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Turn an Old Computer into a Media Centre Powerhouse with Ubuntu 12.04 and XMBC | Lawrence Poon

Turn an Old Computer into a Media Centre Powerhouse with Ubuntu 12.04 and XMBC

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I found an old HP Pavilion Media Center a1430n Desktop PC (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00607960&lc=en&cc=u...) from a local online buy and sell service two weeks ago, it seems it is a good deal. The computer costs me $60 dollar and it comes with AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core processors 3800+, 3 GB RAM and a 250 GB SATA hard drive. It surprised me when I found the computer come with a dual head ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO video card with 512MB memory. The guy who sold me the computer had installed Window 7 Ultimate Edition on the system, it was running slow and of course, the illegal copy of Window 7 Ultimate Edition bothered me too.

I wiped out Windows and installed Ubuntu 12.04. The installation was smooth without any issue. Then I installed VLC, Audactiy and XMBC.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc
sudo apt-get install audacity
audo apt-get install xbmc

What is VLC?

VLC media player (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG, DivX/Xvid, Ogg, and many more) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. However in recent years it has also become a extremely powerful server to stream live and on demand video in several formats to our network and the Internet. VLC is made by the non-profit foundation VideoLAN.

What is Audacity?

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

Record live audio.
Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

What is XMBC?

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world.

The result was very good and the system is running very fast. All the multimedia stuff are running smoothly. The video output was clear and smooth. (be honest, I am not a multimedia guy, I never pay money to buy expensive video card). I am very pleased with my new (old) multimedia centre.