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HTPC on an Intel's NUC running mint

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:12 pm
by venik212
Has anyone tried to run Mint/Cinnamon 17.3 on the tiny Intel NUC (New Unit of Computing)?
I am using one of those, with an i5 processor, as an HTPC. So far I like it, but I am struggling with controlling it-- I use the RT-WMK03 miniature keyboard with a touchpad as the remote control for it, which works fine on other systems, but is having a lot of trouble with mint/cinnnamon on this NUC.
Any ideas for another way to remotely control the NUC? It has bluetooth and wifi, but apparently no hdmi-cec functionality.

Re: HTPC on an Intel's NUC running mint

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:29 pm
by cwsnyder
Have you used the keyboard you are using with the NUC at the same distance you are using it from the NUC? I believe Class 2 bluetooth has a maximum of about 33 feet connectivity, with the range reduced if there are intervening metallic surfaces or if there is an interfering signal (WiFi, microwave, other wireless keyboards/mice and cordless phones in the 2.4GHz spectrum all work in the same frequency spectrum). See

Absolute worst case would be if you mounted the NUC behind a television mounted in a metal entertainment center which is near a microwave and a cordless phone, connected to the Internet wirelessly from a single band 802.11n router, while you try to control it from across a large room. If you approximate the worst case, get the computer AWAY from surrounding metal with longer cables and try again.

Re: HTPC on an Intel's NUC running mint

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:26 pm
by falcon42
I have an i3 NUC serving as a DVR and am using a Logitech K400R keyboard. I found the range to be too short and it wouldn't hold the connection while I was sitting on my couch about 8 feet away. I bought a 1 foot USB extension from Monoprice and plugged the USB receiver into the extension to get it away from the NUC. Now it works great!

Re: HTPC on an Intel's NUC running mint

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:46 am
by wacko_75

Here using an Intel NUC with Celeron processor as an HTPC working perfectly with a Logitech K400R keyboard.
Linux Mint 17.2 with Cinammon desktop. I've had some problems powering off the computer, but now are solved.