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- StoneT - 2010-08-20 19:58
As I am seriously considering buying one of these I have but one concern - the fan noise ....
I read the whole thread and looked as various reviews - but I am not quite certain I got the correct picture: How bad is the fan noise with the latest BIOS version and while playing HD media ?
I hope that you [now fellow] XBMC members can give me your unbiased first hand feedback here :-)
FYI I currently have a media tank, but am not satisfied with it so I am looking at a nettop that can do XBMC .....
- tcghost - 2010-08-21 00:10
StoneT Wrote:Hi All,
personally, I can't hear it at all, though I sit 8-10 feet from it while watching movies. However, the original xbox and xbox 360 did not bother me that much either even though they are considered to be pretty loud in comparison.
it's definitely going to be louder than PCH units as those have no fans, but whether it's a noticeable difference and whether it bothers you enough to keep away from zbox is moot point
- hydog - 2010-08-21 05:09
StoneT Wrote:Hi All,
With the newest BIOS -- it is as quiet as it is going to be - which ends up being pretty good...
I would recommend it - based on the newest BIOS.
- ToBe - 2010-08-22 19:15
I can't hear the fan at all from my couch. The only thing I hear (rarely) is the HDD. And if you use a SSD the box is quite enough, considering the price.
- StoneT - 2010-08-22 19:40
Your feedback is much appreciated - I have now ordered a Zbox and am on my way to become the latest XBMC user
If anyone has any hot tips on any pitfalls getting this to work (I will be using Windows 7 as the OS and an Emprex 3009 RF remote) I would be grateful to know
- matchsmalone - 2010-08-22 19:57
StoneT Wrote:Hi guys,
Is there a reason you've chosen not to use Live? I've never tied xbmc on win7 personally, but it seems to me that people have more issues getting things to work on Windows.
With live, you can get the best of both worlds. You can have the fully functioning Windows OS, and run xbmc from a flash drive when you need it.
Perhaps you have other considerations but this is just my two cents.
- StoneT - 2010-08-23 10:16
matchsmalone Wrote:Is there a reason you've chosen not to use Live? I've never tied xbmc on win7 personally, but it seems to me that people have more issues getting things to work on Windows.
Well - it is basically because I know nothing about Linux/Unix/whatever-flavour but do know my Windows .....
One of the reasons for getting out of the "NMT business" is to have no more headaches over an OS/filesystem I am not familiar with ....
Also - as far as I could gather reading through a LOT of posts - is that you can easily get everything to work with Win7 whereas Linux causes you to have to fiddle around a LOT more .....
But I may be wrong - and I am ready to try it out .... what is the best and easiest way to get this to run (NOTE that I will have an internal disk and will NOT run anything from an USB stick) ?
- tcghost - 2010-08-24 05:32
StoneT Wrote:Well - it is basically because I know nothing about Linux/Unix/whatever-flavour but do know my Windows .....
I would say that your assumptions are right and it would be easier to setup and maintain XBMC under Windows from my experience. You'll have to configure/install/troubleshoot something sooner or later, like HDMI audio, sound not working in a certain video, etc, and if you're not comfortable doing that on Linux and not willing to learn you should probably stick with Windows. However, XBMC Live under Linux is very easy to try and play around with to see if you like it.
Personally I use XBMC under Linux in a minimal installation environment to eliminate any extra resource overheads and minimize boot time (since it's a computer dedicated for XBMC). On Windows it's usually not as easy to remove all the unneeded services and customization options are not as broad.
- OJey - 2010-08-24 12:23
isn't there stil the problem that gpu decoding (VDPAU) isn't supported under windows? if it is than you have to use xbmc live or you mighty ion2 gpu is doing nothing while watching 720p+ content ... believe me i'm a total linux noob, but have no problems getting xbmc live to run. it's fairly easy !
- Hannes The Hun - 2010-08-24 14:02
OJey Wrote:isn't there stil the problem that gpu decoding (VDPAU) isn't supported under windows?
the xbmc nightly builds for windows (dsplayer) fully support DXVA since some time now