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beomedia
January 30th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Hello - I have installed Boxee on my two Apple TV's but both of them cannot access the movies on my external USB drive (directly connected to the Apple TV's).
Apple TV running sw 3.0.1
Boxee alpha 0.9.14.6992
Launcher 3.2.2

Does there exist any guide for this? I have managed to connect manually to the drive but Boxeee can't see the files!?

1) What format does the external drive need to be in (i.e. any format or only NTFS for instance?)
2) When manually connecting to the external drive in Boxee does one have to write the complete path to the folder in which the files are or only the path to the drive?
3) Which video formats does Boxee support?
I read many threads about other people having these issues but no solution to the problem.

CWillie
January 30th, 2010, 02:52 PM
I'm pretty new to this as well, but the one thing I do know is that your external drive must be in FAT32(assuming you're a windows user), which means the size of any single file is limited to 4GB. I use clonedvd2 to create .iso files and use the custom setting to select 4200KB to keep the final file size under 4GB. If you use Video_ts, the individual .vob files within the Video_ts folder are always under 4GB each.

Hope this helps

beomedia
January 30th, 2010, 05:21 PM
Thanks, then I know that FAT32 is workable.

However, Boxee still can't see the files on my USB external drive - what do I need to do in addition to above written?

Thanks

Kazx
January 31st, 2010, 01:26 PM
apple tv doesn't have usb activated natively you need to install nitotv and run Smart Installer.

run a terminal app connect to your atv, any password i s frontrow

wget http://nitosoft.com/nitoTVInstaller_tt.zip
unzip nitoTVInstaller_tt.zip
cd "nitoTV Take Three"/
sudo ./installme

beomedia
January 31st, 2010, 02:55 PM
Hi and thanks for your help! I just installed Nitro and the files on the USD drive can still not be found - what else am I missing?

BTW I also was under the impression that Nitro wasn't needed but that Boxee had enought applications etc to support the USB port by itself?

bessler
January 31st, 2010, 03:17 PM
Hi and thanks for your help! I just installed Nitro and the files on the USD drive can still not be found - what else am I missing?

BTW I also was under the impression that Nitro wasn't needed but that Boxee had enought applications etc to support the USB port by itself?

All you answers can be found on the forum by using the search function

http://forum.boxee.tv/showpost.php?p=68688&postcount=101

search is your friend.

nuggyblake
January 31st, 2010, 05:00 PM
Hi and thanks for your help! I just installed Nitro and the files on the USD drive can still not be found - what else am I missing?

BTW I also was under the impression that Nitro wasn't needed but that Boxee had enought applications etc to support the USB port by itself?

When you installed Nito, do you see the Nito menu in the ATV menu ? If NOT, then you need to go through steps outlined above.

If you see it, you need to run the Smart Installer (dont jump when it screams at you thats its thinking).

reboot the ATV, plug in your HD and you should be able to access it via Nito, Files.

I assume you read the other info about HD format. Try a flash drive formatted (put an avi file on it to test).

:D

danGIMP
February 5th, 2010, 03:57 AM
Agree, you need to install nitoTV and you need to ensure that the appropriate kext are installed. Please post your nitoInstall.log (or at least tell us what it said).