Don’t buy a Zotac Zbox!

Zotac has a good range of ZBOX:es that in combination with Ubuntu/XBMC makes excellent mediacenters for watching movies, SVT and alike. I was quite a fan of them, and would recommend them to friends, until recently, when the cpu-fan in mine started to wear out and making sounds. They wear out quite soon. So, I’ll just get another then, I thought… OR NOT – after mailing them they tell me (and all other customers, search for it) that they don’t sell replacement fans. And no one else sells them neither, because they are custom made and nonstandard. So the htpc I bough a while ago is practically worthless, and ready for the dump.

Don’t ever buy a Zotac ZBOX until they fixed this. Go for something else. Shame on you Zotac. You aint no friend of mine anymore.

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No sound over HDMI in Ubuntu 13.10 with an Nvidia mcp78/79

I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 on my media box, a Zotac Zbox, , ION GPU, with the latest official nvidia drivers. After that I couldn’t get the sound over HDMI to work. Panic! After a LOT of trouble shooting I found the error – the spdif1 channel was muted in alsamixer.

So to fix this, open the trusty terminal, enter alsamixer, and lookout for the spdif1 which probaly says MM which means muted. Press M to unmute/mute a channel and raise the volume staple. You hopefully now have sound over HDMI again!

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(not my pic, found it on the net, thanks to whoever took it)