Quote: Originally Posted by jelyman
You COULD get a PCI video card but for what you'd pay for it, it wouldn't perform very well with content over 480p. If it's still at spec as what it shipped with, you'd need at least 2gb of ram and a fat hard drive if you wanted to store media on there. Given it's age already, the amount of cash you'd put into it would be much better spent shopping on NewEgg for parts to build a new media center PC.
Now, this box COULD be turned into a cheap NAS with freeNAS and a larger hard drive for say $60 for a TB from NewEgg.
Great advice given and It gave me some inspiration too, I have an old dell, pentium III 600mhz 256mb RAM. Its USB 1.0 but has a wirless pci card so i could network it.
I dusted it off several months ago and did a fresh install of XP pro on it for fun. It has not been used since.
Now, I have no idea what spec a NAS set-up would require but it intrests me.
If it were suitable for a NAS I would buy a 1tb drive but maybe the Bios would not support such a size? (the HDD in it is 160gb i think). Also the 1Tb drive could not be SATA unless I also added a PCI card to gain that technology and connectivity. (That might apply to the original poster as well??)
My modern self build gaming desktop is running Windows 7 and is Bluray capable so I like to archive them (also DVD) and play them with Media centre and TMT3 using a remote control and with display switcthed over to my HDTV.
I could go on adding/ upgrading HDD's but the NAS to store my bluray files on intrigues me. Hang on a minute,, how long is it gonna take to transfer such large files over the network to the NAS each time?? I forgot about that.
Sorry to hijack a little on the original thread.