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Hardware Compatibility / old thin client as Htpc - Which linux...
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:46:37 pm »

I have an old HP GT7720/25 which used to use for music rip, store, replay and server.  However, i now want to use it for living room media player for TV.  Hardware should be more than capable of providing 1080 replay.  Turion 2.3ghz dual core, 2gb ram and ATI RS780G and in place of the OS Flash rom card I have a kingfast 128gb ssd to act as main OS hard drive.

Media is all on a server so was thinking of plex, Kodi and similar software's.

I have touched on linux and bsd a few times but not huge knowledge.  Anyway first I try Ubuntu 16 and had a few issues.  Firstly Kodi wouldn't install no matter how i tried.  Next issue is i read it seems to have issues with ATI drivers in latest version (at least older ones).

Next I try Debian stretch.  Seems i can't use Ati drivers but got video via firmware-amd-graphics.  Got all software installed.  Video worked great but no sound to TV over the Ati dvi-HDMI adapter (which specs say it should have).  The sound device wasn't showing up in the OS at all, even on -L list.  So i figure needs proper Ati drivers.  Selected right version for card but that doesn't work as stopped it booting into desktop.

So next i try earlier version of ubuntu which should work with Ati driver and the Ati driver stops it booting into desktop.

So after 3 different installs and loads of time spent trying to solve issue i am now pulling my hair out and tbh ready to fling thing into field out back.

Can someone please give me a clue what distro I should pick to best get me easy access to latest builds of Kodi, plex other media apps etc and properly support the Ati RS780G Gpu/Chipset and work with the correctly with the correct age of ati driver to get full support for the hardware (sound over HDMI - CEC would also be nice as supposed to support it but less bothered if it doesn't work).

Really appreciate some help and advice if anyone has it cos tbh another fail or two and it will just get consigned to a cupboard.

Thanks a million.

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