NCP VPN not quite Windows 7 compatible

I got so frustrated with the NCP VPN client software, specifically a recent update, that I decided to let my frustration out by writing about it.   For a long time I used the, IT approved, Cisco VPN client to access our corporate network. And as the OS technology moved along, so did my systems,Continue reading “NCP VPN not quite Windows 7 compatible”

Zotac XBOXHD-ID11 MKV H.264 Video Playback Performance

When I started writing about the ID11, my intent was to document video playback and use as a HTPC, several posts later, and I am finally getting to MKV H.264 playback configuration and performance. This is the sixth post in a series of posts related to the Zotac ZBOX ZBOXHD-ID11. Summary: The CPU is not powerfulContinue reading “Zotac XBOXHD-ID11 MKV H.264 Video Playback Performance”

Zotac ZBHOXHD-ID11 Case Positioning Impact on Fan Noise

As I was testing the ID11, I noticed differences in the thermal behavior based on how the case was positioned. I tested three positions; case open, case vertical, and case horizontal. This is the fifth post in a series of posts related to the Zotac ZBOX ZBOXHD-ID11. Summary: Place the case in a vertical positionContinue reading “Zotac ZBHOXHD-ID11 Case Positioning Impact on Fan Noise”

Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 Beta BIOS Reduces Fan Speed and Noise

In a previous post I measured the fan speed and noise under load, and I found it to be unacceptably high. Zotac support notified me that a new Beta BIOS is available that address the issue. In this post I measure the difference between the release BIOS and the Beta BIOS. This is the fourthContinue reading “Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 Beta BIOS Reduces Fan Speed and Noise”


I created this page as an index to all my posts about the Zotac ZBOX Mini-PC ZBOXHD-ID11. First impressions Fan speed and noise 4GB RAM support Beta BIOS reduces fan speed and noise Case positioning impact on fan noise MKV H.264 video playback performance   This is my first post created using Windows Live Writer.Continue reading “Zotac ZBOX Mini-PC ZBOXHD-ID11”


In this post I describe my experience while upgrading the BIOS, in order to support 4GB of memory. This is the third post in a series of posts related to the Zotac ZBOX ZBOXHD-ID11. Summary: – 4GB is supported after upgrading the BIOS. – BIOS has to be updated using less than 4GB, else ID11Continue reading “Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 4GB RAM”

Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 Fan Speed and Noise

In my previous post I discussed my initial impressions of the Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11. In this post I continue my review, focusing on fan speed and noise. This is second post in a series of posts related to the Zotac ZBOX ZBOXHD-ID11. Summary: – High fan speed and noise while under load. – Fan never returnsContinue reading “Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 Fan Speed and Noise”

Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 First Impressions

Untitled Page I am sharing my experiences and first impressions of the Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11-U mini PC. In the coming days I will connect the device to my home theater, and review the behavior running Windows Media Center, XBMC, and Media-Portal. This is first post in a series of posts related to the Zotac ZBOX ZBOXHD-ID11.Continue reading “Zotac ZBOXHD-ID11 First Impressions”

Data Robotics DroboPro vs. QNAP TS-859 Pro

I previously wrote about my impressions of the DroboPro, and in case I was not clear, I was not impressed. I recently read the announcement of the new QNAP TS-859 Pro, and from the literature it seemed like a great device, high performance, feature rich, and power saving. The TS-859 Pro is now available, andContinue reading “Data Robotics DroboPro vs. QNAP TS-859 Pro”

NEC MultiSync LCD2490WUXi2 and LCD2690WUXi2

I recently replaced my DELL monitors with NEC monitors. The primary reason why I replaced DELL with NEC is color reproduction, I could never quite get the wide gamut DELL’s to look right. I chose the NEC MultiSync 90 series monitors because they have excellent color reproduction, and are reasonably affordable. The alternative would haveContinue reading “NEC MultiSync LCD2490WUXi2 and LCD2690WUXi2”