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Multimedia Streaming Devices: Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500
My remarks on the Philips SLM5500/00 product are:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
5) the Philips Media Manager (PMM) was eventually replaced by TwonkyManager to support iTunes playlists.

My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway was:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup
My Streamium and TV connection was:
SLM5500 and TV

   

 

Intel inside, Idiot outside?
Best of breed software

 

Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list.
Other software links are on the SEARCH page.

 

Web Mail Chat Phone
IE
Internet Explorer = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
firefox
Firefox = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
Outlook Express
Outlook Express = FREE Mail client
WindowsMac OS
gaim
GAIM = FREE Multi-Instant Messenger
Windows
aMSN
aMSN = FREE Instant Messenger
WindowsMac OS
Skype
Skype = FREE Internet Phone
WindowsMac OS
Virus Spam Protection
Ad-aware
Windows
AVG Anti-Virus
Windows
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spybot S & D = FREE Spyware Scanner
Windows
ccleaner
CCleaner = FREE system optimization tool
Windows
Media Library and Video conversion Tools
iTunes
iTunes = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
DVD Profiler
DVD Profiler = FREE DVD Collection Database Manager
Windows
Videora iPod Converter = FREE Video Convenverter for iPod
Windows
Free Fast Mpeg Cut = FREE basic MPEG video editor
Windows
Media Players
ZOOM Player
ZOOM = FREE DivX Codec and Media Player

 

Windows
WinAmp
WinAmp = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
File and Printing Tools
IrfanView
IrfanView = FREE Image viewer
Windows
xplorer2
xplorer² = FREE enhanced File Exploring
Windows
PDF Creator
PDF Creator = FREE PDF Creator (XP)
Windows
Cute PDF = FREE PDF Creator (Vista)
Windows
ZipGenius
ZipGenius = FREE Compression tool
Windows
FileZilla
FileZilla = FREE FTP Client and Server
WindowsMac OS
Soulseek
Soulseek = FREE File Sharing Client
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KeePass
KeePass = FREE Password Safe tool
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Remote Assistance Tools
TeamViewer
TeamViewer = FREE Remote Assistance
WindowsMac OS
uVNC
UltraVNC = FREE Remote Assistance
Windows
tight VNC
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Legacy Desktop

 

intel Celeron chip
Intel Celeron (400 Mhz) based system
256 Mb RAM (64/64/128) – 128 Kb Cache RAM
PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 (4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17)

 

ST340016A
Hard Disk
cd24
Hewlett -Packard
cd-writer
SD-M1612
Toshiba
DVD-rom
Riva TNT2
Graphics card
RTL8139/810xRTL8139/810x
PCI Fast Ethernet adapter
two LAN cards

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 8 Mb partition for the Operating System (Windows 2000 Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 32 Mb partition for the Data Storage.

 

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Wintel Laptop

 

Toshiba Satellite 1800-514
Toshiba
Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD
 

USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card

 

Windows XP
 

ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps
QuickCam Messenger

 

File and Print services over TCP/IP have been disabled for security reasons. The IPX/SPX protocols have been installed to communicate with the Desktop PC for File and Print sharing.

 

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Wintel Desktop

 

AOPEN
300W Case
Black Housing
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 2
iiyama Vision Master 1451
Vision Master 1451

 

Logitech®
QuickCam® Zoom
Logitech QuickCam Zoom
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
INTEL PIV 2600
Intel Pentium 4
512KB Cache Socket 478 800FSB
Boxed with cooler Hyper-Threading

 

APACER Memory module
2 x DDR 256MB 400Mhz PC3200
Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512
2 x 512Mb PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM

 

ASUS P4P800-VM
AI Bios ver. 08.00.09 PPVM1701
Intel 865GE, P4 478 800FSB, VGA, SATA, 4DDR Dual Channel PC3200, 3PCI, SOUND, LAN
Logitech® Media Keyboard
Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JD)
SN WMAES4588646
WD Caviar SE SATA 8.9ms
7200rpm 8M Hard Drive

 

Apacer USB 2.0 Card Reader
S/N 26541001901544
Black – CF Type I & II, Microdrive, SM, MMC, SD, MS, MS/PRO + USB 2.0
NEC-3520 (Black)
599960350 - Firmware 3.04
16x DVD re-writer

 

ZIP Plus
Iomega ZIP Plus

 

MSI Star Key 2.0 Bluetooth USB Dongle
MSI Star Key 2.0

 

ASUS WL-167g
Asus Wireless USB

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 15 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 145 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
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WinAMD Desktop

 

AOPEN QF50A (Black)
300W Case
AOpen QF50A Black
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3

 

Benq T720
Benq T720

 

QuickCam Messenger
Amarina KBS8700
AMD Sempron 2600+
S462 (Socket A) Boxed
SN E106332C51538
1.833 Ghz
256KB L2 Cache 266FSB
Boxed with cooler

 

OCZ Memory
OCZ4001024V3 1024MB 400MHZ DDR
2 x OCZ4001024V3
1024MB 400MHZ DDR PC-3200

 

MSI K7N2G
ATX Mainboard – Socket 462 – Socket A
Supports Athlon XP, Duron and Sempron
NVIDIA® nForce2 IGP Chipset
333FSB, VGA, 5 PCI, SOUND, LAN
WinTV-PVR-150  Model 01046

 

Western Digital 80Gb
SN WCAM94847819
EIDE 8Mb ATA100 7200RPM

 

Western Digital 160GbWD1600JB
WD 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Firmware Rev. 1-01
NEC 4571
Bose MediaMate®
Bose Mediamate Speakers
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with three partitions:

 

(C:) System    one 20 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
(D:) Data        one 55 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
(M:) Media    one 150 Gb partition for the Multimedia Data Storage (music and video).

 

The system runs with Windows XP SP3 and is connected to a flatscreen Sony TV (Bravia).

 

Additionally, changes have been made for security and to optimize the disk space use:

 

– ‘My Documents’ has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
– ‘Temporary Internet Files’ folder has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, go to the control panel and open Internet Options
in the General tab, select Temporary Internet files Settings
– ‘Temp’ folders have been moved to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp  -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP    -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp  -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP    -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:

 

Additional Keyboard Lay-outs have been added manually:

 

see full instructions at http://mai9.net/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_XP_(Stripped_to_the_Bone)

 

1. Find a computer with Win XP that uses the keyboard layout you want to use.
2. Run “regedit” and navigate yourself to the branch “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts”
3. Once there, browse through the sub-branches looking for the keyboard you want (“Spanish” is in branch “0000040a”). Export that branch to a file in a USB drive. Also, remember the filename from the value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDSP.DLL”).
4. Open the Start Menu and choose the “Run” command, type “%SystemRoot%\system32\” and then press Enter.
5. In that folder look for the .dll file that was in the regedit branch value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDBE.DLL”). Copy that file to the USB drive.
6. Unplug the USB drive from the regular WinXP and plug it to the machine with the WinXP Stripped to the Bone Edition. Copy the .dll to “%SystemRoot%\system32\”, and import the .reg file you created on the 3rd step.
7. By now you have done all the ‘hacking’, this last step is to activate the installed language: Go to “Regional and Language Options” in the control panel, move to the tab “Language”, click the “Details” button, on that window click “Add” to add the keyboard you want, click ok, select the keyboard in the drop down menu, click ok a couple of times and reboot. That’s all.
Microsoft File and Print Sharing has been disabled. File are shared through ftp with the FileZilla Server.
This allows any system (including Linux and Vista) to access files on my shared folders.

 

Services optimization has been done based on the list provided by TweakHound’s super tweaks.

 

Display settings have been set for optimal performance.
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BENQ Joybook R23E

 

BENQ Joybook R23E
512 Mb RAM – 60 Gb Disk
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Home Edition Service Pack 3

 

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ACER Aspire 2920

 

ACER Aspire 2920
Vista Home Premium SP2

 

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ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC

 

ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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HP Pavilion dv9000 (HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC)

 

HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC

 

Vista Home Premium SP2

 

HP Pavilion (HP Pavilion zd7010EA Notebook PC)
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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External Storage Media

 

WDG1U3200
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
LaCie 320 Gb USB
OneTouch4 Mini 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
WD 320 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
WESTERN DIGITAL 320GB 8MB (7200/100) WD3200JB
LaCie 320GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
OneTouch4 Mini, 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
2Tb
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Multimedia Streaming Devices
Streamium Café
Philips SLM5500Philips SLM5500/00

 

My remarks on this product:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
Twonky Vision
My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup

 

My Streamium and TV connection:
SLM5500 and TV

Avid Cinema

The Video editing features of the Power Mac 6500/275 Creative Studio are based on the Avid Cinema and QuickTime products. The Avid Cinema card may cause conflicts depending on which Mac OS is used. Moreover, it depends on the QuickTime version installed. My recommendation is to work with Mac OS 8.5 or higher and to upgrade the Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5. Be aware that the Apple Videoplayer uses the same resources and must be checked. Best experience I had with Apple Videoplayer version 1.7.x. You will find all these updates on the sites listed below (Apple and Avid).
ATI Chip
Conflicts with Mac OS 8.5
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Memory manager‘ extension.

 

Conflicts with Mac OS 8.6
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Resource Manager‘ extension. Apple Videoplayer 1.7.3 should be installed as part of your Mac OS installation.
My system currently works with these versions of software. The reference list of the active extensions can be downloaded (Dutch Mac OS version). You will also notice that I keep using QuickTime version 3.
Always disable Virtual Memory and keep the disk cache size to a minimum. In some cases you may need to enable the file sharing to capture video.

 

Conflicts with Mac OS 9.0.4 (reported by Dean Shepard)
This reports refers to  a 6500/300 with Avid cinema card.
“I have found that the Cinema card works ok with MacOS 9.0.4. Again you need to restore the AppleTelecom software to get it to work. However, despite having the VideoStartup v 1.7.3 extension, I can’t get the TV Tuner card or the FM Radio card to tune in at all.  May have to go back to Videostartup 1.7.2.  I installed MacOS8.0 on a separate disc (Orb 2.2Gb removable), upgraded up to OS8.1 whereupon both devices worked again. So it must be a software problem that needs rooting out.”

 

General comment:
Keep in mind that this system works with an on-board ATI Graphics Acceleration Chip (see picture above) for which ATI native drivers will not work.

 

Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:

 

Avid Cinema Apple Support Document Search Avid Cinema Support Centre Avid Cinema Manuals

 

Avid Cinema 1.1.3 Instructions
Avid Cinema 1.1.5 Instructions
QT4 does not work with AC 1.2.2b

Power Mac 6500/275 Creative Studio

Yes, brothers and sisters, Jobs created this machine to show the world what everybody was talking about. The Power Macintosh Creative Studio is at once a good computer, phone/answering and fax machine, a TV/Radio and a Video editing device! Please refer to the links below, to know more about the specifications of this beauty. Note that this device can still compete in today’s world although it was launched in the mid nineties (°1997). My system was upgraded with an additional 64 Mb RAM (96 Mb in total), an AsantéFast PCI Ethernet adapter and an external Iomega ZIP Drive. The system was complemented with the Color Stylewriter 2400.


Power Macintosh 6500
Please refer to the following references:
The details of my configuration (Dutch version only) are published on The Net Gate Scratch site.
Some other folks have spent time to comment the system issues and to figure out problems:
The 6400 Zone‘ is a rich source of information about similar system users.





Video editing support
The Video editing features are based on the Avid Cinema and QuickTime products. The Avid Cinema card may cause conflicts depending on which Mac OS is used. Moreover, it depends on the QuickTime version installed. My recommendation is to work with Mac OS 8.5 or higher and to upgrade the Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5. Be aware that the Apple Videoplayer uses the same resources and must be checked. Best experience I had with Apple Videoplayer version 1.7.x. You will find all these updates on the sites listed below (Apple and Avid).
ATI Chip
Conflicts with Mac OS 8.5
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Memory manager‘ extension.


Conflicts with Mac OS 8.6
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Resource Manager‘ extension. Apple Videoplayer 1.7.3 should be installed as part of your Mac OS installation.
My system currently works with these versions of software. The reference list of the active extensions can be downloaded (Dutch Mac OS version). You will also notice that I keep using QuickTime version 3.
Always disable Virtual Memory and keep the disk cache size to a minimum. In some cases you may need to enable the file sharing to capture video.


Conflicts with Mac OS 9.0.4 (reported by Dean Shepard)
This reports refers to  a 6500/300 with Avid cinema card.
“I have found that the Cinema card works ok with MacOS 9.0.4. Again you need to restore the AppleTelecom software to get it to work. However, despite having the VideoStartup v 1.7.3 extension, I can’t get the TV Tuner card or the FM Radio card to tune in at all.  May have to go back to Videostartup 1.7.2.  I installed MacOS8.0 on a separate disc (Orb 2.2Gb removable), upgraded up to OS8.1 whereupon both devices worked again. So it must be a software problem that needs rooting out.”


General comment:
Keep in mind that this system works with an on-board ATI Graphics Acceleration Chip (see picture above) for which ATI native drivers will not work.


Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:







Apple Telecom support
The built in Geoport adapter requires specific software. When upgrading your Mac OS, look always for the Geoport/Express modem support (ref. Geoport Modem Tool). The last bundled software I found was on the Mac OS 8.0 CD-ROM. However, you will have to instal it separately from the ‘CD extra’s’ folder. The good news is, that it is compatible with Mac OS 8.6. The latest Apple Telecom Software (NA version 3.1.3) and the (Dutch) updater software is available from the Apple site. Verify the key assignments to enable the Telephone Tool. If you assign a ‘normal’ key (i.e. without a ‘command’ or ‘ctrl’ combination), this one will no longer be available in other software. Finally, Mac OS 8.6 users should also update the Apple Remote Access software to Version 3.1.3 (Dutch version).
Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:


Troubleshooting no dial tone (Dutch version)





MAC OS 8.5 support
The system came with Mac OS 7.6 pre-installed. This is history, to get a clean install and keep up with more recent software versions, you may opt to go for Mac OS 8.5. These are the steps that I successfully followed:


step 1: Boot with the Mac OS 8.5 CD-ROM (hold the ‘c’ key at start up)
step 2: Run ‘Schijfinstallatie’ (disk installation)
select: Mac OS Uitgebreid (HFS+)
at reboot you need to run the Mac OS installation and configuration.
step 3: Run ‘Drive Setup 1.7.3’
select: Update Driver
reboot your system
step 4: Run ‘Apple Telecom installatie’ (see my notes on Apple Telecom)
step 5: At this point you should check if all the devices (printer, ethernet card, Remote control, …) are well configured and work correctly. To avoid confusion, enable only printer extensions for devices that you have attached. This way, the chooser (Kiezer) will only let you select devices that are actively available). Disable Virtual Memory.
step 6: Run ‘Mac OS 8.5.1 Update’
To make sure, run step 3 again. You may note that the system will take up about 6 Mb more, than when you installed on 8.5.
Your system should be fine now. Enjoy!





MAC OS 8.6 support
This system will run slightly faster with Mac OS 8.5. But the ‘Sherlock 2’ features and the TCP/IP support of Mac OS 8.6 are worth the speed drawback. Make sure you run the ‘Drive setup‘ after each upgrade to update the driver.


General comment:
Do not apply any patch or upgrade unless you experience the problems that are described by the vendors. Indeed, in some cases you only make life difficult. Follow the golden rule ‘do not touch it, when it works’.


Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:


Flashing “?” solution description
Drive Setup 1.3.1 Read Me (check also for Drive Setup 1.7.3)





StuffItt Deluxe support
What WinZip offers to Windoowzz users, StuffItt does for MacOs users. If you started with StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 from Aladdin Systems, you can upgrade it. A free upgrade to 5.1.5 is available to registered users (have your serial# ready to instal). DropStuff and Expander version 6.0.x is available for PowerPC systems or higher. These upgrades are highly recommended if you experience problems with recently compressed files. They will coexist with your Stuffit Deluxe 5.1.5.





Microsoft Office 98 support
Installing Office 98 on the MAC is easy as (Apple) pie. After dragging the folders to your hard disk, the programs starts a first run installation when you open an Office programme. If this process aborts with a disk error code, update your drive setup.
Run ‘Drive Setup 1.7.3’
select: Update Driver
reboot your system
Additional dictionaries and spell checkers need to be installed manually (Value Pack option). An installer for the Value Pack offers you a selection list.
Check the  Microsoft web site (download area) for the latest updates. The Microsoft Office Manager (aka MOM) is available for download and can be easily added.





Microsoft Office 2001 support
Information about Microsoft Office 2001 is published on the Office Mac pages.