Just as a little background I am running an ae100 with Hoya FLD filter and an 8ft wide electric Owl screen. I was using a Samsung 709 DVD player connected to my amp via SVideo, a Sky+ via SVideo and a Panasonic SVHS deck, switched through the amp (Sony str940db) into a proV outputting 1076x768 via VGA to the ae100. This gave an image that I was not completely unhappy with, (although I hanker after one of the WXGA pjs). I do believe that 8ft from the ae100 is just a little large. With all the fuss about HTPC I felt that it was something I had to do, I am reasonably PC literate so building it wasnt going to be a problem, with the idea that upgrading my desktop would provide some leftovers for the HTPC. Initial trials with the desktop dragged downstairs, powerstrip added to set the pixel perfect settings for the ae100 showed an instant leap in picture quality without even starting to calibrate everything. Encouraged by this I set about getting all the bits together that I needed for the HTPC. I am using the Abit VH6T motherboard with the Celeron 1.2 Tualatin from the old desktop. This also had an ATI 32mb ddr AGP card but I decided to keep that for the desktop machine and buy the new Sapphire ATI 9000 128mb AGP for the HTPC. Memory is 512mb of PC133, and an Enermax 350W PSU. The DVD drive is one of the new Asus ones that are ATA66. I am still waiting for the Dign Case so I have put it all in an old case to try it out and start the debugging. I loaded the OS, WinXPproSP1 and then used the information at www.tweakxp.com to hack at the registry and disable or remove all the services that were not required i.e. outlook express, printers, faxes, messenger etc. etc.. I am using Power DVD 4 XP, set the contrast and brightness, colour and saturation using Avia but only using the adjustment from within Power DVD, not the actual windows adjustments. The results, well! The pans are smooth and there is no skipping or stutter, the colour seems pretty accurate and the black levels slightly better, all in all very similar to what I am used to from the previously calibrated setup using my Samsung 709 proV setup. But it doesnt seem as much of an improvement, certainly not for the inconvenience factor of the HTPC. It seems to me that I am either missing something, or simply my expectations where too high. My concern is that it doesnt seem as good as when I dragged my desktop machine down which had XP pro OS that was bloated from applications and running antivirus software with any-old-PSU and the old Radeon 32mb ddr card. I seem to be missing an ingredient. Your thoughts would be appreciated.