C-300 Compatibility Lists

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In this article you can find a list of devices found compatible (or not) to the Popcorn Hour C-300. Note the items on these lists are tested by users, not necessarily officially endorsed or supported by Syabas and Popcorn Hour Inc. For the related A-300 see here. The C-200 is very similar to the C-300, so also look here if you cannot find the device on this list. It is not a guarantee of compatibility, particularly with BD ROM drives, but it is a helpful reference in the absence of any C-300 owner report.

Applicable to the following NMT
Popcorn Hour NMT Model: C-300

If firmware updates result in changes please update any report you have made

Contents

USB Memory Sticks used for NMT Apps Install

  • It is possible to install the NMT Apps on a USB Stick.
  • You need a 4Gb USB stick as BDLive requires 2Gb and the NMT Apps a further 2Gb. If you never play a retail BD or BD backup then 2Gb will suffice, however it is strongly recommended to always use 4Gb. 8Gb will ensure that you have some spare capacity for jukebox output and the occasional video or two.
  • Many USB Sticks come with supplier software that you should remove before formatting and installing the NMT Apps. The most common of these being U3, your USB Stick supplier usually has a tool for removing their software on their websites. However if you cannot find it then here is a U3 Removal Tool
  • What if i get an "failed format" message when trying to install the NMT Apps on a usb stick. The PCH seems to have trouble with some sticks, some appear to work only if fat or ntfs formatted prior to install, and some can get a make/model to work and not the next.
  • If you do get a "failed format" message then try to format the stick in a different file system and ensure that you try fat,fat32,ext2,ext3,ntfs. Remember to be sure that you have removed any supplier software that is on the usb stick (if there is any). Also if you do retry with a different format after a "format failed" message reboot BEFORE trying a second time.
  • Format and give your USB sticks a name on your PC. The C-300 recognizes naming of USB drives and it makes the install process less confusing than the standard names such as USB_DRIVE_A1 or whatever.

REMEMBER ALWAYS REBOOT BEFORE you try to install the NMT Apps (the same goes for FW update).

  1. The file you need is called apps.nmt. Obtain the version that matches your firmware, each apps.nmt file is different, via online update or install via USB (the apps file should be located in the root of the source USB stick - not in a folder).
  2. Put that on one usb stick and insert the USB stick that you want to install the apps to.
  3. Then go to Setup => Maintenance and start the NMT Setup Wizard.
  4. The first choice is the type of installation, choose the one that matches, Fresh or Typical, Fresh if it is the first time you are installing. Then choose the location of where you want to install the NMT Apps. The source of the NMT Apps is either online or the USB stick on which the nmt.apps file is located. Continue through the menus until the installation/update starts.
  • If the NMT Apps are also located on the HDD then it will use those apps because hdd gets earlier detected. Therefore if you have a previous HDD installation ensure that you remove the HDD and delete the small NMT Apps partitions. You can then expand the storage partition to take advantage of the space.
  • Mediadrive is the drive you wanna use as default share partition, so if you use a USB Stick for apps, you need a path where you will store your media, and also for transmission & nzbget where it downloads. You set the Media Drive via Settings > Maintenance > NMT Setup Wizard.
Brand/Model Capacity C300 NMT Apps Version Compatibility Tester User notes
Goodram 4Gb 05-02-111220-23-POP-420 OK cielik Works fine with NMT Apps.
Verbatim Store 'n' Go - PinStripe 16 GB 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 OK 1noname Formatted fat32 on windows 7 pc and installed nmt apps. works great

Harddisks and storage

  • If you have problems with your HDD in your NMT always ensure that you try the HDD after formatting it to NTFS in a PC. Do NOT choose the Quick Format option as this may mean that the HDD is not recognised and the NMT Setup option is not available to install the NMT Apps, always use the Full Format option or alternatively use Roadkil's Diskwipe to format a HDD for use in your NMT.
  • The C-300 has two internal SATA ports for up to two HDD's; one 2.5" and one 3.5". Additionally, there is an internal and four external USB ports. All these ports can be used to connect various kinds of storage. Remember that you need at least 2 GB of available storage in order to get full Bluray playback and NMT Apps installed.
  • For 3.5" HDD drives, the general recommendation, , is to choose drives marketed with terms such as "low rpm" , "low noise", "low power consumption", "Eco-Friendly" and "Green", rather than ones sold for performance (which will usually have higher noise levels). These low power drives often have a rpm of around 5400, rather than the current consumer "standard" of 7200. Despite the lower rpm, they will have more than enough performance to satisfy all typical NMT usage demands. Alternatively they may be marketed as for 'Video Surveillance/CCTV' systems.
  • Using a 10.000RPM HDD is not recommended, they produce a lot of heat which might affect the performance of the entire NMT. In fact a 5,400 rpm is recommended and more than quick enough for any activity.
  • A note to testers: please verify if you successfully installed the NMT Apps or if you've chosen to use another filesystem/format. Other things to check for are noise and the possibility to tune/adjust the speed. Thank you for sharing your results!


2.5" SATA disks

Toshiba

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Toshiba - MK1252GSX 120GB 8Mb 02-02-100214-19-POP-408-000 OK Example please de;lete or replce with first post

Fujitsu

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Fujitsu MHV2040BS 40GB 8Mb 02-01-090904-19-POP-408 OK Please delete or replace with first test

Hitachi

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Hitachi - 5K250-80 80GB 8Mb 02-02-100214-19-POP-408-000 OK Example please replce or delete with first test

Samsung

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Samsung 250GB HM250HI 5400RPM 250GB 8Mb 02-01-090904-19-POP-408 OK Example please replce or delete with first test

Seagate

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Seagate LD25.1 ST9402115AS 40GB 2Mb 02-01-091008-19-POP-408 OK Example please remove when you enter first result

Western Digital

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Western Digital 2TB 64Mb 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK


3.5" SATA disks

Maxtor

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200 GB 8MB 00-00-000000-00-000-000-000 NO Example for copying

Samsung

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Samsung HD204UI 2.0TB 32MB 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted NTFS on windows 7 pc. works great (tested by 1noname)

Seagate

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2 TB 64 Mb 05-02-120806-23-POP-420 OK Formatted to NTFS. Used for storage,NMT Apps on USB.

Western Digital

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Caviar Green - WD30EZRS 3TB 64Mb? 05-01-120116-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted to NTFS. Be sure to set up disk as GPT to utilize the full 3TB. Also, do not install apps to disk or space will be limited. Works without issues in C300.
Western Digital SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM - Caviar Green 2TB 64Mb 05-01-120116-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted as NTFS on Windows 7 PC. Inserted via front, recognised and played videos without issues.
Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64Mb 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK Works fine
Western Digital Caviar Green EARS10 1TB 32Mb 05-02-120806-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted as NTFS, NMT Apps on SSD
WD SATA Caviar SE - WD2500JD 250GB 8MB 05-01-111111-23-POP-420-000 OK Works without issues.
Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 16Mb 05-02-120911-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted to ext3. Used with NMT apps plus storage for NMJ

Hitachi

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Hitachi HDS724040ALE640 4.0TB 64MB 05-02-120914-23-POP-420-000 OK Formatted to ext3. Used with NMT apps plus storage for NMJ

USB attached HDD's

  • Make sure you use 64k allocation when formatting the HDD.
Brand/Model Capacity Tested Filesystem C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
A.N.Other EXT USB-1234 2Tb NTFS 00-00-000000-00-000-000 OK Tested on Front + Rear USB; works fine
Seagate Expansion Ext USB 3.0 3Tb NTFS 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 OK Tested on Rear USB only; Works Fine

CF adapter kits

  • Only 2 users report ever getting CF Setup working on the C-200. So if you manage it on the C-300 please remember to post on this page.
Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Compact Flash Card and Kingston CompactFlash Elite Pro 133X 16GB Example 00-00-000000-00-000-000-000 OK Have to partition the card with linux and then format with PCH.

SSD SATA "drives"

Intel

Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Intel® SSD X25-V Series 40GB Shirai 05-02-120710-23-POP-420-000 OK Formated by C300, NMT Apps installed. No problems found.
Intel 520 Series 120GB Fus!on 05-02-111220-23-POP-420-000 OK Formated by C300, NMT Apps installed.

Kingston

Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Kingston SSDNow KC100 480GB Anonymous 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK Formated by C300, NMT Apps installed. No problems found.

OCZ

Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
OCZ Agility 3 120GB Luppie 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 NO C-300 doesn't regonize the drive. NTFS Formated on a PC, C-300 still doesn't see the drive.


Samsung

Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC

Optical drives

There is room for a slimiline ROM drive in the C-300 as supplied for use with disc playback.

DVD / Blu-ray drives

  • If you are reporting on a drive already tested add your name/notes to the existing post.
  • If you experience a problem, say with audio via coaxial, also test other methods to identify if it is solely coaxial affected.
  • If firmware updates result in changes please update any report
  • So far LG, Sony Optaric and LiteON BDROM's all stutter at the 38Mb/s bird test file when on a burnt DVD-R.
  • They all however seem to play retail discs regardless of bitrate without problems. Read the users notes.
Brand/Model Compatibility Tester C300 firmware User notes
HL CT10N Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK stu-pot 05-01-111111-23-POP-420-000 Blu-Ray and DVD Retail work fine
LiteOn iHOS 104-37 (32) OK Klokos 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-00 CD/DVD/BD including new releases > OK
Lite-On iHOS104-06 OK Juls 05-03-140117-23-POP-420-000 Works fine with Audio CD/DVD/BD (after upgrading to the latest firmware)
LG CH10LS-LRBB rev.1.00 NO Klokos 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-00 BD playback > Error 10353, Retail CD/DVD > OK
LG BH10LS30-LRB rev.1.00 NO Klokos 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-00 BD playback > Error 10353, Retail CD/DVD > OK
LG CT10N Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK Hendrick2488 05-01-111111-23-POP-420-000 Blu-Ray and DVD Retail work fine
HL CT30L Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK ihmcjacky 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-00 C-300 can detect the drive, play commercial and backup blu-ray discs good, but when playing blu-ray data discs, it appears [13922] could not play error
LG CT30N Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK Splitzoul 05-02-120911-23-POP-420-000 Plays retail Blu-rays/CD´s fine Plays Retail DVD´s Fine but when in menu there is a cracking/popping sound over the menu theme music which goes away when you play the actual movie. Not testet with other than Retail discs.
LG CT40N Slim Blu-Ray Combo Drive. FW: 1.00 OK Swoop 05-02-120911-23-POP-420-000 All retail Blu-Ray, DVD and audio CD work fine. All earlier firmwares had error 10353 could not play with Blu-Ray.
Plextor px-b320 OK refugesscamp 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 Updated to latest firmware, checked regions and set as per WIKI, works well for both Bluray and DVD
Samsung SN-506AB/BEBE Slim Blu-Ray Combo NO Shirai 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 Blu-Ray error 10353 could not play. DVD Retail work fine. Audio CD retail works fine. Current FW version: Unknown
Samsung SN-506AB/BEBE Slim Blu-Ray Combo OK lubin 05-02-121116-23-POP-420-000 Blu-Ray & DVD Retail work fine.
Sony BC-5540 Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK ATMinotaur 05-02-120710-23-POP-420-000 BD retail discs I've tested work, Data Discs work, DVD I've tested have sound problems if you downmix audio passthrough audio is fine. Tested on current firmware 10/07/12
Sony Optiarc BC-5540H Slim Blu-Ray Combo Drive NO Hendrick2488 05-01-111111-23-POP-420-000 BD is incompatible in America, DVD works fine. No firmware from Sony to fix issue at this time.
Sony Optiarc BC-5540H Slim Blu-Ray Combo Drive OK Donmozza 05-02-120710-23-POP-420-000 Changed Region to 4 with Computer before installing. Plays DVD's and Retail Region 4 Blu Rays with no issues yet.
HL or LG CT30L Blu-Ray Combo Slim DRive OKEE 1noname 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 plug and play. is not asking for regio code setting.
HL or LG BT20N Slim Blu-Ray Combo Slim Blu-ray DL rewriter NO 1noname 05-01-120118-23-POP-420-000 Blu-Ray error 10353 could not play. DVD Retail work fine. FW. KN05
Sony BWU-500S NO mistixc23 05-01-111111-23-POP-420-000 No Retail Bluray playback yet, Retail CD/DVD works fine. FW ver. 2.63
LG BE12LU38 OK tringaf 05-02-120911-23-POP-420-000(12.09.2012) Retail Bluray playback works now, Retail CD/DVD works fine since time.
Sony Optiarc AD-7740H OK xtopherBrandt 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 Works fine with both retail and home made. Using through Composite Video
Sony Optiarc BD-5750H Slim Blu-Ray Combo MIXED delwinbest 05-02-120710-23-POP-420-000 DVD/CD Works Fine, Most BluRay disks still dont play, system 'hangs' on a black screen with the rotating 'waiting' dots. The disks that DO read jitter terribly, video and sound.
Sony Optiarc BC-5640H-03 Internal Slim BD OK Electric Warrior 05-02-120911-23-POP-420 Works fine with retail Blu-Ray & DVD
  • If you run into problems with retail disc playback make sure that you try the following:
  1. Make sure you try a HDMI connection.
  2. Make sure that if you do not have the NMT Apps installed somewhere that you have at least 2Gb of storage available for the playback of BD material. It's required for BDLive and bookmarks.
  3. Make sure that you have swapped out all leads, power and data internally and HDMI externally to cancel out a cable issue.
  4. Make sure you try changing the SATA socket that the ROM drive connects to internally.
  5. Make sure that prior to installing the BD ROM drive that you first connected it to a PC and updated the ROM drive firmware if available. Also make sure that you played a DVD without the likes of AnyDVD running so you can set the Region in the ROM drive firmware.
  6. Try a few discs, manufacturers still do not have standard BD authoring and some discs can run into protection or encryption issues causing them not to play.
  7. Try backup up your problematic BD disc on your PC using AnyDVD-HD or similar. Then try playing the backup rather than the disc on your C-300.
  8. Finally still got problem ask in the 300 Series Hardware NMT Forum Section for help, posing as much detail as possible.

Other

CPU Cooler

Brand/Model Compatibility Tester User notes
Thermaltake Crystal ORB (P/N: A1178) OK Micr-OS.com Compatible without modification.
STARTECH Ball VGA Cooler Fan w/ Heatsink (P/N: FANUNIVGA) OK mistixc23 Removed mainboard to squeeze out the retainer clips on CPU but only did so because I didn't want to chance cutting them off and gouging the board. Keeps my popbox super cool, no real added noise either.

Back Fan

Brand/Model Compatibility Tester User notes
Vantec Thermoflow 60mm Double Ball BearingTemperature Controlled Case Fan OK mistixc23 Works great, just had to change a jumper to switch it to 12V and it fired right up and is now keeping my C-300 supercool!
Noiseblocker BlackSilentFan XR2 Black/Blue, 60 Mm, 2200 RPM OK 1noname Works great,change the jumper to 12V you can find the jumper under the backfan connector!

MiniPCI WIFI

Brand/Model C300 firmware Compatibility Tester User notes
Popcorn Hour Mini MII PCI (MN-200) 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK Works fine

USB Dongle WIFI

Brand/Model C300 firmware Compatibility Tester User notes
Popcorn Hour WN150 02-01-091113-19-POP-408-000 OK chris57 Works fine
Popcorn Hour WN160 02-01-091113-19-POP-408-000 OK chris57 Works fine
ACRyan ACR-WN10002 03-04-120517-21-POP-408-000 OK Burp Works fine

Gigabit Router/Switch

Brand/Model C300 firmware Gigabit Mode 100mbit Mode Tester User notes
ASUS N56U 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK OK ihmcjacky Gigabit mode works perfectly on c-300
TP-LINK TL-SG1005D 05-02-120914-23-POP-420 OK OK Madmick Gigabit mode works perfectly on c-300

Keyboards

Brand/Model C300 firmware Compatibility Tester User notes
A.N.Other 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard 02-01-090904-19-POP-408 OK chris57 Power off the C300 and insert dongle, power up and it should work from there.
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