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Does not stream internet video well, Silverlight or Flash
on April 5, 2012
I wish I could give this item a good review but I can't. It played HD video files from my local and network storage flawlessly; however, when attempting to stream SD & HD content from Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc.., the video was jerky, like frames were being dropped. I tested this both wireless and using a network cable, no difference. I tested my internet bandwidth using speedtest.net, I was getting 20Mbps down, more than enough to stream HD let alone SD. I tried using all drivers included on the supplied CD ROM, no go. I updated the machine with all the latest drivers through windows update, no go. I tried updating the drivers for the most likely culprits, the video card and network card, from the vendor websites, no go.
I tried both the CCCP codecs and the core AVC codecs. No go.
I tried both turning off hardware acceleration and enabling hardware acceleration in Silverlight & Flash. Neither had an effect. No go.
For the curious, I installed 4GB DDR2 800 RAM, and a 5400 RPM drive, same hardware as the full featured eeeBoxes. I tried both Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and 64 bit.
ASUS support was absolutely no help, terrible in fact. When I wrote to them they replied back that I should ensure I had a strong wireless signal after I had just told them the same information I supplied above. Clearly their technicians have no idea what they are doing or just supply canned responses. On the same note it took them over 7 days to respond. In the response email they asked me to fill out a survey where an option was available to have them call me. I used this option over a week ago and I am still waiting for that phone call.
So if you plan to never stream internet videos; this little machine would be great, but who falls into that category this day and age?