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XJumper84
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XBMC Live or Windows 7 64bit pro with XBMC on top?

I built an htpc and installed XBMC Live while waiting for my copy of Windows 7 to show up. I got it all working with a sound over HDMI on an ati video card ( ), all my media shows up, and the thing is wicked quick.


But I bought windows 7 thinking I was going to need it. Should I wipe the drive and install everything again with windows 7 pro as the os and xbmc over the top? What are the advantages of doing this?



The only downside I currently has is I only get 2.0 audio over HDMI and that just doesn't do justice in movies.



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Old 11-21-2011, 10:53 AM XJumper84 is offline  
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I think Windows 7 with XMBC on top
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The advantages I can think of:

1. Windows would let you play games, or run other windows-exclusive software. Might be nice for an HTPC.
2. Possibly better video card support in general. ATI's Linux drivers have always sucked miles of dick.
3. 7.1 sound support on Windows (but not Linux, I take it?)
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The advantages I can think of:

1. Windows would let you play games, or run other windows-exclusive software. Might be nice for an HTPC.
2. Possibly better video card support in general. ATI's Linux drivers have always sucked miles of dick.
3. 7.1 sound support on Windows (but not Linux, I take it?)

1 - no game playing, but would be nice to have the itunes integration...

2 - no comment

3 - is the 7.1 support there, in windows on the ati?
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is the 7.1 support there?

I'm pretty sure it is. I have that same video card in my HTPC, and I'm pretty sure it works properly. I'm running Windows 7 Home.
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I'm pretty sure it is. I have that same video card in my HTPC, and I'm pretty sure it works properly. I'm running Windows 7 Home.

can i assume you installed the os, then the catalyst drivers, then xbmc ?
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I use OpenELEC.

Its basically an XBMC OS... instead of XBMC running on top of Ubuntu.
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can i assume you installed the os, then the catalyst drivers, then xbmc ?

How else would it be accomplished?
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It's my understanding that the next v of XBMC (Eden) to be released in Dec will have what you're looking for in the Live version.
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I run XBMC on top of Win7. Playing Skyrim with mods on the HTPC =
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How else would it be accomplished?

stupid questions get stupid answers. haha

made the upgrade and ended up forcing 7.1 sound in the sound card properties under the control panel. the receiver picks up the 7.1 and plays it directly. its much better now, thats for sure.
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stupid questions get stupid answers. haha

made the upgrade and ended up forcing 7.1 sound in the sound card properties under the control panel. the receiver picks up the 7.1 and plays it directly. its much better now, thats for sure.

Ever since upgrading my video card to the asus eah5450 silent the video of my xvids, Avi's and DVD iso's no longer plays only the audio In xbmc, does anyone know why this may be?
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Similar boat here.

I went Win7 so I could make it more multipurpose. I am also more familiar with Windows, so supporting it is better for me. I am running XBMC, SickBeard, sabnzbd, Amazon Unbox, Boxee, and the mainstream apps.
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I use OpenELEC.

Its basically an XBMC OS... instead of XBMC running on top of Ubuntu.

This is really interesting. I had no idea there were options like this available.

Does it "play nice" with Windows (7) shares? <edit> reading up on this now...

looks like it should be doable.
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I use OpenELEC.

Its basically an XBMC OS... instead of XBMC running on top of Ubuntu.

Well... That was a very painful four hours.

Ended up having to use this haneWIN NFS server thingy.

First, had to work out how to properly install a hdd in my new box (without snapping plastic bits)

Next, was stymied by some bizzare errors following installation. Turns out my Intel build didn't like the ATI vidya card. Ditched it.

After about an hour trying to futz with netmount.conf, then staring at search results in a thread titled "netmount.conf is no longer used" (something to that effect) it finally dawned on me... Maybe I should read the OP... Oh. netmount.conf is not used any more. Then an hour experimenting with autostart.sh using CIFS

Then... I happened upon a tiny little 3-line post saying something like "click this link this worked for me"

downloaded/installed hanewinNFS, set up the shares... redid autostart.sh...bang... working 100%

It is really amazing how fast it boots. Given that it boots so quickly, I'm a lot more likely to shut the thing off during the 18-20 hours I'm not using it most days.

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Oh, and on topic... It's got my thumbs up so far. Aside from the slightly complicated setup process I went through, I really see no reason to:

1.) bog a machine down with a full-on operating system
2.) waste $100 buying W7 just for this purpose (provided you don't plan to use the box as anything BUT a HTPC.)
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