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post #3331 of 4195
I would use any one of the large number of converting tools and convert the video width to 720 by XXX (scaled) but keep the bit rate the same and try it again. Alternatively you can also cconvert it to another file TYPE and see if it runs.... i.e. AVI or MPG or TS....
post #3332 of 4195
I can't introduce another conversion step into the process, unfortunately. It comes in already in that format, and another conversion would reduce quality again. I like having good quality source material, so I'm not going to try that method.
post #3333 of 4195
then you might as well send it back.
I've made many conversions without loss and it has everything to do with the quality of the program and the bitrate you set. Yes...if you were going from HD to xvid or HD to mpeg2 you will see some losses...but you aren't doing that.
The quality of your file as stated is low to middle-low at best. Conversion should be simple without loss and if you have loss then you're not using the right program.

You need to determine if it's a video size issue and you should be able to create the same xvid file but with a 720pixel width to at least FIND OUT if you are limited by resolution.

Another check is to make sure the file plays without problems with a few different media players you have on your pc. Make sure VLC plays it (although it tends to play everything but .evo files).
post #3334 of 4195
Hi there,

Does somebody have problems with some MP3 files? I have some files that will play in slowmotion. I see these files have 192kbps.

Greets
160bpm
post #3335 of 4195
I don't believe you'd get any gain out of it. The switches will downgrade the connection to the MG35 (and the other components), but from a GigE->GigE switch it should go high speed.

Now, if you're pulling down content from the office computer from multiple devices/computers at once, you may exceed the bandwidth coming from the computer (if its Fast Ethernet). In fact, you might make the problem worse by saturating the wire more from your laptop than you can now. Anyway, try it out. Buy from a place you can do returns to if it doesn't solve your network problem.


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Originally Posted by schroedk View Post

Quick basic networking question for anyone who's willing to help. I have the MG-35 networked from my entertainment system in the family room as an NDAS drive to my office computer, which has 4 external drives providing content that I stream to the MG-35. I use a 10/100 fast ethernet switch at each end. The sequence is hard drives via USB to computer -> computer via Cat5e to 10/100 fast ethernet switch -> 10/100 fast ethernet switch in entertainment system -> MG-35. My question is this: each of my fast ethernet switches is actually a gigabit 10/100/1000 switch. If I were to get a PCMCIA gigabit card for my laptop, would I see any benefit at all with regard to stutters (few, but still there)? I ask because the ethernet port of the MG-35 is listed as 10/100 mbps (as are the ports to my PS3, HD-A2, and Griffin TuneCenter iPod dock, which are also receiving feeds from the ethernet switch), so I'm assuming if I ran everything at gigabit speed, it would basically bottleneck at the MG-35 (and other components) back down to 100 mbps, correct??? I figure it's probably a basic question, but one that I'd rather ask vs. forking over $50 for the card. Thanks!!!
post #3336 of 4195
Welcome to the thread. A firmware update "shouldn't" affect the data on the drive, but it always "could". You should not have single copies of anything irreplaceable on this machine, or on any hard drive for that matter (keep a copy on this and a copy on another hard drive).

1.4.4.x are the hacked versions we've been working with, hacked off al tech's 1.4.4. Some of the guys are working on updating the Al Tech 1.4.6 with the community UI and feature set.


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Originally Posted by Rexxy View Post

hi guys,

1st time poster, 2nd time reader...hehehe

Just wanted to ask "what may seem a dumb question", but i got my mg-35 3 days ago and have loaded up all my family photo's and movies, which are approx 20,000 files. Is there any chance that a firmware update will affect the data on the hard-drive ??

also, the firmware on the al tech site is now v1.4.6, but the f/w rev being mentioned here is v1.4.4.#. Have al tech created the new firmware using any of the improvements made by you guys, and if there any improvements with your v1.4.4.# over their v1.4.6 ??

thanks guys,

Rexxy
post #3337 of 4195
Need help, i just bought Vista and the shared a folder and went to play on Mg-35, plays ok for around a minute or two then it says network connection lost.

It was setup and working fine on XP sp2 no issues what so ever, have disabled firewalls, turned guest account on, static ip, share folders properly, i can transfer files via computer to computer with no problems but the mg-35 keeps doing the same thing.

Anyone else got it going on Vista yet
post #3338 of 4195
Bit off topic I know , but think this is VERY important for MG-35 users to know ,that would not normally keep up with MG-350HD developments..

Today,Al Tech issued a New Firmware for the 350 that adds Net Radio support (a VERY much requested on both 35 and 350) - and I am pleased to report it actually works...

I wonder if it wil ever be possible to port this new feature to the MG-35? - would be a amazing addition thats for sure..

See my report on the new Firmware here:


http://mediagateusa.s10.forumsplace....opic.php?t=382
post #3339 of 4195
Greetings all,
I need help.

After weeks of watching Freecom's website for stock availability and eventually phoning them to place an order, a Mediaplayer 35 finally fell off some boat (only 50 were coming in, apparently) and into my sweaty clutches today.

320GB Seagate drive duly installed, a few test files copied over and all's well apart from one thing.... no DivX support.

No, siree, it won't even see the files.
Is this normal?

On the box it says it supports DivX and Xvid.
The website agrees.
However, when you look at the main menu, under the Play Movie extension list, DivX does not appear.

This is a real bummer as I've encoded most of my bulky MPEGS to DivX.

Should I sent it back, or would a firmware update do the biz?
It's currently running V 1.4.6.

Thanks in advance.

KC
post #3340 of 4195
Try renaming the extension to AVI and see if they work.

tk
post #3341 of 4195
Hi Pendragon,

I've had a pop at altering the extension, but XP won't seem to let me do it.

There's more to it than just right-clicking, I take it?
post #3342 of 4195
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Originally Posted by klarkycat View Post

Hi Pendragon,

I've had a pop at altering the extension, but XP won't seem to let me do it.

There's more to it than just right-clicking, I take it?

The Mg-35 plays divx encoded files fine in most cases ,the file extn has to be avi , maybe the files are read only? , that why XP will not allow you to change them? , you will have to make them read/write 1st....

Bottom line , no need to send your unit back just yet :-)
post #3343 of 4195
Woo-hoo!
Success.

Twas that pesky folder option saying something like "hide known extensions" that was throwing me off the scent.
Box unchecked, Divx extension magically appears, only for it to be replaced with avi, and then Robert's your mother's brother.

Cheers guys.

Until next time...

KC
post #3344 of 4195
guys i uploaded a simple Mediagate ccf file for Pronto remote users in the Yahoo Mediagate Forum. It can easily be merged with other ccf Pronto Files. It also contains remote codes which can easily be copied using the Philips Pronto Edit. Hope this helps
post #3345 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by alfa View Post

guys i uploaded a simple Mediagate ccf file for Pronto remote users in the Yahoo Mediagate Forum. It can easily be merged with other ccf Pronto Files. It also contains remote codes which can easily be copied using the Philips Pronto Edit. Hope this helps

alfa (or anyone)
my mg-35 remote is starting to fail.

I have a JP1 universal remote and started reading up on how to connect it to a PC and program it, but then my head exploded. It seems so complicated even for a fairly competent computer user.

Is there some simple way to get a JP1 remote to operate the MG-35?

Dave

- Royal Blue, now that's what I'm talkin' about! -
post #3346 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidpeele View Post

alfa (or anyone)
my mg-35 remote is starting to fail.

I have a JP1 universal remote and started reading up on how to connect it to a PC and program it, but then my head exploded. It seems so complicated even for a fairly competent computer user.

Is there some simple way to get a JP1 remote to operate the MG-35?

Dave

- Royal Blue, now that's what I'm talkin' about! -

If all else fails and your JP1 remote takes too long to set up, you can always just purchase a spare MG-35 remote. (Here is one I found through google. I'm sure I saw one at a different site for a bit less)

http://www.xpcgear.com/mg35remote.html
post #3347 of 4195
Hay, I just connected my MG-35 to my router for the first time. I just have always used the HDD. But I found this crazy long LAN cable in a box, and thought I would try it out.

So I try to connect to it with my FTP app, Transmit. Wow look, there's all of my stuff!
Now, what can I do with it?
It seems I can only LOOK at the files not download or upload. Correct?
I see that I can streem from a PC (but not my Mac?)
I'm sure way back in the thread it is explained how to copy to and from via the network... I am sure I read it too, but...
Anybody care to post a re-cap?

Dave
post #3348 of 4195
is any way that the radio can be added to the mg35 firmware?

if i was good with programming i would try to implement that.

anybodee knows how to do it?
post #3349 of 4195
Hi,
I'm a Brit with a new Freecom MG35 and I'd like to update the firmware (currently 1.4.3). I don't have a HDD in it and I probably won't fit one - can I still update the firmware?
I've copied 1.4.6 onto my shared folder on my PC and I can see it from my Freecom unit under "Movies" but I'm reluctant to execute it without confirmation by those more knowledgeable that nothing hideous will happen!

Thx

Simon
post #3350 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheKrell View Post

Thanks Teddtstacker and hotfuzz for your help. Because this used to work! I have been using DVD Decrypter for decryption as well as iso production. I presume if a more modern DVD comes along that it can't handle, I'll have to use something else such as AnyDVD. But so far I haven't seen even one such disk; all my ripped DVDs thus far are ready to process further, e.g. into mpg files. Actually, I have a recent distribution of DVDFabDecrypter which I have at the ready, should DVD Decrypter fail.

The symptom is this: when I select or Play an iso file, I get the brief notice that it's playing the selected file, and then it simply exits without any video or audio. If I've used the Play button, it goes on to play subsequent files just fine (as long as they are not ISO files). Use of the Select button just returns to the file browser after display of the filename.

I've tried iso's I've gotten off the net, those I've made with DVD Decrypter, and those I've made with DVD Hive, all with the same result. Can either of you ship me a URL with an ISO that absolutely positively works fine in your Mediagate? That would tell us whether I've somehow wedged my firmware or else just can't produce a valid ISO file. But that seems far-fetched since these ISOs all burn to DVD just fine using Nero.


This sounds very similar to a problem I've had.
Apologies if it's already been covered.

I was also having trouble playing ISOs.
I'd click on the file, but all it would play would be eternal, silent blackness.
The first time it happened I thought it was a dodgy ISO.

However... when it happened again after I'd just been watching an ISO that played successfully, I decided to investigate futher.
I'd noticed that when a movie was stopped, the player said it could be resumed later from the same point.

"Ah, ha", I thought, "perhaps the wee box is trying to play other films from the same time index..."
And sure enough, when I tried to play other ISOs, some played the famed eternal silent blackness, while some others played from halfway through the film.

"Ok then" was my next thought, "how about a hard reset (aka switching off and on?"
And wouldn't you know it... all my previously unplayable ISOs were suddenly revived!!

Now, although this is a workaround, it's rather poor that you have to switch off the machine before you can watch another film after having previously viewed another.

Is there another way?
Am I missing something?

Any help Krell?

I've a couple of my own 'monsters from the Id' that you may be able to help me with...

1. On all my ISOs, a few digital artefacts sometimes (actually most of the time) loiter on the screen, positioned about a fifth of the way in from the left and about a third of the way up from the bottom.

2. On a couple of ISOs can be heard some harsh electronic 'spitting' sounds. Each lasts, say, a fraction of a second and they are spaced about six minutes apart.
I've only heard them on two ISOs, mind you, so the problem may be rather isolated. Still, I'd be interested to hear if anyone else had heard such accoustic annoyances.


Thanks in advance.

KC
post #3351 of 4195
Sorry for not updating my iso problems which you quoted above. Seems that my particular problem is confined to playback of iso's from a W2K machine that used to work fine. When I copy the monsters to my Mediagate's internal hard drive, they play back fine. Other file types still play fine from my W2K machine; it is still a mystery what changed that only affects this one file type.
Quote:
Originally Posted by klarkycat View Post

"Ok then" was my next thought, "how about a hard reset (aka switching off and on?" And wouldn't you know it... all my previously unplayable ISOs were suddenly revived!!

Well, why this workaround fixes it is anybody's guess. About 20 pages back in this thread, I originally claimed that the stopping point was not stored in NV memory. But Ian corrected me and he is right. The Mediagate stores at least one position for at least one video in NV memory and this survives a hard reset.

What version of the firmware are you running? Fiddling with the AC3 bug and a patched mediaplayer for 1.4.6, I have convinced myself that the only reason most versions of Mediagate firmware work at all is by accident! That is how buggy they are.

On your other iso monsters from the ID, I can't help because I have never observed either.
post #3352 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by swarrans View Post

I've copied 1.4.6 onto my shared folder on my PC and I can see it from my Freecom unit under "Movies" but I'm reluctant to execute it without confirmation by those more knowledgeable that nothing hideous will happen!

Many people have done it successfully. But be forwarned that there are more ways to have a disaster reflashing from a network share than there are reflashing from an internal disk. For example, power (or other failures) to PC, network, or Mediaplayer during the reflash, can "brick" it.

Good luck!
post #3353 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheKrell View Post

What version of the firmware are you running?

I'm running V 1.4.6.
Would you recommend I upgrade to a 'tweaked' version?
And if so, which?

Oh, and I've found the perfect avatar for you:
http://www.msu.edu/~daggy/cop/images/00000081.gif
I used this one myself on a Lost forum when I started a thread suggesting that the monster was in fact an Invisible Mechanical Dinosaur from The Future.

Some of the responses were priceless.

KC
post #3354 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by klarkycat View Post

I'm running V 1.4.6.
Would you recommend I upgrade to a 'tweaked' version? And if so, which?

Well... I use 1.4.4 something-or-other with the supraeon-patched mpegplayer because most of my videos are mpeg-2 program streams w/AC3 sound. Supraeon also produced a patched version of mpegplayer for 1.4.6, but with that substituted for the original in 1.4.6, somehow network share browsing gets broken. This version also has better-looking graphics, a telnet and ftp daemon, and even a rudimentary web browser.

If you don't care about AC3 sound in mpeg-2 program streams, then the official versions might do. 1.4.5 introduced a cross-fade effect in the slide show, and also fixed the progressive jpeg display problem. It also added a folder-repeat setting. 1.4.6 added a screen saver which nevertheless comes on when it shouldn't, so it's of dubious value.

Quote:


Oh, and I've found the perfect avatar for you:
http://www.msu.edu/~daggy/cop/images/00000081.gif

Hehe, well, that's a pic of the monster from Morbius's ID, not The Krell themselves.
post #3355 of 4195
Mg-35 users that also have a TIVO,may want to checkout this thread just posted at the Mediagate forums..

http://mediagateusa.s10.forumsplace....hp?p=1663#1663

The Hardware loks classic MG-35,but as you can see from the screenshots in the manual the firmware is VERY different , with a TIVO feature on the main menu..

Also check out that Royal Blue GUI!! - I wonder where they got the Idea for from that?

Eat your heart out Rob!!
post #3356 of 4195
The MG35 has been around for a couple of years now. Its hardware must be a bit underpowered by todays standards. Is there a new hardware release coming?
post #3357 of 4195
I think the MG-350HD would be the new release.
post #3358 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheKrell View Post

Hehe, well, that's a pic of the monster from Morbius's ID, not The Krell themselves.

You're right, of course.
It's spooky, but it appears Dr Morbius foresaw this event, prompting him to comment:
The fool, the meddling idiot. As though his ape's brain could contain the secrets of the Krell.
Guilty as charged.
post #3359 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bytre View Post

I don't believe you'd get any gain out of it. The switches will downgrade the connection to the MG35 (and the other components), but from a GigE->GigE switch it should go high speed.

Now, if you're pulling down content from the office computer from multiple devices/computers at once, you may exceed the bandwidth coming from the computer (if its Fast Ethernet). In fact, you might make the problem worse by saturating the wire more from your laptop than you can now. Anyway, try it out. Buy from a place you can do returns to if it doesn't solve your network problem.

Thanks for the response. That's kind of what I figured, so I'm going to stick with my 10/100/1000 switches and the internal 10/100 card already in my computer. I try not to run multiple devices using the network at once; at the most, I might download FW updates to my PS3 while listening to internet radio via the iPod dock, but that's very, very rare.
post #3360 of 4195
Quote:
Originally Posted by klarkycat View Post

This sounds very similar to a problem I've had.
Apologies if it's already been covered.

I was also having trouble playing ISOs.
I'd click on the file, but all it would play would be eternal, silent blackness.
The first time it happened I thought it was a dodgy ISO.

However... when it happened again after I'd just been watching an ISO that played successfully, I decided to investigate futher.
I'd noticed that when a movie was stopped, the player said it could be resumed later from the same point.

"Ah, ha", I thought, "perhaps the wee box is trying to play other films from the same time index..."
And sure enough, when I tried to play other ISOs, some played the famed eternal silent blackness, while some others played from halfway through the film.

"Ok then" was my next thought, "how about a hard reset (aka switching off and on?"
And wouldn't you know it... all my previously unplayable ISOs were suddenly revived!!

Now, although this is a workaround, it's rather poor that you have to switch off the machine before you can watch another film after having previously viewed another.

Is there another way?
Am I missing something?

Any help Krell?


ME

Indeed there is a better way! \\o/
After the player has refused to play an ISO, just select the file again and start pressing Title on your remote for all you're worth.
The result, for me at least, is that the film starts playing, and from the beginning no less!

Now, if I could only figure out how to stop the blue light blinking when there is a USB connection...
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