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- eskro - 2012-01-05 00:54
keep us up2date Dragonlance!
- Dragonlance - 2012-01-06 01:25
Guys what about a PCI DvB-T receiver / pvr that works out of the box?
- Dragonlance - 2012-01-08 14:25
I guess... may u suggest me a pci dvb-t board with hardware encoding (I don't want to load the cpu) that works ootb under xbmc/openElec
- Mufasa - 2012-01-10 04:12
So I am trying to find a box to run Linux, XBMC.
I went through the groups, and was heading towards these because they have a great form factor:
I found only 1 person who seems to have run Linux on it, but it doesn't seem as though he really put it through the paces
Then I found the NewEgg review, and it was less than spectacular
There is a youtube video of this not being able to handle 1080p videos
NewEgg says it is out of stock & deactivated.
Is this an end of life product that has been replaced with something better?
New egg reviews: 1 Positive, Several not, "need to blacklist radeon kernel module", "not so much for linux", "Tried for about 2 weeks to get the AMD video drivers to work in Ubuntu (tried 10.4 and 11.11) but no avail. No 3D acceleration in Ubuntu or XBMC Live."
So that takes 4 of the higher end machines, and some fairly recent feedback, and says that the systems aren't optimal (out of the box, or sometimes at all) or are discontinued / being phased out.
eSkRo, that is an awesome list that you put together, and I almost jumped for joy when I saw it, but researching some of these systems for use with Linux & XBMC, it seems the video hardware isn't up to the challenge.
Am I missing something more recent that makes these issues invalid?
Thanks much! I'm running XBMC on a Mac Mini at the moment, and loving it. I'm just looking to get back to something more familar to me (Ubuntu and/or Mint).
I loved the fact the Mac Mini was plug and play. It has some quirks (like volume settings, size of fonts from a distance, etc.) But I never had an artifact, and the thing is dead silent. I just wish it ran Ubuntu/Mint/Debian/heck, even Fedora.
P.S. In reality, I'm a group 3, but I'm not interested in jailbreaking a device, I heard the AppleTV1 can be a bit slow, and I'd rather pay a little extra on the front end for something that I KNOW is going to handle the files I ask it to play. (Which is why I was jumping to Group 6)
P.P.S. I realize your list of groups is done on your own time, and totally voluntary. And I'm not here to shoot 'em down or anything like that. The fact you took the time to do the testing is awesome. Just trying to vet the info before I plunk down the cash & spend the time trying to get it to work. If any of those systems used an NVIDIA chipset, looks like I'd be good to go, but it seems I'll probably have to build something to get that recipe.
Again, thanks a lot. It really is a great list, and your other lists are a great resource.
- eskro - 2012-01-10 04:41
hello Mufasa, usually, i suggest users to create their own thread
you'd get better help by having your own one.
that being said, if i had to go LINUX route as of today,
and had to buy a pre-built system,
i'd get a nettop based on the E350 AMD FUSION platform.
i know i know, u read that AMD/ATI and linux dont play well, and its true.
but, there's a special version of XBMC, called openELEC, which is based on LINUX,
but contains only XBMC and thats it!
check out their website http://www.openelec.tv/
these guys made a version for the E350 AMD FUSION platform specifically!
which means it works!
[Mini-ITX] with A8-3850 (4x2.9Ghz) + HD6550D - aocarson - 2012-01-11 10:01
Your pages and tutorials are great, and I just ordered all the components for my new HTPC this morning. Visiting now I notice that the 5th build of the Mini-ITX case has been removed! Am I right? Did this processor not work well in this case? I really don't like the form factor of the larger one. I hope I'm not just imagining things
- eskro - 2012-01-11 10:13
well, too cool the A8-3850,
your cpu cooler fan will have to spin faster if temps get too high.
which creates more noise.
Mini-itx case - aocarson - 2012-01-11 10:19
Good to know that I'm not crazy; has that post been deleted or can I still view it? I ordered everything with the Scythe Kozuti SCKZT-1000 cooler so I hope that works out
- eskro - 2012-01-11 10:22
well, if your in the USA, and if u want,
u can always grab the A6-3600 instead and cancel the A8-3850
- byxil - 2012-01-11 10:24
eskro Wrote:these guys made a version for the E350 AMD FUSION platform specifically!
What is this version? Fusion Builds?
I would like to buy a Zotac ZBOX AD02 and I also have doubts about the good work with XBMC
Now I have an Acer Revo 3610, (1.66 GHz Atom 330 + ION1) as a performance which is the difference?
(example: Revo + XBMC = 70%, ZBOX + XBMC = 80%?)