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Setting up an entertainment room (BIG POST!)

Discussion in 'PS2' started by JFlash, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. JFlash

    JFlash Member

    Sep 19, 2004
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    Hello everyone, I've been a long time spectator of these boards but decided recently to register because I had so many questions. Anyway, I'm moving my computer into my room (currently where all the family can get to it, not good!) but that means no TV.
    So, what I want to accomplish are the following: 1) Connect all of my gaming consoles (excluding NES, SNES, SATURN, and GENESIS) to my computer so I can play them in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound without a TV (XBOX and PS2), Install mod chips in both my PS2 and XBOX systems, back-up my entire library of games (or download ROM's of games I --->ALREADY OWN<---), and (because this will be in my room) turn my XBOX into a media center (Play music, video, etc. unless this offers no benefits over just using my computer as a media center).
    Well, let's start with connecting my PS2 and XBOX in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound to the computer. If I'm going to be gaming in HDTV, I want some TV in HDTV too. Would this TV Tuner card work out? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1051806674120&skuId=4346078&type=product . Here are my computer system specs:

    Windows XP Professional
    AMD64 3200+ on an ASUS K8T SE Deluxe
    1gb Kingston PC3200 RAM
    NVIDIA 6800gt
    2x120gb Segate HDD's in RAID-0
    480w PSU

    For the XBOX, I found this cable: http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2546404 . It seems that you don't need the extra XBOX adapter for this cable, and it connects directly to the TV (or in this case computer). This is the digital audio version, which means I need digital audio inputs (of course!) Does the TV Tuner card have this? I don't think my Audigy 2 ZS has the correct inputs. For the PS2, I found this: http://www.monstercable.com/monstergame/ps2/

    ---NOTE: I have just realised how god damn expensive these cables are, it almost seems unessesery. Is there a cheaper alternative that gives the same performance as monster?---

    About mod chips now. For my PS2 I've heard that mainly the choice is between DMS3 and Matrix Infinity. These are the must-have's that I want with the mod chip:

    -Play any and all backups I throw at it (that includes backups of import games, as well as backup of DVD's)
    -Play backups online (I'll patch DNAS) without any trouble
    -Not interfer with the picture quality AT ALL

    Things that would be nice:
    -Easy install
    -Quick boot (skip the logo's and whatnot)

    For my XBOX, it seems the only good mod chip is aladdin, so I'll go with that. I'm not expecting to play backed-up online games through xbox live (most xbox online games are just PC ports anyway) I would like to, however, play xbox games online through another service. I heard about this program: http://www.teamxlink.co.uk/ it seems to be the answer. The only problem would be it's popularity. Do people actually use this service to play xbox games online? And if they don't, is there another similar service/program I could download that actually has active people using it.
    About actual backups. Is it wise to follow the directions directly from this http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/15105 and this http://www.xbox-scene.com/articles/iso-backup-guide.php tutorial?
    If anyone can help me, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  2. lucifer69

    lucifer69 Regular member

    Aug 29, 2004
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    if you want fast book you have to get the matrix infinity and is also easier to install than dm3 plus

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