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Zino locks up. Looking for replacement

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Lenovo makes a couple "tiny" models but they don't have HDMI. Mac mini would be perfect but I want to stick with windows. I'm thinking about ordering a mini from Assassin. Anything else out there that has a small form factor?
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NUC.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Wow I just looked up NUC. Looks cool but can I get one with windows already installed on it?
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No, the NUC doesn't come with an ssd or memory, you have to order those separately. So the same goes for the OS

Edit: Correction didn't realize any system builders actually had them available for sale yet. See comment below.
Edited by boournz - 4/28/13 at 8:29am
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Originally Posted by junglalien View Post

Wow I just looked up NUC. Looks cool but can I get one with windows already installed on it?

Why, yes! You certainly can. You can order one from a system builder. Velocity Micro is selling custom-built and branded NUC units if you want to buy it assembled and tested.
post #6 of 13
I bought a reasonably priced, slim Gateway computer to replace my Zino. The Gateway fits behind my TV. It's faster than the Zino and the best part is not nearly as loud. My Zino sounded like a jet engine.

The Nuc looks interesting, too, though. And it has the 4000 graphics, which isn't supposed to be too bad.
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I'm not so secretly hoping that Haswell will bring a resurgence of SFF's like HP's Pavilion Slimline and Dell's Zino systems. Compact PCs really are great but only if the hardware is right and in the past, it seems like the choices available for CPU and graphics have always been lacking. Now that we have AMD's APUs and Intel's CPU/GPU sammiches, things are just right for manufactured SFFs to take off in the consumer market as those chips are perfect for users who don't want or need gaming, which is the majority of people buying laptops and desktops these days.
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Newegg has systems, without an OS though:

Newegg NUC systems

When I bought my wife's laptop computer (Levnovo), I had to immediately reinstall Windows 7 due to removing the hard drive and replacing with a solid state drive. It's really not that long of an ordeal, and you don't have tons of junk from the manufacturer.

For a HT/normal computer, an I3 isn't bad. I'm using one now to run my HT system. I think if you want to do video processing, though, I'm not sure whether the HD 4000 (or whatever Intel calls this) is able to do a lot of that. If these computers lack anything for high-performance HT use, it's in the video department. However, I've been able to use my Intel I3 with HD 3000 with no problems, but I also don't use MADVR or any other video processing system.
post #9 of 13
Since your Zino is toast, why not just use its license?
post #10 of 13
The HD4000 has video processing capabilities - several of them in fact - but the ability to use those is software dependant and requires that the software be coded to access them. Haswell will bring a few additional video processing capabilities that will be useful for video creation and HTPC such as frame rate conversion and skin-tone enhancements.
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Since your Zino is toast, why not just use its license?

huh?
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Originally Posted by olyteddy View Post

Since your Zino is toast, why not just use its license?

huh?
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Zino locks up. Looking for replacement
post #13 of 13
Any idea what's causing your Zino to lock up? I had a similar issue with mine and it turned out to be a failed fan on the bottom of the motherboard. I bought a replacement fan and it's still running great today.

That being said, if I had to replace my Zino with another PC I'd also consider the NUC. I use the Zino as a satellite PC for the family room and the small form factor is perfect. The NUC would be even better since it could be tucked out of the way behind the TV.
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