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Configuring Windows Media Center - Part 2

12/07/2012 - 13:22

Now we begin the process of setting up our TV signal and scanning what our tuner cards are able to receive through the antenna.  Windows Media Center should detect what tuner cards are installed in the system and list them.  If you do not see...

Configuring Windows Media Center - Part 1

12/07/2012 - 13:18

Once you begin the Custom setup, you’ll be greeted with the Media Center Setup screen describing the two primary portions of setup, “Required Setup” and “Optional Setup”.  The “Required Setup” will check and...

Cutting the Cord Part 2: Building your HTPC - The Hardware

12/05/2012 - 16:21

Missed any installments of our Cutting the Cord Series?  Catch up on them here: Cutting the Cord Part 1: The Assessment Cutting the Cord Part 2: Building your HTPC – The Hardware Cutting the Cord Part 3: Building your HTPC – OS...

The Hardware - Part 1

12/05/2012 - 16:20

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Tweaking Windows 7 for Media Center - Part 3

12/04/2012 - 18:50

Running a Media Center PC has different power requirements than a normal PC.  While you normally would want a PC to go to sleep or hibernate when it’s not used for a long period of time to save some money on your power bill, doing that on a...

Tweaking Windows 7 for Media Center - Part 2

12/04/2012 - 18:46

The following step is only needed if you are using more than one drive/SSD.  During Windows installation, our primary drive was partitioned and setup, but now we’ll need to do the same for our secondary/storage drive.  To do that, we use...

Tweaking Windows 7 for Media Center - Part 1

12/04/2012 - 18:26

Now that you have Windows up and running, Media Center won’t magically start and wash away your cable or satellite bill.  We need to set up Media Center for that, but before we do that, there are various tweaks and settings we need to...

Installing Windows 7 Home Premium

12/04/2012 - 18:20

I’ve chosen to use Windows 7 Home Premium, but any Windows 7 version other than Basic and Home Basic will work fine.  I will be installing the 64 bit version (x64) so I can take full advantage of all 8 GB of the RAM I’ve installed in my...

Cutting the Cord Part 1: The Assessment

12/03/2012 - 21:57

Missed any installments of our Cutting the Cord Series?  Catch up on them here: Cutting the Cord Part 1: The Assessment Cutting the Cord Part 2: Building your HTPC – The Hardware Cutting the Cord Part 3: Building your HTPC – OS...

Piecing Together the Hardware

12/03/2012 - 10:20

Now that we’ve walked through all the parts to our Media Center, let’s dive into the actual hardware installation.  Unboxing the Silverstone case I was happy with the look of it.  Nice clean lines and a streamlined front panel will...