I Just bought A 23" Monitor to watch Movies on in the bedroom.
I'll be using My PC to play the movies from the DVD player.
Both the Monitor and my 4850 video card have HDMI, DVI (2 on the Card), And D-Sub video connections.
The monitor does have an Audio connection but I would rather use the Sub and Sattelight speakers connected to the PC for sound.
Is there an input device I could hook up to the USB port on the front to control the usual items I.E.
Play, fast forward, pause, volume etc like on a "regular DVD player remote?"
A wired connection like a mini keyboard? Even better, a wireless remote communicating with a usb wireless unit plugged into the front of my PC?
Searches on the net want to point me to remote access to a PC "from anywhere"... I just need 10 feet or so of range.
I don't really need a tv tuner card but it wouldnt be a terrible thing to have just in case for later "expansion" especially if that is the only way to get it done.
Well i had an ATI remote control back when i had a AIW card but i dont know if its compatable with a standard card or not.
Failing that you could do what my daughter does and just use a remote keyboard. She can lay on her bed which is at least 10 ft away and it works fine.
Like this she can check emails etc without moving when the movie has finished.
If you have a Media Center edition of Windows (XP MCE, Vista Home Premium/Ultimate, 7 Home Premium/Ultimate), you can get a Media Center Remote Control.
I have this one and I love it! For the record, I did NOT spend $100 on it (more like $35 a couple years ago). I also have this Microsoft Wireless MCE Keyboard paired with it, though I'm not too fond if the little mouse nipple control. Both of these are IR and require line of sight to the USB IR Receiver.
I also have a remote control identical to one that comes with a TV Tuner like this one that works just as well. This remote control is RF and does not require line of sight.
Google "MCE Remote Control" and you might find something you like.
@Mactronix - I still have my AIW Remote Control as well (not in use). While it does have a USB port connector, I'm fairly certain you need the ATI Remote Wonder software to use it and of course, in order to use that, you probably need the ATI Multi-Media Center software as well.
Edit: My bad. The second remote control I linked is NOT RF, but IR and does require line of sight as well. Sorry