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Building an XBMC 13 Home Theatre PC with a Mini-ITX motherboard
By Mini-ITX.com - version 1.2
Updated on July 22, 2014
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Which download should I use?

UPDATE! OpenELEC now include all their drivers in their Generic build. If you have a modern motherboard, try this build first. We'll meet you lower down the page.

If your board is slightly older, then a legacy build may be more suitable.

The OpenELEC Legacy Build download page has 3 different builds relevant to current Mini-ITX motherboards. Find your motherboard in this list to determine which build to choose. We'll meet you lower down the page.

Choose ION Builds if you have an NVidia-based board such as:

  • Asus AT3IONT-I & Deluxe (32-bit only)
  • Asus AT3N7A-I (32-bit only)
  • Asus AT5IONT-I & Deluxe
  • Jetway JNC98-525
  • Zotac D2700-ITX/D2550-ITX
  • Zotac H67-ITX-D-E
  • Zotac ION-ITX-A/B/C/D/F/G/K/S/T/U (32-bit only)
  • Zotac ION-ITX-P CULV
  • Zotac Z68-ITX-B-E Supreme

Choose Fusion Builds if you have an AMD-based board such as:

  • ASRock E350M1
  • Asus C60M1-I
  • Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
  • Asus E45M1-I Deluxe
  • Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 & GA-E350N
  • Jetway JNF81-T56N
  • Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350
  • Zotac Fusion E350-A-E
  • Zotac ZBOX AD10, AD11, AD12, AD13

Choose Intel Builds

(1) If you have an Intel HDXXXX video based board such as:

  • Gigabyte GA-C847N
  • Motherboards using onboard video out with Clarkdale and Arrandale Core i3/i5/i7 processors and H55/H57 chipset such as:
    • Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3
    • Zotac H55-ITX
    • Intel DH57JG
  • Motherboards using onboard video out with Sandy Bridge Processors such as:
    • Asus P8H61-I
    • Gigabyte GA-H61N-D2V
    • Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3
    • Intel DH61AG
    • Intel DH67CFB3
    • Intel DQ67EPB3
    • Gigabyte GA-H61N-D2V
    • Jetway JNF9F-H61
    • Zotac H61-ITX
    • Zotac Z68-ITX-A-E
  • Motherboards using onboard video out with Ivy Bridge Processors such as:
    • Asus P8H77-I
    • Asus P8Z77-I
    • Intel DQ77KB
    • Intel DH77DF
    • Gigabyte GA-H77N-WiFi
    • Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WiFi
    • Jetway JNF9E-Q77
    • Zotac Z77-ITX
  • Future Motherboards using onboard video with Intel Haswell Processors

(2) If you have an Intel GMA-xxx video based board with Socket 775 processor such as:

  • Intel DG45FC

(3) If you have an Intel GMA-xxx video based board with an Atom processor then playback may be limited to standard definition. Boards in this list include:

  • Intel D510MO/D410PT
  • Intel D525MW/D425KT
  • Intel D945GCLF/2
  • Jetway JNC96-525
  • Jetway JNC9MGL-525

Unsupported boards

(1) Older boards based on VIA architecture

(2) Boards with PowerVR-based GMA 500/600/3600/3650 chipsets:

  • Intel D2500CC
  • Intel D2700MUD
  • Intel D2500HN
  • Intel D2700DC
  • Intel D2550MUD2
  • Jetway JNF9C-2600
  • Jetway JNC9NDL-2550
  • Jetway JNF9D-2550
  • Jetway JNC9KDL-2550
  • Jetway JNC9KDL-2700
  • Jetway JNF9I-2550
  • Jetway JBC362 Systems
  • Jetway JBC372 Systems

So which version do I download?

Try this first! Choose the Stable Generic version, currently Generic x86_64 Version:4.0.7.

If the lastest Stable Generic build didn't work, then your board may require a Legacy version. Consult the table above then meet us down here. We'll be waiting.

For Legacy ION, choose the Stable version, currently OpenELEC Stable - ION i386 Version:3.2.4. If your processor supports 64bit, choose ION x64_64.

For Legacy Fusion, choose the Stable version, currently OpenELEC Stable - Fusion x86_64 Version:3.2.4

For Legacy Intel, choose the Stable version, currently OpenELEC Stable - Intel i386 Version:3.2.4. If your processor supports 64bit, choose Intel x64_64.

Next, download the appropriate file to the disk on your Windows machine. The file will end in ".tar". Use a utility like WinRar to extract.

Once the files have extracted, a new Folder should have been created with the name beginning with "OpenELEC-".

Create your Bootable Memory Stick

Now insert your USB Memory Stick into an available USB port. Note the drive letter of the Stick for later.

WARNING: THE CONTENTS OF THIS MEMORY STICK WILL BE ERASED

Return to the OpenELEC files you just extracted: and double-click the file called "create_livestick.exe", if you are presented with a User Account Control dialog, click Yes

Once the installer is loaded, accept the License Agreement (after reading it and agreeing with it, naturally).

Ensure that the drive letter is the same as we noted earlier - do not wipe the wrong disk! Bad things will happen!

Your USB Stick will now be created. Once the installer is complete, right-click your USB stick and choose "Eject". Now remove the USB Stick from your PC. You are now ready to install OpenELEC.

CONGRATULATIONS - YOU BUILT YOUR INSTALLATION STICK

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