MCE on laptop ... worth it?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by treecast, May 29, 2005.

  1. treecast

    treecast Guest

    Of the research I have done so far re: MCE, most of the material seems to
    deal with running it on a Media Center Edition PC (like those living room
    personal computers made by HP, Sony Vaio). I can understand how running MCE
    on these living room boxes with all their own audio/video inputs/outputs,
    etc. would be nice ... but is there ANY advantage to installing MCE 2005 on
    a laptop (like Dell now offers as an upgade? I would especially like to hea
    from any of you guys and gals that have an MVE equipped laptop. TKS ...
    treecast, May 29, 2005
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  2. I have it installed on my laptop (HP7380) and liked it so much I purchased a
    desktop system with MCE for the wife and kids (even has MCE going through
    the xbox which is nice as the guide is a great feature with whats on and a
    description of the episode, nicely cut down on the channel surfing). Now
    granted I don't watch much TV, but I'm rarely home for the one show that I
    do like to watch, so I'm able to record it with MCE and watch it when I have
    time. I must admit I really like MCE recording feature as I just tell it
    the series that I like and it records it for me and even recorded a special
    episode that was scheduled at a different time (nice bonus when I found
    that). Its also nice for playing DVDs as one system does it all. Fact is I
    think the HP7380 only comes with MCE.

    Blake McNeill, May 30, 2005
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    galatians220 Guest

    I have an HP zd8000 laptop I just got with MCE 2005. I also got the TV
    tuner. Do you or anyone else know how to hook up the laptop to the TV so I
    can watch MCE on the TV? I already have the s-video input on my TV going to
    my receiver and home theater system, but I'm sure there's a way to do both.

    galatians220, Aug 27, 2005
  4. I'm confused...your receiver and home theater systems are feeding an sVideo
    signal to your TV? How/why?

    Normally you'll have the svideo cable run from your computer (laptop) to
    your TV's sVideo input. Then you'd have the sound from your PC run into the
    receiver or home theater system...

    Dana Cline - MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 29, 2005
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    gaijin Guest

    Possibly because many people with A/V receivers, feed all their video
    signals first into their receiver, so that they only need one video
    cable going into their TV and they can switch between all components
    by switching to the appropriate input on their receiver!

    No need to be confused, this is just basic A/V hookup stuff!
    gaijin, Aug 29, 2005
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