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  Reply # 160927 30-Aug-2008 18:32
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I might try and slip in on the action here...

I wonder if I can slap a DVB-T card, into my unused laptop, setup MediaPortal, and have myself a litte HTPC?

I've just bought a new HT system, and LCD TV, and I'm figuring out how I'm going to set up some kind of 'jukebox' to store / playout music, and record TV.

I have a Compaq NW8000 laptop
1.8Ghz Pentium M CPU
100G HDD
ATI Mobility Fire GL T2/T2e AGP Graphics Card  (128 MB)
1G of memory
S-video port

Windows XP Pro

i've also got a Dell remote and IR extender (USB thing with big IR port on the end)

So - the question is - will this machine work as an HTPC?

...and if so, is there a particular PCMCIA DVB-T card I should buy for it (Planning to use Media Portal).

Curious George.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 160935 30-Aug-2008 18:49
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Sorry but that isn't going to work. H.264 playback requires a lot more grunt than your system has, just have a look around the threads in this forumn.


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  Reply # 160937 30-Aug-2008 18:55
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Oh stink!  Oh well...

I wonder if I could record using a DVD recorder, then re-encode to DivX, and play back via my laptop?  I'll have a play when I get my new Home Theatre system set up.

Sounds like I'll be going down the 'short term - HDD/DVD Recorder', 'long term - build a cheap HTPC' route.

Thanks amphibem.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 162312 4-Sep-2008 21:56
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hi people
we are newbies as well and were taking davidcole's advice from a few posts back in this topic.
after reading about htpc and finding this thread ,a quick message chat with davidcole.
and here goes i cant wait another second.

I grabbed an old pc ,banged a 128mb graphics card a extra  hD + netwotrk card in,oh and dvd burner.
loaded media 11 (i see 12 is out in beta ) removed key board and mouse and.
Threw  the box into the large enclosed tv cabinet , some power in the back, patch cord to the home network.
load some remote control software on it for controling it from the other home computers.
piped it to the setreo in the cabinet, then a vga to tv adapter (sigh No Big LCD yet).
remoted into from pc , transfered 15gig of mp3s to it and we are away .

Note: case got so hot in eclosed cabinet i couldnt put my hand on it ( whoops melt down)
Drill out holes in the back of the cabinet ,spare old Power supply  fan on the back drawing hot air out (fixed).

so we can now remote in from pc or wireless laptop any where in house.
we can now listen to all music play dvds, stream internet movie, or radio, slide show photos, you tube etc
cant record tv-free veiw yet
Will now start saving and building HTPC ultimate using forum help from you all cheers .
1st puchase analog card then mob then cpu then ram and so on

Gary & Angie

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  Reply # 162348 5-Sep-2008 07:41
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Good on you guys! 

I didn't go to anything like that trouble - I got lucky, and my first HTPC swaree occured because my Inspiron 1720 laptop came with a DVB-T card, which I managed to get hooked up to the TV, and watching freeview...  now I'm in the process of spec / build a proper semi-dedicated HTPC!

Have fun!

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