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How much would someone pay for a home theatre pc in an original xbox case

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IS THIS A GOOD IDEA? Answered

IM LOOKING TO MAKE MY HOUSE AUTIMATED BY COMPUTERS. STREAM MUSIC,MOVIES AND PICTUERS THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.  HEARS THE SETUP. LIVING ROOM IS WHERE ALL STORAGE IS KEPT. IN EACH ROOM THERE WILL BE A PC RUNNING ON XP WILLTH ABWT 10 GIGS OF STORAGE (FOR WORK FILES AND STUFF) THAT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE MAIN PC WITH THE STORAGE. IN THE TV ROOM THERE WILL B AN HTPC HOOKED UP TO A PROJECTOR RUNNING XBMC . AND IN THE FUTURE THOUGH THIS LOOKS ALITTLE AMBITIOUS I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE LIGHTS AND CURTAINSWHAT DO U GUYS THINK OF THIS SETUP?

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TARDIS Console Desk/Entertainment Center/Networking Area

In a few months, I'm going to be in a new place somewhere, and have three active computers at once, not counting laptops, and the husks of old machines. I am also running out of space for all of these things. I was trying to come up with design project to one-up my other home improvement geek friends from college, and it hit me: A TARDIS Console. Take three cheapo desks, cut the surfaces in half diagonally, and remount them on a slight angle in a hexagon. Mount the computer towers on odd segments, keyboards, phone, modem, router, etc on evens, sling a monitor on one of the segments, and throw some random sci-fi crap around it. Throw a big light or something in the center, leave some cables loose everywhere, and put a layer of appropriate paint on it. Instant TARDIS console. That's the basics of it. It wouldn't take too much money, but a bit of time to do properly, especially the angled stuff. Add a little extra cash and a lot of extra time, and maybe use plexiglass and put some LED's as backlight. Put old circuit boards under the plexiglass, maybe use an old laptop with nothing but screensaver on it on one of the panels, and put some extra time into decorating and it'll look great. Maybe even build in an amp and an old Yamaha keyboard for fun. This is just some speculation and a bit of boredom on my part. I just thought I'd throw this out there.

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Does anyone know how stop Teamviewer from displaying the popup when you disconnect?

I am running a HTPC on my TV and when I disconnect from it with Teamviewer it pops up and prevents me from seeing the movie. I am unable to click on it since I have closed Teamviewer.?

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Computer Controled Lighting

Ok.. I am going to apologize now to everyone if this is a repost of someone else's question.. but for the life of me I cant find what I am looking for... I am considering doing a project that will allow me to voice command a HTPC for other things then the normal HTPC stuff... for instance.. and yes i kow this is kinda out their on the geeky side.. but my brothers and sisters here would approve... I want to be able to walk into a room and tell the "ships computer to go to Red Alert" and have a red LED rope light hidden behind a false crown molding start to turn on and off.. and also play the infamous star trek red alert sounder..... This would be only one of many things i want to do with it.. but the only example i could come up with at the moment... If you can point me in the right direction for the lighting control done on the cheap that would except commands from lets say a batch file or what ever.... Charles

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can i use a digital photo frame display panel as a second monitor, disassembly i guess will be required?

I would like to use a small 7" digital photo frame and remove the lcd panel to use as a display for a htpc case. I am not sure if it's a simple case of soldering a d-sub connector to the panel inputs, or a bit more technical?

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Does anyone know how to create an interface with a dvd player? ?

Example: I have a 200 disc dvd player that i would like to control via my HTPC.  I thought of some usb device that will interface( had wired) internally with the player that will allow software to control some functionality of the disc player,  mainly to read the dvd disc listing to seed which disc are in the player. What i mean by control is to read the disc list or even execute simple player functionality like play, stop fwd, rewind? 

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What would I need to build to power/use speakers for a 7.1 home theater setup? Answered

A friend just gave me speakers from his 7.1 home theater setup. His kids fried the receiver and I don't have one. I'm wondering how hard it would be to put together a simple setup to use them as a 7.1 system again? I don't need dolby or thx or any of that other decoder stuff. I just need to be able to hook them up to an HTPC. Some kind of amp/driver and the ability to change the volume is what I am looking for. Any ideas?

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Running USB 3.0 extension next to AC line

I have an HTPC hooked up to the entertainment center.  I have a 5ft rubber "wire-hider" that I'm running an extension cord to a coffee table with a hidden power strip so people can plug in their laptops, etc. I bought a 5m/"15 ft" usb 3.0 extension cable and ran it next to the cord in the wire-hider, then connected usb 3.0 powered hub to the cable.  PC struggles to connect devices, and drops them intermittently. My 1st guess was EMI, so I unplug the extension and no problems. My question, can anyone suggest a source for shielded USB 3.0 extension cable OR can I use Shielded Cat6 to run USB 3.0 signals?  Besides wireless or buying a second wire-hider, do you have any other suggestions?

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Can I Turn My Old Macbook Into a DIY Mac Pro Tower?

Preface/Background: I am fairly new to DIY tech projects. I have built two HTPCs, but I doubt that really counts. It does, however, give me a basic idea of how all of the components go together. I'm not terribly savvy when it comes to specs of computer components. I have an '08 Macbook that has just been gathering dust since I upgraded ~1 year ago. Recently, my side job as a freelancer (graphic design & video) has been picking up. My new machine is pretty powerful, but the time it takes to get my laptop setup with all of my peripherals is starting to get old. There are also times when I crave some extra speed & I often have to stop working in the middle of a project to clear up disk space or set up an external drive. I remembered seeing a project where Mosburn converted his macbook into a Mac Mini on Gizmodo a few years ago, which got me excited. It was written in 2008, and may be a little dated. I'm looking to do a similar project, but I'm not really looking for size/design. I'm looking for POWER! The Macbook in question is version 4,1. As I said, looks aren't a big issue for me (nor size). I now have an extra room in my house and it is going to be set up as an office. Everything still works on the laptop, although the battery no longer holds a charge. I initially planned to sell it, but with the dead battery and some cosmetic damage, I could only get about $200 for it. I think this project would be more valuable to me than that. Project Goals: -Use as much of my existing laptop as possible (the whole buffalo) -Use a case that allows upgrades (more memory, more drives) -Increase memory (current: 4 | desired:16+) -Increase disk space (current: 80gb | desired: 2tb+) -At least 1 Solid State I know the Mac OS is pretty picky when it comes to components, so the initial question is: Will the system accept my desired spec upgrades? I know that I have to use compatible brands, I just want to make sure there isn't some sort of "maximum" hard coded. Will I be able to use both Solid State and Disk drives? I would like to get a smaller Solid State as a primary, and a couple of large disk drives for storage and scratching. I may get a dock so I can quickly switch drives that are strictly storage, but for now I just want a couple TBs inside. Also, would you suggest using the existing power cable? Or would it be benificial to swap in a new power supply? I'm not sure how intensive that might be, but I'm guessing a few more drives will require it. I think it is safe to assume that I will need to use some advanced DIY techniques, as far as my experience goes. As I stated before, I've built a few PCs before, but these were all fairly simple. Connecting components to the motherboard were as easy as plugging them in. I've done a (very) small amount of soldering before on other DIYs, but they were all done on fairly big parts and precision was not an issue. If soldering might be needed, I will need some help with this as well. I am hoping there are some guides out there to help me understand what goes where on my particular motherboard. I'm also a little worried that I may have to do some cutting (as done in the project linked above). Hopefully the fact that I don't need a small case, I won't have to deal with that. I plan on buying a high res screen to use with this machine, but I'm not sure what I plan to do with the existing LCD yet. I'm not sure how much I might be able to sell it for, or how much it might cost to buy a stand to mount it with. It is a pretty nice screen, but it's long before the time of the Retina display, so it may not be worth messing with. If anyone has any suggestions for what approach to take, or a link to an existing guide, please share them below. Another fear I have is that the variations in MacBook models may make finding an applicable and useful guide more difficult. Another note: Cost isn't really an issue. I hope to first accomplish this project using mostly the materials at hand - worrying about upgrading my specs later. If this is possible, the only expenses should be a new case, a few cables, and possibly a new power supply. I'd like to preemptively thank anyone who might offer help. I've been wanting to make a move to tech DIY for years and this project seems to be a great starting point. I hope this leads to many more and that I can soon be a helpful contributor here as well.

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