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nuc n2820 minty goodness

Postposted on Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:30 pm

Total Linux lightweight, but just wanted to report that it is a pretty smooth install of Mint17 on the nuc n2820. Everything but sound over HDMI works after install. After software update the intermittent sound problems went away. I really only have two and a half complaints right now (with the suspicion that some research may solve these problems):

1. My TV was not really designed for connection to a computer (so the manufacturer says) so I experience overscan problems. Intel drivers under Microsoft have a built in fix, not so easy in Linux.

2. I've never gotten great wireless performance under linux. This time around I am getting a little better than half speed of the same system under windows with some disconnect problems.

1/2. N2820 is a little pokey (ok, so thats not a linux problem :))

I know that if I went the Ubuntu route I may be able to find solutions easier, or that I may be able to use Ubuntu solutions to my Mint problems.

Even with the challenges, XBMC works great and Web Surfing is tolerable. At $140 base, I think its a great value.
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Re: nuc n2820 minty goodness

Postposted on Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:38 am

Atom/NUC class PCs are fantastic auxiliary machines provided they're running an efficient OS without a lot of desktop-experience bloat. I have one of Gigabyte's passive-cooled Bay Trails on the way, it's going to dual boot XP and Fedora and I'll make a note to post some results when it shows up.

One thing to be aware of with the N2820 is that depending on your luck the CPU may be a N2820 or it may be the N2830 that Intel surreptitiously dropped in without updating the product name.
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Re: nuc n2820 minty goodness

Postposted on Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:20 am

NovusBogus wrote:Atom/NUC class PCs are fantastic auxiliary machines provided they're running an efficient OS without a lot of desktop-experience bloat. I have one of Gigabyte's passive-cooled Bay Trails on the way, it's going to dual boot XP and Fedora and I'll make a note to post some results when it shows up.

One thing to be aware of with the N2820 is that depending on your luck the CPU may be a N2820 or it may be the N2830 that Intel surreptitiously dropped in without updating the product name.

Can I get you try a 720p+ rmvb file with VLC under WIndows? I can't find anything on the internet that someone actually tried it (will be pure cpu decode) and reported success. There is GPU decode for mkv/mp4, that I know for sure.
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Re: nuc n2820 minty goodness

Postposted on Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:39 pm

If you can point me to a sample file I will give it a go. I was able to find a 480p sample and it ran fine. Of course it is XBMC under Mint so you may not be interested (not Windows)
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Re: nuc n2820 minty goodness

Postposted on Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:46 am

I'm also running Mint (16) on my N2820. It's a cute little box but the experience could've been a little smoother. Initially I had to take it to work because it wouldn't do HDMI -> DVI to my monitor. Ended up chucking it in a drawer anyway, due to install difficulties, until BIOS 25 came out. Then I was able to get Mint running without much hassle, although there is this mysterious dummy display which starts out as display #1, so you have to alt-F1 to bring up the menu to change the priority.

I chucked my old Intel G2 into it along with 8 GB of RAM for kicks. A little pokier than I'd hoped, but it's not too bad. My main gripe is the number of USB ports; I guess it's not a big deal for HTPC applications, but for desktop purposes, one or two more would've been a big plus. I might even 'upgrade' to the Bay Trail Zotac for that reason.

I also have weird wifi disconnect issues but hopefully that's a fixable problem.
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