1.Get an old computer without monitor
2.Remove hard drive (for lower energy consumption)
3.Connect svhs cable to tv before turning computer on (depending on your tv)
4.Boot from linux Puppy cd* (removable) or with Geexbox. Boot options range from optical, usb, harddrive...
5.Watch movies, pics, music from usb stick, external hard drive or optical media.
+connect online with compatible wi-fi adapter and watch tv feeds
+add internal hard drive with data collections
+remote control via lirc
HTPC may be noisy. It can be silenced. Search for submerged pc.
HTPC is effective and modular video player
*linux Puppy support Vesa graphics and was tested with Geforce2 with tv-out