We Know: All About Using Your Computer As An Entertainment Hub
What Entertainment Electronics Can I Run From My Computer?
When Microsoft released their Windows XP Media Center Edition, it was a response to a growing trend in computers; more and more home computer enthusiasts were hooking a computer up to all the electronic devices on their entertainment center, recording shows directly to DVDs and using the computer to monitor all their entertainment processes.
You can run almost anything you want using your computer as the hub. For a good entertainment center, you should have at least the following to start out:
What Kind Of Computer Should I Buy?
Brand doesn't matter, but what's under the hood -- or inside the box -- does. Look for the following specs as a minimum:
How Can I Hook Up My Entertainment System?
When you've got your computer up and running, you should be able to run everything through your cable box, using your computer as the hub. The television tuner has out-ports that connect to your TV's in-ports, and you should easily be able to hook your cable to it. You can also run your wireless computer network through the entertainment computer for the ultimate in compact connections.
Go through the tutorial included in your MS Windows XP system to use your computer as an entertainment center. This will tell you how to do all the neat things, like running all sound devices through a single set of home theater speakers; recording movies at the same time you're watching other shows; and using your computer's DVD-R/W to play movies and CDs from.
How Can I Build On My Starter System?
Home entertainment is shifting quickly toward computers. You'll find tons of functionality in the present and future, including but not limited to: