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Broadcom HD Video Accelerator - Part 3 | HP Mini Note PC Blog

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Broadcom HD Video Accelerator - Part 3

I had a couple of follow up questions regarding the Broadcom Adapter,  so I thought I’d write a quick post on what I can remember from installing the card in my HP2133.

Taking the machine apart to install the card : This is a little tricky as you have to get to the motherboard which is beneath the keyboard.  A couple of useful reference are:

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/remove-keyboard-replace-memory-access-hard-drive-hp-2133-mini-note-pc/

and the official HP maintenance manual

http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01658655/c01658655.pdf

Be very careful with the keyboard connector! I broke mine the first time and had to get a defunct motherboard to replace it.  I have successfully disassembled the machine many times since without breaking it but just be extra cautious.

What did I give up to use the card?:  I think you have to take out the wireless card.  I had problems with mine because HP didn’t attach the antenna to the card so it appeared that my wireless card was unable to find networks.  Once I opened the machine to install the Broadcom adapter,  I found the manufacturing issue but had already purchased a USB Wifi adapter!

Battery Life/Performance: Running the Broadcom adapter did drain the battery faster.  It also made the machine run with the fan on at constant high speed when video was being decoded.

Software:  I had the hardest time getting the software I downloaded to install so that the accelerator would work correctly. I think I got it working with Microsoft Media Player and Arcsoft Totalmedia Theater.  It looks like the drivers are now on the Broadcom website so it might be easier than when I tried it.

Final thoughts:  I didn’t keep the accelerator in the machine for very long after installation,  I think the heat and the noise from the fan were the deal breakers for me.

I hope this post is helpful and answers some of the questions raised recently.

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