Hello Everyone -
A friend just acquired a Lenovo M57 - Win XP Pro, Duo-Core, 2GB DDR2 with one PCIe x16 slot.
He intends to add a 1 or 2 TB internal HDD (SATA) and he'd like to play movies from that HDD.
The TV is a Toshiba Regza 55SV670U 55". It has connectors for Colorstream, S-Video and HDMI (no DVI) and I expect HDMI is the way to go.
For sound he intends to just go from the onbard sound device into a 2-channel stereo.
I am a long time pro computer tech but have actually done very little with home theatre. My thought is to get him a decent PCIe x16 video adapter but I don't want to waste his money on much or any trial and error in this area.
One very serious concern I have is the room available for such a card. Inthis computer, even a single-space card is going to be VERY close to the HDD bracket, and I'm not sure one of the double-wides would fit at all.
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a video adapter for this purpose and if there is any other advice I'd be very glad to hear it!
I have heard XBMC is a good media player for somethig like this?
Thanks very much!