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post #211 of 859
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Originally Posted by yushi View Post

Hi
I want to buy this media player.
Could you please tell me how this BT works in the device?
Does the media player should be connected to a computer in order to download?
can I connect my DSL modem to it?
it's just that i have a laptop which i take with myself so the BT doesn't make sense if it should be connected to a computer.
thanks

BT: you will have to install a HDD into the unit and format with the PBO. Once access PBO via IE or any web browser, you can start adding BT seeds into the unit via web UI. Once start, PBO will download the file for you. Media player only needs to be on the network (wired or wireless network), no need to direct connect to PC.

DSL modem: i assume you meant having the PBO connect directly to the DSL modem? Yes you can. I assume your DSL modem also serve as a router?
post #212 of 859
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Originally Posted by Patriot Box Offi View Post

can you check if you have "TV system" under system set to a specific setting or is it on AUTO? usually the boot screen will flick when the unit try to detect tv resolution. You should be able to set HDMI to 720p, 1080i or 1080p. This by all means is not defective.

Patriot Box Office, I have it set to 1080I with HDMI, I turned off digital noise reduction. Still doing the same exact thing, flickers at start up. With a hard drive in the unit, it flickers for 10-12 seconds, without a drive in the unit, it flickers for 1-2 seconds. I have tried everything with no luck. I have 2 units, both does the same thing, so I believe its an issue with the firmware not a faulty unit.
post #213 of 859
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Originally Posted by StrungOut View Post

Ummm.. No. The manual says the l/p is admin 123. And that ain't it, I know because I tried it and it didn't work.

If you don't know the answer don't reply with a smart remark.

You asked what the default was, its in the manual. Don't blame me for pointing out the obvious answer to to obvious questions.
post #214 of 859
PBO will start with a "HDD format" screen when it detects a HDD installation. This is annoying to me. Can I disable this screen or step?

This feature should be considered as a feature in "Set up", because not all people want to format HDD for BT.

My PBO is fixed at living room. I have to take out HDD to another room to copy files. When I re-install HDD back, this heart-beating format screen comes up. If my finger touches the button too fast, my videos are gone.
post #215 of 859
Pardon my ignorance but what is BT?
post #216 of 859
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Originally Posted by Friend_g View Post

PBO will start with a "HDD format" screen when it detects a HDD installation. This is annoying to me. Can I disable this screen or step?

This feature should be considered as a feature in "Set up", because not all people want to format HDD for BT.

My PBO is fixed at living room. I have to take out HDD to another room to copy files. When I re-install HDD back, this heart-beating format screen comes up. If my finger touches the button too fast, my videos are gone.

Yes we are working to turn the auto detect function off. In the future this will be required done through setup.
post #217 of 859
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Originally Posted by simonsayzo View Post

Patriot Box Office, I have it set to 1080I with HDMI, I turned off digital noise reduction. Still doing the same exact thing, flickers at start up. With a hard drive in the unit, it flickers for 10-12 seconds, without a drive in the unit, it flickers for 1-2 seconds. I have tried everything with no luck. I have 2 units, both does the same thing, so I believe its an issue with the firmware not a faulty unit.

is your TV 120HZ? does it flicker in the begining booting process or during playback?
post #218 of 859
BT is Bit Torrent - a downloading method. Google it to find more. PBO can do BT conveniently (a plus) - see its manual.

It is good to know the next firmware fixes it. Thanks.
post #219 of 859
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Originally Posted by Patriot Box Offi View Post

is your TV 120HZ? does it flicker in the begining booting process or during playback?

no, tv is not 120hz, only flicker at beginning boot process, not during playback. I have zero problems with playback, just annoying flicker at bootup. Thanks
post #220 of 859
I have the patriot BOX office on my desk ready for testing

I have had the popcorn device and I still have the WD HDMedia device, I hope this is better then those.

I want to know how good the network option is, I have 500 Movies on my network, I currently distribute them using HTPCs,matrix switches and CQC software. I would love to have the Patriot BOX replacing my HTPC and control it from CQC Home automation software!!
post #221 of 859
does this support movie covers? looks like i am going with a d-link 323 with 2 1.5 tb drives and hopefully the patriot box.

i do hope they sort out their interface though.
post #222 of 859
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Originally Posted by penngray View Post

I have the patriot BOX office on my desk ready for testing

I have had the popcorn device and I still have the WD HDMedia device, I hope this is better then those.

I want to know how good the network option is, I have 500 Movies on my network, I currently distribute them using HTPCs,matrix switches and CQC software. I would love to have the Patriot BOX replacing my HTPC and control it from CQC Home automation software!!

Depending on how you ripped those movies (SD/HD/ISO/MKV/etc) will help determine your satisfaction with the unit (IMO). For me, the only problem I have streaming wired or via USB is with ISO files. I am even able to stream 720 HD (MKVs) via the Patriot wireless.

I've got the WDTV Live as well and like this unit better because of the hard drive bay and "adult-sized" remote. The Patriot is louder than the WD, but if you are actually watching TV or listening to music, you will not hear it. If it gets on your nerves too much and you aren't using an internal drive, you can just unplug the fan.

Oh, and I get flicker every time I turn on the PBO as well.
post #223 of 859
Just read through the thread, helping me make up my mind.

Wanted to say I like that Patriot keeps up with forums like this one.

One question: anyone had any experience with using the PBO as a limited NAS? By limited I mean basically just backing up media files with backup software to the internal HD as well as accessing the files from other computers on the network?

Thanks.
post #224 of 859
I just got mine and tried a few vids that did not work with my old media player but supposedly on the Asus OPlay so naturally I was hopeful they will work with the PBO but so far the few WMV files do not work and some of those movies that worked on the Asus would put my box into a stalling black screen state :P Was hopeing that my unit may need a firmware update but I realized I do not see any firmware updates on the patriotmemory.com site. Can someone point me in the right direction? :P
BTW for a moment I thought PBO would go out looking for a firmwre update itself when on the network, maybe something that can be added
post #225 of 859
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Originally Posted by Patriot Box Offi View Post

can you check if you have "TV system" under system set to a specific setting or is it on AUTO? usually the boot screen will flick when the unit try to detect tv resolution. You should be able to set HDMI to 720p, 1080i or 1080p. This by all means is not defective.

I tried them all except for Pal and 576 which goes black & white and REALLY flickers, it still 'flickers and runs' from top to bottom. Looks like a strobe light in the room whenever I turn the unit on, lol. It's not that issue, any other suggestions? Acutally its more like 15 - 20 seconds, not 10 seconds.
post #226 of 859
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Originally Posted by Digital Puppy View Post

Depending on how you ripped those movies (SD/HD/ISO/MKV/etc) will help determine your satisfaction with the unit (IMO). For me, the only problem I have streaming wired or via USB is with ISO files. I am even able to stream 720 HD (MKVs) via the Patriot wireless.

I've got the WDTV Live as well and like this unit better because of the hard drive bay and "adult-sized" remote. The Patriot is louder than the WD, but if you are actually watching TV or listening to music, you will not hear it. If it gets on your nerves too much and you aren't using an internal drive, you can just unplug the fan.

Oh, and I get flicker every time I turn on the PBO as well.

All movies are standard DVDs and ripped VOBs.
post #227 of 859
The flickering may be in how your TV or AVR handles the initial signal the PBO puts out while it starts up. For me I just get a "weak or no signal" sign on mt TV while it starts up, which takes about 15 seconds. Just a thought....
post #228 of 859
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Originally Posted by penngray View Post

All movies are standard DVDs and ripped VOBs.

VOBs on mine play very well. I can stream them over the ethernet, but not very well over wireless. VOBs also play well for me via attached storage (USB and on-board).

Good luck with your set up.
post #229 of 859
When I turn on PBO, my TV says "No Signal" for x seconds, x=20~30 when power switch flipped and x=10 when remote power button pushed.

I think the problem is due to PBO sending meaningless signals thru HDMI when it powers up. TVs may react differently. When PBO is powered off, it loses the HDMI link with TV completely. On the other side, my cable DVR remains the link with TV even when its power is off. My TV can sense it and talk to it. PBO lacks this.
post #230 of 859
Does this player play PGS subtitles from m2ts files? Thanks.
post #231 of 859
Will there be a firmware update at some point that allows bitstreaming of Dolby TrueHD audio?
post #232 of 859
I've been meaning to get one of these for awhile, but wanted to give it some time to hear and read more about it. So far I've read more positive things about it and more good things to follow with future firmware. So I bit the bullet this morning. I like the idea that it comes with wifi.
post #233 of 859
I bought the Wifi dongle option but was surprised to find that it won't properly fit the rear port due to physical dimension of it but I certainly do not want to have it stick out in the front. I guess I have to use a USB extender. Wonder if one could hook up a USB hub ......
post #234 of 859
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Originally Posted by Freakfreak View Post

I bought the Wifi dongle option but was surprised to find that it won't properly fit the rear port due to physical dimension of it but I certainly do not want to have it stick out in the front. I guess I have to use a USB extender. Wonder if one could hook up a USB hub ......

The Patriot USB adapter I have fits. Even with a Ethernet cable and HDMI plugged in at the same time, it fit...it was tight, but it still worked.
post #235 of 859
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Originally Posted by Digital Puppy View Post

The Patriot USB adapter I have fits. Even with a Ethernet cable and HDMI plugged in at the same time, it fit...it was tight, but it still worked.

Mine fits in but not all the way so I suspect the contact would not be reliable but I have not tried it yet :P Maybe I was ringing the alarm early I guess I just have to try :P
post #236 of 859
I'm very close to ordering a PBO, but have one question I've not seen addressed here. I want to use the PBO on two different TVs, one which has HDMI inputs, and one that has only Component. Will the PBO automatically output to the active connection? Or would I have to change the output in Setup before moving it from one TV to the other?

Thanks,
Jack
post #237 of 859
FYI: The PBO does not have component output only hdmi and composite.
post #238 of 859
No quicktime encoded file has audio sound, though video plays. Will this be corrected with firmware soon?
post #239 of 859
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Originally Posted by paddman View Post

FYI: The PBO does not have component output only hdmi and composite.

Dang, I missed that! On Patriot's web page for the PBO, the pic of the rear shows RCA outputs labeled "Component". I saw that, but didn't notice that the three RCA connectors are actually Composite. That kills it for my needs.

Thanks, paddman.
post #240 of 859
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Originally Posted by strpyw View Post

No quicktime encoded file has audio sound, though video plays. Will this be corrected with firmware soon?

It does support AAC for sure, not sure if it depends on what software was used to encode it.
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