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Thomas H.

Thomas H.

Joined on 10/09/06

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Great Media PC

Acer Home Media Center Revo RL100-U1002 Athlon II Neo K325 (1.30GHz) 4GB DDR3 750GB HDD NVIDIA ION graphics Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Acer Home Media Center Revo RL100-U1002 Athlon II Neo K325 (1.30GHz) 4GB DDR3 750GB HDD NVIDIA ION graphics Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Small form factor that fits aesthetically with your other media gadgets. This is, in effect, a cleverly redesigned laptop. Runs Windows Media Center and Boxee quite well. Can run Moovidia, but not in the 3D mode (ION GPU doesn't have the horsepower).

Cons: Keyboard will take some getting used to. It's not for typing more than URLs. DVD drive is the flimsy kind that comes in a laptop. Be aware that there are TWO versions of the Acer Revo - one with DVD and the other with Blu Ray.

Overall Review: Definitely worth purchasing for it's intended use, as a Media Center computer. Don't even attempt to play 3D games on it.

10/21/2011

Nice Bread Maker

Sunbeam 5891 2lb Bread Maker Machine w/LCD Display 12 Programs White
Sunbeam 5891 2lb Bread Maker Machine w/LCD Display 12 Programs White

Pros: Simple operation Great tasting bread with lots of texture. So much better than store-bought.

Cons: Loaf size is odd. It's very tall, so slices with not fit into a pop-up style toaster.

Overall Review: One of the best owner manuals I've seen. Other people, using a similar model, have had problems with the pan popping up, resulting in poorly mixed dough. The manual doesn't address the proper method for seating the pan, instead stating you can simply insert it. The correct method is to insert the pan with the left side pulled a few degrees toward you, then rotate the pan to the right (clockwise) to lock it in place. Kudos to Newegg - Ordered on Saturday and received on Monday.

12/21/2011

Update to my prior review

LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender
LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender

Pros: Fixed freezing/lockup issue when starting Media Center. It was caused by Picasso, which is software used for photo slide shows. Have gotten Divx videos to run by changing the 4CC info to Xvid.

Cons: No additional ones noted.

Good Product with some issues

LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender
LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender

Pros: Very easy to set up. My configuration: HP Pavillion a6030n, 2GB RAM, 2 x 360GB HDD, Vista Home Premium. Linksys 802.11N wireless card added. Linksys WRT300N Wireless Router Vongo subscription Netflix subscription w/ WatchNow. MyNetFlix Media Center plugin. AOA DVD Ripper Using just the 802.11N connections, I get about 270mbs throughput. Some of the issues I have are due to bandwidth. Plays WMV9 videos from Vongo with the occasional freeze and screen corruption.

Cons: Almost every time I start the box and get into Media Center, I press the scroll button 3 times, then it locks up. This usually clears with a reboot of the box. Troubleshooting guide says this can be due to ports blocked at the firewall, but installation process opens these ports. Will NOT play Divx movies, period. Xvid movies play for about an hour, then stop like they are at the end of the movie. Movies play on the PC just fine, and there are no problems with WMV9 formatted movies.

Overall Review: Vongo is 100% functional one the MCE, as is TVTonic. The third party MyNetFlix plugin works on the PC, but will freeze on the MCE when using the WatchNow function. MyNetFlix is not supported on MCE, so not the fault of the box.