Originally Posted by larrude
I just replaced two computers in my office with faster, more RAM WIN 7 computers. I find myself with two, 6 or 7 year old Dell desktops. One has 500 MB of RAM, the other has 1.5 gig. Both have small hard drives, probably around 40 gb. They also both have 12 month old GeForce 6200 256MB DDR 64-bit DVI+ VGA AGP Graphics Cards installed. The OS in WIN XP professional.
Any suggestions for using these to feed my HDTV? I don't want to store anything on the hard drive, just wondering if either of these could be used for streaming HD content from the internet.
It's probably just throwing good money after bad. You're better off running an hdmi cable from one of the new boxes if they are close enough.
Other options include wdtv live and other such devices.
AGP is somewhat limiting. Are either of the cpus dual core?
I have a hyper threading p4 laptop, pretty advanced for its time and it won't stream hd, it runs w7 fine, but won't play netflix (6 months ago) or play h.264 files. What are you trying to play?
I have media center pcs hooked to most of my pcs, and I almost never use them. You'll need a remote or wireless keyboard too.
Linux/myth is much more difficult than it should be... That being said, you might be able to get something going.
W7, libraries and homegroup really get you spoiled. I have a home server, 5 w7 pcs and other work related pcs in the house. All the w7 pcs play nice together and with the home server. One is a dediated htpc with 3 tuners, it records shows as backups to the tw dvr, it only cost $250 3 years ago...