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  1. #21
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    Re: Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    bklaas wrote:
    > Peter;162671 Wrote:
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    >> I've thought about this setup, but the XBox is just to noisy to ever be
    >>
    >> allowed in my living room.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I don't disagree with this statement at all, except for two caveats:
    >
    > 1. you can quiet it somewhat by pushing the fan speed down to 10% via
    > xbmc settings. some have even gone as far as to replace the fan with a
    > quieter one, but that's a bit too involved for my interest.
    > 2. with a 10 second boot time, the only time xbmc needs to be on is
    > when you are watching something on xbmc. I don't notice the xbox noise
    > when watching something, only when nothing else is audible.
    >
    > also, if you have an AV rack with a glass front that'll buffer it even
    > further.
    >

    Good to know. The quietest PC (an XBox is basically a PC) is the one in
    the other room. It's fairly easy to transport video and audio signals to
    a TV set and the (totally quiet) Squeezeboxes take care of the control.
    You can't get quieter than that...

    Another nice option for MythTV is a separate frontend running on a
    Hauppauge MediaMVP: http://www.mvpmc.org/

    The MediaMVP is basically a noiseless and fanless network device with TV
    & audio out. The MVPMC software not only acts as a MythBox frontend, but
    also as a SliMP3/SqueezeBox. I haven't tried it, but it looks like a
    great option.

    Regards,
    Peter


  2. #22
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    I bought an XBox two weeks ago for XBMC, and it's fantastic.

    Quote Originally Posted by SadGamerGeek View Post
    I just have one remote (Pronto) that controls it as well as my TV, Amp, TiVo, DVD player, Squeezebox and lights (via X10). This level of convenience scores very highly on the WAF (GAF) scale. The only small niggle is that there is no easy way to turn an Xbox on via the remote, and I haven't yet trained either of our dogs to push the power button with their noses.......
    Depending on your definition of "easy"... for about UKú15 one can buy an additional IR receiver which draws a small amount of standby power and will turn the XBox on when it receives a particular remote command. It requires that the lid be removed and some wires be soldered under the motherboard (or, in my case, shoved into the main power connector and taped in place), which is not massively hard to do. (Having said that, the model I bought integrates with a particular brand of modchip, and may not work with "softmod" XBoxes... I don't know enough about it to say for sure!)

    So the problem can be solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    The MediaMVP is basically a noiseless and fanless network device with TV
    & audio out. The MVPMC software not only acts as a MythBox frontend, but
    also as a SliMP3/SqueezeBox. I haven't tried it, but it looks like a
    great option.
    One would think this would be a great option. But it's simply not workable. I've tried it, and aside from the fact that you're limited to svideo and analog 2-channel audio, the device itself is abysmally slow and crashy. Fun as a toy, but don't expect a usable product.

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    Re: Will there ever be a video squeezebox ?

    azinck3 wrote:
    > Peter;162681 Wrote:
    >
    >> The MediaMVP is basically a noiseless and fanless network device with
    >> TV
    >> & audio out. The MVPMC software not only acts as a MythBox frontend,
    >> but
    >> also as a SliMP3/SqueezeBox. I haven't tried it, but it looks like a
    >> great option.
    >>

    >
    > One would think this would be a great option. But it's simply not
    > workable. I've tried it, and aside from the fact that you're limited
    > to svideo and analog 2-channel audio, the device itself is abysmally
    > slow and crashy. Fun as a toy, but don't expect a usable product.
    >


    Pity, I'll have to build my own thin client sometime then. (when my
    family no longer want to watch the same program at the same time).

    Regards,
    Peter


  5. #25
    I too am blown away by XBMC but am interested in controlling it remotely. I have a Logitech Harmony 880 and have heard of controlling it with it but can't seem to get it working. Currently I'm using a wireless game controller which does all kinds of great ajustments etc. My favorite is the fast forward which when done on my laptop (G4 powerbook) I sometimes get a voice sync problem which I have to pause for a couple of seconds to catch up but with the XBOX I never have a problem. Anyone with the Hormony setup? I think the one I downloaded controlled the DVD drive but not XBMC..... I recommend it highly by the way.

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepainter View Post
    I too am blown away by XBMC but am interested in controlling it remotely. I have a Logitech Harmony 880 and have heard of controlling it with it but can't seem to get it working. Currently I'm using a wireless game controller which does all kinds of great ajustments etc. My favorite is the fast forward which when done on my laptop (G4 powerbook) I sometimes get a voice sync problem which I have to pause for a couple of seconds to catch up but with the XBOX I never have a problem. Anyone with the Hormony setup? I think the one I downloaded controlled the DVD drive but not XBMC..... I recommend it highly by the way.

    If you don't already have it, you may need to buy the DVD playback kit, which is essentially a remote and a IR receiver. The receiver plugs in to a controller port and enables the remote to be used. (You won't really need the remote except to learn commands on the Harmony, and maybe not even that as the official Microsoft remote/dongle is based on the same signals as RCA DVD players use.)

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