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    Buying Acer Revo for XBMC

    I had the old xbox with xbmc on it and have loved it, however i think its time to upgrade now seeing as im downloading alot of mkv h.264 and HD files.

    So ive had a look at the WDTV and seen that you can hck this with custom fw but it still comes no where near my original xbox with xbmc, (imdb scraping, gui, all the customisations)..

    Ive had a look at other mediacenters and they all seem still years behind xbmc.

    The best thing for me would be to buy a acer revo and put xbmc on it. However i cant justify spending 150-200 for a pc thats just going to sit under my tv. Especially seeing that i only bought the original xbox for £30oddyears and years ago.

    So anyone with one of these machines, can you sway me to spend that much, anything else ill be able to do with it to make it worth the money. Do all you owners see spending that much for it a good deal ? Or would you go for a different option if given another chance.

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    I got a foxconn Nt-330i myself. I was struggling to justify it aswell, but i just thought.. F-it. bought 2nd hand on ebay for £140. Blinding machine, absolutely love it, We use it every day linked to a NAS over wireless and it still works a dream!

    Still trying to find the perfect skin though! the ones i want to use are a bit resource heavy!

    the revo i have only uses about 27watts so it costs pennies to run a year
    but i run win7 media centre so i can use it as a decent freesat pvr

    maybe when xbmc has live tv i will go back

    Original Poster

    Oh, instead of live tv, does xbmc have pvr functionality so i could connect my cable box to it adn shedule programes to record.

    Banned

    Is the microserver offer still on DCX? thought it had finished? Fancy getting one to usecas a NAS to store


    Bought a Revo about a month ago...fantastic piece of kit, love it
    Edited by: "ODB_69" 12th Apr 2011

    Im quite happy with my R3700. Have it as well as the HP Proliant Microserver. They've been serving me great so far. Very happy with the both of them, although my revo gets sluggish after a few days of uptime (most likely due to my huge library) but a restart will bring it back to normal.

    Original Poster

    Just thought id give an update for anyone thinking of buying.
    I bought a revo 3700. And put windows 7 on it, then went for xbmc live. (dual boot)

    Installer worked well, sorted out all the dualbooting stuff its self.

    I am a linux noob. So took a few hours reading etc...Had to install the nvidia drivers, and some audio config files, to get video and audio working properly.
    Wifi is a real problem though, espically for someone who isnt a linux user. I have managed to sort of get it working after days and days of searching, reading.. And still wifi isnt working properly.

    Either i can get homeplugs, or a compatible wifi usb adaptor.

    Overall though love it, its become my new favourite toy, although it does annoy me a little that the wifi wont work.

    For anyone here thinking of buying, if you know computers and are clued up, then i recommend you buy one. You'll love it.

    skweezer

    Just thought id give an update for anyone thinking of buying. I bought a … Just thought id give an update for anyone thinking of buying. I bought a revo 3700. And put windows 7 on it, then went for xbmc live. (dual boot) Installer worked well, sorted out all the dualbooting stuff its self. I am a linux noob. So took a few hours reading etc...Had to install the nvidia drivers, and some audio config files, to get video and audio working properly. Wifi is a real problem though, espically for someone who isnt a linux user. I have managed to sort of get it working after days and days of searching, reading.. And still wifi isnt working properly. Either i can get homeplugs, or a compatible wifi usb adaptor. Overall though love it, its become my new favourite toy, although it does annoy me a little that the wifi wont work. For anyone here thinking of buying, if you know computers and are clued up, then i recommend you buy one. You'll love it.



    Just wondering how you managed to get dual boot up and running, did you download the live CD and then just copy it over to a USB?

    Been trying to do this but for days but whenever I go through the live version install it goes upto about 30% and just doesn't work!!!

    I have my revo dual booting into either XBMC or Win7. You partition the drive (only a tiny one) & install XBMC onto that. There are loads of guides on the net on how to do it.

    One of my best investments, cost about £210 for everything

    You could also install Win7 on the HDD, then install xbmc onto a memory stick, set it to boot to the USB drive first, if you want Win7 then you could remove the USB drive

    Maybe im not the best at these things but i attempted a dual boot of xbmc live and was installing from a USB drive and it completely took over my system and cleared out windows 7 (which i had just installed!) how can i do it so it doesnt remove window 7. also does the windows 7 installer remove linux or do i still need to do something to completely remove it??

    harj

    Just wondering how you managed to get dual boot up and running, did you … Just wondering how you managed to get dual boot up and running, did you download the live CD and then just copy it over to a USB?Been trying to do this but for days but whenever I go through the live version install it goes upto about 30% and just doesn't work!!!



    I also went for the dual boot. If i remember correctly I found a version of the XBMC live installer optimised for the Revo then logged into Win7 on the Revo and used the HDD manager to delete the unused portion of the hard disk so it was not being used then when the running the XBMC installer from the USB stick I just pointed it at the unused portion and it did it's thing.

    At install I had to make sure I had an ethernet cable plugged in as first time round i didn't and it wouldn't access the net. Could never get the wifi working so went for homeplugs.




    Edited by: "Ungreat" 2nd Aug 2011

    Original Poster

    Well, i had windows 7 installed, and then made a xbmc live stick. chose to install, and if i remember correctly, xbmc installer made the partition and boot options ( that it boots to xbmc after 10secs if windows isnt selected)

    I didn't have to configure anything myself.
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