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This review is from: LIVA X 4GB/64GB Mini PC
Pros: Small, runs cool, supports 8.1 windows. perfect for media server and video surveillance server. Splashtop runs fine giving remote access, DVDFab media player can play any of my Blue-Ray ISO images and Blue-Iris handles my video cameras perfectly. The box can easily be hidden and cloud storage can be used for motion detect images in the event it is stolen.
Cons: There is a problem with the HDMI hardware, possibly the problem is the win8.1 drivers. Problem 1: I was unable to get the LIVA to work thru an HDMI powered switched. Problem 2: It also likes expensive HDMI cables. I had a 3 meter run from the electronics area to the LG 60" TV. There were 3 cables to choose from all went to wall connectors and from wall connector to TV. The LIVA only worked with the more expensive cable. It did not work with the thinner cheaper cable. Problem 3: The win8.1 drivers can detect up to 4 monitors when there are actually none connected. It is not possible to remove the "extra" monitors and the Intel HD graphics driver has to be un-installed and re-installed before the LIVA will recognize an actual monitor when connected. This can be easily verified by (1) disconnecting the actual monitor and (2) using any remote access program to log into the LIVA and then ask the windows 8.1 display handler to detect a monitor. This problem can easily occur if you are using remote access and happen to disconnect the HDMI by powering off the TV set.
The BIOS did not show the 64gb ram I had purchased and I almost sent it back thinking I had received the cheaper LIVA.
Other Thoughts: The HDMI switch was cheap, but it was a "powered" switch and worked perfectly with Dish Network receiver, PIVOS AIOS HD, LG Blue-Ray, but it would NOT work with the LIVA in any resolution, not just the default of 1080p.
I tried installing win7 using a UEFI build technique but it didnt work so I then put in an old copy of win8 I had bought for $14 when it first came out and upgraded it to 8.1. I used a USB Blue-Ray device to install from the win8 dvd. Hopefully the upgrade to win10 will work on this system as I like it. It would get 5 stars except for not working with the HDMI switch.
Pros: Switches manually or with remote (when I can find the remote). Worked fine with LG Blue-ray, Pivos AIOS HD, Dish Network receiver, to an LG 60 TV.
Cons: Did not work at any resolution with ECS LIVA X (win8.1 mini pc) which was the main factor that I bought the switch for. I wanted to easily switch to the LIVA which is running Blue-Iris video surveillance software. The LIVA did work connected directly to the LG TV using a second HDMI connector on the TV.
Other Thoughts: The LIVA was not cheap, this switch should have worked with it but possibly the problem is the LIVA HDMI hardware. Also, if the remote was larger I would not have misplaced it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-G41MT-S2PT LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Runs fine with Q9550, Corsair vengeance 8gb, WDN4800 WiFi was recognized immediately as airport. OTB. under Yosemite. Sleep seems to be working fine. Video was gtx670
Cons: Cannot get both the HDMI audio and the 887 on board audio to both work at the same time but that is a driver problem I am still working on.
Other Thoughts: Dont think it supports more then 8gb ram and lacks USB3. If a you have a left over 775 CPU from an old motherboard, then get this board to run mac os x. Works well.READ FULL REVIEW