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Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC

Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC - PCSTATS
Abstract: Computers are a perfect fit for the entertainment room, and building a home theatre PC is not more difficult than assembling a standard system - as long as you have the right components for the task.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jan 20 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Connecting the computer to the TV

The ASUS AX 600XT video card has three different TV-out methods available, component (Y, Pb, Pr), S-video and composite (RCA) in descending order of quality. Depending on what connections are available, choose one of the three methods and attach the appropriate cable to the TV. For component connections, the AX 600XT comes with a separate cable which can be connected directly between the card and the Television. For S-video or composite connections, use the breakout box included with the card. All cables attach directly to the TV.

Once the computer and the television are connected, boot the system into Windows XP. Wait until XP has fully loaded; if the television does not show the HTPC's display, recheck that the TV is on the right source, and then go to 'start\control panel\display' in Windows XP.

Hit the 'settings' tab and click the 'advanced' button. Go to the 'displays' tab.

depending on whether component or S-video/composite is being used, hit the power button next to either 'Y Pb Pr' (for component) or 'TV' (for S-video/composite). Hit 'ok'. There should now be an identical signal on the television.

Choosing an appropriate resolution for ther television

If you have a non-HD TV, you will want to use either 640x480, 800x600 or 1024x768 resolutions. Experiment with these three resolutions to find the one that suits your TV best. TV output will never be as sharp as a computer monitor on a standard TV, so don't be surprised if things are a little bit blurry. We will run down some tips to improve your TV computing experience at the end of the article.

If you are using an HD-capable television, resolution should be either 640x480, 1280x720 or 1920x1080 resolutions.

Connecting to the home audio system

Now you need to connect your speakers to your HTPC. If you are using your television's built-in speakers, simply use a phono to stereo jack adaptor to connect your PC's audio out port to the audio input on your TV. If you are using separate speakers, use the appropriate plugs for your speaker type.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS DIY Guide
 Pg 1.  Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
 Pg 2.  Ingredients for a Good HTPC
 Pg 3.  Choosing The Video Card
 Pg 4.  Installing the processor
 Pg 5.  Installing the CPU - Continued
 Pg 6.  Installing the heatsink
 Pg 7.  Installing the DDR Memory
 Pg 8.  Installing hard drives and optical drives
 Pg 9.  Connecting data cables
 Pg 10.  Installing the video card and tv tuner
 Pg 11.  Identifying and connecting the rear ports
 Pg 12.  — Connecting the computer to the TV
 Pg 13.  Connecting the Television signal to the TV-tuner
 Pg 14.  Tweaking Windows XP for TV display

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