39 posts • joined Tuesday 14th August 2007 14:38 GMT
$49 and $99 eh? So that'll be £99 and £149 when it gets over here then.
Well it sounds very nice - anything that can handle MKVs immediately gets a gold star from me. Unfortunately it's still up around the price tag for a complete HTPC which would be able to play back disc media as well.
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Stick an nVidia 8 series or later chip in there - Nvidia CUDA is much more accommodating than DXVA for hardware h264 decoding. Only downside is you need CoreAVC to access it which isn't free (but it is cheap and very good). In a box this small you need every bit of processing power you can squeeze out, which with DXVA sadly isn't very much.
TV station bug
Comments from around the web seem to indicate the bug is slightly more serious, resulting in the digital tuner completely dying, meaning a replacement set. However I still want one for the parents so I can finally be rid of VHS.
Get the right upscaler and the results can be amazing - thus a PC will outperform almost any standalone. PureVideo and a 1080p telly via HDMI = unbelievably good DVD playback.
As for BD itself, until it's as easy to play any and all BDs regardless of region as it is with DVDs I'll probably hold on to my cash.
I liked the beta - much more polished than the pre-betas (obviously)... but then it trashed two of my hard drives (apparently). Anyone else had random spin-downs using Maxtor SATA drives?
Other than that (admittedly rather major) issue, I really like Win7. The description "Vista pretty but without all the crap" seems quite apt.
Re: Re: Sigh
Coax is a damn sight faster than phone cable. Unless I'm mistaken (and I very well may be - anyone in the know care to correct me/concur?) about it carrying ~200 channels at 2-15 Mbps per channel, plus my internet traffic. The fibre backbone is probably orders of magnitude faster, but that makes sense as by that point you have everyone's internet traffic to contend with.
@ Ash and Kev
I too get exactly as advertised - 2mb for the first GB (during peak times, then 1mb for the next 5 hours), otherwise full speed. Customer service is crap but at least the line is pretty damn stable. It's gone down I think once in the past 6 months, and that was at their end (evidenced by flashing "sync" and "ready" lights on the modem).
Just out of interest...
How many of this type of unit *do* support MKV and h264? It seems to be the one thing that is almost non-existent - if this does indeed support everything it may just be awesome. Network port would be even better however. HTPC for £100? Yes please.
(although I do like having a full HTPC and WMC)
Ah yes, methodology. I believe the only correct place for that term is as a heading for the section of your work where you describe and discuss the methods available to you for whatever it is you are doing. The method is what you actually do.
"Brainstorming"? That's hardly new.
"At the end of the day"? I find it useful for "what will/should happen regardless of the method you employ" or "what it turns out like regardless of how you think it should happen".
@ AC 13:22
XP with an Aero interface? Perfect.
Does anyone or anything actually use that?
Paris, because she displays... yeah.
Good to see...
..the El Reg hive mind in full swing.
Revolver or pistol
The picture on the Revolver card in my box is definitely of a semi-automatic pistol, and ditto for the actual playing piece itself.
Paris, just because.
To make it three times faster, natch?
No need to ring the 08 number
Look up VM's numbers on saynoto0870.com and you should be able to find a geographical number for customer service. They have been blocking them off one by one but if you can find one it's well worth it (especially if you get free minutes on your mobile)
Unless Virgin changed their T&Cs recently, they won't let you plug anything into their cable that isn't one of their supplied set-top boxes or cable modems. A shame really as the hardware to make use of cable - including the smart card - is out there for very reasonable rates.
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