Zotac ZBOX ID82 Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 2330M, 2,2GHz, 1x SATA III, Intel HD 3000)

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Zotac ZBOX ID82 Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 2330M, 2,2GHz, 1x SATA III, Intel HD 3000)
Linux compatibility:
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Updated: 03/03/2016 00:23

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Zotac ZBox-ID82 is a mini PC with Intel Core i3 processor, which is normally used for laptops. The hardware of the ID82 is supported by Linux (e.g. Ubuntu 12.04), except for the included card reader. The wireless chipset is also supported but needs a installation of the drivers by hand.

Hardware Overview:

CPU Intel Core i3-2330 Dual Core (4390 Bogomips)
Graphic Intel HD Graphics 3000
RAM Maximum of 16 MB
2 x 204-pin SO-DIMM, DDR3 1333 SO-DIMM
Other components 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi 802.11n/g/b

1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI
2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
Card Reader (not supported)
Audio High-definition analog stereo
Optical digital S/PDIF output
8-channel via HDMI
Power supply 19V external power supply

CPU:

A Intel Core i3-2230M with 2 cores and 4 threads is implemented. Each thread has approximately 4390 Bogomips. The CPU has the following properties:

processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 42
model name	: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz
stepping	: 7
microcode	: 0x14
cpu MHz		: 800.000
cache size	: 3072 KB
siblings	: 4
cpu cores	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat
                  pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx
                  rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology
                  nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2
                  ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer
                  xsave avx lahf_lm arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi
                  flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips	: 4390.09
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual

The CPU flag vmx shows, that the VT-x virtualization is supported. But the virtualisierung also has to be activated in the Bios, where it is normally deactivated by default.

The hardware was tested on a Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS with Linu kerner version 3.2.0

Linux version 3.2.0-38-generic (buildd@akateko) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) )
#61-Ubuntu SMP Tue Feb 19 12:18:21 UTC 2013

Graphic

The on-board Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset is supported by Linux:

Linux agpgart interface v0.103
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: Intel Sandybridge Chipset
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: detected gtt size: 2097152K total, 262144K mappable
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: detected 65536K stolen memory
agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0xe0000000

Ethernet

The integrated Gigabit Ethernet connection uses the RTL8111/8168B chipset from Realtek, which is fully supported by the kernel module r8169:

r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.3LK-NAPI loaded
r8169 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
r8169 0000:01:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
r8169 0000:01:00.0: irq 48 for MSI/MSI-X
r8169 0000:01:00.0: eth0: RTL8168evl/8111evl at 0xffffc900065c6000, 00:01:2e:4c:17:9c, XID 0c900800 IRQ 48

Sound:

The Intel-HDA sound chipset is automatically recognized:

snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 50 for MSI/MSI-X
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64
...
input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=7 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input2
input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input3
input: HDA Intel PCH Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input4
input: HDA Intel PCH Line-Out as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input5

WiFi

The Zotac ZBOX ID82 is equipped with one detachable WiFi antenna. On-board WiFi uses the Ralink Chipsatz which is recognized by Ubuntu 12.04 (kernel version 3.2.0):

03:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 3290
	Subsystem: AzureWave Device 2b87

However, the chipset is not automatically supported.

To activate the WiFi one has to download the Linux driver from the Ralink homepage and has to compile and install the driver per hand. An introduction for this installation can be found at:
http://rricketts.com/installing-ralink-rt3290-wireless-drivers-in-ubuntu-12-04/

Infrared

The ZBOX ID82 is equipped with an external USB infraread receiver and a remote. The receiver has the USB ID 0471:20cc

Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0471:20cc Philips (or NXP)

and is automatically initialized if plugged in:

usb 3-1: new low-speed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd
usb 3-1: ep 0x81 - rounding interval to 64 microframes, ep desc says 80 microframes
input: PHILIPS MCE USB IR Receiver- Spinel plus as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.2/0000:02:00.0/usb3/3-1/3-1:1.0/input/input7
generic-usb 0003:0471:20CC.0001: input,hiddev0,hidraw0: USB HID v1.00 Keyboard [PHILIPS MCE USB IR Receiver- Spinel plus] on usb-0000:02:00.0-1/input0
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
usbhid: USB HID core driver

The kernel automatically created new input devices, which are used to read out the signals of the remote:

/dev/input/by-id/usb-PHILIPS_MCE_USB_IR_Receiver-_Spinel_plus-event-ir

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth chipset Ralink 3298 is used but has not been tested. In the test installation no kernel module was loaded automatically:

03:00.1 Bluetooth: Ralink corp. Device 3298
	Subsystem: AzureWave Device 2987

The following lspci output provides an overview of the hardware inside the Zotac Zbox ID82 and also shows the kernel modules that are used to access these components:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller
	Subsystem: ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. Device a206
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller
	Kernel driver in use: i915

00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1
	Kernel driver in use: mei

00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp

00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
        Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller
	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt

00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 4 port SATA IDE Controller
	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller
	Kernel modules: i2c-i801

00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 2 port SATA IDE Controller
	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix

01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
        Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 0123
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

02:00.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller
	Subsystem: ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. Device 0194
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

03:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 3290
	Subsystem: AzureWave Device 2b87

03:00.1 Bluetooth: Ralink corp. Device 3298
	Subsystem: AzureWave Device 2987

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 3 Comments

  • Hello.
    I’ve got a ZBOX too; it’s an ID88 Plus and is very similar to that one.

    I’ve tried to install many versions of Ubuntu, even the 12.04 LTS one, but none of those worked. I’ve compared the OS compatibility of the two PCs and Zoatc says that they’re the same, but anyway I didn’t manage to install Ubuntu! How can it be possible? Could you help me?

    Thanks. Regards,
    Crax

    • Yes, it did. I can’t even install Debian.
      Hoping for a successful installation one more time, I’ve retried to install the 13.10 release and it didn’t work anyway…

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