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Just to make things worse (can't wait to get rid... 1,164 Views / 12 Replies  
Just to make things worse (can't wait to get rid of this system and the horrid M-audio driver issues), the last update seems to have added a "feature" where sound is muffled down during certain areas...
Posted by hotani, on May 28, 2006 at 10:26 PM, in Applications
If you just want a big screen and will be... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
If you just want a big screen and will be watching mostly SD content then EDTV is probably the best bet. Still not cheap but way less than HD.
Posted by hotani, on Apr 3, 2006 at 03:14 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Gmail introduces new features, including:... 518 Views / 8 Replies  
Gmail introduces new features, including: inoperability of mac gmail notifier and RSS module on Netvibes as well as mail showing up about 24hrs after being sent. Thank you for playing!

:brick:
Posted by hotani, on Mar 29, 2006 at 12:19 PM, in Applications
That sounds great, but defeats the purpose of... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
That sounds great, but defeats the purpose of having an HTPC. Plus, the files that are showing 'blockies' are .avi XviD videos. Although they are in a relatively high quality size (960x540) and...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 29, 2006 at 10:17 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Hope the Dell works out, sounds like a good one. ... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
Hope the Dell works out, sounds like a good one.

CRTs do a wonderful job at hiding bad signals and image quality. My friend who normally watches a 27" SD CRT (as you say, $250 or so nowadays) has...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 28, 2006 at 10:58 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
to me, more efficient = more capable. I can watch... 290 Views / 2 Replies  
to me, more efficient = more capable. I can watch otherwise choppy video (QT and VLC) in Mplayer with no problem. Everything else is just extra. Playback is king when it comes to my now slow dual 867...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 23, 2006 at 04:22 PM, in Applications
strange problem with Mplayer 290 Views / 2 Replies  
I've just discovered Mplayer on osx and so far it has proven to be the most capable player yet, playing more files and with greater efficiency than even VLC. For example, an HD XviD video that is...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 22, 2006 at 06:29 PM, in Applications
The loudest part of mine was the 120mm CPU fan.... 2,364 Views / 29 Replies  
The loudest part of mine was the 120mm CPU fan. You can find a replacement at a good computer shop for around $10 that will not be so loud.

The new one I bought as mentioned above, was $7 and...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 20, 2006 at 06:50 PM, in Mac Desktops
I ordered mine from Crutchfield... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
I ordered mine from Crutchfield (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-cuQPqQQuIcu/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=146350&id=morephotos&i=647LVM37V1#Tab). I read a lot of good reviews of their service so figured it...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 18, 2006 at 12:27 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
If I were getting a 37-42" LCD for my space... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
If I were getting a 37-42" LCD for my space (9'/3m from the display), and using the mini only for an HTPC, then I'd get a 720p display. Most of the LCDs I looked at were 720p, 1080 seems to be rare. ...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 17, 2006 at 12:43 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It means that 13' is how far you need to be for... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
It means that 13' is how far you need to be for DVD quality to be 'transparent' to HD quality.

You won't lose any quality, the display 'upconverts' the signal to 1080. That doesn't mean you gain...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 17, 2006 at 10:35 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It all depends on how far away it is... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
It all depends on how far away it is (http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/assets/download/0602_tech_talk2_large.jpg). According to that chart, I can't tell the diff between 720p and 1080i - but I have...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 16, 2006 at 07:05 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Honestly, when I ordered it I was worried about... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
Honestly, when I ordered it I was worried about being too close with not enough resolution - meaning really big text that can be blurry when viewed at close quarters. However, in reality it is quite...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 14, 2006 at 01:02 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I just purchased a Westy LVM-37w1 a few weeks... 7,382 Views / 111 Replies  
I just purchased a Westy LVM-37w1 a few weeks ago. I've been using it as my main monitor as well as TV. The 1080p is nice, video looks great and I have no complaints so far. Apparently at some point...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 14, 2006 at 10:39 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I'll have to check it out when I get home. ... 882 Views / 2 Replies  
I'll have to check it out when I get home.

Sauerbraten (http://sauerbraten.org/) is another one I just found last week. Looks really good, and is OSS. Apparently it is based on an engine called...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 13, 2006 at 11:49 AM, in Gaming
new fan fixed the problem, but not after some... 582 Views / 5 Replies  
new fan fixed the problem, but not after some frustration. Turns out when I put in the new heatsink/fan, the fan wasn't working. I had to go in and tinker with it for a while before it would spin up....
Posted by hotani, on Mar 13, 2006 at 11:38 AM, in Gaming
How exactly does one 'run the clocks down' on a... 497 Views / 2 Replies  
How exactly does one 'run the clocks down' on a GPU?

EDIT: Never mind. Turns out the fan was not spinning on the new heatsink. First I thought I may have plugged it in wrong, but when plugging it...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 12, 2006 at 04:35 PM, in Mac Desktops
GPU hangs during 3D game play 497 Views / 2 Replies  
I have a GeForce4 Ti GPU with 128MB. Just went from a 1280x1024 monitor to one with 1920x1080 and am experiencing severe hangs when I try to play a 3D game such as Halo, Quake, UT, or anything that...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 11, 2006 at 11:37 PM, in Mac Desktops
I have a theory on what the problem might be, if... 582 Views / 5 Replies  
I have a theory on what the problem might be, if anyone else sees similar problems in 3D games. I suspect the fan on my GPU is dying or dead. So I'll replace it and see what happens. It is a...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 11, 2006 at 05:11 PM, in Gaming
yes, 10.4.whatever the latest happens to be from... 582 Views / 5 Replies  
yes, 10.4.whatever the latest happens to be from software update.
Posted by hotani, on Mar 10, 2006 at 01:36 PM, in Gaming
Games hanging during play - hardware? 582 Views / 5 Replies  
I have been playing Halo on my 17" LCD and it's been fine. Not fast, but certainly playable. Other games played decent as well, with varying degrees of success - UT2004 has not even been able to load...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 10, 2006 at 11:19 AM, in Gaming
Oh well, so much for the mini. I had hopes of... 3,476 Views / 33 Replies  
Oh well, so much for the mini. I had hopes of getting one if it would do halfway decent at gaming, but it's not even 1/4 decent! :D

Guess it's back to my original plan of holding out for bargain...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 8, 2006 at 09:17 PM, in Gaming
If anyone is interested, I have found a way to... 945 Views / 4 Replies  
If anyone is interested, I have found a way to convert HD video to a not-quite-HD-but-better-than-DVD quality file. Using ffmpegX, I set it to output an mp4 file using ffmpeg as the video encoder and...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 7, 2006 at 09:11 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
5) HTPC + the occasional game. I have the... 724 Views / 16 Replies  
5) HTPC + the occasional game.

I have the HTPC right now, but am considering a mini since my current setup chokes pretty hard on 720p content. I'm running thru a 37" LCD at 1920x1080 with...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 6, 2006 at 05:16 PM, in Mac Desktops
Just hooked it up. Absolutely beautiful! It looks... 4,059 Views / 35 Replies  
Just hooked it up. Absolutely beautiful! It looks great and has good resolution as a monitor, and of course is awesome as a TV. Mission accomplished. :)
...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 3, 2006 at 04:20 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
It actually is converting 720p to 720p, there is... 945 Views / 4 Replies  
It actually is converting 720p to 720p, there is some degredation in quality but it still looks good. The conversion fails every time, but it does get most of the way with a working albeit incomplete...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 3, 2006 at 01:43 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
That's a lot better than I did. Of course, last... 4,059 Views / 35 Replies  
That's a lot better than I did. Of course, last time I looked at BB it was 1900. I got mine from crutchfield for 1700 shipped.

It should be here tomorrow - I just set up the speakers tonight and...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 3, 2006 at 02:27 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I've been very happy with MediaCentral... 1,857 Views / 7 Replies  
I've been very happy with MediaCentral (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/mediacentral/index.html) - and the movie trailers work very well. Still sucks with navigation; back and forth while watching...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 06:32 PM, in Applications
It will be on the wall in front of the desk, so... 4,059 Views / 35 Replies  
It will be on the wall in front of the desk, so further away than my current LCD by about 1' which will help a bit. I know what you are saying about the dot pitch and am not expecting the same...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 12:14 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I think I found a solution, and started a new... 821 Views / 5 Replies  
I think I found a solution, and started a new thread (http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=287660) since it is a very specific question.

The solution is to create a VIDEO_TS folder that...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 12:05 PM, in Art & Graphic Design
converting HD xvid files to mpeg2 with ffmpegX? 945 Views / 4 Replies  
I know it sounds backwards, but it looks like the best way to get some of these files to play. I have a dual 867 and it chokes pretty hard when trying to play an HD xvid encoded at 720p. After...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 11:23 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
ffmpegX... 988 Views / 3 Replies  
ffmpegX (http://homepage.mac.com/major4/index.html) will do exactly that. As well as convert several other formats.
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 11:16 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
I found a way to get more options for internet TV... 1,007 Views / 6 Replies  
I found a way to get more options for internet TV (I refuse to use Real, don't know why that is a requirement for their TV viewing). Go check out Democracy Internet TV...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 2, 2006 at 11:12 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
double posts are cool. ("quick reply/edit"=... 4,059 Views / 35 Replies  
double posts are cool.

("quick reply/edit"= bad!)
Posted by hotani, on Mar 1, 2006 at 03:43 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I just ordered a Westinghouse LVM-37W1... 4,059 Views / 35 Replies  
I just ordered a Westinghouse LVM-37W1 (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-RRA8wztT6oo/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=146350&id=essential_info&i=647LVM37V1) LCD and will be using it for a TV and computer monitor....
Posted by hotani, on Mar 1, 2006 at 03:38 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I'm going full-on media center with my machine -... 1,007 Views / 6 Replies  
I'm going full-on media center with my machine - as soon as my 37" monitor gets here (today or tomorrow).

Here are the essentials of my setup:
- MediaCentral...
Posted by hotani, on Mar 1, 2006 at 10:35 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
I have the same setup as you and just ordered... 1,164 Views / 12 Replies  
I have the same setup as you and just ordered those speakers. My experience has been about the same, and on their site in regards to software for Tiger, there is no download, just a note that says...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 12:56 PM, in Applications
NO WAY! playback video using the GPU!? it's... 821 Views / 5 Replies  
NO WAY! playback video using the GPU!? it's insanity! ;)

(sounds nice though!)
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 11:45 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
Yeah, it's very slow going on the encoding.... 821 Views / 5 Replies  
Yeah, it's very slow going on the encoding. playback of 720p h.264 files is surprisingly watchable though, even on the dated dual 867s.
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 11:39 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
and it's $30 for life - that is a really good... 3,857 Views / 10 Replies  
and it's $30 for life - that is a really good deal. PhotoLine will charge you to upgrade every major release.
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 11:33 AM, in Applications
subscriptions table broken 393 Views / 0 Replies  
This is in 'User CP' -> 'List Subscriptions'

looks like the sizes are misplaced - the description column is about 50px and the 'thread starter' column is huge. This is in firefox on PC and Camino...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 11:32 AM, in Feedback
well, there's always GIMP... 3,857 Views / 10 Replies  
well, there's always GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/) - can't beat the price.

I used photoline for a while, and it did the trick -- but it's no PSP.
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 10:49 AM, in Applications
720p QT H.264= ok. 720p xvid file = unplayable 821 Views / 5 Replies  
It could be that I'm just reaching the limits of my processors (and beyond), but the HD H.264 files play halfway decent with quicktime - 720p that is, 1080 is way too choppy. I thought I could get...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 28, 2006 at 10:20 AM, in Art & Graphic Design
i would say G5 as well, but would suggest waiting... 1,571 Views / 27 Replies  
i would say G5 as well, but would suggest waiting for the intels to be released to see what the value does - I'm hoping to pick up one cheap(er) once the Next Big Thing is out.
Posted by hotani, on Feb 27, 2006 at 04:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
perfect. i'll try it when i get home tonight. 523 Views / 8 Replies  
perfect. i'll try it when i get home tonight.
Posted by hotani, on Feb 27, 2006 at 02:52 PM, in Applications
When you insert a data disc into the DVP 642, it... 967 Views / 37 Replies  
When you insert a data disc into the DVP 642, it shows a listing of all the files on the disc. When playing them, it resizes to your screen. Only thing I see it having trouble with is some movie...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 27, 2006 at 02:40 PM, in Applications
I'd love to use VLC, but will be using... 523 Views / 8 Replies  
I'd love to use VLC, but will be using MediaCentral which uses the QT engine. Most files play fine, xvid, divx - all the .avi files work, except for those encoded with AC3 sound. QT throws the error...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 27, 2006 at 10:45 AM, in Applications
Yes, that is exactly what it will do. You... 967 Views / 37 Replies  
Yes, that is exactly what it will do.

You can find them just about anywhere: CompUSA, Wal*Mart, Amazon...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 26, 2006 at 05:29 PM, in Applications
best thing is to just get a phillips DVP 642 that... 967 Views / 37 Replies  
best thing is to just get a phillips DVP 642 that will play your .avi files without conversion. They're like $60 and worth every penny.

If you must make a DVD, i think you're on the right track as...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 26, 2006 at 04:35 PM, in Applications
I'm using MediaCentral and just ordered the ATI... 555 Views / 6 Replies  
I'm using MediaCentral and just ordered the ATI Remote Wonder to control it. They make a wonderful combination. The remote can be configured to handle any key or combo on the keyboard, and is RF...
Posted by hotani, on Feb 26, 2006 at 04:23 PM, in Applications
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