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Cheapo DVR?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by DanielKellmii, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. DanielKellmii

    DanielKellmii Supporting Actor

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    I have an old PII 166 computer that is not really used anymore. It has 96 meg of RAM and a no-name brand video card. There will be plenty of space on the hard drive after I remove all the "Sesame Street" programs. Is it possible to make this computer into a simple DVR? I just want an alternative to my vcr, and would like to be able to watch TV in my bedroom without having to buy another TV. I don't mind spending the same amount of money, but I really want to avoid the clutter. (Well, I really want a 30" plasma TV with a dedicated small HTIB in my room.) I don't mind if this becomes a "project." That is half the fun.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Aaron_*P

    Aaron_*P Stunt Coordinator

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    Video is the most resource intensive thing for a computer. For a HTPC that is usably fast I would recommend at a MINIMUM a nice Pentium 3. However atleast Pentium 4 or Athlon XP is recommended.
     
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    Yeah, the process of encoding the video onto the hard drive requires some ample amount of processing power. The P166 isnt gonna cut it at all (i have a 166MHz box, it can barely surf the net and check email) unfortunately...
     

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