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Boxee Box Firmware v1.2.1.20451 released

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The Boxee team released the official firmware update for the Boxee Box by D-Link. The official firmware contains many fixes, mainly for the SMB sharing issues, syncing, and streaming issues.

Bug fixes

Networking & File Playback

  • Inconsistency when trying to access a password protected share of Windows 7 via SMB
  • SMB mount fails with Invalid argument error
  • SMB fails to mount with error “Key has expired”
  • Fail to access or create SMB password protected shares when the password contains special characters
  • Mounting SMB CIFS password protected share is missing the domain parameter
  • SMB shares are only mounted to hosts which are found by boxee network discovery
  • SMB browsing into WORKGROUP fails
  • When adding an SMB password protected file source manually, boxee writes the password and user name in the log
  • SMB shares cannot be accessed on a Synology NAS when disabling the guest account
  • Using wrong credentials to access a SMB password protected share will fail and prompt user and pass dialog until reboot
  • Browsing into password protected SMB directory fails with error Operation not supported
  • Fail to access or create SMB password protected shares when the password contains special characters
  • Users is prompted for pre-defined password when accessing protected SMB sources
  • Subtitles show up as “unknown” instead of the proper language with embedded subs in MKVs
  • MKV playback over UPnP drops out after ~ 48 minutes
  • Cannot seek in MKV videos on UPnP
  • 2 channel FLAC always converted to 48 Khz PCM on HDMI interface if EDID is disabled
  • Boxee will only output 96Khz and 88.2 Khz PCM over HDMI if EDID is enabled in the Boxee settings
  • 88Khz FLAC and WAV files result in silent playback
  • Subtitles timing problem causes overlay
  • Song title in upper OSD disappear only every second select click
  • AC-3 Audio volume is lower than previous version
  • MPEG4 with packed bitstreams didn’t work
  • WMV streaming out of sync
  • Small ISO files would not fast forward / rewind
  • WMV/MMS streaming issues
  • Dropouts on AC-3 audio

Apps

  • UStream Lounge search/browse features stopped working
  • The Gymbox application not loading workouts
  • Accuweather App – hourly forecast is showing daily forecast data
  • HDHomeRun .strm files no longer work
  • Speed TV: Labels in List Container are scrolling

Interface

  • Boxee crash when trying to move up from the most upper line in the Share Dialog edit box

Libraries

  • After removing a channel via the channel filter it remains available in the channels list, but it’s TV episodes are no longer available
  • Marking a TV show as watched doesn’t work

Browser

  • Remove redundant video controls from Bloomberg video
  • Audio stopped working after YouTube (appeared for other flash websites as well)

Localization

  • Localization sync for Accuweather
  • Norwegian translation errors
  • Italian translation errors

Misc.

  • Logitech keyboard controller K700 support
  • AirPlay support for iOS 5 devices

Firmware available here.

More information can be found below:

http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=44839

Boxee Box Beta Firmware v1.2.1.20440 released

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

The Boxee team released another firmware update for the Boxee Box by D-Link. The beta firmware contains a few small fixes.

Bug fixes

  • MP4 with packed streams didn’t work
  • WMV streaming out of sync
  • Small ISO files would not fast forward / rewind
  • MMS streaming issues

Firmware available here.
Make sure to rename the firmware to “boxee.iso” no quotes before placing onto your USB device.

More information can be found below:

http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=44555

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Boxee Box Beta Firmware v1.2.1.20426 released

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The Boxee team released another firmware update for the Boxee Box by D-Link. The beta firmware contains many fixes, mainly for the streaming issues from SMB shares and UPnP dropouts.

Bug fixes

Networking & File Playback

  • Inconsistency when trying to access a password protected share of Windows7 via SMB
  • SMB mount fails with Invalid argument error
  • SMB fails to mount with error “Key has expired”
  • Fail to access or create SMB password protected shares when the password contains special characters
  • Mounting SMB CIFS password protected share is missing the domain parameter
  • SMB shares are only mounted to hosts which are found by boxee network discovery
  • SMB browsing into WORKGROUP fails
  • When adding an SMB password protected file source manually, boxee writes the password and user name in the log
  • SMB shares cannot be accessed on a Synology NAS when disabling the guest account
  • Using wrong credentials to access a SMB password protected share will fail and prompt user and pass dialog until reboot
  • Browsing into password protected SMB directory fails with error Operation not supported
  • Fail to access or create SMB password protected shares when the password contains special characters
  • Users is prompted for pre-defined password when accessing protected SMB sources
  • Subtitles show up as “unknown” instead of the proper language with embedded subs in MKVs
  • MKV playback over UPnP drops out after ~ 48 minutes
  • Cannot seek in MKV videos on UPnP
  • 2 channel FLAC always converted to 48 Khz PCM on HDMI interface if EDID is disabled
  • Boxee will only output 96Khz and 88.2 Khz PCM over HDMI if EDID is enabled in the Boxee settings
  • 88Khz FLAC and WAV files result in silent playback
  • Subtitles timing problem causes overlay
  • Song title in upper OSD disappear only every second select click
  • AC-3 Audio volume is lower than previous version

Apps

  • UStream Lounge search/browse features stopped working
  • The Gymbox application not loading workouts
  • Accuweather App – hourly forecast is showing daily forecast data
  • HDHomeRun .strm files no longer work
  • Speed TV: Labels in List Container are scrolling

Interface

  • boxee crash when trying to move up from the most upper line in the Share Dialog edit box

Libraries

  • After removing a channel via the channel filter it remains available in the channels list, but it’s TV episodes are no longer available
  • Marking a TV show as watched doesn’t work

Browser

  • Remove redundant video controls from Bloomberg video

Localization

  • Norwegian translation errors
  • Italian translation errors

Misc.

  • Logitech keyboard controller K700 issues with boxee

Firmware available here.

More information can be found below:

http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=44248

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Update XBMC for iOS to pre-Eden (nightlies)

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I recently purchased myself an iPad2 purely for the use of XBMC on the go, with the vast amount of media that I watch I just felt that this was the best solution and its a great remote for my main XBMC-Live machine at home.

So in the post I will be covering how we can update to the latest nightlies of pre-Eden for iOS on the iPad2, I’m sure these steps will be similar for the ATV2 as well, feel free to let me know if I am wrong.

Firstly you will need to have a Jailbroken device, I will not cover this, but there are many articles on how to do this via the Googles. Secondly we will need to setup the required repositories on the iOS device. This is simply done by openning Cydia and selecting the Sources tab at the bottom of the screen. Once on this screen press the Edit button in the top right of the screen and then press Add on the top left. This will allow us to add in the required repositories.

Type in the below repositories one by one:

http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/ios/
http://cydia.myrepospace.com/etgamingx/

When adding these repositories it will refresh the catalog for cydia after you add each repository so please be patient. When this has completed press the Done button on the top right of the screen.

You should now see something similar to the below once the repositories have been added:

Now press the Search button down the bottom of the screen this will then allow us to install the required packages for XBMC, we must install the Cydia version of XBMC before upgrading to the nightly build otherwise we will encounter issues. In the search box type in “xbmc” without quotes and you should see the below two items. Install both of these packages, then type in “wget” without quotes and install the package:

Once you have installed the packages you can now exit out of Cydia. Congratulations you now have XBMC installed on your iOS device. Now comes the slightly trickier steps of installing the latest nightly build.

Now on your computer open up your browser and head to http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/ios/ this will list the latest nightlies that are available. At the time of writing this the version was: xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb so copy the URL for the package and fire up your SSH/Terminal Client, for this example I will use PuTTY.

You can obtain the IP address of your iOS device via the settings app.

Once you have connected to the iOS device via SSH you will need to login to the device, the defaults should be root/alpine unless previously changed:

login as: root
root@192.168.40.114’s password:
Scottys-iPad:~ root#

Once we have logged in we can download the latest XBMC nightly package, type in the below and paste the URL copied from the previous step.

wget http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/ios/xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

This will download the XBMC package to your iOS device. It should be around 45M so please be patient. Once it has completed downloading enter the below command to install the nighlty build over the top of the Cydia version:

dpkg -i xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

Once this has completed you should be returned to the prompt, at this point we can delete the installation package to free up some room for more media, this is done wit the below command:

rm xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

Congratulations you have now updated to the latest nightly build of XBMC for iOS. You may now close the SSH client and start up XBMC on your iOS device.

I hope this has helped you to experience the latest features XBMC has to offer 🙂

If you are wondering what this skin is that I’m using it is called Touched and can be found here.

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Update XBMC-Live to pre-Eden (nightlies)

October 6, 2011 36 comments

So I have been running XBMC-Live now for a number of years and am loving the ability to be able to boot my HTPC within 30 seconds and be able to stream my media via my Storage Server (OpenIndiana). Lately I have posted about a few of the newer features which have only been available in the nightlies but unfortunately the XBMC-Live trunk has not had an update for quite some time via the official and stable repositories so I have not been able to experience the DTS-HD audio on some of my newer movies and AirPlay that makes it a lot easier to control my music while in another room of my house.

While browsing around the XBMC forums I came across a post that covered just what I was after, updating XBMC-Live to the latest bleeding edge release. In the interest of testing and updating of my system I have streamlined a bit of the code to make things a bit quicker for first time updater’s.

Firstly we have two choices of ways to update our system we can either connect directly to the console of the system by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 or we can remotely connect to the machine with XBMC-Live by SSH, I prefer to use PuTTY or Terminal via Ubuntu. Once we have access to the system we need to login, the defaults for the XBMC-Live builds are xbmc/xbmc. Once we have logged in and been presented with the prompt we can start the upgrade process.

NOTE: We will be using unstable builds of XMBC which may cause your system to stop responding or even worse booting. These steps are only recommended for XBMC-Live computers that are based on Ubuntu. I will not be held responsible for any changes you make while following the below steps to update your system. You have been WARNED!

Now that we have logged into the console of the XBMC-Live machine we need to perform a few maintenance commands to ensure we have all the up-to-date components, if prompted for the password it should be xbmc unless it has been previously changed:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties -y

Now that we have the latest python software installed we need to add the XBMC unstable builds repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable

UPDATE: You can even try a different repo as I have noticed the Official XBMC repo is a bit behind at times, see this one below, it is ok to have both the official and below repo, as the latest XBMC build will be installed regardless.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mario-sitz/ppa

In order to get the latest XBMC builds we need to refresh the repository and install the latest XBMC build, this can be done with the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc-bin

Ok we are almost done, you will most likely see that many of the previous XBMC software packages will be removed, this includes the Live package which allowed for the auto starting of XBMC when the machine is powered on. Theres no need to worry as thanks to a forum member we have a nice autostart script which will help us get around this issue. Enter the below command to create the script file:

sudo nano /etc/init/xbmc.conf

Now we need to paste or type in the below code:

# xbmc-standalone
description "Autostart XBMC"

start on (filesystem and stopped udevtrigger)
stop on runlevel [06]

task
console output
emits starting-x

exec /bin/su xbmc -c "/usr/bin/startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone"

UPDATE: If you are using a different keyboard layout the quotes may be incorrect, so when copying the above code make sure that you retype the quotes, just in case 🙂 Thanks go to Jan for this.

When you have finished the above press Ctrl + X then press Y to save the file to the system. If you have for any reason changed the username on your XBMC-Live machine then you will need to rename the username above (exec /bin/su -c …) in the script to reflect your username. Generally most XBMC-Live machines will just have the username as xbmc as shown above.

Congratulations you are now running the latest nightly build of XBMC on your XBMC-Live machine. It is recommended that you reboot your machine now.

For all future updates to your machine you will just need to issue the below command via the console:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Happy XBMCing 🙂

Thanks go to the forum members The-Boxhead, hudo, BurningSky and darkscout. Original post can be found here.

XBMC Eden beta 1 imminent

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

XBMC announced a soft-freeze which means no more adding new features to the next version of Eden. A beta 1 release will follow shortly, lets hope sooner rather than later.

I personally can’t wait to update my Live machine to get some much needed functionality.

On the XBMC website a list with new features is mentioned as per below:

  • A new “Files” view in the video library in order to remove the notion of Library Mode vs. Files Mode that confused so many new users.
  • The default skin changed to a horizontal layout allowing for more useful information to be displayed on the home screen (vertical version is still available in Add-ons)
  • Efficiency improvements to reduce high cpu/gpu usage
  • Much improved touchscreen support to go along with the first major versioned XBMC release for the iOS (iPad, iPhone, AppleTv2)
  • Ability to customize the home screen by adding your favorite Add-ons
  • The usual smattering of visual improvements, playback improvements, new ways to stream and discover media.. the list goes on.

More info below at the XBMC site:

http://xbmc.org/theuni/2011/10/01/feature-freeze-looking-forward-to-eden/

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