So you've gotten a newer model. It was bound to happen, as new technology becomes more and more demanding. But after years of faithful service, you're probably not excited about saying a final farewell to your old computer, and you don't have to. With these resources, it's easy to give your old computer new life as a media center.
Whether you're looking for a child's laptop, or just want a cheap piece of hardware to play with, the sub-$300 laptop category has a lot to offer. With a field full of open source plaforms and rugged designs, you're sure to find something you'll like. Here we'll take a look at 5 of the best.