My XBMC Media Centers

A few weeks ago, I built an XBMC-based media player to use with the 32″ TV in the living room:

XBMC Home Screen

I decided to make another system using an original XBox for the bedroom, since I don’t need to play HD content on the 19″ TV in there. I bought a refurbished XBox from Gamestop for $54 shipped, and picked up the rest of the pieces I needed (XBox-to-USB cables, an 8M memory card) off eBay and from a local shop. I used a 10″ LCD TV while setting it up, so I didn’t have to run back and forth to the bedroom.

Here’s the XBox after doing a “softmod” to install Linux and the UnleashX dashboard:

Softmodded XBox

Here it is with XBMC installed, running the default “PM3” theme:

XBMC installed on the XBox

And here’s the final setup. Hooked up to the 19″ TV, running the same Confluence theme as the system in the living room, with the XBox DVD Playback kit plugged in so I can use a remote instead of a wired controller.

XBMC XBox Done

Am really happy with both systems; the living room unit cost me around $200 total while the bedroom XBox setup cost me $90.

3 thoughts on “My XBMC Media Centers

  1. It’s just a media player. I don’t have cable/sat anymore; all of my TV content comes from downloads or streaming Hulu, etc.

  2. Inspired by your bloggery, I put my XBMC Media Centre together from a box of bits I had, it’s a 2.2G Pentium with an Geforce2 MX400, for zero cost of parts since it was all bits from my junk pile. Not up to Bluray def, of course, but perfect for what I need.

    It’s way cool, I love it. Mine sports an 25 years old IBM Model M keyboard as the control interface – because I love the IBM Model M so much (this one is a late model one with a captive cable, I wouldn’t recommend the original style jack versions for this particular application). Maybe I’ll get round to plundering an IR receiver from an old VCR and fixing it for a remote.

    I went for the Mediastream skin…

    http://www.teamrazorfish.co.uk/mediastream.html

    After a little of tweaking it’s great (not too difficult to amend the XML files that drive it).

    Every home should have one!

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