If you want a cheap media computer, uh, well... what's your time worth?
I've got several years' worth of junk in my junk box. So, I rifled through it to find junk to plug into it.
- I've got a TV with an open HDMI port.
- And do I have a USB mouse? Yeah, but it's an optical mouse...
- And do I have a keyboard? Several. Any of them USB? Uh, no.
- But I've got two USB hubs, a big white one and little black one.
Mindful of this, I used the big white USB hub. Mistake. You'd think that a USB hub is as vanilla device as imaginable. It is not as far as the Raspberry Pi is concerned. ERGO, when you decide to set up your Raspberry Pi, verify each of the items above to make sure they are verified to work with it.
Ergo, when you start hooking up things to your Raspberry Pi, check to see they have been confirmed to work with it. Here's a link where you can check. Check first. It will save time & pain.