Your Digital Media Has Never Looked So Good

 
davidd
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 6:05 am

Hi, I have just ordered my HDPB today for next day delivery.
Can you guys recommend any applications as *MUST* Have's.

I hope to use the device to stream my dvd's and hdtv from my dvb-pci card

Regards
David
 
halfsheep
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:49 am

If I had a new unit, the first app I'd immediately work on installing is MPLAY. For me MPLAY is essential for watching ripped DVDs. It's great.

Next for music I'd work on getting SlimRoku up, however, Sonica may be your preference (particularly if you don't want to have to run SlimServer) You probably want to try both of these programs if you have music playing in mind.
 
heilpern
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:45 pm

The first thing I'd suggest is upgrading to the latest version of firmware, because 3rd party software generally is dependant on that. The PB will likely arrive with a 1.5.xx version, which is rather old. The reason for this is though it's old, it's the current "stable" release, where later releases are still beta (but pretty much required).
 
dgburns
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 5:18 pm

I'm running 2.0.34 firmware. I can't recommend 2.0.35 only cuz I haven't tried it and probably won't unless I find something I'm told only 2.0.35 will fix.

The "must have" apps I use are:
MPlay
WeatherSix
LiveSpy

I'm not a big music listener. If there's background audio going on my HT setup it's usually Fox News Channel off the cable. If you're gonna use it for audio, hopefully others will provide input.
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)
Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV
Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's
PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext
M1000 (upstairs)
HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)
Visco 32" LCD
AR 2.1 audio system
PS/2
 
chackett
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 6:15 pm

MPlay is essential if you're going to watch DVD's; it's great (you'll probably want to use the -FixTS flag to help minimize audio dropouts).

And both Sonica and SlimRoku are great, too, for listening to music; they both have their pros and cons. I actually use both of them, depending on what I want to do.

WeatherSix is nifty as well.

I'd also recommend HexRadio if you like to listen to internet radio stations.
 
davidd
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Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:32 am

Thanks Everyone, the DHL guy just delivered the unit ten minutes ago.
Im off to recable and upgrade the firmware.
Keep you all posted.

d
 
davidd
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Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:15 am

Ok.
First thing I did was upgrade to 2.0.35, which was hit and miss as my CF
is a 512MB kingston, thankfully the roku upgraded ok.
I then discovered the roku-locking up when i insert the kingston, so i discovered the sandisk/kingston woes early on.

Then i pulled various parts of my house apart to run the cat5 as i intend to stream hdtv
Next I edited the relevent files to fix my ip ( i use public ip's) (firewall blocks telnet :wink: )

I then trashed most of the art on the supplied gallery art card and installed
Mplay, cinemaSix WeatherSix and so far so good.

I then spent ages trying to get the roku to connect to my XP box which is part of the w2k3 domain , no joy and had to login locally!
Finally I get the sharing working
I then tried to stream a 1080i sony HD demo - no joy :-(
Stuttering and unwatchable
DVD streaming is similar, a tiny amount of freeze just enough to annoy.
CinemaSix wont open so thats a non starter maybe the beta version .35 is a problem.

MP3 is fine.

Any ideas on how to debug the playback.

its 100Meg Full duplex from the roku to the switch
its 100Meg Half Duplex from the XP box to the switch
I havent tried a direct cable yet as the devices are on different floors.
 
dgburns
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Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:06 pm

Probably not the problem, but why are you running half duplex from a PC to a switch?
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
davidd
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Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:13 am

Ok got cinemasix working, it was my fault, i had an old version.
Still cant play HD stuff though, jerky and no audio syncs etc.
HexRadio works great, maybe I should have bought a soundbridge :lol:
I must have typed reboot five hundred times this weekend, and im not there yet.
All I need now is HD to work properly, it seems the pal stuttering problem went away when I chose 1080i Pal over 1080i NTSC

I only bought the PB to play HD, im going to cry soon.

My switch shows data rates circa 22mb's when the hdtv is playing, is soo close yet so far.

The cable is half to the pc as thats what it auto negs, i can fix it to full but it makes no difference
 
chackett
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Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:47 am

Sorry if I missed this, but what kind of shares are you running? If they're SMB, the data rate may not be high enough for HD video. Try NFS instead (search for "NFS mount" on the forums).
 
dgburns
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Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:59 am

chackett wrote:
Sorry if I missed this, but what kind of shares are you running? If they're SMB, the data rate may not be high enough for HD video. Try NFS instead (search for "NFS mount" on the forums).


Concur. I get much better HD playback results via NFS vs. SMB. The SMB overhead on the PB itself must be horrendous.
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2
 
davidd
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:22 am

thanks, guys, so load the nfs module from davedodge ?
 
davidd
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:38 am

Can you guys recommend a NFS NAS that isnt silly money
 
r111
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:14 pm

Infrant ReadyNAS X6. You can buy a bare unit and start with one drive, expanding as needed. I have a X6 and connect to it via NFS for video streaming (supports HD streams without glitches to the HD1K). Although I haven't set it up yet, I will probably install slimserver on the X6 and TheEndless' SlimRoku.
 
dgburns
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:54 pm

davidd wrote:
thanks, guys, so load the nfs module from davedodge ?

Huh?
HD-1500 RevB #1 (media room)

Mitsubishi WD-62528 62" LCD RPTV

Kenwood VR-407 receiver w/PSB Alpha's

PS/3 60GB (now 250GB) w/750GB Seagate ext

M1000 (upstairs)

HD-1000 RevB #2 (bedroom)

Visco 32" LCD

AR 2.1 audio system

PS/2

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