My HTPC - MediaPortal driven

MediaPortal BlackGlass Skin 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

15
Jun/10
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Filter Vuvuzelas in MediaPortal

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!

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15
Mar/10
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Mediaportal: Repair broken EPG (Corrupted Table)

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. […]

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4
Feb/10
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BlackGlass: My new MediaPortal Skin

Blackglass Main Menu Blackglass is the name of the current MediaPortal Skin I use since several months now.

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.

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15
Sep/09
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MediaPortal: Mount network shares from mediaportal

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 […]

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31
Jul/09
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Mediaportal: Schedule recordings from remote

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 […]

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23
May/09
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DH 102: iMon remote broken: “IMON H/W is disconnected”

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 […]

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8
May/09
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MediaPortal + dh-102. iMon display + Remote + Hotkeys work for me

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 […]

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7
Jan/09
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Asus EEE Keyboard

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 […]

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