Today I installed my AsRock ION box (after it sitting in some desk for 6 months). For those of you who don’t know the AsRock ION, it’s a tiny desktop PC driven by an Intel Atom CPU, and featuring an Nvidia Ion graphical chip. Although the Atom CPU is considered slow, the Nvidia Ion chipset more then makes up for that when watching high definition, 1080p video content. The Ion chip basically offloads whatever CPU processing would be required to decode the video content. As such, the GPU takes over all the work, and we’re not really bothered with the fact that the Intel Atom is slow.
When I initially bought it there were issues with the infra-red remote when using Linux. As I wanted to use it as an HTCP, and could only get the Nvidia Ion GPU acceleration when using Linux, I didn’t really bother with it anymore.
Luckily, in the meantime, AsRock have provided drivers for the latest Ubuntu 10.04, providing full support for the IR receiver through lirc, so I dediced to go ahead with it. What I thought would be a breeze turned out to be a bit more difficult.