OK, here’s where I’m coming from. (Apologies: this is rather long-winded ) A mate of my wife came to me to save the data on his laptop after someone's foot had a disagreement with it, the screen was in bits, the keyboard was missing a few keys, the battery looked like it was about to explode and the whole thing was a bit of a mess. I threw the HDD into my main rig and it was 100%, so like a good little geek I told him to go buy a USB enclosure. An artist's rendering of the demise of the Advent Laptop Long story short; I inherited a knackered Advent laptop. Up to this point I was using my old faithful Dell Inspiron running Ubuntu and XBMC to play media on my TV; so I decided to retire it to occasional couch surfing and re-purpose this P.O.S. laptop as an HDTV. For free. Free is key here, the thing’s been kicked about so I didn’t want to go to any financial expense and have it fry. That means so save buying a HDD I’m using a USB Flash drive to run the OS. The laptop altogether shed its screen, case, battery, optical drive, webcam, WiFi aerial, keyboard, trackpad, speakers & microphone. It’s kept its mobo, processor, cooler, ram, activity lights and on-board gubbins. It has a Celeron T1600, 2GB RAM and Intel graphics, FEEL THE POWER! The bare-bones of the Ghetto HTPC (please excuse the phone pic) So I want to run XBMC on an unspectacular computer from a pen drive, obvious answer; OpenElec. Unfortunately the P.O.S. bios won’t recognise an OpenElec stick and I don’t have the patience or knowledge to hax0r it. Fortunately around the same time, XBMC released Eden Beta3 which included XBMCBuntu; this the BIOS liked. (Because I’m implementing a new install of XBMC, I wanted to take my library with me. I could have copied the library files from the application on the laptop but that irritated me, so I used Trakt and Trakt Utilities to sync my seen movies and TV shows between installs! It was still taking an age and a day to re-build the actual library, fortunately I realised you can run multiple copies of XBMC from the same library over your network, so now all it takes to make a (fairly) exact copy of XBMC on another machine is an XML config file! ) It's better side, complete with funky heatpipe Right now I’m using a circuit board with wires coming out of it as an HTPC. It needs a case which will: a) cost me nothing, and b) that I can make with very limited tools ...but I’ve an idea for that... So, do you think this is worth the effort or should I just stump up for something more slick and permanent? Or TLDR?