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xbmc / linux based media centres? OpenELEC for me.


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  1. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer This Topic's Starter

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    Since I heard OpenELEC had announced release on Raspberry PI mentioned HERE... I thought I'd upgrade my win7 media centre PC to open elec (as Win7 media centre was really pissing me off).

    Although I am yet to get my m-audio transit sound card and Hauppage winTV (for remote) working yet (My Lenovo mini keyboard works fine), I have to say its very nice and easy to use. With a keyboard/mouse sometimes right-click and other times backspace to back out is annoying but all in all I am impressed.

    Here's a few screenshots (click for slideshow):

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    What are you guys using? Windows? Linux?
     

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  2. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    Looks nice. I've been using XBMC on my Macbook Pro and on my old gaming rig (which is now running Linux Mint).

    Unfortunately I have had nothing but headaches with it though. It seems to only want to work via SMB. I suspect this is an issue with my NAS's version of UPnP. But also the Android app for XBMC seems to have some trouble staying connected. Though any WiFi app seems to have that problem sometimes.

    Also the thing I really dont like about SMB is that it kinda defeats the purpose. If I have to just look through file folders I might as well just use Finder, or w/e.

    So this might be interesting to see if I can use it instead.
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer This Topic's Starter

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    My NAS sits on a domain that actually no longer exists. Xmbc on openelec, asks for your movies path, tv path etc. I literally just browsed the network. Domain and work group were listed.

    No fstab work done at all. The install is only a couple of hundred MB too. Changing back grounds and putting stuff on the local directory isn't simple. Well it is, its puTTY ssh, but its a bit long winded for some.


    But anyway its nice and light. Boots in like 3 seconds. Faster than my stb..

    Give it a try, lemme know what you think.
     
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  4. NOLA_Droid

    NOLA_Droid Well-Known Member

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    I am currently running XBMC on two machines. A Niveus Vail 200 running Win7 Ultimate 64 bit, and daily driver laptop running the same. I like it. I wish Niveus was still producing. Their machines are built like tanks, and are whisper quiet.
     
  5. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

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    Looks cool thanks for the heads up SU :cool:

    Nola what ward?
     
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    NOLA_Droid Well-Known Member

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    Algiers Point-15th ward.
     
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    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

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    used to be in lower ninth I actually moved back here in January of 05. Good Friend of mine still lives in terrytown and my mom lives in upper ninth now over on mazant near st cloud
     
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    NOLA_Droid Well-Known Member

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    That area was hit hard by Katrina in 05. Slow comeback at first, but things finally got rolling. Hard to come back from that overnight though.
     
  9. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

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    I'm trying to find a solution that will list dvd/bluray ISO's (quality!!) in the library with cover art, and play them without having to mount to a virtual drive first.
     
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    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

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    Main issue I see with this is the programs ability to mount within and keep the buffer full while it's playing and extracting and decoding all at the same time. Most use virtual so that the OS can take care of some of the demand. Allowing the OS to allocate the memory needed to Process since the virtual drive takes care of the extraction part.
     
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    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

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    What if the DRM is removed?
     
  12. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer This Topic's Starter

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    I have some ISOs. I'll have too look what info is there as I haven't noticed anything missing
     
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    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

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    Good question. I have in the past just converted over to avi format. I haven't messed with any of it in a while though
     
  14. Stigy

    Stigy Some say... VIP Member

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    I run OpenELEC on a net-top I purchased for about ~$200 a year ago. Absolutely love the device and being able to control from my phone is awesome.

    XBMC is an amazing platform with amazing developers and being able to run on the PI is even cooler. I highly recommend XBMC to everyone. Coolest part is that if you have a MySQL database running on a server somewhere in your house you can leave one room from watching a show/movie and pick up right where you left off on another XBMC box. Pretty powerful stuff.
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer This Topic's Starter

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    So I'm not sure what you're wanting?

    Xbmc plays an ISO seamlessly. It plays ss quick as any avi or mkv.

    It's picked up in the library as everything else with cover art but the video "file" attributes are not listed.
     
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