First, my setup:
AMD 3400+ (2.4ghz) single core socket 754
DFI NF3 250GB
SATA WD Raptor (Primary)
SATA Seagate HD (Secondary)
Radeon 9600 connected to plasma tv via DVI
Onboard sound, onboard Ethernet
Media Center Remote version 2
I am at wits end. I've tried so many programs (Knoppmyth, GBPVR, Windows MCE), so many techniques, and I've lurked on forums for so many days this past month. All I want to do is have a system that plays my video files (xvid, avi, mkv, etc) and my anime with subtitles and multiple language streams (mostly .mkv) with me being lazy and controlling everything through the remote. Just a frontend. I don't want to record TV; I don't want any PVR applications, all I want is a HTPC that plays my library of mkv, avi, divx, and xvid files.
I ran windows media center for the longest time, and it worked fine when I was watching regular xvids or divx files, but if I wanted to watch anime (mostly KAA rips), I would have to bring out a mouse and manually control the computer via the core media player. Windows MCE didn't like the MKV file format; I had to mess with the registery for it to even know they existed, and when I then tried to play the file, I wasn't satisfied with the results, and I couldn't control with stream or which subtitles loaded. Then I tried GBpvr. That was a little bit of a pain to configure, I mean, coming from windows MCE (it just works!), but I was able to configure HIP with my MCE remote, and then run the program. The anime files played natively, but I couldn't get the subtitles to work. There was only one other person that posted about anime, but his post didn't help me that much. So then windows was down and out.
I think I want to try out mythbuntu. My question for you guys is are there any anime watchers out here? If so, do you use Mythbuntu to watch, and also how did you configure your setup so it can play xvid files and mkvs without skipping a beat?