Apple TV 2 and XBMC – how to switch between audio languages

If you’ve found this page then you probably already have a hacked ATV2 with NitoTV and XBMC installed. I could not find this in a single place so hopefully this is a one-stop shop for you. Remember – you are changing/modifying files on your system, if in doubt backup before you edit or delete files! Do so at your own risk, I am posting this for educational purposes only.

http://xbmc.org

http://xbmc.org

To play movies with multiple soundtracks/audio languages on a PC or laptop, you pick it from the Media Player menus. However, if using an ATV2 and XBMC, all you have is the Apple Remote. You only have the Up/Down/Left/Right, Menu and Play/Pause buttons. There is nothing to allow you to pick the correct soundtrack. So you get all sound tracks at the same time if there are multiple embedded!

To fix, you can modify the Apple Remote button functions. I picked the Up button to modify and change it from VolumeUp to AudioNextLanguage. I don’t use the volume control on this remote so it’s OK to reallocate the function.

You need to edit joystick.AppleRemote.xml on the ATV2. You can SSH onto the ATV2 and download it onto your laptop to edit with a suitable xml editor. If you need to know how to SSH onto your ATV2, Google it – loads of videos.  XML editors are abundant, again Google what you need. I use Cyberduck for SSH and TextMate (Mac OSX) for XML editing.

The file joystick.AppleRemote.xml is located in

/Applications/XBMC.frappliance/XBMCData/XBMCHome/system/keymaps

This contains the default settings for each button. See https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/blob/Eden/system/keymaps/joystick.AppleRemote.xml for what it looks like (you can use this as a backup as well if you need to restore/screw up the file).

Look for the line which is around line 92 which refers to VolumeUp

 <FullscreenVideo>
    <joystick name=”AppleRemote”>
      <button id=”1″>VolumeUp</button>

Change this AudioNextLanguage e.g.

<button id=”1″>AudioNextLanguage</button>

Save the file and upload to your ATV2. No need to reboot it, you will see that the Up button on the Apple Remote will scroll through the soundtracks/audio languages. Note – this assumes that there is more than one soundtrack embedded in the movie you are trying to watch.

I hope you find this useful!

 

 

How to setup your voicemail forwards using iPhone on Virgin Mobile

Setup_Voicemail-iPhone

 

This was so frustratingly hard to find because Virgin Mobile UK do not support iPhones! Their staff even say it won’t work. It’s a sim card and a phone for crying out loud! *Rant over*

Hopefully this helps you set it up.

First you need to know your voice mailbox number, if you don’t have it dial

222

and follow the prompts to setup your mailbox. If already setup, still dial 222 and when you get to the end, you will receive a text with your number.

Then follow this http://www.fryfilm.com/infopages/iphonecodes.htm

E.g. to activate Forward if busy, dial

*67*[voice mailbox no]#

DIY never stops – Changing a kitchen tap/faucet

Noticed water under my sink the other day and found out that it was a cracked pullout mono tap. There was no way to repair as the model was discontinued so purchased a new one to replace. How difficult could it be….

First things first, before I attempted the repair, I had to isolate the water or turn the house supply off. Fortunately for me the kitchen fitters installed isolation valves for both the hot and cold feeds. I tested this by turning the valve 90 degrees to the direction of the flow (normally indicated by an arrow on the isolation valve) and check if any water comes out. Continue reading

Vestax VCI-100 firmware upgrade – Day 1 planning

Got myself a VCI-100 in black, present from me to me with love of course :) got it in black because many user complaints saying can’t see the labels clearly in a poorly lit environment/club. Using it with Traktor Pro and a Macbook Pro. Straight out the box it works perfectly but there are a few glitches, you can read up more if you Google it. I won’t bore you suffice to say that I needed the upgrade to make use of all the features properly.

OK, so this upgrade is not for the squeamish, it involves taking the unit apart then soldering wires and using an interface to connect it to a serial port on a Windows PC, will not work on MAC (at least I haven’t found an alternative).

I’m going hardcore geek and building everything from scratch thanks to the bits I’ve found at Maplin, checkout the list at the bottom. Continue reading