Can i wait or should I buy now?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Peter B, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Peter B

    Peter B Guest

    I just recently cancelled my TIVO service b/c it would not work with my VOIP
    service. I am vry interested in purchasing a Windows MCE PC (looking at the
    AlienwareDHS 5), but I ahve some questions.

    1st. I am very intrigued by the potential option that MCE will support
    cablecards in v2006. Does anyone know if your current MCE pc does not have
    that option, if an adapter will be provided (perhaps via USB) that would
    allow you to upgrade?
    2nd. Does anyone know of any other MCE pc's (preferably one that operates
    looks like a Home Theater component) other than Alienware?
    Peter B, Jan 25, 2005
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    Martijn Saly Guest

    MCE 2005 already supports TV tuner cards, but only a limited collection of
    them is truly supported. With other cards, you can only plug&pray. I don't
    know about USB TV receivers, but personally I think that's not a really
    elegant solution, compared to a PCI card, don't you agree?
    IIRC, Gateway and HP have MCE boxes as well. Many local computer stores have
    also made up ready-to-buy configurations from normal (or less normal)
    computer parts. And since a lot of PC case manufacturers have jumped into
    the HT-market, this opens a new cosumer target for local PC shops. Maybe you
    could discuss your specific needs and wishes at a local PC store... one that
    will help you design your own custom-built system (there are hundreds of
    them, at least in my country).
    Martijn Saly, Jan 25, 2005
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    slideshowbob Guest

    I use the Hauppauge TV PVR USB2 with MCE 2005 and it works really well. I
    had to use this option on my build, because my motherboard only had 1 PCI
    slot and I used that for gigabit ethernet.
    slideshowbob, Jan 25, 2005
  4. You might pick up a copy of the latest Popular Science, or look online at The newest issue had an article about available Media Center
    PCs, and they showed 9 different ones - 3 desktop/towers, 3 laptops, and 3
    in "stereo component-like" cases. As I remember, the Alienware was the most

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    Dana Cline - MVP, Jan 26, 2005
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