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# 91040 5-Oct-2011 15:22
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Hey all,

I'm just looking for something in the $2-300 range that is capable of running xbmc with vga output, only real needs are small and quiet (and preferably with WiFi).

I might just have it booting xbmx, or run a trimmed down xp with media center on it.  I am currently running a similar setup on an old xbox but XBMC4XBOX (the xbox-only release of the xbmc media software) is pretty limited. 

It will just be running 800x600 to a projector with VGA in.  Anyone got anything suitable?  I was kind of disappointed that I sold my Acer EEE Box - it would have been perfect for this setup!

Note: I am considering getting an HP mini as they can be had for around $250 second hand...

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  # 529664 5-Oct-2011 16:11
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Get an Apple TV and jailbreak it with XBMC. This is my main rig at home and it works a treat for $150 outlay. You just have to be able to share the content from another location over wifi or ethernet.

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  # 529665 5-Oct-2011 16:13
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if you dont have a hdmi input the appletv 2 wont do you any good (thats the only output it has)


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  # 529666 5-Oct-2011 16:14
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reven: if you dont have a hdmi input the appletv 2 wont do you any good (thats the only output it has)

Ah true I missed that, though you have conversion options with adapters. 

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  # 529702 5-Oct-2011 17:06
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Try looking on trademe for laptops with broken screens, broken keyboards, dead batteries, etc.

They're cheap, usually quiet and have wifi.

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Master Geek


  # 530532 7-Oct-2011 12:22
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Gehenna - I would definitely get an AppleTV if I could use HDMI, they are pretty good value for what they are...

Michealt - that's a great idea, thanyou!

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