Asrock J4205-ITX (Apollo Lake) DP to HDMI 2.0 Updating Firmware to 1.61 or 1.66 for Audio Pass-through Issue

To fix the HD Audio Pass-through issue with the MCP2800 DP to HDMI 2.0 chip, the firmware needs to be updated to 1.61/1.66 (the later seems to work better for me). 1.61 was provided by ASRock, 1.66 was direct from Intel, this link no longer works, and the latest version 1.72 does not work with … Continue reading Asrock J4205-ITX (Apollo Lake) DP to HDMI 2.0 Updating Firmware to 1.61 or 1.66 for Audio Pass-through Issue

Beelink AP34 N3450 (Apollo Lake) – Windows 10 4GB/64GB

I did not think i would buy another Beelink/AZW product after the issues and support problems with the Z83-II, but this was a good price (£135 in a Amazon flash sale, £159 standard price), and had a familiar Apollo Lake chipset and is FANLESS.  The aluminium build quality feels premium, and now has the much … Continue reading Beelink AP34 N3450 (Apollo Lake) – Windows 10 4GB/64GB

Asrock J4205-ITX (Apollo Lake) DP to HDMI 2.0 Issues that ASRock/Megachips Need to Fix

I have had this motherboard since 31 Oct 16, it is a great board BUT it has issues that I thought Asrock would have resolved by now. 4K 60Hz / 10 bit HDR / MVC 3D There is a problem with the Display Port to HDMI chip that stops HD audio from being passed through, … Continue reading Asrock J4205-ITX (Apollo Lake) DP to HDMI 2.0 Issues that ASRock/Megachips Need to Fix

Gigabyte Brix BXBT-1900 – Windows 10 Kodi 3D MVC Setup

Thanks to the writeup by HDMKV at Kodi Forums, my interest was tweaked by his praise of the 3D picture quality on Intel Graphics, and it is amazing. Features Full 1080p MVC 3D MKV playback. HD Audio Format Playback (Dolby TruHD/Atmos and DTS-MA/X). Bitperfect CD Playback (with resolution set to 30P only, see here, might … Continue reading Gigabyte Brix BXBT-1900 – Windows 10 Kodi 3D MVC Setup