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Nimrod's Son 03-18-2009 02:38 PM

Netbooks are cheap and not very powerful.

cocksure 03-18-2009 02:40 PM

i got a laptop recently which is great for watching internet stuff in my bed before falling asleep

Debaser 03-18-2009 02:40 PM

a netbook is sounding more and more enticing now

Debaser 03-18-2009 02:48 PM

separate issue

background:
the livingroom tv is set because I have both a ps3 and xbox 360 connected to it. The PS3 provides blu-ray capability and (limited) internet browsing. The xbox 360 provides netflix streaming. Both naturally can stream videos from my computer on the wireless network.

problem:
i now have a television in the bedroom that I also want connected to my wireless network. a media extender. but what to get? a ps3 or xbox? if I get only one, I'll be missing out on features the other one provides. or is there a better solution? something completely different that provides the best of both machines, there's probably an elegant and obvious solution that i'm missing here

Nimrod's Son 03-18-2009 02:50 PM

Do you want to play games in the bedroom?

Nimrod's Son 03-18-2009 02:54 PM

Media Extenders are overpriced. If you don't care about games, just pick up an XBOX (first generation, not a 360) and install the linux OS overrides on it. You won't be able to play a lot of games but it becomes a Media Extender workhorse with multiple format ability, and it would be cheap.

sickbadthing 03-18-2009 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pizza Club (Post 3453668)

VMWare Server is also free where Workstation is not, but I still don't see how that would be a solution for what you want.

I thought he wanted to read them and download them at work for some reason.

I can't read.

Nimrod's Son 03-18-2009 02:59 PM

oh yeah, the linux 1337 h4x you need is called XBMC
XBMC Media Center

Pizza Club 03-18-2009 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Debaser (Post 3453696)
problem:
i now have a television in the bedroom that I also want connected to my wireless network. a media extender. but what to get? a ps3 or xbox? if I get only one, I'll be missing out on features the other one provides. or is there a better solution? something completely different that provides the best of both machines, there's probably an elegant and obvious solution that i'm missing here



Is the bedroom TV HD or will you need to stream HD over your network? My original hacked Xbox was awesome at streaming everything nonHD before I replaced my TV.

Debaser 03-18-2009 03:22 PM

ooh i do have an original xbox lying around collecting dust. xbmc looks fantastic, but the setup instructions look intimidating. i'll have to set aside a weekend to do this. and also get wireless adapter for it. you guys have done this on your old xboxes no problem?

yes, the bedroom tv is HD.

Pizza Club 03-18-2009 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Debaser (Post 3453765)
ooh i do have an original xbox lying around collecting dust. xbmc looks fantastic, but the setup instructions look intimidating. i'll have to set aside a weekend to do this. and also get wireless adapter for it. you guys have done this on your old xboxes no problem?

yes, the bedroom tv is HD.

Yes, it's really not that hard to do. I had to buy a used game from Gamestop that was like $3 and an Action Replay that was like $25. You probably can get the old wireless adapter for it for less then $50 these days. I've done it and have not had any problems. I still used it occasionally to watch Hulu on my tv.


But again, if you want stream anything HD, the original Xbox is not powerful enough.

Elvis The Fat Years 03-18-2009 03:33 PM

hulu runs like shit on my laptop. pisses me off.

Fattening Ass 03-18-2009 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nimrod's Son (Post 3453670)
Netbooks are cheap and not very powerful.

For what he wants it seems like a good choice. My Wind runs pretty damn well and the build quality is not bad at all. My only regret is not buying a 6 cell battery for it. the 3 cell doesn't run very long.

Pizza Club 03-18-2009 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fattening Ass (Post 3453777)
For what he wants it seems like a good choice. My Wind runs pretty damn well and the build quality is not bad at all. My only regret is not buying a 6 cell battery for it. the 3 cell doesn't run very long.

Yup, we've got a Eee 901 in the office to toy with and I was pleasantly surprised on what it could handle.

Eulogy 03-18-2009 04:20 PM

Netbook showdown: The top 10 mini laptops rated - Crave at CNET UK

found this interesting even though i'm not buying anything any time soon.

ohnoitsbonnie 03-18-2009 05:37 PM

Ya I suggest the acer aspire one

wHATcOLOR 03-18-2009 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nimrod's Son (Post 3453700)
Do you want to play games in the bedroom?

are you propositioning debaser

Nimrod's Son 03-18-2009 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Debaser (Post 3453765)
ooh i do have an original xbox lying around collecting dust. xbmc looks fantastic, but the setup instructions look intimidating. i'll have to set aside a weekend to do this. and also get wireless adapter for it. you guys have done this on your old xboxes no problem?

yes, the bedroom tv is HD.

Yeah, I actually got a 1st gen XBOX strictly for this purpose. Keep in mind it won't play a lot of your games anymore though


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