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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.

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):

Why you should download Google’s new browser, Chrome

Google launched a new platform browser today, Chrome. Chrome is fast and simple. Google have carefully stripped out any browser bloat, built a new Javascript engine (V8) optimized for today’s web browsing experience and open sourced the code. I downloaded and ran it on my hp mini-note and was very impressed with the performance and the simplicity of the interface. On Google Chrome, I was happily browsing with 10 open tabs and no performance degradation. I suggest you give it a try, I think you’ll be impressed.

Alternatively, you could try Internet Explorer 8 Beta, which was made available for download from Microsoft today. I didn’t.

Here’s a few screenshots from the mini-note running Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Thumbnails of your top sites

Google Chrome showing the bbc.co.uk web site

Interestingly, Microsoft Live Mail didn’t like Chrome and suggested I use another browser.

Microsoft Windows Live email doesnt like Chrome yet