Well, I hope I have this in the right cat. I have an older homebrew PC that I've installed Ubuntu 9 on. Since two of the three memory slots somehow got fried, I can only drop 1GB of RAM. (I said it was older.) What I'd like to do is reconfigure this puppy as a NAS / media server. From what I've read, I can use either FreeNAS or Ubuntu as the server hardware. I have a D-Link DIR-628 wireless router (http://www.d-link.com/products/?pid=DIR-628) and I'd like to keep the ol' girl up with my current PC. For the media server side, we currently have 32" CRT and a Kenwood VR-509 receiver (http://hometheater.about.com/blvr-509.htm). The TV only has Svideo and component video and is on the lower level of our house.
To get the media from the NAS / Media server on the upper level to the tv, would using a laptop with Win7-32 Home Premium (Athlon 64 2.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM) and SVideo out be sufficient? The Kenwood can mimic 5.1 sound but the laptop can only output stereo.