Monday, August 20, 2007

Extreme Mod: Commodore 64 Movie Server

My first computer at home was a Commodore 64. I learned a lot from that old box and it was the beginning of my move from video game junkie to computing. Today I ran across a cool mod that takes the old Comodore 64 computer and Snapstream's Beyond Media to make a movie server. This guy used an old, nonworking Commodore 64 computer, Commodore 1541 drive, a fanless VIA EPIA ME-6000, Mini ITX Motherboard, 512 MB of Ram, a 500 Gigabyte hard drive, a stripped down version of Windows XP Pro and Snapstream's Beyond Media.

This was no plug-and-play project. It involved some case mods and know-how, but it turned out really nice.

The newly converted Movie server connects to his home network for streaming movies. He now uses it to serve up movies in the family room or any other room with PC's in the house. It is currently in the basement hooked up to a 5.1 surround sound processor and a 4ft by 5ft wide-screen overhead projector. Below is a photo of his working C64 Movie Server in action.

To read the entire how-to and see more photo's head over to the Commodore 64 Movie Server Page

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