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MCE v1.2

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Gentoox Media Center 1.2 - General notes



* An Xbox with a drive of at least 20GB. The installation will fail if you have a stock
Xbox hard drive.
* A modchip.
* A DVD remote kit.
* An Xbox controller (Hereafter referred to as an Xpad).

(A keyboard is optional but HIGHLY recommended)


The installation is split into 2 parts, the "CD" portion, and the "Rescue" portion.

When installing from scratch, you will be required to first execute the "CD" portion
(this is done by inserting the Gentoox Media Center CD and selecting the "Stardust"
icon from the boot screen. Once this portion has finished, your Xbox will reboot.
The middle "Native" icon should now be selectable. This will boot "MCE-Rescue".
If it is not, then you must re-run the "CD" portion of the installation. Otherwise, continue.
(Note that running the "CD" portion WILL DESTROY ANY PREVIOUSLY UPLOADED MEDIA!)

When you run the "MCE-Rescue" portion of the installation, it will format the root filesystem
for the media center, however, it will NOT format the media partition meaning that all
previously ripped or uploaded materials will not be deleted. However, any playlists and
database changes (such as saved websites, music information etc...) will be lost.

The installer does not flash any BIOS to your TSOP/ modchip. If you require this, you will
need to flash your modchip manually. The BIOS can be found under the "BIOS" directory on
the CD. The installer will place an XBE launcher (named gentooxx.xbe) in "E:" which
you can use to boot MCE.

Finally, once the Gentoox Media Center is fully installed, a second text label will
appear under the "Native" icon labelled "MCE".

The text labels should appear in the following order:


After selecting the "MCE" label, you will be presented with the "Video Select"
script which will guide you through setting up your video mode. You can use a keyboard or
an Xpad to complete this stage. To complete the setup with a keyboard, simply type the
answer exactly as displayed on the screen (the input is not CaSeSEnSiTIVe, but when in
doubt, keep to lowercase, not UPPERCASE). If you want to complete the installation by Xpad,
it is a little more complex.

For questions where the answers are on individual lines, simply move the cursor to the line
which contains the answer you desire, then tap the "A" button THREE TIMES in quick
succession. This should highlight the ENTIRE line, if it has not, press the "A" button,
then begin again. Once the line is highlighted, press the "B" button to accept your choice.
For questions relating to HOC and VOC, move your cursor over the desired value, then tap the
"A" button TWICE in close succession, this should highlight JUST the value you desire, if it
does not, press "A" once, and begin again. Once the value is selected, press "B". This
will paste your answer into the answer space. You now need to move your cursor to the
red block on the screen, then tap "A" TWICE to highlight the redblock and the line beyond
the redblock. Once you have done this, press "B" and your answer will be submitted.

If you happen to enter invalid answers into the Video Select script, it will restart from
the beginning of the script.


If for some reason the Gentoox Media Center refuses to boot correctly or malfunctions
(usually occurs after powering down incorrectly), you will need to re-run the "MCE-Rescue"
portion of the installation to return the media center to its full functionality. Each time
you run "MCE-Rescue" it will backup your old MCE boot parameters and rename them to
"MCE-Old" under the "Native" icon. Once you boot up MCE and re-run the "Video Select" script
the "MCE-Old" entry will be deleted.

If execution of the "MCE-Rescue" portion repeatedly fails, you will have to begin again from
the "CD" portion of the installation.

General information

1.0 - Passwords
1.1 - Access
1.2 - Remote Control
1.3 - Adding media
1.4 - Misc info
1.5 - Known issues

Note: Where you see xbox_ip, replace it with the IP that the Media Center displays when
it boots up.

1.0 - Passwords

VNC: Password: mediacenter
SSH: Username: root - Password: xbox
Username: media - Password: xbox
FTP: Username: media - Password: xbox
SMB: Username: media - Password: xbox

The user should typically never need to login as root or use SSH. It's just there for
emergencies and advanced users.

1.1 - Access

Network defaults to DHCP, if it cant find a DHCP server, it will resort to using the
following defaults (Which is perfect for linksys routers...):


Access VNC by going to http://xbox_ip:5800
Access SMB by going to \mediacenter
Access FTP by going to ftp://media:xbox@xbox_ip:21
Access SSH by going to xbox_ip in PuTTY (get PuTTY from Google...)

1.2 - Remote control

Up - Up
Down - Down
Right - Fast-forward by 30 seconds
Left - Rewind by 5 seconds
Forward - Fast-forward by 10 minutes
Reverse - Rewind by 10 minutes
Back - Previous menu level
Select - Ok/ Select
Play - Play/ Enter
Stop - Stop/ Escape
Pause - Pause
Menu - OSD
Info - OSD Info
Skip + - Skip to next track (Music)
Skip - - Skip to previous track (Music)
0-9 - Numbers (Correspond to whats shown on screen)

Video / DVD (With mPlayer)
Up - Hue +1
Down - Hue -1
Right - Aspect zoom in
Left - Aspect zoom out
Forward - Fast-forward by 30 seconds
Reverse - Rewind by 10 seconds
Back - Quits out of video
Play - Resume from pause or fast-forward by 1 minute
Stop - Quits out of video
Pause - Pause
Menu - Show OSD
Skip + - Fast-forward by 10 minutes
Skip - - Rewind by 10 minutes
1 - Brightness -1
3 - Brightness +1
4 - Contrast -1
6 - Contrast +1
7 - Saturation -1
9 - Saturation +1

DVD (With Xine)
Up - Up
Down - Down
Right - Right
Left - Left
Forward - Fast-forward by 30 seconds
Reverse - Rewind by 30 seconds
Back - Quits out of DVD
Select - Ok/ Select
Play - Resume from pause
Stop - Stop DVD playback
Pause - Pause
Menu - Go to DVD menu
Info - OSD
Skip + - Fast-forward by 10 minutes
Skip - - Rewind by 10 minutes
0-9 - Numbers

1.3 - Adding media

Add your media to the appropriate directory through FTP or SMB. After adding music, you
need to go to "Select Music" and tick the music you want to be available for playback. When
adding videos, you need to open the "Video Manager" then press 'Back' and go to
"Browse Videos" to play the video. Alternatively, you can go to "Video List" for instant
video access.

1.4 - Misc info

MythTV is autostarted as the "mythtv" user for greater security. Login for this user is
disabled as it is never needed.

MythTV takes quite a while to boot up for the first time (the second boot) depending on what
video resolution you selected. Be patient while it caches the theme images.

You can select menu items with the Xpad during DVD playback. You can also press "B" on the
Xpad to bring up the Xine menu where certain options can be set.

You can switch between using Xine and mPlayer for DVD playback by changing the "DVD Player
Command" setting (found under Setup > DVD Settings > Play Settings). By default it will
read "sh /media/.mythtv/mplayerlaunch dvd xine %d", the 'xine' keyword indicates it is using
Xine to playback DVDs currently. If you want to use mPlayer, simply replace 'xine' with
'mplayer', e.g. "sh /media/.mythtv/mplayerlaunch dvd mplayer %d".

!! You MUST always shutdown properly. Never press the power button to exit the media center
or the filesystem will become corrupt. If this does happen, you can select the
"MCE-Rescue" label, and the media center will be reinstalled.

1.5 - Known issues

After playing a video (video, dvd or vcd), the screen will briefly flicker to the
"PLEASE WAIT..." background. Unfortunately, to allow mPlayer to go to fullscreen mode
properly, the window manager has to be killed before mPlayer launches, then reloaded after
mPlayer quits. This causes mythTV to minimise for a brief moment. There is nothing that
can really be done about this (maybe extra ram/ faster CPU will help) as it is necessary for
kwin (KDE window manager) to be run in the background so that after web browsing, mythTV
regains focus for remote and keyboard usage. If kwin is not run, then it becomes impossible
to shutdown mythTV properly.

If Xine says that there is no available plugin for dvd://, then the Xbox has not recognised
your DVD. Eject it then inject it and try again. If this continues to be a problem then
your DVD may be dirty.

Running MCE-Rescue more than once in a row will generate multiple "MCE-Old" entries under
the "Native" icon. To get rid of these, just boot up MCE and finish the "Video Select"


28 February 2005 - 1.2
+ Xbox v1.6 support.
+ Removed Gentoox installation portion. If the user wishes to install
Gentoox, it can now be done as a normal Gentoox installation.
+ Removed BIOS flashing (user can do this manually if needed).
+ The installer now places gentooxx.xbe in "E:"
+ Successful installations dont halt, they reboot instead making them
fully automated.

08 January 2005 - 1.1
+ Integrated with Gentoox Loader.

31 August 2004 - 1.0
+ Swapped all traces of Friendtech for Gentoox.
+ Changed backdrops.
+ No major bugs/ complaints reported so calling this is a landmark release, v1.0.

14 August 2004 - 1.0-RC0
+ Completely rewrote BIOS flashing portion of the installation - it now detects the bank
size and resizes the BIOS accordingly. Bank size detection is important for people
who are flashing their TSOP - flashing the wrong size would cause the Xbox to FRAG.
If flashing fails or the modchip is not detected, it continues regardless so that the
user can flash the BIOS manually.
+ Added option to switch DVD player software.
+ Replaced mPlayer with Xine for DVD playback as default selection, this gives DVD menu
+ Made mPlayer and Xine take up to 40 arguments from the setup screen.
+ mPlayer and Xine launch with -20 niceness for full priority, this will minimize any
+ Gentoox installation is now optional.
+ Added free-space check when installing Gentoox. (You need 4.5GB free on E)
+ Disabled drive tray locking in kernel source.
+ Upgraded media center to kernel 2.4.27.
+ Added Xecuter 3 flash support.
+ Minor changes to BIOS to take into account that Gentoox may not be installed.
+ Minor splash image changes.
+ Minor installation changes.
+ Minor documentation changes.

24 July 2004 - BETA 4
+ Gentoox integration (New bootloader icon for Gentoox, Installer now deals with Gentoox).
+ Fixed video posters not downloading properly (metadata retrieval).
+ Minor documentation changes.

15 July 2004 - BETA 3
+ Changed installer so it no longer zero fills the partition table (was zero filling too far
and causing X: to disappear).
+ Changed "Video Select" script to start over if the user inputs an invalid response.
+ Minor document changes.
+ Fixed bootloader to work with locked LBA48 drives.

12 July 2004 - BETA 2
+ Fixed browser not working.
+ Added DVD ripping feature and transcoding.
+ Rewrite of installation section in this document along with other minor alterations.

10 July 2004 - BETA 1
+ Initial Release.
+ Changed installation to 2 stages to avoid the use of a CD each time the software needed to
be reinstalled.
+ Changed installation method so that a seperate partition is used to store media, this way
when a rescue is needed, the media will not be deleted.
+ Altered bootloader so that icons become active from left to right.
+ Altered bootloader to work with the new installation proceedure.
+ Changed repeat rates for certain remote functions.

09 July 2004 - ALPHA prerelease
+ Initial version - Unreleased.

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