Zotac IONITX-A Atom N330 Nvidia Ion?

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donabi Offline
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there is a jumper near the power-plug.
(just like any other jumper on a hardrive).

after setting it, my usb-mouse keeps up glowing, while the system is off.
so there is usb-power ON, while the system is OFF.

many users mentioned it as a "no-go". the first revision didn't have a usb-power feature.

but, after testing for some hours, i can't wake the system.
i don't mean waking from hybernate or something.
totally off. the only way to wake it up, is to push the button.
so i don't know a way to power-on this board with an ir-remote.
ps/2 and usb didn't work.

another thought:
the power-adapter itself consumes 17-18 watts.
even when it is not plugged into the mainboard.

so, why do i build a power-saving xbox-alternative-system when it consumes so much power when it is off?

damn. no good day for my ego Laugh

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the psu is one of the least things, i thought about, while planning a htpc.

but now, with this 17 watts, i have to send it back to the store.
i'm using my xbox about 2 hours a day.
the rest of the day it stays off (power still plugged in)
it needs nearly 165 watts per day.

the ion-board would take 450 watts.

no way. it makes me sad, but this is definitly a "NO-GO" for me.
and still, i can't believe that it was never mentioned before.

by the way: the asrock ionstar needs 1 watt, when it is OFF.

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Hi mate, how did you confirm the PSU power consumption? When the boards not on mine doesn't seem to get warm or anything and the LED is hardly gonna consume much. Is it possible you have a faulty one?
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donabi Wrote:it needs nearly 165 watts per day.

the ion-board would take 450 watts.

This really makes no sense.

Please read:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt#Confus...watt-hours

EDIT: With a calculator I came to the conclusion that you mean that the ION draws 450 watt-hours per day (even when off). Damn that's a power hungry PSU.
(This post was last modified: 2009-06-28 17:12 by apanloco.)
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i've used one of this
[Image: energiemessgeraet_big.jpg]

when the MoBo is "ON" it shows about 30 to 40 watt.
just as expected.

but when the MoBo is "OFF" it still shows 17 to 18 Watt.

i've made another test with my laptop/notebook-psu.
no power-consumption when it is not plugged in the laptop.

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I'm wondering (hoping) if you have an iffy one. What about when you physically disconnect it from the board?
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donabi Offline
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sad but true: exactly the same. 17 watt.

i wrote an email to the "feedback" from zotac.

maybe it is faulty. who knows.
but for now, i'll wait until the a-board will be available with standard atx-connector.

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and here you can see the new jumper i mentioned before: (to use the usb-power feature)
[Image: sdc11875.jpg]

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I've bought one of these boards, it arrived last week and i got to play with it yesterday. Most of my time was spent worrying that I had a faulty board, luckily it turned out to be a faulty stick of ram. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to sort out the over scan, there seem to be plenty of topics about it on the Ubuntu forums.

I can't comment on power consumption while switched off, but there's an easy way around that, turn it off at the wall! I have an extension cord running from a wall socket next to my sofa to my tv. I just need to flick that 1 switch to turn off my tv, amp, sub, etc. My router and modem are on a separate socket behind the tv as they're always on.
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jt0451 Wrote:I've bought one of these boards, it arrived last week and i got to play with it yesterday. Most of my time was spent worrying that I had a faulty board, luckily it turned out to be a faulty stick of ram. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to sort out the over scan, there seem to be plenty of topics about it on the Ubuntu forums.

I can't comment on power consumption while switched off, but there's an easy way around that, turn it off at the wall! I have an extension cord running from a wall socket next to my sofa to my tv. I just need to flick that 1 switch to turn off my tv, amp, sub, etc. My router and modem are on a separate socket behind the tv as they're always on.

Hi Jt - I quickly documented my own findings last night. It's mostly for own reference, but everything is working sweet for me right now:

http://www.dherman.co.uk/06/2009/zotac-i...buntu-xbmc

I spent ages playing with Overscan, and then I just found a setting on my TV!
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thank you hermand, you've saved me a lot of time.

Can I recommend an addition to the guide, before installing the nvidia drivers make sure any drivers installed with apt are removed.
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@ donabi:
Where did you buy your "A-Board"?
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no 17w issue for me here using an ionitx-a ..

Always read the XBMC online-manual, FAQ and search the forum before posting.
Do not e-mail XBMC-Team members directly asking for support. Read/follow the forum rules
For troubleshooting and bug reporting please make sure you read this first.
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donabi Offline
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i got my board from kmelektronik.

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Hi Donabi:

PSU Unplugged From Board:

Despite the PSU still having a bright green light, the power meter showed a resounding:

0 (zero) Watts. Nothing. Nada. Nil.

And nor did it budge.

Power When Motherboard Turned Off

1.2 Watts

Power When In 'Sleep' / 'Standby' Mode

Putting your board to sleep instead of shutting down actually doubles the power consumption to:

~2.5 - 2.7 Watts

Booting Up and Sat at XBMC

Max 41.5 Watts
~31.7 Watts at XBMC Main Screen

Playing 1080p Streamed Over Wireless

I was suprised by this one:

~31 (Low of 30, max of 31.5) Watts

XBMC on Zotac ION N330 - Working Sweet!
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i could cry Sad

i've waited so long for this board ... and got one with a faulty psu. damn.


thx for psting your results.
the powerconsumption in standby is realy good.
probably, i would leave it in standby.


now i have to look for another shop in the eu.

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