Everyone has lots of movies, series, pictures and music. With XBMC we can collect all this data and play it on your flatscreen TV.

I will show you the basics for make an easy media center. After that I will give you some options that you can do after you setup the basic media center.

Things you will need for the basic media center:
-Old laptop/PC
-The opensource software "XBMC"
-HDMI Cable or VGA Cable (take HDMI)
-Remote and receiver for computers
-TV with VGA OR HDMI connection

Step 1: Step 1: Old Laptop/PC

Laptop specifications:
- I think that 2 GB's of RAM is enough
- A dual-core CPU OR pentium will be sufficient.

At first I will reinstall my OS. I took windows 7 (has no reason why I took WIN 7)
I did this step because my laptop was very slow. You can skip this step if you want.

My laptop doesn't have a hdmi port.<br>how do i connect my laptop to the flat screen TV. The monitor port is pretty unstable and the laptop's speakers isnt that great.<br>Connecting the laptop with a different speaker will make a mess of wires which i would avoid. <br>
Might I suggest ubuntu after installing it into Ubuntu you can boot directly to xbmc no need for any other app or program to run and get this it requires less to run and boots faster
Just to expand for anyone who doesn't know the dedicated xbmc operating system is called 'XBMCbuntu'
or better yet, install the xbmc app on your smartphone/tablet and control xbmc over your home wifi network
Great guide! Thanks.<br/>A little suggestion: instead if using win7 you can download an Ubuntu distribution which comes integrated with XBMC, which is much lighter.
Good Comment yuvco. And ubuntu is for free.. So it would be nice to!

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