This follows a recent query that I posted to which I received a helpful reply, I have read through forums as suggested and whilst some things are clearer, I am left with lots more questions from all of the mystical possibilities alluded to in the various threads that I have read (xbox extensions, what is all that about?). I thought I had it all with my dvd recorder!! As you will see I am clueless, new to this forum stuff and anything more complex then a dvd hooked up to a CRT telly via scart - but am determined to expand my horizons. I am sure all of the info that I require is posted somewhere but I have spent hours looking stuff up (risking my marriage due to spending all day at work and most of the night reading up from this site) and am still confused. At risk of annoying people with my ignorance - please help me out with some bespoke advice. You may need to explain things to me like I am a five year old.... I want to hook up a Media Centre PC (which I havent bought yet but have just ordered logitech z5500 speakers for ) to a plasma that I bought far too hurriedly (Panny TH-50PV30) before discovering this site and which I havent even taken out of the box yet. I gather that to get the best quality I should use the VGA (15 pin Dsub?) connector on the TV although this is on the front of the telly and it would look terrible. On the back of the TV there are three scart inputs and one component video input (three holes marked Y/ PB/ PR - is that right?). I gather I can get a graphics card with component out and the connect to either of the scarts or the component video input? 1) which is best the best option? 2) what lead should I get (need a long one) I have been told that if i connect the pc to anything other than the VGA on the telly the picture will be ok for TV/DVD (but quality wont be the best) but that I wont be able to use the PC as a normal PC (normal applications/games/email/internet browsing etc) through the plasma as the picture will be too bad. 3) is this right? (surely MCE be viewable through the plasma?) 4) is there a way round it or will I need a double headed graphics to run a seperate monitor for normal PC functions? 5) can you reccomend a graphics card? Can I record dvd's to the hard drive to reduce clutter in the front room and is the playback quality adversley effected? what software do I need, what spec PC, how much hard disk space is advisable? what else? To record one TV channel and watch another I gather I need two analouge tv cards and two sky boxes. (currently have one sky box (not+) and normal ariel plus dvd recorder going in to crt telly) Panny has integrated dvd tuner. Where do I get the second sky box and viewing card from (sky i presume). do I connect them both to the same dish with a y splitter or something? Also want to network media pc wirelessly with existing pc (upstairs) what do I need to do so and to share NTL broadband connection between the media PC and the upstairs one. do I need virus/firewall etc on both machines? any reccomendations as to kit? Is anyone still reading this? Is there any hope for me? Should I just stick with the dvd player and obselete hifi? do you know who might be able to helo me realise my dreams and build the pc for me and explain how to set it up to someone as clueless as me? Please resolve my fustrations. The front room has been gutted (ready to hide wires etc) and I can not re-decorate until I decide what to do (wife currently shouting at me to get off the computer - she's the one that made me buy the plasma in the first place!) Thanks in advance for leading me through this by the hand and telling me exactly what I need to do. (other than shoot myself in the head).