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.

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
Example - corsair voyager 1Gb 00-00-000000-00-000-000 Apps NO Example THIS USB STICK IS TOO SMALL. you MUST have at least a 2Gb stick.

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
Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64Mb 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK


3.5" SATA disks

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Hitachi Deskstar XXXXXX 2.0TB 32Mb 02-02-100109-19-POP-408 MIXED Example - Formatted with NMT, Apps installed, everything works fine (tested by j2tc). Long term ran v.hot and gave playback stutter ( reported by bkling)

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
Example - Samsung HD103SI 1Tb 32Mb 02-01-090904-19-POP-408 OK Please enter your test details and setup

Seagate

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
Example - Seagate BARRACUDA 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320 GB  ? Mb 00-00-000000-00-000-000-000 OK Example - Used for NMT Apps install works fine

Western Digital

Brand/Model Capacity Cache C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
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.

NOTES:

  1. As the comment says at 10,000rpm they run hot. There is no need for more than 5400rpm HDD's in a media playing device.

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

CF adapter kits

  • Only 2 users report ever getting CF Setup working on the C-200.
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"

Brand/Model Capacity Tester C300 firmware Compatibility User notes
A.N.Other SSD-1234 64GB Fred 00-00-000000-00-000-000 OK Notes on install and use.

Optical drives

There is a 5.25" tray on the C-300 front where an optical drive such as BD-ROM player can be inserted.

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 DVD-R.
  • They all however seem to play retail discs without problems. Read the users notes.
  • If you can only play your bluray movies for 1 to 4 minutes and have no problems playing dvd, contact PCH-support. Your mainboard may be faulty.
Brand/Model Compatibility Tester C300 firmware User notes
Sony BC-5540 Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive OK ATMinotaur 05-01-120116-23-POP-420-000 BD retail discs work, Data Discs work, DVD have sound problems on current firmware

DVD drives

Brand/Model C300 firmware Compatibility Tester User notes
Sony Optiarc AD-7740H 05-01-120118-23-POP-420 OK xtopherBrandt Works fine with both retail and home made. Using through Composite Video


Other

CPU Cooler

Brand/Model Compatibility Tester User notes
Thermaltake Crystal ORB (P/N: A1178) OK Micr-OS.com Compatible without modification.

Back Fan

Brand/Model Compatibility Tester User notes
Fander Roxo 60mm Ultra Silent with fan speed controller Zalman Fan Mate 2 OK Example Works fine and quiet after turning the control knob at the half position. It's enough for operate simultaneously in silent and effective mode.

MiniPCI WIFI

Brand/Model C300 firmware Compatibility Tester User notes
Example - Popcorn Hour Mini MII PCI (MN-200) 00-00-000000-00-000-000-000 OK another Please replace when actually tested

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

Gigabit Router/Switch

Brand/Model C300 firmware Gigabit Mode 100mbit Mode Tester User notes
A.N.Other M-16 00-00-000000-00-000-000-000 OK OK reyu switch did not work under gigabit mode


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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