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Hey guys, I am looking for a Linux based Distro for Media centre type usage. However I would like to if possible to Co-exist with Windows installations on other hard drives, not sure how I would go about that

System Specs are as follows ( Old system )

Sempron 3000+ 2Ghz
1.5GB Ram
Nvidia 6600 256MB
X-FI ExtremeGamer

I would like a distro which makes life easy with regards for drivers for my Sound card and GPU wherever possible.

Look forward to your suggestions.

Thanks !
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mythbuntu pops up alot in this catagory. havnt used it myself so i cant honestly recomend it.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-great...-transform-tv/

id take a look at this article. i use my computer for both, i use archbang(for now) for all my media etc(stream it to my tv through the HDMI port via the IGP). the only thing i use windows for is gaming. realistically any lightweight distro would be good. something in the openbox, lxde, xfce or enlightenment.

id look at linux mint and ubuntu for (new user) friendly setups.

you can also check here http://distrowatch.com/

edit: i look at distro watch about every week or so to see if theres anything new i want to try. you can pm me if you have any questions about specific distros, ive used nearly a hundred different ones this year(most of them on a netbook).

id take a look at the distros based on arch linux (archbang, ctk arch, etc). you can use the search function in distrowatch to find one based on "x". arch and debian are two of the more popular rolling distros and their communitys are very loyal to their distro and very helpful in trouble shooting.
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Thanks very much, that is very useful. I do however like the look of GeeXboX and I think I may take a look into that I forgot that a LIVECD is an option and would be the simplest option.
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Thanks very much, that is very useful. I do however like the look of GeeXboX and I think I may take a look into that I forgot that a LIVECD is an option and would be the simplest option.
you are correct, and pretty careless of me to overlook something as common in the linux community as a livecd (my prefered method of testing).
    
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XBMC Live? Its based off of Ubuntu 10.04. Obviously there are tons of resources for drivers for ubuntu and XBMC.

The XBMC Live cd can be used just as a Live CD or it can be installed on a hard drive. It uses grub so it can be installed in a multi OS enviroment. As for setting it up just google for it I'm sure there are tons of how tos out there.

Also if ubuntu is not your flavor, XBMC can be installed on most linux systems using thier package manager, apt-get, yum or whatever.
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you are correct, and pretty careless of me to overlook something as common in the linux community as a livecd (my prefered method of testing).
Nobody is perfect !

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XBMC Live? Its based off of Ubuntu 10.04. Obviously there are tons of resources for drivers for ubuntu and XBMC.

The XBMC Live cd can be used just as a Live CD or it can be installed on a hard drive. It uses grub so it can be installed in a multi OS enviroment. As for setting it up just google for it I'm sure there are tons of how tos out there.

Also if ubuntu is not your flavor, XBMC can be installed on most linux systems using thier package manager, apt-get, yum or whatever.
I have used Ubuntu a little before and will take another look, just fearful of messing up my windows MBR as I have done a few times in the past, so at this point until I do another OS migration, I think I will stick to the live CD
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I understand your pain. I usually take out all my hard disks, but one blank drive. Install linux on that drive. Then add my hard drives back in leaving my original Windows hard drive as the main boot drive in bios. Then if I want to go into linux I'll use the bios boot selector to select the linux drive.

That way I don't have to mess with grub and if my pc reboots for any reason it automatically boots into windows like normal.
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I understand your pain. I usually take out all my hard disks, but one blank drive. Install linux on that drive. Then add my hard drives back in leaving my original Windows hard drive as the main boot drive in bios. Then if I want to go into linux I'll use the bios boot selector to select the linux drive.

That way I don't have to mess with grub and if my pc reboots for any reason it automatically boots into windows like normal.
Yeah good idea. I think I will just Install Ubuntu then Windows again and use EasyBCD to sort my MBR.

As for OpenELEC, That looks nice but wary about its driver support.
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