The laptop is not for HTPC use but more for my dad to watch movies on the go. He's decided to buy his first computer (!) and wants all the bells and whistles. Basic config is a 850 Mhz processor with 128 MB Ram. 1.The dvd player is 8x speed. Is this ok? 2.What software will he need to view movies? 3.And what graphics card will he require (if any, will the player be using software decoding?). These are the computer video controller details: ATI Mobility 128-bit graphic accelerator with 4x AGP support; Standard 16MB of intergrated video SGRAM, optional 32 MB video SGRAM also available at point of order only. Is there any point in getting 32MB RAM? I am not considering portable dvd players. Any and all help appreciated. Best wishes for the new year.