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    HDD+DVD Media Center Idea

    ok, here's the idea. i was looking up info on flashing the ROM in my DVD player to make it region-free when i found this.



    using certain DVD players (Apex, Sampo, etc) and the amazing Sampo DVE631CF firmware, you can add a HDD into the unit, and play files (MP3, MPG, JPG, etc) from it, as well as the original DVD/VCD/CD functions. some of the cheapest units you can do this to can be found on ebay for under $100. you could use this in-car with an inverter, and a cheap non-ts LCD. the way i see it, you could have a complete harddrive-based media center for well under $300, with remote. some of the advantages i see are: instant on/off, no OS problems, no hardware conflicts, inexpensive, simple.

    unfortunately, the DVD player i have isn't able to do this, so i'm selling it and buying one that will do this so i can test things out.

    ideas/comments?

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    sounds like this solution would work but seems you would be limited.

    no wi-fi.
    no gps.
    no games/emulators.

    and since you cant network it how would you update files on the hard drive?

    if you could network it, then it would be great for media only. depending on what codecs you can install.
    How in the world would you put the special AirPort card in a PC? Mine is a Mac anyway but it's too old to AirPort. I just use a zip drive to transfer.

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    Cool!!
    I could use something like that in my shop!!!
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    Yeah I like the idea for a static player, but I add so much music all the time it would be a pain.

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    hahha my xbox can do this and sooo much more.(xbox games, internet browsing, Emulators ext..). and it has an ethernet port for streaming music from all the computers in your house. All for about the same price. Sorry to say this but its true
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhalo
    hahha my xbox can do this and sooo much more.(xbox games, internet browsing, Emulators ext..). and it has an ethernet port for streaming music from all the computers in your house. All for about the same price. Sorry to say this but its true
    You can get a WiFi adapter for the X-Box too cant you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhalo
    hahha my xbox can do this and sooo much more.(xbox games, internet browsing, Emulators ext..). and it has an ethernet port for streaming music from all the computers in your house. All for about the same price. Sorry to say this but its true
    hahaha my computer can do this and soooo much more (GPS, XM Radio, Rearview camera...) and it has just about every port imaginable. All for about the same price. Sorry to say this but its true
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    you can add/remove files by adding USB or Firewire to the setup, there is info on the site i linked to. there are also wifi-capable harddrive enclosures available, not cheap though.

    i think some of you misunderstand where i'm coming from. i'm just showing this as a cheap alternative. assuming you already have a spare harddrive, all you need is a cheap compatible dvd player (literally $25-50 on ebay, some models are more) a cheap LCD ($50-150 depending on model and size) and an inverter ($30-50). at the cheapest, you could pull this off for alittle over $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by god_of_cpu
    hahaha my computer can do this and soooo much more (GPS, XM Radio, Rearview camera...) and it has just about every port imaginable. All for about the same price. Sorry to say this but its true
    Your computer can play X box games!? That changes all my plans! Where can I buy your special PC?

    Seriously though - what is you computer spec? X boxes cost only $175 these days.

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    The problem with X Box is that its limited to only X programs. Its said that Windows runs like utter **** on the XBox. So you'd be limited to running just the X Programs. I wanted to get an X Box, and backup the X OS and install a dual boot Windows XP/Xbox and use that inside of the car, but I researched it and found out windows does not do good on the X Box for some strange reason. Something on the motherboard I guess. It is cool that you can upgrade it tho. But My XPC is a little more expensive, more upgradable, and I can run Windows XP. I'd like to find someone who has an X Box and do a full backup of thier hard drive with the X Software onto it and use the backup on my XPC to see if the XBox Software will run on a regular pc.
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