Digital Signage Media Player under $150

Setting up a Digital Signage Media Player for under $150.

Most Digital Signage Media Players sell for prices ranging from $300+ to almost $1,000; and are nothing more than Windows PCs in a Mini PC enclosure. It is easy to acquire and setup a Media Player under $150, following the below listed steps.

Get a used Netbook
With the advent of tablets and smart phones, Netbooks have gone out of fashion and easy to find on sites like www.craigslist.com (or you might have one that you are not using).

When identifying a Netbook, look for the following minimum requirements:
- Processor: 1.6 GHz or 1.2 GHz Dual core
- RAM: Minimum 1 Gb. (more is better)
- Operating System: Minimum Windows Home (some Netbooks come with Windows Starter and may have some drivers missing).

Typically you can expect to find a decent Netbook for under $150 (we have seen many at $120 to $130).

Install Programs
Install Adobe Flash
Download and install the latest version for Adobe Flash Player from:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Activate Windows Media Player
Activate Windows Media Player by running the software once or completing the setup, if it has never been used.

To run the software, click on Windows Start >> All Programs >> Windows Media Player

Install doPublicity Digital Signage Software
Download and install doPublicity Digital Signage Software from:
http://c776926.r26.cf2.rackcdn.com/doPublicity.exe
or
http://www.dopublicity.com/doPublicity.exe

Digital Signage Software License
You can get a Free Digital Signage Software license from:
https://www.dopublicity.com/Secure/Sales/Select.aspx?A=0

Or, select from a variety of options at:
http://www.dopublicity.com/Digital-Signage-Comparison.aspx

Netbook Setup
The Netbook should be setup to run continuously without shutting down the display by either going to sleep or hibernate mode.

Setting Sleep Mode:
Click on Start >> Control Panel >> Power Options
Click on Change Plan Settings (for the selected option)
Set ‘Turn off the display’ to Never
Set ‘Put the computer to sleep’ to Never

Setting Hibernate Mode:
Click on Start >> Control Panel >> Power Options
Click on Change Plan Settings (for the selected option)
Click on Change advanced power setting
Click on + symbol next to Sleep and expand selection
Click on + symbol next to Hibernate after and expand selection
Enter 0 (zero) for minutes

Setting for keeping display running even after the Netbook lid is closed
Click on Start >> Control Panel >> Power Options
Click on Change Plan Settings (for the selected option)
Click on Change advanced power setting
Click on + symbol next to Power buttons and lid and expand selection
Click on + symbol next to Lid close action and expand selection
Select option Do nothing

Connecting Netbook to TV
Connect the Netbook to the TV using a VGA cable and set the resolution to match the options available on the TV.

Note: doPublicity Digital Signage Software scales automatically to fill the screen and displays in the best available resolution.

Netbook Installation
Unlike bulky Media Players that require mounting, a Netbook can be connected to a TV and placed on the TV Mount behind the TV. We have instances of customers using a simple Velcro strap to hold the Netbook in place.
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