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Even as is, the system will have a few hundred dollars value to an enthusiast who knows how to repair it and make it fully functional; that is provided the case is in nice cosmetic condition.
It dies with a BIOS POST code of 52, but I can't find a POST reference for the MrBig BIOS. The case is fine.
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In other words it probably is worth more to you as an "as is" resell, than the value of the parts you remove from it (and all those parts are 6 to 7 years old technology and nearing obsolescence).
Well, my thought was just to put the working parts into another Core2Duo system in an HTPC case; far out of date but perfectly fine for the media PC function. But you may be right; the tuner was the part I wanted to save most, as when I first got the system I couldn't even find CableCARD based tuners, but now there's a better selection. I have been keeping an eye out for XL3 motherboards, as I am certainly able to replace that, but haven't found any yet.

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If you do decide to part it out, you will find that there IS already a physical eject button on the face bezel of the Blu-ray optical drive itself. It's just a standard laptop optical drive which is mounted behind the front face panel of the VGX case with its separate, software operated eject button. You can reinstall it in a laptop, or spend $10 - $15 for an USB external enclosure and use it as a portable or extra (spare) Blu-ray drive.
Ironic, as I just bought an external Blu-Ray drive for my laptop last month. Now I'm annoyed we were saddled with that soft button! LOL

The ATi CableCard Hybrid ATSC/NTSC TV tuner is USB, and can be used in a different pc.

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A used HD5450 card is worth less than $10.
Yes, just one less thing I have to buy for the next one.

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Even though the 250GB HDD has little value, and is small capacity by today's standards, I think it's best to pull and just keep them than try to wipe them securely for resell with a pc.
My guest room PC and my arcade emulation cabinet are both still using 120G's so I'll get use out of them. I'll probably use a SSD for the next HTPC.

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Again, Chris, if you do decide to part it out (as opposed to keeping it intact and selling it "as-is"), some colleagues and I are working on a "VGX-XL Power Supply Retrofit Project", which will reuse the metal enclosure cans and 18-pin harnesses. We need to obtain a few more OEM Delta Power Supply Units from these systems for our project; working or non-working.
So I would be interested in acquiring the PSU from your system for our project. You can send me a 'PM' (private message) anytime, by clicking my account name link on the left.
Well, you have me rethinking this now, but if I do part it I'll get in touch! Thank you!

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It dies with a BIOS POST code of 52, but I can't find a POST reference for the MrBig BIOS. The case is fine.

Well, my thought was just to put the working parts into another Core2Duo system in an HTPC case; far out of date but perfectly fine for the media PC function. But you may be right; the tuner was the part I wanted to save most, as when I first got the system I couldn't even find CableCARD based tuners, but now there's a better selection. I have been keeping an eye out for XL3 motherboards, as I am certainly able to replace that, but haven't found any yet.


Ironic, as I just bought an external Blu-Ray drive for my laptop last month. Now I'm annoyed we were saddled with that soft button! LOL

The ATi CableCard Hybrid ATSC/NTSC TV tuner is USB, and can be used in a different pc.


Yes, just one less thing I have to buy for the next one.


My guest room PC and my arcade emulation cabinet are both still using 120G's so I'll get use out of them. I'll probably use a SSD for the next HTPC.


Well, you have me rethinking this now, but if I do part it I'll get in touch! Thank you!

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Hi Chris,

Hmm, your "Code 52" comment has me thinking that it may be something quite simple ... as opposed to an unrecoverable failure ( such as a fried, un-repairable motherboard).

"Code 52" is typically a reference to the system's failure to verify a digital signature for drivers required for a device. If this is noted during boot, when the computer is in check phase confirming that everything is ok, a Code 52 error will typically result in system shutdown (or occasionally a blue screen crash). This can happen from something as simple as installing a 'Beta' video/graphics driver; which is not properly signed.
A recent hardware or software change (even an update installed automatically by Windows Update) might have installed a boot-critical file with incorrect signature, or a corrupted or damaged driver, ....OR ....


---[ queue the eerie music now ]

-- the system might have acquired malicious software/malware (boot sector worm, rootkit, etc.)

Before giving up I would first download a copy of "Windows Defender Offline", and burn a bootable CD then try to boot to CD and run the program on your system.
If you are able to boot to the "Windows Defender Offline" CD, then in all likelihood your major components including motherboard and other key hardware are fine (see this demonstration video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PaltG0fexjU

Download "Windows Defender Offline" from Microsoft: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline

If "Windows Defender Offline" does not find malicious software/malware, I would next try pulling the system OS hard disk drive, and install a fresh, empty hard drive (either HDD or SSD) and do a clean (aka: "custom") reinstallation of Windows, which will install all the correct digitally signed drivers. If the Code 52 error IS related to a primary driver issue for a boot device, this would be the next most expedient workaround, if the system components are undamaged and functional.

*You can also try 'F8' boot to 'safe mode' or 'safe mode with networking', and if you can successfully boot, run a System Restore operation selecting a Restore point which you know was prior to the date when your system failed.

*You can also create a bootable Windows Repair CD on another computer running the same OS, (or download from NeoSmart Technologies: http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/ ), and try repairing any corrupted boot and system files using the Repair CD.

I would also recommend closely examining all of the electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard and other printed circuit board devices. If you find expanded, domed or leaking capacitor(s), replace it/them or have it replaced by your local pc repair shop, or the Geek Squad guys at Best Buy.
I would wager that if you still have your old, failed OEM video/graphics card, 9 chances out of 10 the reason it failed is because of one or more failed capacitors (which are replaceable, and cost only pennies at Radio Shack or eBay).
Our motherboards have a couple of dozen of them, and there are several more on the other devices with printed circuit boards.

Now: Back to the question of parting out, or selling your VGX-XL3 "as is" (if it's not repairable), I would be very surprised if you couldn't get enough selling it intact, to a VGX-XL enthusiast .... to pay for a new HTPC case and all the new components for a HTPC homebuilt.
People keep and upgrade these old VGX-XL systems because they are beautiful, and unusual, not because they are still "relevant", HA! LOL
And some enthusiasts are still regularly paying $350-$400+ for presently non-functional VGX-XL3 systems in nice cosmetic condition, ... which would pretty much pay for all of your new homebuilt HTPC project components and case. Food for thought...

Chris, have you thought about buying a multi-tuner CableCard device for your home network router (which can be used by all your networked computers, your dlna streaming devices, and your networked Smart TVs, rather than using the ATi internal CableCard device in a pc.

There are several on the market (one example):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-006-_-Product
These frequently go on sale for less than $100.

Cheers!
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[quote=REnninga;29188906]Hello Chris,
Hmm, your "Code 52" comment has me thinking that it may be something quite simple ... as opposed to an unrecoverable failure ( such as a fried, un-repairable motherboard).

"Code 52" is typically a reference to the system's failure to verify a digital signature for drivers required for a device. If this is noted during boot, when the computer is in check phase confirming that everything is ok, a Code 52 error will typically result in system shutdown (or occasionally a blue screen crash).
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No, nothing ever appears on the screen. I had to insert a PCI POST test card to see the 52 code. The system is not initializing at all. What it means varies from BIOS to BIOS, and near as I can tell there is no published POST code list for the MrBig BIOS.

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I would also recommend closely examining all of the electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard and other printed circuit board devices. If you find expanded, domed or leaking capacitor(s), replace it/them or have it replaced by your local pc repair shop, or the Geek Squad guys at Best Buy.
I would wager that if you still have your old, failed OEM video/graphics card, 9 chances out of 10 the reason it failed is because of one or more failed capacitors (which are replaceable, and cost only pennies at Radio Shack or eBay).
Our motherboards have a couple of dozen of them, and there are several more on the other devices with printed circuit boards.
I didn't think about looking for a popped cap... that's easy enough to replace. Seems like I recall a lot of PCs from the 2007-2008 vintage suffered cap issues, like there was a big batch of bad caps running around. I saw a lot of those on Dell Optiplexes back in my PC bench tech years, don't know why I didn't think of it.

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Now: Back to the question of parting out, or selling your VGX-XL3 "as is" (if it's not repairable), I would be very surprised if you couldn't get enough selling it intact, to a VGX-XL enthusiast .... to pay for a new HTPC case and all the new components for a HTPC homebuilt.
People keep and upgrade these old VGX-XL systems because they are beautiful, and unusual, not because they are still "relevant", HA! LOL
And some enthusiasts are still regularly paying $350-$400+ for presently non-functional VGX-XL3 systems in nice cosmetic condition, ... which would pretty much pay for all of your new homebuilt HTPC project components and case. Food for thought...

Chris, have you thought about buying a multi-tuner CableCard device for your home network router (which can be used by all your networked computers, your dlna streaming devices, and your networked Smart TVs, rather than using the ATi internal CableCard device in a pc.

There are several on the market (one example):

These frequently go on sale for less than $100.
I was actually just researching that unit before you posted and I'll probably be picking one up. The single tuner has always been the one downside of the XL3.

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I would also recommend closely examining all of the electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard and other printed circuit board devices. If you find expanded, domed or leaking capacitor(s), replace it/them or have it replaced by your local pc repair shop, or the Geek Squad guys at Best Buy.
A quick look and I can see at least three domed caps, one of which is just starting to leak. So I might give replacing those caps a shot. Thanks!

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A quick look and I can see at least three domed caps, one of which is just starting to leak. So I might give replacing those caps a shot. Thanks!

Chris

Hi Chris,
Excellent! Sometimes bad news can be good news. Maybe that's your gremlin?
I'll bet you have capacitors in the same or worse condition on that failed OEM NVidia video card, too.



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No, nothing ever appears on the screen. I had to insert a PCI POST test card to see the 52 code. The system is not initializing at all. What it means varies from BIOS to BIOS, and near as I can tell there is no published POST code list for the MrBig BIOS.....

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Ah, yes, I have one of those little PCI slot POST diagnostic cards too. I never found it very useful, but in this case it just may be, because it may be pointing in the direction of another easy thing to check (and fix).


The generic EISA (PCI) Hex post code '52', for most motherboards, means: "
"Memory Test - Test all memory of memory above 1MB using Virtual 8086 mode, page mode and clear the memory"


What I would try is remove all of the RAM modules. Then reinstall just one module at a time in slot #1 (marked 'XMM1' on the motherboard). Then test boot each individual RAM module.


As you're probably already aware, a failed or even not properly seated RAM module will prevent these ASUStek 'P5' motherboards from booting.


Cheers!,
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The generic EISA (PCI) Hex post code '52', for most motherboards, means: "
[FONT=Courier][FONT=Courier]"Memory Test - Test all memory of memory above 1MB using Virtual 8086 mode, page mode and clear the memory"


What I would try is remove all of the RAM modules. Then reinstall just one module at a time in slot #1 (marked 'XMM1' on the motherboard). Then test boot each individual RAM module.
Tried that, no go... but the three bad caps are right next to the memory slots and likely serve them, so this makes sense.

Motherboard is out. Bad caps are all 820uf. Going to Radio Shack to see if they actually still carry parts. Wish I had a better Core2Duo CPU handy to drop in while I have it all taken apart.

Thanks again!

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Tried that, no go... but the three bad caps are right next to the memory slots and likely serve them, so this makes sense.

Motherboard is out. Bad caps are all 820uf. Going to Radio Shack to see if they actually still carry parts. Wish I had a better Core2Duo CPU handy to drop in while I have it all taken apart.

Thanks again!

Chris

Hello Chris,


If you find that your local Radio Shack no longer carries the electrolytic 820uf capacitors (be sure to buy the correct voltage rating), and they don't have them stocked in the warehouse to mail direct to you, you might consider ordering "solid" polymer replacements. They're more expensive, but also more robust (you won't be replacing them again in the future).
If you look at the capacitors ringing the CPU socket you'll note that Sony/ASUStek made the decision to go with solid polymer caps, and nearly all newer quality video/graphics cards have switched to solid caps. Electrolytic capacitors have been the vulnerable weak link on computer PCB's. So I've been replacing any blown electrolytic caps with solid for the past year. Food for thought (or for future reference) ...


Cheers!
Robert.

FYI, if you get up and running again and are considering upgrading your CPU, rather than going with a faster Core2 Duo dual-core I recommend updating your BIOS with our Mr.Big BIOS Update Project release, and then install a Xeon X3230 Quad Core 2.66GHz.
They are relatively plentiful and inexpensive on eBay (in the $40 to $50 range), and are a huge home theater pc performance improvement over the dual-core Core2 Duo's (especially when coupled with a SSD for the system drive).

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Mr.Big BIOS Update Project v1.2 - BETA Test Opportunty

In the past couple of months I did a revisit on this project that warrants a new release, I had intended to put this invite up around a month ago but got caught up with some other work. But, better late than never so if you would like to take part in BETA testing this new update please PM me with your e-mail address and I'll be in touch within the next week. If there are any users from the projects first BETA test who want to take part again for v1.2, please PM me and I will reactivate your previous test forum account.

The new v1.2 release comes in two different types, updates as follows:

Standard Edition

  • Includes updates from v1.1 - Updated processor microcode to support processors not originally supported in these systems, SpeedStep fix for XL201/XL202 and replacement boot imagery.

  • SATA Mode Switch - There is now an option on the "Advanced" tab of the BIOS so that AHCI mode can be selected instead of RAID, an IDE legacy mode is also available.

  • Version Info - Information has been added to the "Exit" tab of the BIOS that will indicate which version of the modified BIOS you are using.

Advanced Edition (Includes updates from the Standard Edition)

  • Intel RAID ROM updated from "v6.1.0.1002" to "v8.5.0.1030" - May achieve slight increases in performance and stability along with better compatibility with newer versions of Intel RST. The upgrade does not destroy existing RAID arrays, all data is retained.

    For those who run solid state hard drives in a RAID0 configuration for maximum performance, this option ROM has been updated with a modification discovered by Dufus that will allow TRIM commands to successfully pass through to a RAID0 array and prevent the eventual decline in performance caused by lack of TRIM.

  • AHCI ROM updated from "Version iSrc 1.01" to "Version iSrc 1.20E" – Improves boot time/drive detection and may improve performance and stability.

  • Intel LAN Boot ROM updated from "v1.2.40 Beta-4" to "v1.2.50" - This won't make much practical difference if any for most users but I always hated seeing the word "BETA" in the BIOS of a high end product shipped by Sony. I'm considering this an obsessive compulsive update.

NOTE: For the moment these are purely for P5BW-MB based systems - VGX-XL201, XL202, XL3, XL301 and XL302. I have not yet looked into the possibility of implementing some or all of these updates on P5LP-MB based systems – VGX-XL1, XL2 and XL100 but I will post an update when I do.
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FYI, if you get up and running again and are considering upgrading your CPU, rather than going with a faster Core2 Duo dual-core I recommend updating your BIOS with our Mr.Big BIOS Update Project release, and then install a Xeon X3230 Quad Core 2.66GHz.
They are relatively plentiful and inexpensive on eBay (in the $40 to $50 range), and are a huge home theater pc performance improvement over the dual-core Core2 Duo's (especially when coupled with a SSD for the system drive).
Replacing the three bad caps appears to have worked so far, in that I can get to the BIOS screen now. I am going to replace the clock battery and reassemble enough to get it to boot off the drives, and update the BIOS. Fingers still crossed but looking promising!

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Replacing the three bad caps appears to have worked so far, in that I can get to the BIOS screen now. I am going to replace the clock battery and reassemble enough to get it to boot off the drives, and update the BIOS. Fingers still crossed but looking promising!

Chris


Hello Chris,


Before replacing the CMOS coin-cell battery and clearing the CMOS with the jumper, be sure to power down and pull the power cord from the outlet and wait 30-seconds or so to ensure that the power supply capacitors have fully discharged.


Just FYI, if you see this in time, the SiliconDust 3-Digital TV tuner HomeRun unit with CableCard slot is going on sale in about five minutes (3:00 PM PST) for $79.99 at Newegg.com; their upcoming ShellShocker Deal. It's a 3-hour sale (3:00 - 5:59 PM PST), but sometimes if the item doesn't sell out they keep the sale going until 11:59 PST. If interested, and you can't find the deal hyperlink, call them and ask for the $79.99 ShellShocker link to be sent to you.

Here's the one I have:
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...6-_-11242014_4


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Just FYI, if you see this in time, the SiliconDust 3-Digital TV tuner HomeRun unit with CableCard slot is going on sale in about five minutes (3:00 PM PST) for $79.99 at Newegg.com; their upcoming ShellShocker Deal. It's a 3-hour sale (3:00 - 5:59 PM PST), but sometimes if the item doesn't sell out they keep the sale going until 11:59 PST. If interested, and you can't find the deal hyperlink, call them and ask for the $79.99 ShellShocker link to be sent to you.
What perfect timing.... ordered it. Thank you for the heads up! Off to hunt for a Xeon or Core 2 Quad...

Thank you for all your help... you saved my XL3!

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What perfect timing.... ordered it. Thank you for the heads up! Off to hunt for a Xeon or Core 2 Quad...

Thank you for all your help... you saved my XL3!

Chris


Excellent, Chris,

You should be able to continue to use your existing ATi TV Wonder internal tuner as well, for receiving ATSC Over-The-Air local digital broadcasting, and the three additional tuners on your home network router for your Cable (you should be able to get rid of your monthly cable box rental, the savings from which will quickly pay for the purchase price of the SiliconDust HomeRun unit).

Just FYI, read our Mr.Big BIOS Update Guide carefully. You need to update your BIOS first, then upgrade the CPU (the expanded CPU support microcode is in the update).

Mr.Big BIOS Update Project - Release Version 1.1
http://htpc.jwaiv.co.uk/Public/Sony_VGX-XL_BIOS_Upgrade_1.1.pdf


The Intel Xeon X3230 2.66 GHz processor is the commercial file server analog of the retail consumer model Intel Core2 Quad Q6700 2.66 GHz. The reports we found during BETA testing suggest that the Xeon is designed for 24/7 always-on service, has superior quality silicon crystal in its cores, runs cooler (because of its lower Tcase temp), and scores approx. 10% higher than its Core2 Quad cousin in Passmark Software Performance Benchmark testing. All in all a better choice for our VGX-XL* systems.

You can run your existing Core2 Duo E6400 as long as you need to on the Mr.Big BIOS Update, until you find a price you like for a Quad on eBay or elsewhere.


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You can run your existing Core2 Duo E6400 as long as you need to on the Mr.Big BIOS Update, until you find a price you like for a Quad on eBay or elsewhere.


Cheers!
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Up and running on a Core2 Quad Q6700 now... I found one that had (been claimed to have) never been installed. I did look at Xeons but most of them were server pulls and had likely been running 24/7 for years. Running a full backup now; the HomeRun should be in tomorrow so I'll be able to put her back into service then.

The one casualty in all this was wireless networking. For some reason the wireless card is no longer recognized (I thought it was just an antenna problem until I realized the system couldn't see it at all). Not a huge issue as I'll want to be plugged in to a wired network for the HomeRun (and fortunately I have Ethernet cable in my walls already), but I'll have to tear it all apart again someday and solve it.

Robert, thank you again for not letting me give up on the XL3. I really appreciate all your help!

Cheers!
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Up and running on a Core2 Quad Q6700 now... I found one that had (been claimed to have) never been installed. I did look at Xeons but most of them were server pulls and had likely been running 24/7 for years. Running a full backup now; the HomeRun should be in tomorrow so I'll be able to put her back into service then.

The one casualty in all this was wireless networking. For some reason the wireless card is no longer recognized (I thought it was just an antenna problem until I realized the system couldn't see it at all). Not a huge issue as I'll want to be plugged in to a wired network for the HomeRun (and fortunately I have Ethernet cable in my walls already), but I'll have to tear it all apart again someday and solve it.

Robert, thank you again for not letting me give up on the XL3. I really appreciate all your help!

Cheers!
Chris

Hello Chris. You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help.

Your current issue with the Wireless module could also be something simple. And fortunately you don't need to disassemble the XL3 in order to pursue a fix.
1). The first thing I would check, given that you had your motherboard out of the case, is to double-check that the mini-PCIe Wireless module is properly seated in the slot and fully snapped into the retaining clips and both tiny antenna pigtails properly snapped into place (from mother board and wireless header-embedded printed circuit board) and are tightly connected.
If you have a can of compressed air you might try releasing the retainer spring clip, pull the Wireless module from the slot and blow out the slot (to ensure that no dust or detritus is fouling any of the mini-PCIe slot pin contacts. Then reinsert the module, connect it and reboot. If there was a connection problem, the XL3 might now 'see' the Wireless module and install the correct driver(s).
2). After first checking the connections, as noted above, access 'Device Manager', and check to see if there are any devices noted as unknown, or in error, and/or flagged with exclamation marks. If there are any displayed, "uninstall" any/all shown using the utility, and exit 'Device Manager' without refreshing, and perform a cold shutdown of the XL3. Wait a few seconds a press the power button and allow the system a few minutes to fully reboot, rediscover "new hardware" and load any drivers it can without interference. When fully rebooted, and no more amber LED drive activity is noted, reaccess 'Device Manager' to see if Windows has detected, and corrected any previous device errors, and whether the Wireless module has been detected and a driver loaded.
3). If one or more devices is still in error, "unknown" and/or flagged with an exclamation mark, try 'updating the driver' while connected to the Internet (by wired Ethernet cable, USB Wi-Fi nano module or other), using the Windows utility in 'Device Manager' and allowing it full access to find and install the correct driver(s) from the Internet.
4). If none of these processes work, it's quite possible that your mini-PCIe wireless module has simply failed. However this wouldn't be such a bad thing as it's an opportunity to upgrade your module to a much faster and inexpensive Wireless N module; plentiful on eBay used and new from about $3 to $13. Many of these are "half-mini", which also require an inexpensive adapter/extension to properly fit into the full-mini retainer spring-clips on the motherboard.
5). Alternatively you can use a USB 2.0 Wireless N Nano module, as I do. USB Nano modules such as the Edimax work very well, even when plugged into one of the front USB ports with the door closed), and this provides opportunity to populate the mini-PCIe slot with an alternative device, adapter/expansion card or both.


Cheers!
Robert.


PS. If you have any difficulty setting up your new SiliconDust multi-tuner device, the website has a pretty handy support page for drivers, firmware updates, software downloads, an an owner's forum.

There's also a pretty good AVS Forum discussion/problem solving thread for the SiliconDust HD HomeRun Prime, with almost 2,300 posts:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1366158-hdhomerun-prime-owners-thread-23.html#post21067070

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Mr.Big BIOS Update Project v1.2 BETA test opportunity
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BETA testing for the next release from the "Mr.Big BIOS Update Project" is now underway. If you would like to take part in BETA testing this new update please send a 'PM' with your email address, and the project administrator will get in touch with you with information on how to access the BETA test forum.
And if there are any users from the project's earlier BETA testing of versions 1.05 and 1.1, who wish to take part again for version 1.2, please send a 'PM' and your previous BETA test forum account will be reactivated.


Send a 'Private Message ('PM') to project administrator 'JWAIV': http://www.avsforum.com/forum/private.php?do=newpm&u=8466501



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The new Mr.Big BIOS Update version 1.2 release comes in two different types, updates as follows:

Standard Edition
  • Includes updates from v1.1
    • Updated processor microcode to support processors not originally supported in these systems,
    • SpeedStep fix for XL201/XL202 and
    • replacement boot imagery.
  • SATA Mode Switch - There is now an option on the "Advanced" tab of the BIOS so that AHCI mode can be selected instead of RAID, an IDE legacy mode is also available.
  • Version Info - Information has been added to the "Exit" tab of the BIOS that will indicate which version of the modified BIOS you are using.

Advanced Edition - Includes updates from the Standard Edition, above, plus:
  • Intel RAID ROM updated from "v6.1.0.1002" to "v8.5.0.1030" - May achieve slight increases in performance and stability along with better compatibility with newer versions of Intel RST. The upgrade does not destroy existing RAID arrays, all data is retained.For those who run solid state hard drives in a RAID0 configuration for maximum performance, this option ROM has been updated with a modification that will allow 'TRIM' commands to successfully pass through to a RAID0 array and prevent the eventual decline in performance caused by lack of TRIM.
  • AHCI ROM updated from "Version iSrc 1.01" to "Version iSrc 1.20E" – Improves boot time/drive detection and may improve performance and stability.
  • Intel LAN Boot ROM updated from "v1.2.40 Beta-4" to "v1.2.50"


NOTE: At this time this BIOS Update BETA test is only for the P5BW-MB motherboard models; specifically:

VGX-XL201, XL202, XL3, XL301 and XL302.



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The Answer to many fellow Sony VAIO VGX-XL Owner's Wishes!




For you 'Sony VAIO VGX-XL based' home entertainment system owners with Smart phones (iPhone or Android), the new Logitech Model #915-000225 Harmony Smart Keyboard for Living Room Control of 8 Devices and Streaming Entertainment may be the answer to your wishes.


And yes, it supports ALL Sony VAIO VGX-XL* Digital Living System home theater computer models which shipped to North America and the UK/Europe:
*XL1
*XL2, *XL100,
*XL201, *XL202
*XL3, *XL301 & *XL302.


One-touch streaming media control for your living room. Harmony Smart Keyboard makes enjoying digital media in your living room simpler than ever. Easily search for something to watch, navigate menus and browse the Web right from your couch. Whether searching for music videos on Vevo, viral videos on YouTube, or your favorite director’s films on Netflix, Smart Keyboard makes the best of the Internet easier to find and watch on your living room TV.

Product features


Living room keyboard/touchpad combo with all the power of a Harmony remote | Simplifies text entry on Internet-connected entertainment devices | Controls cable TV, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos, Amazon Fire TV, Phillips hue, Xbox One, PS3, and living room PCs | One-touch Activity control | Harmony App turns household smartphones into powerful universal remotes | Controls devices inside closed cabinets | Universal control of 8 devices | Works with over 270,000 devices | Easy online setup







Living room TV keyboard

The keyboard plus touchpad simplifies text entry and cursor control on Internet-connected entertainment devices. Easily start, search and control Internet entertainment on a PC or Mac connected to your TV—or a streaming media device like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One or PS3. Integrated DVR and set-top box controls, playback and volume buttons give you total entertainment control from the couch. And with one touch of an Activity button—like “Watch a Movie”— the right devices power on and automatically switch to the right settings. The included Harmony Hub even lets you control devices hidden inside closed cabinets.







Controls Sonos, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or Phillips hue

Control your Sonos* with Harmony App to play, pause, change volume or launch your Sonos Favorites. Control Philips hue lights** by integrating lighting control into your Harmony activities like Listen to Music, Play a Game or Watch a Movie. Imagine starting a Watch TV activity and your hue lights automatically dim to your favorite accent lighting settings. You can control Amazon Fire TV, too. Just launch the Harmony App, add Amazon Fire TV, and create a Watch Fire TV Activity. (*Sonos music player sold separately. **Phillips hue lights sold separately. Online setup required. )








Find your content faster

Use your smartphone/tablet keyboard or speech recognition capability with the Harmony App to find your content faster on Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire TV by avoiding frustrating on-screen keyboards. Also works with Windows PC and Macs.





Harmony App for smartphone or tablet

Supplement keyboard controls with touch screen gestures and personalized settings via Harmony mobile app. The Harmony App for iPhone or Android turns a smartphone or tablet into a personal entertainment controller. Everyone in the house can have their own set of custom gestures and favorite channels right at their fingertips.






Compatible with thousands of devices

With support for over 270,000 devices and 6,000+ brands, Harmony Smart Keyboard and smartphone app control up to 8 devices you own today or add tomorrow. Harmony’s online database is updated regularly as new devices are released, so it’s easy to add commands for new devices.






Easy setup

Like the whole line of Harmony remotes, Smart Keyboard is easy to set up. Using Harmony App on your smartphone or tablet, simply enter the brands and model numbers of your devices and you’ll be leaning back on the couch enjoying Internet entertainment in no time



More information, features, specifications, photo gallery, support and video on the manufacturer's Product page:
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/harmony-smart-keyboard




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Cheers!
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In the past couple of months I did a revisit on this project that warrants a new release, I had intended to put this invite up around a month ago but got caught up with some other work. But, better late than never so if you would like to take part in BETA testing this new update please PM me with your e-mail address and I'll be in touch within the next week. If there are any users from the projects first BETA test who want to take part again for v1.2, please PM me and I will reactivate your previous test forum account.

The new v1.2 release comes in two different types, updates as follows:

Standard Edition

  • Includes updates from v1.1 - Updated processor microcode to support processors not originally supported in these systems, SpeedStep fix for XL201/XL202 and replacement boot imagery.

  • SATA Mode Switch - There is now an option on the "Advanced" tab of the BIOS so that AHCI mode can be selected instead of RAID, an IDE legacy mode is also available.

  • Version Info - Information has been added to the "Exit" tab of the BIOS that will indicate which version of the modified BIOS you are using.

Advanced Edition (Includes updates from the Standard Edition)

  • Intel RAID ROM updated from "v6.1.0.1002" to "v8.5.0.1030" - May achieve slight increases in performance and stability along with better compatibility with newer versions of Intel RST. The upgrade does not destroy existing RAID arrays, all data is retained.

    For those who run solid state hard drives in a RAID0 configuration for maximum performance, this option ROM has been updated with a modification discovered by Dufus that will allow TRIM commands to successfully pass through to a RAID0 array and prevent the eventual decline in performance caused by lack of TRIM.

  • AHCI ROM updated from "Version iSrc 1.01" to "Version iSrc 1.20E" – Improves boot time/drive detection and may improve performance and stability.

  • Intel LAN Boot ROM updated from "v1.2.40 Beta-4" to "v1.2.50" - This won't make much practical difference if any for most users but I always hated seeing the word "BETA" in the BIOS of a high end product shipped by Sony. I'm considering this an obsessive compulsive update.
NOTE: For the moment these are purely for P5BW-MB based systems - VGX-XL201, XL202, XL3, XL301 and XL302. I have not yet looked into the possibility of implementing some or all of these updates on P5LP-MB based systems – VGX-XL1, XL2 and XL100 but I will post an update when I do.

We are still looking for VGX-XL201/202 users who might be interested in testing the new release, please PM me if your interested. VGX-XL3/301/302 have been tested successfully however we are still accepting new testers with these systems if anyone is interested.
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I have a Sony Vaio XL2A and it still has standard software, though I did upgrade to Windows Vista.


I want to see if I can upgrade it to Windows 7 with no issues. Any person on this forum tried this before?


Thanks,
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I have a Sony Vaio XL2A and it still has standard software, though I did upgrade to Windows Vista.

I want to see if I can upgrade it to Windows 7 with no issues. Any person on this forum tried this before?

Thanks,
John

Hello John,

All models of the VGX-XL* Digital Living Systems shipped to North America and the UK/EUR are upgradeable to Windows 7. And if you use a 32-bit version upgrade, the "issues" need only be temporary (i.e., there are relatively simple fixes for all issues). I do not recommend a 64-bit upgrade for the XL2A model.

I also have a VGX-XL2A which was upgraded to Windows 7 approximately 5 years ago, in early 2010 (I'm presently testing Windows 10 Technology Preview on that system).
If you wish to retain some of the Sony OEM software/"bloatware" (such as ClicktoDVD, etc.) it is possible to do an "upgrade" installation of Windows 7 from Vista.

If you do not care about the dated, 8-9 year old OEM software, the easiest most trouble-free (and most functional) option is a fresh "custom" (aka: clean) installation of Windows 7.

You can perform a "custom"/clean installation on a fresh formatted hard drive (HDD or SSD), or reuse your existing drive[s].
With this option, if reusing your existing drive[s], you will first need to backup your personal files, because a "custom"/clean installation will quick format and overwrite the drive.

You will need to make a few system drivers fixes when you have completed the Windows 7 installation (either "upgrade" or "custom" installations), in order to recover the use of your front panel eject button and special keyboard functions.

And you will also need to replace an incompatible IEEE-1394 iLink/Fire-wire driver installed by Windows 7 which causes a boot phase freeze at the "VAIO" logo.
Until that driver is replaced merely bypass the freeze by pressing the power button. Restart, and the system will bypass the freeze to complete the boot to Windows 7.

If you have not already replaced your OEM mini-PCI Marvell Libertas Wireless LAN card, and your system is not connected to the Internet by hardwire Ethernet, I recommend that you perform the upgrade to Windows 7 while connected by hardwire Ethernet, because Windows 7 will not upgrade the OEM Marvell Libertas Wireless LAN card driver, and you will not be able to connect to the Internet to facilitate successful completion of the upgrade, and automatic hardware drivers updates.

You will need to replace your Marvell Libertas mini-PCI Wireless LAN card with either a newer, and much faster mini-PCI 802.11 b/g/n module (Wireless N) card (available for about $5 to $10 on eBay. One example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Everex-Stepn...item35df6952e2 ),
or a USB Nano dongle, which plugs into one of the front or rear USB 2.0 ports (I use an Edimax model for my XL2A: http://www.edimax.com/au/produce_detail.php?pd_id=347&pl1_id=1&pl2_id=44 )
Caution: If you replace the internal Wireless module, be certain to purchase a "mini-PCI" module, not a "mini-PCIe" or "mini-PCI-e" module; different slot interface and pin configuration. They are not interchangeable).

Once you have completed your Windows 7 upgrade, come back and post another message here, updating us on your progress, and I can assist you with the last system drivers updates necessary to restore your eject button and special keyboard functions, and to replace the IEEE-1394 iLink/Fire-wire driver to fix the boot freeze issue. Good luck, and ....

Cheers!
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Windows 10 to be free for Win 8 / 8.1 users; low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 ?

Many Sony VAIO VGX-XL* owners who have installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 have discovered that Microsoft prevented upgrading from Windows 7 with apps and settings intact.
It appears this will be rectified with the upcoming Windows 10 OS upgrade.

An article at IBI Times points to another at Softpedia which suggests the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade will let Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users upgrade with apps and settings intact.

This will be great if it happens, because Windows 7 users who have retained/restored full functionality of their VGX-XL* systems, including the front panel optical drive eject button and OEM wireless keyboard special button functions lost that functionality when upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. This is also true with the most current refresh of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 7 users can only upgrade with apps and settings intact to Windows 8, and guess what? Windows 8 is no longer available, putting Windows 7 users who want to upgrade to Windows 8.1 at a real disadvantage, forcing them to re-install all their software.

Both IBI Times and Softpedia are also suggesting that Windows 8 and 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge, and that Windows 7 users will only have to pay a ‘small fee’ to upgrade.

They’re getting the upgrade information from a tweet by Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul, who answered David Ball’s question @Dave_256) on 29 December 2014.

@Dave_256 asks: �� @GabeAul I know that XP will require new installs but is there a direct upgrade path from Vista to #Windows10 ?”.

Gabriel Aul, @GabeAul, answers: �� @Dave_256 Same for Vista as XP. The only full upgrade paths currently supported are Win7 and newer.”

However, when it comes to what Windows 10 will or won’t cost various users, @GabeAul says in a tweet: “@abhip1703 We haven't announced anything about pricing for Win10 yet, stay tuned.”

He also tells another user who asks for more information about Windows 10: “‏@Stevae We have an event coming up on Jan 21st. We'll share more news and info then.”

An article on the forthcoming new Windows 10 preview, expected to be consumer focused and containing the Siri-like Cortana intelligent assistant and more consumer features can be read here.

iTWire's Ray Shaw has also published an extensive article looking at Microsoft's plans for its Windows 10 future, entitled 'The Empire Strikes Back - about time!' which is definitely worth reading - here!
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/...or-win-8-81-users-low-cost-upgrade-for-win-7?


One final piece of GOOD NEWS for VAIO VGX-XL* owners. After numerous weeks of testing with several refresh updates of Windows 10 Technical Preview, and submitting countless bug reports to Microsoft about the absence of the "1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (Legacy)" driver in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview which is needed to fix the boot phase freeze at the VAIO logo screen, Microsoft has finally included the needed Legacy Host Controller driver in the most current refresh of Windows 10 Technical Preview! Fixing the boot phase freeze in Windows 10 is now as simple as in Windows 7.

By the way, I still LOVE Windows 10. It's getting better and better with each refresh, and is in my opinion a very friendly OS choice for our VAIO VGX-XL* Digital Living System HTPC's

Cheers!
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Upgrade to 7 almost complete

Hello all,


So I did a clean Windows 7 install on my Sony Vaio XL2A. I need to upgrade the 1394 driver because I get the VAIO screen but no big deal.


What seems to be the biggest issue is around the "Multimedia Video Driver" that is an unknown device.


Also in Media Center I cannot get the speakers from 2 to 7.1 Surround. I go from the RCA jacks to a Denon stereo that handles the surround. I am pretty sure in my old Vista setup that I could chose 7.1 in the Windows Media Center setup.


Other than it being slow I like the new setup. I have almost 400 movies on a My Movies WHS v1 setup so I don't need it to do too much, it's all connected via hard wire.


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What seems to be the biggest issue is around the "Multimedia Video Driver" that is an unknown device.
The solution of this problem does not exist for 64-bit version because there is no sound card driver does not exist, and optical drive eject button does not work for the same reason.

If the amount of RAM in your system does not exceed 4 gigabytes, it is advisable to use the 32-bit version in which these problems are not present.

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The solution of this problem does not exist for 64-bit version because there is no sound card driver does not exist, and optical drive eject button does not work for the same reason.

If the amount of RAM in your system does not exceed 4 gigabytes, it is advisable to use the 32-bit version in which these problems are not present.

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I am not using the 64-bit Windows 7. I still need a way to make the speakers 7.1 and to ensure the Multimedia Controller in Device Manager has an appropriate driver.
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I am not using the 64-bit Windows 7. I still need a way to make the speakers 7.1 and to ensure the Multimedia Controller in Device Manager has an appropriate driver.

Hello John,


  • Check your settings to confirm that your computer can fully access the Internet to acquire drivers.
  • Then try uninstalling the problem device in 'Device Manager.'
  • Exit device manager without refreshing, and do a cold shutdown and reboot.
  • Let Windows fully boot and rediscover the 'new hardware' and install a driver. It may find and install compatible drivers. If it does not, ....
  • Run "Windows Update" and allow it to search for and install compatible driver updates.
If none of this works I'll see if I can find the correct driver name in my own VGX-XL2A (I would need to reinstall the Windows 7 32-bit hard drive to do that; it's currently running Windows 10 Technical Preview). Let us know if you are successful.

Both issues you are reporting may be related to incompatible drivers for your video/graphics card and audio pass through. Are you still using your OEM Sony/NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT video/graphics card? I had already replaced/upgraded mine with a newer aftermarket RADEON card by the time I first updated my XL2A to Windows 7, so I didn't have any device driver issues such as you are describing.

If you are using the OEM video/graphics card, and the above steps I suggested do not resolve the issues, you could try setting a System Restore point (so you can roll back the system), then go to the NVIDIA website and download the most current Windows 7 drivers updates for the NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT series cards.

Select "Option 2" on the following webpage, to see if the NVIDIA driver update utility will automatically find the correct driver suite for your setup:
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us


Here's an alternative link (auto option is at the bottom of the page):
http://www.geforce.com/drivers


And information about the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT can be found here:
http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_6600.html


Good luck, and ...

Cheers!
Robert.


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Any Information regarding a 3.7v Battery Hidden inside my SONY VAIO VGP-XL1B Unit?

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I am looking for answers to my questions regarding my SONY VAIL VGP-XL1B DC-R / DVD Player.

I bought it from a eBay Seller 2 years ago ( 2013 ) and the Unit works great with my Custom Built Computer, but I decided to Open It Up and do a Air Blow Out of this Unit which was most likely Never Done since it was Brand New, so I opened it up and Cleaned it out, and when I Removed the Bottom metal Plate so that I could Blow Out the Built Up Dust I found Several Circuit Boards which are Hidden down there, and on 1 of them is a Fuse Snapped In which I did not know was there, and on another Circuit Board is a Small AA Sized, but 1/2 of the Regular AA Length 3.7v Battery inside a Black Plastic Battery Case which looks like it can be Popped Off for the Battery's Removal, so my question(s) is / are Why is that Battery there, and what is it's Job, meaning is it for the Unit's CMOS or BIOS Retention, or does it do something else inside this SONY VAIL VGP-XL1B DC-R / DVD Player Units Bottom ?

Does it Need to be Replaced because it May Be the Original Battery ?

Does Anyone here know Anything About this Battery and what is it there for ?

Kindly write me back and let me know if you know what I am referring to, or if you do Not Know Anything about this Kindly refer me to someone who May Know about this 3.7v Battery and Why it is there, What it does, and if it Requires Replacing ?



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"I am looking for answers to my questions regarding my SONY VAIL VGP-XL1B DC-R / DVD Player...."
Hello James,

I suggest you copy and paste your post to the Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B discussion thread. This thread is for the Sony VAIO VGX-XL* series Living Room Computers (HTPCs).

Here's the thread link/URL:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/692413-unofficial-vgp-xl1b2-thread.html

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I am now having an issue with my 2A in Windows Media Center using My Movies. It says there isn't a CODEC for playback. There seem to be so many options out there, does anybody have a clue to where I can get one that is guaranteed to work?

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I am now having an issue with my 2A in Windows Media Center using My Movies. It says there isn't a CODEC for playback. There seem to be so many options out there, does anybody have a clue to where I can get one that is guaranteed to work?

Thanks,
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Hello John,

Here are some source options:

Plug-ins and add-ons for Windows Media Player - Microsoft.com :
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/windows-media-player-plug-ins

ffdshow tryouts - the all-in-one codec solution: http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/

Shark 007's free codec solutions: http://shark007.net/index.html


Good luck.

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PS. (Personal preferences): After purchasing and using numerous media players for my VGX-XL systems (some expensive, and some which stopped being supported ), I have only used 'Windows Media Center', integrated 'Windows Media Player' and VideoLAN 'VLC Media Player', for the past couple of years: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Microsoft to offer Windows 10 operating system for free

Microsoft announced the end of nearly 30 years of history on Wednesday, launching the first free version of its Windows operating system.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/microsoft-to-offer-windows-10-operating-system-for-free/ar-AA8rvE9


However, no definitive word as yet from Microsoft if Windows 10 will mark the end of Windows Media Center.


[NOTE: Media Center is not included as part of any of the first five refresh versions of Windows 10 Technical Preview which I have tested over the past few months.
Activating Media Center using a Windows 8 / 8.1 product key disables the Windows 10 Technical Preview universal product key and reverts the OS from Windows 10 technical Preview, to Windows 8.]


If this remains the case, and Media Center is formally ended with a Windows 10 "upgrade", then as much as I love the Windows 10 Technical Preview, it will in my opinion amount to a system "downgrade" for those of us who currently use our Sony VAIO VGX-XL* systems as living room HTPC's with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 with Media Center.


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