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#325621 - 10/14/10 04:30 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: ClubNeon]
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Charles, have you considered Free To Air satellite?
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#325655 - 10/15/10 12:19 AM Re: Media Center PC [Re: Ya_basta]
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Originally Posted By: wheelz999
Charles, have you considered Free To Air satellite?


I hadn't even heard of it. What's a solid resource for finding out what content I can get through that?

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#325656 - 10/15/10 12:22 AM Re: Media Center PC [Re: ClubNeon]
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Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
If you're not looking at a high-end workstation/server, but instead are trying to save money on an average machine, a pre-built is almost always the way to go.


Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Wait for a new version of whs.


I suppose I'll follow both pieces of advice and wait for a new MediaSmart machine from HP whenever it's utilizing a newer WHS. How far off is that supposed to be? I haven't kept track.

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#325739 - 10/15/10 11:46 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: CV]
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Probably not terribly helpful but I just found this Lian-Li mATX case...

http://www.lian-li.com.tw/v2/en/product/...x=63&g=spec

Fits a full size PSU, Big CPU heatsinks, 7 hard drives, 1 optical and can handle DUAL Radeon 5770s (and possibly larger cards but I haven't found dimensions on others)

Stick a core i5, radeon 5750 and a bunch of hard drives in there and you'd have a pretty killer system.
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#325751 - 10/16/10 02:50 AM Re: Media Center PC [Re: ClubNeon]
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Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
More than likely it'll have a 64-bit version, if it's based off of 2008R2 it may only be 64-bit.
Everything I have seen/read indicates it to be 64bit only, but we are talking about Microsloth.
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#325768 - 10/16/10 01:31 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: CV]
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Originally Posted By: CV
Originally Posted By: wheelz999
Charles, have you considered Free To Air satellite?


I hadn't even heard of it. What's a solid resource for finding out what content I can get through that?


Charles, I'll do my best to help you out, as it has been a few years since I had my FTA receiver.

The best resource for finding out which satellites are available per country is LyngSat . There are also many web sites online selling FTA receivers, like this Canadian one , that are good resources.

When I had my receiver, it was extremely popular amongst people I know. But, some people I know, along with myself, ended up selling their receivers. The only reason I sold mine is because I couldn't get the Leafs hockey games. I do know that one other person got rid of their receiver because they had to update it quite frequently, which turned into a hassle. I'm pretty sure if you have the receiver connected to the Internet at all times, or at least easily accessible to the Internet, then this wouldn't be a problem.

Again, I was heavily involved in it a couple years ago, but am off the beat and track now. If it's the same as what it was when I had my receiver, I honestly think it's the way to go. There's a learning curve, but once you're set up, you're able to watch free television from all over the world, in high quality video and audio.

If I can be of any more assistance, let me know and I'll dig around for you.

Hope that helps.

Cheers.
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#325769 - 10/16/10 03:10 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: Ya_basta]
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From what I understand most English language broadcasts have gone encrypted now. The "all over the world", still applies, but nothing from home anymore.
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#325770 - 10/16/10 03:12 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: ClubNeon]
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Hmm, that's disappointing.

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#325771 - 10/16/10 03:14 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: jakewash]
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Originally Posted By: jakewash
Everything I have seen/read indicates it to be 64bit only, but we are talking about Microsloth.

That's what I figured. Their newest kernel is only being built for x86-64 (maybe Itantium too). Microsoft is slow, but AMD launched their Opteron in April of 2003.
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#325773 - 10/16/10 03:31 PM Re: Media Center PC [Re: ClubNeon]
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If it's based on R2, it has to be x64. If it's based on 7... all bets are off. But given that they based the original on 2003, I'm pretty sure they'll use the server kernel again, making it require 64 bit.
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