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IMON / IMEDIA Software:
Included with the enclosure was a CD-ROM that has the media software to use this enclosure as an HTPC. This software, in addition to being able to run the HTPC, also feeds information to the front LCD screen. To get started, just pop in the CD and the installation starts. The first screen you are greeted with is the IMON setup manager. Read the contents and choose "Start Setup."
After starting the program, follow the directions until the install is finished. On this system a Windows Media Format 9 Runtime addition was required. Choose "yes" to install, and the installation will move forward and complete.
The first time the IMON software starts, it automatically updates to the latest version. Once the update is finished, you can move through the initial setup, and choose the configuration that best suits the sytem that has been installed.
After the intial setup the main settings page comes up. Each tab has several sub folders allowing the user to configure the software to their particular tastes. On a basic no frills HTPC many options will not be utilized, but once the PC has been upgraded, the software is able to be used to the extent it was designed.
The IMON software configuration can appear to be a daunting task, but if you take your time and set up all of the options that apply to the system you have installed, it should go smoothly. The remote control can be configured to the liking of the end-user, or use the default configuration. The front panel display can be configured to display any number of things, from world news to system status, to showing the equalizer settings.
One thing that the software does is automatically start scrolling information across the LED screen. It will scroll news headlines, system information, as well as info about what you are watching. The LED is much clearer than I imagined it would be. As this photo shows, I just happened to catch a blurb about Britney Spears during this shot.