I can because mine arrived this morning!! Looks like it comes with Rollup 2 with it. Ran windows update afterwards and it found another small (3.5meg) rollup to install but i think that was an extra media centre one.pio5100h said:Can anybody tell me whether the iDea 500 already has the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2 installed 'out of the box' and/or what updates are necessary ??
Is this the latest MCE 2005 updated version ?
Nice one! your gonna have to do a review of it asap!watusi said:I can because mine arrived this morning!!
I think HDMI overscan is a given isn't it? Bit of playing around with powerstrip would probably fix. PQ with VGA/DVI seems good. Having spent the evening using it I'm quite happy with it now. My post before seemed more negative than I intended.pio5100h said:Thx watusi for all these answers.
With language selections I meant... the language the OS is in.
It leaves me a bit... alarmed. HDMI overscan and not great PQ.... I hope I can fix this with the 46X2000 LCDTV setting.
No CD's N ... So we in fact DON'T get MCE 2005 with it. Maybe those 2 Backup DVD/CD's are it ?
The analogue tuners are the ones that are supposed to be bad... you're lucky to live in the UK.
Handle 1080p stuff not all that well... do you mean it even CoreAVC + T2300 can't cope with the 1080p??? The AMD64 3500+/GF6800GT does quite well on that !
Thanks again !!
The Fans are silent. You can hear the hard drive though (but only when the sound on the tv is off).mark.carline said:Whats the noise like from the fans / power supply / hard drive etc ?
Does the speed of the fans change as your using the unit for heavy apps ?
I've seen a review on CNET where it says it comes with a T2600 processor too, its not. Its a T2300.pio5100h said:To summarize those 4 pages isn't easy. But it comes down to the fact that many (Dutch) people return their iDea because the analogue tuner (no digital without card in the Netherlands) is simply terrible. Acer knows about the (supposed?) problem and promises a fix, but not just yet !
Some people on that forum will build their own HTPC now instead. But again ... that situation is NOT the UK one. I have no idea whether the UK iDea and other countries' versions are the same. e.g. I read that in the far east it supposedly has a 500 GB HDD (in a local Acer press release that is). But even if so, an external USB/FW HDD can be a solution (I'll use one of mine).
No idea on either question without having the machine in front of me, check out this review though:mark.carline said:Do you know what fans are present in the unit ? (inc size etc ?)
I have heard "silent" before !
Whats the power rating on the power supply ?