elcaballo Wrote:You're right. It's a D-Link DGS-2205 switch, had a five star rating on Newegg so I don't think that is the problem. The fileserver has been rock solid in every other way and all it is doing is serving files to the ATV2. Like I said, there is only 0-5% CPU utilization.
And what I'm saying is not that the ATV2 can't do HD at all. It streams my 2< GB HD TV files with no problems. I'm saying that with any high-bitrate HD file (typically a movie) larger than 4.5 GB, it buffers like crazy, which makes it useless for movies. I bought the ATV2 so that I didn't have to deal with PS3 Media Server but XBMC just can't keep up with larger files.
And all this is with 2/14/11 and a greenpoison JB.
Again, I'm sure the devs will get there eventually. I'll just have to check back in a few months once the program has been optimized.
Just wanted to say that I understand you're having difficulties with "buffering" when playing large movie files greater than 2GB. As well as having issues playing high bitrate HD files.
For some of the newbies on the forum, file size and the bitrate at any given scene in the movie are different things and the terms shouldn't be used interchangeably.
I agree that it's early in the ATV2-XBMC port and the are bugs to be worked out. However, I just wanted to share my experience so you can help troubleshoot your issues should you want to continue tinkering with XBMC on the ATV2.
I just played and recorded a 1080p (vtb-h264) rips without ANY
buffering whatsoever. I don't see the buffering message appear while watching these 1080p movies that can be properly decoded by the ATV's GPU. The file sizes are usually around 7GB-10GB so they are bigger than the 2GB limit you've witness.
Using the xbmc remote and pressing "o", you can see the bitrate go as high as 23Mbps without any buffering in the video below. I have seen the occasionally frame drops on some content. But for the most part, things play nicely for this stage of the port and again, no buffering that many have mentioned they run into.
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Good luck with figuring out your problem. Perhaps it will be resolved in a future build. I wonder if there are different revision of the ATV2's hardware out on the market. I purchased mine the day it was released so it's probably the first version of the ATV2 for all intent and purposes.