Windows XP Media Center 2005 is all over the news today - check out some of the stories

news.com - Sony, HP, Toshiba, Dell, and others are all launching their latest PC's running Windows XP Media Center 2005

news.com - photo's from the launch, including the HP device below (click the image for a larger image).

 

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It's good to see that manufacturers are starting to build Media Center devices that look like they should fit into an existing media stack along with an amplifier, xbox, cable/satelite box. I'd like to get a fairly powerful media center box and have RDP clients and media center extenders littered about the house (perhaps not the bathroom though Steve!)

I'm going through the process of upgrading my HP 864 Media Center PC, adding an nVidia FX5700 card, a second hard drive (I might go for an external USB 2.0 or 1394 drive, something like this - the HP 864 Media Center has cabling for an additional H/D but doesn't have the housing, I've currently got a 2nd H/D hanging inside the case, not ideal) - I've not had any experience of external Hard Drives connected over USB 2.0 or 1394, if you have any good/bad experiences do let me know.

- Mike