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Second stage of operation system

If i load this - downloaded and inserted folder apps into root of sd card and after that runned with homebrew channel - i load and black screen white font and some text and ends with - some files missing or corruptted - or format card (or something like that but the base is right) and the second stage of system could not be loaded.I want this on my wii-please help me...i really need this.

  • Ugh, I have the same problem and its frustrating to no end! And I followed the EXACT instructions too! What am I doing wrong?! Chaos4ever 23:54, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Visualizer dimensions

I might be missing something really obvious here, but is there a way to change the dimensions of the music visualizer from 640:240 to full 640:480? Those black bars are killing me.

Yes you can, its in one of the config files in the GeeXboX folders, you can edit it with notepad. The wii is too slow to handle 640x480 though. I went with 320x240 to get the full screen. Since its on the tv the low res doesn't look too bad. --Llvanden 08:59, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

What video formats does it support?

Well, all videoformats that MPlayer supports, click here to see what is supported:


Is it possible for this to read off of my mac that is set up to share all files through HTTP? I guess that since this is on the whiite kernel that wi-fi is still missing? Pinball wizard 03:51, 17 July 2008 (CEST)

The wifi still is indeed still missing . SF49 11:11, 17 July 2008 (CEST)
I do see a network configuration settings file included in the GeeXboX distro, even referencing wifi. Is this just ported over, yet considered 'broken', does it rely on a third-party wifi connection, or added in the latest build?Steve32 18:47, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


Is there a licensing issue with the use of NTFS? I have always wondered why my linux versions could never read my windows drives. And I have a 320GB external HDD, but I dont want to go around breaking it up into tiny partitions just so its FAT32. --Llvanden 12:54, 18 July 2008 (CEST)

FAT32 can handle HDD up to 2000GB. Use a better formatting tool. Felix 13:14, 18 July 2008 (CEST)
Linux has had NTFS read support for a very very long time.--Canumbler 06:41, 23 July 2008 (CEST)
I see, thanks for the format tool. I will try it once I finished emptying my HDD. I didn't know about the linux NTFS support, however, the version that GeeXboX runs off doesn't have the NTFS driver, does it? --Llvanden 11:24, 27 July 2008 (CEST)
Yes, it does, as far as I've found it works fine. I use my USB powered NTFS formatted external laptop hdd with no issues at all.--Canumbler 10:32, 28 July 2008 (CEST)
So actually GeeXbox can support USB hard drive? From the article I could only find USB card readers and memory sticks. Or does USB storage mean also USB HD? --anolma 15:45, 6 August 2008 (+2 GTM)
Yes, I can confirm it works with my 320GB NTFS external USB drive. And the speed is good enough for high quality videos too. --Llvanden 14:33, 8 August 2008 (CEST)


When loading GeeXBox, the progress bar gets to about (what i would estimate to be 60%) and then my wii shuts down (red lights) complete shutdown. --Navarr 18:45, 19 July 2008 (CEST)

Mine does something similar at the same place as yours (about 60% on the bar), except instead of shutting down, mine just freezes. --Sli 03:15, 22 July 2008 (CEST)
this happened to me after using GeeXboX without problems for some time... I deleted the SDROOT/geexbox and SDROOT/apps/geexbox folders and copied everything over to the SD card and it worked fine again. Maybe try that too --delirium83 18:06, 23 July 2008 (CEST)

Found two things: 1st there doesn't seem to be any vsync, so there is some flickering going on on the screen. Also, audio seems to be offset by just a few milliseconds on the 3 or 4 movies I watched. Except for this, it's still an awesome app! --Jfitie 11:55, 25 July 2008 (CEST)

I'm having a problem with the colors in the geexbox program, they all seem to be inversed. The colors of everything else on the Wii are unaffected and I have reinstalled the program a number of times and each time I try the colors of the splash screens and movies I watch have reversed colors. --4N1M3H34D 03:05, 30 July 2008 (CEST)

Since version 0.1alpha2 videoplayback sometimes "hangs". I did not have this problem before. I changed back to 0.1alpha1 and saw a very few minor hangs, but not as much as 0.1alpha2 has. I tried with different video's. Same result. Maybe important: I play DIVX videos with subtitles in SRT format. Maybe it's the new Mplayer used? --DigDug 19:36, 9 August 2008 (CEST)

I tested more and the 0.1alpha1 has the same problem. 0.1aplha0 definitly not(tested). The video problems with alpha1 and alpha2 come when you play a movie with subtitles. --DigDug 22:19, 9 August 2008 (CEST)

Tested it again with 0.1alpha3 and all lagging/hanging has been gone! Great work! --DigDug 06:37, 2 October 2008 (UTC)


Any intention to include xmms plugin? I would be really happy if I could play sid music in my wii.

DivX support?

Could someone clarify if GeeXboX supports DivX video files? The topic that asked what video formats GeeXboX supports says it supports everything MPlayer supports. And the link given with the list of file formats supported by MPlayer doesn't mention anything about DivX, but I know the MPlayerWii application supports DivX so I'm a little confused. Thanks. :)

DivX is a kind of MPEG-4 Part 2. Felix 13:35, 22 July 2008 (CEST)
Yes, DivX is supported :-) --Solcott 07:29, 23 July 2008 (CEST)

Messed up signal

When running GeeXboX in 480i with component cables, the screen is all garbled. It appears as if it wants to force 480p. My TV has component inputs, but does not support 480p. Would it be possible to make it check with the system menu data for the resolution, rather than setting it based on whether the component or composite cables are plugged in?

I agree, I have the same problem. My TV supports 480i with Component cables but not 480p. - Jiiprah

Small suggestion

This is just a small, low priority suggestion. When you are changing the volume or seeking, with + and -, you can't hold down the button to do it faster. You should make it work to hold down these buttons to do it faster.

Music mode

I have looked all config files and cant get rid off those annoying geexbox tuxes. Is it possible to remove them or do i have to suffer? --Quu 21:59, 26 July 2008 (CEST)

Huh? What is 'music mode'? Perhaps this will help ? Flark 01:24, 27 July 2008 (CEST)
Umm, I mean: when you listen music and there is this nice vizualization, tux'es pop (GeeXboX logo) out on middle of screen and it is kinda annoying. Quu 09:32, 27 July (CEST)

Widescreen Issues

The changes made to better suit widescreen dispays have not helped. In addition to pillarboxing, geexbox is now also (slightly) "letterboxed". Flark 09:30, 30 July 2008 (CEST)

I tried playing with the settings file to adjust the screen but doing that just ended up giving me giant gray boxes where the menu text is supposed to be. And I still have pillarboxing. farter, have you looked at Homebrew_Channel/Bugs#Black_Vertical_Bars?
GeeXboX has pillarboxing because it's based on Wii Linux, I posted a patch for Wii Linux to the gc-linux mailing list.--Pepsiman 11:18, 1 August 2008 (CEST)
I think GeeXboX should be using the monitoraspect=16:9 option for mplayer. --Pepsiman 11:20, 1 August 2008 (CEST)
For those of you running 480p pal at 16:9 on an lcd tv use these settings in the settings file:
Remember to use a nix/binary mode compatible text editor to edit the settings file, otherwise the menu fonts will be displayed as filled boxes.
These settings work fine for 99% of the 16:9 videos I have. The only "problem" is there will be that the video doesnt fill the entire screen area (needs overscan?). Some 4:3 videos will still not display right though. --Llvanden 14:46, 8 August 2008 (CEST)
Nope, doesn't work, but thanks for reminding me to use the right editor. I still have black borders all the way around the screen. See above. Flark 04:58, 9 August 2008 (CEST)
Thats what I meant with "Doesn't fill the entire screen area". The 1.1 setting offers the correct aspect for 16:9 movies but leaves a 1cm to 2cm black border around the video, that why I said it might need or fake overscan. If you change the setting to 1.2 it fills the full vertical space but stretches the vid a bit. --Llvanden 15:02, 12 August 2008 (CEST)
Sorry, my friend. Setting to 1.2 doesn't get me to the edges of the screen either. Bummer. I hope the gclinux guys will fix this soon. --Flark 15:08, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

So the MPlayer port seems to automatically detect the Wii's Widescreen setting, and scale the video appropriately. Any chance GeeXBoX could be changed to use this same technique? --thaMANSTA

Video playback error (0.1alpha2)

Apparently, this is not my Wii. I just downgraded back to 0.1alpha1, and video playback works. After reading tha changelog, it must be tha latest Kernel update.

File type trying to load: .mp4 Video Code: V4PM

Any suggestions?

Things to Fix

Hey! GREAT, GREAT APP!!! I've been using this for the whole weekend, watching my favorite videos right on my tv. This is the only app that plays video from the USB flawlessly ;)...

I've noticed a few things that I would like to be different...


The playback volume gets reset every time new file is played. You should make it application independent, while its like file independent.


If I manually chose a file from the file list, when it ends playing, it takes me back to the main menu, instead of playing the next file in the list. Although, this does work when I play from the beginning in order. Also when choosing a specific file from the list, I can't play the next one or previous with the 1-2 buttons.

Anyway.. This is the best media player so far. Very complete, useful and nice looking ;).. Keep it up!

Video Tearing

I play avis from my usb external HDD and they play very nicely (very good colours compared to stand alone mplayer) + some at a high bitrate. The only problem is that there is fair amount of tearing in the picture. Is there any settings that help with this? I noticed that this does not happen on the stand alone Mplayer. --JustWoody 21:59, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

PAL startup splash screen

Just thought I'd inform of a 'feature' that I have noticed - I have a PAL Wii and when ever I set the Wii to 60Hz (Pal) the splash screen is never displayed instead all the loading console stuff, but, if I set it to 50Hz mode the splash screen is always displayed. --JustWoody 21:59, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

For me, it's the other way around. I've found that setting my Wii to 60 Hz, not only I see the splash screen during bootup, but the aspect ratio is fine for my 16:9 LCD TV.

I had to try and try over and over till I got it working right, but last I made it :)

Bokeron 14:54, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Well at least someone is getting a proper display on their widescreen tv -_- -Flark 20:58, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Static net setup slows boot

I don't know why, but when I specify 'ethernet' for my USB net adapter and fill in all the correct IP addresses (host, subnet, gateway, etc) in the 'network' config file in /etc/, the boot process slows to a standstill when the orange bar reaches about 90%. It will take what seems at least a couple of minutes to finish and provide the OSD menu. Network connectivity with SMB nameserver support does work at this point (without having specified static shares). DHCP_TIMEOUT="0" or "1" does not make any difference. This does not occur when I leave all values blank ("") to force DHCP.

Is there a text-only boot option so I can see what is going on, or this is already known among the more hard-core users? I want to test some options, like disabling the HTTP server, skipping the DNS IP, and I need to know what I did to break the Reboot/Quit choices (or was it only in my head that they once worked?). I'm wearing myself out here trying to think about it. Because I'm tired of holding reset for 5 seconds. That adds up to almost (just?) 3 minutes of walking over and hunching ;P I'm Joking here, I know it would be much longer without everyone's collective effort otherwise. More users need to publicly reflect on their experiences to clarify where progress lies. It's all about the entertainment :)

2(+) high-rising media apps, each bringing very promising functionality to the Wii... This has been a great summer! --Zandro 09:06, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Connecting Wiimote

GeeXboX can't find my wiimote whenever i try to connect it. I have tried both of my wii remotes just in case, but still no success. I followed the instructions and pressed 1+2 as it finished loading, i tried it several times and at different times as well. the remotes work just fine on my wii (even on darwiin), but for some reason they wont connect to GeeXbox. even though the keyboard works, i don't want to have to leave my comp w/o a keyboard. any suggestions? thank you.

0.1alpha4 not loading

With the new version (0.1alpha4), I've tried to install it several times now, and it never loads past 60% - 80%... The progress bar gets to that point, then everything just freezes. 0.1alpha3 works perfectly fine for me though.