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post #1951 of 1982
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Originally Posted by dan4081 View Post

Hey Sean, glad to see you are still around.
Did you ever put xbmc on your apple TV2?

Sorry Dan,

I haven't been around here much the last month. I am avid snowboarder in the winter and we get lots of guests. I have literally had guests at my house for over month. Tuesday was my first day of peace and quiet.

I got my cable and decided to wait on the untethered jailbrake and was able to apply that. XBMC seems to work OK. needs some polish. wouldn't recommend it over the ION but it works pretty good for an early release. It will be pretty cool when they get it polished.

I use my ATV, ION (XBMC) and my PCH-C200 daily.

Sean
post #1952 of 1982
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Originally Posted by Greg*go View Post

Thanks Dan & Sean, I've got some shopping to do.

Sean, your post# 1931 discussing how happy & easy your most recent win7 xbmc 10.0 install was helped push me over the edge in making the decision to give an xbmc box a try.

good luck... Its a cool solution. as I have said a bunch of times if it only bit streamed TrueHD and DTS-MA I would not need my popcorn hours etc...

Wife still prefers the ATV

Sean
post #1953 of 1982
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Originally Posted by myrison View Post

I'm currently on the hunt for a new front-end for XBMC/MythTV. If I could buy another Revo 1600 at $200 I'd be all over it but they don't seem to be out there to be had, even used, so I'm looking for the next best thing...

It looks like the
Zotac MAGHD-ND01-U Atom Dual-Core 330 NVIDIA ION graphics with 2GB RAM, 160G HDD All-in-One Mini PC is the best combination of low-cost / power for ~$300 or under.

Any other recommendations for what I should be looking at? For ease of integration with XBMC, I'd prefer to stick with an NVIDIA ION platform since it's been rock solid for me with the Revo, but if there is a compelling reason not to, please throw it out there.

Haven't looked at this thread in a while but, for those still interested, Cowboom is selling brand new Acer Revo 1600 units for around $2xx on ebay.
post #1954 of 1982
Good to know and thanks for posting.

For what it's worth, I maintain that the Acer 1600s are still dang near the best front end media center PC you can get. I bought a Zotac Mag ION a few months ago (I couldn't find any 1600s) and really do not like it.

It's louder, hotter, bigger, and uglier than the Acer, and cost more to boot. Sure it has better system specs, but for what I use it for, I'd prefer the Acer any day of the week. Rant over!
post #1955 of 1982
Whats your take on the new Acer 3700?
post #1956 of 1982
Nothing wrong with it, but again, at ~375, it's considerable overkill for XBMC, MythTV, etc. Personally, I'd be more interested in a lower spec'd, cheaper option than the 3700.
post #1957 of 1982
Heres an interesting remote made especially for xbmc:
http://www.tested.com/news/motorola-...-presale/2118/
post #1958 of 1982
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Originally Posted by dan4081 View Post

Heres an interesting remote made especially for xbmc:
http://www.tested.com/news/motorola-...-presale/2118/

Definitely interesting but I'm not sure of the value of a XBMC only remote. I wonder which IR receivers/dongles it is compatible with.

If only Logitech made a Harmony Remote with a keyboard in the back, I'd be all over it
post #1959 of 1982
Microcenter is selling the SU2300 based Zotac ZBOXHD-ND22-U nettop for $199 after rebate. It has Intel graphics rather than an Nvidia ION but the CPU is more powerful than an Atom and this may work better for some workloads.

I have two laptops with this CPU and we're happy with XBMC, Hulu and Netflix performance.
post #1960 of 1982
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Originally Posted by dan4081 View Post

Heres an interesting remote made especially for xbmc:
http://www.tested.com/news/motorola-...-presale/2118/

At $60 this seems to be a very questionable addon. Will it power on a Revo? Doesn't seem to be backlit which is a problem with the Lenovo multimedia keyboard/trackball and the Boxee remote. If you have an iPod Touch then there are XBMC remote apps.

Just got a Revo 3610 and it came with wireless kbd/mouse, and it's a really good XBMC platform. But there is this power on/off issue. I guess just leaving it to sleep is ok. Since it's mounted on the back of a TV that makes it a bit of a pain if the power goes off.

I guess I am not terribly impressed with this Motorola product. Maybe it will do more than it seems at first glance. The price is unreasonable.

Philip
post #1961 of 1982
I know this thread is old but what would be a good choice for a cheap XMBC build -
post #1962 of 1982
Thread Starter 
So I finally decided to upgrade my old Panasonic PT-AE700U (720p LCD) projector. I first tried an Epson 3010 (1080p LCD w/3D), but had mixed feelings about the 3D and was unhappy about the lack of lens shift (I guess I'm just lazy, because I didn't want to have to reposition my current ceiling mount). I then tried an Epson 8350 (1080p LCD, no 3D) and have been quite happy with that over the last week, but I'm still considering returning that and trying one or two other projectors. In any case, the upgrade caused me to make 1080p content a higher priority in my life, so I've been rethinking my previous plan of using Handbrake to convert all of my straight 1080p MKV Blu-ray rips to downscaled 720p MP4 format. I may still use Handbrake to convert them to 1080p MP4's, keeping quality quite high, just so that I can still maintain backward compatibility with my jailbroken ATV2's (with XBMC) for other rooms in the house. Ideally, I'd have the movies in a 1080p MP4 format that could be played from the stock ATV2 interface for these other rooms, but my previous attempts at doing so resulted in non-smooth playback on the ATV2, and I suspect that even if I could get it to work, I'd have to sacrifice quality (i.e., over-compress them) which would then be more noticeable on the Revo hooked up to my projector.

That's a lot of background leading up my main reason for bumping this thread, which is to say that I upgraded my Win7 Revo to the latest beta of XBMC yesterday, and it looks like it's working quite nice. My straight MKV rips seem to be playing very well, and even forced subtitles seem workable (my old Avatar rip plays them by default, but leaves them on the screen too long, and my Iron Man rip required me to select a different subtitle track to get *just* the forced subtitles to show). It's possible that one or both of these issues may be fixed by re-ripping Avatar (i.e., the version of MakeMKV I used at the time may have caused me some problems), and the Iron Man issue may just require that I re-mux the forced subtitle track (and only that track) back into the MKV.

I did encounter some poor playback initially, but that seems to have been fixed by me changing some of the settings inside XBMC (e.g., true fullscreen mode, not windowed, and some other default setting that I needed to change - I think related to DXVA). It's also possible that I was encountering some issues due to having recently rebooted the Revo, so perhaps some background processes were still running. I did still encounter a pause in Avatar when the Navi started speaking and the forced subtitles displayed, but it didn't seem to be a deal-killer. We ended up watching two movies in their entirety (Iron Man 2 and Cars 2) and I don't recall seeing any playback issues or non-smoothness, so it looks like I won't have to resort to buying a WDTV Live, though I am still intrigued by that since it's fanless, very portable, and should be able to play all of this high-bitrate content as well.
post #1963 of 1982
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Originally Posted by srauly View Post

So I finally decided to upgrade my old Panasonic PT-AE700U (720p LCD) projector. I first tried an Epson 3010 (1080p LCD w/3D), but had mixed feelings about the 3D and was unhappy about the lack of lens shift (I guess I'm just lazy, because I didn't want to have to reposition my current ceiling mount). I then tried an Epson 8350 (1080p LCD, no 3D) and have been quite happy with that over the last week, but I'm still considering returning that and trying one or two other projectors. In any case, the upgrade caused me to make 1080p content a higher priority in my life, so I've been rethinking my previous plan of using Handbrake to convert all of my straight 1080p MKV Blu-ray rips to downscaled 720p MP4 format. I may still use Handbrake to convert them to 1080p MP4's, keeping quality quite high, just so that I can still maintain backward compatibility with my jailbroken ATV2's (with XBMC) for other rooms in the house. Ideally, I'd have the movies in a 1080p MP4 format that could be played from the stock ATV2 interface for these other rooms, but my previous attempts at doing so resulted in non-smooth playback on the ATV2, and I suspect that even if I could get it to work, I'd have to sacrifice quality (i.e., over-compress them) which would then be more noticeable on the Revo hooked up to my projector.

That's a lot of background leading up my main reason for bumping this thread, which is to say that I upgraded my Win7 Revo to the latest beta of XBMC yesterday, and it looks like it's working quite nice. My straight MKV rips seem to be playing very well, and even forced subtitles seem workable (my old Avatar rip plays them by default, but leaves them on the screen too long, and my Iron Man rip required me to select a different subtitle track to get *just* the forced subtitles to show). It's possible that one or both of these issues may be fixed by re-ripping Avatar (i.e., the version of MakeMKV I used at the time may have caused me some problems), and the Iron Man issue may just require that I re-mux the forced subtitle track (and only that track) back into the MKV.

I did encounter some poor playback initially, but that seems to have been fixed by me changing some of the settings inside XBMC (e.g., true fullscreen mode, not windowed, and some other default setting that I needed to change - I think related to DXVA). It's also possible that I was encountering some issues due to having recently rebooted the Revo, so perhaps some background processes were still running. I did still encounter a pause in Avatar when the Navi started speaking and the forced subtitles displayed, but it didn't seem to be a deal-killer. We ended up watching two movies in their entirety (Iron Man 2 and Cars 2) and I don't recall seeing any playback issues or non-smoothness, so it looks like I won't have to resort to buying a WDTV Live, though I am still intrigued by that since it's fanless, very portable, and should be able to play all of this high-bitrate content as well.

Glad to hear.

Make sure you load Nvidias drivers versus the stock MS drivers. The GPU Driver actually contains the HDMI audio driver too now.

The following really helped me with getting rid of disk trashing and misc background BS which just bogs down the poor Atom and slow HDD that comes in the revo.

no virus scan
no security essentials
no defrag
no swap file/VM disabled (i have 4G RAM)
no restore points
no windows search service
no MS UPNP

turning off all this BS really helped the responsiveness of XBMC by getting rid of a bunch of BS background IO that was slowing the system.

Adding a $40 32G SSD made a big difference. That same drive with a Sandy Bridge CPU/Mobo combo boots XBMC in 18 seconds!

I am trying the new beta as well and it has issues... like the stock new skin

but BTW: Check out the NEON Skin

much better on Sandy Bridge than Atom/Ion but its by far the coolest skin I've ever seen......

and BTW: I like my 8100 which was $1100 2 years ago.Bought the 8500UB first and liked so much I couldn't resist trying the 8100 as a 50" plasma killer (which it is) but I still like my 8500UB much better but it costs 2x the price for better color and blacks... If you can afford it up the ante to a $3K budget and its get more interesting especially with JVC in the low end now. The 8100UB is used with a 92" screen in main liviing area in california and the 8500 in the UT basement theater. I dont like the adjust wheels on the epson compared to my previous Sanyo. The Sanyo's had a locking mechanism so they didn't constantly move around (PITA). I am constantly having to tweak the PJ from the bass I guess. I would not buy a projector without decent zoom and lens shift which eliminates a lot of the value leader DLPs.

BTW: Great service experience from Epson. bulb died less than 1 year in and they sent me a brand new bulb free. said they had some issues with premature failure and they would cover it. I was quite suprised and very happy. The 8500 developed a known red blotch issue 1 year in and they fedex'd me a new unit and a label to return the old one. again no bs.
post #1964 of 1982
If your looking for speed and reliability try

http://openelec.tv

They have optimized the OS for xbmc. I have been running this for several months without any problems. Remote and suspend work out of the box. Boot time from full power off to xbmc is under 30sec (this includes the acer splash screen). Im running a revo 1600 and its played everything without a hiccup (I do have 4gb of RAM). I have watched 50+ movies and have had zero problems. I have several setups but haven't had to power cycle in at least 5 months (well I did have an app freeze once on one of the machines)

The newer versions of XBMC ( post 10.1 and eden) will also play bluray .ISO so you may want to consider that. No menus (for now) but the quality is awesome, forced subs work and its way easier to just slap the disk in and image rather than go through all the steps required to rip/author. Downside is images take a lot of space.

The important user data and shares are all available via SMB so its easy to back up your databases.

Best of all it runs off a flash drive so you can test it without changing your current setup.


Having used several different flavors of XBMC (xbmcfreak, live, windows and linux) this is without a doubt the best

K
post #1965 of 1982
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Originally Posted by kupermanp View Post

If your looking for speed and reliability try

http://openelec.tv

They have optimized the OS for xbmc. I have been running this for several months without any problems. Remote and suspend work out of the box. Boot time from full power off to xbmc is under 30sec (this includes the acer splash screen). Im running a revo 1600 and its played everything without a hiccup (I do have 4gb of RAM). I have watched 50+ movies and have had zero problems. I have several setups but haven't had to power cycle in at least 5 months (well I did have an app freeze once on one of the machines)

The newer versions of XBMC ( post 10.1 and eden) will also play bluray .ISO so you may want to consider that. No menus (for now) but the quality is awesome, forced subs work and its way easier to just slap the disk in and image rather than go through all the steps required to rip/author. Downside is images take a lot of space.

The important user data and shares are all available via SMB so its easy to back up your databases.

Best of all it runs off a flash drive so you can test it without changing your current setup.


Having used several different flavors of XBMC (xbmcfreak, live, windows and linux) this is without a doubt the best

K

Its not for me for three reasons

1. XBMC Linux does not support milkdrop
2. it doesn't work with my IR Eye
3. it doesn't work with my USB Keyboard

So Honestly I can't even test it because neither of my two input devices that both work on Live and Freak and Windows dont work on openelec.

I like the concept though. just doesn't work for me.
post #1966 of 1982
I'd like to hear from those who upgraded the wireless card of their 3610 which card they used and would recommend.

TIA.
post #1967 of 1982
I have XBMC Eden beta2 working on a Shuttle XS35GT-V2 and on an ATV2. Both units have no fans. The Shuttle has hdmi and supports 1080p. I have it working with the HP ir receiver and a Harmony One receiver. I am using hard wired gigabit networking. The ATV2 is being used wirelessly on a kitchen TV. Realistically the Shuttle would end up costing around $350-$400 depending on whether or not you buy windows 7. I am amazed at how well Eden works on both systems, especially the Shuttle. I am amazed at the improvements on the ATV2. Jailbreaking the latest ATV2 is trivial with SeasonPass. ir is built in which is very nice.

At this point XBMC has made a massive comeback in our home. All media players are essentially gone. The only other system used is Plex, which is similar to XBMC.

The Shuttle system seems to be less popular than the Acer Revo but the lack of a fan, build quality, price, ... makes is competitive. It runs Linux and is certified for 24/7 use. Really nice system but within $150 of the latest Mac Mini, so ... The Shuttle can fit 2 drives or a drive and a Blu-ray player.

The XBMC developers have really outdone themselves with Eden. Great stuff.

Philip

Edit: Addons such as xbmcflix, Hulu , etc ... have all worked on the Shuttle. Haven't tried many on the atv2 yet.
The Shuttle has built in wireless-N which works well.
post #1968 of 1982
My IONs are still chugging along but the NEON skin is awesome on my quad core sandy bridge rig but I still use it on the ION. Try Neon if you haven't it very cool.

haven't touched XBMC on the ATV2 in a while. while update that to eden soon. waiting on my popbox v8 to arrive.

Sean
post #1969 of 1982
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Originally Posted by sean_w_smith View Post

My IONs are still chugging along but the NEON skin is awesome on my quad core sandy bridge rig but I still use it on the ION. Try Neon if you haven't it very cool.

haven't touched XBMC on the ATV2 in a while. while update that to eden soon. waiting on my popbox v8 to arrive.

Sean

That Neon skin is really nice. By far the best I have used on XBMC. Works fine on my Shuttle Ion. It is a bit slow on the ATV2 so I went back to the default. XBMC on the ATV2 is still not as stable as say Plex or MediaPlayer, but it is a vast improvement over the Dharma days. They still have this odd bug where you can only scroll down a list one click per title unless you use page scrolling. Also, XBMC on the ATV2 will occasionally take you back to FrontRow if you use certain extensions. It hasn't done that while playing a title though.

The silent Shuttle+XBMC+Neon is a pretty fantastic combination. Thanks for the suggestion. I usually don't care for other skins.

Philip
post #1970 of 1982
me neither. I play with other skins but never really used one extensively till NEON.
post #1971 of 1982
Thread Starter 
So how many of us are there still using these older Revos? Since moving my movie theater to my living room and upgrading my projector an Epson 8350, I've now got my XBox 360 serving as a Windows Media Center extender for live/recorded HDTV, an ATV3, and my old Revo (with some upgraded RAM and running Windows 7). My Blu-ray movies are ripped as MKV files where I only extracted the main movie and the non-lossless soundtrack as my intent was/is to eventually use Handbrake to convert them to MP4 files so that I can eventually play them directly via the ATV and eliminate one more piece of equipment. But while I think I can live without lossless audio I may be more bothered by the ATV's lack of 24Hz support.

Recently the XBMC group added support for lossless audio. Two questions:
1) Does this work with the Revo?
2) Does this support DTS-HD as well as Dolby TrueHD?

Any of you making use of that XBMC Build with your Revo?
post #1972 of 1982
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Originally Posted by srauly View Post

So how many of us are there still using these older Revos? Since moving my movie theater to my living room and upgrading my projector an Epson 8350, I've now got my XBox 360 serving as a Windows Media Center extender for live/recorded HDTV, an ATV3, and my old Revo (with some upgraded RAM and running Windows 7). My Blu-ray movies are ripped as MKV files where I only extracted the main movie and the non-lossless soundtrack as my intent was/is to eventually use Handbrake to convert them to MP4 files so that I can eventually play them directly via the ATV and eliminate one more piece of equipment. But while I think I can live without lossless audio I may be more bothered by the ATV's lack of 24Hz support.
Recently the XBMC group added support for lossless audio. Two questions:
1) Does this work with the Revo?
2) Does this support DTS-HD as well as Dolby TrueHD?
Any of you making use of that XBMC Build with your Revo?

1. No
2. No

I use my Revo and my home built ION all the time. Both are windows 7 now with a 32G SSD.

$200 for a 1600 refurb is a waste of money considering the cost of intel sandy bridge options.... ATOM/ION are not competitive anymore when building new rigs.
post #1973 of 1982
Quote:
Originally Posted by srauly View Post

So how many of us are there still using these older Revos? Since moving my movie theater to my living room and upgrading my projector an Epson 8350, I've now got my XBox 360 serving as a Windows Media Center extender for live/recorded HDTV, an ATV3, and my old Revo (with some upgraded RAM and running Windows 7). My Blu-ray movies are ripped as MKV files where I only extracted the main movie and the non-lossless soundtrack as my intent was/is to eventually use Handbrake to convert them to MP4 files so that I can eventually play them directly via the ATV and eliminate one more piece of equipment. But while I think I can live without lossless audio I may be more bothered by the ATV's lack of 24Hz support.
Recently the XBMC group added support for lossless audio. Two questions:
1) Does this work with the Revo?
2) Does this support DTS-HD as well as Dolby TrueHD?
Any of you making use of that XBMC Build with your Revo?

My first Revo--the 1600 you inspired me to buy, upgraded to Win7 and 3GB RAM--is in the bedroom. The second--a 3610 with 4GB RAM--is in the basement. (Main HTPC is Sandy Bridge i3 DIY.) All run regular Eden. For HD Audio and improved video, I'm back to using MPC-HC as an external player in XBMC. With LAV filters and madVR, they can handle anything--including DTS-HD MA. (Of course, the Revos can't bitstream HD audio, but decode it to PCM.)
post #1974 of 1982
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies.

So when using a Revo 1600 and converting lossless to PCM (I believe I experimented with this a long time ago and my previous receiver reported the audio as Multi-channel - no DTS or Dolby Digital lights on since it wasn't bitstreamed I believe) is it still lossless?

And just to confirm, again...XBMC's latest build can't do this conversion to lossless PCM from DTS-HD? You have to use MPC-HC to do it?

To be honest, I still think I'm satisfied doing without lossless. Even though my current receiver supports it, I've been "fat, dumb, and happy" without it for some time and am still trying to optimize my environment for maximizing the visual aspects of my front projection setup, which is far more important to me. I upgraded my projector to a 1080p Epson 8350 and want to upgrade my 92" 16:9 screen to a larger 2.35:1 screen, but I also need to darken my walls and make significant improvements in light control. Once I do all that and am happy, I may revisit lossless audio. Since I've already ripped a heck of a lot of my Blu-rays without the lossless track, this is yet another reason why I'd just as soon not revisit this. I should add that I've also been content sticking with 5.1 audio and am in no rush to add more speakers, especially now that I've made my living room into my main movie room - it's hard enough to minimize the eyesore-aspect of the speakers/subwoofer I already have).
post #1975 of 1982
Thread Starter 
Is anyone here running Plex under Windows 7 on a Revo 1600? I finally got around to trying the Plex server desktop app out in conjunction with my iPhone 4S and my wife's iPad and I have to say I'm impressed. Some of what I like about it:
1) It will handle your central repository of metadata for movies, so that the client Plex app (whether running on a Revo desktop or an iPhone) won't need to redundantly pull down that information again locally.
2) The video PQ on my iPhone / iPad was very impressive, and remained impressive after then AirPlaying it to an AppleTV. It could even play my WTV files, but it doesn't like the file naming convention that Windows Media Center uses, so it doesn't pull down the metadata.

So then I tried out the Windows client on my Revo 1600, but I can't seem to get my movies to play back well. The video refresh rate doesn't look right, and I've had some buffering issues, and this is with the Revo 1600 plugged in via ethernet. I have hardware acceleration checked in the settings screen. Also, if I check for it to adjust the display refresh to match the video, I end up getting a blank screen (with audio playing). I am using an HDMI switch and a 1920x1080 resolution even though my TV is only 720p; that's because I have the switch also connected to my 1080p projector. I will experiment further to see if this works any better when outputting to my projector. But I believe that I don't have these problems when playing via XBMC.
post #1976 of 1982
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Originally Posted by srauly View Post

Thanks for the replies.
So when using a Revo 1600 and converting lossless to PCM (I believe I experimented with this a long time ago and my previous receiver reported the audio as Multi-channel - no DTS or Dolby Digital lights on since it wasn't bitstreamed I believe) is it still lossless?
And just to confirm, again...XBMC's latest build can't do this conversion to lossless PCM from DTS-HD? You have to use MPC-HC to do it?
To be honest, I still think I'm satisfied doing without lossless. Even though my current receiver supports it, I've been "fat, dumb, and happy" without it for some time and am still trying to optimize my environment for maximizing the visual aspects of my front projection setup, which is far more important to me. I upgraded my projector to a 1080p Epson 8350 and want to upgrade my 92" 16:9 screen to a larger 2.35:1 screen, but I also need to darken my walls and make significant improvements in light control. Once I do all that and am happy, I may revisit lossless audio. Since I've already ripped a heck of a lot of my Blu-rays without the lossless track, this is yet another reason why I'd just as soon not revisit this. I should add that I've also been content sticking with 5.1 audio and am in no rush to add more speakers, especially now that I've made my living room into my main movie room - it's hard enough to minimize the eyesore-aspect of the speakers/subwoofer I already have).

The 1600 is connected via HDMI directly to a TV (no receiver in the bedroom), so the audio is output as stereo PCM. However, the 3610 in the basement is connected via HDMI to a receiver and outputs multichannel PCM, with the correct sample rate, word length and number of channels. Moreover, it sounds good, so I presume that it is lossless (except for legacy DD and DTS, of course). XBMC with AE or DSPlayer might be able to do the same (haven't tried them yet); I use MPC-HC as external player under XBMC with LAV filters (and TMT's DTSDecoder). I rip only the best audio track (usually lossless) from BDs and have 5.1 speakers.

Sorry about the delay: I wasn't notified of your post. (Thanks again, Huddler!)
post #1977 of 1982
Thread Starter 
OK, I'm bumping this very old thread for selfish reasons. I figured there may be a lot of you still subscribed to this thread so this will be my cheap way of getting a lot of you to see my question, hopefully more than might see it if I just started a new thread in the AVS forums (which may be my next step). Anyway, my question is that I'd like to be able to control my Windows 7 desktop from my Mac laptop and possibly even an iPad or iPhone. I bought one of those Lenovo handheld keyboard/trackball things, but it's not very comfortable to use. So I'm thinking I probably want to go with a VNC type setup. Do any of you here have any experience with that? Preferably any experiences you can share connecting from the Mac OS to a Windows 7 desktop and/or an iOS client to Windows 7.

It looks like another option might be LogMeIn (free version).

For bonus points, if any of you have any experience with any of the iOS mouse/keyboard apps (e.g., HippoRemote, Logitech TouchMouse, Mobile Mouse, Remote Mouse, etc.), I'd love to hear which one(s) you like and why. I'd rather not have to install all of them and experiment to see which one works best/easiest if I can instead save myself some time by drawing upon the experiences of others.
Edited by srauly - 1/26/13 at 9:03am
post #1978 of 1982
teamviewer.com

Including android, and iOS apps.
Free for non-commercial use.
post #1979 of 1982
I have installed a VNC server on my W7 installation and do this routinely using both Windows 7 laptop and my Macbook Pro. I also have an Android tablet with a VNC client which lets me control in a pinch. I have used XBMC Remote iOS app on my iPhone for controlling XBMC and do typing/searches easier. Don't have any complaints with any of this. I have to admit Teamviewer suggestion above is probably simpler and easier but VNC is an open protocol with wide support as well. The only problem is that XBMC UI does not show up on the remote client. Neither does Windows Media Center (which I regularly use).
post #1980 of 1982
Quote:
The only problem is that XBMC UI does not show up on the remote client. Neither does Windows Media Center (which I regularly use).

I just tried this on my LAN. From XP box into Win 7 box. Teamviewer version 7. XBMC windowed. And the client showed XBMC fine - even rendered video.

Srauly.
Have you considered a usb uirt receiver? I used to use one, and eventghost software to emulate keystrokes, mouse clicks etc... when a particular IR code is received.
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