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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 31571 22-Mar-2009 19:43
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I have an old laptop that was pretty flash in its day, but is no longer.

My idea was to keep it hooked into the TV and in living in a draw. I want to plug in a basic Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse into the available USB port, and basically turn the TV into an internet browser, and perhaps a photo browser.

I would also like to be able to use it to access other computers, and pull up their .avi's and play them (preferably with VLC like compatibilities), and to pull up photos for a slideshow.

I would not want to use this laptop for anything else.

What I was hoping for was some advice about a Linux variety that is very small, quick to boot, and does full internet browsing and videos.

Preferably something very small so the laptop seems very quick and responsive, or we will never use it.

It has (approx):

194mb Ram
400mhz (P II ??)
1x USB 1.0 (for bluetooth keyboard and mouse, hopefully)
CD reader
PCMCIA wireless
VGA and Audio Out.

It currently has 98se and xp, but wont play videos smoothly under xp...

Thanks guys

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 202847 23-Mar-2009 17:43
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Is the TV either an LCD, or Plasma? in otherwords does it have either vga (or dvi which you could use with a dvi to vga converter).

If not even if your laptop has a tv-out connector (doubtful given the specs) you will find the screen quality not good enough to browse the web although watching movies through vlc could be alright.

The other problem you can have is with a large tv's is resolutions often go above 1600x1050 which I find tends to be the maximum with old graphics cards and using analog connectors if your tv is 23" or under it should be 1600x1050 or less so hopefully okay what is the model of the graphics card or the model of the laptop?


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 202866 23-Mar-2009 19:10
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Hey man, yeah the TV is a 42" 720p with VGA. THe laptop works fine with it at the moment, I was just hoping I could swap windows XP with another OS where I can play AVI's and DivX videos, and use the internet. Don't need anything else. XP is just a wee bit hard core for this craptop, and win 98 wont play videos smoothly either...

Its a thinkpad 390x, does have svideo out, I'm not sure of the graphics card but from memory I think it has about 2mb dedicated maybe 4...

cheers for the help

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