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  • Apple TV  is a set-top box manufactured by Apple. The Apple TV name and start of online sales was announced by Steve Jobs during the keynote speech at the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. The Apple TV is enabled to stream digital content from any computer running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television.
    Offical Site Apple TV
     

  • sony_playstation_ps3

    With the latest PS3 firmware 1.80 released on 24th May, it is now possible to enjoy streaming and turn the PS3 in a real media center hub. I am starting this howto for all people wanting to enjoy their MP3, pictures and video as fast as possible :-)
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today availability of the latest version of the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) firmware. Version 1.80 features upscaling of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to full 1080p HD resolution when viewed on a compatible HD TV set.

    The capability to upscale DVDs to HD quality is a feature normally only associated with top range DVD players, and its inclusion in the latest firmware upgrade now allows PS3 owners with an existing DVD collection to dramatically enhance the viewing pleasure of their DVD collection when viewed through a compatible HD TV set1. Not only can DVD movies be enhanced to full 1080p HD quality but so too will PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games be upscaled to provide much improved gaming pleasure.
    In a comprehensive update to PS3's already impressive capabilities, Version 1.80 also allows users to enjoy Remote Play on their PSP across the internet, allowing them to access their PS3 anywhere in the world where a broadband internet connection is available2.
    Version 1.80 also allows users on a home network to seamlessly view and play rich media content such as images, music and video on their PS3, that is stored on their DLNA3 enabled devices such as PCs and laptops elsewhere in the house, reinforcing PS3's credentials as a home entertainment hub that truly deserves pride of place in the Living Room.
    A host of other enhancements include the ability to print photo images stored on PS3's hard disk or inserted storage media to a selection of Epson printers.
    PS3 owners will be able to upgrade their PS3 with the latest Version 1.80 firmware from 24th May 2007.

    (From the press release)

      Why choosing a PS3 as a media center HUB?

    • It has the best blu-ray player till today,
    • It is a game machine as added value
    • You can stream data from any UPNP source (Mac, Linux, Windows, embeded network disk)
    • I is upscaling DVD, game like no hardware scaler on the market 
    • You can boot linux
    • It require no particular/proprietary peripherals (bluetooth)

    AVS forums review concerning the quality of the blu-ray player
    Excellent/Amazing 1080p upscaling of DVDs
    • For those with 720p only sets it now does 720P downscaling for BD along with upscaling for DVD
    • 1080p24 support (film is native 24 fps, no more 3:2 pulldown)
    • Blacker-than-Black (BTB) and Whiter-than-White (WTW) support with (full range/limited) the BTB has been confirmed by DVE
    • HQV DVD test and the PS3 1.80 firmware passes ALL tests!! Cadence, interlacing, artifacting, you name it, it passed!!!


    Why not choosing the Xbox360?

    • Crippled with Digital Right management DRM
    • Noisy so noisy
    • Streaming only from and to Microsoft centric world
    • Proprietary peripherals

     


    UPNP open source streaming protocol ?

     

    (fromWikiPedia)
    UPnP technology is a distributed, open networking architecture that employs TCP/IP and other Internet technologies to enable seamless proximity networking, in addition to control and data transfer among networked devices in the home, office, and public spaces.  The UPnP architecture allows peer-to-peer networking of PCs, networked appliances, and wireless devices. It is a distributed, open architecture based on TCP/IP, UDP and HTTP.
    UPnP enables communication between any two devices under the command of any control device on the network (LAN). Among its features are:
    • Media and device independence. UPnP technology can run on many media including phone lines, power lines (PLC), Ethernet, IR (IrDA), RF (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), and FireWire. No device drivers are used; common protocols are used instead.
    • User interface (UI) Control. UPnP architecture enables vendor control over device user interface and interaction using the web browser.
    • Operating system and programming language independence. Any operating system and any programming language can be used to build UPnP products. UPnP does not specify or constrain the design of an API for applications running on control points; OS vendors may create APIs that suit their customer's needs. UPnP enables vendor control over device UI and interaction using the browser as well as conventional application programmatic control.
    • Internet-based technologies. UPnP technology is built upon IP, TCP, UDP, HTTP, and XML, among others.
    • Programmatic control. UPnP architecture also enables conventional application programmatic control.
    • Extensibility. Each UPnP product can have device-specific services layered on top of the basic architecture.
    The UPnP architecture supports zero-configuration, "invisible networking" and automatic discovery for many device categories from a range of vendors; any device can dynamically join a network, obtain an IP address, announce its name, convey its capabilities upon request, and learn about the presence and capabilities of other devices. DHCP and DNS servers are optional and are only used if they are available on the network. Devices can leave the network automatically without leaving any unwanted state information behind.
    fromWikiPedia

    The Sony PS3 is registering as a UPNP client client as soon as it will be connected to the network

    Attention:
    The PS3 is either able to use Wireless or Ethernet but not both technology at the same time. Do not try to connect the PS3 to a router while the Wireless is active in the XMB workbench!


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    Preparing your local network" />Preparing your local network

    You must check if your router has "UPnP enabled for automatic device configuration". Connect to the router  administrator panel http://192.168.1.1 (only for Netgear, consult the notice for the correct admin adress if you are unsure)



    Here my PS3 is at 192.168.1.6

    Turn UPnP On Advertisement Period

    UPnP can be enabled or disabled for automatic device configuration. The default setting for UPnP is disabled. If disabled, the router will not allow any device to automatically control the resources, such as port forwarding (mapping), of the router.

    The Advertisement Period is how often the router will advertise (broadcast) its UPnP information. This value can range from 1 to 1440 minutes. The default period is for 30 minutes. Shorter durations will ensure that control points have current device status at the expense of additional network traffic. Longer durations may compromise the freshness of the device status but can significantly reduce network traffic.
    Advertisement Time To Live UPnP Portmap Table
    The time to live for the advertisement is measured in hops (steps) for each UPnP packet sent. A hop is the number of steps allowed to propagate for each UPnP advertisement before it disappears. The number of hops can range from 1 to 255. The default value for the advertisement time to live is 4 hops, which should be fine for most home networks. If you notice that some devices are not being updated or reached correctly, then it may be necessary to increase this value a little. The UPnP Portmap Table displays the IP address of each UPnP device that is currently accessing the router and which ports (Internal and External) that device has opened. The UPnP Portmap Table also displays what type of port is opened and if that port is still active for each IP address.


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    Installing a UPNP server" />Installing a UPNP server

    The challenge is now to find a server UPNP implementation for your operating system.


     
    TwonkyVision


    Attention:
    You MUST install 4.4 beta 2 at least or the PS3 wont find the mediaserver. Download HERE
    http://tversity.com
    TVersity with the latest PS3 patch (0.9.10.2),
    • Free
    • You can transcode XVID,WMV, OGM, DIVX
    • You can play itunes music and RealMedia


    Philips Media Manager

    • Free
    • 27Mb
    • Easy assistant to share file
    • Windows look and feel

     


     


    Windows only &title= Windows only" />Windows only

     

     

    Windows Media Player 11 Not recommended as it install a hell of DRM, links, zune or napster shops. While a normal user wont see it, it is more than innaceptable. You say do not assign Media player to your  media, but it do it anyway. Clippled graphical user interface. it do not play all kind of exotic format, but download missing codecs (and even after some file do not work)
    Install it only if you want to view video on your PC, but you may be better served with Videolan (VLC) as it open nearly anything and do to support DRM.


    1. Download and install Windows Media Player 11
    2. Click on the Library tab
    3. On the left you'll see a tree structure. Right click on Library in the tree structure.
    4. Click Media Sharing
    5. Enable your options, what folders, devices, etc.
    6. When your PS3 turns on and scans, Windows will pop up and ask if it's ok to allow the device. Allow it.

     

    Windows Media Connect (Now ZUNE connect)
    Not recommended as it install a hell of DRM, links, zune or napster shops. While a normal user wont see it, it is more than innaceptable. You say do not assign Media player to your  media, but it do it anyway. Clippled graphical user interface. Install it only if you want to view video on your PC, but you may be better served with Winamp

    1. Click on the Library tab
    2. On the left you'll see a tree structure. Right click on Library in the tree structure.
    3. Click Media Sharing
    4. Enable your options, what folders, devices, etc.
    5. When your PS3 turns on and scans, Windows will pop up and ask if it's ok to allow the device. Allow it.

     
    Windows Vista Has a native UPNP server, switch the PS3 on, try to locate the PS3 in the network range and start sharing drive like you are use to.
    On2Share Pro

    On2Share Pro  is an UPnP enabling suite for your favourite Media Player. With On2Share comes the On2Share UPnP AV Media Server, Renderer and control point. With On2Share Pro you can share your Windows Media Player  and Winamp playlists or local media folders to UPnP devices in your local network. On2Share also integrates an UPnP control point, so you can access other UPnP Media Servers in your local network. You will find the shared playlists in the Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center or Winamp Media Library. Internet Streaming addresses in your WMP or Winamp Library are shared, too. Version 4.3 supports Windows Media Center and is Windows Vista compatible.

    I do not like their GUI colors and capabilities but it work
     

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    Results" />Results

    2 UPNP server found

    mp3 albums fund
    pictures browsing








     

     
  • I am currently trying to look for the best streaming solution (in order to unleash the power of my new Home Cinema). While there is a lot of hardware and software solutions on the
    market, it is quite difficult if not impossible to futhfillall my wishes...

    Currently I have following possibilities:
    1. Buy a dedicated embedded appliance (Hauppauge, Pinnacle, linksys others) they are cheap but firmwares update is dependent of a company, and not all movies may be correctly played on them.
    2. Mod a device, XBOX (powered by XBMC) and/or XBOX360 (soon possible with I.C.E mod chip??) and run a dedicated Linux HTPC on top of it.
    3. Buy a dedicated Media Center PC but then It is full of DRM, and I am blocked in a Microsoft world....expensive, noisy (for the least expensive model)
    4. Build a customs PC, with selected and dedicated hardware and run on top of it, Microsoft MCE 2005or Linux MythTV (www.mythtv.org) or MediaPortal  (www.team-mediaportal.com)
    5. Buy a dedicated powerful appliance, for example a Dreambox (www.dream-multimedia-tv.de), but I would rather wait on the Dreambox HDTV model
    My preferences would go to 5 (if available), or 2 (the XBOX360) but I may try 4.

    Anyway, I will document the build and show here the result. In between, You may be interested by these links:
    • The Linux HTPC How toThe purpose of the Linux HTPC How to is to help educate people who are interested in learning about or building their own media computer (aka HTPC).
    • MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more. You get MediaPortal for free, as Open Source software. This means anyone can help develop MediaPortal or tweak-it for their own needs
  • HowTo transform your xBox
    into a Media Center
    with XBMC

    XboxMediaCenter is a free open source (GPL) multimedia player for the Xbox™ from Microsoft. Currently XboxMediaCenter can be used to play/view most popular video/audio/picture formats such as MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, MP3, AAC, JPG, GIF plus many more less known formats directly from a CD/DVD in Xbox DVD-ROM drive or of the Xbox harddrive, XBMC can also play files from a PC over a local network and even stream media streams directly from the internet. XBMC has playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast and many audio visualizations. All these features enable the Xbox™ running XboxMediaCenter to fully function as a multimedia jukebox. XBMC is easy to use, it's convenient, flexible and offers great price/performance ratio. (This, The XboxMediaCenter Project is also known as "Xbox Media Center" or simply "XBMC"). Note! XBMC is a hobby project that is only developed by volunteers in their spare-time for free. (Remember that XboxMediaCenter does require a modded Xbox to run on or it will not function). fromwww.xboxmediacenter.com

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    xboxIconLegal Issues

    It is strictly forbidden to modify your xBox, sell or install mods chip in france. Even opening the XBOX is forbidden.
    Remember pirating is a crime, support the developers and film companies.

    xboxIconWhat does XBMC do?

    http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/info_project.htm 

    xboxIconProcess

    What you will have to do: (green mandatory,blue optional)

    1. Buy a Xbox 
    2. open the Xbox (void garanty) 
    3. Install a modchip 
    4. flash a BIOS on modchip 
    5. Install a new dasboard with FTP support 
    6. backup original data found on C: with FTP to your PC 
    7. install and configure Xbox media center (XBMC) with FTP 
    8. Adapt scripts (XML files) for your network or shares drives 
    9. Install a streaming server on some PC or use Samba to access remote data (video, pictures and music) 
    10. Add a 3rd party 5:1 cable with digital output, RGB... 
    11. Install a bigger harddisk if you want to host more video, musicon the Xbox 
    12. Install a harddrive led 
    13. Configure internet 

    • Install Linux.... 


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    xboxIcon1. Buy a Xbox, required


    With chance, you can still find this pack from
    christmas 2004. Cost me 199euro

    No Games, but a video DVD is in the pack.
    Remote Controller pack, a lot more user
    friendly than the pad for this application..


    A xBox

    Optionnal

    xbox wireless option
    Network cable, if you want to use your PC as a storage server. M$... sell also a wireless card.
    I was trying this streaming solution 10 minutes, then a strong headache forced me to stop it.

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    xboxIcon2. Open the Xbox (void the garanty)
    1.70€
    This is the cheaper version I've found. This is a
    Torx screwdriver

    time: 5 minutes

    Overall view, return the xBoxLocate the screws, 4 are under the
    gromets, 2 are under stickers.
    Use the allen #20
    All screws have the same length. 2 additionnal
    screws are under the sticker
    Remove the harddisk, only 1 screw.
    Use the allen #10
    Remove
    Remove the DVD rom, only 2 screws
    Use the allen #10
    Ready to install the mods chip.
      
      

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    xboxIcon 3. Install a mods chip

    All mods-chips are more or less equal! I mean that some special restriction, like DVD region, macrovision, disk eject, run signed code (from M$ or 3rd party game company) or unsigned code (Linux, softwares and emulators) etc... are not controlled by the mod-chip itself but only by the BIOS (Basic Input Output System, this small program is responsibe for initializing devices, starting a kernel, and low level operations)...So what?
    Differences are:

    • Ease of installation (soldering may be required or not), 1st generation of chips (2000) use to have more than 50 cables, 2rd generation less than 15 cables and 3rd most of the time no soldering.
    • Onboard memory size (up to 2Mb for the latest generation) and number of BIOS you can store (up to 6 with different memory mapping : 6 bios of 256kb or 2 bios of 512kb and 4 of 256kb....)
    • The way you can flash a new BIOS (printer LPT port or USB or through the dashboard with a CD).
    • Possibility of extension: like adding a LCD panel (Xenium).

    Price range is from $20 (soldering required and only one bios like the Aladin) to $60 (2Mb, USB, 6 bios, LCD) for the most expensive.

    I choose theXbit because:
    • Xbit is Solderless (for all XBOX versions from 1.0 to 1.5): All You have to do is to position the chip correctly, and use 1 screw...In fact the double row of pogo pins (pins wih springs) are postionning the chip nearly alone.
    • Xbit accept BIOS up to 2Mb, you can have many bios in the onboard memory (6 memory mapping) and chose the one you prefer with dip-switches (6 configurations)
    • Has a USB interface while other has LPT or none (Some of them even sold the LPT bios loader separatly)

    Xecuter 3.0 was my first choice but it was not available at that time

    All manufacturer have great HowTo sections, for Xbit just follow instructions here:
    http://www.dms3.com/xmanuals.htm
    http://www.dms3.com/xbit_pogopin_install.htm


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    xboxIcon4. Flash a Bios on the modchip

    Which BIOS?Nearly all mod-chip are shipped without a BIOS installed, in best case you get a cromwell BIOS (open source BIOS develop to boot linux), this is because of legal issues: a lot of BIOS are based on M$... hacked version.

    http://www.xbox-scene.com/bios_retail.html Here you can find a comparaison table of all functionnalities with a glossary of technicals terms

    Executer is a famous modchips builder and they provide their own BIOS free of charge, You can install it on all mods chips since they provide both binary image of 256kb and 512kb.


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    xboxIcon 5. Installing a new dashboard

    The M$... dashboard do not have: FTP (File Transfert Protocol) support, game backup, file explorer, linux loader, skins support etc... and can only run signed code.
    This is why You must install a new one:


    I have only tried EvolutionX and I am happy with it

    For installing EvolutionX, all you have to do is to locate on internet the file: SlaYer's EvoX Auto-Installer v2.5FINAL.iso (215Mb) and burn it on a DVD-RW or CD-RW.

    Boot your XBOX with this CD inside, and follow the onscreen menu. In 2 minutes, You can have EvolutionX, Linux, XBMP installed. You can even prepare a new and bigger harddisk with no efforts.
    Reboot

    You have now:
    C:As before, partition where the XBOX operating system is
    D:DVD drive
    E:Game save, original dashboard music and all third party applications: dvd reader, ftp, many players, some emulators (5Gb)
    F:If you have a disk bigger than 4Gb you will have some space to store Linux for example
    G:Available if you have a disk bigger than 120Gb
    X:Internal cache (768Mb)
    Y:Internal cache (768Mb)
    Z:Internal cache (768Mb)

    If You want that Avalaunch display your BIOS version in the first page,
    You need to open the file c:evox.ini . For the Executer 4981 BIOS add these 2 lines:
    Rom = "x2 4981.06",0xca25c9b3721da8c96c4770515dbcda07
    Rom = "x2 4981.67",0xb6eb9fb7b79795c962b7f998ee4a8694


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    xboxIcon6. Backup original data found on c: with FTP to your PC

    Connect your Xbox to the network!Using the remote controller or gamepad, you can go in evox "system preferences", this is the place where you can set the FTP server adress, password, DNS, gateway.

    • Use a fix IP, it should be something like 192.168.0.XXX with XXX from 2 to 255, use for example 192.168.0.10
    • Do not set the 2 DNS (Domain Name Server which is normally your router 192.168.0.1) if you do not want to let your XBox have an access to internet.
    • You can not change te FTP login name ("xbox"), only the default password ("xbox") this is because the login "xbox" is encrypted in MD5, a page onwww.xboxmediacenter.com (FAQ) section let you change it in file fileserver.xml

    Save all changes (save changes is located at the end of the menu), and reboot your Xbox

    Attention: I use to have some instabilities with 2 different crossed Ethernet cable, in fact the FTP was instable and unusable (disconnect and time out problems), I am using a router-switch in the middle now and everything is working perfectly. This is probably due to a mass problem.

    Use your favorite FTP client (LeechFTP, CuteFTP,....) to connect to the XBOX, it is good idea to backup all files found under C: (default dashboard and RSA key pair for your machine)

    If you want to play withEvolutionX: add or translate for example some new entries in the main menu, edit the filec:evox.ini


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    xboxIcon7. Install and configure Xbox media center (XBMC) with FTP

    XBMP is now discontinued, a XBMB team decide to rewrite it and create XMBC

    XBMC review at Tomshardware

    "Xbox Media Center (XBMC) for Microsoft's Xbox game console turns the Xbox into a very capable
    multimedia jukebox, enabling it to play AVI (divx/xvid), MPEG, MP3, JPG and many other audio/video/picture file
    formats from CD/DVD, HD, a LAN or the internet
    ."

    For legal reasons, you can only download XBMC source code, but not the binary since the SDK of Microsoft do
    not allow You to distribute binary. The open-source community is currently creating an open source SDK: the XDK.

    How to find binaries:

    • Try to find it on P2P network : eMule, eDonkey or
    • www.geux.net make a light distribution (without codecs, scripts and skins) or
    • If you want to have always the latest build (risky it may not be a stable version since it reflect the current state of development) : http://www.azard.firstream.net/ or
    • Compile it yourself with XBOX SDK and Visual C++ if you own a M$ license ;-)

    How to install it:

    • XBMC is ONLY a directory, copy it to e:/apps/XBMC for example and add an entry in c:/evox.ini
      section "Root"
      {
      ..
      Item "Multimedia Station","e:/Apps/XBMCdefault.xbe"
      ...
      }
    • Reboot and you're done.
    • If you have problem with XBMC, please first read the Frequently asked questions first: http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/info_faq.htm

    Links:


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    xboxIcon8. Adapt scripts (XML files) for your network or shares drives

    XMBC configuration is done through a XML file (a plain text file heavily structured with some special tags),
    this file is in e:/apps/XBMCXboxMediaCenter.xml

    The purpose of this file is to tell the player where to find digital content, because your multimedia files
    can be stored on the XBOX or on the network:

    XboxNetwork
    HardDiskC: or E: or F:
    Digital StorageD: (DVD)
    D: (ISO mode)
    D: (UDF mode)
    streaming protocols
    XNSThe first streaming protocol.
    XBMS"A new network protocol for media streaming named XB Media Streaming Protocol (XBMSP) developed by PuhPuh in discussion with RUNTiME & Pope-X.
    XBMSP is a more simplistic & faster protocol than the XNS protocol currently used by XboxMediaPlayer. Though XBMSP has not replaced XNS it can be used by future XStream Servers to share media files to XboxMediaPlayer. PuhPuh has also developed XSteam test server called "ccXStream" that uses the XBMSP protocol." from
    www.xbox-scene.com 
    SAMBAAn open source implementation of the SMB file sharing protocol that provides file and print services. Samba allows a non-Windows server to communicate with the same networking protocol as the Windows products.
    Samba was originally developed for UNIX but can now run on Linux, FreeBSD and other UNIX variants. It is freely available under the GNU General Public License. XBMC has an integrated SAMBA client and support natively Samba drive

    This file contains a documentation and is quite easy to modify.

    Attentionwhen you copy digital content to the Xbox harddrive with FTP, the filesystem (FAT-X) has a lot
    of limitations! no name up to 43 characters, no special character < > = ? : ; " * + , / | and avoid accents too...


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    xboxIcon9. Install a streaming server on some PC or use Samba to access remote data

    A list of all available tools can be found on http://www.xbox-scene.com/tools/tools.php?page=streaming

    Personnaly I have only use Relax pre 0.76, I ran into problem with NFS protocol and was not convince
    by its efficiency (speed of access and streaming). I decide to try Samba (smb://) and it works perfectly since!

    1. open e:/appsXBMCXboxMediaCenter.xml
    2. At the end of the file, locate the bookmark section.
    3. Example of bookmark
      smb://xbox:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..0.4/EOLE/
      where

      • xbox is the windows/linux/macintosh user name (this user must exist)
      • k7sEP1zY is the password, do not use ';' as this has a signification in the smb:// url (use to specify a network domain)
      • 192.168.0.4 is the fix IP of the server (nearly all router can assign a fix IP adress to a Ethernet card) Here this adress is one of my PC
      • EOLE: is the name of one of my share drive,  Share drive name are not mandatory!

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    xboxIcon10. Add a 3rd party 5:1 cable with digital output, RGB...

    XBOX HIFI STATION RGB / SVHS / Optical / Coax / Component


    • RGB SCART output
    • Gold contacts
    • Optical output / coax output for 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • S-Video/SVHS output
    • COMPOSITE output
    • Audio-output
    • COMPONENT Y/Pr/Pb for videoprojector
      less than 20euroHERE !!!

    I bought this one

    Xbox RGB-Pro-Advanced cable
    • RGB-SCART-cable
    • Gold contacts
    • Optical audio output DolbyDigital 5.1/AC2 Receiver
    • Audio/Video Chinch ouput
    • SVHS output
      less than 18euroHERE !!!

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    xboxIcon11. Install a bigger harddrive

    1. Boot Xbox with the original hard disk,
    2. With FTP save everything from C: and E:: on your local PC, If you want to reuse this old disk (8Gb of free space), do not forget with SlaYer's EvoX Auto-Installer v2.5FINAL.isoto unlock the harddisk before removing it from the XBOX otherwise it is unusable.
    3. Install the new hard disk in the case,
    4. Using the CD which contains with the CD containing SlaYer's EvoX Auto-Installer v2.5FINAL.iso,boot the Xbox and choose "Initialize new disk",
    5. Restart the Xbox without any CD after completion,
    6. Using FTP, copy everything back to C: and E:

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    xboxIcon12. Install a harddrive LED

    see Add a led to your Xbox to see hard disk activity 


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    xboxIcon13. Configure Internet

    All You have to do is to specify the gateway and DNS in the dashboard. If XBMC configuration file (e:/appsXBMCXboxMediaCenter.xml) do not contains any gateway or DNS it will use the dashboard settings.

    1. Set the Internet settings  in the dashboard. OR
    2. Set the Internet settings in XBMC
    1: Set the Internet settings  in the dashboard.

    Where
    • A is a FIX IP adress assign by the router to the XBOX
    • B is a constant. aka always the same value: 255.255.255.0
    • C is the IP adress of my router gateway, it should be as default 192.168.1.0 for NetGear and 192.168.1.1 for US robotics. Default Gateway and DNS MUST have  the same adress. The DNS function is explained here [Wikipedia]


    2: Set the Internet settings  in XBMC.
    go into the settings panels of XBMC under internet protocol


    Choose
    A  if you already set the DNS, gateway, IP in the dashboard  (point 1 above)



    Choose
    if you prefer to set the DNS, gateway, IP in XBMC  (same values as in point 1 above)


    ChooseC if you prefer to let the system find DNS, gateway, IP, Your gateway must have DHCP enable!


    If everything is working, You should:

    • See some news (RSS) in the frontpage of XBMC,
    • Be able to query the meteo status.
    I recommend you to set the IPadress here (for example 192.168.0.10) or use you router so your XBOX has always the same adress.

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    xboxIcon Install Linux

    Installing Linux is not needed to run XBMC, It is just a possibility among other the xbox has.

    1. So you want a cheap linux box, a small webserver to host your internet page, creating a cluster, etc... You may want to install Linux on Your Xbox
    2. You just want to play multimedia content and only have the standard harddisk (8Gb), You will only have enough storage on harddisk to install XBMC
    3. You are already addict to Linux and have a bigger harddisk (like 80Gb or 160Gb) - You can install both! XBMC and Linux!

    Here are some very good tutorials:
    http://www.xbox-linux.sf.net/
    http://www.xbox-linux.org/ Linux Debian on Xbox



    xboxIcon 15. Frequently asked questions

    I've load a bad/corrupt skins and can not change it in the graphical user interface of XBMC!
    Search in E:/TDATA/in all directories for a file settings.xml (on mine Xbox it was in E:/TDATA/0face008) and edit this file


    MayhemWidescreen
    true
    true

    change the skins name to the previous which was working, and then restart XBMC


    {mosgoogle center}


    xboxIcon Not required but...

    You may want to :

    • Change the Fan because it is too noisy in a home cinema setup...
    • Connect USB devices: keyboard and mouse, in order to use linux. Some interface are now available ($15) or you can build it yourself (soldering required)
    • Replace the genuine DVD rom, in order to have a better compatibility with CD-CDRW (the genuine drive Samsung read correctly only closed sessions discs, other do not read CDR)

    {mosgoogle center}


    xboxIcon Helping the community
    There is surely something for you!

    • Help at the code level,
    • Create more skins, logos
    • Write documentations, tutorials.
    • Translations of interface, manuals...,
    • Help newbies in forums,
    • And pay some games instead of copying them!

    {mosgoogle center}


    xboxIcon Thanks

    My thanks goes first to M$... for having created such a device, and think that nobody will ever crack its protections schemes. Then to the community which always do a great job and is creating a lot of good releases in all domains.


    {mosgoogle center}


    xboxIcon Xbox Linux clusters

    A lot of people want to create farms of Xbox to resolve some complex challenges (like Seti at Home, RSA key crack)


    xboxIcon Emulation

    http://xboxemul.gueux.net/
    http://www.lantus-x.com/xSnes9x/ SNES
    http://mameox.sourceforge.net/


    xboxIcon Links

    http://www.xbox.com/ Official XBOX site
    http://www.xbox-scene.com/ The REFERENCE site, if you visit only one, this MUST be the one!
    www.teamxecuter.com the best, oldest, constantly improved mod chip available.
    http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/modtips/story/0,24330,3420568,00.html XBMP Review at techTV, some video can be download.
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbplayer Host the source code of the project.

    http://mediaportal.sourceforge.net/ open-sourced Windows(Win32) port of Xbox Media Center, named Media Portal.

    http://www.xboxhacker.net/ All about mods chips in general
    http://www.avalaunch.de/ Avalauch community
    http://www.teamavalaunch.tk/ Team Avalaunch (dashboard)
    http://www.xboxopensource.com/

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxdk/ OpenXDK is an Open Source, Free, Legal Xbox Development Kit. OpenXDK is being developed to facilitate hobbyist and "homebrew" coding for the Microsoft XBox.


  • I've ordered 3 days ago the new wireless (bluetooth) keyboard of Microsoft hardware division. It's brother the 8000 (backlighting and metallic cost $70 more) wont be available before september 2007 according to Gizmodo...


    Since I do not want to wait till september 2007, I choose the 7000 and will add backlitightning capabilities myself using optical fiber...a tutorial will of course follow ;-)
  • I have to apologize a bit:

    I did try the following: NAS Synology DS408 as DNLA server + Samsung 8700 LED 3D and most format are recognized (some exotic wmv audio codecs were not working but who has wmv anyway)
    When I did try with USB, nothing was working.

    My father has a Samsung LED 7000 46 inch of december 2009 and this model dont play anything at all though USD and DNLA, I did bought a WD live media streamer for him yesterday evening (I did twitt a lot about it)

    Attention they may be firmware differences between America, Europe and Japan.
    We have 4 Samsung in the family: 2 LED 8700 3D 55', one LED 7000 and one old Le32 so I am quite satisfied (even if the Panasonic kiosk 3D demo is really a lot better than the 3D demo of Samsung)

    samsung.c8700

    The video codec on the television (listed in the manual) are the only formats that the television will play with DLNA. All three values have to match up (codec, resolution, audio codec) for the file to be streamed!

    So in other words, you’ll NEVER find any video that match all these values except if they are meant to be played on the Samsung.

    So all your peer to peer (Bittorent, eMule) video found legally (or illegally on internet) have a lot of chance to be not playable at all. In fact these Samsung LED TV are FAR away from a VideoLan (VLC) solution.

    Only the codec below in the manual are programmed to play - and that is through the Samsung PC Share program.

    samsung.supported.video.codec

    (table extracted from the manual of a Samsung 8700 3D TV)

    And what do I use?

    Nothing for now on my TV, I have a computer hook to a projector and use VLC 100% of the time. I am not for a dedicated player like the pop-corn C200 as it has way too many issues (stability, heat, supported codec), my next move would be to buy a small Atom/Ion 2  like the Shuttle XS35GT

    shuttle.XS35GT.atom.ion

    Shuttle Offers New XS35 Slim PC in Three Ready-to-Ship Configurations at Leading Retailers in the U.S. and Canada
    City of Industry, CA -- Aug 18, 2010 -- Shuttle, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the XPC, is now shipping its new XS35 slim PC in three ready-to-ship (RTS) configurations -- everyday, media, and high-definition -- at leading retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including online at Newegg.com and SuperBiiz.com (formerly eWiz.com).
    The Shuttle XS35 Made for Everyday
    Designed to fit seamlessly into the everyday lifestyle, the Shuttle XS35 "everyday" edition (model no. XS35-702) is a mere 1.5 inches thin, yet packs in a dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor, on-board Intel(R) GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of memory (supports up to 2GB), a 160GB hard drive, and built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n). There's even a built-in slim optical drive bay should users wish to add in a DVD burner in the future. Others features include 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.
    The Shuttle XS35 Made for Media
    With more performance, more space, and more capabilities, the Shuttle XS35 "media" edition (model no. XS35-704) adds in a few upgrades. It comes with the same dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor and on-board Intel(R) GMA 3150 graphics as the "everyday" edition, but features more memory -- upgraded to 2GB, more storage -- upgraded to a 320GB hard drive, and more entertainment options -- upgraded to built-in slim DVD burner. It also comes with built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n), 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.
    The Shuttle XS35 GT Made for HD
    The top-of-the-line ultimate slim PC, the Shuttle XS35 GT "high-definition" edition (model no. XS35GT-804) comes with a dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor and the latest next-generation NVIDIA(R) ION graphics with true 1080p HDMI output. Performance is maxed-out, with 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a built-in slim DVD burner (also supports Blu-ray). Like all XS35 models, it comes with built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n), 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.
    The small, slim, and power-packed XS35 is ideal for everything from home entertainment to business as well as industrial applications such as digital signage, healthcare, and point-of-sale (POS) or thin clients. It can be mounted behind an LCD TV or monitor where needed, and brings all the benefits of a 100% passively cooled, fanless PC -- it's quiet, energy-efficient, and virtually dust proof and maintenance free.
    Shuttle has even teamed up with Warner Bros. to bring the future of entertainment to your living room with more movies, more fun, and more style. As part of the launch of the ultimate slim PC, Shuttle is Going the Distance for you -- and giving away a new XS35, along with prizing from Going the Distance and Shuttle.

  • PortableRaspberryPiTorproxy

    Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi

    According to the Tor website:

    Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they're in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they're working with that organization.
    Groups such as Indymedia recommend Tor for safeguarding their members' online privacy and security. Activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommend Tor as a mechanism for maintaining civil liberties online. Corporations use Tor as a safe way to conduct competitive analysis, and to protect sensitive procurement patterns from eavesdroppers. They also use it to replace traditional VPNs, which reveal the exact amount and timing of communication. Which locations have employees working late? Which locations have employees consulting job-hunting websites? Which research divisions are communicating with the company's patent lawyers?
    A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security during sting operations.

    Thanks to Adafruit for this nice little hack, read more Here

  • Just got my order of three Raspberry Pi 2!. Compared to the Raspberry Pi 1 it has:

    • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
    • 1GB RAM

    Like the (Pi 1) Model B+, it also has:

    • 4 USB ports
    • 40 GPIO pins
    • Full HDMI port
    • Ethernet port
    • Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
    • Camera interface (CSI)
    • Display interface (DSI)
    • Micro SD card slot
    • VideoCore IV 3D graphics core

    Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10! The Raspberry Pi 2 has an identical form factor to the previous (Pi 1) Model B+ and has complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1.

  • 20130219_211947

    Some notes about my experience using the Raspberry Pi model B…and you get it running Linux Debian on it!

    The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

    […]

    We don’t think that the Raspberry Pi is a fix to all of the world’s computing issues; we do believe that we can be a catalyst. We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere; we actively encourage other companies to clone what we’re doing. We want to break the paradigm where without spending hundreds of pounds on a PC, families can’t use the internet. We want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children. We think that 2012 is going to be a very exciting year. [About Raspberry PI]

  • Streaming multimedia content to your television...a quick overview of existing solutions...

    PriceTypeAdvantagesDrawbacks
    50€-150€A dedicated divx player devices


    Ex:Kiss-technologie, or some low-end dvd player
    • Small
    • Cheap
    • Easy to install
    • If You have no computer in house (is it possible?), a good way to
      have your first contact with multimedia computer format.
    • You MUST burn all content (divx, mp3...) to a CDR/CDRW: slow and really a pain
    • Codecs update are slow and/or depending on the company
    • Impossible or difficult to add peripheral
    150-299€A computer hybrid and some external mass storage


    Ex: Pinnacle Showcenter 1000g
    • Small
    • Easy to install
    • Need a local network
    • Impossible or difficult to add peripheral
    • Codecs update are slow and/or depending on the company
    200€Detourning a device




    Ex
    : a XBOX + modchips + XBMC
    • Very good support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3 read here
    • Open source
    • Internal multi-purpose mass storage (8Gb to 300Gb)
    • NO Digital Right Management (DRM)
    • Support major network protocols (FTP, NFS,Samba) to access media stream
    • not very easy to install, configure
    • ** Network attached storage :Optionnal but recommended
    400€A computer hybrid high-end device





    Ex: The Dreambox DM7000 from Dream-Multimedia-Tv
    • Very good support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3
    • Open source: Linux
    • Internal multi-purpose mass storage (8Gb to 300Gb)
    • Add peripheral is easy
    • Internall multi-purpose mass storage
    • NO Digital Right Management (DRM)
    • Support major network protocols (FTP, NFS,Samba) to access media stream
    • It use cheap PC peripherical: CDRW, DVDRW, Harddisk
    • not very easy to install, configure
    2000€Consumer product for the mass



    Ex
    :M$ Media Center 2005, Frequently Asked Questions is here
    • Add peripheral is easy
    • Internal multi-purpose mass storage
    • It is a customized windows XP behind,
    • It is a regular PC, with cheap peripherical: CDRW, DVDRW, Harddisk
    • Browser integrated
    • Crippled with Digital Right Management (DRM)
    • Expensive
    • Limited support of open source format: OGG, XVID, MP3
    • Access media stream only to others media center or aproved M$ site

    DRM what is it? read more at wikipedia

    ** Need a local network: is needed to interconnect the device with a mass storage medium (harddisk or external DVD reader).

    {mosgoogle}

  • Purpose

    Bring all kind of multimedia format to your home Cinema or TV by connecting your pc onto it.

    Requirements

    • A modern Media center has to play at least the following format:

    MPEG 1 and 2 movies (MPEG files, VCDs, DVDs...)
    MPEG 4 movies (DivX, XviD...)
    RealMedia and Windows Media movies (WMV and WM9).
    OggMedia streams (open source format)
    Audio streams like : MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, WAV (AudioCD), AC3...

    • Using a remote controller and easy navigation menu, no keyboard is needed except for internet navigation
    • Reading media from CD/DVD or better a local hardisk (inside the pc) and even better from a remote PC that act as a storage server (with a lot of disk)

    Plattform

    If it is a PC, you can use:

    • An old pentium class notebook, (can be bought in some shop for 200â?¬)
    • A Mini-ITX VIA Epia/Eden (below 200â?¬)
    • Build a Shuttle barebones (Mini-ATX).
    • Use a very old PC you are no more using. (they are only big and sometimes noisy)

    Otherwise a modified XBOX (300â?¬ because of IR kit + modchips) can be an ellegant alternative, not so much noise, small.

    Some links

    I recommend You to try the first 2 of this list, personnaly I will try now the Xbox media center solution.

    • Based on Linux
    • Based on mplayer one of the best multimedia player on linux (aside XINE)
    • Very small (4 Mb as today) and highly configurable ISO (you can create it yourself with a tool)
    • Require a pentium 400Mhz
    • IR controller must be LIRC compatible (nearly all TV card like MIRO)
    • In development but already usable

    If You see no share drive, enter in debug mode by pressing "d" (quickly at startup) then "ebug"
    # smbtree -Ndisplay all samba drive found on network
    if it is blank:
    - verify that you ethernet card is recognized (not the case with my pcmcia ethernet on a IBM T23 but internal ethernet was recognized)
    How to mount a share by name
    # mkdir /mnt/video
    # smbmount //computerName/_movies /mnt/Video -o username=XXXXX,password=YYYYYY
    if it is working then you must modify the file init and add the above line....use the generator and burn a new CD

    I recommend this mod, if you want to use a old PC

    0.9.6

    http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/
    "XboxMediaCenter is a free open source (GPL) multimedia player for the Xbox&x2122; from Microsoft. (XboxMediaCenter is also known as "Xbox Media Center" or simply "XBMC"). Currently the XboxMediaCenter can be used to play and view supported video/audio/picture formats such as MPEG-1/2, DivX, XVID, MP3, JPG and more direct from a CD/DVD in the Xbox&x2122; DVD-ROM or of the Xbox&x2122; hard disk drive, it can also play files from a PC over a LAN / network via an XNS (XStream Server) software or from a windows (SMB) share. It has playlist and slideshow. These features enable the Xbox&x2122; running XboxMediaCenter to fully function as a multi-media jukebox.
    Note! XBMC is a hobby project that is only developed by volunteers in their spare-time for free.
    (Remember XboxMediaCenter does require a Xbox mod-chip installed in the Xbox&x2122; to work).
    " from http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/
    • Only source code is provided, since the SDK of Microsoft is not open source (but open sourrce community is creating one call XDK), You will have to compile it yourself, or better search for it on P2P network (eDonkey, eMule...)
    • Support already all components, remote controller, and network adapter, video chipset.
    • You need to modify your XBOX with a chip (void garanty), a bigger harddisk or a remote server accessible with Samba is recommended.
    • Links for News: http://www.mediaxbox.com and Hardware mods/upgrades: http://xbox.upgrade123.com/index.php
    • http://www.xboxmediaplayer.de/info_project.htm respond to the question: "what are the features?"

    I Have choose this solution,look HERE to see my experience

     
     Microsoft has planned to sell an addon for the Xbox, which may allow the Xbox to connect to a media center pc (only). I must say quite an expensive setup and with a lot of security, and license lock as usual.. 

    http://movix.sourceforge.net/
    :MoviX is a small Linux distro that transforms your PC in a powerful multimedia box. After booting your PC with MoviX, a user-friendly console menu will allow you to use MPlayer to play any DVD/VCD, video/audio files (most noticeably DivX, AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, WMV, ASF, MP3, and OGG/VORBIS), TV (provided you have a TV card), and radio stations on the Internet (if you are connected to a LAN). Since the entire operating system is loaded into RAM, you do not even need a hard disk to use MoviX.
    .
     
    http://freevo.sourceforge.net/"Freevo is an open-source home theatre PC platform based on Linux and a number of open-source audio/video tools. MPlayer and/or Xine can be used to play audio and video files in most popular formats. Freevo can be used both for a standalone PVR computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer using the monitor and keyboard.
    Freevo is easy to download and install for new users. Most hardware is supported (graphic boards, sound cards and video capture devices).
    The Freevo core is under heavy development. It is mostly written in the Python programming language which is very well suited for high-level control applications like Freevo."
     

  • "Team-XBMC and The XBMC Project is proud to announce the release of XboxMediaCenter 2.0.1. XBox Media Center (XBMC) is an award winning, free and open source media player for the Xbox game-console. XboxMediaCenter 2.0.1 point-release source code has now been set in our CVS, and all XBMC users are highly encouraged to upgrade to this version. Know that this point-release version marks the end of the 2.0 era of XBMC, there will be no more 2.0.x bug-fix point-releases. The next point-release of XBMC will be 2.1 (or maybe even 3.0), and it will probably be quite a while before that 2.1 (or 3.0) version sees the light of day with all new major features/functions we have planned for the future, (those who can not wait can always use the latest daily CVS of XBMC). 
    This XboxMediaCenter 2.0.1 point-release is a stable bug-fix version of the XboxMediaCenter 2.0.0 point-r elease, no major new features has been implemented, for a full list of fixed bugs and tweaks please read the changelog. (For a full list of all features/functions and codecs/formats supported by XBMC please visit the "XBMC Features and Supported Formats/Codecs" page in our online manual). Remember, Team-XBMC only maintain the XBMC source code, Team-XBMC does not release or distribute Xbox executable (XDK binaries), but the XBMC source code needs to be compiled with the XDK before it can be used on an Xbox, also note that XBMC requires a modded Xbox to run. Our thanks goes out to everyone who has tested, reported bugs, and helped fix them in order to make this release possible."

    The biggest problem is to obtain the binaries of XBMC, a famous Team T3CH is building binaries (althrough it is illegal to distribute binaries build by M$ development kit XDK). You'll have to search quite a lot and be an advance Google user to find them. Anyway here is a direct link to a download page:

    http://downloads.xbox360-tribe.org/index.php?act=view&id=1024
    Enjoy :-)

    XBMC v2.0.1 Pointrelease by T3ch

    ----- 2.0.1 -----
    - 11-11-2006 fixed: file listings over samba would not display proper dates.
    - 07-11-2006 fixed: in folders wich only contain a video_ts folder, the folder wouldn't stack to a single item.
    - 07-11-2006 fixed: remote number keys must be mapped to buttons in the dvd when in dvd menu, some dvd's make use of that.
    - 07-11-2006 changed: better logging of failed mplayer attempts
    - 03-11-2006 updated: Dutch language file (Thnx to MrNice).
    - 03-11-2006 changed: XBMC.ResetSkinSettings() now resets the settings instead of removing them.
    - 02-11-2006 changed: .flv files default to the dvdplayer
    - 01-11-2006 fixed: [1586248] http api would not show errors for GetSystemInfo and GetSystemInfoByName
    - 01-11-2006 fixed: random slideshow screensaver wouldnt always be random
    - 01-11-2006 fixed: increased the speed of archive extraction a notch.
    - 01-11-2006 changed: additional logging for replay-tv filesystem to hopefully figure out why it doesn't work anymore for mplayer.
    - 30-10-2006 changed: memory allocation for dll loader, saves around 100k
    - 30-10-2006 changed: httpapi GuiSetting to accept String type by EQ2K
    - 29-10-2006 changed: now disables navsounds during playback. behaviour can be reverted using advancedsettings.xml
    - 26-10-2006 fixed: [ 1584930 ] useAvpackSettings broken. thanks to markeen.
    - 25-10-2006 fixed: added some thread saneness to the hddsmart query.
    - 25-10-2006 fixed: [ 1580744 ] Can't Get PC DVD-ROM to Work Properly with Xbox Media Centre
    - 25-10-2006 fixed: cosmetic bug in filemanager handling of rar files.
    - 24-10-2006 fixed: .tbn file support for hard drive foldernames containing periods
    - 23-10-2006 fixed: users with bad luck could end up with errors on initial opening dvd images or dvd's (use of uninted variable). likely the start at 90 min in the movie syndrom
    - 23-10-2006 fixed: potential segfault in libdvdnav.dll if a read returned 0 data.
    - 23-10-2006 fixed: segfault in libsmbclient on invalid dates returned in a directory query (lan drives especially)
    - 22-10-2006 added: httpapi QueryMusicDatabase command
    - 22-10-2006 changed: httpapi SetResponseFormat to take multiple format pairs
    - 21-10-2006 fixed: sets Media Source Name if blank for protocols instead of just being blank
    - 20-10-2006 fixed: fixed the python threading exception when exiting a script
    - 18-10-2006 fixed: resume video didn't work if fps adjustment was used for ntsc video's on pal systems
    - 17-10-2006 fixed: [ 1577855 ] can't handle some rar files correctly
    - 17-10-2006 updated: norwegian language file.
    - 17-10-2006 fixed: forgot to sort images in root of cbr/cbz files.
    - 15-10-2006 fixed: httpapi TakeScreenShot download parameter now works
    - 15-10-2006 fixed: httpapi GetCurrentSlide now returns "[None]" rather than an empty string if no slide is showing
    - 15-10-2006 changed: httpapi Help command text has been updated and now includes a link to http://www.xboxmediacenter.com/wiki/index.php?title=WebServerHTTP-API
    - 14-10-2006 fixed: scanning of multipath bookmarks would not prompt for "scan new" or "scan all"
    - 13-10-2006 changed: keymap.xml: reintroduced 'B' as STOP while in videomenu since we didn't have any way to exit out from dvdmenu with controller.
    - 13-10-2006 fixed: http client wouldn't report failure to open on 404 errors from server
    - 11-10-2006 changed: better solution for multichar ftp listings, wich also fixes issues introduced in last attempt
    - 11-10-2006 added: [ 1574092 ] New Infolabel Musicplayer.DiscNumber, thanks to buttergemuese.
    - 11-10-2006 changed: Added building of Textures.xpr to build.bat, and removed Textures.xpr from CVS.
    - 11-10-2006 fixed: Partymode would repeat tracks if the next song was unavailable (server offline etc.)
    - 10-10-2006 fixed: ftp listings didn't do the string charset -> utf8 conversion. ftp listings are not normally utf8 unless requested (and only a few servers support it)
    - 10-10-2006 changed: Increased the seek timeout in RAR to 30 seconds to fix seeking over CCX with slow connection
    - 10-10-2006 updated: Swedish language file finetuned by Blittan & Pike
    - 09-10-2006 changed: Thumbnail loading in the playlists folder of library view is now background threaded.
    - 09-10-2006 fixed: filenames on fat memory units wich where very long (required >6 vfat entries) would chop of last part in some cases.
    - 09-10-2006 fixed: fat memory units with a sector size different from 512 would not load, now 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096 should be supported.
    - 07-10-2006 updated: Russian language file (Thnx to que_)
    - 07-10-2006 updated: Portuguese (Brazil) language file (Thnx to mvbm)
    - 07-10-2006 updated: Hungarian language file (Thnx to sigismund)
    - 07-10-2006 updated: Hebrew language file (Thnx to ookladek)
    - 07-10-2006 updated: Dutch language file (Thnx to MrNice)
    - 06-10-2006 fixed: Setting of viewport (for cropping scrolling text etc.) was not rotated correctly. We now use the rectangle that contains all the rotated coordinates.
    - 06-10-2006 fixed: http urls pointing to nonexisting files would lockup on some servers due to them not returning an error
    - 06-10-2006 fixed: ftp browsing with files/directory with non valid html url names, would fail.
    - 05-10-2006 fixed: Changed RSS speed to a multiple of 0.5 pixels/frame for improved smoothness.
    - 05-10-2006 fixed: [ 1571200 ] Arial.ttf subtitles not using subtitle position.
    - 05-10-2006 fixed: Potential RSS control crash when removing the control while it's updating.
    - 04-10-2006 changed: Z: is erased on boot, due to many issues if it was full.
    - 04-10-2006 fixed: Seekbar, Volume bar etc. would be unloaded when exiting from fullscreen video, causing them to vanish.
    - 04-10-2006 fixed: Reloading skin while in My Music Songs would cause the progress dialog to show endlessly.
    - 04-10-2006 fixed: memory stick shares were chooseable in the Add Source browser, even though they're plug n play.
    - 04-10-2006 fixed: special:// protocols (eg musicplaylists, cdrip etc.) always showed network overlays, even if they were local.
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: Huge playlists would cause major GUI slowdowns whenever track was changed from the Now Playing window.
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: Toggle button showed the incorrect label when using <usealttexture>
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: the feh and the userdata wiping didn't quite work as expected (i.e. it didnt work at all).
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: if you canceled the 'scan all / scan new' dialog in the music window, it would still scan.
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: ftp playback in mplayer where broken due to yet another url parsing mistake
    - 03-10-2006 changed: Scrollspeed of RSS feeds the same in all resolutions.
    - 03-10-2006 fixed: [ 1568300 ] Add/Edit Source Dialogue Remove all Paths bug.
    - 02-10-2006 added: [ 1568369 ] Fix for strange characters in web interface. thx to benmat!
    - 02-10-2006 fixed: [ 1568845 ] Unable to access Delete from context menu
    - 02-10-2006 fixed: don't allow preset locking if the visualisation has no presets.
    - 02-10-2006 fixed: [ 1561317 ] Browse and load RAR:ed subtitles don't work. also added zip support.
    - 02-10-2006 fixed: browse for artist thumb was a pita.
    - 01-10-2006 fixed: [ 1568291 ] Saving large playlist fails
    - 01-10-2006 fixed: [ 1568607 ] XBMC 2.0.0 Web Control bookmarks
    - 01-10-2006 fixed: [ 1568158 ] "Leave as Is" LED setting broken
    - 30-09-2006 fixed: shoutcast genres with characters that isn't allowed by http urls, would fail du to a huge result. ex R&b.

  • This page Media Center with XBMC first publish on 2004-08-26 seems to have been a great success since more than 109237 visitors have read it.

    I have many prestigious referer pointing to it like xboxmediacenter.com itself ;-)

    I make U a promiss; if the XBOX360 is ever moddable (teamxecuter is on it. a release may happen in weeks or months). I will publish a step by step tutorial here

    In beetween. You can still send me suggestions on how to improve the article. It is currently not uptodate but still useful for many

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  • XBMC is a cross-platform software available for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows operating-system, as well as the original Xbox game-console. I am using it since 2003 on my XBOX

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    XBMC is currently available for Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X (Intel-based Leopard and Tiger), Microsoft Windows, and the original (first-generation) Xbox. We are currently at Beta 1 for our upcoming release code named Atlantis. It should be noted that XBMC requires OpenGL 1.4 support, at a minimum, to function. We do however recommend OpenGL 2.0 to fully experience XBMC. Check your graphics drivers to see what version of OpenGL your GPU (graphics processing unit) supports.

  • I was hoping you could help me connect my xbox to my Apple computer. I have tried every FTP program I could get my hands on, including the built in FTP in the operating system. My Xbox has an Xecuter MOD running Evolution X. I cannot get the Xbox to network with my iMac no matter what I do. Any suggestions?

    XBOX, XBMC troubleshootings...

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    XBOX, XBMC troubleshootings
    Try:Type in a Command DOS windowsWhat if prooveif not working
    If you have a router...
    and all computer including XBOX are connected to it
    Use a web browser:
    Connect to the admin console of Your router http://192.168.1.1 for US robotics and http://192.168.0.1 for Netgear, If none of them work look in the router's manual.
    Go to the panel where You can see all devices attached (attached devices):
    You must see one device more (ex: AAA.BBB.CCC.DDD as IPadress)
    If router has given an IPAdres, then it is OK1. Check network cable and/or
    2. Modchip install and/or
    3. Setting in evolutionX (checkbox FTP active)
    If you have no router... Verify that PC and XBOX are connected using a cross network cable 
    Verify carefully settings in EvolutionX 1. Verify that FTP active is checked
    2. Verify that if Use static IP is set to false and reboot the XBOX, the router will give it a new IP, if the XBOX dd not receive an IP: check router manual because DHCP must be active
     
    See if the XBOX is aliveping AAA.BBB.CCC.DDDThe XBOX is responding and there is no IPadress conflict1. Look at cable
    2. Look if modchip correctly installed
    3. Look if FTP active in setting
    4. Assign a different IP (a Fix IP in Settings)
    See if FTP port is reachabletelnet AAA.BBB.CCC.DDD 21The XBOX port is open,
    You network let FTP through,
    No firewall blocck the outgoing port FTP (21)
    Look at firewall settings if any is installed
        

     

    Glossary of barbarians terms:

    DHCPShort for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, a protocol for assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network. With dynamic addressing, a device can have a different IP address every time it connects to the network. In some systems, the device's IP address can even change while it is still connected. DHCP also supports a mix of static and dynamic IP addresses. Dynamic addressing simplifies network administration because the software keeps track of IP addresses rather than requiring an administrator to manage the task. This means that a new computer can be added to a network without the hassle of changing configuration.
    IPadressInternet Protocol, the most basic protocol to communicate on the Internet. An IP number is a numerical address consisting of four numbers seperated by periods. Each IP address uniquely identifies a certain computer on the Internet. The domain name is used to make using them easier.
    FTPFile Transfer Protocol. A standard method for sending files from one computer to another on TCP/IP networks such as the Internet. FTP is also the name of the command used to initiate transfer of files. Anonymous FTP is a common practice which permits users to access some parts of an FTP site without needing an account and password for the site. The login must be XBOX, the password is defined in evox.ini or XBMC.xml
    TelnetTelnet is a user command using TCP/IP protocols to access a computer remotely. To have access to that computer, you must have permission, meaning you must authenticate to the system with a valid username and password. When you are connected to the network using telnet, you can enter commands and they will be executed as if the were being entered directly onto the server console.
    PingPing is a basic Internet program that lets you verify that a particular Internet address exists and can accept requests. The verb ping means the act of using the ping utility or command. Ping is used diagnostically to ensure that a host computer you are trying to reach is actually operating.
    FirewallA system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets. All messages entering or leaving the Intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and blocks those (Ex: htttp, ftp, tcp and udp port) that do not meet the specified security criteria.