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saulfragoso
December 14th, 2010, 12:09 PM
I recently purchased a Zotac Mag (http://www.amazon.com/Zotac-MAG-Intel-NVIDIA-HD-ND01-U/dp/B0030UH2J4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292348874&sr=8-1) to use it as an htpc. I've loved everything about the little beast except that for some reason on boxee some of the videos are very choppy.

this is normally with videos from site like NBC and Fancast (Since Hulu is blocked :( ) I've made sure I have the latest version of flash player and the correct drivers for the nVidia graphics card, but it has not made any difference.

I'm able to play everything from Hulu desktop with out a hitch. Has anyone with this computer or similar set up had this issue.

I'm running it through the HDMI to a 42' Vizio. The PC is running Windows 7 64bit.

I would appreciate any help. This little computer would make the perfect htpc for me if I can get around this issue.

Prospero424
December 14th, 2010, 09:58 PM
judgeschambers' has a lot of experience with this sort of hardware. He's (http://www.pauljroberts.com/acer-aspire-revo-3610-atom-ion-330-review) got some links (http://www.pauljroberts.com/my-personal-revo-3610-set-up-that-works-well) in his profile (http://www.pauljroberts.com/flash-beta-10-1-1p-files-for-revo-ion) that might help you out (http://forums.boxee.tv/announcement.php?f=8) a lot.

David Silver
December 15th, 2010, 08:03 PM
i am wondering if that processor has enough umph!! I have seen that non x2 processors can run boxee but needs to run very lean. AMD x2 with windows 7 runs much better.

saulfragoso
December 16th, 2010, 11:14 AM
judgeschambers' has a lot of experience with this sort of hardware. He's (http://www.pauljroberts.com/acer-aspire-revo-3610-atom-ion-330-review) got some links (http://www.pauljroberts.com/my-personal-revo-3610-set-up-that-works-well) in his profile (http://www.pauljroberts.com/flash-beta-10-1-1p-files-for-revo-ion) that might help you out (http://forums.boxee.tv/announcement.php?f=8) a lot.

Thanks, I found a lot of helpful info there. So far I've found that it works best with the latest version of flash which is like 10.1.2xx and the drivers that available directly from the www.zotacusa.com

Still with that I'm still having the problem when watching from sources like NBC using Boxee. It works well when using the browser or hulu desktop.

I've also noticed an issue when using netflix HD. It works well on SD streams.

saulfragoso
December 16th, 2010, 11:15 AM
i am wondering if that processor has enough umph!! I have seen that non x2 processors can run boxee but needs to run very lean. AMD x2 with windows 7 runs much better.

It's possible, I'm hoping that it's not the case because I really like the computer and the price :)

I'm really hoping I can find a good solution for this.

Prospero424
December 16th, 2010, 08:25 PM
Others have had better performance with the latest drivers directly from Nvidia, but it's just something to try.

Is your Firefox up to date as well as the Flash plugin for it?

The Netflix app uses Silverlight (I believe?) so you might make sure your Silverlight for Firefox plugin is up to date. Other than that, I think you just may have hit a brick wall as far as performance on that hardware.

Unless someone with more experience with that hardware than I have has any other ideas...

cmendill
December 16th, 2010, 10:02 PM
The Atom N330 is dual core. You should be able to get online flash sources playing fine in Boxee. What kind of processor usage are you seeing in boxee?

I got my basic setup from the judge's blog.

Latest firefox flash player plugin.
Latest IE flash player plugin.
Latest driver from nvidia.

judgeschambers
December 16th, 2010, 10:33 PM
Bottom line; it should play flash in boxee.

Netflix HD; will play in IE or FF if you OC the cpu. Will not play in Boxee due to default is HD and the CPU just can't handle the Silverlight HD stream and the additional load of boxee. Even if OC'd.

Same hardware as a REvo 3610, so you need the same set up overall.
If you follow my link to My Setup That Works (http://www.pauljroberts.com/my-personal-revo-3610-set-up-that-works-well), it's as good as it will get. ;) Mine and many I've set up this way work very well. I've seen some boxes mysteriously just not play flash well with boxee. Hell, I've seen it happen in a browser too with no reason. But that's a bit rare.

Install the Nvidia Ion driver- I use 298.56 as the 260.XX tend to muss up the HDMI audio driver on Revo's. No real improvement to video rendering on the new drivers anyway...just video game updates.
Install Flash 10.1 FFox Add-in (though the new 10.2 beta is working on mine, but I'd stay away from it just yet as boxee has to be coded to implement it's changes and may not pay well for everyone).
Install Silverlight via Windows Update-There was just a new release this week. It has better auto throttling of the DL and playback bitrates. It will automatically settle to the best that plays smoothly,but it takes about 2 minutes. So I still manually set the Silverlight bitrate at 2600 so I don't have to waste time while it sorts it out on its own.

Uninstall all bloatware and anything else that is un needed. Including Windows Live.
Install a light weight AV (if you use one) like MS Security Essentials.
Keep your DPI and Font Settings at the stock levels,which are 100% or less-Anything more than 100% will cause video to lag badly!!
Do not turn off Aero!
Do not add more ram to the video card in the bios. Leave it at 256mb. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will cause more load on the CPU and writes to the hard drive. ;)

Oh and remember, flash works only with 32 bit browsers when running on 64 bit systems.

These machines are at THE limit of playing at this level and need to be run lean and mean to pull it off. ;)

saulfragoso
December 20th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks for all the awesome info. I'll spend some time during the Christmas break to work on this.

The only thing that I'm not familiar with is with overclocking. I have never done this, but I'm open to trying it. Would you be able to point me to a tutorial or some info on how to overclock my computer.

Thanks for all the great help and input being provided. I'm really looking forward to having this little computer working like it should.