ASUS P2-M2A690G shots

UI2 with overlay and resolution 1080p

Yesterday I made a few shots of ASUS P2-M2A690G. It’s really great. I found that there are actually two sound cards. One uses analog and digital outputs and another – HDMI. That means it’s possible to send audio and video via one HDMI cable!

Playback HD video (1080p)


Front and rear views

ASUS P2-M2A690G provides a bunch of outputs. It even allows pass audio via HDMI!

Side view with ventilation holes

Internal space – compact and clear

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    1. Sam, 22. July 2008, 16:19

      Hi Michael,
      any comments about the noise level ?

  • Michael Stepanov, 22. July 2008, 16:41

    Hi Sam,

    It’s very quiet. Even with stock CPU cooler.

  • Lee, 19. August 2008, 16:04

    Hi Sam,

    Nice one!
    Is this a LinuxMCE Core unit, or is it a media player?


  • Michael Stepanov, 19. August 2008, 18:29

    Hi Lee, I use it as a media director (media player). Think Sam uses it the same. But you can use it as a core. It has three expansion slots. So, you’ll able to add there the second NIC and TV tuner.

  • Sam, 19. August 2008, 18:52

    That’s correct, I use it as a MD too. Very happy with it. Only have one problem remaining: live TV with mythtv doesn’t work well: sound is ok but the picture is “jumpy”. Recorded shows and regular DVD/avi work fine. I suspect a video driver/settings issue (I use the proprietary driver). If anyone gets mythfront to work, i’d be happy to get their driver version and xorg.conf…

  • Michael Stepanov, 19. August 2008, 20:35

    Sam, I tested ASUS with VDR and open source drives. It worked pretty well. I didn’t see any problem with picture or sound.

  • Lee, 20. August 2008, 18:03

    Hi guys – useful feedback, thanks.
    Did you use the i386 installation, or the amd?

  • Michael Stepanov, 20. August 2008, 18:10

    I use AMD64. But I think that it shouldn’t be a problem with i386.

  • Lee, 12. September 2008, 3:06

    Hi Michael – me again!
    I’ve had troubles with flaky Core hardware, so I tried to install hybrid on this puppy (x2 5400 cpu with 2Gig ram – ought to be fine I thought…)
    I haven’t fudged anything yet – no display drivers etc.
    Installed Ok, went into the Wizard & was impossibly slow….mouse jerky & slow & click 30 times before action…keyboad painfully slow = 6 secs from hitting key to getting letter on screen – in fact I failed to complete the wizard as a result.

    (On old Core, I installed a dozen times, so I think I’m used to how it works).

    I’ve researched all over & it would seem that this *ought* to be powerful enough – have I missed something obvious?

    (extra cards = Hauupauge, not yet found + Intel LAN card, which seemed OK).

    Any pointers gratefully received!

  • Mike, 8. October 2008, 20:54

    Hello, Michael:
    Can you get audio via HDMI? I have mounted one barebone like that, with last ATI drivers, ubuntu 8.04 updated yesterday but I can’t heard anything vía HDMI.
    Analog output works perfect.


  • Michael Stepanov, 8. October 2008, 22:49

    Stupid question – did you switch to HDMI sound card using asoundconf? Is HDMI card is set as default? Unfortunately, I returned back that box. So, I don’t have a chance to play with it. But as I know one guy was able to pass sound correctly via HDMI on the LinuxMCE 0710 media director (it runs Kubuntu 7.10). But there was some problem with video. I need to talk with him to get more information.

  • Osdaxxx, 15. November 2008, 0:30

    Did you guys ever resolve the audio over HDMI issue with the ISIS system? If so, what did you do? I tried “asoundconf set-default-card HDMI” but still no sound over HDMI (Video works fine). Any help appreciated…

  • Osdaxxx, 15. November 2008, 0:33

    Oh, forgot to mention, I’m running Mythbuntu 8.04 on the Athlon64 Dual Core 6000+
    Hope you have some words of wisdom 🙂

  • Michael Stepanov, 19. November 2008, 11:49

    2Osdaxxx: unfortunately we don’t work together with guy who own ASUS P2-M2A690G. So, I don’t know the latest news. But as I know the sound over HDMI was passed with installed Catalyst drivers.

  • naz, 19. December 2008, 16:48

    does it play blu ray @ 1080p ok

  • Michael Stepanov, 19. December 2008, 18:13

    I didn’t test Blu-ray playback. But I suspect that it’s matter of Linux support. The 1080p video plays perfect on that box.

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