EXPIRED - For Sale - Xbox with media center £58.00
I have an old style black Xbox for sale running media centre, it comes with all the required accessories which includes an Xbox game pad, Video cable with scart adaptor and power cable. It's used but in absolutely perfect working order and excellent condition - it has been well looked after.
I've knocked up an F.A.Q. to help people understand what media center is all about and hopefully answer some basic questions - I hope this helps!
Q. What is Xbox Media Center (XBMC)?
A. XBox Media Center allows you to play media to your TV such as video, music and photos.
Q. If I download videos from usenet/newsgroups, can I play the video as it downloads (stream) to my PC with XBMC?
A. Most definetely - XBMC will stream partitally written video files from a Windows share.
Q. I have photo albums on a DVD and CD, will XBMC slide show them for me?
A. Absolutely. Put the disc in with your photos and enjoy or view them from a Windows share.
Q. Can XBMC open video content stored in compressed files?
A. Yes, simply point it at a rar or zip archive and it will open the contents.
Q. How can I get the most out of XBMC?
A. Media center will work best when it is connected to a LAN and is configured to read files from a Windows share or Linux Samba share. I have shares running from Windows Vista and XP - no probs!
Q. Can XBMC open/play DVD video ISO images stored on my computer?
A. It's what it does best!
Q. How about playing DVD .VOB files?
A. Yep, it'll happily play that too.
Q. Will XBMC play
A. Probably. As a general rule XBMC uses mplayer for its playback engine - generally, whatever mplayer can play - media center can play - (excluding high def content).
Q. Will my original games still work with XBMC?
Q. I have some media files (such as .avi and .mpeg) on a DVD, will XBMC play them?
A. My experience is that if they are on a single layer (4.5Gb) disc then they will play no problem. Dual layer discs I have had trouble with but may work for you. It will play standard DVD movies no problem.
Q. I have alot of music stored on my Personal Computer, will XBMC be able to play them?
A. Aslong as your PC and your XBMC is connected on the same network, then you're OK. All you have to do is create a share where your music is and tell XBMC where it is, if you want it will build a library for you.
Q. Can I build playlists of my music?
Q. I have a home network with a DHCP server, will XBMC retrieve a DHCP IP address on for my LAN automatically?
Q. Will XBMC act as a jukebox for my music?
A. Yes, it will also index/order all of your music and video files any which way you want.
Q. Does the Xbox have a LAN port?
A. Yes it does. It operates at a maximum of 100Mbp/s
Q. I want to connect XBMC wirelessly to my router/access point, is this possible?
A. Yes. One option is to use a Linksys WET54G wired to wireless adaptor. Another option is to get a router and configure it in Client Bridge mode - there is a Wiki on how to do it somewhere.
Q. What are the dimensions/weight of the XBox?
A. The Xbox is 3 inches in height, 9.5 inches in depth, and 13 inches wide - remeber to leave a couple of inches at the front for the game controllers! It weighs in at 3.9Kg.
Q. This XBMC sounds great, but my wife does'nt want a wire going across the living room floor, is there a solution?
A. Yes, a couple. You can get hold of an official XBox remote control for about £10 new or get a wireless control pad.
Q. Can I cascade other electricals ontop of the Xbox?
A. The top of the XBox is bevelled outwards at the centre so you will have a problem standing stuff ontop of it. However there's no vents (blowing out heat) on the top so it's nothing a bit of packaging foam or well placed blu-tac could'nt sort out - imagination is the key here!
Q. I heard the XBox has a built in harddrive, does this mean I can store files on it?
A. Yes you can store files. XBMC runs an FTP server at start-up. The harddrive is 8Gb in size and around 4Gb of this is useable.
Shipping/Payment: I'll deliver the unit to the UK Mainland with Parcelforce 48 for £58, with payment via Paypal.
Alternatively I'm happy to accept a local pick up in the Tyne and Wear which will knock the price down to £45 for you.