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Poll Results: Which OS?

 
  • 58% (34)
    Vista Premium 32bit
  • 5% (3)
    Server 2008 64bit
  • 36% (21)
    Linux (probably ubuntu?)
58 Total Votes  
post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
i'll be running Foxconn A7GM-S board and AMD BE-2400, 2gb ram (I can add more if i need to)

I'm just not sure which OS to install. I'll be viewing a lot of .mkv, .divx, and .rmvb format files. Which OS and which program would u guys suggest? Thanks guys for the feedback and suggestions. Please explain a little bit so I can learn from it.

Edited: seems like vista home premium 32bit and linux is fairly equal. I'll give vista a try first. so far, i'm still having trouble getting XBMC to play my .rmvb format files.
WMC seems a little confusing for my parents. any comments will be appreciated. thanks guys!

oh, btw, My A7GM-S board's hdmi output is not giving me 5.1 surround sound or DTS or Dolby digital, how do i fix it?
Edited by hot97integra - 3/31/09 at 10:46pm
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post #2 of 39
Why not windows media centre edition?
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post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
i plan on running other softwares, thinking of xbmc or meedio or mythtv?
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post #4 of 39
Would xbmc work on a pc though? i know it works on an xbox because ive tried it but i dont think you could run it on a normal pc since a pc wont boot the datel disc you need
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post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frankie View Post
Would xbmc work on a pc though? i know it works on an xbox because ive tried it but i dont think you could run it on a normal pc since a pc wont boot the datel disc you need
check this out
http://xbmc.org/
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post #6 of 39
Oh they've made it avaliable for pc now it wasnt a few months ago when i last checked.
I think most people would go with windows media centre edition for a HTPC imo
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Maxtor 250gb, WD 1tb Noctua NH-D14 Zalman VF1000 LED Windows 7 x64 Ultimate 
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post #7 of 39
I've been running Windows 7 for my HTPC for 2 reasons.
1. It's free right now, and I like free.
2. Since it's the "ultimate" version it has all the cool media center features.
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post #8 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by FallenFaux View Post
I've been running Windows 7 for my HTPC for 2 reasons.
1. It's free right now, and I like free.
2. Since it's the "ultimate" version it has all the cool media center features.
Where is it free from? Microsoft wont let anybody download it now last time i checked
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post #9 of 39
Yeah Windows 7 should be an option in the poll. It works well on "light" systems.
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post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FallenFaux View Post
I've been running Windows 7 for my HTPC for 2 reasons.
1. It's free right now, and I like free.
2. Since it's the "ultimate" version it has all the cool media center features.
I like free too, but then this will be temporary? i don't want to keep dealing with formatting and stuff. The reason I put Vista Premium 32bit are server 2008 64bit because I have these two available so I don't have to buy another OS. I'm actually thinking of trying out MythUbuntu, I wonder how good that will work
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
M4 128Gb SSD Zalman 9700NT Windows 7 Professional Soyo 24" Topaz S (MVA Panel) 
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HP 2311x Logitech G11 Thermaltake Purepower 600W Antec DF-10 
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