GeeXboX is a media center program built on Wii Linux. It uses MPlayer with a graphical front end. It can play videos and music (with visualization) and display photo slideshows.
Specially added features in the Wii port are: bluetooth (remote control, obex file push, networking and audio partially working), USB storage, USB Ethernet, http/telnet/ftp server, netstreaming, image viewer, goom visuals for audio playback, .... Most of added features are fully or partially tested, some are not, yet.
* SD card (some SDHC also work, formatted in FAT/FAT32)
* USB keyboard
* Bluetooth mobile phone (MIDP 2.0-compatible with AT+CMER implementation)
* USB ethernet adapter/PC-to-PC link cable (theoretically any model supported by linux 126.96.36.199 should work)
* USB storage (flash disks, card readers, external enclosures, etc. Supports reading of nearly all major *nix/Win/Mac partition types and writing the majority of them except NTFS/UFS)
Note: The video is of an Old Demo, not the current build.
Homebrew Channel users just need to copy everything into the root directory of your SD card and select GeeXboX in the channel.
TP hack users have to copy or move apps/geexbox/boot.elf to the root directory of your SD card and start the hack.
Other homebrew loaders that support front SD might also work. Consult their documentation for how.
Regardless of the loader, the GEEXBOX file tree MUST reside in the root directory of SD card.
By default the wiimote is the remote control (To change, edit GEEXBOX/settings and change the value of 'REMOTE' accordingly). When the bootsplash progress bar is reaching its end, press '1' and '2' together. If the wiimote is found and connected, all four LEDs will light up and wiimote will rumble for 2 seconds. If not, press '1' and '2' to retry after LEDs stop flashing.
Wiimote 1 Button+Wiimote 2 Button connect wiimote to GeexBox
Wiimote D-Pad navigate OSD menu/move image
Wiimote HOME Button OSD menu display/autozoom image
Wiimote A Button pause playback/start and pause/restart slide show
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote D-Pad navigate DVD menu
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote A Button select in DVD menu/view image in original size
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote HOME Button stop playback/quit slide show
Wiimote - Button/Wiimote + Button control volume/scale image
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote - Button/Wiimote + Button seek forward/backward during playback
Wiimote 1 Button/Wiimote 2 Button play previous/next item in playlist/slide show
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote 1 Button/Wiimote 2 Button unmount and mount front SD
Wiimote B Button+Wiimote A Button+Wiimote 1 Button/Wiimote 2 Button reboot or shutdown
(No, you don't have to point your wiimote at the sensor bar, which isn't powered on anyway.) Don't press the 'power' button on wiimote. Doing that will not shutdown GeeXboX and you will have to reconnect by pressing '1' and '2' again. To add or change button definitions, edit GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_wiimote.conf and lircrc_wiimote.
The default keyboard layout is qwerty. To change, edit GEEXBOX/settings and change the value of 'KEYMAP' accordingly. For more info on keyboard controls, view help in menu, consult GEEXBOX/etc/mplayer/input.conf or the GeeXboX site (http://www.geexbox.org/en/controls.html, some info is outdated though).
Bluetooth mobile phone
Not all bluetooth-enabled phones are usable. For an incomplete list of usable models, see http://anyremote.sourceforge.net/devices.html (GeeXboX for wii does not use anyremote though). Models listed as working in bluetooth AT mode should be usable. You have to specify the bluetooth MAC of your mobile in GEEXBOX/etc/bluez. When GeeXboX boots up and finds your mobile, you will be prompted for password. The default password is '0000'. Key definitions in this release are based on Benq-Siemens S68. To use other models or to customize key definitions, you many have to edit GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_bluemobile.conf and lircrc_bluemobile. Some (Sony)Ericsson models can also be used with the 'bte' driver (GEEXBOX/etc/lirc/lircd_bte.conf and lircrc_bte).
GCN analog input is read, though NOT supported. For example, there is no way to get the menu back once it has been cleared from the screen and response to analog input is spotty and erratic.
All audio/video formats supported by MPlayer (yes, rmvb included), with the exception of WMV9 audio.
Supported Media Sources
* Front SD (to swap, use the Wiimote/OSD menu and follow the messages)
* USB storage (hot swappable. Card readers must be disconnected before swapping cards)
* Network shares (NFS/Plan 9 shares must be added manually before boot, uPnP shares are auto-discovered and mounted after boot, Samba/Windows shares can be used either way)
* HTTP/UDP/RTP/RSTP network streams (Shoutcast, Icecast, LAN unicast, Multicast and VOD) (addresses manually defined before boot)
Customization requires manual editing of files in the GEEXBOX folder. It is probably better to edit files on harddisk and then copy them to SD card, as opposed to editing files on SD card directly. Windows users are also advised to use *nix-compatible editors such as UltraEdit, rather than Notepad or Wordpad. Please remember that corrupt or incorrectly modified file may cause boot failure!
Language and font
The default language is English. To change, edit GEEXBOX/settings and change the value of 'MENU_LANG' (for menu language) and 'SUB_CHARSET' (for subtitle language) accordingly. For some languages/charsets, for instance east Asian languages, you will have to provide necessary fonts for the settings to work. Consult GEEXBOX/etc/lang.conf for the correct font file name and make sure corresponding file is saved in GEEXBOX/usr/share/fonts. Alternatively, you can edit lang.conf to match the name of your font file. Please try not to use large size font files as they take up precious memory and affect playback quality.
Boot into console mode: edit GEEXBOX/settings and change the value of 'RUNLEVEL' to 'debug'. Enter "exit" in console to start GUI.
The boot splash is hard coded into boot.elf and therefore not easily customizable for most users. To change the default background image/video, replace GEEXBOX/usr/share/mplayer/background.avi. Again, avoid using large file for your own good.
Bluetooth, obex, network, netstream, net shares and so on are customized by manually editing corresponding files in GEEXBOX/etc. Simple explanations are included for almost all the settings. You can also find more detailed help on some of these settings from http://www.geexbox.org/en/doc.html or by visiting the forum.