The fear of a angry girlfriend prevents me from messing around with my htpc.. plus it really sucks when you get home from work wanting to watch something and when you turn on the htpc you remember that upgrading Ubuntu has broken something and the htpc isn't going to play anything until you spend some time fixing it... That's usually when the missus chimes in with 'An upgrade is meant to make things better not break them!!!'
One thing I have learnt from mucking about with xbmc is ALWAYS MAKE A BACKUP! Being able to restore a broken system in under an hour I priceless! I have automated backups of my database, xbmc settings folder and my Linux system settings and I will clone the whole hdd before I do any major screwing around...
Anyways my htpc is near perfect now, I just have a few functions I need to map to my harmony remote and some confluence skin tweaks to do, but these things aren't really essential, just a matter of convenience...
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Down Under
2012-04-26 03:28 Post: #21
XBMC Steam Launcher - Only available for XBMC.
(This post was last modified: 2012-04-26 03:34 by teeedubb.)
Joined: Sep 2011
2012-04-26 03:56 Post: #22
This thread is great - we're all hackers, tinkerers, geeks, those who have to open the damn thing, and eggheads.
But we also make the world go 'round
Happy builds lads.
System: XBMC HTPC with HDMI WASAPI & AudioEngine - Denon AVR-3808CI - Denon DVD-5900 Universal Player - Denon DCM-27 CD-Changer
- Sony BDP-S580 Blu-Ray - X-Box 360 - Android tablet wireless remote - 7.1 Streem/Axiom/Velodyne Surround System
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Joined: May 2010
2012-04-26 18:50 Post: #23
(2012-04-24 03:11)CutSickAss Wrote:m7cky Wrote:Can we attach a medical-esque name to it that I can quote to the Mrs when she asks we why I 'keep f***ing about with it when it's not broken!'?
Love this quote!
Tried it on the Mrs after yet more tinkering, response went something like this;
'very clever, now if Breaking Bad is not on my TV in the next 2 minutes, I'm going to throw the damn thing out the window & dig the DVD player out'
Not my fault if the extrafanart wasn't working on that particular series, was I just supposed to leave it & watch the show?
Joined: Feb 2009
2012-04-27 10:01 Post: #24
I have recently upgraded, with a second hand cpu, gpu and motherboard, my HTPC. I did that so that the parts from in went to build one for my son so that he could enjoy XBMC.
Now that it is configured and running I just use it and rarely bother to do anything but enjoy the TV shows or films I have in my media library. I have only just figured out how to advance / delay subs, due to them being needed for one film. Then I noticed certain films were wrongly identified by the scraper being used. So manually I have refreshed those. I have most of the functionality with my MCE remote and what is lacking I have a wireless keyboard.
I am not really a "tinkerer" as I tend to use the XBMC (as I did when I used Media Portal) as a conduit for my entertainment and not entertainment in itself.! This, for me, is quite refreshing as I was always having to mess with Media Portal to get it to work consistently. XBMC tends to be more robust and require less tinkering to keep it working, in my experience.
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Joined: Dec 2011
2012-04-28 20:42 Post: #25
I find it strangely addictive, i went from using old parts to replace a shit wdtv i bought to having 3 xbmc systems around the house all with new hardware + a new server up in the loft. Also had to buy a new Panasonic 50' plasma and a pioneer 5.1 system. ( i say 'had' to buy, thats what i told the boss, ( wife))
Xbmc owes me a fortune :-)
CPU - AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core 3.4Ghz
MB - ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3, Nvidia 610 2GB
RAM - 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel
OS - XBMC Frodo
TV - Panasonic TX-P50S21B
Home Cinema - Pioneer VSX-S300 5.1
Remote - Harmony one
(This post was last modified: 2012-04-28 20:44 by matt77303.)