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    I didn't know that ipods are able to use hard drives or are you just trying to be funny ?
    I already have a phone that takes 16GB cards and can connect to a TV via SCART and plays games but it is no good as I would need to spend ages converting and would need even more SD cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mal_k100 View Post
    I didn't know that ipods are able to use hard drives or are you just trying to be funny ?
    I already have a phone that takes 16GB cards and can connect to a TV via SCART and plays games but it is no good as I would need to spend ages converting and would need even more SD cards.
    Nar hes just trying to up his post count
    In reality he knows not what hes talking about

    One thing I will say to you about the Wii is google "Wii homebrew" there's a few apps that will be handy if your looking to turn it more into a media player, but we cant talk about them on this forum (legality issues)


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    Thanks DP.
    I have already got it running with some applications. As I am trying to use an external hard drive to store my music and Videos it shouldn't be a problem but I understand where you are coming from.
    I am in the process of trying FTP. It can see the SD card but, as yet, not the USB drive. I guess all I am doing is being lazy as I have stuff stored on a Linux server and I want to copy across without taking my Wii USB drive upstairs.
    Cheers anyway (and I do find it strange why people post rather odd messages that are no help and mean nothing as they obviously seem to read the thread title and nothing else - not you of course !!!)

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    mal k, How are you using the Wii for media player? I am thinking of getting a NAS unit and thinking of using the Wii to play my mp3's. Advice/help will be appreciated.

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    Hi rev1
    My setup:
    Wii with USB hard drive. 2 partitions 1st is WBFS 2nd FAT32
    NSLU2 (aka SLUG) with 4 bay usb drive
    GigaNAS server with 2 internal drives (I only use 1 at the moment).
    XP laptop

    Wii setup:
    1st partition must be unformatted in Windows and formatted with WBFS
    2nd partition can be NTFS (I have tried it) but I now use FAT32 as FTPii can only see the partition as FAT32 not NTFS.
    I can run Filezilla on my laptop and with FTPii running on the Wii, I can copy files (slowly) to the FAT32 partition.
    The Wii can be setup using SMB links to the linus servers (only 5 though), using the SMB configuration files - easy to do it is well dcumented here.

    I have not been able to map drives on Wii from XP.

    End result:
    Play MP3 and .avi on USB hard drive (FAT32 partition or NTFS if you don't need FTP) using Mplayer CE
    Play MP3 and .avi on NAS servers across a wireless network using Mplayer CE.
    Hope this helps. All the setup stuff is doumented. I doubt the NAS are relevant, my guess is that anything running Linux (or a flavour) will work.
    Theoretically I guess you wouldn't need a USB drive directly attached to the Wii, you could just stream across your network. I do it so I can take the Wii and USB drive on holidays.
    Go for it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPrinny View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mal_k100 View Post
    I didn't know that ipods are able to use hard drives or are you just trying to be funny ?
    I already have a phone that takes 16GB cards and can connect to a TV via SCART and plays games but it is no good as I would need to spend ages converting and would need even more SD cards.
    Nar hes just trying to up his post count
    In reality he knows not what hes talking about

    One thing I will say to you about the Wii is google "Wii homebrew" there's a few apps that will be handy if your looking to turn it more into a media player, but we cant talk about them on this forum (legality issues)
    Well if you want to watch videos and listen to music. iPods are portably. Just connect your hard drive to a computer then put your media on your iPod hey presto.

    A Wii is for games not much else. :L Hense 'Games Console'
    Why you get a wii anyway? I know you can play games
    Last edited by UnMem; 01-07-2010 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnMem View Post

    Well if you want to watch videos and listen to music. iPods are portably. Just connect your hard drive to a computer then put your media on your iPod hey presto.

    A Wii is for games not much else. :L Hense 'Games Console'
    Why you get a wii anyway? I know you can play games
    Bloody hell!
    A post from you with more than one sentence.

    iPods are rubbish as a media player as you need to encode the videos so they work on it and that takes time.
    The screen is a bit small as well anything with subtitles would be a nightmare to watch (personal experience as when I was on some lame excuse for a course last year I put some episodes of Gintama on my K800i and I could just make out what the subs where saying).
    At least with something like this you have a easyer to see screen.


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    I wasnt meant to say I know you cAn play games. i was gonna right an essay ut couldnt be arsed.

    An iPod Touch?

    But TBH i wouldnt mind some videos on my Wii.

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    This will be my last post to this thread.
    Anyone who thinks they can use an ipod as a media player is mad. The resolution of the files is so poor when shown on a full screen TV as it has to be drastically reduced to be saved on an ipod. Sure you can store stuff as a file without reducing but it then can't be played. I have all these facilities on my nokia and have had on previous Nokias. I now have a Wii that plays games , videos and music from my hard drive albeit only 500GB at the moment. If I want anything stupid like watching video on a small screen I can use my 5800 but I ant a media player.
    The Wii can play video and audio across my network using a wireless lan or wired lan as well as using the attached hard drive. Performance is good across wireless although maybe HD wouldn't be , but then I have an upscaling TV so happy with it.
    So, fortunately since my original post, I have resolved all the issues of a combined games machine and media player. I wanted the wii due to wiimote and nunchuck otherwise I would have bout a nettop (ASROCK 330 ION)
    I hope other will realise the capabilited of the wii. I also have 3 other media players with inbuilt hard drives and thy are now being kept in a cupboard and only use as USB drives (as they work that way).

    Shame some people can't be bother to spend a few minutes explaining what they mean from what appears to be childish flippant remarks.

    Cheers and good luck to other who want to maximise use of the wii (yes I know xbox 360 will do the same but I wanted the balance board etc. - a skier and boarder here!)

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