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Thanks for the response. And no, that wasn't the issue I was having. The tv is cheap and doesn't have a lot of options. I had to use the Catalyst to get the resolution set right.
But now that I fixed that... I have another resolution issue. Any type of videos looks like crap. They're looking like the resolution of an old console tv. If I choose "Original", the screen is about 10" and looks great. But stretch it or zoom it and it's absolutely horrible.
I don't know why it looks good on my Windows media center and not XBMC.

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what is the resolution set to in xbmc > system > video settings?

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1920x 1080

Fixed resolution problems with re-install. But after watching a couple of DVD's... it won't play them anymore. File manager see's the contents of the DVD but when you try to play it... a X comes up and then goes back to main menu.

Starting to make me wish to go back to WMC if this keeps up.
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one final note on xbmcbuntu: for some reason, cpu usage constantly hovered around 80-100%, which is strange. i don't think i was connected to the net so i don't think it was updating in the background.

also, in my experience, the live option doesn't work; i had to fully install the os onto a spare hdd for testing.

sorry about all the negativity but i just didn't have a good experience with xbmcbuntu; it took a long time to install and offered very poor performance compared to xbmc with dsplayer.
post #23 of 28
>it won't play them anymore. ... a X comes up and then goes back to main menu.

i'm seconding this; my experience was with some mkv and avi files which played fine with xbmc-11-dsplayer in windows.


in my experience, linux is very finicky about graphics cards; if the cooler isn't sitting just right or if the gpuram is overheating, the screen will just turn black/fail to appear. a similar thing could be happening here.

i also experienced these problems with xbmc installed onto linuxmint 11, so it's not exclusively an xbmcbuntu problem.
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oof. i see this is one of those forums where you can't edit your posts...
i wanted to say also that my observations were done with xbmc-11-dsplayer.exe and xbmcbuntu 11.1 on the following system:
cpu: 2.53 p4 northwood .. 133 x 19 @ 1.459 (can't overclock with this mobo unless it's a software oc)
gpu: 64mb radeon 9500 pro at 4x (mobo limited)
mobo: 07e8h ( intel i845g chipset )
ram: 2x 512 ddr
soundcard: yamaha xg-ymf724f
os: xp sp3
players: xbmc-11.0-dsplayer, vlc
files: mostly 720p stuff
yep, very old, but it handles 720p stuff alright. mostly.
xbmc with dsplayer handled 720p videos FAR better than xbm****u 11.1; i got mostly smooth playback with the former and a slideshow with the latter.
since i am using windows xp, i used vmr9 hardware decoding. those of you with newer windows should use evr.

Linux and ATI/AMD video cards are not very friends pre 3xxxHD series I believe. A PC like that would only give you issues and very fine tweaking for it to play properly.

I am currently running XMBC live and haven't updated to the XBMCubuntu because I have just been lazy. The live version of the system if fantastic. I managed to get some old 40gig IDE hard drives and thats all i need. Everything is accessed over my network and I haven't had a issue yet.

And Zer0nix you can edit your post.... its the pencil on the bottom left of your post.
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post #25 of 28
thought I'd chime in.
i tried xbmcbuntu and graphics performance was poor on my 5850 ! quite a suprise considering an old laptop of mine with Intel igp 128vram runs slick!

the main issue i have is the login. exit xbmc and it should take you to desktop not a bloody login screen LOL, its for a couch and controllet based htpc, typing stuff and loggin in? might ad well run windows and manually launch! very slick eh?

this is a case of nerds making something great technically but not thinking practically :/
post #26 of 28
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thought I'd chime in.
i tried xbmcbuntu and graphics performance was poor on my 5850 ! quite a suprise considering an old laptop of mine with Intel igp 128vram runs slick!
the main issue i have is the login. exit xbmc and it should take you to desktop not a bloody login screen LOL, its for a couch and controllet based htpc, typing stuff and loggin in? might ad well run windows and manually launch! very slick eh?
this is a case of nerds making something great technically but not thinking practically :/

Actually the idea behind it was so that when you boot up it goes straight to the media program... just like as if you have a pre-built htpc box. The whole exiting out to log into desktop thing is so that a not so saavy user doesn't go messing around with the settings. It makes sense to me.

But the graphics issue is what's bothering me. Now that I got the original issue fixed, it's still having a bit of quality issues compared to WMC. What it's looking like to me now is the refresh rate of the TV is not matching the refresh rate of the computer type scenario. Horizontal lines is transparent but noticeable type issue. I have not been able to remedy this yet.

But there are other bugs that are annoying me as well. Once in awhile on reboot... the default sound gets all messed up. I tried using the custom settings but it doesn't work for me.
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Actually the idea behind it was so that when you boot up it goes straight to the media program... just like as if you have a pre-built htpc box. The whole exiting out to log into desktop thing is so that a not so saavy user doesn't go messing around with the settings. It makes sense to me.

but im not a 'not so savvy user' and to be fair most people running a custom linux based htpc operating system which does all the things a WDlive box, boxee box or ps3, xbox i could go on... does AFTER lots of configuration are not going to run this distro.

if they DID want straight to xbmc and no fiddling which is what you imply then OpenElec is perfect for this.

no, the reason xbmcbuntu exists is for the complex and lengthy setup of extra options such as media tomb, transmission client, shares..

or in my case the ability to launch straight to xbmc but then exit to a browser or steam then back to xbmc with the flick of a function key.

Shares,
Transmission,
Media Tomb,
browsers

basically anything that needs network credentials (people running over wireless) and root or admin permissions wont work until logged in.. but hang on then you have exited xbmc and err.. well that's the whole point.

unless it auto logs in after xbmc then i see little point to run it

but thats just for my requirements i do kind of get your point.

ohh and AMD drivers with linux at the moment are shocking !
post #28 of 28
AMD drivers are working for me as far as I know.

And basicaly XBMCbuntu is not for you if you're wanting all those things.

Why did I load it instead of buying an already made one? Because I had a spare computer and no money. And Windows Media Center isn't cutting it for my family. My wife is still confused by it because of so many menu options that I can't get rid of. Plus the extremely long loading time.
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