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XBMC And The iPad

by Damian on February 11, 2011 · 16 comments

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Nearly a month ago the XBMC team had announced that they had successfully ported over XBMC onto the latest iPhone/iPod/iPad/ATV2. This definitely piqued my interest as this would turn an iPxx into a mobile HTPC. More importantly this would open up the iPxx to supporting more video formats then the iPxx does natively (which is […]

Last year forum member erail posted a message about how he converted a demo EX470 to become an MediaSmart Server Port Multiplier giving him a matching port multiplier for his EX470 and he did a fine job.  Inspired with what erail had done I decided to do the same and since then I have converted […]

The CPU heat sink used in the MediaSmart Server is custom designed with a special hole pattern that does not allow it to be replaced with commercially available parts. It is also a passive design, relying on air movement from the two 80mm server case fans to provide cooling. In practice this works fairly well, […]

If you’re a HP MediaSmart Server user and enjoy using your server then have you considered what you would do if your LAN port failed to work?   Oh man that’s one nightmare that I would not wish upon anyone and yet it does happen and so this prompted me to figure a way to restore […]

One of the very first things we noticed about the EX490, EX495, and Data Vault X510 was how quiet they are, in large part thanks to the new power supply in these newer models. I determined the manufacturer and model number of the new power supply in my in-depth hardware guide for the new servers, […]

One of the biggest criticisms of the Popcorn Hour A-200(see my full review here) revolved around the design. The Popcorn Hour A-100, A-110, and C-200 (see my full review here) had all used an aluminum case and were fanless. This helped ensure that the devices ran quiet and cool, two very important things for any […]

Forum member “festiva” has posted about his experience setting up a touchscreen display to work with his MediaSmart Server LX195. The display is mounted on the wall near outside the closet that houses the LX195. Here is festiva’s description of the project. I have successfully installed a Lilliput 7″ touchscreen monitor directly to my LX195. […]

Forum member “cavediver” has been busy working on his DIY Home Server (aka Andromeda) and he’s recently shared with us his latest modification. He developed a new fan board for his Norco RPC-4220 case that accommodates 3 x 120mm fans instead of the stock 4 x 80mm fans, with the end result being a significant […]

Forum member “cakalapati” makes and sells the MediaSmart Server VGA/PS2/Serial debug cables (that also work on the Acer easyStore). Now he’s working on an idea for a new hardware modification for Home Servers, and he wants your input on how to make it meet your needs. More and more people are building their own WHS […]

The MediaSmart Server is generally recognized as being quite reliable, with only occasional reports of hardware failures being reported in the forums. Of these few reported cases, the most common failure I’ve seen mentioned in the forums has been the power supply. Unfortunately this power supply is not an easily user replaceable part, with no […]