Ongoing HTPC project 2006 (with some old pc parts) (1 Viewer)


Portal Pro
December 15, 2005
The Netherlands
here's the deal.

Case: Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 with seasonic powersupply (got it for free)

Mobo: Asus A7N8X-XE (just bought it yesterday)

Audio: C-Media CMI9761 onboard with S/Pdif out

CPU: AMD Athlon XP2100+ (leftover from former pc)

Memory: 2x 256MB Twinmos DDR400 (leftover from former pc)

Vid.card: Ati Radion 7200 or Geforce2 4200 (leftovers, not sure which one to

TV-Card: Hauppage PVR150 MCE (with FM)

Remote: Palm Butler/PCZapper basic (earned it)

HDD: Seagate BarracudaII 20GB Ultra Ata (to start with, leftover).

DVD player: Pioneer 109D DVD burner (leftover from former pc)

I had a bit of spare time yesterday to insert the mobo in the case with most of the parts and updated the bios and started with some CPU recognizing problems.
When i just wanted to call it a day, i saw that i had to change the frontside bus with jumpers (how old!!). Anyhow.. fixed that.

So tonight i'm in for the WinXP +SP2 install, get all hardware up to date with latest drivers, make a ghost image and start installin MP 0.2RC.

Actually i want to use almost every feature, MP has to offer, including skype, timeshift, tvguide and tv recording.
I expect some problems with the remote controller (PCzapper), because i have to try a plugin for that one.

Wish me luck!

I'll keep you all up to date for problems i might get.


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  • September 28, 2004

    I'm afraid you need to dig your leftovers bit more :)
    Try to find directx9 compatible vid card.

    Otherwise your system will run i'm sure.



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  • December 7, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
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    You might not 'see' any problems as such but find MP slight/incredibly slow as the cpu will be very high. I believe a GF4 4200 would be the better choice and since its a DX8 card you might not have any problems at all. Id say give it a try.


    Portal Pro
    December 15, 2005
    The Netherlands
    First problems rise..

    Can't get the remote to work correctlly.
    I have this script (mediaportal020.psm), but i can't install it.
    Have no idea where to put it, or install it or soever.

    Besides this, i have some plugins i want to install, some of them are visual basic scripts, but i get this error that it can't execute the scripts.

    I installed a clean windows XP Sp2 with .NET 2.0 (no .NET 1.1) and all the other neccesary things.

    Do i need something else to execute vb scripts? (maybe .NET 1.1??)


    Portal Pro
    May 13, 2005
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Home Country
    Netherlands Netherlands
    You could install .net1.1 it doesn't harm and maybe there are some parts left wich still use the old framework.
    Also have a look in the tips and tricks section from the forum there are a few
    extra ms updates wich fix a few things.

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