I’m just wondering if anyone has tried this (probably not) or has any thoughts/ideas. I was looking through the various standalone dvd players on videohelp that can play divx/xvid etc. I have been interested in one for a while. Every one of them seems to have problems with some files or even a lot of files, especially the cheap ones.
So here is the idea. Take an old rarely used computer, put it next to the tv, wire a remote control to it, and use it as a standalone dvd/media player.
Here is what I have
The computer is an old pos emachines (a pretty small microatx based unit) with a celeron 900mhz, 256mb sdram, a 20 gig hard drive (I have several others if I wanted biger), a soundblaster 512 or a mad dog that is similar, whichever of my 3 burners or 2 dvd roms I decide to use (the aopen burner is a pos dvd burner anyway).
I figured that thier has got to be some kind of ir remote for a computer out thier. Shortly after starting to search for one, I found a shareware program for pc remote control that would work with several devices, including the remote control and serial ir sensor that came with my avertv tuner/capture card so I already got a remote control that will work if this software is any good. Here is the software.
Here is the problem. The motherboard has onboard video, I also have two pci videocards but neiter has a video out. One has what looks like a midi port. I’m guessing none of these could be easilly/cheaplly adapted to a tv. The computer only has two pci slots (no agp or I would use one of my agp cards that has rca out). So I guess I need a cheap pci vid card that has a video output.
So does anyone think that this halfbrained stupid idea of mine will work? Any thoughts or sugestions?