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Cheap Homebuilt Multimedia PC With HDMI

Yes you CAN!

I built one of these myself and it took about 3 hours including the installation of the Operating System.
The key component however is this.

As you can see this is a Remote control which uses a USB receiver. There are many models available and I got mine from Amazon.com for $8. No drivers are required for this remote and several of the buttons are programmable.
You don't program them from the remote though. You create a shortcut to whatever it is you need to open on your desktop. That shortcut is then edited to open with a command set already programmed into the button. Genius huh? There is also a mouse built into this remote that functions pretty nicely and includes the right and left buttons.
My rig was built with a Dell GX280 $75

Which includes a low power ATI X1300 PCI X-Press video card with DVI out that I bought on Ebay for $13.

This card is one of the few PCI X-Press models that won't kill your power supply(No Fan). My GX280, as you can see from the photo is a SFF (Small Form Factor) PC, and as such has a very small power supply. This means that I cant use a power hungry card, while at the same time I need a card that will perform well in 3-D applications as well as streaming video from such sites as Hulu, Veoh, Youtube, TV.Com, and Fancast.net to name a few.
The real magic, however is that this card is capable of delivering 720i/p and 1080i/p resolutions to my HD-TV.

Yes thats my model.Close enough anyway.
One gig of ram will work, but 2 gigs is better for streaming. Since this PC is so small (About Phone Book Size) it fits in any entertainment center with ease. You can also add a TV tuner, but this is a waste of time since most HD-TV sets include ATSC/QAM/NTSC in their own tuner. If you want to record Live Video, pause live TV etc though, a PC-TV tuner will be the way to go. This essentially makes the PC a Tivo and DVR since you can digitally record HD Video, as well as schedule your recordings. At this point you may be asking yourself how I got that DVI port to play on an HDMI input. Here is the last item you need for that.

This DVI to HDMI cable sells for $20 on Ebay, and works perfectly on my TV. The one thing it won't do however, is play audio. That is because the Video card has no Audio chip for the HDMI cable to receive. You will be using a standard Headphone to RCA cable for that.

This simply hooks up from the speaker out on the PC to the audio input closest to the HDMI input.
The result is a multimedia PC that anybody can afford!


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The original 250gb HD failed. I replaced it with a WD 320gb HD. I have tried to load the Lenovo restore DVD and a new, never used, Windows 7 DVD. Both drives take EXCEEDINGLY long to load (the Windows 7 took 23 hours!!!). Both display a pop up at some time during installation display an error message saying a certain file could not be found (different file names at different times). Seems like I may have a bad drive or something which causes read errors. What ya'll think? Thanks.


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It depends on how you used the recovery disc that you have, reinstalling operating system will not take 23 hours just like what you said so there's a possibility that you're having problem with the Operating System on your computer. Unfortunately, Lenovo will not provide a product key for the Operating System since the an OEM version. What you can do is reinstall the Operating System using the One Key Recovery Sofware or the Recovery Disc that came with the computer. Follow these steps for you to be able to reinstall the Operating System using the One Key Recovery.

1. Turn off the computer.

2. Press the little button near the power button, it usually do have a drawing of an icon that looks like a horse shoe or a headset.

3. There will be a window that will appear which do have three option, One Key Antivirus, One Key Recovery and System Setup. Choose One key Recovery.

4. There will be another window that will appear which do have two option, Restore from initial backup and Restore from user backup,Choose Restore from initial back up

5. It will asked you if you want to continue, Just click on OK or YES.

6. Once done, Reboot the computer.

For Recovery Disc,

1. Insert the disc inside the drive.

2. Turn off the computer then turn it back on and keep on tapping F12

3. There will a window that will appear which do have three options, HDD,ODD/DVD/CD, and NAT, choose ODD/DVD/CD

4. It will asked you to press any key immediately, you will need to press any key immediately so that it will boot from ODD.

5. It will asked you to choose a partition, choose Disc 0 partition 1

6. Reboot computer once done.

I hope this information will be helpful. Thank you for using FixYa...

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My 97 Riviera had the same difficulty. Sometimes starts perfect. Other times is totally dead, not like a weak battery, but no fuel pump, no ignition, no starter at all. I noticed the 'security light was on on the dash and if I wait for 3 minutes the security resets itself and the car starts fine.
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