TECH New computer

dissonance

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May 23, 2006
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Depends on what you are going to be doing with the computer...

Make sure to delete the crap that comes on the machine that you have no use for and install protection software.

My recommendations for anyone are...
- Avast (anti-virus)
- ZoneAlarm (2-way firewall if you want it; otherwise the Windows one is fine)
- Spybot (for malware)
 
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Aoshi Shinomori

Aoshi Shinomori

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Jun 20, 2005
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It's a media center pc, going to use it for music/movies and that kind of stuff. Just hunting for ideas on what to get when I fire it up.
 

Bencorn

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Sep 9, 2007
459
Ames, IA
If you want a media center GUI then I'd recommend Media Portal. It's fairly easy to get everything set up and it works really well. It is my favorite of all the media center programs that I've tried. I use Media Player Classic with K-like though because I do a lot of organization with shortcuts which aren't read by any media center programs.

DVD Shrink for ripping dvds
AutoGK for encoding to AVI
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
besides codecs,.... the crap I have in my htpc:

players (winamp, vlc, etc.)
compression tools (7zip, winrar, etc)
image tools (PowerISO, Daemon tools, etc)
converters (WAV to MP3, WMV to AVI, etc)
dvd authoring/burning software (Nero, DVDshrink, ConvertX, etc)
sync software for my portable players

pretty much that's it
 

dorkultra

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Oct 14, 2005
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nilbog, trollhio
If you want a media center GUI then I'd recommend Media Portal. It's fairly easy to get everything set up and it works really well. It is my favorite of all the media center programs that I've tried. I use Media Player Classic with K-like though because I do a lot of organization with shortcuts which aren't read by any media center programs.

DVD Shrink for ripping dvds
AutoGK for encoding to AVI

i used to like media portal. i just recently reinstalled it and hit a snag. now its looking for a tv server ?
when i go to setup a tv server it is looking for sql/mysql server and a password

all i want to do is add a couple of analog tuner cards and an hdhomerun box
 

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