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    Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Possible? I want to get music videos running on my TV on a loop but don't want to burn them to DVD/CD.

    I'm sure XBMC will read the file if I can get it on the (Xbox formatted) USB drive but of course a PC will not recognise it if formatted this way (& the xbox won't read it if formatted in a PC!)

    Is there a program for the PC so I can transfer files to an xbox formatted USB drive?

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    ftp it to the xbox harddrive

    OR

    burn it to a dvd (rw?) and play it from there (you can explore the dvd once youve inserted it )
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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    Possible? I want to get music videos running on my TV on a loop but don't want to burn them to DVD/CD.
    I've done this many times but feel its a waste of blank cds!

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    IE/Firefox/whatever window - ftp://xbox:xbox@[your xbox's network address] (removing square brackets)

    or use the ftp program of your choice.


    Alternatively, just stream the videos from your PC?


    Edit - 3rd option, burn to a DVD-RW

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    The Xbox uses FatX and your PC can't read this so I don't think you will be able to transfer the files to the USB device.

    I agree with schmunk, Stream the videos from your PC if you can, that's what I do with mine.

    DVD-RW's would be another option but some xboxs have trouble reading DVD-RW's so it may not work for you.
    Last edited by Parp; 25-01-2008 at 01:42 AM.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Yes you can use USB pen drives with XBMC but you can't copy movies from you computer to the pen drive when the pen drive is formatted as FatX, which is the file system the xbox uses. The OS on your PC doesn't understand the FatX filesystem.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Parp View Post
    Yes you can use USB pen drives with XBMC but you can't copy movies from you computer to the pen drive when the pen drive is formatted as FatX, which is the file system the xbox uses. The OS on your PC doesn't understand the FatX filesystem.
    So just format it back to FAT then
    If you must read/write to a FATX based file system then use Xplorer 360 (IIRC, it works with normal Xbox drives too), or use Linux to copy the files, which has had FATX support for a long time (Don't know if its classed as 'stable' though )
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    It won't work as FAT, the xbox will automatically format it to FATX and delete all the files you copied from the PC.
    I haven't heard of Xplorer360 before, looks interesting, I'll have to try it out over the weekend if I have time.
    Last edited by Parp; 25-01-2008 at 07:05 AM.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Parp View Post
    It won't work as FAT, the xbox will automatically format it to FATX and delete all the files you copied from the PC.
    I haven't heard of Xplorer360 before, looks interesting, I'll have to try it out over the weekend if I have time.
    No it wont. XBMC will read FAT based drives fine, provided they are under 4gig.
    You will only have the drive formatted to FATX if you boot into the MS dash.
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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Firstly I have to say though I don't want to ftp or burn to cdrw, too far from my PC to use a cable, not got a wireless bridge & I don't want to keep using cd/dvds when a reusable usb drive would be perfect.

    I know the Xbox wont read FAT formatted drives & the PC won't read FATX, please see my posts.

    What I'm trying to do is get a program on the PC that WILL read/write FATX. I know it must be possible as people use their PCs to install savegames on USB drives to softmod however it looks like the Action Replay software is only useful for savegames, I cannot tell it to copy avis/etc to the drive?

    I've tried the USB drive formatted with FAT but XBMC 'cannot mount' it

    I'll try Xplorer 360 which sounds like its what i'm after, cheers Agent!

    EDIT: Hmmm explorer 360 'cannot find FATX drive to open...back to the drawing board!

    Aaaaarrggh!
    Last edited by Rob_B; 25-01-2008 at 08:45 PM.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Yeah you are right Agent. I did it ages ago with an old version of XBMC. It does support FAT now.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    I know the Xbox wont read FAT formatted drives & the PC won't read FATX, please see my posts
    I'll try one last time, then I'll give up
    XBMC can read USB FAT drives.
    Here is the Offical XMBC Wiki on the subject

    If you can't get it to work, you either have a really old version, or a non compatible device. Check it out

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    What I'm trying to do is get a program on the PC that WILL read/write FATX. I know it must be possible as people use their PCs to install savegames on USB drives to softmod however it looks like the Action Replay software is only useful for savegames, I cannot tell it to copy avis/etc to the drive?
    Did you try the program I said above (Xplorer 360)? Plenty of people online say it works fine with what you're trying to do.
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    Talking Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    now now! :-p
    As i mentioned i've already tried the usb drive as fat but xbmc wont read it (jan08 build) so i guess it just isn't compatible, oh well!
    Also i did try explorer360 but as mentioned it couldn't find the drive, it should work i guess but i'll have to spend some time messing.
    Last edited by Rob_B; 28-01-2008 at 12:02 AM.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    now now! :-p
    As i mentioned i've already tried the usb drive as fat but xbmc wont read it (jan08 build) so i guess it just isn't compatible, oh well!
    Also i did try explorer360 but as mentioned it couldn't find the drive, it should work i guess but i'll have to spend some time messing.
    Note that the XBox has only limited compatibility with flash drives - there is a (n incomplete) compatibility list in existence only a Google away.

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    Re: Playing DivX from a USB drive in XBMC (?)

    Xbox USB Compatibility List - Xbox-Linux

    and note there seems to be differing support between xbox versions too (with 1.6 being worst) so what works on one box may not work on another.

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