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Build Your Own PC Home Entertainment System

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ISBN-10: 0072227699

ISBN-13: 9780072227697

Edition: 2003

Authors: Brian Underdahl

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Assembling Your PC Home Entertainment System
The Advantages of Buildingp. 3
Get Just What You Wantp. 3
Personal Video Recorderp. 4
Audio Jukeboxp. 5
DVD Player and Recorderp. 6
Custom Appearancep. 7
Ultimate Game Systemp. 8
Internet Radiop. 8
Saving Moneyp. 9
Customizing a PC You Already Ownp. 10
Choosing Basic Componentsp. 11
Choosing Your Casep. 12
Case Stylesp. 13
Power Supply Considerationsp. 16
Selecting a Motherboardp. 18
Motherboard Form Factorsp. 18
The Project Motherboardp. 19
Processor Realitiesp. 20
Intel or AMD?p. 20
Minimum Speedsp. 21
The Project Processorp. 21
Memory Minimumsp. 22
How Much Is Enough?p. 22
What Kind of Memory Should You Buy?p. 23
The Project Memoryp. 23
The Operating System: Windows XPp. 24
Basic Options for Upgradersp. 25
Assembling the Basic Componentsp. 26
Installing the Motherboardp. 27
Installing the Processorp. 34
Installing the Memoryp. 39
Selecting a Video Systemp. 43
Choosing a Video Adapterp. 44
AGP vs. PCI Video Adaptersp. 44
Video Capturep. 45
TV Outp. 47
Digital Video Outputp. 48
Choosing a TV Tuner Cardp. 49
Stand-alone TV Tuner Cardsp. 49
Integrated TV Tuner/Video Cardsp. 50
External TV Tunersp. 52
Installing the Project Video Cardp. 53
Some Video Extrasp. 54
An Amplified Antennap. 54
An Audio and Video Broadcast Systemp. 55
Large LCD Displayp. 56
A Video Card for Upgradersp. 57
Choosing Your Audio Systemp. 59
Selecting Sound Output Optionsp. 60
Features to Look Forp. 60
Installing Your Sound Optionsp. 66
Audio Amplification Recommendationsp. 66
Connecting to Your Existing Audio Systemp. 66
Buying a New Amplifierp. 67
Speaker System Optionsp. 68
Understanding Speaker Systems and Soundsp. 68
Powered Speaker Systemsp. 69
Audiophile Speaker Systemsp. 71
Getting the Right Storage Systemsp. 73
Choosing a Hard Drivep. 74
A/V Content Burns Spacep. 74
Disk Performance Equals Playback Qualityp. 75
Using RAID for Higher Performancep. 76
The Home Entertainment System PC Hard Drivep. 78
Adding a Floppy Disk Drivep. 79
Choosing a Floppy Disk Drivep. 79
Painting the Floppy Disk Drivep. 79
Installing the Floppy Disk Drivep. 82
Choosing a DVD Drivep. 87
Playing Moviesp. 87
Playing Audio CDsp. 88
Painting the DVD Drivep. 88
Installing the DVD Drivep. 88
Installing the Hard Drivep. 93
Mounting and Connecting the Hard Drivep. 93
Partitioning and Formatting the Hard Drivep. 95
Installing the Operating Systemp. 98
Distributing Your Contentp. 103
Networking Your Contentp. 104
Wireless Networking Optionsp. 104
Ethernet Networkingp. 108
Other Types of Networkingp. 113
The Bottom Line on Networkingp. 114
Adding a DVD Burnerp. 114
Which DVD Format?p. 115
Burning Your Own Mixp. 116
Creating DVD Moviesp. 116
Audio and Video Signal Sharingp. 117
Wireless Audio and Video Signal Sharingp. 117
Wired Audio and Video Signal Sharingp. 119
Streaming Your Contentp. 120
Adding a Second DVD Drivep. 121
Getting More from Your PC Home Entertainment System
Accessing New Contentp. 125
Internet Accessp. 126
Internet Connection Optionsp. 128
DSL and Cablep. 128
Other Connection Optionsp. 130
Finding Your Web Contentp. 133
The Issues of Online Content Distributionp. 133
Finding the Legal Sitesp. 133
TV Signalsp. 135
Over-the-Air TVp. 135
TV Signals from Your Satellite Receiverp. 136
Cable TVp. 137
Recorded Content from Your VCRp. 137
Nice Extras You'll Want to Havep. 139
Wireless Inputp. 139
Wireless Keyboardp. 140
Wireless Mousep. 141
Wireless Trackballp. 142
Remote Controlsp. 143
RF Remote Controlsp. 143
Infrared Remote Controlsp. 145
Partnering with Your Pocket PCp. 146
Streaming Video on Your Pocket PCp. 146
Wireless Pocket PCp. 147
NetOp Remote Controlp. 149
UPSp. 151
Game Controllersp. 152
Software to Make It All Workp. 155
Configuring the Audio Settingsp. 156
Installing the Audio Driversp. 156
Using the Audio Configuration Panelp. 157
Correcting Audio Stutteringp. 162
Configuring the ATI Video Optionsp. 163
Installing the ATI Driversp. 163
Configuring the Video Displayp. 163
Configuring the ATI Multimedia Centerp. 166
Installing the MSI DVD Playerp. 172
Using the MSI DVD Playerp. 172
Configuring the MSI DVD Playerp. 173
Using the TV Applicationp. 177
Understanding the TV Modesp. 177
Using TV-On-Demandp. 179
Scheduling TV Player Eventsp. 180
Using the Guide Plus+ TV Listingsp. 182
Recording Directly to DVDp. 183
Using Windows Media Playerp. 183
Ripping Content with the Windows Media Playerp. 183
Creating Playlistsp. 185
Recording Audio CDs with the Windows Media Playerp. 186
Creating DVD Moviesp. 187
The Conclusionp. 188
A Shopping Listp. 191
The Basicsp. 191
Optional Add-Onsp. 196
Online Sourcesp. 201
Indexp. 203
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