Lap-top question

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  1. DorianBryant

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    My wife has an extra IBM thinkpad lap-top. It is a pentium III with a 40gb HD, DVD burner, etc. I was hoping to use this for a home theater pc of sorts.

    Next summer i am going to purchase a projector and would like to use the lap-top to play the movies.

    What upgrades do I need to consider. I need an audio card with digital out. Will I need a video card as well? What other options might I want to consider?
     
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    My wife has an extra IBM thinkpad lap-top. It is a pentium III with a 40gb HD, DVD burner, etc. I was hoping to use this for a home theater pc of sorts.

    Next summer i am going to purchase a projector and would like to use the lap-top to play the movies.

    What upgrades do I need to consider. I need an audio card with digital out. Will I need a video card as well? What other options might I want to consider?
     
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    Can anyone recommend a sound card for an IBM thinkpad?
     
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    Can anyone recommend a sound card for an IBM thinkpad?
     
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    I dont think a thinkpad has the options of adding a sound card.

    Though you could get a usb sound card. Not sure how the quality is. Search google for "usb sound card"
     
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    I dont think a thinkpad has the options of adding a sound card.

    Though you could get a usb sound card. Not sure how the quality is. Search google for "usb sound card"
     
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    Thanks. Are they any other ways of using the DVD player from the Thinkpad? Its not a big deal if it doesn't work. Thought it might be conveniant to use with a projector. Thanks
     
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    Thanks. Are they any other ways of using the DVD player from the Thinkpad? Its not a big deal if it doesn't work. Thought it might be conveniant to use with a projector. Thanks
     
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    should be able to connect the laptop to a projector without too many issues. Not 100% how good the quality would be. I guess it would depend on what video chip the thinkpad is running and what projector you get.

    good luck
     
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    should be able to connect the laptop to a projector without too many issues. Not 100% how good the quality would be. I guess it would depend on what video chip the thinkpad is running and what projector you get.

    good luck
     
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    VGA (monitor) out from the laptop to the projector will give really good picture quality.

    Sound out will probably be stereo only unless the laptop has a built-in digital output; just connect the sound output from the laptop to your receiver/amp. You'll probably need a 3.5mm stereo plug -> 2xRCA cable.
     

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