XBMC for Android – Accelerated HD playback on Frodo [Solved]


Xbox Media Center, or XBMC is a wonderful add-on for any type of Android TV-stick, TV-box or Android Pad.

The problem is that with the standard version of XBMC Frodo for android, some units get no acceleration for video which means that HD-playback is choppy. Gotham, the next version of XBMC solves this with acceleration which works well, unfortunately Gotham is not compatible with some XBMC plugins using a commoncache script that is yet not updated to play nice with the Python version used in Gotham. So if you get a commoncache error in Gotham with popular plugins like Icefilms, this is why. And we have the solution.

There have been some solutions with modded versions of XBMC Frodo that use an external media player for playing back the videos from within XBMC. That’s a complicated and not so user friendly solution.

Well the solution is here, it’s called SPMC or Semper Media Center, by Staftstrom from the MINX forums.

It features:

  • h/w decoding support
  • libmedia support for multichannel DD/DTS passthrough. [This is tricky and depends on what unit you have](read more here)
  • mouse scroll support (also supports scrolling with e.g. the touchpad on Logitech K400r)

Download SPMC media center here! (v.1.5.1)

It works great with any “china”-boxes like the the mk809 or mk819. I have an mk819 and with the normal Frodo version of XBMC it was impossible to playback HD content. It still struggles somewhat on some 1080p content (seems to be dependent on what codec is used), but 720p is fluid.

Thanx Molle at Freaktab for this solution! Credit where credit is due! :)

2013 in review, and a big Thank You!


Thank you all readers for coming to my blog. It’s been a nice year, and I’m glad to have been able to help lots of people!

It seems the Philips Toucam Driver, Monitor flicker solution and Netflicks subtitles have been top posts that have interested you. (Check out top posts in the right column to read more)

I hope to be able to help you with more stuff during 2014 so let’s hope I run in to more problems to solve :)

If you have questions or problems you want me to look at or write about, mail me at mrgnomeblog@gmail.com and I’ll have a look!

Again, thank you all and have a really nice 2014!

If you want you can check out my full anual report here.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

No option to turn off subtitles in Netflix – How to solve


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As many have noticed, lots of movies have no option to turn off subtitles when watching Netflix in Scandinavia for example.

I for one dislike subtitles in movies if i understand the language. English, for example. I don’t want to see ugly yellow finnish, swedish, danish or norweigan subtitles. They are just annoying and destroy the viewing experience directing the eyes off what is actually happening. If I want to read something I grab a book… We have the same problem here in movie theatres. I wish there were special screenings subtitle-free for people who understand english (like 90% of movie theatre-visitors here) … 

Well we can’t fix this in the movie theatre, but here is a simple workaround for Netflix at least on PC or Mac.

We tell Netflix to show a custom subtitle file, but it is just an empty text file.

Here is how:

  • Create a new text file, on the desktop for example.
  • Name it  empty.dfxp
  • (On Mac “Get Info” on the file to set the right extension)
  • Open the movie/video you want to see in Netflix
  • Hold Shift+Alt (for Mac Shift+Opt) and LEFT CLICK on the screen
  • Select “Load Custom DFXP File
  • Load your empty.dfxp -file

Voila, subtitles are gone! Now rejoice and take the poll!

Running SFC Scannow in system repair, Win7


If you are stuck in a loop where the windows 7 does not boot and the system repair cannot fix your installation , it might be a good idea to run the system file checker.

 

However sfc doesn’t really understand what to do if you just run sfc /scannow from the advanced repair options command prompt.  – We need to tell it where windows is installed.

So choose advanced repair options, command prompt and type:

SFC / SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=c:\ /OFFWINDIR=C:\Windows

If you have windows installed on another drive than C, change it. For me it was E for example.

If you don’t remember where it is, type c: and hit enter in the command prompt, then type dir and see if you see a folder (A text line) that says Windows if not try again by changing the drive letter, to d: ,hit enter, type dir, hit enter and keep hunting for those files.

Good luck,

Nice malware swatter, Roguekiller


Just wanted to say a couple of words about a malware remover I just found.

Roguekiller. (http://tigzy.geekstogo.com/roguekiller.php)

It seems to be quite effective at finding critters and bad thingamajigs on your PC. I had some stubborn malware that gave me popups in chrome and I couldn’t remove it with. Malwarebyte’s AntiMalware. (Which otherwise is a good program).

So, mental note for myself. Roguekiller was the name of the software, and a i think i actually recommend it…

thinking…

yes i do recommend it :)