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What I want is a basic 'HTPC' to play the odd VCD because my fairly old but reliable DVD player does not play them. What I have is ..500MHZ PIII,256MB Ram,TNT2 Ultra vid card with TV out,Pioneer 10x DVD-Rom drive,Soundblaster live card,Power DVD XP(I think is called). Could any of you fine folks tell me what else I need to do this...needs to be pretty cheap. BTW my TV is a 6 year old 27in Proscan. Thanks
 

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Why do you think you need anything else? Just hook it up and enjoy.
 

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I agree that you should be able to put together a VCD player with what you have on hand. I'll also point out that my grocery store will sell you an off-name DVD player for $60 that'll work with a lot less hassle.


Funny thing about off-name DVD players. They are often more compatible with VCD's (on non-standard formats like XSVCD) than name brand players.
 

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Originally posted by Salmoneous
...I'll also point out that my grocery store will sell you an off-name DVD player for $60 that'll work with a lot less hassle.
I think Salmonella hit the nail on the head. The HTPC really needs a higher-resolution display device to be the best choice. Of course, I'm sure there are those who would disagree. I know you will be more satisfied with the stand-alone DVD player if watching DVDs is your main/only use. If you are planning to set up a media server (MP3,etc.), then perhaps an HTPC is the way to go.
 
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