Originally Posted by ZenerDiode /forum/post/12859149
Doable. I had this lowend config for a while and it worked great. In fact, I had a Sempron 2600+, and I was still able to playback HD fine.
1) Yes, you can control the STB via firewire. There's a howto at www.greenbutton.com .
2) I used the Fusion 5 Lite. It worked fine.
3) www.orb.com allows recordings via web. it's free to.
4) blu-ray/hddvd probably isn't gonna be possible unless you upgrade to at least an nvidia 8xxxx series or ati 2xxx series card. even then, athlon 2800+ is scrapping the barrel. Technically, it should be able to do it, but I haven't tried it and I haven't read anybody's success on it.
Oh this was with MCE2005. I wouldn't dare do it with Vista Media Center. I've tried Myth....it wasn't as polished...but maybe other people have had more success.