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dot09
October 19th, 2009, 02:02 PM
I bought an ASRock ION 330, an RF keyboard & mouse and a USB wireless b/g/n adapter. I already have an MCE remote and a Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro (USB TV tuner).

I will be installing Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Boxee and MCE. I'll let you know how it goes.

This system will be replacing a P4-2.4GHz PC circa 2002 that is in use in my bedroom. It's attached to a Samsung T240HD via DVI. I will attach the new PC via it's built in HDMI port.

Can you seem me smiling?!

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dot09
October 19th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Okay .... so this thing ROCKS!


ASRock ION 330 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856158008)

I-Rocks RF Keyboard + Mouse (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823204014)

Buffalo USB Wireless B/G/N (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162027)


I didn't see this before, but I'm considering trying it: Buffalo USB Wireless B/G/N NANO (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162030)

Anyway, I've done nothing other than install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + updates. Installed the nVidia driver from their site view auto-detect and Boxee.

I went straight for the hard one ... HULU. Videos play flawlessly.

I am extremely happy so far. Later this week I will installe the Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116042) and give you an update. That's not the exact model I have but it's close.

This puts me 1 step closer to canceling my Cable TV ...

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yarzy
October 19th, 2009, 05:56 PM
AWESOME, I was thinking of building 3 machines with the Atom 330. Does it do Hulu HD without issue? How about Netflix HD? Basically, I dont want to worry what works and what does not. I have read all sorts of different results with this, can you help put them all to rest?

dot09
October 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
I've literally only completed what you see listed. I will try anything you'd like me too, but I do not want to install anything other than what I have so far. I'm a llittle OCD with system builds :)

I can tell you this ... it doesn't seem to be struggling at all from within Boxee. It does use ~1/2 of the available memory after a fresh boot with nothing running. Nothing. There's literally nothing installed.

I have done nothing with regards to disabling unnecessary services in Windowss 7. I could get XP down to 50 MB running image ... it's going to take me a while to get familiar with Win 7 such that I won't cause other problems. LOL

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dot09
October 19th, 2009, 06:17 PM
How about Netflix HD?

How will I know one from the other?

I visited the Netflix website and clicked play. I was willing to install Silverlight. We use it at work ... it played thee movie "21" without any issues at all.

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Andy22
October 20th, 2009, 12:30 PM
Anyway, I've done nothing other than install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + updates. Installed the nVidia driver from their site view auto-detect and Boxee.

I went straight for the hard one ... HULU. Videos play flawlessly.



Mhh i wonder why my ION/330 system overclocked to 2.11GHz has big problems playing Hulu?
What is your destination resolution?

I tried windows7 and now run WinXp since it made no difference at all using Windows7 over Xp and buying a extra windows7 would be a waste of money since i had my old Xp laying around.

Dont get me wrong hulu is working on the "edge" means it plays, but boxee compared to hulu desktop or raw browser is the slowest configuration for me.
Under hulu desktop i can watch most stuff just fine, but for example the first Stargate Atlantis Universe episodes had very bad stuttering in fast scenes. Shows like Warehouse13 seem to "just" work, but even than my CPU is at around 75-95% cpu usage on both cores.

The only working solution for me was to serve hulu via playon as upnp.

As for netflix this always worked flawlessly in the browser since silverlight is gpu accelerated.

dot09
October 20th, 2009, 01:07 PM
I will watch a couple of shows through Hulu via Boxee tonight if I get a chance and give you a "real" feel for how it's working. My cursory glance at "The Office" yesterday seemed fine, but I was distracted.

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dot09
October 22nd, 2009, 10:19 AM
Hulu ... sitcoms are tolerable, but not so if you're one of the purists. I am not. The new Hulu Desktop launcher works well and the video performance is better.

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judgeschambers
November 15th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Dot09,

How's your Pinniacle PCTV usb gadget working on that Ion? I'm looking at the one you posted a link too and am considering it for my Acer Revo 3610.

dot09
November 16th, 2009, 08:15 AM
It's not. And since Pinnacle isn't producing TV sticks anymore it's a pain. I contacted the group maintaining legacy support. They're responsive but useless.

For instance: there are no Windows 7 x64 bit drivers. There are beta Vista x64 bit drivers. The drivers are on the TV stick itself and you need an update utility to replace them with the beta drivers.

Contacted them about how to do it. "He" said "run the setup app in the zip file." Well, the only executable in the zip file is a monitoring tray app. I replied with that data and showed the contents of the folder to them.

He said, "yeah, run that."

Great. Didn't do squat.

I bought the Liquid Nero Tivo thingy to try. It was on Woot for $35 last week.

dot09
November 16th, 2009, 08:35 AM
As a side note I have my ASRock performing much better.

I attached it to my TV, but I never thought about resetting my resolution. I was at 1900x1200. No wonder everything was choppy ;)

I set my resolution to 1280x768. I'm not having success getting it to 1280x720. Boxee is not setting correctly on the screen.

Anyway, it's much speedier now.

dot09
November 20th, 2009, 07:54 AM
How's your Pinniacle PCTV usb gadget working on that Ion?

My Liquid Nero Tivo showed up. I'm hoping to attach it tonight!

judgeschambers
November 20th, 2009, 07:36 PM
let me know what you think of that. I would be interested in getting something like it on a USB. I'm turned off by the monthly service afte a year.
Also, need a remote like yours.

On my Acer Revo 3610 now. Pretty much what your Asrock is. This thing smokes, man. Especially with the flash beta installed. Hulu Desktop, Hulu IE works great. HD vids played with WMP or MPC-HC are kickin'!

Now that I got it all set up with Boxee and other settings, gonna hook it to the HDTV 1080P tomorrow. :cool:

dot09
November 21st, 2009, 07:17 AM
Hulu Desktop, Hulu IE works great.

I installed the Flash beta too. I followed the instructions to replace the .dll and Hulu through Boxee is still bad. It plays fine in IE or via the Hulu Desktop app. Just verifying that I'm having the same issue.

judgeschambers
November 21st, 2009, 08:22 AM
(this applies to Boxee Alpha!! All posts prior to December 1st are for Alpha only)
I installed the Flash beta too. I followed the instructions to replace the .dll and Hulu through Boxee is still bad. It plays fine in IE or via the Hulu Desktop app. Just verifying that I'm having the same issue.

Yeah the .dll swap actually made my Boxee/Hulu, or anything Flash played inside Boxee, worse. So, I had to revert Boxee back to the old .dll file. Which proves that Boxee, as a program, does not suppot GPU acelleration. Though, that is supposed to change with the Beta.

Yes, everything else outside of Boxee that is Flash related works fantastic: Hulu Desktop or in IE...and anything else that is Flash related. You and I have identical hardware, really. So, we should be the same.

Have you tried YouTube HD content in IE? The Movie Trailers play in HD, but no sound. Regular Movies in HD never load and lock up IE. And CPU usage is HIGH, 75%, which makes no sense. What have you experienced?

Oh, Tivo thingy? How's it working out? Hitting the CPU hard or is it working smothly?

dot09
December 1st, 2009, 08:47 AM
Nero Liquid TV isn't working so well. It really struggles in the windowed view with the guide open. Static. Stutters. I almost always mute it when I open the guide.

While watching live TV or pre-recorded shows the audio & video are out of sync. All-in-all it's not been an enjoyable experience.

judgeschambers
December 4th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Dot09,

So, have you settled on an alternative USB DVR solution?

dot09
December 4th, 2009, 09:56 PM
No. Very let down by the whole experience. The machine just isn't powerful enough to run the Tivo software. I have not overclocked it even though it comes with the tools from ASRock. I also have not applied the latest chipset and video drivers. Those things could make a difference.

Of course I'm using the standard drive that came with the system too. All of those things could be factors.

dot09
December 7th, 2009, 08:16 AM
Nero Liquid TV isn't working so well. It really struggles in the windowed view with the guide open. Static. Stutters. I almost always mute it when I open the guide.

While watching live TV or pre-recorded shows the audio & video are out of sync. All-in-all it's not been an enjoyable experience.

Update.

The ASRock ION 330 has settings in the BIOS to overclock in steps between and including 1.66 and 2.1 GHz. I set mine to 2.1 GHz.

I installed all the drivers from the ASRock website and downloaded the latest nVidia driver.

My machine performs much better now. The audio/video sync issues are gone (I think) from the Tivo live or recorded TV. I only caught a few minutes of TV after updating so I don't want to call it "good" yet.

I'll keep you posted.

judgeschambers
December 7th, 2009, 07:10 PM
No. Very let down by the whole experience. The machine just isn't powerful enough to run the Tivo software. I have not overclocked it even though it comes with the tools from ASRock. I also have not applied the latest chipset and video drivers. Those things could make a difference.

Of course I'm using the standard drive that came with the system too. All of those things could be factors.

It is only 1.6 ghz duo and 533 ghz speed so...I figured that Tivo thing would tax it.

Wish I could overclock my Revo....:(

ignatiusmael
December 18th, 2009, 05:47 AM
ASRock ION 330 comes with Dual-Channel memory, which is 2 times faster than the single channel memory. Comparing with other NetTop which supports only single channel memory, ASRock ION 330 with Dual Channel memory design can truly deliver the performance of Atom 330 dual-core CPU.

david10595
January 21st, 2010, 07:17 AM
Hi guys,

So I went ahead and got an ASRock ION 330 as well.
Installed it yesterday, all went smooth, connected it to the TV via HDMI, went to Netflix, started streaming and .... WHAT?!?!

Seriously?

Has anyone had any GOOD experience streaming Netflix through Boxee at all? I used to use my Xbox 360 and the picture quality was super crisp.

Thanks for your help!
--
david

lion833
January 26th, 2010, 03:31 PM
Hi guys,

So I went ahead and got an ASRock ION 330 as well.
Installed it yesterday, all went smooth, connected it to the TV via HDMI, went to Netflix, started streaming and .... WHAT?!?!

Seriously?

Has anyone had any GOOD experience streaming Netflix through Boxee at all? I used to use my Xbox 360 and the picture quality was super crisp.

Thanks for your help!
--
david

:confused::confused:

I think i have the same problem with you, Anybody can help ?

judgeschambers
January 26th, 2010, 05:18 PM
david10595 & lion833,

Many of the earlier posts prior to December 1, 2009 apply to Boxee Alpha. So, if you have beta, read on.....


Yes, my revo and other Asrock users have no issues.You really left out any detail of your exact issue or problem..:confused::confused:

Did you install and update Silverlight? As that is what powers NFlix. ;)

What OS are you using?
What boxee beta version?

If windows, hit my First Stop link in my sig. I posted all the Windows updates that are needed. And all of them apply to Atom/Ion with Win 7 or Vista.

dickie
February 6th, 2010, 12:31 AM
:confused::confused:

I think i have the same problem with you, Anybody can help ?

The hardware manufacturers (such as Microsoft with the Xbox) are capable of receiving HD content. Silverlight, at this point, is not (so far as I have been able to determine).

stillb0rn
February 16th, 2010, 08:22 AM
Hello everyone.

So i first stumbled upon Boxee a couple of weeks ago (Looks great)
I curently own a Western WDtv bos that work well enough for just watching movies. But after i stubled upon Boxee my interest for HTPC got ignited once again.

I am now thinking about buying a Asrock ION 330 HT becaus i cant wait for the Boxxee box to be launched:P

But after reading throu menny forums i for some reason cant seem to gett a real idea of how to best sett up the Asrock.

So finaly here is the question...

The things i want to use the Asrock for is to play local media (movies,series and mp3s etc..) and Spotify or WIMP wen it is releasd.
I want to use windows becaus i cant bother to learn how the whole linux thing works:P

But i am i right to understand that boxxe doesnt support GPU acceleration? Thus limiting video to SD quality?

So guys how shal i do this?
Also im looking for a remote with qwert keyboard like the one that will be shiped with the Boxee box anny ideas?

Thanks for anny help

Teddy6565
February 19th, 2010, 05:23 AM
I also own an Asrock 330 and am
wondering if the issues with Hulu have been resolved for anyone.

I have latest beta of flash and boxee installed but still
get choppy hulu, especially on NBC content. It works smooth via browser.

Can anyone confirm if they have Hulu working smoothly on Boxee windows (I'm running Win 7) on an Asrock N330?