Sorry typo in title
I have a laptop that is excess to requirements:
Acer Aspire 6935g
Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Intel core 2 Duo P8400 2.26 GHz
Geforce 9600m Graphics
This laptop has an infrared remote sensor and work with the xbox media remote or the standard microsoft MCPC remote.
It also has full 1080P HD output through HDMI
What would be the best way to go about converting this to a media streamer/NAS that will play media files both from it's own hard drive and from the hard drives of the other machines on the network.
I don't mind putting a different OS on as long as everything is supported by it and it has be be read and writable by the other machines on the network which all run windows 7.
I did try XBMC but it is unstable as hell and crashes all the time.