I know I'm being a lazy ponce starting a thread like this and I could probably figure this out on my own - eventually. But if the mods don't mind, I'd like to use this thread to field general questions about this system - setting it up, getting online, tweeking it, etc. My first question is why can't I use the HDMI output? But first, here is the setup. Xbox, Kinect sensor, controller, 20gig on board, 500gig external hard drive I tried to set it up using HDMI going to my receiver and then to the HDTV but I got nothing. So I yanked it out and used the composite connector - which is designed to block the HDMI port. They even say in one of the manuals that you can't use both at the same time. Am I stuck with composite video or can I use HDMI? I went through the setup and didn't see any option for it. Question 2 - how do I set up the external drive? Question 3 - how important is it to set up xbox live? I have it connected to my network and I eventually want to use the xbox to stream video from the HTPC. Do I need to set up Live for that? OK, that's it for now. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.