This Old Box
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It's good to see that Kodi can run on fairly old, lower-spec hardware.  I have an old PC that was collecting dust in the closet and was considering even getting rid of it since it was under powered for most games.  Instead, I decided to see if it could be used as an HTPC.  It is a Dell Inspiron Zino HD 400 released late 2009.

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It is more or less a copy of the Mac Mini design except with Windows 7 x64.  I reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows 10 Pro x64 1903 then Kodi 18.3 with a few plugins including Netflix.

Here are the specs:

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Despite the low end GPU it is able to play 1080P streams smoothly.

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Local HD content also plays smoothly.

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All the system drivers are Windows installed since Dell only has drivers for Vista/7 on its website.  I did initially have problems getting a good WIFI connection with the built-in Dell WLAN 1397 Mini card - it appeared to be a driver issue since it worked fine in Windows 7.  I couldn't find a solution so I ended up getting a USB AC600 Wifi dongle which had its own drivers for 10.  Money well spent because not only do I get an even stronger signal than I ever got with the built-in WIFI but the dongle connects to 5GHz 802.11ac (my router is AC1900 and is in a different room ~50 feet away).  The built-in was 802.11g 2.4GHz.

Granted, this PC is probably on the bare minimum specs required for Kodi 1080P.  I haven't tried 2K/4K or even 10bit HEVC but I sincerely doubt it would work or if it did, probably 100% CPU/GPU and dropping frames like crazy.

So what's the oldest, lowest spec PC anyone else has gotten Kodi to run smoothly on?
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#2
Hrm, so if I read the specs correctly, it'll take MXM 3.0 graphics cards?  I wonder if there's anything in that form factor that would give you HEVC decoding.
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#3
Not with this model (Zino HD 400) - I would need to have The HD 410 series which come with MXM graphics and can be upgraded.  I'm just happy that I was able to give new life to an old under powered PC.  I also didn't want to invest any money into it - I didn't mind buying the WIFI adapter because that's USB and can be used with any other PC I have.
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(2019-08-17, 11:23)ClippyBeer Wrote: Not with this model (Zino HD 400) - I would need to have The HD 410 series which come with MXM graphics and can be upgraded.  I'm just happy that I was able to give new life to an old under powered PC.  I also didn't want to invest any money into it - I didn't mind buying the WIFI adapter because that's USB and can be used with any other PC I have.

My bad, I was Googling specs since I wasn't familiar with this particular Mini PC and I musta found slightly incorrect info. Smile
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