[LIVE] HOW-TO install XBMC Live on Acer Aspire Revo - The Complete Guide for Newbies - Printable Version
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- Grippen - 2009-12-17 17:42
Hello guys I've been using the Revo for 3 months now or more. My primary goal was to view HD content which I can do without any problems. However I also shared in my network some old divx and xvid content. Some movies others cartoons.
I do not know why some of them I just can't seem to watch them properly. Either you get delays or the stream is constantly jumping. If I check the CPU performance I notice that it is always with almost 100% usage and several frames are dropped. I should rephrase that this doesn't happen in all the movies. I managed to watch some without major problems and CPU usage around 40 to 60% but some or many have this problem.
Another weird issue is that a few months ago for a movie this wasn't happening and now it is doing this. My guess is somewhere along the way the codecs used by the XBMC player do not do a very good job in some movies. I do have a single core Revo but I think that should be more then enough to SD divx content. Just one more tip when this behavior started for example if I started from the beginning the same movie this problem would disapeer.
After a while I simply quited because I've been replacing most of the SD movies by HD but still some I can't find and the cartoons series is even worse. I was using previous versions of XBMC and right now I'm with the beta 9.11 and still have this. Anyone experiencing the same problem?
Single core users only please using XBMC live! because I'm sure that even if this happens in the dual core somehow the bigger capacity of the processor e overcoming this and windows users might now experience this
mini pci-e not functional? - cliffwells - 2009-12-17 22:26
I've tried two different (known working) Intel 802.11g cards in two different R1600's without success. Neither Windows nor Linux (lspci) could see them.
Has anyone successfully installed a card into the mini pci-e slot?
It's starting to appear that the slot is disabled or Acer has really poor QA.
- TiredOldMan - 2009-12-18 03:51
cliffwells Wrote:I've tried two different (known working) Intel 802.11g cards in two different R1600's without success. Neither Windows nor Linux (lspci) could see them.
When you installed your wifi card did your system have antenna wires to connect to the wifi card? Mine did not. Apparently, some/all the R1600 units sold in the US did not come configured so wifi could work.
I sent a note to acer earlier today asking about a source for the missing parts - no reply yet.
- schneidz - 2009-12-18 05:52
i got a zotac ion board and tired an intel mini-pci-e card in it.
i found out the hard way that the mini-pci-e port on the ion boards are disabled in the bios to not let any card except the one they allow to be plugged into the port ( a waste of about 30 bucks)
- cliffwells - 2009-12-18 19:45
TiredOldMan Wrote:When you installed your wifi card did your system have antenna wires to connect to the wifi card? Mine did not. Apparently, some/all the R1600 units sold in the US did not come configured so wifi could work.
I just pulled a couple from an old laptop I had lying around. Worst case scenario you can get some from eBay for a couple bucks.
- cliffwells - 2009-12-18 19:46
schneidz Wrote:i got a zotac ion board and tired an intel mini-pci-e card in it.
Any idea of what particular card they support? And how did you confirm that the port isn't simply completely non-functional?
- Qooop - 2009-12-19 02:39
I installed the PRC 1 today and was sad to see the major stuttering back in full force. Not sure if I did anything wrong but it is really messed up.
- TiredOldMan - 2009-12-19 03:33
cliffwells Wrote:I just pulled a couple from an old laptop I had lying around. Worst case scenario you can get some from eBay for a couple bucks.
I did get several replies from Acer support. They kept sending me to sites, there and others that had stuff like batteries and power adapters for laptops. I am not sure I ever got the point across about what I was looking for.
I noticed that even on the Acer sites there is no mention of either model of the Aspire Revo systems.
I took your suggestion and ordered a set of Aspire wifi antenna from e-bay. $12.95USD including shipping.
- ltnthacker - 2009-12-19 06:03
Qooop Wrote:Anyone notice the "hidden" USB port under the power switch. after opening the unit I saw it I't covered with a little rubber port cover. It doesn't seem to work though.
Yes, plugged in an 8gb USB w/ XBMC Live; Works fine for me (AR1600 1G Ram) Eventually I want to mount the Acer to the back of my TV and ust that USB Port for a wireless USB dongle.
- ltnthacker - 2009-12-19 06:51
Hi I'm a newb when it comes to XBMC and feel the need to ask these questions even after reading the posts.
I'm running XBMC LIVE off an 8gb usb stick. It is plugged into an Acer Revo 1600 with Win XP on the HD and 1GB Ram. I've been watching HD vid (except mkv) w/o an issue from an external hard drive. My questions are as follows;
1) Since I don't have Cat5 near my Revo, can anyone explain how I can get my wireless-N USB adabter to work via XBMC. (Netgear Rangemax wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter)
2) When I play music from the same ext HD as the videos, the audio sounds like it is running fast. Any ideas why and how I can tweak this?
Solved: Change "hdmi" setting to "plug:hdmi"
3) Where can I learn more on writing/editing code for XBMC Live. I've never dabbled in linux. i.e where can I get a better understanding of where to past code, what is "putty" etc. When people post code, is this the same as creating a .txt doc and pasting it in a file, or something else?
4) Finally, Does XBMC have it's own media search program? e.g. I've used Azerus to DL torrents from the net. Is there similar functionality in XBMC?
TIA for the education and help.