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Setting up super budget PC to watch internet TV/movies on... Not sure what to upgrade

So I had this spare computer in the closet, and I'm trying to set it up for my wife so she can watch hulu and netflix stuff on the TV. I've hooked up the PC to the VGA port on the TV (no dvi on PC) and the picture is decent. The key to this project is spending as close to $0 as possible.

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Dell 2350 w/845G chipset (onboard video FTL!)
1.7 Celery
1.25gb ddr1
An old cd-rw drive
160gb hd

That's about it. Has a fresh install of XP with all drivers updated. The problem is that it can't seem to play hulu or netflix videos in full screen (1024x768) smoothly. I need to know what part(s) needs to be upgraded to allow that to happen. Is this a processor limitation (I can get a 2.4-2.8 P4 for this system for $10ish) or is it in need of a video card (PCI only )?
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Get an Ion mobo reuse everything else. Less power, smaller and handles 1080P.
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download the flash player beta 10.1 it will allow you to use hardware acceleration for your flash. it should solve the issue
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Get an Ion mobo reuse everything else. Less power, smaller and handles 1080P.

Would mean a significant cost increase. Maybe down the road if we use this box a lot.
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download the flash player beta 10.1 it will allow you to use hardware acceleration for your flash. it should solve the issue

Awesome - attempting right now

edit: seems to have made a little improvement, though it's still pretty crappy. CPU usage is hovering from 95-100% while in fullscreen, no idea about video utilization (really no metrics for onboard crap available AFAIK)
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I think you're right on the CPU. Haul the celeron out and toss in a used P4 for $10, as you said. Worst case you're out $10 if it doesn't work.

Also, I'd expect even onboard video to beat a PCI card for video playback.
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Also, I'd expect even onboard video to beat a PCI card for video playback.

Seriously? There are some beefy PCI cards out there (relative to the systems age of course). Also I would have the nice perk of using HDMI (via adapter cable) if the card has DVI output.
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Awesome - attempting right now

edit: seems to have made a little improvement, though it's still pretty crappy. CPU usage is hovering from 95-100% while in fullscreen, no idea about video utilization (really no metrics for onboard crap available AFAIK)


Where did you download it from? Cause you cant get it from the Adobe site.

You need to check out google and find it on some fanboy site.

Also run some tweeks on XP. set it for best performance not looks. Uninstall any thing not needed. Basically strip it down to nothing.
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i'd try to find a cheap video card that has video decoding. i think some of them can do flash now, right? also try different browsers? e.g. i've had better netflix on firefox than safari in the past.
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Where did you download it from? Cause you cant get it from the Adobe site.

You need to check out google and find it on some fanboy site.

Also run some tweeks on XP. set it for best performance not looks. Uninstall any thing not needed. Basically strip it down to nothing.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=flash+beta&l=1
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
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I actually was able to find an account of someone else trying to turn a Dell 2350 into a netflix box; turns out that upgrading the processor from a (1.7 IIRC) celery to a P4 2.8 made everything smooth.


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i'd try to find a cheap video card that has video decoding. i think some of them can do flash now, right? also try different browsers? e.g. i've had better netflix on firefox than safari in the past.

I doubt anything PCI does flash decoding, though I would bet that anything beats the onboard video on this thing.
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I actually was able to find an account of someone else trying to turn a Dell 2350 into a netflix box; turns out that upgrading the processor from a (1.7 IIRC) celery to a P4 2.8 made everything smooth.




I doubt anything PCI does flash decoding, though I would bet that anything beats the onboard video on this thing.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/gpus_su...dobeflash.html

and there are a few Geforce 8 and 9 series cards available in PCI flavor, just look on newegg
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I would try upgrading the CPU first without touching the graphics.
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