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    GeeXboX - Media Player



    GeeXboX is a media player software. It can play videos, play music (with visualization) and display photo slideshows.

    Requirements:
    -SD card (non-SDHC, formatted in FAT/FAT32)

    Optional:
    -USB keyboard
    -Bluetooth mobile phone (MIDP 2.0-compatible with AT+CMER implementation)
    -USB ethernet adapter/PC-to-PC link cable (theoretically any model supported by linux 2.6.24.4 should work)
    -USB storage (flash disks, card readers, external enclosures, etc. Supports reading of nearly all major *nix/Win/Mac partition types and writing the majority of them except NTFS/UFS)

    Loadable File Sources:
    -Front SD
    -USB Storage Device
    -Network Shares
    -Network Streams

    Wiimote Controls: By default the wiimote is the remote control. When the bootsplash progress bar is reaching its end, press '1' and '2' together. If the wiimote is found and connected, all four LEDs will light up and wiimote will rumble for 2 seconds. If not, press '1' and '2' to retry after LEDs stop flashing.

    Arrows - navigate OSD menu/move image
    Home - OSD menu display/autozoom image
    A - pause playback/start and pause/restart slide show
    B & Arrows - navigate DVD menu
    B & A - select in DVD menu/view image in original size
    B & Home - stop playback/quit slide show
    -/+ - control volume/scale image
    B & -/+ - seek forward/backward during playback
    1/2 - play previous/next item in playlist/slide show
    B & 1/2 - unmount and mount front SD
    B & A & 1/2 - reboot or shutdown

    (No, you don't have to point your wiimote at the sensor bar, which isn't powered on anyway.) Don't press the 'power' button on wiimote. Doing that will not shutdown GeeXboX and you will have to reconnect by pressing '1' and '2' again. Holding down button(s) will not send repeated commands. You have to press as many times as needed. To add or change button definitions, edit GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_wiimote.conf and lircrc_wiimote.

    Keyboard Controls:
    Use arrow keys to move around in the menu. For more detailed info on keyboard controls, view help in menu, consult GEEXBOX/etc/mplayer/input.conf or the GeeXboX site (GeeXboX HomePage, some info is outdated though).

    Bluetooth Mobile Phone:
    Not all bluetooth-enabled phones are usable. For an incomplete list of usable models, see anyRemote · Control your computer with your phone (GeeXboX for wii does not use anyremote though). Models listed as working in bluetooth AT mode should be usable. You have to specify the bluetooth MAC of your mobile in GEEXBOX/etc/bluez. When GeeXboX boots up and finds your mobile, you will be prompted for password. The default password is '0000'. Key definitions in this release are based on Benq-Siemens S68. To use other models or to customize key definitions, you many have to edit GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_bluemobile.conf and lircrc_bluemobile. Some (Sony)Ericsson models can also be used with the 'bte' driver (GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_bte.conf and lircrc_bte).

    Supported Formats:
    -All a/v formats supported by MPlayer (yes, rmvb included), with the exception of WMV9 audio
    -Http/udp/rtp/rtsp network streams (shoutcast, icecast, lan unicast, multicast and VOD)

    Aspect Ratio:
    By default, all video will scale to 640 pixel width while keeping the original aspect ratio. If the scaled height exceeds the screen height (for instance 480 pixel for NTSC Wii), the video won't play. This means for NTSC Wii, all video must have an aspect ratio of 4:3 (640:480) or greater. If your video happens to have the 'wrong' aspect ratio, you may consider editing the 'xy=640' option in /GEEXBOX/etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf. For details, consult MPlayer's online documentation at MPlayer.

    Bugs:
    -Wiimote LED light won't be on while connected to wii.
    -MPEG4 playback was slow
    -If too much USB devices are connected (USB Hub), GeeXboX goes very slowly
    -If I change the background.avi, the menu shows up mirrored
    -On some Wiis there is no loading screen. Then the Kernel messages show up. Not a big deal, GeeXboX boots up though.
    -if you get a black screen and it doesn't load in a few minutes: format SD card on a Windows computer

    Network Sources:
    If you want to use shoutcast/icecast etc., remember to set long blacklist or short white list in GEEXBOX/etc/netstream. Better still, just define a few netstreams pointing to the broadcasts you desire and disable shoutcast/icecast scan. The reason for this is because every broadcast url obtained by GeeXboX from scanning the server is saved in Wii memory as a playlist file. Thousands of such small files soon eat up all available space. For uPnP shares over lan, avoid exporting huge and complex directories.

    Source & Download:
    Homebrew apps/GeeXboX - WiiBrew

    | Wii LU64 | USB Loader GX | Western Digital 320GB Passport Essential HD |

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    Wow, the homebrew stuff is really making waves now.

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    nice post i was going to make a thread for geexbox because it is the greatest app ever for the wii, and i been wait for it to have wiimote support been usin it since it was realeased with the wiimote

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    Works great! I've been using a 40gb 2.5" hard drive connected to a 2.5/3.5/sata to usb. Even plays .vobs

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    Hopefully this isn't a dump question but what size/type external hardrives are compatible with the wii? Do they need to be formatted/setup in any particular way?

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    Mine is ntfs Still cant believe it works with this nGear USB2.0 to SATA/IDE Drive Adapter
    Last edited by dingchow; 07-25-2008 at 10:41 PM.

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    Thats awesome. Does this mean the wii will play a DVD movie or MP3 DVD?
    Last edited by MNWII; 07-26-2008 at 01:18 AM.

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    Works great! Had it hung on me after attempting to play a 720p movie thru usb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingchow View Post
    Mine is ntfs Still cant believe it works with this nGear USB2.0 to SATA/IDE Drive Adapter
    Oh...snap...I need one of those. Cheap alternative for a USB harddrive...since harddrives are really cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by MNWII View Post
    Thats awesome. Does this mean the wii will play a DVD movie or MP3 DVD?
    Um...I couldn't figure out how to get a DVD to play. I don't think it's implemented in the current release. But thats why I have a DVD player.

    Constant DVD playback can damage you Wii's DVD drive. With a game the Drive only reads the disk at the loading screen but with a DVD it's constantly reading off the disk.

    Quote Originally Posted by ainutz View Post
    Works great! Had it hung on me after attempting to play a 720p movie thru usb.
    Yeah it has a bit of trouble with hi-res videos. And MPEG4 plays slow for me.
    Last edited by Jiiprah; 07-26-2008 at 04:31 AM.

    | Wii LU64 | USB Loader GX | Western Digital 320GB Passport Essential HD |

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    This seems like a good deal on the SATA.IDE adapter

    USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Converter Cable by Eforcity - PCABUSBX0017 - Buy.com

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