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Other Media Centre Software?

Discussion in 'Software' started by M3G4, 1 Mar 2009.

  1. M3G4

    M3G4 talkie walkie

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    Hi All,

    Just about to give up with my media centre PC.

    Got a few old bits together (Sempron 2400, 512MB RAM, GF5200) to run as a media machine to play MP4's on my TV, but every piece of media centre software i've tried has had massive flaws!

    MediaPortal was useless, half the time it felt like it barely knew what it was doing and took an age to load a fancy interface and not much else.

    XBMC was buggy as hell on Linux and wouldn't even start in Windows

    MCE was good, but trying to get it to read MP4 and AAC files isn't easy...


    Is there much left for me to try? Any suggestions guys?
     
  2. wsurritte

    wsurritte What's a Dremel?

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    Give GeeXbox a try. I don't know if it will work, but it's a small download, so it's worth trying.
     
  3. Volund

    Volund Am I supposed to care?

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    VLC does great with AAC and MP4, along with a plethora of other formats.

    It runs natively on linux (at least on ubuntu) and on windows as well.
     
  4. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    How about Elisa media center? Some friends of mine swear on it. Runs perfect on top Ubuntu and is very customicible (sp?) :)
     
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  5. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    VLC is an excellent video player, I'm not sure it would qualify as a media centre software though.

    That 'Elisa' antiHero linked to looks nice.
     
  6. §§...

    §§... What's a Dremel?

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    meedios is great (example vid)

    and extremely customizable via plugins, as well as an active forum
    e.g. you can set it to launch zoomplayer for playing mkv files, vlc for viewing dvd ISO files etc. and powerdvd for bluray discs
    but all this is set up in the config. so the user will just see video launch immediately..

    this is windows software, but it's my fav. by far, compared to XBMC and mediaportal


    seeing how other people are asking about storing/accessing their media via HTPC as well, and the recent hardware guide, i wonder if bit are keen to do a software roundup maybe? or gauge interest in it before embarking like they did for the hardware.
     
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  7. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    Yeah VLC is great and I use it as standart for video for years but its not really what you would call a "Media frontend".

    I tryied VLC with Media Portal in a hybrid once and it was really good, but it took the guy ages to config that way
     
  8. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Boxee?
     
  9. AJB2K3

    AJB2K3 What's a Dremel?

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    Myth? or whatever it is.

    Haven't had an issue with xbmc live
     
  10. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    Is just damn awesome!
     
  11. LAGMonkey

    LAGMonkey Group 7 error

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    XBMC refusing to work, even on windows?

    thats strange as i run XBMC on an old laptop (not that old as it runs vista) and its wonderful. I tried it on linux (ubuntu) but the intel internal Graphics card sucks far too much for it to be useable, its a driver issue with linux.

    I use XBMC for its shiney front end, it passes the W/G-A test and the intergrated media scraper does the job really well.

    W/G-A = Wife/Girlfriend Approval
     
  12. ModMonkey

    ModMonkey Size 11 Carbon footprint

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    XBMC is hardly flawed. Not booting on your system is problem with you setup, not the program. Well worth getting it working.
     
  13. mirciu

    mirciu What's a Dremel?

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    Try LinuxMCE. it' an ubuntu with mythtv ontop if i remember corectly, it's full of options
     

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