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post #9421 of 9676
Hi.
Helping hanewin configure NFS.
I see the shared folders but I get error when entering
I have opened the ports on my router.
I have added in NFS in windows seven
No it can be
I have looked a thousand tutorials no way.
You have to configure anything on boxee box
Help please
Sorry for my English
thanks
post #9422 of 9676
Boxee forum dead? Hasn't been accessible since yesterday. If so, I'd guess due to the overwhelming volume of negative criticism for both the old and new boxes.
post #9423 of 9676
Maybe we all got banned! biggrin.gif

(The forum is definitely down)
post #9424 of 9676
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

Boxee forum dead? Hasn't been accessible since yesterday. If so, I'd guess due to the overwhelming volume of negative criticism for both the old and new boxes.

They mentioned on twitter this week that it was down and they were working on it. They didn't mention what the issue was though.

I have been recording at least 15 hours of Tv each day with the Boxee TV. That has for the most part been working well. Although I hope at some point before they finish they beta they have mutlichannel audio from the recordings. It's only 2.0 pcm right now. Although watching live is in DD and 5.1 if the channel broadcasts it.
post #9425 of 9676
All I need is this to play br iso (movie only) Netflix and Pandora. No surround sound. One tv is 1080 other is 720. From what I've read I shouldn't have any issues. Is this correct?
post #9426 of 9676
Hi Premium,
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Originally Posted by premium0521 View Post

. . . From what I've read I shouldn't have any issues. Is this correct?
You shouldn't have any issues, but you may. I had similar requirements to your's, and my experience with Boxee was a disaster. Here are things that went wrong:

I have a lot of independent films - some old, some new, but many are not mainstream. All are listed on IMDB. Boxee would mis-identify them when it scaned, and I would have to identify each one manually. But the next time Boxee scanned, it would change it back to the incorrect version. An example was Les Bernstien's "Night Train" which it would misidentify it as Brian King's "Night Train" every time it rescanned, even though I had the year in the title. According to Boxee tech-support, it couldn't be fixed.

Then there was a problem with the fact that Boxee does not support Blu-Ray menus. Since I rip the entire disk, my wife could not figure out how to navigate to the actual movie. And then, it often could not play the whole movie (something about seamless-branching).

Also Boxee could not play my DVDs, because I had ripped them to folders instead of ISOs. Tech support's sugested solution was to re-rip them all to ISO.

But the biggest problem was with my Internet. I am behind a proxy-server, and Boxee does not handle Proxy-servers correctly. I had to take my Boxee to a friend's house to use his internet anytime I did a factory reset (which tech support made you do as punishment anytime you called them).

So the problems go beyond the audio issue. It may work for you, as it works for many people, but nobody can predict that you'll have no issues.

BTW: I bought a Netgear NeoTV-550 for less than the boxee, and I'm completely satisfied. However, my requirements are modest: DVD & BR with menus and hi-res, gapless FLAC music.
post #9427 of 9676
Thank you. My rips are movie only so I'm hoping that will help along with not need the surround audio. I also have a neotv 550 and works great for me except we just got rid of Dish and the neo doesn't get Netflix. I'm looking for a one box solution
post #9428 of 9676
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Originally Posted by premium0521 View Post

. . . we just got rid of Dish and the neo doesn't get Netflix. I'm looking for a one box solution
Yes, NetFlix was the main reason I bought Boxee. We decided to stick with NetFlix-by-mail after Boxee failed.

Movie-only rips should preclude the playback issue that I had. And I suspect that Boxee has fixed most of the movie-identification problems by now. So, hopefully, you are good to go. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
post #9429 of 9676
Thanks, me 2
post #9430 of 9676
I dont know if you guys are following the boxee forum, but some amazing development with the root hack has led to a new easy install hack with a lot of new customizations. The community is finally fixing stuff that boxee fked up and refused to implement.
http://boxeeplus.com/
http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=63248
post #9431 of 9676
Thread Starter 
I have been following it a bit, but it's way too early alpha for me to even consider installing it. I applaud the effort though and if they are able to bring XBMC as a fully ported app to the Boxee then I have a feeling I will be making a donation to their project.
post #9432 of 9676
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Originally Posted by jmpage2 View Post

I have been following it a bit, but it's way too early alpha for me to even consider installing it. I applaud the effort though and if they are able to bring XBMC as a fully ported app to the Boxee then I have a feeling I will be making a donation to their project.
I think you should try it out if you are still using your box. Its much more stable now then some weeks ago.
But I dont think we will see xbmc any time soon.
post #9433 of 9676
Plan to install it this weekend... fanart, better buffering, Music on menu, etc. Looks good enough to me.
post #9434 of 9676
Thread Starter 
You guys let me know how it works out.

I would also be careful, Boxee will probably try to close the root access off with their next update and/or they will try to find ways to detect hacked boxes and make it so they can't run any internet apps.

If there's one thing Avner Ronen knows, it's how to grovel to please the media kingpins.
post #9435 of 9676
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Originally Posted by jmpage2 View Post

You guys let me know how it works out.
I would also be careful, Boxee will probably try to close the root access off with their next update and/or they will try to find ways to detect hacked boxes and make it so they can't run any internet apps.
If there's one thing Avner Ronen knows, it's how to grovel to please the media kingpins.
Solitude had already found another way to install the hack without workgroup, but i agree you never know what that company is up to. They promised to release the newupdate, but i guess when they mean soon, they mean 8 months.
post #9436 of 9676
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bozzeta View Post

I dont know if you guys are following the boxee forum, but some amazing development with the root hack has led to a new easy install hack with a lot of new customizations. The community is finally fixing stuff that boxee fked up and refused to implement.
http://boxeeplus.com/
http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=63248

Thanks!! That's pretty cool. Plus the movie cover art can also show 27 titles at a time instead of the normal 12 titles.
post #9437 of 9676
I really like this Boxee+. I got it to install on two of my boxes but for some reason could not get it to install on a third box. I'll watch a movie on one with Boxee+ tonight to see how well playback of a full movie is. If there is any difference.

Since I'm kind of at a stand still with my A400.
post #9438 of 9676
Hi Folks,

I am looking at buying a Boxee just so that I can have TV/cable reception for my Epson Projector, hooked up thru my Onkyo 609. Don't care about Netflix as I have a Sony streamer that handles Netflix, Hulu and Pandora.

Anyone have issues with the cable/antenna aspect? I am open if anyone can recommend anything else for $99 that can serve as a "cable box".

PS I cut the cable cord 3 mos back which is why I don't rent a cable box but still get about 15 channels thru the coax cable line.
post #9439 of 9676
I believe you are refering to the Boxee TV, not the Boxee Box........If you are looking for a "cable box" type unit you may also want to look at the Google TV offerings.....
post #9440 of 9676
so, I guess the Boxee Box is truly dead. It's not even advertised on the main boxee page anymore. Just that Boxee TV thing.

I need something reliable that plays everything the boxee does without freezing. Money isn't an object but user friendly booting and usage is. So no HTPCs (for the wife). Help?
post #9441 of 9676
Thread Starter 
If money's not object then you should not rule out an HTPC. There are some pretty nice pre-built ones that can even be powered on and off via the remote. Setting it up to automatically launch XBMC or Plex is also a relatively easy thing to do.

If my wife can use the HTPC then yours probably can do. My wife does prefer to use Boxee, but she can get around the HTPC with XBMC just fine.
post #9442 of 9676
PCH, Dune, and Me8er all make good products, take you pic ;-) none IMO get the Local Jukebox down as well as Boxee did (even with it's issues) some dont have a local jukebox and need a computer to manage the jukebox, others need 3rd party software, others dont do "merged" jukeboxes....PCH has a chance to come the closest once they implement the "merged" jukebox (all sources in once jukebox)...
post #9443 of 9676
Thanks. I would consider an HTPC, but I'd really like something small with no upkeep (supported through pushed updates rather than having to manually keep it running). Also size is a factor, being able to put one in each room. Even the smallest HTPCs are pretty large boxes in comparison to stream boxes. I wouldn't need storage - I own a 1512+ Diskstation.

I like XBMC mostly, and I wish something ran it perfectly with HD audio bitstreaming - other than an HTPC.
post #9444 of 9676
i'm sure this has been posted, but I didn't see it - http://bbx.boxee.tv/blog#.UL-D1YPBHmp
post #9445 of 9676
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by b_scott View Post

Thanks. I would consider an HTPC, but I'd really like something small with no upkeep (supported through pushed updates rather than having to manually keep it running). Also size is a factor, being able to put one in each room. Even the smallest HTPCs are pretty large boxes in comparison to stream boxes. I wouldn't need storage - I own a 1512+ Diskstation.
I like XBMC mostly, and I wish something ran it perfectly with HD audio bitstreaming - other than an HTPC.

My HTPC is about the size of a Nintendo Wii and is almost completely silent when operating.

The product you are interested in does not exist. Boxee Box is the closest. 2nd place probably goes to the Dune or Popcorn players. You can get a Boxee Box pretty cheap from eBay and there are efforts to expand the functionality now that the box has been rooted... however this gets you back to the "tinkering" that you don't want to deal with.
post #9446 of 9676
I already have a Boxee Box.... but it freezes all the time. I can't leave it on.

I thought Boxee said they were not going to allow rooting? But I do see the boxee plus thing above - I'll give that a shot.

It's not that I don't want to initially tinker - but I don't really want to perform upkeep and maintenance on two more PCs at home.
post #9447 of 9676
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Originally Posted by b_scott View Post

I already have a Boxee Box.... but it freezes all the time. I can't leave it on.
I thought Boxee said they were not going to allow rooting? But I do see the boxee plus thing above - I'll give that a shot.
It's not that I don't want to initially tinker - but I don't really want to perform upkeep and maintenance on two more PCs at home.

The new Boxee Box hack is an independent effort. It definitely requires some tinkering but once installed offers some sweet new features. The install process itself is giving some users a problem but it really
is not very hard. There is some concern that if and when the last official update comes it will plug the root hole. Solitude, the author of the hack has discovered another hole and is keeping it as a backup in case it is
needed. As long as you own a box it's worth trying you can always revert back to the official firmware. As for them blocking the root I wonder if that will really happen. Seems to me it has gotten the grumblers off
their back and they should welcome it unless there are contractual issues with content providers that mandate it. One fix I thought I should mention is that the box now turns off and doesn't hang. The guys
working on this hack have more on the ball than the Boxee people ever had. If they had access to the things they needed to compile new firmware I have little doubt they could fix many of the bugs that Boxee
couldn't or didn't care enough to do.

If your box locks up or gets sluggish when you leave it on all the time you aren't alone. I've only found one solution, turn it off and live with the lengthy booting time. I don't know if the hack has had any effect on
this problem but they are taking requests. The hack is in one those enthusiastic fun periods.
post #9448 of 9676
Thread Starter 
I think the issue b_scott is describing is that if you leave the box up and running for long periods of time it hangs. I just shut mine off when they are not in use, no need to waste the electricity.
post #9449 of 9676
thanks Bob.

jmpage - I like having it on so not only don't I have to boot it every time I switch over, but also it will constantly scan my media and add new files automatically, which is useful. My Tivo stays on 24/7 with nary an issue, I'm not sure why something that is solid state like the Boxee should have this problem.

Also power is negligible.
post #9450 of 9676
Not sure if anyone has posted this before. Some dedicated individuals have figured out how to partially root the Boxee Box - http://boxeeplus.com/

I haven't tried it myself, but it looks like an interesting project and organized.
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