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I ordered a bunch of parts to convert my old Opty 165 rig into an HTPC. Here's the forthcoming specs:
Opty 165 on an Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe
1gb Corsair ram (2x512mb w/ great timings)
XFX 8500gt
400w or 450w PSU
Seagate 7200.11 500gb SataII HDD
Hauppauge Win TV PVR 150
Enlight EN-PA411411 ATX Mid Tower case with infrared port and MCE remote
Soundblaster !Live 5.1 Platinum Soundcard
XP Media Centre Edition

The TV it will be running on is a Toshiba 20" that I won at my Safe Grad a few years back. It's only got component audio/video jacks.

I've got some questions in regards to setting up my cable via the TV tuner, how I should run video to the TV and how I setup the sound.

We've got Digital cable running to my family's main TV which I've spliced to hook up to my TV. Now through the digital cable box we've got movie channels that I can't get on my TV. When setting up the connection through XP media centre, can I get all the channels I'm missing out on?

Also, for the video, an S-video to component cable is all I need, right?

And again for sound, sound jacks to red/white component cable?

Anything else I should know?

Appreciate any help.
    
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well thats all you need.now get your parts and start the build.
    
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After checking out Hauppauge's website, it looks like I'd need a digital cable box in order to get the extra TV channels. Lame.
    
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should have gotten an 3650 though.
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After checking out Hauppauge's website, it looks like I'd need a digital cable box in order to get the extra TV channels. Lame.
Lame? Blame the cable company for DRM.

With the card itself, you can get unencrypted channels and/or QAM channels (all under channel 100). To get anything encrypted or over channel 100, you need a Set Top Box.
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Lame? Blame the cable company for DRM.

With the card itself, you can get unencrypted channels and/or QAM channels (all under channel 100). To get anything encrypted or over channel 100, you need a Set Top Box.
*Blames the cable company for DRM*

It's lame because we have digital cable at our house already and it's going to cost me an extra $80 to get another set top box to watch the few extra channels I can get by walk downstairs and turning on a different TV.

Ahh well, gotta love free market capitalism. So, what will it take to connect a set top box to the Hauppauge Win TV PVR 150? Instead of plugging the cable directly into the TV tuner I'd plug it into the set top box and use the component/s-video (which?) jacks to run it through the tuner card, eh?
    
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*Blames the cable company for DRM*

It's lame because we have digital cable at our house already and it's going to cost me an extra $80 to get another set top box to watch the few extra channels I can get by walk downstairs and turning on a different TV.

Ahh well, gotta love free market capitalism. So, what will it take to connect a set top box to the Hauppauge Win TV PVR 150? Instead of plugging the cable directly into the TV tuner I'd plug it into the set top box and use the component/s-video (which?) jacks to run it through the tuner card, eh?
Yup. That will work fine. Just so you know, that card does not support digital over-the-air. You don't need it with your planned setup though.
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Yup. That will work fine. Just so you know, that card does not support digital over-the-air. You don't need it with your planned setup though.
We don't have digital over-the-air. That's an american phenomenon. Our digital cable is via a regular cable hooked in to a box.
    
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We don't have digital over-the-air. That's an american phenomenon. Our digital cable is via a regular cable hooked in to a box.
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I got the system built and running through one of my TVs, but I can't get the case's IR port to work. Media Center won't pick it up during the setup wizard and so I can't connect it to my set top box. The case came with a remote and the IR sensor connects to the motherboard via a usb plug, but it's not working at all.
The case didn't come with a driver disc and I can't find any info on the case online, not even through Enlight's website. Any one have a clue on how to get my IR sensor working?
    
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