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mackenzie
December 5th, 2008, 12:18 PM
What are the minimun requirements hardware specs for Boxee on Windows?

Currently I got a real basic setup with Windows XP and Media Player Classic hooked up to my Sony Trinitron and I've been wondering for sometime to upgrade. Boxee seems kewl enough. :p

vic867
December 6th, 2008, 12:30 AM
I have an

AMD Athlon XP3000+
2.16GHz, 512 MB RAM
160GB HD
ATI All In Wonder 7500 64MB Video Card

It does not work work. It launches and then it crashes. Is this do to my RAM or Video Card?

Thanks,

Victor:(

agentlame
December 6th, 2008, 01:42 AM
it's your video card.

you need a video card that supports opengl 1.3 or later.

mackenzie
December 6th, 2008, 08:23 AM
If we can get back on topic. Can anyone tell me the minimum requirements for boxee? Windows or linux.

agentlame
December 6th, 2008, 08:32 AM
If we can get back on topic. Can anyone tell me the minimum requirements for boxee? Windows or linux.

we are on toipic... an opengl 1.3 compliant video card is the most important requirement.

after that, you get into generics:
2.5-3.0Ghz+ proc is important.
1GB of ram
etc...

even these requirements are OS-specific... Ubuntu with only xfce (or even no WM) could easily do 512mb/2.0ghz... So long as you video card is opengl 1.3 compliant.

really, your video card is the most important requirement... so long as the rest of you computer was built in the last 3-5yrs.


hope this helps. :)

Bulldog
December 6th, 2008, 08:38 AM
isn't this one of the reasons aswell of a (pre-)alpha release to find out this kind off things

as in
this is my system and it works / this is your system and it doesn't work

and i don't think we ar e allready in a stage where we can tell what the minimum system requirements are

timme
December 6th, 2008, 08:57 AM
The requirements completely depend on what you are trying to play. If you watch SD only, the requirements to your hardware are lower than for HD content. Since you have so many different kinds of content with boxee, it's really hard to say something definite.

vic867
December 6th, 2008, 11:40 AM
If we can get back on topic. Can anyone tell me the minimum requirements for boxee? Windows or linux.

Dude! That is what I am trying to find out. I have this old computer and I want to make sure what I need to update, so that boxee will work.

The topic is "Boxee for Windows minimum requirements".:confused:

agentlame
December 6th, 2008, 11:58 AM
Dude! That is what I am trying to find out. I have this old computer and I want to make sure what I need to update, so that boxee will work.

The topic is "Boxee for Windows minimum requirements".:confused:

my friend, please read over the entire thread... the simple answer is that there are no minimum requirements, as of yet.
this is one of the many things this 'pre-alpha' is attempting to establish... it's why system specs were required for sign-up.
the only given is that boxee will not run on any video card that does not support opengl 1.3. this is the single hard requirement that cannot be changed.


now that all of that has been said... a good guess for a baseline xp system would be:
2.5+Ghz proc
1GB of ram.
couple GB of free HDD space

while these requiremnts could be overkill...
i fell comfortable saying that if you have:
XP SP3
P4 2.xx
1GB RAM
OpenGL compliant Video Card
and, say, 5GB free HDD space

boxee *should* run... maybe even: *should* run *fine*

(individual results may very, see product for details.... sould you find your self with an ________ for more than four hours, consult a doctor. :) )

mackenzie
December 7th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks for the help guys.

One other thing. I installed XBMC on real old computer I got. But the text on the menu was really hard to read on my Sony Trinitron although the TV is much bigger then the computer screen :/

bmoura
December 9th, 2008, 02:08 AM
my friend, please read over the entire thread... the simple answer is that there are no minimum requirements, as of yet.
this is one of the many things this 'pre-alpha' is attempting to establish... it's why system specs were required for sign-up.
the only given is that boxee will not run on any video card that does not support opengl 1.3. this is the single hard requirement that cannot be changed.


now that all of that has been said... a good guess for a baseline xp system would be:
2.5+Ghz proc
1GB of ram.
couple GB of free HDD space

while these requiremnts could be overkill...
i fell comfortable saying that if you have:
XP SP3
P4 2.xx
1GB RAM
OpenGL compliant Video Card
and, say, 5GB free HDD space

boxee *should* run... maybe even: *should* run *fine*

(individual results may very, see product for details.... sould you find your self with an ________ for more than four hours, consult a doctor. :) )

What about the various Core Duo and Quad Core Intel processors? Some have a lower clock speed than 2.5 (typically 2.0 or 2.16) but there are more cores.

Is this an offset? Or is the 2.5 a minimum - even with more than one core ?

agentlame
December 9th, 2008, 05:31 AM
What about the various Core Duo and Quad Core Intel processors? Some have a lower clock speed than 2.5 (typically 2.0 or 2.16) but there are more cores.

Is this an offset? Or is the 2.5 a minimum - even with more than one core ?

you sir, are correct... and that's what i meant by 'generic' requirements. i didn't even think of the newer intel cpus, when i said that. i was thinking of old -4/netburst cpus, as an exapmle of boxee working on 'older' hardware.

they are fine... boxee will run great on them. :)

really, if your computer was built in the last three years... and has even a decent on-board video card (opengl 1.3), you don't have to worry.

alessio2
December 11th, 2008, 09:14 AM
Thanks for the help guys.

One other thing. I installed XBMC on real old computer I got. But the text on the menu was really hard to read on my Sony Trinitron although the TV is much bigger then the computer screen :/

Even if your CRT is much bigger than you PC monitor it doesn't support big enough resolution to read small text.
If you would like to read small text on TV, you will have to buy LCD screen.

groovyrock
December 11th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Well this is a Boxee forum, not an XBMC forum, but assuming your asking because you're trying to put boxee on it, what is your resolution on the computer / sony?

bmoura
December 11th, 2008, 03:22 PM
you sir, are correct... and that's what i meant by 'generic' requirements. i didn't even think of the newer intel cpus, when i said that. i was thinking of old -4/netburst cpus, as an exapmle of boxee working on 'older' hardware.

they are fine... boxee will run great on them. :)

really, if your computer was built in the last three years... and has even a decent on-board video card (opengl 1.3), you don't have to worry.

That's encouraging. Ideally I'd like to see Boxee usable on a small PC like the Dell Studio Hybrid so we could just add that to an existing TV.

But I'll be testing it out first on my Quad Core Desktop, just to be sure.

sasquatch23
December 19th, 2008, 02:43 PM
I have a graphics card that supports opengl 2.0. does that mean it also supports opengl 1.3. I know nothing about graphics cards as you can tell :D

agentlame
December 19th, 2008, 02:55 PM
I have a graphics card that supports opengl 2.0. does that mean it also supports opengl 1.3. I know nothing about graphics cards as you can tell :D

you're good. :)

bmoura
December 19th, 2008, 05:39 PM
you're good. :)

Sounds good.

Any idea when the next wave of Windows Boxee invites will go out? (The week of December 15 is almost at a close....)

agentlame
December 19th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Sounds good.

Any idea when the next wave of Windows Boxee invites will go out? (The week of December 15 is almost at a close....)

i can't say for sure, but i don't think the tam will be adding more testers before the next release. (jan 4th)

bmoura
December 22nd, 2008, 01:06 AM
i can't say for sure, but i don't think the tam will be adding more testers before the next release. (jan 4th)

From today's blog entry it sounds like we'll know soon.

Either some of the 2nd wave Windows Boxee testers will get invites before Christmas, or all the Windows testing hopefuls will have to wait until 2009.

agentlame
December 22nd, 2008, 02:15 PM
From today's blog entry it sounds like we'll know soon.

Either some of the 2nd wave Windows Boxee testers will get invites before Christmas, or all the Windows testing hopefuls will have to wait until 2009.

yeah... i'm generally wrong about most things i post. :o

(really, i'm just trying to see if i can get to 2,000 posts before they ban me.)

bmoura
December 23rd, 2008, 04:01 PM
yeah... i'm generally wrong about most things i post. :o

(really, i'm just trying to see if i can get to 2,000 posts before they ban me.)

Well, there's still today and tomorrow before Christmas. So the invites for the 2nd Windows Alpha group could still arrive in time.

Stay tuned....

bmoura
December 26th, 2008, 04:59 AM
The alpha invite just came in. Thanks.

Not surprisingly the more memory and processing power you give Boxee the better off you are.

Moving from my Atom machine to the Quad Core equipped desktop was pretty dramatic. Boxee likes Quad Core! :)

SupremeFriend
July 14th, 2009, 06:47 PM
Believe it or not, I'm running boxee on a CELERON 1.7ghz with 256mb of ram. It runs 100% smooth, little or no lag.

Video card = Geforce 4 MX, 128mb

Latest release as of today.

SupremeFriend
July 15th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I just tried it on my dual core/2.5gb machine and it was faster than the celeron so I can't say it's "100% speed". Regardless, its still fairly smooth for such low specs.

foghorn2
July 15th, 2009, 11:00 PM
It even works with a Sempron 2.4, Open GL 1.4 256mb Agp card, 1 gb ram with windows XP. No glitches.

Now thats pretty low.

odysseus
July 15th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Shuttle w/AMD Athlon 1.47 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, GeForce FX 5900

Seems to work okay, but freezes for ~1sec when clicking the mouse, videos seem to sputter (unless i bump the process priority of the rendering process, after which it seems to work smoothly but the rest of the system tends to go unresponsive)

Needless to say, I think I'm on the lower edge of being able to run Boxee.