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10-10-2004, 15:03:11
Currently I have my PC, TV, DVD and VCR in my living room, plus a 5.1 dvd sound sytem and a 2.1 PC sound system. I would like to get some efficiency in the living room.

Can I get a system where I use my pc as a single system for recording and playing dvds, watch tv on both pc monitor and telvision (different channels at the same time)? I know I can get a pc tv card, and record tv programs on my HD. But I want to use my remote while watching dvd's, and use my cdrom drive while sitting behind my pc.

So basically, how would you go about if you had to set up a home entertainment system for both pc and tv in your living room?

Sir Penguin
10-10-2004, 17:23:24
I think something you would use is a Radeon All-In-Wonder video card.


You can also buy electronic devices that allow you to switch audio sources into a single speaker set. The audio people should handle that one.


No longer Trippin
11-10-2004, 04:16:55
If you already have a decent video card you can just add a PC tuner card which would be cheaper than buying a new video card with tuner capabilities (50-75 US for a good one). You'll be running your TV through your monitor, so if you don't want to do that you'll want a decent size screen. Your soundcard (or onboard in "some" cases) should be able to accomodate 5.1 sound, though a sound card is preferably as you'll get better sound quality and onboard does detoriate, especially on older nforce 2 Socket A chipsets.

11-10-2004, 10:36:55
That's what I'm thinking about. My Ati Radeon 9700 pro is working fine, so a tv card should be the right option. But since I'm lazy, I would like to control the pc dvd from the couch, as well as programs I have recorded on my HD. So I would need a remote remotereceiver next to my tv that would be connected to my pc. :D

Scabrous Birdseed
11-10-2004, 14:51:48
My TV Tuner card came with a remote. So did my soundcard.

11-10-2004, 16:24:40
I know, but I want the remote to work on my tv, or to have a receiver next to my tv that will transmit to my pc. So basicly I want a single remote to use for flipping channels on my tv, and one channel on my tv to be my PC channel, where I can select dvd's to play, or programs I have recorded on my HD.
Is that possible?

Scabrous Birdseed
11-10-2004, 16:30:32
You could theoretically buy an all-in-one remote and make it work both your PC and TV. My TV card has a remote reciever thingy on a wire, I don't use it though. Not sure if it can be made to work with other apps, maybe you need some sort of special driver.

11-10-2004, 16:51:56
I know a guy that does this for a living- home theatres/computer stuff. Give me a couple of days to get a hold of him and I'll report back.

11-10-2004, 16:52:26
I don't want a remote for my pc, I want my tv remote to give a screen on my tv where I can select programs from my pc.

The Mad Monk
12-10-2004, 02:22:11
In that case, you do want a remote for the pc, because a tv that can do that doesn't exist.

12-10-2004, 10:16:56
Then they should damn well make one.

So what's Windows XP media centre? Is that just a tv card for your pc?

13-10-2004, 17:25:26
That's an edition at XP that is only distributed OEM with new pc's

Windows XP Media Center Edition offers users easy ways to manage their music, photos, video and other media and provides an interface that can be utilised by a remote control. Broadcasting Dataservices will offer a free online electronic programming guide in Europe that can be used to set the PCs to record TV programs and search listings.

for example see this pc..


16-10-2004, 14:28:08
I have a few questions...
1. Do you accually watch HD programing or is you Tv just Hd compatible?
2. Are you wanting to completely remove the dvd player from your system?
3. What kind of equipment is in your system both PC and HT?

The first Item that you would need to accomplish is to connect your pc to your television and make it play nice(alot of HDTV's do not like compters...) if your TV has a DVI input you may be able to use a DVI cable to connect your computer directly to the TV(some tvs really dont like this so dont try it untill you tell me the make and model of the TV). Another option would be to use DVI HDTV Adapter ATI, makes one for the 9700pro I will add a link at the bottom.

The next item is to get audio from the computer to the sound system for that I would use a sound card with a digital out...your computer may have one...You could also purchase a sound card with a digital out alot of 5.1 cards have them, but if your sound system doesnt have a digital in the you will need to connect it via analog. you would then need a 3.5mm jack to 2 RCA adapter cable.

Now to be able to record we are going to need something to get the signal into the computer... If your wanting to record HD then your going to need a HD tuner card(warning recording HD eats harddrive space, something to the tune of 30 mins equals 1 gigabyte of space.) also I do not think there is a PAL version avaible for ATI's HDTV WONDER REMOTE CONTROL EDITION. If your just wanting to record SD then ATI's TV WONDER PRO REMOTE CONTROL PCI is a good choice...If you are in some country that is not the US or Japan then you will need the PAL edition.

Now for the hard part...controlling your pc with a remote...you could just use a wireless keyboard and mouse but if you really wanted to control your computer with a tv remote then your going to need special software and a reciever...I searched google and came up with a few links...but as I do not have any experence with them I do not have a recommendation.

ALL-IN-WONDER DVI HDTV Adapter = http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2537967
HDTV WONDER REMOTE CONTROL EDITION = http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2546404
TV WONDER PRO REMOTE CONTROL PCI = http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2407448

17-10-2004, 21:28:45
Seriously considering building a PVR pc to replace my current dvd player and VCR. Did a lot of research into this a while back and was quite intrigued by a Unix/Linux based solution. Will look into it again and report my findings here....

17-10-2004, 22:16:11
Wow, thanks Dinrauko, lots of info I'm going to look into. At the moment my pc and tv system are not connected in any way. And the dvd player I like to get rid of is the one by my tv.