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  • One of the best features of this PC is that the CPU has all the necessary ports and connectors on the front panel
  • But I found that there are certain disks with scratches that cannot be copied and sometimes cannot be read on this disk drive but can be read and copied on another (company) disk drive
  • I don't know whether this problem is due to my PC sharing the same TV Cable line with another TV

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      I got this PC in 2005. Let me introduce you to this fabulous Personal Computer. The HP 7177a is a desktop computer with a variety of features. Its hardware is as powerful as its software.

      The PC comes with a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, a smart looking and fully loaded CPU, a remote control, 2 speakers with a sub-woofer, an infrared device, a radio antenna wire and other connectors. Apart from this, you get software CD�s and 3 blank lightscribe CDs. You can opt for a CRT Flat screen or a TFT or LCD monitor as per your budget.

      Apart from the usual PC uses, this one offers great for gaming, watching movies, watching Television, Listening to movies and yes, you can listen to a FM radio station as well.

      It also, lets you record you favorites TV shows or anything you watch on your TV. These recorded shows can be saved as per your storage space available by setting the record quality (fair, good, very good, best). This PC comes with a 160 GB (expandable) hard disk so no need to worry about the storage space as well.

      The movies and shows recorded in high quality can be converted to a DVD or VCD. The software provided with the


      PC ‘Sonic MyDVD Plus’ or ‘Sonic Record now’ you can easily edit and customize your DVD or VCD. The output when seen on television is fabulous. The lower or intermediate quality has okay output. And yes, better the quality, larger the space consumed by the recordings.

      The storage is not limited to the hard disk. There in a personal media bay on the CPU. You can use the portable personal media drives of 160 GB or more and carry your data in those. This can help for huge data backups. I haven’t found this media bay on any other PC except that of HP.

      One of the best features of this PC is that the CPU has all the necessary ports and connectors on the front panel. This part called the connectivity center has an open and close flap as per your connectivity needs.

      There is also, a multimedia card reader panel placed nicely tucked on top front of the CPU. No extra wires or device outside and you can use your multimedia cards easily.

      The media center software, allows you to play games like solitaire, otto etc with your remote control.

      If you on the PC just for watching TV/Videos or listening to music or browsing pictures, all this can be ...


      • done with just the remote control. The remote can also, shutdown the PC via media center.

        The graphics cards can let you play high end PC games.

        You will love watching the windows dancer (human figure/s) dancing to your tunes.

        The lightscribe disk writer can get you highly personalized disks. Just get the lightscribe disk, design the disk surface on your PC and the design will be made on the disk. You just have to put the disk in the combo drive of your CPU. The PC comes with this single combo drive which allows you to write CDs and DVDs. There is space on the front panel if you wish to install another CD/DVD/Combo drive. These drives are also placed neatly inside the CPU with flap for each on the front panel.

        Now, let’s speak about the cons of this PC. The speakers are not loud enough. Get better speakers to make full use of what the PC offers.

        If your CD/DVD is full of scratches no luck trying to copy it here. This didn�t create many problems for me. But I found that there are certain disks with scratches that cannot be copied and sometimes cannot be read on this disk drive but can be read and copied

        on another (company) disk drive.

        One thing I hate is that sometimes I get a ‘loss of connection’ screen while I am watching my favorite TV show or a good movie on this PC. The TV becomes normal once I close and open the media center software again. If that doesn’t work maybe after you take it to standby mode and comeback to normal mode then it will work. If this also, is not working you need to restart you PC. I don’t know whether this problem is due to my PC sharing the same TV Cable line with another TV.

        I had to change my PC hard disk due to a virus infection. And if you want all this what you enjoy in your PC make a set of recovery discs and keep. This can be made only once. If you feel your PC is facing a major problem contact HP customer care centers directly and not the dealer. They will charge you if your PC is not under warranty.

        In terms of performance, this PC is very good.

        This PC has been very useful to me. There are better versions available now and are available as per your budget. It�s a good deal if you can make full use of this PC.




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