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Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - rgb62 - 11-18-2013

So what did you guys do to get this system to boot from USB? I think I've tried every combination possible and all I get is "non-system disk, press any key to reboot"...

Edit: So it looks like it's only the OpenElec usb sticks it's having problems with. I have created boot sticks for Ubuntu and xbmcbuntu and they both work. With an OpenElec boost stick it either says non-system disk or just simply reboots. Any ideas if this is a setting somewhere? I have openelec on 3 different systems in the house and this never happened before.


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - bircoe - 11-18-2013

How are you creating the USB stick?

I've used the Linux script countless times and it always works.


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - rgb62 - 11-19-2013

bircoe post=91643 Wrote:How are you creating the USB stick?

I've used the Linux script countless times and it always works.

I did it in Linux, OSX, I kept having the same results. After trying 5 different USB sticks i just got frustrated and kept choosing the ehci boot option over and over and it somehow finally took. No clue what went on there at all.

In any case, I have it all configured running Aeon Nox and am quite impressed with how well this little box handles everything I have thrown at it. Thanks for the review Bircoe.


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - TheBlueVoice - 11-19-2013

I had the problem where if I disabled all the sata drives it would only boot directly into the bios setup screen, ignoring the usb flash.
But I also had this on a amd-e350 system. A couple of older socket am2 / am2+ boards booted from usb fine with all the onboard sata disabled..

Have been leaving it on all the time as the s3 suspend mode immediately restarts.
Would like to be able to shut down and do cold restart from remote usb ir as I'm getting occasional lockups and crashes every few days.
I have assumed this is normal due to the various plugins I'm using. I also get this on a windows+xbmc machine if I suspend rather than reboot every few days..
I also sometimes have long (up to a minute or so) periods of non-response sometimes when switching between menus etc. Also, artwork sometimes takes ages to come back after switching menus.. Wouldn't have thought it's lack of ram as the memory doesn't seem to go below 1gig free (if the on-screen figures are accurate)
I'm assuming this is due to usb flash drive relatively slow read/write so shouldn't be a problem when my msata ssd arrives..

Strangely I've not had to set it to change refresh rate on this setup as I don't notice the stutters so much on the bedroom Samsung 40" lcd. On both the lounge Samsung 40" and Epson 6000 pj it drove me crazy! The 2-3 blank screen while the refresh rate changes annoys me too, but just a bit less!


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - bircoe - 11-19-2013

Not sure what could be the issue with your hangs, mine stays solid for weeks on end, maybe check your temperatures, also perhaps try a bare install with no addons, and see if that helps. I found some addons were particularly unstable and needed a power cycle...


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - TheBlueVoice - 11-20-2013

Yeah I think you're right bircoe in saying that it's most likely and addon causing the instability. Or maybe even the aeon nox skin Wink

My msata ssd arrived today so will fit tonight and will leave it at a vanilla install for a time to see if it's more stable and then gradually add back things..

It's a shame though as the mrs loves having catchup tv (iplayer & itvplayer) on it..


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - incadar - 11-20-2013

Another good option and i think a better build is from a company called realan, they mainly supply cases but also do there own MBs with 1037U / NM70 chipset.

i find them a very helpful company , they even paid the return shipping for an RMA but i did buy 15 units.

They also sell through aliexpress

http://www.minicase.net/

http://www.minicase.net/another_LR-C1037TN.html is motherboard i used

http://www.minicase.net/product_LR-1037UN.html is case with motherboard, really like the pre cut IO plate on the rear, makes it look very pro.


i am in no way affiliated with this company , just found them great to work with and good hardware so i thought i would give them a mention.


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - bircoe - 11-21-2013

Nice, just found them on Aliexpress at a decent price, I may get one soon for the family room.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Mini-PC-Barebone-Mini-ITX-PC-Whole-PC-LR-1037UN/109426_1329787053.html

A nice touch is the USB 3.0 ports!

This is the sort of thing I want to see Smile low cost alternates to building a proper HTPC or even the existing mini PC's that are in some cases very over priced.


Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - TheBlueVoice - 11-21-2013

Nice looking unit, much nicer than the goldie-lookin one we have!
But, on balance, I do prefer that ours are fanless. Afterall, they get tucked away out of sight anyways Smile

In other news, the addition of the cheapo msata ssd has cured the menu lags and everything is really snappy now Smile

bircoe post=91831 Wrote:Nice, just found them on Aliexpress at a decent price, I may get one soon for the family room.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Mini-PC-Barebone-Mini-ITX-PC-Whole-PC-LR-1037UN/109426_1329787053.html

A nice touch is the USB 3.0 ports!

This is the sort of thing I want to see Smile low cost alternates to building a proper HTPC or even the existing mini PC's that are in some cases very over priced.



Review: Cheap Celeron 1037U Mini PC (IN-1037UA) - vzone - 01-02-2014

*sigh*.

It seems the quality control on these devices is pretty bad.

I just received my unit from China today, and I got an eerie feeling even when unpacking the box, because I noticed the sound of something loose inside the cabinet making a sound when rotating the packet. And my worst fear was confirmed when I opened the case (to insert memory and the mSATA SSD) and a component fell out. It was a small SMD (Surface Mounted Device) capacitor which had snapped right off the mainboard.

I have now initiated a formal dispute process with AliExpress requesting a full refund. It's going to be exciting to see what becomes of that.
Just returning the device to China would cost me at least US$ 40.