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Master Geek
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Topic # 83829 21-May-2011 13:36 Send private message

I have an old Dell Dimension 2400.
Pentium 4, 2.4GHz, 40gb drive
Microsoft XP Home, 512mb Ram

Is it of any use as an HTPC.
If not, any suggestions (and yes, I do know most of the silly ones)?

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Master Geek

  Reply # 471897 21-May-2011 14:04 Send private message

If it is a Sata drive drop a 1Tb drive in and use as a NAS.

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 472015 21-May-2011 21:48 Send private message

Should be fine for running at least an older version of MAME. If you fancy carpentry, you could buy a few controls or an X-Arcade setup, and build an arcade cabinet to put it in.

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  Reply # 472019 21-May-2011 22:00 Send private message

Not really. It probably won't play HD content unless you put a video card in there that'll do hardware video decoding. But it also doesn't realy have enough RAM.

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  Reply # 472022 21-May-2011 22:07 Send private message

don't try htpc ... unless you want random lag and lag everytime you click something or change the channel or touch the thing

it could be a very fast very large non portable netbook?

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  Reply # 472072 22-May-2011 08:22 Send private message

Ive just built a P4 2.4 (2GB and a 7600 video card) for myself....- still runs a bunch of games I like to play...

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Master Geek

  Reply # 472797 23-May-2011 09:31 Send private message

My HTPC works with the same cpu. It is an old HP D510 compaq office pc. Just put a bit more ram in there and a new hdd, and it will go well.

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  Reply # 472915 23-May-2011 12:41 Send private message

For SD stuff it would be OK with the right software but if you have a HD TV I would not bother as you will just want it to do HD stuff.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 473117 23-May-2011 18:27 Send private message

Thank you for your help.
I can see that it is not up to the job as an HTPC computer.
I asked at work and someone has a need for such a machine which is primarily to use it to log into work and work from home.
I know it is well up to the job (because I used to use it), so I am happy to donate it to them.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 473165 23-May-2011 20:53 Send private message

I use a P4 2.4Ghz with 1 gb ram, and an ATI 2600 AGP video card and it plays my 1080i freeview recordings just fine.
I use this as a client to my GBPVR / NPVR server upstairs.

Running Win7.

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