I've got an old Toshiba Satellite Pro A120-160 that I'm thinking of trying out an XMBCbuntu install on but I've no experience at all of HTPC builds so thought I'd see what advice you experts might have for me.
My aim would be to have the laptop set up in a media cabinet underneath our telly and play HD content (xvid, mkv etc.) on it via a cheap remote control (have an old one lying around somewhere). Would be nice to be able to configure a shared drive on it that I could see from my home network in order to allow uTorrent to save files directly onto it (or drives connected to it) rather than transferring media to an external HD and plugging that into the machine each time I update the media library. No need for PVR or running my UPC television through it or anything fancy like that.
I'm wondering if the laptop up to the job? I'd have to buy a new power lead for it as it's old one is shot but don't want to drop the cash if the video capabilities of the laptop aren't up to the job.
The hardware specs of the laptop are:
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7200 and Intel® 945GM Express chipset
clock speed : 2.0 GHz
front side bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 4 MB
4,096 MB DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)
Internal video modes
The following internal video modes are supported:
resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 Million Max
External Video Modes
Max Resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
Max Colours : 16.7 Million
Max Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
Non-interlaced resolution with max refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200