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post #1 of 7
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I read this article gadgetscholar.com htpc under-250/

budget as close to $200 and maybe up to $300 if there is a very good reason to spend extra.

I want to:
play Movies from DVD and hard drive
play Music
watch netflix
and possibly highlights from NHL.com (silverlight?)
I might like to add a remote control down the road

My tv is an old (420p?) 32" LCD that was just given to me. I have intermediate computer skills. This will be my first experience with Linux. I am an Apple guy and have experience with Windows.

barebones system: Foxconn R10-G3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856119018

processor:Intel Celeron E3400 Wolfdale 2.6GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116348

Video Card: MSI N8400GS-MD1GD3H/LP GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127538

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136490

Bluetooth adapter?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833340019

WIFI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166011

1. What are the chances the bluetooth adapter lets me use an apple wireless keyboard and mighty mouse?

2. Can I use the DDR3 video card?

3. Anything missing or other mistakes?

Thanks
post #2 of 7
Just a quick "gotcha" -- unless something has changed recently that I don't know about, silverlight doesn't work in linux, so no netflix, etc.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
thanks, I will have to figure out if I am going to run Windows 7 I guess I have enough drive space to run both.
post #4 of 7
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Just a quick "gotcha" -- unless something has changed recently that I don't know about, silverlight doesn't work in linux, so no netflix, etc.

You never heard of Moonlight?

http://mono-framework.com/Moonlight

Edit: Moonlight most likely won't let you watch Netflix on Linux. This is because of DRM.

http://jacksonh.tumblr.com/post/9658...-on-linux-with

I know that it is not because of Linux. I have a Roku box that supposedly runs Linux, and Netflix is available on that.
post #5 of 7
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You never heard of Moonlight? ...

Yeah, but it's pretty pointless without DRM because that's the only reason anyone publishes content in Silverlight anyway. Plus, while there's a version 4 beta, the last stable version is 2, and MS is already on 5. So, it's just easier to say that it doesn't work.
post #6 of 7
Couldn't you run Netflix with a Windows VM on Linux? Or would that not perform well enough?

Apparently you can. But IMO a cheap Roku would be a better option, because you don't need a keyboard and mouse. Or any of a number of cheap BR players that can do Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, etc. I always try to avoid use of a browser for a Myth install used on an HDTV.
post #7 of 7
Is there a reason you want a HTPC?

Something like the LG BD690 may fit your needs.

http://www.amazon.com/LG-BD670-Wirel...9339499&sr=1-2


Don't have any experience with these new players but they seem to do most of what people want in a HTPC (except record and playback of TV of course! --- which is actually most of what I do)
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