I'm probably buying a friend's old tower to use as a HTPC. Everything seems perfectly suited for the experience, except he installed Linux on it to goof around with and somehow overwrote the partition with the recovery disks on it.
So, seeing as how it's a 7-ish year old computer, I was hoping there was somewhere non-skeezy to get my hands on a copy of Windows XP. I'd thought about contacting HP to buy a physical set of the back-up disks, but wasn't sure about transfer of ownership issues (or if they'd just try to push Windows 7 on me) Or, if anyone has had good luck with an eBay dealer, please let me know.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
What are the specs? If it's that old, you may or may not be better served just sticking with Linux and putting, say, a clean install of Mythbuntu on there. It seems to run quite nicely for me on a hand-me-down Dell of probably the same vintage, and that's just going off a live CD.
You wanted the best, you got... the Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"Are you implying that the world will end because God will take a dump on the Sun?" (Llakor)
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
Go to the store and check or check the websites of ATI and Hauppauge. Not all of their tuners are capable of working on Vista. I had one that was a more basic ATI version, but still fairly new, and they made it clear that it could never work with Vista....