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    Hiya, I'm probably asking a really obvious question thats probably going to annoy people but.....
    I want to get an xbox 360 elite, mainly for streaming video files from my PC. Will I be able to do this as soon as I open the box though? There's all this chat about 'modding' etc but what is that for?
    My PC runs windows XP, do I need media centre??

    Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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    dont need media centre but your files still need to be mpeg for xbox to play them but you dont need an elite to do this, normal 360 will too

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    Ethernet cable supplied with Pro & Elite to connect to back of PC which will allow this, as Mrs Moon says

    There is a dashboard update from xbox live which enables playback of divx videos too, which doesn't cost anything.

    ODB_69;1936830

    Ethernet cable supplied with Pro & Elite to connect to back of PC which … Ethernet cable supplied with Pro & Elite to connect to back of PC which will allow this, as Mrs Moon says



    yeah, but even if not pro as we copuldnt get hold of 1 when they came out, any old cheap ethernet off ebay connected to pc or router will work.

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    Ahh. I want the elite because I'd really like to have the console in black! Petty I know!

    I thought the 360 was good with all type of file extensions?? Won't it play .avi and .mov??? That will have blown the idea straight away!

    And it will work by plugging it into my router, instead of directly into the computer won't it?

    Well i have XP Pro and a 360 and i cannot stream movies, music and the like from my pc.
    Mine is hard-wired using an ethernet cable, i do not have a wireless set up and use it for Live
    I cannot stream, gave up in the end and just bought an 8Gb stick since i also found i cannot copy to/from the 360's hard drive either :-(

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    ctuk;1936843

    There is a dashboard update from xbox live which enables playback of divx … There is a dashboard update from xbox live which enables playback of divx videos too, which doesn't cost anything.



    Didn't know that! Have 400GB of .avi files on PC......

    Do you have the link?

    best to burn a load of movies to a dvd and play them thaqt way through the 360

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    boydent999;1936851

    Well i have XP Pro and a 360 and i cannot stream movies, music and the … Well i have XP Pro and a 360 and i cannot stream movies, music and the like from my pc.Mine is hard-wired using an ethernet cable, i do not have a wireless set up and use it for LiveI cannot stream, gave up in the end and just bought an 8Gb stick since i also found i cannot copy to/from the 360's hard drive either :-(



    Oooh, thats worrying!

    03bintls;1936847

    Ahh. I want the elite because I'd really like to have the console in … Ahh. I want the elite because I'd really like to have the console in black! Petty I know!I thought the 360 was good with all type of file extensions?? Won't it play .avi and .mov??? That will have blown the idea straight away!And it will work by plugging it into my router, instead of directly into the computer won't it?



    black is bling i agree, lol, yeah plugged into router works but no it wont play avi or mov. bummer i know 8-(

    I have a Mac and I can stream to my 360

    It will work connecting your 360 to your router via ethernet. That is how mine is connected up.

    [EDIT] I can play some avi's but others wont play. It's weird.

    ODB_69;1936859

    Didn't know that! Have 400GB of .avi files on PC......Do you have the … Didn't know that! Have 400GB of .avi files on PC......Do you have the link?

    Wasn't this the December dashboard update? I say this, cos i bought mine just before Christmas and did smile when i 1st plugged in and it said i needed to update, thinking, how typical of MS :giggle:

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    REDRANGER86;1936864

    best to burn a load of movies to a dvd and play them thaqt way through … best to burn a load of movies to a dvd and play them thaqt way through the 360



    Good idea, but when you have almost 3TB of video files that could get a bit long winded!

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    mrs moon 53;1936867

    black is bling i agree, lol, yeah plugged into router works but no it … black is bling i agree, lol, yeah plugged into router works but no it wont play avi or mov. bummer i know 8-(



    Right, well if thats the case then you have just saved me 250 quid!

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    boydent999;1936870

    Wasn't this the December dashboard update? I say this, cos i bought mine … Wasn't this the December dashboard update? I say this, cos i bought mine just before Christmas and did smile when i 1st plugged in and it said i needed to update, thinking, how typical of MS :giggle:



    Well I update whenever I get an update notice and it doesn't play my avi's

    ODB_69;1936889

    Well I update whenever I get an update notice and it doesn't play my avi's

    Apologies, i think i have mis-read it, and i am not at home to check :oops:, i'll have a look on the xbox forum. That was for DivX movies, not avi, very sorry

    ODB_69;1936859

    Didn't know that! Have 400GB of .avi files on PC......



    Frankie Vaughan???? LMAO :thumbsup::whistling:

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    mrs moon 53;1936901

    Frankie Vaughan???? LMAO :thumbsup::whistling:



    ????

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    boydent999;1936894

    Apologies, i think i have mis-read it, and i am not at home to check … Apologies, i think i have mis-read it, and i am not at home to check :oops:, i'll have a look on the xbox forum. That was for DivX movies, not avi, very sorry



    What file extension do you mean, avi play via DivX or do you mean a different extension altogether?

    ODB_69;1936978

    What file extension do you mean, avi play via DivX or do you mean a … What file extension do you mean, avi play via DivX or do you mean a different extension altogether?

    I am having a 'mare today :oops:
    I have just checked what is on my memory stick and yes, i can confirm it DOES play avi files. I have hitman on there for example and watched it last night.
    I do remember running the december update and i am sure too, a codec update has occured since.
    Best thing to do, is get a memory stick and try.......

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    boydent999;1937040

    I am having a 'mare today :oops:I have just checked what is on my memory … I am having a 'mare today :oops:I have just checked what is on my memory stick and yes, i can confirm it DOES play avi files. I have hitman on there for example and watched it last night.I do remember running the december update and i am sure too, a codec update has occured since. Best thing to do, is get a memory stick and try.......



    lol, don't worry about it


    Nice one mate, do you have the link available?

    ODB_69;1936971

    ????



    cockney rhyming slang, frankie vaughan.....porn. ;-)

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    ctuk;1937000

    http://www.psynixis.com/blog/2007/11/05/xbox-360-video-streaming-good-bad-fugly/



    Thats a great link thanks!

    So you can stream .avi files then. But you have to have some sort of software running with the files in? Is it not possible just to set up windows sharing on folders and let the xbox pick the files out of the designated folders?

    Check out my old post ]here to set up streaming.

    I hope this helps.

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    mrs moon 53;1937101

    cockney rhyming slang, frankie vaughan.....porn. ;-)



    Sorry....I'm a brummie, totally lost with me!

    No not all, probably about 12GB!:thumbsup:

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    jarica;1937127

    Check out my old post ]here to set up streaming.I hope this helps.



    It looks like it will do what I want then...just a bit scared I'm going to have file format issues and didn't really want more software running in the background on my computer

    ODB_69;1937068

    lol, don't worry about itNice one mate, do you have the link available?

    I don't, sorry :oops: I just remember putting the stick in, it complaining, it either went off and found the codecs, or, i googled the error message and did what the error message said. It's the error message you need, if one appears. That sounds such a **** reply but it's vague in my head as to what happens, but long and short is, you can play avi files

    03bintls;1937153

    It looks like it will do what I want then...just a bit scared I'm going … It looks like it will do what I want then...just a bit scared I'm going to have file format issues and didn't really want more software running in the background on my computer



    You only have to set up the file sharing in Windows Media Player, then it runs in the background

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    add-man;1937923

    You only have to set up the file sharing in Windows Media Player, then it … You only have to set up the file sharing in Windows Media Player, then it runs in the background



    I take it you have to save them in the Windows Media player library then, not just stick them in a random folder on your hard drive?

    my movies set up for xbox360 are on my pc c: drive under my documents\my videos , and yes .avi do play
    I was hoping there was a way to stream live content from the net, but don't believe this is possible
    using wmp 11 you need to set up share priorities and temp disable windows firewall whilst you set it up - turn on xbox and search for other media location (ie your pc) or at least that's how it worked for me.

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    ODB_69;1939302

    I take it you have to save them in the Windows Media player library then, … I take it you have to save them in the Windows Media player library then, not just stick them in a random folder on your hard drive?



    Yes this is what I was wondering. It will be a bit of a hassle if every time I obtain a new video I have to import it into the library etc

    You can set windows media player to monitor folders for new files if this is the case, but you can browse through any shared folders from your xbox

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    ctuk;1940743

    You can set windows media player to monitor folders for new files if this … You can set windows media player to monitor folders for new files if this is the case, but you can browse through any shared folders from your xbox



    Brilliant. Sounds perfect, as soon as i get some cash im going to be buying one now - it sounds like it can do everything i want it to, plus play games lol. Thanks for the advice people, leaving rep! :-)

    ODB_69;1939302

    I take it you have to save them in the Windows Media player library then, … I take it you have to save them in the Windows Media player library then, not just stick them in a random folder on your hard drive?



    you just set WMP to shared folder ....(name) and thats about it.

    For me i set it to shard my desktop

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    03bintls;1942630

    Brilliant. Sounds perfect, as soon as i get some cash im going to be … Brilliant. Sounds perfect, as soon as i get some cash im going to be buying one now - it sounds like it can do everything i want it to, plus play games lol. Thanks for the advice people, leaving rep! :-)



    Make sure you get Bioshock...its awesome!

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    Cheers everyone for the help, all sorted now, spot on!!!

    Rep for all helpers!
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