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Survivor HP Pavilion Windows XP Media Center Computer - $180 (Spring Lake)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: hewlett-packard
model name / number: m000 (m400y) tower/desktop
size / dimensions: MicroATX

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This is the complete bundle, ladies and gentlemen. Original HP software image freshly installed from the (included) recovery media. Motherboard CPU capacitors replaced. Period-correct monitor included. Original keyboard supplied. Matching mouse for your troubles at no extra cost.

Highlights:

2.8Ghz Hyper-Threaded Socket 478 Pentium4 with dusted-off heatsink
(upgrade!) Radeon 9550 AGP Video Card Installed (original Radeon 9200 also included, but not pictured)
(upgrade!) 250GB SATA SSD in proper drive adapter
SATA DVD-ROM Drive (works, but sticks when opening, so requires a love-tap)
Original Floppy Disk Drive (believed to be working)
Original card reader
Original front panel media center controls
(upgrade!) 2GB of DDR1 memory (increased from the stock 256MB)
Original Conexant BlackBird analog TV tuner and composite/s-video capture card is included

The monitor is an HP w1907 1440x900 LCD with relatively-low hours. It does support 1:1 pixel mapping, which makes it perfect for full-screen retro and classic games. A perfect match for this computer. VGA and power cables included at no additional cost.

The speakers are a period-correct JBL Pro 2.0 amplified pair. Power supply included (not pictured). Tested working.

Windows XP Media Center Edition is loaded from the original recovery discs, fully patched to current day (in as much as possible for stock XP, thanks to LegacyUpdate.net). Most original value-added software is still present, (I'll spare you the agony of having to uninstall Norton 2004) including the WildTangent games (yes, Otto's Magic Blocks and the Overworld trials are there and not spent).

The Office 2003 Student trial has been uninstalled and replaced with a fully activated copy of Office 2003 Standard for the most period-correct experience. MyPal and Supermium web browsers, along with uBlock Origin, have been installed for added convenience. This build of Windows is incompatible with Media Player 11, but I was at least able to upgrade to WMP10 from the original (hideous) version-9 that comes with earlier builds of XP.

HP's full-color user's manual and service guide is in the same package as the recovery discs. As detailed as it is colorful and descriptive, this is easily one of the best and most in-depth PC manuals I've ever read.

The original XP theme has been faithfully preserved, as pictured, but I've also installed the Royale theme for the most authentic Media Center experience possible.

This computer is replete with modern and legacy connectivity, including parallel, serial, fax modem, parallel ATA, (PATA, sometimes called "IDE" or "E-IDE") full-size 1394, (sometimes called i-Link or FireWire) and it's all in this PC's original case, which has been thoroughly cleaned for maximum health and convenience.


Take home this piece of flawlessly-preserved mid-2000s Americana today. For the right price, I am willing to cut the monitor and speakers from the deal, but the keyboard is an inextricable part of the collection (and a sight to behold with its light-up special function keys!). I may even be able to track down the original box.

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