As mentioned in the previous post, there are many reasons for getting a HTPC. Mine was outdated, so this is how the upgrade went. It was supprisingly easy actually.
The first step was removing the old PC. This wasn’t too hard, but it always takes a leap of faith to pull the cords out of your equipment as the new equipment is unknown.
The old Compac PC
After unhooking the power cord, HDMI port, and VGA cord, sliding it out from in back of my subwoofer (a great hiding place) was fairly easy. Unfortunatly, dust builds up fairly quickly back there, so a good cleaning of all the cords, the PC itself, and the area surrounding it was in order. I used some anti-allergen spray as well for good measure.
Anti-alergen spray is probably a good idea when changing HTPCs
Once clean, the little Acer PC slid into the open space quite easily. The power and VGA cables were never removed from the TV or power socket, simply plugged right into the new PC. The new PC didn’t have an HDMI port (used for audio on the previous PC – had some issues getting it to fill the entire screen), so an RCA cable had to be used to go out of the line out jack to audio input to my receiver. One of these was readily available, so it wasn’t an issue.
From the time I started to the time I could see a picture on the screen from the new Acer computer was probably Read more »