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Question about Modded Original Xbox and streaming media


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I know that a lot of the mods out there for the original Xbox allow for playback of just about all kinds of media from disc or the hard drive, but do any of them support streaming media from a network? Reason I ask is that since I haven't used my old Xbox since I got the 360, I was thinking about modding it and setting it up as a media gateway on a secondary TV (since it's probably cheaper than building a spare PC). Ideally, I'd like to be able to use it to stream music, photos, and video from my primary machine. Anyone else tried this and have any recommendations?

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Everything can be streamed. The newer versions of XMBC support uPNP (like the 360 etc) too, which is more streamlined for streaming. There's no specific mod needed for this - just get your box modded, install the latest XBMC, install a uPNP server on your PC (e.g. WindowsMediaConnect, Twonky etc), and you're good to go.

 

The new revision of XBMC was a major upgrade with a revised interface & built-in support for managing network shares. No more hand editing XML is necessary to add a connection to a PC for example.

 

Here's XBoxMediaCenter's website.

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No offense to LCVG

No offense taken;) . Xbox-Scene is definitely the place to go for modded Xbox infiormation. I've spent quite a bit of time getting hacks working for games that don't support 480p without some simply file changes and other application related subjects.

 

You'll find plenty of members here that do own modded Xboxes though and will be happy to sing the praises of the modded system. I still consider it some of the best money I've spent on a console for the emulation alone!

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Any suggestions on how people have gone about soft-modding? I've seen a few methods around that sound pretty straightforward, and a software mod means not having to buy/install a chip, but I haven't done a lot of research on it yet.

 

Soft-modding works well, but IMO if you're not using the Xbox on Live anymore than spend the extra money and have a chip installed. If you're good with a soldering iron you would have zero problems installing the chip yourself.

 

I think I'll fire up my modded Xbox tonight and load up some newer versions of the apps I have since it's been quite sometime since I fired it up. I also have a video somewhere of the modded interface that I'll look for and if I can't find it I'll make another one so you and others can get a look at what it can do :tu

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Soft-modding works well, but IMO if you're not using the Xbox on Live anymore than spend the extra money and have a chip installed.

I'll second that. In fact, even if you are going online, get the chip. For ~$50 you can really open up what the Xbox can do and when you want to hop on Live, switch the chip off.

 

I've had a lot of luck with BMmods.com for the hardware (except the HD obviously. Best Buy, et al, for that, natch.) and the Xecuter line of hardware mods.

 

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