Dreambox 8000 up and running...

Llew

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Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
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After two weeks of head-scratching, my DB8000 is ready for some action.

As I'm new to Dreamboxes, initial setup posed many problems, not least the fact that I come straight to the box from a Triple Dragon, and although much of the Linux file system is the same, some of the files are in different sections of the system.

However, once network and satellite configurations were complete, I tried various images, settling on Nabilosat BH, residing in a USB stick alongside the Pure Flash, courtesy of Barry Allen.

Quality of picture is excellent, both SD and HD.

The system uses a Broadcom tuner working into a Broadcom 7405. Channel change is rapid.

I've retrofitted an internal 500GB Hitachi HDD, and will be looking now for a slimline DVD burner. This will be connected to the USB to eSATA stick provided (cable ready inside).HDD runs cool and sweetly.

A couple of niggles to get off my chest -

Overall finish is not as good as my TD - front hinge panel seems rather fragile, and the Dreambox escutcheon fell off :eek:

Also, and more importantly, a tuner blanking plate fell inside onto the mainboard as it was very thinly attached to the back panel(luckily it happened when not powered up :))

I have made other owners aware of this on the DB8000 VIP board.

As for the high price of this receiver, my Echostar SR8700 cost more than this back in the early 90's. Whether this one justifies the cost, time will tell - I looked at several other boxes costing considerably less, but was not too happy whether full support would be forthcoming over time. At least the Dreambox support is second to none.

I will post updates on my experiencies with the 8000 as things progress.

Llew
 

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Prince of Birthdays
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Good news, looking forward the post in the future.:)
 
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Keep us updated Llew, with much pic's & info as you can! :-righton Thanks!
 
Llew

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Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
After much hassle, I now have the DVD burner installed (Slimline Samsung SN-S083A).

The problem was the cable connection (SATA/power plug) didn't appear to be compatible with my drive. I thought I hadn't the adaptor that plugs into the drive, but stupidly I didn't see it languishing in the carton that the Dreambox came in. Too much of a hurry to get the box up and running :-doh2

There is no explanation of fitting the drive in the manual, but after uploading a revised manual (see attachment), all became clear, with mention of the aforementioned adaptor.

Having recorded to the HDD the BBC HD David Attenborough programme about Darwin, I wanted to burn it to disk, but of course being in HD, it will need to be presumably downscaled to SD. In the DVD Burner application, there is mention of changing the format to a variety of ISO images, but I'm not sure which one to choose. So this is my next task, to get it somehow onto the disk.

Llew
 

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Llew

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Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
To play your bought or rented DVDs, you need the file attached. Place in /temp and install. for the Nabilosat images, Blue button, Addons, Addons Download Manager.
 

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It would be great if a bluray player could be added, but I think its a license issue.

Do you think it could be fitted?
 
Llew

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Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
I saw on the VIP site later this year, so seems a possibility.

Llew
 
DeepDiver

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Llew said:
............Place in /temp and install. for the Nabilosat images, Blue button, Addons, Addons Download Manager.
On Nabilosat images, Green button, yellow button and then Manual Install IPK package :D:D:D
 
Llew

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Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
You're right of course Deep. Got my buttons mixed up there.

Good to see the expert putting me right :-worship

Llew
 
BGonaSTICK

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What's the large split/circular bracket for behind the HDD? Is this for a cooling fan by any chance?
 
Llew

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Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
Yes Stick. The box runs reasonably cool fully tooled up (HDD and DVD drive) without a fan, although I haven't burned a DVD yet - this may warm things up a bit.

Llew
 
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Not sure if you guys were/are aware of it.

Linux doesn't currently support blu-ray very well, i've heard stories of it being cracked but nothing really commercial as yet. Blu-Ray was mainly developed by the likes of sony, phillips, panasonic and pioneer. I'm sure that it will soon become compatible. Apaprently a PS3 uses linux so something must be possible out there.
 
Llew

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My Satellite Setup
Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
Yes, as far as I'm aware, the Linux fraternity are working on it, so we have to wait awhile. Not that I'm in too much of a hurry, Blu Ray drives are pretty expensive, and there's not enough HD content around to justify it.

If DRM is ever cracked, the possibility of HD movie transfer to/from your Blu Ray drive would be interesting.

Llew
 
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Just to mention an extra thing on this subject. You can now get external blu-ray recorders that plug into a usb port, i wonder if they will also be compatible once the internal ones become usable. It was just a thought for them who would rather just plug something in than risk breaking a component inside their new £900 box lol.
 
Llew

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My Satellite Setup
Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
All good stuff paul2u, cheers, although the smartreader shouldn't be necessary as the 8000 has a cardreader that will read cards without it.

Bootloader 71 is included in latest images.

Llew
 
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Hmmmm I wonder if any of those will work with the Qbox. Any suggestion on a simple plugin I should try?
 
Llew

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Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards.
Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
My Location
The Flatlands of East Anglia
I don't know if the two dvd plugins would be of use on yours, the library one is for allowing the drive to play bought/rented DVDs (the other one to open the player using the remote control if you're too lazy to use the front button :-rofl2)

Second stage bootloader? Do you need this one? The later E2 images required that - not sure what you're using for your box.

The blindscan plugin looks interesting, but depends what tuner is used - early 8000's and the 800 have an Alps tuner, maybe works with those, not sure about the Broadcom one I have. Will investigate this.

Llew
 
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Somewhere where the Sauer is Kraut and the Wurst is Brat
Where do the plugins go in the 8000?
 
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