No HDMI = Ouch, but since you bought it so you could mod it I doubt it makes much of a difference. I'm thinking of doing a similar thing with a PSP (I've seen ones with broken UMD drives go for as little as $50 on eBay) so I can use it as a multimedia machine.
How old is it?
Michael: Jodie, how's my schedule look for today? Jodie: You've got a conference and dinner party at the Japanese Embassy regarding wildlife protection. Michael: Oh, yeah...sorry, but I'll have to cancel that. I'm heading out to save America!