy if it was not hosted on a porn infested filehost.
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    Best Solution for wireless & filtering

    Question, and just being honest here because I haven't bought a wireless router in awhile. What are the benefits of those $90-$130 routers over say, some I've seen with good reviews are Western Digital . Which I realize don't have the numbers of reviews but are still favorable and it looks...
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    Best Solution for wireless & filtering

    They do have a paid version that is only 19.95 a year so I may go that direction. Anyone have recommendations on a decent dual band N router that isn't too pricey?
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    Best Solution for wireless & filtering

    Blocking inappropriate material (and being able to do it for all devices on my network).
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    Best Solution for wireless & filtering

    I have AT&T Uverse service and am not particularly crazy about the router since the wifi is only G. I'm considering going up to a Dual-N since I could do that for cheap and still get a nice bump for the devices that support it. I'm also interested in trying to do some filtering at the router...
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    Just an addition to the weirdness. Apparently the computer did well for awhile, now my dad called me and said he can watch tv on it for 30-45 minutes and locks up. That sounds like either 1) memory or 2) a heat issue.
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    Quick System Build question

    Unfortunately I have no decent retail places around here, so its all newegg or amazon. I'm not necessarily going to micro either..I mean if it worked out okay I guess that would be alright, but mostly I just want something that will work well for them. I don't really necessarily need...
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    Quick System Build question

    I already have an HTPC (as seen in my sig). Was asked about building one for a family member. I'm trying to give them an idea on hardware and was wondering if someone could refer me to a reasonable build price. I know you don't have to have the latest and greatest, but I also don't want to...
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    Video Card for older system

    I think I'll go with one of those 610's.
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    Video Card for older system

    Really want something with a fan.
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    Video Card for older system

    Yeah that is what a friend of mine is recommending. Its weird, no comparison for the 610 on a couple of comparison sites I've looked at.
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    Video Card for older system

    I apologize, I fixed the link above now. I'm not saying the 210 is unacceptable, as I mentioned, I just know that 4670 has been a rockstar for me, so it would be cool to get something that is fairly close if possible. I don't know if the items that are better on the 4670 make a huge difference...
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    Video Card for older system

    Well just going off of what I know, which is a 4670 since I have that in my own HTPC, I did a comparison and it looks like the 210 has some shortcomings against it. The 4670 is an old card though - Was wondering if there is something newer but comparable. Not really tied to brand. Geforce 210...
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    Video Card for older system

    This card is going in a 2007 built computer (with a couple of upgrades). It will hook up to a 32" 720p tv, which is not likely to be upgraded anytime soon since I just bought the tv, so I don't need something super nice - just something that will handle media center hd programming as well as...
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    Video Card for older system

    Okay so do you have a suggestion?
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    Video Card for older system

    Yeah looks like what I have in my HTPC is a Radeon HD 4670 and it has never skipped a beat showing HD. My main issue is I don't know the current model numbers on video cards and so I have a hard time knowing a good basic card that isn't overkill but will still handle the HD just fine (and has a...
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    Video Card for older system

    Yeah I would LIKE to stay under $50 if I could. Certainly want to make sure it has cooling.
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    Video Card for older system

    I had inquired about some issues I was working on with my parent's HTPC HERE Well I got around to buying them a new LED tv, but now that I am replacing their dinosaur TV, they will need a video card with HDMI, obviously. Since their system is an older one, I hate to drop tons of money on it...
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    I highly doubt it I think the PS may be the same crappy one that came with the case :-). I had speedfan running against the unit and saw elevated temps on the GPU, but i didn't get anything else that indicated gpu issues (artifacts or anything weird). The whole thing just starts up slow and...
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    I don't think so. I haven't tested it but again I took it home and the machine was running well. I have a lot of hard drive experience and it wasn't acting like it had any issues. If I continue to have problems I will likely test it. The drive is only a year old, so I just don't see it.
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    I'm further confused. Today, I went to work on this HTPC and it was barely usable. It would boot up and essentially be frozen, couldn't do much with it at all. I finally got fed up with it and decided to bring it home to work on it in a better environment....zero problems, runs great. I...
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    Well their internet is okay to their house but unfortunately their HTPC is on wireless...cause I didn't want to run cable to where the tv is (vaulted ceiling - ug). Well I looked at the computer the other night and yes, it is indeed having problems. I was unable to determine the extent of...
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    Troubleshooting Lockups

    Thanks for all the comments. On the RAM issue, I'll try to look into it. I had never really considered it would be a problem since my HTPC at home runs splendidly on 2 gigs. I just hate to buy them 2 more if that won't fix the problem is all. What would be the best way to see if it is...
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