I think so for many.Chromebox is better than a Celeron based Intel NUC for $140 + $20 for a couple Gigs of memory?
So, for an HTPC that will be running nothing more than XBMC, I will get the smoothest experience (including 1080p playback at 23.976fps) with the Chromebox vs. the Celeron NUC?I think so for many.
First of all the Chromebox is using the most modern core, Haswell, while many of the NUCs are based on Ivy Celerons. Secondly the 16GB SSD is perfect size for Openelec and gives superior performance than running everything off a pen drive or SD card. Finally, I got one recently and I have to say that the design of the Chromebox beats every NUC I have seen- I guess that is what Google's R&D money buys you.
With that said, with a NUC you can get a bigger SSD (would be nice for emulators) or other customizations. Plus it is easier to put Windows on a real NUC. I also think there is a place for outright Mini ITX builds if you want to game a little.
For what you want a Chromebox is easily the best choice and will give the best experience.So, for an HTPC that will be running nothing more than XBMC, I will get the smoothest experience (including 1080p playback at 23.976fps) with the Chromebox vs. the Celeron NUC?
We don't game and will probably just be booting straight into OpenELEC no desire for another OS to be installed.
Sweet. Have fun!! Here is a good link once you get going:Chromebox and FLIRC will be here tomorrow.
Uuuugh! Pulling my hair out. I followed the guide for installing OpenELEC all the way through installation on the HDD, but when I restarted the Chromebox, it just went to the recovery screen and said there was no OS I installed. Tried some different combos of CTRL-L, CTRL-D, etc. with no luck. Ended up doing the recovery and trying the install again from Step 1.5 Set Firmware Boot Flags and never even got to the point where I could install the OS. Now, when I restart the Chromebox I get a couple of BIOS announcements that quickly scroll through and ask me to press ESC to select the boot device, but it never actually responds when I do. Just goes to a second screen that adds the following:For what you want a Chromebox is easily the best choice and will give the best experience.
Here is a guide even:
Yeah, I have done the restore about 5 times and it always leads me to believe everything is hunky dory but when I remove the USB drive and reboot, it always comes back to the same thing.I would try this smitbret:
Yeah, I created a USB image drive according to the the directions and when I get to the Recovery Process, it acts like everything is great. It finishes and tells me to pull out the USB drive and it will reboot. When it does, we end up right back where we started.After you removed the ChromiumOS USB drive?
Hmmmmm....did you update the bios before you started?Yeah, I created a USB image drive according to the the directions and when I get to the Recovery Process, it acts like everything is great. It finishes and tells me to pull out the USB drive and it will reboot. When it does, we end up right back where we started.
I'm beginning to think the SSD is faulty on this. I pulled it out and booted without the SSD and it just went to no bootable media could be found.
Congratulations on getting it working. I am exciting to hear more of your thoughts when you have it running like you like.Well, took Matt Devo's advice from the XBMC forum linked above. My TV wasn't synching up fast enough and when I hit CTRL-D from the moment I turned on the Chromebox, instead of waiting for the display, it got me into the OS far enough that I could CTRL-SHFT-F2. Anyway, followed his guide from there and got stuck again, even worse this time.
Anyway, after messing with 4 different flash drives, I finally stuck the bootable OpenELEC on a MicroSD card with adapter. I discovered that if I stuck that MicroSD card in along with the Chrome OS recovery image on Flash Drive and then booted with the paper clip in the reset hole then I had about 2 seconds to hit the ESC button and get the list of 3 bootable choices. I was able to then install from the SD card. This time it took.
Boots right into XBMC from the HDD and is running really smooth. For some reason the box just wouldn't recognize any of the flash drives as bootable. I must have not set up the boot configuration very well. I don't know. I could have sworn that I checked and double checked along the way.
Anyway, pretty pleased so far. I have a FLIRC as the IR receiver paired with my Logitech Harmony and I still need to get the delay settings correct, there's some pretty bad lag, but I should be able to get ironed out.
Thanks for the help.
I've been using a RaspPi as my intro device to XBMC since about March. I still use it as my streamer in the bedroom. It just wasn't quite smooth enough to replace my WDTV Live Hub on the main TV. Plus, the RaspPi can't play rips over 30Mbps from a Samba share. It works fine for part time duty as a UPnP front end for my Media software that will tranacode the files down to a lower bit rate.