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Adding a Broadcom HD video accelerator to the HP mininote 2133 | HP Mini Note PC Blog

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Adding a Broadcom HD video accelerator to the HP mininote 2133

My HP 2133 (1 Ghz) plays 480p video flawlessly, but any attempt to play a high definition format makes the video look like a slideshow.

When Broadcom announced the “Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator” I decided to purchase one, dissect my mininote again and see how well the card works.

The following videos are examples of the “before” and “after” experience of using the accelerator on my HP 2133 mininote. Installation of both the hardware and the software had it’s challenges which I’ll document in a later post this week.

The sample Stormchasers_1080 and Robotica_720 video files were downloaded from the Microsoft HD Content Showcase.

I think you’ll agree that the results are very impressive. I also tried the accelerator with a blu-ray clip from the movie “Body of Lies” which also worked great, provided you paused the player for a couple of seconds after forwarding the video.

The Broadcom cards are available as PCI Express mini cards and for the ExpressCard 34 slot. I bought the mini card on ebay for $24.

Robotica_720 before HD Accelerator installation:

Robotica_720 after the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed:

Stormchasers_1080 before the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed (on an external monitor):

Stormchasers_1080 after the Broadcom HD Accelerator has been installed (on an external monitor):

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7 Responses to “Adding a Broadcom HD video accelerator to the HP mininote 2133”


  1. 1 Nakoruru

    Thanks for the post. Do you suppose it\’s possible to install such card in my HP Mini 1120NR (it runs Windows 7 atm)?

  2. 2 tony

    By the way, How do you think of this PC?

  3. 3 Meins321

    First of all you will lose wireless and then it might be stupid but where are the details?

  4. 4 It's smee

    Can you give some instructions for fitting the HD enhanced media accelorator to the HP 2133 please? Where does it fit and does it mean that the wi-fi won’t work as someone has implied?
    Thanks for reading.

  5. 5 Alexey

    I have hp2133 as well. Would you please give the name of the item on ebay. Isn’t it BCM970012 BCM70012 Mini PCI-e HD Decoder ?

  6. 6 Alexey

    I’ve just found out that i need an Expresscard54 26pin. Are there any on ebay of this kind? Thank you.

  7. 7 Adam

    Hi! I have a HP mini 2133 and I would like to purchase a Broadcom Crystal HD card. Could you please help what card that I should buy and how I should mount it.

    Thank’s

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