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Meh, even fullscreen 360p Hulu might be difficult. I remember having fairly high CPU usage on a Pentium E2160 1.8 GHz Allendale and I don't think it was doable on a Celeron 430 1.8 GHz Conroe-L and I believe both are faster than your CPU.
Booooooooooo!

Maybe I'll have to commandeer the PC I gave to my Uncle a while back:

Athlon XP 3200+
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.... But - it's fairly loud because of the crappy Turbo Jet cooler I put on the CPU. (lol)

However... Streaming a 480p movie from another machine in the house (using MPC-HC) had no issues in full screen.

Haven't tried a 720p movie but I'm about to!
    
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Oh, here's another thing.

Would it be better to install Ubuntu or XBuntu to make it less bloated (compared to Windows XP)? Would I have major issues trying to find drivers for everything (Linksys Wireless USB adapater, AVER Media TV Tuner {old..}, the 5600XT)????????
    
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Would it be better to install Ubuntu or XBuntu to make it less bloated (compared to Windows XP)? Would I have major issues trying to find drivers for everything (Linksys Wireless USB adapater, AVER Media TV Tuner {old..}, the 5600XT)????????
Nah, I don't think so. I've used Xubuntu before and it didn't seem any faster than XP on the same hardware (Dell Inspiron 1000). By the way, I don't think that Athlon XP 3200+ you gave your uncle would do you any good. The 7600 GT only has VP1 support and is fairly useless when it comes to hardware video decode acceleration of advanced codecs and the CPU is still too slow.

Hulu is a special case. I don't know what specific encoding settings they use for their video streams but it's noticeably more taxing on the CPU than other SD streams. I had no trouble playing Netflix 480p and even YouTube 720p on my Pentium E2160 but before hardware acceleration for Flash became available, the system stuttered when playing Hulu 480p fullscreen.
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What a bummer. MediaPortal looked really nice but doesn't support my old TV Tuner.
    
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Why not give this a try?

http://xbmc.org/download/
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Why not give this a try?

http://xbmc.org/download/
I would but it only supports Nvidia Geforce 6 series and up.
    
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Why not give this a try?

http://xbmc.org/download/
Last I checked, XBMC didn't have support for TV recording/live TV (natively, at least).
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Hulu is flash based, so it's a resource hog.
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Hrm... Why is it that an AVI file (480p) will stream perfectly on this little tiny spec'd computer, but I can't even get buffered 360p full screen from flash?! I hate you flash.
    
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yup, this is better than my p4 and my p4 already is putting out 25fps on 720p youtube vids.
    
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