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post #9631 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

When does the Boxee scan for new media? Do you have to tell it to scan, or does it look automatically?

If you define the location of your media as a nice complicated address to a NFS address on a NAS, can you get to that address/location easily - ie: A couple of button presses?

So you can get to the location of a new file manually easily, rather than going through the scanned in library/jukebox approach?

Provided your sharing is set up correctly, and you're using the correct naming convention, go to the BBox's Settings/File Sources/Add Sources, when adding a source a window pops up that gives you the options of selecting 'Media Type' and 'Type of Scanning' (never, once, daily, hourly) -- I've found with my sizable library that if I allow the BBox to scan/identify on its own, that it misses different files randomly... so when I have approx 15 +/- new titles to add, I do all the ID'ing manually

And if you're sharing is correctly set up you can simply access your content from "Files" on the BBox's home screen -- or a more simple way to to so would be to connect a UBS drive directly to the BBox... but of course you mentioned using a NAS and NFS sharing
post #9632 of 9676
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Originally Posted by gmd024 View Post

Provided your sharing is set up correctly, and you're using the correct naming convention, go to the BBox's Settings/File Sources/Add Sources, when adding a source a window pops up that gives you the options of selecting 'Media Type' and 'Type of Scanning' (never, once, daily, hourly) -- I've found with my sizable library that if I allow the BBox to scan/identify on its own, that it misses different files randomly... so when I have approx 15 +/- new titles to add, I do all the ID'ing manually

And if you're sharing is correctly set up you can simply access your content from "Files" on the BBox's home screen -- or a more simple way to to so would be to connect a UBS drive directly to the BBox... but of course you mentioned using a NAS and NFS sharing

So even if it's not scanning, your can manually visit your media folder and browse to the file (MKV) to play?

All my media is stored on a eTRAYZ NAS box offering NFS shares...
post #9633 of 9676
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Originally Posted by gmd024 View Post

Provided your sharing is set up correctly, and you're using the correct naming convention, go to the BBox's Settings/File Sources/Add Sources, when adding a source a window pops up that gives you the options of selecting 'Media Type' and 'Type of Scanning' (never, once, daily, hourly) -- I've found with my sizable library that if I allow the BBox to scan/identify on its own, that it misses different files randomly... so when I have approx 15 +/- new titles to add, I do all the ID'ing manually

And if you're sharing is correctly set up you can simply access your content from "Files" on the BBox's home screen -- or a more simple way to to so would be to connect a UBS drive directly to the BBox... but of course you mentioned using a NAS and NFS sharing

Nope.

My sharing is not setup correctly and that's my problem.
When I go to BBox's Settings/File Sources/Add Sources I am able to find my Mac but when I click it asks me for username and password.

So no I can't manually visit the folder to browse the files as I do not yet have access to the Mac through the Boxee.

Also the whole point of sharing files through the network is to be able to stream stuff wirelessly smile.gif
post #9634 of 9676
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Originally Posted by aanee View Post

Nope.

My sharing is not setup correctly and that's my problem.
When I go to BBox's Settings/File Sources/Add Sources I am able to find my Mac but when I click it asks me for username and password.

So no I can't manually visit the folder to browse the files as I do not yet have access to the Mac through the Boxee.

Also the whole point of sharing files through the network is to be able to stream stuff wirelessly smile.gif
But maybe this is all down to your Mac?

ie: Maybe you're the exception, and I'll work fine?
post #9635 of 9676
Absolutely could be!

I just thought I post this here and hope that there are more Boxee owners who run Mac and perhaps someone has the same problem smile.gif
post #9636 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

So even if it's not scanning, your can manually visit your media folder and browse to the file (MKV) to play?

All my media is stored on a eTRAYZ NAS box offering NFS shares...

Again, if your sharing is set correctly, the answer is 'yes', via the BBox's 'Files' on the home screen
post #9637 of 9676
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Originally Posted by aanee View Post

Absolutely could be!

I just thought I post this here and hope that there are more Boxee owners who run Mac and perhaps someone has the same problem smile.gif

As previously mentioned, you're solution is most likely SMBup - since the new Maverick release, this sharing issue has been discussed elsewhere and the suggested solution that was mentioned was SMBup
post #9638 of 9676
Question... How high is the Boxee Box. ie: What's the smallest shelf height it can fit into?

And I'm right in saying it's not IR, so doesn't need line of sight with the remote?
post #9639 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

Question... How high is the Boxee Box. ie: What's the smallest shelf height it can fit into?

And I'm right in saying it's not IR, so doesn't need line of sight with the remote?

Amazon has it listed as 4.6 inches in height....but to answer your second question: correct, no line of sight needed for the remote.
post #9640 of 9676
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Originally Posted by skro View Post

Amazon has it listed as 4.6 inches in height....but to answer your second question: correct, no line of sight needed for the remote.

Thanks...

Can someone please confirm the unit will fit in 12cm (or less) of vertical space?
post #9641 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

Thanks...

Can someone please confirm the unit will fit in 12cm (or less) of vertical space?
It's really close to 12 cm - like right on the nose
post #9642 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

Question... How high is the Boxee Box. ie: What's the smallest shelf height it can fit into?

And I'm right in saying it's not IR, so doesn't need line of sight with the remote?

It's roughly 5" high, (allow a little more for proper ventilation, it does get 'warm' when playing certain files) - and it does come with an RF remote, but some IR remotes work fine with it also
post #9643 of 9676
I can confirm that SMBup solved the problem!


Now to the next issue.

I have an external HDD connected to the BB with lots of movies etc.
This is formatted in NTFS which I just now realise is not supported by Mac.

Now my question is; which format should I use for the HDD so that I can both read and write on it from the Mac and also use it with the BB?
It has to support larger file sizes than 4 Gb such as HD movies.


Does the BB support FATex?
Is there a way to enable NTFS on the Mac without issues?


Edit: I would actually rather not format it at all since its 1,5 TB of content that would get lost in the process...
post #9644 of 9676
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Originally Posted by aanee View Post

I can confirm that SMBup solved the problem!


Now to the next issue.

I have an external HDD connected to the BB with lots of movies etc.
This is formatted in NTFS which I just now realise is not supported by Mac.

Now my question is; which format should I use for the HDD so that I can both read and write on it from the Mac and also use it with the BB?
It has to support larger file sizes than 4 Gb such as HD movies.


Does the BB support FATex?
Is there a way to enable NTFS on the Mac without issues?


Edit: I would actually rather not format it at all since its 1,5 TB of content that would get lost in the process...

A simple google search ( "enable NTFS on Mac Mavericks" ) should give you an answer for your NTFS/MAC question

Or... http://support.boxee.tv/entries/325794-Adding-and-Using-an-External-USB-Drive-
post #9645 of 9676
Great so according to that link, the BB supports HFS+ if journaling i disabled and so does the Mac.

What exactly does "journaling" do and is it possible to disable it only on the external drive (and not on the Mac SSD)?

Then I dont really see the point of something like Paragon which costs 20 Euro.
post #9646 of 9676
Has anyone used ASUS CUBE with Google TV yet?

Look like a newer better boxee.



http://www.asus.com/us/Multimedia/ASUS_CUBE_with_Google_TV/
post #9647 of 9676
How can it be 5x5x5 and weigh close to 20 lbs? That can't be right. It looks very weak on audio formats, and video formats seem limited as well. If they were to fix those I would be much more interested.
post #9648 of 9676
Don't bother, the Cube is based off the obsolete closed source GoogleTV platform derived from Android 3.0. Google has replaced GoogleTV with AndroidTV based off Android 4.2 though the announcement hasn't been made quite official yet.

Only LG though has updated their old GoogleTV platforms to the newer AndroidTV. Most of the other GoogleTV vendors have signalled no interest in updating their boxes.

You really need newer hardware anyway, Android and something like XBMC is a demanding combo, there is a group doing a kickstarter for their box called Qubi which is exactly that with a high end snapdragon 600 quad core chip in it with XBMC as the front end and launcher to Android apps.
post #9649 of 9676
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Originally Posted by Alx330 View Post

You really need newer hardware anyway, Android and something like XBMC is a demanding combo, there is a group doing a kickstarter for their box called Qubi which is exactly that with a high end snapdragon 600 quad core chip in it with XBMC as the front end and launcher to Android apps.
I don't understand why there isn't already a reasonably powerful off the shelf unit out there with XBMC on it!?
post #9650 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

I don't understand why there isn't already a reasonably powerful off the shelf unit out there with XBMC on it!?
Good question. You'd think by now some manufacturer would've figured it out and have sold them like hotcakes. The upcoming Pivos XIOS may be close to it. The current gen is sluggish, but with XBMC installed under Linux, it almost felt like a XBMC appliance. With the more powerful and snappier box due out next month, it may just be the right XBMC box at the right price-point.
post #9651 of 9676
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

Good question. You'd think by now some manufacturer would've figured it out and have sold them like hotcakes. The upcoming Pivos XIOS may be close to it. The current gen is sluggish, but with XBMC installed under Linux, it almost felt like a XBMC appliance. With the more powerful and snappier box due out next month, it may just be the right XBMC box at the right price-point.
Got a link?

How about this? Sounds like what you're talking about? - http://www.amazon.co.uk/XstreamTec-Linux-XBMC-Midnight-Streaming/dp/B00CAT7XZY/ref=pd_cp_ce_0 - 60-70second boot time? Frames dropping?
Edited by NeilF - 11/11/13 at 4:48am
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post #9654 of 9676
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So it's not out yet, and will be buy and use? ie: No faffing about installing/setting up nonsense?
post #9655 of 9676
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Originally Posted by NeilF View Post

So it's not out yet, and will be buy and use? ie: No faffing about installing/setting up nonsense?
I don't think it'll be "buy and use"... if it's like the current gen XIOS, setup should be similar to this. Fairly straightforward, but if Pivos is smart, maybe they'll make this box even easier to setup and use.
post #9656 of 9676
It's not 20 pounds. More like 2, if that.
post #9657 of 9676
Looks like using an older laptop is still the best bet, XBMC, VUZE full on browser etc.
post #9658 of 9676
Congratulations it's a Boxee. 1 lb 9 0z.

I weighed it.
post #9659 of 9676
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

Good question. You'd think by now some manufacturer would've figured it out and have sold them like hotcakes. The upcoming Pivos XIOS may be close to it. The current gen is sluggish, but with XBMC installed under Linux, it almost felt like a XBMC appliance. With the more powerful and snappier box due out next month, it may just be the right XBMC box at the right price-point.

Getting an allocation of chips from a high end Arm vendor like Qualcomm, Samsung or Nvidia is probably not so easy or cheap unless they have a vested interest in your product (e.g. Nvida pushing Android game consoles)

The lower end Chinese Arm chipsets from Amlogic, Rockchip and so on are very cheap and easy to acquire.

There is also the chain of development
1) original Android port of XBMC created for Pivos XIOS, works only with Amlogic chipsets.
2) general Android XBMC release for all other devices CPU software decoding only
3) general Android XBMC gets hardware decoding for Android 4.0
4) general Android XBMC gets hardware decoding for Android 4.2+

So hardware decoding on any of the high end Arm chips is really only a very recent development.

Given all the work Pivos has put into Amlogic they will probably use the next new chip from them, but the selection of chips is now much wider than before.
post #9660 of 9676
^^ So we're basically waiting for Pivos to bring out their next unit sometime over the next X months?
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