Dell loves to under promise and over deliver and although my new XPS 420 wasn’t expected to ship until the 14th, it is on track to arrive today via FedEx. Let’s just hope my ATI CableCARD tuner arrives in 1/3rd the time as well.
Unlike my TiVos, I’m sure I have a lot of setup to do. I plan to initially connect it to my desktop display until I think it’s ready to connect to the TV. Here’s what I know I have to do up until now, can you think of anything else?
- Try to repartition drive to make it easier to reinstall Windows, may need to re-install.
- Uninstall crapware
- Uninstall A/V and firewalls, disable Window’s firewall
- Update drivers on Dell’s site, then check manufactures’
- Install Windows updates including SP1
- Install and configure my HDHomerun as a tuner and setup MCE
- Install Ultra VNC and test from my Mac — since Vista doesn’t include RDP, might install hack later
- Setup two users, one admin and one to auto login VMC as
- Configure VMC to auto load in Media Center mode using the switch and startup
- Finally, move to rack and connect to my HDTV, maybe via HDMI, maybe component, depending on which works better
My primary objective is to replace my Series3. After I’m satisfied I’ve done this, then I’ll pick up an extender for my second HDTV. Then I’ll start to look at plug-ins and explore the other VMC features. Unless of course there is a plug-in that I need to replace the functionality of my TiVo.
Stay tuned for my impressions of how things go.