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Another Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

Yesterday I received another Intel DN2820FYKH NUC computer.

I had ordered another one with the intent of running a Mythtv Backend and Frontend using a Realtek USB tuner.

I’ve installed Mythbuntu and got everything working, however I really like using Debian itself, and will look at doing a more custom install with Debian. So the plan is work on a Debian 7.7.0 x64 install.

I’ve configured this new Intel NUC with the usual 8GB ram (max it can take) and Dual Band 802.11ac wireless (as it’s only a $24 upgrade to buy the card), and I had a spare 500GB laptop drive, which I installed too.

Will be sure to post more about my progress regarding the Debian installation and tweaking it all.

Intel DN2820FYKH NUC Update

Thought I’d do a follow up post on our Intel NUC (Model: DN2820FYKH).

The little machine is running fine and has only had one software crash since we started to use it. It is turned on 24/7 and gets used everyday. At the moment it has an uptime of 44days or so.

Still very impressed by the machine in day to day use. It does exactly what we need it to do with minimal  footprint on a desktop.

Would certainly buy one of them again. Really do want an i3 or i5 based model some day.

The talk of the past year in hardware has been the Intel NUC, and I’ve been wanting to get my hand on one for the last few months, since the Third Generation module was released.

In the end I decided to purchase an Intel Celeron based one (Model: DN2820FYKH) and to load it up to run Windows 8.1 Pro.

For more detailed information about the specification, hint up the link here.

The Celeron model has some notiable differences (lacking features) between the i3 and i5 based models.

  • Only one memory socket (max 8GB ram) (vs i3/5 16GB max in 2 sockets).
  • Ships with wireless (vs i3/5 not shipping with it).
  • No MSATA support, as the socket for it don’t exist.

Despite this lack of feature between it’s more powerful siblings, I figured that Windows 8.1 Pro on a machine where you can install 8GB ram and a 2.5″ Laptop SSD drive would be adequate for the footprint.

Sure enough, it runs very well. Reasonable and capable little computer. I paired mine with a powered USB hub and a 19″ monitor I had spare.




Abandoned Microsoft Surface RT

I’ve abandoned the Microsoft Surface RT, mainly due to lack of usage. I didn’t mind the interface, however I must say the lack of applications was a certainly a failing point in my opinion. I’ve since gotten rid of mine, as once I got my new MacBook Air I found I hardly used it.

I bet I am not the only person who has done this to be honest.

New Dell Inspirion Intel i3 – Model 3537

The new Dell Inspirion Intel i3 – 3537 I ordered the other week finally arrived today.

I got home cracked open the box and spent the last few hours playing around. So far I like it. Not a huge fan of the track pad, but no big deal as I was going to use it with a mouse and/or Bluetooth mouse. The keyboard is alright, I am sure I will get use to that. Seems to run alright.

First thing I did was bump the ram from 4gb to 8gb total. As I figured this will enable me to put VMWare Workstation on and run the odd virtual machine for some recording and testing when I am not wishing to be tied to the desk. Although it will chew battery power of course.

I am finding Windows 8.1 pretty easy to use. I will continue to use it and see how I go.

If your in the market for a budget machine, this one certainly ticks the boxes in  my opinion so far.

Realtek RTL2838 DVB-T tuner failure

It would appear that my Realtek RTL2838 DVB-T tuner has failed. I can no longer get it to record any more using TvHeadEnd. I noticed I hadn’t got any recordings the past few days and I’ve just checked all the connections. At this stage I think it’s safe to conclude that it’s gone.

It certainly didn’t last very long. I might end up getting another one, however not in a big rush. I need to do some other work with the hardware, so I might move onto that project in the meantime.

I note that dmesg output is showing the following, which based on some of the word is related to the hardware failure of the device.

[ 5520.964222] kdvb-ad-0-fe-0  D ffff88011d96eb20     0  2406      2 0x00000000
[ 5520.964226]  ffff88011ce17d08 0000000000000046 ffff88011ce17cf8 ffff880127c54580
[ 5520.964230]  ffff88011ce17fd8 ffff88011ce17fd8 ffff88011ce17fd8 0000000000014580
[ 5520.964233]  ffff880121f29770 ffff88011cf05dc0 0000000000000286 ffff88011ce17d90
[ 5520.964237] Call Trace:
[ 5520.964242]  [] ? dvb_usb_data_complete_204+0x20/0x20 [dvb_usb_v2]
[ 5520.964246]  [] schedule+0x29/0x70
[ 5520.964250]  [] wait_schedule+0xe/0x20 [dvb_usb_v2]
[ 5520.964254]  [] __wait_on_bit+0x5f/0x90
[ 5520.964258]  [] ? dvb_usb_data_complete_204+0x20/0x20 [dvb_usb_v2]
[ 5520.964261]  [] out_of_line_wait_on_bit+0x7c/0x90
[ 5520.964265]  [] ? wake_atomic_t_function+0x40/0x40
[ 5520.964270]  [] dvb_usb_fe_sleep+0x114/0x1b0 [dvb_usb_v2]
[ 5520.964277]  [] dvb_frontend_thread+0x177/0x780 [dvb_core]
[ 5520.964281]  [] ? add_wait_queue+0x60/0x60
[ 5520.964288]  [] ? dvb_frontend_ioctl+0x160/0x160 [dvb_core]
[ 5520.964291]  [] kthread+0xc0/0xd0
[ 5520.964295]  [] ? flush_kthread_worker+0xb0/0xb0
[ 5520.964299]  [] ret_from_fork+0x7c/0xb0
[ 5520.964303]  [] ? flush_kthread_worker+0xb0/0xb0

New PC laptop purchase

I was going to build up another mini-ITX desktop, however the more I look at it I am better off buying one of those Dell Outlet Inspirion laptops. As  I end up getting a PC that can be used as a desktop replacement and doesn’t need any more hardware purchased. i.e. keyboard/mouse/monitor. So I am monitoring the outlet site the past week watching what Intel i3 Third generation systems come up and the prices.

The PC laptop will probably run Windows 7 x64 Home (or Windows 8.1 if my work VPN finally ends up supporting it). While my existing mini-ITX desktop (i3/16gb ram) will probably be converted to a Ubuntu desktop, so I can implement lxc containers again and some other workload on it. Really want to get tvheadend setup on it and plug in the USB tuner I was using with my Raspberry Pi. Remember the post here, about that?

If I get some time this weekend one evening going to install a temporary hard disk into my desktop and do a Ubuntu 12.04.4 install and do some messing about to ensure the hardware all detects fine and resolution of monitors works fine. The system uses an Intel HD 4000 onboard, so I hope accelerated video works or that could be a problem.

Looking to purchase the laptop the end of this month or early next month.

Obihai, Obitalk and the hardware

We’ve recently been provided an Obihai Obi202 and ObiLine products.

So far I am very impressed, as I was able to plug in the Obi202 and ObiLine with minimal setup. The ability to do basic configuration via the web portal on Obitalk is good, but if you want some serious tweaking and configuration you can use Obiexpert mode via Obitalk portal or the web interface on the device itself.

If you have no VoIP providers configured soon as you setup the Obi202 or similar products you could do free calls between devices. i.e setup an Obihai device say at your own place and grab another one at a relatives. Once these are both configured via the Obitalk portal on each account, you can do Obitalk free calls between them by dialing the Obitalk number that each unit is assigned.

Reposted from Heimic Technology post here.


I’ve been lucky enough to be sent some Obihai hardware, so you will see a few posts from me about my experiences with setting it up and what not. I’ve been sent an Obi202 and ObiLine which I should start to tinker with from the weekend.

Unfortunately they arrived today, however they are waiting at the local PO, which means I wont be able to collect them until Saturday morning.

So you’ll be seeing some posts from me about the hardware and my experience. Looking forward to it to be honest, as it looks pretty impressive on paper. If anyone is already using it, drop me a comment, as I wouldn’t mind doing some test calls via the Obitalk number that is provided when you setup an account.

Noontec N5 Gigalink Firmware info

As discussed in one of my previous posts here. I own a Noontec N5 Gigalink single drive NAS. It’s not the greatest thing around, but for what it does do well (basic file sharing) it does the job. I don’t use any other features of the unit, just simply the file sharing side of it.

I wish I never upgraded the firmware, as the one that it shipped with had a much more basic UI for administration, however the newer firmwares you find may be TerraMaster branded, which I honestly don’t like. Although TerraMaster make a unit based off the N5, I just like it to remain Noontec branding.

I found that the firmware available at the page here, is a recent Noontec branded one. So I have installed it and will be using it for now. It is version as per below;


NOTE: The direct link above to Noontec site may disappear over time. Should it do so, I have zipped up a copy and made it available from my site below;

NAS-1Bay-N5_J1.05A_Ver2.35_USB2.0.zip (From: static.heimic.net)