I'm sick of xbmcbuntu.

Ever tried to upgrade XBMCBuntu? I've installed this distro because I was kinda lazy and wanted XBMC without much effort. Now I'm switching to a debian/sid setup with XBMC from → deb-multimedia.org/.

Don't expect much help from the official xbmc boards or the official xbmc wiki. "Do whatever you want but you'll break your system" is what you're gonna hear if you're asking them for help.

debian/sid comes with the newest packages and DMO is a great 3rd party repo with multimedia apps. If it works as good as I am expecting, I will post a step-by-step guide how to setup an XBMC-sid 😉

0 Comments Jan 26, 2014 share to diaspora*

3rd HTPC, part II

A few weeks ago I've ordered the last missing bits of hardware. Unfortunately one device was a complete failure.

TypeNameSpecs
HDDWDC WD20EFRX2,000 GB, silent, 24/7, low power consumption, low heat developement
SoundcardCreative Audigy FXHas been promoted as "EMU10k2" soundcard but unfortunately it's Realtek ALC7xx CRAP. The shipped low profile bracket doesn't fit either. 35.99€ for nothing 😟
DVB-S2TeVii S464 PCIDVB-S/DVB-S2 tuner card. Should support Linux but couldn't get it working yet

If someone needs an expensive and crappy soundcard, E-Mail me: crt0mega[at]c-r-t.tk

0 Comments Dec 21, 2013 share to diaspora*

My 3rd HTPC

In a few days my order will be shipped. I'm waiting for some hardware to build my 3rd HTPC, replacing my poorly failed AMD Geode setup.

Here are some details:

TypeNameSpecs
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3HSocket FM2+, AMD A88X chipset, 4 DDR3 sockets, 2x PCIe x16 and more
APUAMD A6 6400K2x3900MHz, Radeon HD8470D integrated, cheap
RAMG.Skill 8GB DDR-31866MHz, CL8 9-9-24, DualChannel Kit

More stuff will be added Dec 2013.

0 Comments Nov 11, 2013 share to diaspora*

Argon (SMS-based media player with XMB GUI)

Today I found another interesting homebrew app for my old PS2: Argon. I didn't even notice it but it's in developement since 2006. Seems to combine great design with even greater functionality. Get it → here, → here or → here.

Update: I've tried Argon now and downloaded it from psx-scene. I don't know why the above image showed off when I did an image search for "Argon" but the app itselfs looks a bit simpler than that. Unfortunately you cannot set the video mode like you set it in SMS but some people reported that you can run it via GSM. I'll try that later but I'm not very optimistic.

Besides that, the app looks promising and has some functionality which are missing in SMS plus the great look and feel of a XMB style media player. There are still some things to do but they're on a good way.

Update 2: I've been digging through Argon's thread on psx-scene. It seems that it's creator has stopped the developement of Argon and denies to publish the source code. According to other members the creator has violated the GPL by porting OpenTyrian to the PS2 as closed-source and is gone mad after some other users asked for the source.

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Converting widescreen movies for Nokia E90

In the web I found the following instructions:

For video at 800×352 pixels,
GENERAL
MPEG-4
ISO 14496-1 version 2
Bit rate: 1835 Kbps
Stream size: 44.2KiB

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0 Comments Nov 25, 2012 share to diaspora*