I read the Engadget article “How-To: Build A Cheap Media Player In 20 Minutes“, so I tried to get GeeXboX 0.98.5 Original ISO to work. My Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop booted up fine with GeeXboX. Once in the menu, it was bad. Flashing vertical lines all over the screen. Plus, it didn’t show up on my television. 
Here’s how it looks on my laptop:
Next, I tried it on my desktop.  This time, the video would show on the TV. However, the image would just repeat scrolling vertically. On my computer monitor, it did show fine though. That doesn’t do too much, except if my mom wouldn’t care to watch a whole movie on a computer monitor, it should be easy for her to boot to GeeXbox, and when the menu shows, she could just pop in the Divx movie she’d want to watch.
This would be really cool cuz I have a couple Divx videos, and it’d be so much easier to use GeeXboX and watch a movie with my friends. Any point in persuing this? Asking in the forums? I haven’t seen too many Dell laptops being supported. *sigh* Here’s to wishing…
 Connecting from my S-Video to my TV required a S-Video female to RCA male adapter, on both laptop and desktop.
 Detailed system information, such as hardware, can be found on my system rig page.