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post #4981 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hamilcar Barca View Post

Netflix streaming is currently based on Silverlight v4 which doesn't support
hardware-accelerated decoding. For now, it's the CPU power which matters.
I'm not familiar with the X2 P360, but even my Core i3-330M laptop, with its
low-end integrated video, has no problem with Netflix.

Hi, I appreciate your feedback. I guess I need to search on CPU benchmark scores for the i3-330M and X2 P360. Is there any specific test that I should look for?

Thanks

UPDATE:
I checked cpubenchmark.net for comparing the X2 P360 (1,321 ave CPU Mark) vs. i3 330M (1,962) and I have no idea what this means as it relates to whether the X2 P360 can run Netflix.

UPDATE #2: I just checked my current CPU which is AMD Athlon 3500+ and the cpubenchmark score is 567. The current system handles Netflix just fine. However, it does have a discrete graphics card - nVidia 8600 GS.
post #4982 of 5041
I just thought I would add an update with the current state of my Zino.

I have started seeing unexplained reboots about once a week, I suppose I can live with that issue.

The more troubling problems are related to the USB and eSATA connections on the back of the Zino. I am losing access to my USB tuners and external hard drives at random times. This evening I lost both tuners and was playing around with WMC trying to get both of them recognized again. After I rebooted, I finally noticed that a new problem had appeared: the hard drive was not available, so nothing would record.

I made the hard drive appear by plugging the cable in again. Unfortunately one of my USB tuners is still not visible. I hear the "bing" indicating that Windows detecting a PNP event, but there is no tuner. I went ahead and ordered an HDHomerun from Amazon so I could stopping fighting with it.
post #4983 of 5041
Am posting on the off chance that anyone still has a Zino HD.

So basically have had mine now for about two years. Generally does an OK job, however have got one major issues, when using Boxee, Plex or XBMC the machine will randomly reboot. When these are not running nothing happens.

I guess the problem must then be the Media Centre software.

I'm wondering, has anyone else had the same problem?

I guess I could do a full reinstall and see if the problem persists, but am not too keen on dealing with that.

On another note, I see that RAM for this machine is super expensive!
post #4984 of 5041
I haven't seen problems like that with XBMC, and but I've only been using the combo for a few months now. I do have occasional lockup problems after a resume.

XBMC 10.1
Win 7 Home Premium (x64)
3 GB RAM
Athlon 64 3250E
Radeon 4330 graphics

Kevin
post #4985 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by avekevin View Post

I haven't seen problems like that with XBMC, and but I've only been using the combo for a few months now. I do have occasional lockup problems after a resume.

XBMC 10.1
Win 7 Home Premium (x64)
3 GB RAM
Athlon 64 3250E
Radeon 4330 graphics

Kevin

Cheers. I did get the slightly higher configured system, but I don't think that should matter. I guess something must be conflicting with XBMC / Plex, etc.

Hmm, wonder what it is...
post #4986 of 5041
Mine has random reboots and loss of USB peripherals as well and I don't use Plex, XBMC, etc on it.. I very seldom use it any more and I just tend to reboot it before using it though. I never have re installed the OS, so I am not sure if that will help. It's never worked right since I bought, but I got such a good deal on it and for as little as I used it, I thought I could live with it, but it is annoying.
post #4987 of 5041
You didn't say if you had the Zino HD 400 or HD 410. The memory is standard laptop memory. PC2-6400 for the 400, and you should be able to get two 4gb for $110-120 (yes, sort of expensive) or the PC3-8500 memory for the Zino 410, 8gb for $55.

If you have the 400, there are issues with the video controller and heat that were resolved with the 410. These caused my system to randomly reboot. If you have the 400 I can elaborate.

Right now with the 410 I have one Hauppauge USB tuner and an HDHOMERUN network dual tuner and have no problems recording three HD shows and watching a recorded show at the same time.
post #4988 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by les236 View Post

You didn't say if you had the Zino HD 400 or HD 410. The memory is standard laptop memory. PC2-6400 for the 400, and you should be able to get two 4gb for $110-120 (yes, sort of expensive) or the PC3-8500 memory for the Zino 410, 8gb for $55.

If you have the 400, there are issues with the video controller and heat that were resolved with the 410. These caused my system to randomly reboot. If you have the 400 I can elaborate.

Right now with the 410 I have one Hauppauge USB tuner and an HDHOMERUN network dual tuner and have no problems recording three HD shows and watching a recorded show at the same time.

Many thanks, I have the HD 400. Would you be able to elaborate, or point me in the direction of the relevant posts (mind you, when I get time I'll probably read through the entire thread again). Just want to see if there is a way of dealing with the random reboots, short of buying a new computer.
post #4989 of 5041
I'm also interested in hearing any potential fixes for the Zino HD 400. Mine shuts down frequently. The power stays on, but the system becomes non-functional and must be unplugged to reboot.
post #4990 of 5041
Hi, I have fixed my 400 from overheating by the simple action of removing the 4th cable from th plug socket.
Fan now runs at full power (bit noisy - true) but ALL other problems just disappeared.
post #4991 of 5041
Do you think disabling the "Cool & Quiet" feature in the BIOS would accomplish the same thing as removing that 4th cable?

At any rate, I've wanted to throw my unit away numerous times --- but end up not doing so and I keep coming back to it. Now I have an SSD installed in the drive bay (with a 3.5" adapter) and it seems to be running "OK." I am using Ubuntu now and have only had trouble booting a few times within the past week. First time "no operating system found" and second time was a strange error that I did not write down -- then it booted anyway).

I do consider this system "junk" and had pretty much every component replaced on it. Eventually the same thing happened again (hard drive failure, no hard drive recognized) and called Dell again. Since I was out of warranty now, they said "sorry" and that they would only help if I gave them money for parts. My argument was that it was NEVER fixed in the first place. Their argument was I "got a few good months of use out of it." I could go on but let's just say I will never be talking with Dell Support ever again.

Interesting note -- the parts for this Zino are being "dumped" on ebay now. You can get a new MB for around $35. I considered buying that and a new case for it (since I have since broken that very very cheap piece of plastic just above the optical drive) but again , even at these cheap prices...am I just going to get a "few more months of use" out of it?

Personally, I'd love a class action lawsuit on this POS, but that seems to be a cliche lately (and probably wouldn't garner much of a payout).
post #4992 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by atrac View Post

Do you think disabling the "Cool & Quiet" feature in the BIOS would accomplish the same thing as removing that 4th cable?

At any rate, I've wanted to throw my unit away numerous times --- but end up not doing so and I keep coming back to it. Now I have an SSD installed in the drive bay (with a 3.5" adapter) and it seems to be running "OK." I am using Ubuntu now and have only had trouble booting a few times within the past week. First time "no operating system found" and second time was a strange error that I did not write down -- then it booted anyway).

I do consider this system "junk" and had pretty much every component replaced on it. Eventually the same thing happened again (hard drive failure, no hard drive recognized) and called Dell again. Since I was out of warranty now, they said "sorry" and that they would only help if I gave them money for parts. My argument was that it was NEVER fixed in the first place. Their argument was I "got a few good months of use out of it." I could go on but let's just say I will never be talking with Dell Support ever again.

Interesting note -- the parts for this Zino are being "dumped" on ebay now. You can get a new MB for around $35. I considered buying that and a new case for it (since I have since broken that very very cheap piece of plastic just above the optical drive) but again , even at these cheap prices...am I just going to get a "few more months of use" out of it?

Personally, I'd love a class action lawsuit on this POS, but that seems to be a cliche lately (and probably wouldn't garner much of a payout).

Mind if I forward people to your post that want to get into HTPC as cheaply as possible? I think your comments reflect what has been relayed to us about these cheap mass produced builds.
post #4993 of 5041
Not at all -- forward away! Anything to help others avoid the pain I've been through with this machine.

And as an update on my machine, I got home, turned it on (with the SSD installed) and received the "Hard Disk Failure" message. Again. So much for the resurrection!

The only other thing I have noticed is consistently the optical drive has never ever failed on this. I wonder if buying one of those cheap 2.5" hard drive to optical bay adapters would help this? Ditch the optical drive and mount the SSD in the bay where it used to be.

Or I might just try XBMCbuntu. It should run off of the optical drive or I can install it to a USB stick. THe part that stinks is you have to hit "F1" to continue on that hard disk failure message -- and my little bluetooth keyboard won't let me hit that (driver not initialized yet) so I have to plug in a standard USB keyboard to boot the dang machine.

There I go...throwing more money into the pit!
post #4994 of 5041
I've had my Zino for almost a 1 1/2 years and it's performed flawlessly.
post #4995 of 5041
I have had good luck with mine as well.

The basic problem with this unit IMHO is the design. Why hasn't some main stream PC maker built us an HTPC with a foot print of an AV component. It is a proven form factor, look at a TiVo, they run 24/7 with little to no trouble.

Yeah you can build it yourself, but most people don't want to. The desktop market is supposedly dying...the new Windows is coming out that will be a major pain to get used to, as well as a resource hog compared to what we have now.

A manufacturer should buy up a ton of Win7 licenses, give us a system with HDMI, optical/coax digital out, a fast and quiet optical drive in your choice of flavors, hardware built in for IR remote (with ability to power on from full off via remote) and put in all in a nice full size HTPC chassis. Start with a TB of storage with place for another internal drive, I don't see why they couldn't put it out for under 500 bucks.
post #4996 of 5041
I got mine in March of 2010. It is the Inspiron 400 model (not the newer 410). Single AMD Processor model (not the dual core one). I am very curious to know what the exact problem is. When it did work, I was very satisfied with it. I did not buy it new -- it was a Refurb from Dell.

Since every problem I have been having is related to the hard drive, I wonder if the hard drive controller on the board is bad or goes bad from the heat. Yes, every time the hard drive itself failed -- but that could have been a result of the bad chipset and not necessarily the heat (although the position of the drive is really bad).

I found the email of my order confirmation and apparently I only paid ~$200 shipped (courtesy of Bing Cashback...I miss those days). So I guess I got what I paid for. :P

As an aside, I put my SSD in a USB enclosure (!) and can now boot Ubuntu/XBMC just fine. The speed of this configuration is actually quite tolerable. I had previously tried this method with a regular 2.5" hard drive and a powered USB enclosure and the Dell would occasionally choke on it. The SSD must be a lower power drain on it.

To those who have not had any troubles with their models, I envy you. Do you have the 400 or 410 model? Onboard video or the model with the added AMD mini-video card (which has it's own extra cooling fan, unlike my model). Do you leave yours running 24/7 (I did not)? As you can see others on this thread have had similar issues to me (as have others on the net and in Dell Forums) so I know I am not alone in having issues with this model. I just didn't realize that there were people who do have fully functional/problem free models. So maybe I will try those spare parts from eBay.
post #4997 of 5041
I bought 2 of the original 400's within the first 2 months of their release. They are identical configurations with the on board graphics. One has performed flawlessly, the other has been a nightmare with constant no hd found errors. The flawless one is in my bedroom and is on 24/7 but is in sleep mode most of the time.

I tried every possible method of troubleshooting the bad HD unit. I swapped out half a dozen different HDs. I tried installing an SSD drive. I even switched the SATA ports on the MB between the HD and the DVD drives. No luck. The only way I was able to get it up and running reliably was to put the HD into an external enclosure and run it through the e-SATA port on the back of the unit. That ran fine for about a month before I got tired of listening to the fan on the external enclosure. From all of my tests, I am fairly certain that the problem is with the SATA controller on the MB. The only thing I am not sure of is the root cause. Is it a defective controller or is the internal HD causing it to overheat?

I tried calling Dell when I first ran into trouble, but it was typical Dell Hell support. They kept insisting that it was a software issue, not a hardware issue and that reinstalling Windows would solve everything. I told them I had reinstalled windows over a dozen times with all of my various HD testing, but they didn't care. I finally just gave up, which I am sure was their ultimate goal.
post #4998 of 5041
I agree that it is definitely related to the SATA controller on the MB. I had also tried the eSata port on the back (both of them). Within a week, I also got the no hard drive found using that method.

The motherboard on mine was already replaced once, as was the memory and hard drive (the last several times).

There must be a bad batch of motherboards out there...what I am afraid of is if that includes the stock now available on eBay. Or do they get so hot that somehow the SATA controller is getting damaged (or the connections for it are on the motherboard). I've toyed with the idea of using a heat gun on the dang thing -- just don't know where the SATA controller is on the mb.

Still running of of a USB Ext SSD drive right now with it. It's useable, but definitely not optimal.
post #4999 of 5041
We're still attempting to use the Zino 400 as our daily HTPC, but it's been pretty brutal over the past few weeks & months. Netflix has been off-sync, computer crashes (no blue screen; directly to reboot) in WMC & even using MCPHC.

BUT...I may have finally stumbled upon a solution.

I've always thought the computer was not having 1, but 3 types of problems:
1. Too much heat.
2. Weak power supply.
3. Bad HD controller, possibly exacerbated by 1 & 2.

I've always wondered why the hell the 3250 didn't have Cool'n'Quiet enabled with stepping. I recently started researching this and found some conflicting information. AMD says it has it, Dell says it doesn't (http://en.community.dell.com/support.../19317855.aspx). From AMD's perspective, it wouldn't make any sense to cripple CNQ in this processor.

I am a true tech geek, but I've never delved too far into overclocking/underclocking since it seemed mostly like a waste of time for most of my projects. In this case, though, I started wondering if there a way to deal with #'s 1 & 2 up top. Obviously, Netflix under the current Silverlight environment is VERY demanding on our processors (please make Hardware Accelleration work!!!), so we can't afford to underclock the procs, but we CAN undervolt!

I found a great tutorial on undervolting here:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/hard...ing-guide.html

After following the instructions and finding a stable voltage level (I think it was .8 or so on mine), I found I was able to reduce the proc temps under load from 73 to 67! There was a significant reduction in perceived heat coming out the Zino's tail end. Idle temps dropped a bit, but not by much. After stressing the processor and watching the voltages and clock speeds in the RMClock CPU Info window, I noticed something odd. When Orthos stopped, the processor's clock dropped from 1.4999 to ... 0.999! The processor scaled!!!!!! Upon noticing that (and doing my best Patrick Flatley impersonation), I decided to go the next step and see if I could change the voltages at the bottom step. Wouldn't you know it? I was able to drop the voltage for the first step even further down to .725. My new idle temps were now down to about 58c from 62c. Considering this was done without opening the box at all, that's a pretty significant change.

My wife and kid wake up every morning and put on Thomas & Friends on Netflix. Netflix has been out of sync for months now. The PC has crashed every morning this week, sometimes twice...except for this morning. No crashes, no sync issues. There was a bit of stuttering, but overall, she said it worked perfectly.

I won't know for sure if it's fixed until we get a few more days in, but for now, I am hopeful that I've stopped the excessive crashing and inability to watch netflix due to syncing issues. Cross your fingers folks! I'll come back in a day or two and report how the PC is responding.

Wish us luck!


Win 7 Home Premium (x64)
1 TB Caviar Green
3 GB RAM
Athlon 64 3250E
Radeon 4330 graphics
USB-based SPDIF stick
post #5000 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by cman00 View Post

I've always thought the computer was not having 1, but 3 types of problems:
1. Too much heat.
2. Weak power supply.
3. Bad HD controller, possibly exacerbated by 1 & 2.

I had random crashes on my 410, usually under a heavy load, due to bad RAM.
post #5001 of 5041
Well, after trying the ext. USB hard drive for a little while -- my system no longer boots. Even with no hard drives installed or attached by any method, it just turns on, I see the Dell Logo, I can enter the BIOS, but I cannot get it to boot after hitting F1.

I tried swapping the memory -- no change.

"It's dead, Jim."
post #5002 of 5041
Quote:
Originally Posted by cman00 View Post

We're still attempting to use the Zino 400 as our daily HTPC, but it's been pretty brutal over the past few weeks & months. Netflix has been off-sync, computer crashes (no blue screen; directly to reboot) in WMC & even using MCPHC.

BUT...I may have finally stumbled upon a solution.

I've always thought the computer was not having 1, but 3 types of problems:
1. Too much heat.
2. Weak power supply.
3. Bad HD controller, possibly exacerbated by 1 & 2.

I've always wondered why the hell the 3250 didn't have Cool'n'Quiet enabled with stepping. I recently started researching this and found some conflicting information. AMD says it has it, Dell says it doesn't (http://en.community.dell.com/support.../19317855.aspx). From AMD's perspective, it wouldn't make any sense to cripple CNQ in this processor.

I am a true tech geek, but I've never delved too far into overclocking/underclocking since it seemed mostly like a waste of time for most of my projects. In this case, though, I started wondering if there a way to deal with #'s 1 & 2 up top. Obviously, Netflix under the current Silverlight environment is VERY demanding on our processors (please make Hardware Accelleration work!!!), so we can't afford to underclock the procs, but we CAN undervolt!

I found a great tutorial on undervolting here:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/hard...ing-guide.html

After following the instructions and finding a stable voltage level (I think it was .8 or so on mine), I found I was able to reduce the proc temps under load from 73 to 67! There was a significant reduction in perceived heat coming out the Zino's tail end. Idle temps dropped a bit, but not by much. After stressing the processor and watching the voltages and clock speeds in the RMClock CPU Info window, I noticed something odd. When Orthos stopped, the processor's clock dropped from 1.4999 to ... 0.999! The processor scaled!!!!!! Upon noticing that (and doing my best Patrick Flatley impersonation), I decided to go the next step and see if I could change the voltages at the bottom step. Wouldn't you know it? I was able to drop the voltage for the first step even further down to .725. My new idle temps were now down to about 58c from 62c. Considering this was done without opening the box at all, that's a pretty significant change.

My wife and kid wake up every morning and put on Thomas & Friends on Netflix. Netflix has been out of sync for months now. The PC has crashed every morning this week, sometimes twice...except for this morning. No crashes, no sync issues. There was a bit of stuttering, but overall, she said it worked perfectly.

I won't know for sure if it's fixed until we get a few more days in, but for now, I am hopeful that I've stopped the excessive crashing and inability to watch netflix due to syncing issues. Cross your fingers folks! I'll come back in a day or two and report how the PC is responding.

Wish us luck!


Win 7 Home Premium (x64)
1 TB Caviar Green
3 GB RAM
Athlon 64 3250E
Radeon 4330 graphics
USB-based SPDIF stick

How are you getting along with it? I've got the 6850 with 4GB RAM and even with Cool'n'Quiet I still get the random reboots. The random reboots only occur when I'm using an HTPC front end like Plex or XMBC, they never occur when I'm out of these programs. I never get a reboot when I'm watching a show, only when its left idle and occasionally when I'm browsing in the HTPC front end.

My method, and its worked generally, has been to set the power options so that the computer goes into standby if its been idle for 5 minutes and I've set the remote so when I hit the off button the computer goes into standby.

I will get round to trying what you have suggested, and see if things work out for me.
post #5003 of 5041
Hey guys saw this thread and figured I'd jump in here

Just purchased a Zino HD 400 Barebone off ebay

hxxp://www.ebay.com/itm/170740625134?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_2491wt_1344[

Bought it for $50 so figured it was a good deal and ordered up a bunch of parts to install into it

x2 3250e
4gb DDR2 800
4330 GPU
GPU Fan
GPU Heatsink
CPU Heatsink

I just recieved it in the mail today and turns out I got a Zino HD 410 shipped to me instead. If I knew this when I ordered a week ago I'd be ecstatic but none of the parts I listed up will work with this unit now. I have send a message to the seller about this and not sure what course I want to take didn't know if you guys with these units would have suggestions.

- This 410 I recieved has no heatsinks including the northbridge one is missing
- only came with 2 screws nothing holding down the HD caddy and 2 missing from the bottom.
- Has no MXM port

Now I have realized tonight that the model I bid on the motherboard would not have a MXM port either after looking up the Motherboard P/N but when the seller listed as no GPU included gave me the feeling it did ... o well.

What do you guys think

1. Keep the 410 and sell all the rest 410 parts are cheaper anyways
2. Return the 410 and demand a 400 with a MXM hoping he has one
3. Return the 410 for a refund and sell all the other parts and build a custom i3 setup
4. Something else
post #5004 of 5041
I bought one of the original 400s. The first one quit on me and Dell swapped it out for a new one. The new one is still working fine, and it's our main computer for our main TV. It's on 24/7. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's incredibly loud and always has been. In my HT system (and the computer I'm using to type this), I've gone to a fanless design. However, by the time you buy the expensive case, windows, motherboard, etc., you're well over the cost of the Zino and you still don't have PowerDVD (which I haven't purchased for the HT system yet) and can't play blurays. If they could correct the design on the Zino, make it run cooler and with less fan noise, then it'd be a great design. Heck, for my fanless computer, I'm using an Intel processor with video on board the processor. The processor has a 65 TDP, but they make them now with 35W TDP.
post #5005 of 5041
Just noticed its also missing the bracket that holds the power button to the HD caddy. I think I'll be able to modify the zino 400 heatsink to fit if I cut it down and seal it since I'm assuming its a fluid filled copper channel on it (no heatsinks on ebay for the 410 currently). I'm still waiting to hear back from the ebay seller but I'm thinking I can get this running for under $100 from just the research I've done over the past day. If anybody has a dead 410 they want to part out that would be very helpful as well.
post #5006 of 5041
Have a Zino 400. Been searching all over trying to find out if it's am3 compatible and couldn't find anything. So I went ahead and tried a am3 sempron 45w I pulled from my desktop. It ran great, just a little on the hot side. So I bought an am3 athlon II x2 260u 1.8ghz tdp of 25w. It runs excellent. So yes, it runs AM3 cpu's

Another thing I noticed is that streaming videos ran very well using 64 bit version of IE. Very smooth. In Chrome it was very choppy video
post #5007 of 5041
I just bought a barebone 400 hd with the 4330 video card, got a 2650e single core and 4gb ddr2 memory from my junk drawer, total out of pocket 135dollars, then I realized the single core couldn't get out of it's own way when doing netflix, cruising the web, .....etc... or really anything useful. I just got a 4850e 2.5ghz am2+ cpu
just plugged it in replaced the stock grease with artic silver and turned it on. VAST difference in performance, I checked out the AM3 processors too, but according to AMD they are backward compatible but only run as if they were a comparable AM2 cpu. The 4850e runs really hot so I loaded RMCLOCK and set it to 1.99ghz and it is still hot but at least it doesn't overtemp in 20 minutes. So maybe the Athlon 64 II X2 250 might be viable replacement. But the TDP of the 4850e is still too much for a stock 400HD. hope someone has either a good super-cooling answer, or cheap am2/am3 replacement cpu with a TDP of 35w or less. Good luck all.

BTW: 2650e - clock speed 1.6ghz temp- 40-50 degC-IDLE 48-58 full load
4850 - clock speed 2.5ghz temp 58-65 IDLE 62-76 Full load With RMCLOCK loaded.
post #5008 of 5041
Not sure if anyone is still tinkering with this. Mine has been okay (though loud) as an htpc, but I was thinking of repurposing and upgrading it into a viable desktop. Has anyone tried swapping out the motherboard for a mini-ITX? Ideally, I would put something in it with Sandy- or Ivy Bridge. Anyone gone down this path with success?
post #5009 of 5041
I haven't taken the exact measurements, but I don't believe a mini-ITX board will fit a Zino case. Mine's been going strong as a HTPC since I bought it during a Black Friday sale right after it was introduced. I have replaced the fan on the underside of the motherboard because it ran intermittently and would sometimes cause it to lock up due to overheating. It's been working fine since I swapped out the fan. You're pro0bably better off keeping it as a HTPC and building a desktop using newer hardware. In the grand scheme of things it's not all that powerful and I think you'd find it's performance disappointing as a desktop PC.
post #5010 of 5041
Mine had been sitting in my closet for the last year or two, going unused, after I stopped using it for the Linux Server duties I bought it for. (I replaced it with a custom built VMWAre ESXi machine)

My plan when I bought my new TV the other day, was to also build a new HTPC to go along with it. I figured before I spent the money on that, I'd see how well this old fella does.

Mine is a 3250e (x2 1.5Ghz) equipped model with 2GB of ram, and just the basic integrated Radeon 3200, running Vista Basic.

It streams my rips off of my server quite well. CPU load is a little bit on the high side (>85%) for HD content but it does well.

It does NOT like Netflix in HD at all, and struggles with a lot of online HD content.

I've done some reading about this, and it's been suggested that the new Netflix app in Windows 8 finally incorporates GPU acceleration in PC's, so I am going to give that a try.

I found a cheap 6850e on ebay, which I won the other day. So I'm going to upgrade it for the extra 20% boost in CPU speed, throw Windows 8 on it as it is reportedly more efficient, and give it 4GB of ram instead of 2, and it might just be able to do what I need, and I won't have to build a new HTPC.

I'll also throw an extra 128GB SSD I have kicking around in it, while I am at it, which should speed up boot times nicely.

Hopefully this will breathe new life in the little guy. It certainly looks nice sitting there next to my new TV smile.gif
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