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Pivos Xios DS Media Play Ultra Slim Wifi Smart TV Companion XBMC
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2 out of 5 eggs Good Hardware.....crippled by beta quality OS options 12/24/2012

This review is from: Pivos Xios DS Media Play Ultra Slim Wifi Smart TV Companion XBMC

Pros: Nice little piece of hardware
"When Working" decodes full screen 1920x1080 HD video
Quite a bit of active development going on at PIVOS
Active users forum.
PIVOS is very active in XBMC community.
ICS and Linux install images available.

Cons: Software is of Beta Quality
Two different versions of device shipped with same SKU (M1 or M3). Each has different firmware and different bugs associated with firmware. You have no way to tell which you will get when ordering (older M1 with 512MB of ram or newering M3 with 1024MB of ram)
M3 units (current) firmware doesn't recognize some HDMI TV's, black screen on boot, others no audio.
Out of box, units have ICS and that is about it. No instructions in the box, just a device as a blank slate with ICS install. Only after hours of going through their forums, applying updates, installing their additional patches, and installing user supplied fixes, you might have a useable box.
Box doesn't support any power saving, power management, so box runs hot all the time. This is a software issue at Geniatech versions have a suspend/low power mode.
Software/OS isn't currently what I would consider release quality and with the long list of bugs and issues makes you feel like you are part of a beta test.

Other Thoughts: Unit is basically the same hardware at Geniatech ATV510 units floating around. Will also see same hardware under other VAR names. The bottom line is what makes or breaks these types of devices is the software and OS. PIVOS is a major supporter for XBMC and porting of XBMC to android, and my hats is off to them for their efforts.

While the PIVOS team seems to be constantly working on updates and fixes the reality is that as of "today" the software is only of beta quality. Which means that out of the box this is more of a Toy for the tinkerer or hacker in the house, and really isn't a plug and play android device that will fullfill you streaming and multimedia needs.

To get mine working I had to update the ICS firmware, modify the build.prop file, install numerous user supplied hotfixes, and then and only then is devices margially usable as a media center client.

Even out of the box the device won't sync its calendar, gmail, or anything else with google untill you modify the build.prop file.

On the Linux side of things they do provide a XBMC-Linux install image but it has its problems as well. Its based off the same kernel/drivers as the android image so it has many of the same bugs.

This device has great potential in the future once the OS (ICS or Linux) installs get to a mature state. Right now it just isn't there yet.

Bottom line is if you are looking for a toy and light to tinker in linux or ICS development, this might be a fun toy for you. If you are a plug and play kind of person and want to just install it and have it work, you might want to look for something else or wait untill the software for the device has time to mature.

Cavalry CADA CADA001SA2 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 2-bay RAID Disk Array for PC
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Get latest manual and software 06/10/2008

This review is from: Cavalry CADA CADA001SA2 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 2-bay RAID Disk Array for PC

Pros: Device is alot of storage for little $. System works well once configured.

Cons: Included documentation and software appears to be out of date. Documentation on the switch settings and such are available on their website:
Which was much more complete information then what was included in the box. Get the latest docs, and the latest software and it should work for you.

MSI GeForce 8600 GTS DirectX 10 NX8600GTS-T2D256EZ HD 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Card works great. Was using old ATI card that I have had for 3 years and my frame rate was sub par. With this card got my frame rates up with out breaking the bank. Card I received is same model listed here but their have been some design changes as well as differences in contents of box:
#1 Came with a DVI/HDMI adapter AND a HDMI cable
#2 Included a cable to allow you to feed your SPDIF out of your sound card, into the video card so you have sound and video coming out the HDMI cable.
#3 Still includes the component video break out cable and DVI to VGA adapter.
#4 includes a fan control cable. Looks like it allows you to have auxilary case fan controlled by video card. (documentation barely mentions it)

Cons: Only Con I have so far is one small thing due to change in box contents. Card no longer had the small 4 pin power plug on it, and doesn't come with the Y cable adapter shown. Instead is had a standard 4 pin harddrive/floppy power plug on it. Nice as you don't need an adapter, but sucks if you have a modern power supply that is short on connectors. Mine has many SATA connectors but few of the old school 4 pin power plugs. Had to make a run to a local electronics store to get a Y cable so I can hook it up.

Other Thoughts: The inclusion of a HDMI cable and the DVI/HDMI adapter connector is a very pleasant suprise. Looks like on my 1080p samsung tv. (Hey, had to try it) Overall is a very good card, am using the lasted NVIDIA drivers instead of the included MSI drivers. Not sure if all of these cards are now comming with the HDMI cable or not. There is nothing on the box that mentions that it was included, it just was.


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Display Name: Craig G.

Date Joined: 04/20/06

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