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Streaming from the PC to the BOX HOW-TO - 23-January-2008, 22:22

Streaming from the PC to the BOX (i.e. Dreambox)
So you are using Dreambox for quite some time now and you are happily sharing. You know your Box can do much more like streaming to your PC or even the internet and you probably heard that you can play your local media files stored on the PC on your TV via the Dreambox. But all that is too complicated for you right now maybe some other time

Well No it is not complicated and if you have the right manual configuring your box is a matter of minutes. I don`t know if this is the right place to post this, but I know I looked here when I was seeking information.
Now I will share my findings with you in a form of simple step-by-step manual:

To configure the Dreambox to watch media files from your PC you will need an Add-on on the dbox. Fortunately this is easy job:
Step 1.
From the box you go to the Addons (blue panel -> download (Gemini-Server)->plugins->VLCF-Final RC2 or whatever if by the time you read this there is a new version)
Step 2.
Now you have to download a piece of software for the PC a great one by the way. Go to http://www.videolan.org/ and download the latest version (VideoLan 0.86c)
Step 3.
Install the Videolan software; you may want to include the Mozilla plug-in during the installation. Then there will be a shortcut on your desktop:
Click right mouse button on it , click Properties
In the Properties window under the tab Shortcut add --intf wxwin --extraintf=http after the target location. For example: "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" --intf wxwin --extraintf=http

*This will start the VLC with web-interface

Step 4.
Now its time to configure the part on the dreambox. This will happen by modifying an .XML file.
Use FTP client to access your box. You can use IE if you want (on IE7 after accessing your ftp site - press Alt then View -> Open FTP Site in Window Explorer)
Find vlcf_original.xml - it is located in /var/tuxbox/config/

Copy the file in your PC. Now you can edit it. Open the file with WordPad.
Inside you will see a lot of thing. This plugin allows you to configure 4 servers. We will limit this manual to just one. So look for set1

The values are:
* IP =The IP address of your PC
* Stream-port = by default 9090 some suggest changing to 1335 (not sure this is necessary).
** User = If you didnt mess with the VLC configuration, leave this as it is
** Pass = same as the above
Then you have to tell vlcf where you files and DVD drive are.
startdir="d:" cddrive="g:"
startdir is the place where the media files are. You have to share this folder (volume) in the PC
Now that your changes are set, you need to Save As.. this file as vlcf.xml or if you want click save and then rename the vlcf_original.xml to vlcf.xml (erase the original part).
Now upload back that vlcf.xml from where it came from copy-paste to /var/tuxbox/config/ on the box.
You are ready. Now you should be able to use the plugin. I found some additional steps described, I dont really know what deferens they make but I made them and as far as I can tell they dont do any harm.
Step 5.


Now you are really ready. Start VLC on the PC using the shortcut.
With the remote of the box, pres yellow button (usually). You will see the VLC-Frontend plugin. Select it. If you did all right, on the TV you will see a list of files from the startdir on your PC select-enjoy
Many thanks goes to kr5323 from www.foro-pagando.com you can find similar instruction in Spanish there.
   
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20-February-2008, 08:51

Thanks.

& by the way if you don't get the sound (only pictures come) make sure you disable AC3 output in your dreambox. (Setup > System Settings > A/V Settings)
   
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Find vlcf_original.xml - it is located in /var/tuxbox/config/
I dont have this file.
   
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07-March-2008, 00:14

I had file Something like vlcf_example.xml. I made all above and renamed the file vlcf.xml and I got it work. I left it on var/tuxbox/config


I also have problem. When I stream from PC to Box. The Vol+ and Vol- does not workon RC. The sound is very quiet. The same is when I use *.avi or *.mp3 files. When I press twice Mute on RC then I can see that the Vol level is on 50%. Not more.
   
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13-March-2008, 21:22

Hi when you stream from pc to box , to increase audio pres OK button and in the moment when you see info bar in the bottom press BLUE button to VOLUME UP or YELLOW button to VOLUME DOWN
Works on DM500
   
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15-March-2008, 16:22

Hi thanks for the info.

when I try to chang the target in the vlc icon windows is not letting me do so.
so I am stuck with this.
Am I doing something wrong?
   
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15-March-2008, 17:39

Check if you are logged inn as a Administrator ( on windows ) or try reinstall application vlc-0.8.6d-win32
   
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15-March-2008, 17:57

ok sorry i found the problem
I missed a space between the '' ans -- .
thanks very much
and I really apreciate your inteligence and help of everyone in this this forum

(15-March-2008 17:58)
I meant between the '' and the --

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Is there a way to activate the subtitles ? ( .srt file in the same directory)

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Of course just go in VLC Preferences/Video/Subtitles/OSD, then browse in use subtitle , restart VLC and play again ( with subtitle)
   
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