And there you have it. I really hope that people enjoyed this, and will have as much fun building their HTPCs as I did. If you do end up building on...
In this instructable, I'll show you how to make a home theater PC out of a (somewhat) broken laptop and a mostly empty Tivo chassis. This is a great way to score a home theater computer (or extender) that looks great and performs better than a store-bought product for around $100.
Step 1: Why do this?
What makes a laptop a good candidate for a home theater PC? More and more people are looking for smaller, cooler and quieter home theater components for their living room, and as computers and consumer electronics continue to converge, that's exactly what companies are putting out, but at a steep premium. Laptops are already built to consume less power, make less noise and be smaller and lighter than their desktop counterparts, while achieving performance nearly on par with their clunkier brethren. With some soldering skills, creativity and perseverance you can make a pretty sweet home theater computer from a dead laptop and a housing made out of practically anything.