I bought an Xbox 360

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I shopped around for a device to play video from my computer on my TV and decided the Xbox was the best solution. It was easy to set up, but the fans are very loud. I may have to put it in a better case.

I wish the Wii had a similar media feature. The Xbox is huge, heavy, loud, expensive and the controller is diabolically complicated in comparison. Luckily, my Harmony remote speaks Xbox, so I can use that to control playback.
 

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I shopped around for a device to play video from my computer on my TV and decided the Xbox was the best solution. It was easy to set up, but the fans are very loud. I may have to put it in a better case.

I wish the Wii had a similar media feature. The Xbox is huge, heavy, loud, expensive and the controller is diabolically complicated in comparison. Luckily, my Harmony remote speaks Xbox, so I can use that to control playback.


Watch out when it comes to the case. These things get HOT, and if air flow is blocked in any way, they're more than happy to shut down, and in some cases never turn on again.
 

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TVersity is your friend.

I use it to stream my entire HD library (which I have stored on a dedicated computer) to any of the Xbox 360's in the house. I also use it for SIRIUS (and other Internet Radio stations).

If you have any questions, let me know.
 

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Yeah...I definitely wouldn't case it. Overheating = hardware fail = red ring of death.
 

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I shopped around for a device to play video from my computer on my TV and decided the Xbox was the best solution. It was easy to set up, but the fans are very loud. I may have to put it in a better case.

I wish the Wii had a similar media feature. The Xbox is huge, heavy, loud, expensive and the controller is diabolically complicated in comparison. Luckily, my Harmony remote speaks Xbox, so I can use that to control playback.

check it.
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Congrats on the buy, let us know how you like the video streaming

So far it's fantastic. I've got a D-Link DNS-323 storage device. It has built in Bittorrent and UPnP server. The Xbox can see the UPnP server, which can see the completed folder from the Bittorrent client, so all I have to do is add a torrent to DNS-323, wait a bit, and the Xbox can play it. I don't need a PC at all, except to browse out to the DNS-323 interface to add the torrent. If the XBox had a web browser...

I've been watching high def content from Netflix, too.


I saw that. While the DVD drive is very loud, my problem is with the fans.
 

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TVersity is your friend.

I use it to stream my entire HD library (which I have stored on a dedicated computer) to any of the Xbox 360's in the house. I also use it for SIRIUS (and other Internet Radio stations).

If you have any questions, let me know.

I installed it, but it doesn't seem to work. It plays all of the same codecs that WMP 11 plays and nothing else. I've tried setting it to transcode always and transcode when needed. I've disabled Microsoft's UPnP and SSDS services. I've changed the target codec to different values. I think most of the files it can't handle are x264, even though I've selected that codec for transcoding. The Xbox gives the same error with Tversity as it does with WMP.
 

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Did you install the included TVersity codec pack AND made sure that ffdshow was assigned to play H.264 files during setup?
 

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Did you install the included TVersity codec pack AND made sure that ffdshow was assigned to play H.264 files during setup?

Yeah. I'm going to try removing all codecs from my machine and reloading the ffdshow stuff, and maybe try the CCCP codec pack, too. Twiddling codecs is a pain in the ass.
 

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Also make sure the folder containing the x264 files are set to "Always Transcode" and set the compression to Minimum for best results.
 

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Uninstalling and reinstalling the codecs had no impact. Running MediaServer in debug mode from the command line does, though. When I do that it can transcode x264 files, but it bogs down and has to pause while refilling the buffer every few minutes. It never works correctly from the GUI mode, and won't work correctly from the command line without the "-debug" option, but in debug mode it can't keep up with the stream.

I want my money back!