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Brightness Overclocking your eee pc

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 | Gadgets, Tech-savvy | No Comments

For some reason it is possible to ‘overclock’ the brightness of an eee pc display. Windows users can use eeectl, a nice tool that lets you manipulate the brightness (among other things) with the ease of a mouse click.

I recently switched to easypeasy Linux on my eee 901, and unfortunately there is no Linux port of eeectl available. But worry no more, here is the solution that worked for me: Open a shell and enter

nick@eee901:~$ sudo setpci -s 00:02.1 f4.b=ff

‘ff’ sets the brightness to maximum value, somewhere around ’99’ is the normal maxed out brightness.

Kudos to the poster @EeeUser forum! I just reposted this here because I tried to google this issue a few times unsuccessfully. Hope by doing so more people find this trick.

Happy outdoor eeeing 🙂

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San Francisco – where is that frickin’ bridge?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Java, Misc, Tech-savvy | 1 Comment

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eee box b202, ac3 and 720p x264 playback final audio chapter (for now)

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | Gadgets, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Seems that I managed to get the eee box to be my new media center. I did a mistake in my last post, writing that the container also influences the delay, a closer look revealed that the file I was playing back wasn’t AC3 but AAC. AFAICT you just have to configure the proper delay for each audio file format once and you’re done.

Next steps will be a few video format tests, I already had problems with a 720p Cars trailer. Next will be a 720p Resident Evil 5 trailer that plays smoothly on my eee pc 901. So it should also work on the eee box. I also want to give Media Portal another chance, my old VIA C7 1GHz machine was overstrained with it. I just don’t know whether I’ll have that much time on the week end. 😉

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eee box b202, ac3 and 720p x264 playback first try

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | Gadgets, Tech-savvy | No Comments

After what seemed to be an eternity I am finally possessing my new toy, an ASUS eee box b202. Reasons for this gadget were

  • enough power for 720p x264 playback
  • SPDIF out
  • HDMI out
  • (almost) no power consumption
  • silent
  • small
  • cheap

For me this is the perfect solution for a media pc. Or a home server. Or a desktop (I don’t play games). Just love it 😉

I want to start with the media pc. Finally I have a digital connection to my receiver!! (party) This also concludes that the eee pc 901 has no optical out – even though the specs said so. Using the eee box I can really see the light coming out of the hybrid audio plug. Even though the connection works, I could not get any AC3 pass through sound out of mplayer:

Sample format big endian AC3 not yet supported

Bollocks! Even though I don’t like it, I tried Windows Media Player with an AC3 decoder plug-in and it worked. G, now I have my super “I play everything”-mplayer that chokes on pass through digital sound … I hope I’ll get this up and running, I don’t want to fall back to WMP.

Next is the HDMI out. Tried to connect that to my telly ending up with a f*cked up resolution. Giving the TV it’s native resolution it still tries to interpolate 720p thus scaling the native resolution down to something that would fit into 720p. Anyway, I just ended up connection the good old VGA again. Maybe I’ll find a solution for this later.

As you can see, now I have digital video and digital audio but I can’t make use of either one. The video connection doesn’t bother me, the VGA signal is fine on my TV. I just have to make digital pass though work in mplayer (or VLC resp.) and I am good to go.

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eee pc 901, AC3 audio and dolby digital

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Gadgets, Tech-savvy | 1 Comment

This post is just intended to find someone that has managed to connect her/his ASUS eeepc 901 or 1000H respectively to an AV receiver getting AC3 5.1 digital sound out of it.

The adds for the eee series say that the eee 901/1000H (and eeebox B202) have a digital out sound option. But it is nowhere to be found HOW to connect the darn thing to a receiver. I figured one should maybe use a TOSLINK connection like the one shown in the picture, because one of the audio plug sockets (either mic or headphone) can be switched between analog or digital mode (the fricking software not giving me the option to switch at all). Whatever, I have no idea if this is right (or even possible), I just wrote this nonsense to have a few audio/eeepc related keywords here, so that maybe someone googling finds this post and gives me the solution to my problem.

The eeepc is capable of 720p x264 playback. Come on, I don’t want to be left with a stereo signal, even if Dolby Digital Live is pimping it… 😕

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