she-hd-movieThe Asus Super Hybrid Engine is a software application that comes with Eee PC netbooks running Windows. The utility lets you adjust the computer’s clock and bus speeds so that you can squeeze more battery life or more power out of your computer, depending on your needs at the moment.

Normally, you can choose from four settings:

  • Super High Performance Mode (which overclocks a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU to run at 1.7GHz)
  • High Performance Mode (1.6GHz)
  • Power Saving Mode (1.2GHz)
  • Auto Mode (When you’re on battery power, the system will automatically switch to Power Saving Mode, when you plug it in, the machine will switch to High Performance Mode)

But batryoperatedboy at the EeeUser forums started playing around with the Super Hybrid Engine executable file and discovered that Asus has a 5th mode hidden away: High Definition Movie Mode. Right now HD mode seems to be little more than an icon. When you try to run the computer in HD Movie mode, the system will revert to its previous settings. But it looks like Asus may have something planned for the future. Or perhaps the company had been working on an extra feature and decided to scrap it but forgot to clean out all of the code before releasing Super Hybrid Engine to the public.

via Portable Monkey

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17 replies on “Asus Super Hybrid Engine software has a secret HD movie mode”

  1. why there is no ‘super high performance’ in my SHE ? (my laptop is 1215b amd e-350)

  2. I like to have my SHE icon in my system tray, but one day it up
    and vanished.  I checked the notification area icons and it is not
    displayed (not in the list not anywhere).  I found the program 
    (C:/Program Files/Eee PC/…) and ran it and it is still not there.  I
    can access it through the hot key, but I want it to show up in my system
    trey (notification area) again, so I can keep a constant eye on what
    mode the computer is in (since if I don’t, it changes it whenever I
    switch around power, and then I don’t know it until I cycle through them
    again.  I also tend to change it).The OS is Windows 7 Starter.

  3. ASUS probably left this out because they realized an atom can never stream HD video. With proper optimalisation, you could perhaps strea, simple 480p youtube videos, but there’s no way you could ever stream 720p or above at more than 3fps

    1. Obviously you don’t have one with NVIDIA 2! Because it does stream 1080p 60Hz perfectly.
      And the CPU remains almost idle, all the job is done by the GPU!
      If you do have one, check that you have the proper drivers and configuration. Particularly the DXVA2 support enabled in your media player. Latest VLC, XBMC and even Windows Media Player have support for it…. even XBMC under Linux.

  4. may someone explain to me what are you guys talking about ?
    i got k40ij . can install this software ?

  5. Hmm, that could explain at least in part why my 1001p machine stutters on Netflix streaming video. My computer should be more than capable of handling at least 480P steaming hi-def with a strong internet connection. Nice to see Asus will continue to support their products however. Hopefully.

  6. how do you change the computer’s clock and bus speeds and put super high preformance

    1. Install the Super Hybrid Engine software from the Asus Support site. Mine came with my Asus 1005PE. If this is your model then it should be pre-installed. Look in the bottom right hand corner of the taskbar next to the clock for the icon. You right click on it and choose your mode from the menu. I was able to watch full 480P Hulu on this netbook. Something I have not been able to do with any other netbook. I also chose to upgrade to 2GB of RAM and install a 64 bit Version of Windows 7 Professional. Windows 7 Starter 32bit is a dog.

      1. @gh0stly,
        Can you tell me where you got a 64 bit version of Super Hyrbrid Engine? I have a T101MT and I can only find the 32 bit version, so it won’t work now that I’ve installed 64 bit Win 7 Home Premium.

          1. The Asus T101MT came with the Atom N450/N570 which are 64-bit.

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