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I forget if this was the same price ages ago, but most had sold out at the time anyway so....

The official Microsoft DVD Playback Kit, including remote and receiver, for the original Xbox (not the 360) is only 99p instore at GameStation (where available). Just got one from York.

They've gone for around £7.00 min on eBay for the past year, about £4.50 min in profit after all fees, and CEX give £2.00 cash and £3.00 exchange.
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#1
Great deal but no gamestation in NI!!!!!
#2
Oh wow! Heat and rep!

I'm in such desparate need for 3 of these.

If anyone would be willing to get hold of 3 of these for me, I'd be forever in your debt plus I'd obviously pay for them. If anyone can, please give me a shout, it's been on my shopping list for awhile.
#3
Bought an XBox memory card for the same price a few weeks back.
#4
ULTRA HOT. Original xbox running XBMC still to be bettered in terms of compatability (Except maybe popcorn hour) Still for £20 it will do everything except hd files. I will check out my local Gamestation tommorow and buy whatever they have but I would think they will have sold out long ago.
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i will get u some on monday from game station if they have them antispam email me ur email address and i will let u know on monday if i get them
#7
I have been looking for 1 of these for ages but can never find them in GS
#8
XBMC's ok, that said I've been watching a Region 1 DVD on one and the playback isn't great - ie. bettered by a 5 year old dvd player - it took forever to figure out how to get decent motion (set 60hz mode in ms dash, then play ntsc @ pal 60 in xbmc settings > video), and even now it has visible interlacing lines, messes frame orders up when changing shot, and has random artifacting every now n then. still, not bad for £20.

And if anyone actually wants an xbox, modded with xbmc, plus remote / controller, splinter cell + mem card (with mod files on) kits, etc let me know, i have a few spare. all my remotes are reserved for consoles atm though :(
#9
pepsi_max2k
XBMC's ok, that said I've been watching a Region 1 DVD on one and the playback isn't great - ie. bettered by a 5 year old dvd player - it took forever to figure out how to get decent motion (set 60hz mode in ms dash, then play ntsc @ pal 60 in xbmc settings > video), and even now it has visible interlacing lines, messes frame orders up when changing shot, and has random artifacting every now n then. still, not bad for £20.

And if anyone actually wants an xbox, modded with xbmc, plus remote / controller, splinter cell + mem card (with mod files on) kits, etc let me know, i have a few spare. all my remotes are reserved for consoles atm though :(


Just sent you a pm about this.
#10
For playing dvds maybe....But its a media box meant for streaming video files. Nothing like it available at any price except pop corn hour in this regard.
#11
XBMC's ok, that said I've been watching a Region 1 DVD on one and the playback isn't great - ie. bettered by a 5 year old dvd player - it took forever to figure out how to get decent motion (set 60hz mode in ms dash, then play ntsc @ pal 60 in xbmc settings > video), and even now it has visible interlacing lines, messes frame orders up when changing shot, and has random artifacting every now n then. still, not bad for £20.


Soft modded xboxes are pretty poor at playing back DVDs, any £20 supermarket, no-name machine will offer better playbck and ease of use. However, as a media streamer (connect it up to a home network via its ethernet port, either wirelessly or via a RJ45 cable), you have a flexible, versatile media player that will beat the pants off anthing costing 5 times asmuch. Within, reason, I have never known it not to play a media file. Bearing in mind the technology is about 8 years old, I will even play some HD content!

XBMC is a great piece of software that is constantly being updated. If anyone is interested in a softmodded box, drop me a line.
#12
Here's a tip: if they haven't got any in the window just ask at the counter. Chances are they've got one in the back room as many stores ended up with dozens of these left over from traded-in xboxes over the years and they just chucked them in a big box.
#13
Its avforum Mike ! Thanks for the tip I will check it out tommorow and buy any they have ! I have 4 of these set up round the house for streaming plus another 3 in reserve...
#14
ya i saw this a while ago when i wanted to buy one and this guy got it before me and it was the last one )-8 but they did give me a free receiver to see if it work without the remote controller but it didnt.
#15
>> However, as a media streamer, you have a flexible, versatile media player that will beat the pants off anthing
>> costing 5 times asmuch.

well yeah... i guess having a pc (and laptop) 3 metres away from the TV kinda dulls the fun of that a little :)

fwiw though, it isn't perfect. the RGB output on any but the 1.6 models isn't great (i forget exactly but there were issues with connexant + focus output chips, which manifests itself primarily in definition between colour blending), interlacing support isn't perfect (I believe everything is deinterlaced then reinterlaced, dunno how common that is though), and genereal brightness / contrast is kinda dodgy too (i spent hours messing about with settings before setling for defaults and just upping chroma by 5). my now £10 freeview box outputs better looking images, and much much better than when I tried getting mythtv to run on the thing, though that's much more to do with linux driver support i spose...
#16
XBMC streaming fom NAS best thing ever:-D:-D:-D love it
#17
i'm going to check at the local store tommorrow, i'll report back if and how many they might have. for 99p they are great and you can even use them on the WINDOWS version of XBMC, via a usb cable(see XBMC windows forum for more details)
#18
We have 2 xbox's too, do a good job, but ideally you need to change the fan to a quieter one, much quieter then :thumbsup:
#19
You can cut some of the noise by enabling the temperature-control option. This will keep it quieter for much of the time.
#20
What nas do you use ? Is it much hassle to setup ? Most people using these will be running component hd setting fyi...
#21
It's a shame they never sold this version over here

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:DEyZO3l5h59qkM:http://xbmc.org/wiki/images/4/49/Extender_remote_schematics_3_fullscreen_visualisation.jpg
#22
im also after one if some one gets one spare please.
#23
>> It's a shame they never sold this version over here

It's a shame they didn't use RC6 standard for the receiver, then we'd be able to use any MCE remote available :( still.... there's always the harmony :|
#24
alera
What nas do you use ? Is it much hassle to setup ? Most people using these will be running component hd setting fyi...


ive just made my own NAS using freeNAs software, downloaded for free form the internet and an old pc base unit and 400GB HD. now can stream all my media form NAs and my PC

Happy days:roll::roll::roll::roll:
#25
Great find, going to try and get 3 for the 3 i've modded for people. About the NAS i have one for sale (no hard drive), was going to stick it on ebay, but i'll probabily put it on sale here. Anyone interested let me know will post pics and details. It waorked flawlessly with my xbmc - just slow putting stuff on via ethernet even though it had USB (with a A to B cable).
#26
im after a nas but only one that can take 2 x 1 tb drives? or near?
#27
The xbox can also be a NAS. I've modded an old xbox to run xebian linux and got that set up as a server with a couple of old 350GB drives in it. Streams DVD iso files and everything else to XBMCs round the house.

http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/Main_Page
#28
markbloke
You can cut some of the noise by enabling the temperature-control option. This will keep it quieter for much of the time.


Not quiet enough :)
#29
The xbox can also be a NAS. I've modded an old xbox to run xebian linux and got that set up as a server with a couple of old 350GB drives in it. Streams DVD iso files and everything else to XBMCs round the house.


How close to impossible is that ? I have tried messing with the hd on the original xbox before. Very difficult. Also you are stuck with ide although there are sata - ide interfaces ?

Whats the max hd size the original xbox can use out of interest ?

I would be very very interested in setting up an xbox as a nas I have several around the place I can mess with. It there a guide to doing this I am reasonabl competent...
#30
>> How close to imposible is that ?

I have it on good word it's actually quite simple. this guide should give you most the info you need: http://www.biline.ca/xbox_uxe_hd.htm

as far as noise goes, you silent pc guys are crazy :p i can barely hear any of the fans in my ones once the tv's on. the dvd drive noise is much louder. my pc on the other hand, is a feckin jumbo jet.
#31
markbloke
The xbox can also be a NAS. I've modded an old xbox to run xebian linux and got that set up as a server with a couple of old 350GB drives in it. Streams DVD iso files and everything else to XBMCs round the house.

http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/Main_Page



how did you get 2 x drives in it?
#32
any details on the mod btw
#33
You take out the dvd drive. Trust me its going to be very very difficult to implement. I know a fair bit about these and had a look at the guide. You are into soldering in usb ports messing with chips etc...I will probably have a go as I love this sort of stuff. It will be very difficult for the novice in the extreme....

I just read that guide above...trust me I have tried this before most people will just brick there xbox. You need someone who has done it before and REALLY knows what they are doing. I am not included in this. I would actually pay someone to show me how to do some of this stuff properly I love playing with these old boxes....

Softmod not included that really is noddy...WHen you get to swapping and putting in new drives it gets really quite hard. I might ask a guy I know. Anyone know the maximum size HD you can stiuck in a xbox and if sata - ide interfaces work with the xbox. If you could stick 2 x 1 tb sata drives in an xbox and use it as a nas that really would be very cool indeed...very very cool
#34
Nobody should consider it unless they're happy with soldering around surface-mount devices. Also you'll need to be able to telnet and have at least some soft-modding experience. You'll also need a pre-1.6 xbox and not cry too much if it wakes up dead.

I did the mod a while back so the details are a bit hazy. I'm not offering support to anyone who wants to try this - just look at the wiki at [url]www.xbox-linux.org[/url]. You will (probably) need to take out the motherboard so you can solder across a few tracks to enable a TSOP flash.
http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/TSOP_flashing_HOWTO#
Once that's done you can use the standard memory-card kit you'd use for xbox softmodding to flash the TSOP. You can then telnet to the xbox, flash it and have it ready to boot the linux cd. You can then elect to install linux to the HDD, at which point you can ditch your DVD drive and chuck in another HDD.
Yes, you are pretty much stuck with IDE drives but if you happen to have a couple of largish ones hanging around and can make do with less than 1TB a drive then you're away. There are variable reports of using SATA to IDE but I won't risk that much data.

In truth it's a lot of effort but once it's done then you can forget it and just enjoy it. If you've got the bits hanging around and some time then it's cost you nothing too. I suspect next year that SATA NAS with EXT or NTFS support will be cheap enough to not bother. The main motivation for me doing mine was losing around 300gb of video when my old xbmc crashed badly and I found the FATX partition was largely unrecovererable. I can plug an EXT formatted one into a PC and try to pull something back if it all goes bits up. Also, like FAT32, FATX can't handle a full-size DVD iso file (over 4GB) which is a bit rubbish.

OK, if you didn't understand all of the above, forget the idea or get reading!
#35
Cheers for the heads-up. My XBOX controllers are on their last legs and I only use it for XBMC so there's not much point in buying another wired gaming controller.
#36
I have a popcornhour (XBMC is still better but the hardware struggled with the upscaling) so haven't used mine in a while but one of these remotes is perfect for XBMC.

Last I checked XBMC supported usb memory sticks upto 4GB (with adapter) so perfect for just sticking a movie on.
#37
Good post, but can't find one anywhere near me :-( (Teesside)
#38
Another soft-modded XBMC user here :thumbsup:

I have the dongle for the remote but no remote - however I do have the MS WMCE remote control for my laptop - are they compatible :thinking:
#39
gtd65
Another soft-modded XBMC user here :thumbsup:

I have the dongle for the remote but no remote - however I do have the MS WMCE remote control for my laptop - are they compatible :thinking:


Unfortunately not as they use a different IR signal standard
#40
teambintip
Unfortunately not as they use a different IR signal standard


Ah! OK - cheers :thumbsup:

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