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Part: I Getting Started > Preparing for XP Media Center

Chapter 1. Preparing for XP Media Center

In This Chapter

  • Prepare mentally: how to get your game on and get ready for the Media Center experience

  • Set your expectations by knowing what your Media Center PC will and won't do

  • How a Media PC compares to a DVR

  • Prepare physically: care and feeding of your Media PC

  • Deciding where to put your Media PC

  • A few words about your TV signal

  • A few words about your Internet connection

Unless you're a media fiend who already went to the trouble and expense of building a TV-capable PC from scratch, your new Windows XP Media Center Edition PC will be unlike any personal computer you've ever experienced. We're going to get you into the right mindset by telling you up front what your Media PC will and won't do, and help you get prepared mentally and physically for the Herculean task ahead: setting up your Media PC.


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