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What is your display device? I'm very disappointed with KDLinks support. I reported this issue many months ago and it was never fixed when I tried in more recent firmware updates. I reported many other problems as well and don't think any of them have been fixed, none of them ever mentioned in firmware "release notes" (I put that in quotes because the release notes are a few words with etc thrown on end, stupid, but nothing I reported ever mentioned in any firmware update release notes). I was told by support that this product would be evolving with a lot of changes but never happened, very frustrating.
I have a Pioneer Elite Plasma.
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Hi everyone,
I have bought a Kdlinks HD720 recently and I have tried 3 different external HD models on the USB port:

1 WD My Passport 2TB Portable External USB 3.0
2 Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0
3 Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0

The first one was OK and could watch all the movies perfectly.
The other two (Seagate models) had serious stuttering problems. All the movies, no exception. It happened with small files (3-8 Gbs) and big files (20-30 Gbs). It also happened with mkv files and m2ts files. I also tried all the USB ports in the media player.
Can anyone help me? Any ideas?
I have upgraded the firmware to v1.4 but the problem persists.
Is it something related to the HD format? Because I think it is no coincidence that happened with the same HD manufacturer.
Thanks in advance !

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Hi everyone,
I have bought a Kdlinks HD720 recently and I have tried 3 different external HD models on the USB port:

1 WD My Passport 2TB Portable External USB 3.0
2 Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0
3 Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0

The first one was OK and could watch all the movies perfectly.
The other two (Seagate models) had serious stuttering problems. All the movies, no exception. It happened with small files (3-8 Gbs) and big files (20-30 Gbs). It also happened with mkv files and m2ts files. I also tried all the USB ports in the media player.
Can anyone help me? Any ideas?
I have upgraded the firmware to v1.4 but the problem persists.
Is it something related to the HD format? Because I think it is no coincidence that happened with the same HD manufacturer.
Thanks in advance !
I don't know what cables come with seagate usb drives but I have a WD my passport 1tb and a WD my passport ultra 2tb and if you use anything longer than a 2 foot usb 3.0 cable "I've tried 6 different brand cables" they give problems either connected to pc, laptop , xbox one or tv. It's either use a short cable or else use a usb 2.0 cable... even tried an active extension cable and even when plugging in the dc adapter to give extra power to the usb cable they still problems as well.. it's either use a really short cable or a usb 2.0 cable :-\ but with the short cables they work 100% reliable


kinda gets aggravating when you need to plug in the drive to tv's usb ports which are always either on top of the tv or on the side the dang 1.3 foot cables are not long enough to reach the shelf the tv is on so you end up needing something to put the drive on so it's not hanging in mid-air
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won't recognize a hard drive.... my pc will recog the drive and then lets me copy files back and forth working like an external enclosure but the stupid a200 won't recognize the drive. if you try to format the drive through the a200 it just says unformatted hdd not found... I've tried a 2tb WD Black sata 3 and a 1tb WD Blue sata 3 drive still can't get the a200 to find or use files off the hdd
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Howdy all!

Just bought an HD720 a couple of months ago and I must say I'm VERY pleased with this device. It doesn't have all the "bling" in the menus and structure that other units have and the wireless is weak as hell, BUT!, with that being said, it plays EVERY FORMAT in my collection and with the drive installed in the unit, gives me absolutely no grief! I read a lot from folks who complain about this unit or that unit or this or that feature. Honestly? This is the FIRST unit of many I've bought so far that has played EVERYTHING I own without fail. My collection is 10 years in the making with over a thousand titles in Divx 3, 4, 5, and Pro alone and my BD rip count is now up to 400 not including all the youtube flash leeches, etc. Thankfully, these guys concentrated on what was the most important feature first. Format compatibility and "playability"! Hopefully, they'll get the wifi issues under control with subsequent models. I have been looking for 2 years for a device that lived up to it's claims of format compatibility, but every one I've used has come up short. I can't throw around $2-300 dollars on bull**** that doesn't live up to the manufacturers hype or is selective on what it wants to deal with. I could care less about pretty menus and nifty bells and whistles when the damn thing won't play the most basic (and older) formats.

KDLinks keep it up!! I'll be back for more!

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Your inline subtitle menu and download feature is THE BOMB!!!!! And it recognizes SRTs!!!! My deaf sis-in-law thanks you!
P.P.S. I'm still using the initial v1.1 firmware...

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I must have just got a lemon unit. mine refuses to detect it has a hard drive in it. and the air mouse controller even if you lay it flat on a table pointing directly at the unit on the same level the mouse hurries and jumps to the top left of the screen.. I'll just send it back to amazon for refund and either order another one or just get a mede8er 800x3d and give up on the android features.
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I've played around with the unit all day and still won't work with any of the internal drives I tried along with a 500gb sata 2 seagate drive I found in my drawer from an older pc build. But so far external drives will work fine. I've played about 34 different files from shows , movies , rips , torrent grabbed movies all with no problems So I'm guessing I have a unit with a bad hard drive bay.

External drives I've tried that work "all usb 3.0" Seagate My backup plus slim series 2tb. , WD my passport 1tb , wd 2tb my passport ultra , muskin 64gb usb 3.0 thumb drive, patriot X series 32gb. have not run into a file I cannot play yet but still would like to return the item for one with a working drive bay and and motion controller remote that doesn't have a mind of it's own. 've also tried formatting all the sata drives with ntfs , exfat and unformatting the drives to raw with no partition and still won't recognize them :-\
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Most definitely a defective drive bay or supporting electronics (controller). Have you looked into the bay to see if it is "obstructed" (not completely seating) or if the receiving connectors are out of position? Either way return it! You've done all you can.
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Most definitely a defective drive bay or supporting electronics (controller). Have you looked into the bay to see if it is "obstructed" (not completely seating) or if the receiving connectors are out of position? Either way return it! You've done all you can.

yup tried everything and it fully seats all the 3 drives and my pcs and network will recognize the drives inside the kdlinks so it lets me send or receive files from the drives when they are installed in the a200 just like any other external drive enclosure so the bay works but the controller inside the a200 isn't detecting a drive.. Sent it back to amazon for refund "they didn' offer a replacement option for the return" and will either buy another or just go mede8er.... but I kinda liked the kdlinks it worked with every file I threw at it it just has a bad drive controller and a bad remote "jumps up and left on the screen like it had a mind of it' own"

sent 4 emails so far to "Care@kdlinks.com" never heard back... they sent my an message through amazon telling me to contact them as they want to make things right and make me a happy customer but they don't reply to emails so it's a ~~~~ kinda situation.
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Hi,

Can you tell me how configure the user for NFS network? I can view shared folder but then when try to go in, its show me FAILED and I cant do anymore..

Any help?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi ALL, How are You??

I've read your posts about "WD TV Live Plus HD" related to handle main movie BR rips with seamless branching (.ISO BluRay or BDMV structure)

I don't want to remux the discs...Have you solved it without using tsMuxer or similar?
I mean, according to the new official firmware -year 2013- (1.06.42_B), WD TV Live Plus uses the .MPLS files from the BluRay disc or what?
How WD TV Live works to handle seamless branching issues?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hello. I have an older Micca Player without WiFi and am looking to upgrade to one that does. Do the kdLinks 700 or 720 have Cinavia protection (my search on this thread indicated they might)? If so, what current media players don't? Thanks
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Neither - your good with either one.
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Thanks for the quick response...now to decide if I want the internal HDD bay or not. I also assume that these only work on 2.4 GHz?
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im not sure if this will help you but its listed as usb1 instead of hdd why I don't know


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won't recognize a hard drive.... my pc will recog the drive and then lets me copy files back and forth working like an external enclosure but the stupid a200 won't recognize the drive. if you try to format the drive through the a200 it just says unformatted hdd not found... I've tried a 2tb WD Black sata 3 and a 1tb WD Blue sata 3 drive still can't get the a200 to find or use files off the hdd

Panasonic SC-htb770, kdlinks hd720, LG 60ln6400 led, netgear neotv max
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until the new firmware is listed here are the cons for the a200


1.. hard drive bay is listed as usb1 for the internal bay
2. folder can only be viwed in listed order rather the group so no photos unless I missed the function for this
3 for center control for your mouse the box should be placed almost center with tv but with some use not a big deal
4. in order to use the mouse it has a dedicated usb which mean your down to one available usb slot was under the impression it was built in with the unit... so now you have two remote although the mouse can handle everything the orginal can and more
5. no option for the Linux version from the 720


for those who complain about the apps there will be more options on the table soon if there an app the you would like to see work with the unit send the developer an email with the unit spec and eric_liubo@yahoo.com email address and he will help that developer with his needs


been very busy with work will list any more as I come to it


most of these issue will be address and fixed in the first firmware update...

Panasonic SC-htb770, kdlinks hd720, LG 60ln6400 led, netgear neotv max
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Hi,

Can you tell me how configure the user for NFS network? I can view shared folder but then when try to go in, its show me FAILED and I cant do anymore..

Any help?

Thanks in advance.
Anyone had this problem through NFS?
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Hello. I have an older Micca Player without WiFi and am looking to upgrade to one that does. Do the kdLinks 700 or 720 have Cinavia protection (my search on this thread indicated they might)? If so, what current media players don't? Thanks
Go with the HD720 and USE the internal drive bay. Only stream from the PC or network if you have a hard line connection. The wifi sucks and stutters on anything it plays and constantly drops the connection which then requires a reboot most times to re-acquire. Admittedly, I'm still using firmware 1.1, but no update is going to fix an "iffy" chipset and weak radio. I use a Netgear Dual 600 N-type wireless that's 20 feet away and it works great on everything I own except this. It does great for youtube streaming and lower bitrate, but BD rips of 2 gigs (not sure of bitrates) or so won't stream smoothly at all. Be ready for a hard network connection or use the internal bay. All that being said, THIS THING IS THE BOMB!! I love it over everything else I've had. Klunky menus, weak wifi, and all.
Why?
Cuz it plays everything I own!

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Anyone had this problem through NFS?
Check your sharing security permissions. When serving from the PC, I could not make any changes to the drive from the unit other than "read/execute". I assumed this was normal, but due to the crappy radio in the 720, I put the drive into the unit and "no worries" since. It does great for youtube streaming and lower bitrate, but BD rips of 2 gigs (not sure of bitrates) or so won't stream smoothly at all.
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A200 Help

Hey all I recently picked up an A200 and I am having some issues. I previously and still have the HD700 and maybe that's why I am having the learning issues. I moved my 3TB ext usb drive contacting 200+ iso dvd movies from that HD700 to this new A200.

1. On the HD700 I was able to set the USB drive so that other devices on my network could see it. I was able to play from it to my laptop, phone, & tablet using XBMC. I can't seem to figure out how to network the usb drive with the new A200. Is it possible?

2. If using XBMC on the A200 I get the movie scrapes just fine but if I use the built in media player I just just the generic icon. All movies are named like this (Abduction.iso or A_TEAM.ISO) any help there.

3. I have a couple movies that played fine on the HD700 as well as thru the network from the HD700 to my other devices using XBMC but will not play on the A200. They will get thru the previews but the media player will crash when the main feature starts.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give!!!

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Go with the HD720 and USE the internal drive bay. Only stream from the PC or network if you have a hard line connection. The wifi sucks and stutters on anything it plays and constantly drops the connection which then requires a reboot most times to re-acquire. Admittedly, I'm still using firmware 1.1, but no update is going to fix an "iffy" chipset and weak radio. I use a Netgear Dual 600 N-type wireless that's 20 feet away and it works great on everything I own except this. It does great for youtube streaming and lower bitrate, but BD rips of 2 gigs (not sure of bitrates) or so won't stream smoothly at all. Be ready for a hard network connection or use the internal bay. All that being said, THIS THING IS THE BOMB!! I love it over everything else I've had. Klunky menus, weak wifi, and all.
Why?
Cuz it plays everything I own!
Thanks. That helps. Does the Wifi see both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands? If not, could that be the problem? What size hard drives are you using internally (or externally)? I've read on here, and their site, that it looks like it supports up to 4TB drives. I wonder if anyone has bought (yet) or tried a 6TB drive?
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Thanks. That helps. Does the Wifi see both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands? If not, could that be the problem? What size hard drives are you using internally (or externally)? I've read on here, and their site, that it looks like it supports up to 4TB drives. I wonder if anyone has bought (yet) or tried a 6TB drive?
Re: 6TB HDD yes, BUT...

Check the specs.
http://www.kdlinks.com/index.php/med...k-1186-3d.html

I've got a 2TB in the bay at the moment. Re wifi: I believe it's 2.4ghz only, but not absolutely sure.
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I've been thinking of buying one of the KDLINKS HD products and I have a few questions which maybe you guys can help me out with.

First of all, my computer is an iMac which means that for external hard drives I'm limited to the exFAT or Mac OS Extended (Journaling) formats. (FAT32 is unacceptable because it does not support files over 4GB). Do these KDLINKS HD products support either the exFAT or Mac OS Extended (Journaling) format for external hard drives?

Secondly, can I control the hard drive(s) and transfer files over the network (wifi or ethernet) from my iMac? Or is it easier just to move files over via a USB drive?

Thirdly, I understand that the advantage the 720 has over the 700 is that the 720 has a bay for an internal harddrive. But what is the advantage of the HD680 over the HD230 and the HD700/20 over the HD680? Also, flexible subtitle options are really important to me because I have a lot of foreign films.

Finally, my speakers are RCA in but my TV has no RCA out. Will I be able to send audio to my speakers via RCA while sending video to my TV using HDMI?

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A200 Tips and Tricks

I have been playing with the A200 and here are some tricks that may be helpful:

1.) If you are using HDMI - make sure your Audio is set to Analog. If you don't and you play a movie that is Dolby or DTS (and you aren't connected to sound system via fiber of digital cable) no sound will come out of your TV (causing you to believe something is broken).

2.) If you want to connect to your internal HDD when using XMBC (which is awesome) you need to add files by going to root directory and selecting Storage->USB0 (this one sentence took me hours to figure out).

3.) Both the native movie player and the XMBC can create jukebox appearance with DVD covers and movie information. For native player, Select Movie, then brower to where your movies are and select the menu button on your remote and select Advanced Scrape. If this is the first time running it, select Scrape All if you are adding new movies just select Scrape Smart (if it doesn't get all you movies just keep doing the Scrape Smart until it does). For XBMC, it prompts you automatically when add a source file (you can populate for movies, TV shows or Music)

4.) Best Skin for XBMC I have found it Touched, which is very clean and creates home level selections for Movies, TV Shows and Music and you add those sources (very user friendly)

5.) There does not appear to be a native Samba feature however you can install QTADB and that gives you the ability to copy content over wireless (but USB would be WAY faster)
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Based on the testing I have been doing I cannot see why exFat would have an issue (I know it also support NTFS GPT, not that it helps you for MAC but in case others wanted to know).

I mentioned above a way to transfer via wireless but it comes with a USB cable so I would just plug it in and move content over that fast connection (treating the device like an external HDD).

The A200 has really nice interface for subtitle options and works file with video via HDMI and audio via RCA.

Hope this helps.
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Been playing with the a200 for the last week or so. Good box, has played everything I threw at it. Wish there was a real simple way to transfer files from my computer to the installed hard drive. With the old 720 models, I just ftp into the box. The A200 doesn't seems to have ftp.

Those are some very good tips, PrivateUse.

I will have to try the Touched Skin as I have been using Metropolis.

Has anyone had any luck hooking up a controller to the A200? (ie. wired xbox360) This would be nice as Android has many different emulators available.

I have also been unable to pull up poster art for movies inside of XBMC. Not really a big deal as I use the multimedia launcher to watch most videos. Just curious if anyone else has had this issue. All other movie info seems to work just not poster art.

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The poster art worked great for me in XBMC but I have each movie in a folder with the same name as the movie. There is a setting to tell the scraper that is how you have it (make sure you tell it to use Movie scraper) and boom, found all 1000 movie posters and movie info. I really like that if a trailer is available it lets you view that as well (highlight the movie, select menu then movie information and the movie page comes up with plot, actors, fan art and links to play or view trailer... very nice!). I hacked my Himedia HD900B to get YAMJ working and this smokes it right out of the box (anyone interested in a used HD900B or HD900C? Getting more A200s to replace them)

The Touched XBMC is so nice I almost want the device to book straight into this app (might require a "wish list" request to engineering).

I also like that I can hook another external drive to it and using File Manager can copy content onto the device (or visa versa) without having to have my laptop in between them. When coping a TB of movies, I can just connect them together and let it run all night with high speed transfer.

I do agree that more USB ports would be nice but read somewhere that certain USB hubs will work with this unit (person said they hooked up USB camera and was running SKYPE through it. TV, Camera and A200 created friends and family video conferencing system, "from my couch to yours" :-).
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The poster art worked great for me in XBMC but I have each movie in a folder with the same name as the movie. There is a setting to tell the scraper that is how you have it (make sure you tell it to use Movie scraper) and boom, found all 1000 movie posters and movie info. I really like that if a trailer is available it lets you view that as well (highlight the movie, select menu then movie information and the movie page comes up with plot, actors, fan art and links to play or view trailer... very nice!).
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Are you talking about selecting the Universal movie scraper...it seems like the scrapers cannot pull anything from imdb.


I am also curious if anyone knows whether the android file system can be edited. I think I may need to add a keylayout mapping to a directory in order to get some wired controllers to work with the A200.

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My default seems to be themoviedg.org and it found all the right covers and movie information without issue. If you have added a file under Videos, you can mouse over the folder and select menu (which acts like a right mouse click) and select "change content". There will be a "This directory contains" section and click the arrow down to "(Movies)". If you have each movie in its own directory make sure you select that under Content Scanning Options.

I see there is a "Choose a Scraper" section on that pop up window as well and if I go under "Get More..." I see a list of scrapers that can be used (Universal Movie Scraper) is in there but I never tried using it.

I downloaded the custom XBMC off of kdlinks website so if you are using something else, you may want to uninstall your version and install that one (still recommend changing skin to Touched after you do).

I also downloaded an App called "Auto Start" that let's me set XBMC to automatically start on boot up (although there is about a 10 second delay where the home screen is shown, must need time to mount the drives or something). I did this because XBMC offers nices UI for movies and TV shows I have on my drive and the jukebox view has grouping (filter by title, genre, date, etc) that I like.

I have found some bugs, like power button on mouse remote stops working a lot of the time and if I am too quick doing things using home screen it crashes but comes back, another reason for me stick with XBMC and main interface. I also note I like that I can hook up external drive via USB and transfer larger folders without PC in the middle but that too crashes and not all files get transferred so I do have to hook both up after and use a file sync folder because to make sure it got all of them... all in all, I am impressed with the player.

Need to figure out how to push content from my ipad or iphone to the screen next...
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Another cool feature with XBMC:

Viewing your Jukeboxes and controlling playback from computer, iPhone, iPad, etc:

Go into Settings->Services->Webserver and turn on "Allow control of XBMC via HTTP (default port is 8080)

Use your webrowser (type in the IPAddress of your A200 and add :8080 to it in the address bar, like 192.168.1.100:8080) from any device and you can see the thumbnails, select your movies or music and control the playback!

Under the Remote screen you can tell it to refresh your libraries as well and it will do a full scan.

Trying to get Airplay working but no luck yet
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