My Android Mini PC/Media Center

17 Oct 2012  No Comments

Android Mini PC 1

I got my Android mini PC a maybe a couple of months ago. The main idea behind getting it was making it an Apple TV replacement as I have 3 Apple TVs and wanted to try out a new platform as a media center/entertainment device.

With the Google TV being useless outside the US. I looked for a replacement android device that would do the job. I first was hinting about using my LG G2X Android phone that has a HDMI out but I came across the nifty little device, The Android Mini PC.

Android Mini PC 3

The device is much smaller than any smartphone. Packs a 1GHz cortex A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, built-in WiFi, HDMI out, Micro SD card slot, full size USB 2.0 slot and a USB OTG slot with an included adapter.

Android Mini PC 2

The device is capable of outputting full 1080p video and on the spec sheet it says its even able to output 2160p video. The USB slot is excellent. I managed to hook up a mouse and a keyboard. And then I was able to connect my Azio wireless keyboard that also haas a thumb-stick and makes controlling the Android interface much easier.

Android Mini PC 4

It is great for watching YouTube videos or even those not so officially downloaded movies and tv shows. The UI is very easy to navigate as its a standard Android ICS 4.0.

Android Mini PC 5

Samsung 830 SSD: Take 2

25 Dec 2011  No Comments

Samsung 830 SSD

So I just got my new SSD that is supposed to replace the defective one I had already installed in my latest PC setup. I really hope that the problem was with the previous drive and nothing else. I should have the new drive installed later today.

PC Build Problem 2: Faulty SSD

18 Dec 2011  2 Comments

BSOD

I hit another problem during my PC Assembly, this time it is more critical. After installing windows and downloading all the latest drivers I kept getting the blue screen of death “BSOD”. I had no idea why at first, so I started troubleshooting. Rechecked all cable connections and then started downloading the Windows updates one by one, just to make sure its not a driver problem. This took a long while as you would imagine but the problem resurfaced again when I left my PC on overnight. I decided to restart in safe mode and let it run. It ran for a few hours then Windows just freezes and hangs which leads to another BSOD. Another format/reinstallation of windows letting windows run for a few hours and it crashes again. confirming that its a hardware problem. So I am currently waiting for my replacement drive but in the meantime running Windows on a regular HDD. The couple of days that windows ran on SSD were great and I am really hating the magnetic hard drives at the moment.

PC Build Problem One: Wrong CPU Cooler/Fan

13 Dec 2011  No Comments

CNPS 10X Extreme

I should be done with my PC assembly by now but I have been a little busy lately. As I was putting the build together I noticed that my CPU cooler/fan was for a different socket. My current motherboard is a 1155 socket and the cooler is for 1156 among others. I don’t know how I missed this when I was ordering.

I have to put up with the stock fan for now and hold off on overclocking until I find/order a new replacement.

Yet Another PC Assembly

22 Nov 2011  5 Comments

PC Parts

It has been more than 2 years since I last put together my own PC build. WIth the amount of gaming that I’m doing on the PC I thought I should upgrade to enjoy the games even more.

I initially wanted to upgrade my existing PC but the CPU upgrade path was out of the question. So I had to buy a new motherboard to accommodate the new processor. I should tryout an SSD as my boot/OS disk for better performance. And of course a new graphic card. I also wanted a new case with USB 3.0 support and more room inside and better cooling solutions. Wanted also to replace my Razer Mamba mouse, its a great mouse but after playing for a few hours non-stop and the battery runs out, you get screwed. So I decided to get the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 wireless mouse that come  with 2 batteries. After looking at all of that I was only short of RAM and a power supply and I would have a fully functioning PC. I got 16GB of RAM bundle for almost $100. but decided to stay with my power supply and get a new less powerful one for my old build.

Part List:

  • Intel CPU core i7 2700K 3.5Ghz (Link)
  • Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard (Link)
  • EVGA GTX 570 superclocked GPU (Link)
  • 4x4GB (16GB) GSkill 1600 RAM (Link)
  • Samsung 830 series SSD 128GB (Link)
  • Cyborg R.A.T 9 wireless mouse (Link)
  • Thermaltake Chasar MK-I case (bought from Kuwait for KD85) (Link)

Now I just have to have time to put it all together.

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