Friday, August 04, 2006

This Weekend's Projects

1. Powerstrip. Trying to correct the overscan/virtual desktop panning issues on my HTPC.

2. SnaptuneOne. Just ran across this pretty cool looking software which allows you to record radio onto PC. Curious to see whether my Compusa TV card will also pick up a FM signal.

Will post results next week!

Quick Recap of my HTPC

Here's some quick specs on my Poor Man's HTPC...

1. Compaq Presario 5855 (AMDK7 processor 550Mhz) acquired circa 1999. So old, it shipped with Windows 98SE.

2. (New) ATI Radeon 9700 Pro AGP graphics card ($55 on Ebay). Using ATI adapter ($10 on to feed component video to my Sanyo 27 inch HDTV from Walmart ($400).

3. Compusa Digital/Analog TV Tuner Card ($30 on Ebay)

4. 384 Mg RAM

5. DVD Burner Liteon (Compusa special $30)

6. 160 Seagate HDD ($30 Circuit City)

This thing is running like a charm for such an old castoff. The Radeon 9700 has made a world of difference in the video output-really looks much better than the S-Video I was using before.

Havent posted in awhile!

Well, I haven't posted in awhile, but I have been doing some tech stuff lately so I thought I'd fire this back up.

Basically, Ive been working on my Poor Man's HTPC (Home Theater PC) and have actually had some success recently.

As a followup to my last post, I never could get the D-Link and the Airport Express to work together, but Compusa ran the D-Link pocket routers real cheap a few months ago, so I was able to get wireless access to my HTPC that way.

Still looking for a good use for the Airport Express.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Today's Experiment-Airport Express with D-Link 624

I have a D-Link 624 as my primary wireless router. Currently, it is hardwired to my DSL modem, and also hardwired to my main 'puter (XP Home). Wirelessly, I connect with a PowerMac G4 using a D-Link 710AP. My current project is to try to get my 3rd computer connected wirelessly using an Airport Express I received for Christmas.

Supposedly, the only way to do this is using an Airport Extreme base station which supports WDS (Wireless Distribution System). D-Link DI-624 doesn't have WDS support, but there is supposedly a work-around. Plan to try this tonight and will post results, and how to do it if it does work.