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#345877 - 04/23/11 07:41 AM Re: HTPC [Re: tomtuttle]
Glitchy Offline

Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 578
Loc: Blueridge Foothills, NC
saw this usb s-card on onkyo thread
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#351981 - 07/17/11 08:12 PM Re: HTPC [Re: Glitchy]
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8333
Loc: Tacoma
Old thread resuscitation.

Somehow, I did manage to get my analog audio problem solved and am using Banshee. It's fine. Honestly, I don't listen to as much music on this system as I used to. It's been a while since I poked at this, so I don't know exactly what magic sudo thing I did to fix it.

New problem/question:

Having become disillusioned with Netflix after the price increase, I was looking for other vendors. I somehow hit upon Zediva and tried to stream a movie on the subject box (Zotac HD-ID11, Ion 2, dual-core 1.66GHz Atom, Ubuntu). I have Comcast 20Mbps internet service.

The video quality was just awful.

I looked at their FAQ, and they DO seem to recommend a 2.0GHz dual-core, but that just seems unreasonable to me for video streaming. I mean, Netflix is just lovely through either this machine, or the Wii or the XBox. So, I just don't "believe" that you really need that much CPU horsepower to stream video.

What say you?
bibere usque ad hilaritatem

#351982 - 07/17/11 08:51 PM Re: HTPC [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 02/06/09
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Loc: Western Maryland, USA
If you look around at the reviews for Zediva most people comment that the quality is not very good. I don't think it's the CPU, as the decoding should be done by the video card, and that Ion 2 chipset can do full screen, H.264, 1080p without a problem.
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#351988 - 07/17/11 11:40 PM Re: HTPC [Re: ClubNeon]
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Posts: 8333
Loc: Tacoma
Thanks, Chris. That's what I thought.

I've been chasing my tail on the NVidia hardware drivers for about a week thinking that something was amiss. I get "This driver is activated but not currently in use" message. Everything *seems* to "work" (except the Zediva video quality), but that message really bothers me. I can't seem to get it fixed, despite hours of analysis and efforts. It *might* be just a Jockey display problem rather than an actual driver problem.

Anyway, it does seem to be a problem with the ZBox, as we just watched "True Grit" via the Macbook Pro with much improved and entirely acceptable video quality.

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#351990 - 07/18/11 12:45 AM Re: HTPC [Re: tomtuttle]
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Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
I don't watch a ton of Netflix via streaming but I thought their newer "HD" encodes were acceptable... considering they were being streamed on the internet. I still don't watch many movies on it because of audio limitations. Wish they'd get more TV shows but I know the content wars are in full effect right now.

This is all on my i3-2100T.
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