My HTPC - MediaPortal driven
I'm working on my HTPC since about two years now. At the moment the system is powered by MediaPortal. It took some time to build a stable and beautiful system which fits the WAF (Wife acceptance factor) but I nearly brought it to the perfect HTPC system.
I write about my experiences working on my HTPC system. For now I wrote some tutorials about MediaPortal, the DH-102 case and Operating System tunings. I plan to write more detailed posts about the hardware and software I use and why I've choosen it.
You like to read more about my HTPC project and/or MediaPortal? You will find my latest posts below. Also take a look at the right for my HTPC project description.
Latest activities about my HTPC
Watching the first games of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa I could ignore the annoying permanent sound of the vuvuzelas. But after some matches I was fed up with these sounds and searched for a better solution than turning the sound totally off.
And I found one!
Yesterday I had some problems with the EPG in my Mediaportal PC. The following symptoms occurred when I tried to open the EPG: EPG does not open High cpu usage of mysqld Eventlog entry in application log source MySQL: mysqld.exe: Sort aborted Maye this was caused by some power loss during fetching new EPG data. [...]
It was important to me to have a well designed and clear look and feel. Since i still use a two screen setup another important argument to choose Blackglass as Mediaportal skin was that it can widely be used with a Touchscreen. The basic home screen (main menu) is the best I can expect for touchscreens.
Today I improved my MediaPortal driven HTPC with the functionality to mount network shares directly from MediaPortal. In fact I mounted the shares via logon script but this is sometimes not enough. For example when the server can not be reached when starting the HTPC. Exactly for this case I used the MediaPortal MultiShortcut plugin [...]
Some days ago I was on travel and forgot to schedule the recording of a film I really wanted to watch later. I decided to spend some time by finding a solution to completely schedule new recordings from remote. This also includes waking up my htpc from any PC on the Internet since my HTPC [...]
Some days ago the iMon remote, touchscreen and builtin controlls stopped working suddenly. The message “IMON H/W is disconnected” appeared when hovering the iMon Manager icon in the taskbar. I can’t remember when the problem occured first. Maybe after a forced shutdown. The touchscreen itselfs worked like it should. Unplugging and plugging the internal USB [...]
I wanted to upgrade the case of my HTPC system which is based on MediaPortal and a customized Windows XP. My main target was to get things like music and radio playing without using the TV display. So it was clear that I needed a case with some sort of included display. I spent a [...]
I just found a real must have: The Asus EEE keyboard. The keyboard is not a usual thing: It has built-in WiFi, Ethernet, Speakers, Microphone an a 5-inch touchscreen display. It looks like i’ve found the keyboard of my dreams for my HTPC. And all this in really cool design and a weight of less [...]