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My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-04-15 21:03

Hi All,

pretty new to the whole HTPC thing but I made my choice and bought the following :

Case : Antec VERIS Fusion Remote Black
Mobo : ASRock A75M
Proc : AMD Fusion A8-3870K / 3 GHz
Mem : Kingston HyperX Genesis, 1600 MHz / PC3-12800 - CL9 - 1.65 V (8 GB : 2 x 4 GB)
HD : 300GB Velociraptor.
GPU : MSI N520GT-MD1GD3H/LP - PCI-e nVidia /GeForce 500 Series, GF GT 520 - 1 GB DDR3 - PCI Express 2.0 x16 low profile - DVI, D-Sub, HDMI (to be able to run it on Linux)
LAN : Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter - PCI / 66 MHz - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet (dedicated for IPTV by XMS)
Optical : LG LG BH10LS38 10x BD-R/16x BluRay Writer Black
Power : 400W Corsair.

Installation of XMBC was a breeze, but I just bumped into the first obstacle : the Blu-ray drive refuses to play Blu-Ray discs. I should be able to, right Confused!!?

Did another installation based on windows 7 (on the same machine) but even in windows 7 I can't play any Blu-Ray disc. Am I missing something ? I was under the impression that Blu-Ray playback was more or less standard.

Anyway, this rig should be able to get the job done I think.
My Goal is to get a Mediaplayer/Blu-Ray/Settopbox replacement in 1 device. (I got three separate devices at the moment.

Best regards
Jerry


RE: My first HTPC build - eskro - 2012-04-15 21:43

uhm, which software are u using for bluray disc playback?

if its XBMC, no bluray disc will play unLess this app runs in background

--> SLYSOFT ANYDVD HD


RE: My first HTPC build - bluray - 2012-04-15 21:51

Congrat on a powerful HTPC.....!

Unfortunately, both media players are not supporting BD-ROM. Your BD-ROM should come with a media player (most likely Cyberlink), and you should install it.

If you want XBMC to playback blu-ray disc directly on BD-ROM, you have to install this "AnyDVD HD".....and you'll get 14 days trial. After you installed it, you need to reboot your HTPC. Insert blu-ray disc, launch XBMC and then click Play Disc.....enjoy the movie!


RE: My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-04-15 22:29

I really would like to run every thing on XBMCbuntu.
The solution you both are offering are windows programs.
I'm looking around the internet to find some info on how to make it posible to run Blu-Ray disc on XBMC but till now nothing worked.

Indeed my DB-ROM came with power dvd but when I try to play any Blu-Ray it start complaining about upgrading the player in order to get it to play.
DVD (obviously) are no problem.

Any chance on getting this Blu-Ray issue resolved whit XBMCbuntu ? , I mean : is it possible ?

btw : cheers for the replies ;-)


RE: My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-04-15 22:47

btw : some pics of the rig :
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RE: My first HTPC build - bluray - 2012-04-15 23:00

(2012-04-15 22:29)B4MB4M Wrote:  I really would like to run every thing on XBMCbuntu.
I'm not sure about XBMCbuntu. If your BD-ROM included Cyberlink, you can try to install it and find a way to setup XBMC external player with XBMCbuntu......

I thought you have W7 installed in it too. It might be the only option to enjoy blu-ray disc on BD-ROM.......good luck!


RE: My first HTPC build - eskro - 2012-04-16 04:52

forget linux if u plan to playback bluray discs


RE: My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-04-16 21:47

That's really a bummer..... is it just not possible to run Blu-Ray discs directly from a drive ??

Started with an xp install but is BSOD's me at installation, let's look into that first.


RE: My first HTPC build - eskro - 2012-04-17 02:20

dont install XP!!

use Win7 x64


RE: My first HTPC build - bluray - 2012-04-17 03:00

(2012-04-16 21:47)B4MB4M Wrote:  That's really a bummer..... is it just not possible to run Blu-Ray discs directly from a drive ??

Started with an xp install but is BSOD's me at installation, let's look into that first.
You'll loose DXVA2 support with XP.....just snag a cheap W7 from here- Microsoft Windows 7. For $68, you'll get full license with it too....


RE: My first HTPC build - dmgash - 2012-04-17 03:26

You can use this guide . I have tested this method using windows 7 and it works well its a little hacky and not as clean a solution as buying slysoft but nothing beats free


RE: My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-04-17 07:10

(2012-04-17 03:26)dmgash Wrote:  You can use this guide . I have tested this method using windows 7 and it works well its a little hacky and not as clean a solution as buying slysoft but nothing beats free

And this is under Linux too Blush .... i'll give it a try ... later this week. many thanx for the headsup. I will post my findings here.


RE: My first HTPC build - B4MB4M - 2012-05-02 10:55

After a couple of day testing and fiddling about with the setup, I found that I can play blu-ray discs but with serious (for me) limitations.
I finally got the sound an optical cable working, got the LCD to show something, and go dark when I shut the HTPC down, but I must continue with that, to make it show some useful stuff.
The main issue for me right now is the remote. I 'm still having some troubles with it.
I followed this guide and got the remote actions shown. However, some of the buttons don't give any response :
Code:
jerry@XBMC:~$ irw
00000000800100ae 00 KEY_EXIT devinput
00000000800100a7 00 KEY_RECORD devinput
00000000800100cf 00 KEY_PLAY devinput
00000000800100a8 00 KEY_REWIND devinput
0000000080010077 00 KEY_PAUSE devinput
00000000800100d0 00 KEY_FASTFORWARD devinput
000000008001019c 00 KEY_PREVIOUS devinput
0000000080010080 00 KEY_STOP devinput
0000000080010197 00 KEY_NEXT devinput
0000000080010069 00 KEY_LEFT devinput
0000000080010067 00 KEY_UP devinput
000000008001006a 00 KEY_RIGHT devinput
000000008001006c 00 KEY_DOWN devinput
0000000080010001 00 KEY_ESC devinput
0000000080010071 00 KEY_MUTE devinput
0000000080010073 00 KEY_VOLUMEUP devinput
0000000080010072 00 KEY_VOLUMEDOWN devinput
0000000080010192 00 KEY_CHANNELUP devinput
0000000080010193 00 KEY_CHANNELDOWN devinput
0000000080010201 00 KEY_NUMERIC_1 devinput
0000000080010202 00 KEY_NUMERIC_2 devinput
0000000080010203 00 KEY_NUMERIC_3 devinput
0000000080010204 00 KEY_NUMERIC_4 devinput
0000000080010205 00 KEY_NUMERIC_5 devinput
0000000080010206 00 KEY_NUMERIC_6 devinput
0000000080010207 00 KEY_NUMERIC_7 devinput
0000000080010208 00 KEY_NUMERIC_8 devinput
0000000080010209 00 KEY_NUMERIC_9 devinput
000000008001020a 00 KEY_NUMERIC_STAR devinput
0000000080010200 00 KEY_NUMERIC_0 devinput
000000008001020b 00 KEY_NUMERIC_POUND devinput
0000000080010189 00 KEY_VIDEO devinput
0000000080010188 00 KEY_AUDIO devinput
0000000080010179 00 KEY_TV devinput
000000008001009c 00 KEY_BOOKMARKS devinput
00000000800100d4 00 KEY_CAMERA devinput
0000000080010174 00 KEY_ZOOM devinput
0000000080010177 00 KEY_SCREEN devinput
0000000080010185 00 KEY_DVD devinput
000000008001008b 00 KEY_MENU devinput
0000000080010172 00 KEY_SUBTITLE devinput
0000000080010170 00 KEY_LANGUAGE devinput

Some buttons do not output anything on Lirc. The missing buttons are :
Power,eject,app launcher,go,task switcher,timer,pictures

The main problem for me is that I cant seem to shutdown the HTPC with the remote, under windows I can without problems.

Am I missing something ?