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There are a couple of examples here of what people have done with their t610.

In January 2018 I heard from Attila in Hungary who was running Windows on his t610 and using it in conjunction with a smart TV. He also came up with an ingenious solution in how to provide extra (silent) cooling. more...

In January 2019 I heard from John in Cheshire who had a multimedia setup. more...


In January 2018 I heard from Attila in Hungary. Unfortunately we had a language barrier which Mr Google has helped us deal with, and here's the result:

t610 configuration

Attila had got hold of a HP t610 which he wanted to use in conjunction with an LG 43LJ594V SMART TV. He intended to use it for downloading stuff from the internet and as a file server. Having no experience of Linux he decided to stick with Windows as the OS.

The t610 was fitted with 8GB of RAM, a 180GB Intel 1500pro SSD (on the first SATA port) and a 1TB HGST SATA3 HDD on the second SATA port.

He started off by installing Windows10 PRO x64 but had issues with the start menu. Despite extensive googling and trying all sorts of suggested fixes he got nowhere and finally gave up.

Then he wondered about dropping back to Windows 7 and installed Windows7 PRO x64 - but this gave him another problem - there was apparently no suitable ethernet driver. Once again it was back to Google to see what it could track down. It took some time but he eventually found a usable driver nominally for an ACER PC and for Windows 8.1. He found that it worked equally well on the t610 and with Windows 7.

Having sorted out the OS he installed the LG SmartShare application on the t610 and everything worked perfectly.

Cooling

The PC/TV combination was destined for a bedroom which was why he had picked on the passively cooled t610 in the first place. However, having got it all going, he felt that the internal temperatures were a little high.

The first step was to redo the thermal paste on the CPU heatsink. This did lower the CPU temperatures, but only by a few degrees. At this stage he had the CPU running at 60-74°C and and the HDD and SSD at 40-48°C.

An obvious way to improve the cooling would be to add a fan, but his prime requirement was silence. After some thought he came up with the solution below which uses a large (140mm) fan but running at a low RPM (600RPM) and hence is very quiet. (A lot of PC cooling fans are small, but run at a high RPM in order to shift a reasonable volume of air). As the fan he used was large that gave the new problem of how to use it in conjunction with the t610. After a little more thought he came up with the solution below.

t610 cooling box t610 cooling box Essentially he attached the fan to a large (empty) box with one edge missing that slid onto to the top of the t610. This drew the air up through the t610 into the box and then out through the fan. The additional air flow through the t610 lowered the internal temperatures significantly.

This strikes me as an elegant solution where the t610 (or any other thin client) is being tucked away somewhere out of sight.

He constructed the box out of modern corrugated plastic-coated paper - the sort of material that is widely used these days for outdoor signs. Obvious examples in the UK are Estate Agents' 'for sale' signs and political 'Vote for X' signs at election time. This is very easy to work with and perfectly adequate for the job.

The final result mounted on a vertical surface.

t610 cooler

The final temperature readings.

t610 cooler

 


Any comments? email me. Added January 2019