[mythtv-users] ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID33 and MythTV

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Mon Oct 4 15:34:01 UTC 2010

  On 10/4/2010 11:18, J5K wrote:
> I know that Zotec kit has been used in the past with MythTV, but this 
> is a new box.

Yes, but its an ION.  It runs off the same underpowered Atom and nVidia 
graphics chip as every other ION2 device that MythTV can use.  Every 
time someone comes across a new ION system, they come in here and ask if 
it will work with Linux/MythTV, but I honestly don't know what would 
change that would cause it to work any differently than any other ION 

The same limitations apply as always.  There is relatively little power 
in an Atom, which means if VDPAU fails, you have nothing to fall back 
on.  Further, your intended use as a backend will be hindered again by 
the lack of CPU power, but additionally due to support for a single 
internal 2.5" hard drive, and (possibly) only one internal expansion slot.

> 1. Will mythTV recognise the integrated Blu-Ray player?

Yes, but native support for Bluray playback is not available until 0.24.

> 2. Somewhere in the specs I read that it could take a mini-PCI Express 
> card.  I think that it could use one of these, but I am a little 
> unsure. Does anyone know if mythTV would understand this card, or are 
> there preferred ones out there that are known to work with mythTV?

Often times these devices use a miniPCIe card for wireless.  The lack of 
any external antenna plug likely means it is built into the case.  You 
will have to drill your own hole for an antenna.  As always, MythTV does 
not support tuner cards, only the DVB API.  If a card exposes itself 
using said API, it will work with MythTV.  Please see:

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