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RE[8]: play/pause on LMB
by Laurence on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 12:18 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: play/pause on LMB"
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I've tried both Linux and Windows versions of XBMC 10, the requirements are the same.

Clearly states OpenGL1.3

And you cannot run XBMC 10 on a RADEON 7000, as it does not support enough OpenGL for XBMC to run. You get corrupted cursors, corrupted graphics, videos won't play or just show a black screen.

Have you tried forcing software mode in the rendering options rather than leaving it at the default "autodetect"?

Media centre apps have much higher requirements than plain video players. Not everyone needs a fancy media centre. Sometimes a standard desktop with a wireless mouse is enough. And that will work on much older hardware.

For crying out loud, you've tried **ONE** media centre and the one which is the largest media centre on the market. You're comparison is flawed.

Give a try then comment. However until then, your whole argument is just as retarded as saying that all text editors are bloated after trying a heavy duty programmers editor and then refusing to give vi / nano a go.

What you've done is taken the heaviest media centre on the market, and then assumed that every single product is identical and subsequently launched into a rant proclaiming your jarred vision as "fact" and arguing that everyone else is full of shit. I suggest you seriously take a look at the other examples provided because they're as different to XBMC as night is to day.

At the end of the day, all a media centre is, is a media player with a menu system that launches in full screen. As such, there's plenty of media centres with equivalent footprints to a media players. I mean, you do realise that set top boxes / DVRs run on pathetic hardware yet have perfect playback? these things work because they are hardcoded to only include the bare minimum. Well that's how many other media centres work as well. Not every single media centre is a fully Python programmable dynamic environment. Some are just basic minimal linux distros with a menu item for 'pictures', 'music' and 'videos'; some are less sophisticated than the OS on your Sky+ box.

So don't give me this crap that every media centre is an XBMC clone (in terms of hardware requirements) because, unlike you, I /have/ tried a great number of media centres and I did so because -and just like you- it took me a long time to find anything that I liked (probably about 5 years of testing different media centres, I'd estimate. Possibly longer. But I know I was experimenting with them before XP media centre edition was released)

[edit] just checked wikipedia for XP MC Edition release date, and that was 2005 so that means I've been pratting about with MC's for ~7yrs. Christ I feel old now lol. But that's also why I'm getting a bit wound up that you've used 1 release of XBMC source (plus a beta, for some odd reason) and used that to cast judgement on an entire genre of IT - and thus drawn invalid conclusions (re "no such thing as a low footprint media centre")

Edited 2012-02-22 12:34 UTC

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