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I'll just slap a W7 install on the old computer then. I'll just get me an el-cheapo RAM upgrade off newegg. Seeing as how its only got 512Mb. I'll go ahead and upgrade it to 2Gb so I can run W7 on it. Then I can just use the remote. I'm not really interested in web browsing from my bedroom TV. I just want to have some netflix in there so I can ease my brain with some nice documentaries before I go to sleep. Also I might make it double as a file server/backup server. But I'll control it with my other PC so I won't need a keyboard and mouse for it.
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Uh, problem. What is resolution does SD netflix play in? My onboard video adapter only supports a maximum of 1280x1024 so I might have to get a video card. Anyone know?
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Uh, problem. What is resolution does SD netflix play in? My onboard video adapter only supports a maximum of 1280x1024 so I might have to get a video card. Anyone know?
Unless you are watching 1080p you don't need a new GPU/Monitor. SD usually means anywhere from 240p to 480p.
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Ok cool thanks. Does anyone know if these remotes that control Windows Media Center, can be used to remotely turn on the PC?
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I believe most remotes offer a "sleep" function, as far as a power down I'm not sure. (the ATI remote I have doesn't have that at least)

Another suggestion on controlling the PC. If you have an android phone (I believe iOS even has this) there are a few apps you can get that act like a touchpad/keyboard using your phone.
The one I have for my phone is called AirHID.
It works across your local WiFi, and I can control the mouse with the touchscreen on my phone, also has a keyboard you can use.
I have this setup both on my G1 and my touchpad, and it works great honestly.
You have to install a server app on the PC (very small and lightweight, should work fine on older PC's) and of course the app on the phone.
It's also free.
I'd try it out first before you purchase anything, may save ya some money.
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I guess "sleep" is pretty much the same as power down? Maybe that will be sufficient. I take it you just hit the sleep button again to bring it out of sleep mode?
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