Looks like I've been ripped off :(

CTID

Active Member
I've followed with interest the thread about xbox media extender, so to make my wife very happy and enable her to watch Holby City in bed I went for one from ebay, a seller based in the states. :D

But, 10 days later box has arrived but both disks are not reading in anything. They are not obvious copies but don't look 100% legit. Remote and dongle is there though. I have two xboxes, one soft other hard modded and it won't read on either. The chap is not answering his emails and I contacted MS but the product is not supported in the UK. :confused:

What a nightmare, anyone know of a reputable UK dealer. Those who used ebay, do your disks look authentic?
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
Oh no..... :eek:
Yes, my disks do look very authentic.
Is it just the xbox disc that won't read, or the pc disc also?
You do have your xbox switched to NTSC?
Does it read other NTSC discs?
Have you got a serial number?
If so, you could order the free update discs via the Microsoft website, at least they should work. However I got bad juddering with mine so resorted back to the original discs. I don't know of any UK retailer, they are not officially available here.
 
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CTID

Active Member
:( :(

just checked my disks, they are blank. Looks like they are copies, but he forgot to hit burn. I can't remember seeing a serial, is it on the disk or box. The remote and dongle are here and the box looks authentic, so I bet he got a returned unit and replaced the disks with copies...but forgot one important thing. :rolleyes:

Why oh why don't MS release this over here. I bet they never do now the 360 is coming. I did not they had reduced the price of Entender as well to $39 but no retailer will post to the UK.

Also I can't use XBMC as it is the recorded TV bit that I need. Does anyone know if 2 MCE PC's can share content?
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
What a ****er!
Hope you get hold of him, maybe he will stick the original discs in the post (or copies that work!) Have you reported it to ebay/paypal, they should at least get your money back for you..

Shouldn't be any problem sharing recorded tv between pc's, it's sharing live tv that is tricky. Also the xbox extender kit lets you access the guide and edit the scheduled recordings, which is handy.
 
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nigelbb

Well-known Member
You absolutely need the serial number as it must be entered when you install the extender software on the PC. You will find it on the normal Microsoft yellow product key label on the paper envelope containing the CD for the PC. The DVD for the Xbox should come in a shrink wrapped blue DVD box.

If you do have a legitimate product key then all you need is for a kind soul to copy their disks for you. The PC end of the product will get activated over the Internet at install time so you can't just re-use someone else's key.

Don't Microsoft have a scheme where if you shop the seller of pirated software they will replace it with a proper copy? Could be worth asking them.
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
If Nero can copy xbox discs - I would be happy to help out...
 
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well if someone sends me the original discs I can make a copy of them, i know how to, you need...Mod comment, instructions on how to copy protected discs removed.
 

CTID

Active Member
guys, that is very very kind. I don't know how to copy an original xbox disk - I guess nero won't hack it. I would be more than happy to send many blank dvdrs through if someone would try. I do have a serial on the CD sleeve so hopefully that will work. I've checked the dvd again tonight and it is a blank that has been printed on using an inkjet. TBH I wouldn't have cared really as long as it all worked, as I guess the serial is the big thing. To make sure it was writeable, I've just burnt my finished editing of my daughters summer school play - the wiggly worm - so at least in came in for some use!!!

I phoned MS this afternoon, I've got a volume licence where I work so I explained what had happened and they said tough!!! (but in nice words) :( It was a US seller for a product that is not sold in the UK and they didn't give toss. I said should I contact their US Equivalents but they said as soon as it leaves their jurisdictions ie the country they don't care. I've emailed paypal as well, ebay, the Queen, Tony Blair.......

MS don't seem to care even though it was on a pretty public and famous (infamous) site. You just feel a bit frustrated when it happens, I want to shout at the guy, but he has just faded into the ether.
 

Monty Burns

Well-known Member
Hey Guys

those wanting to burn the disks for CTID have you thought about downloading the Extender software from newsgroups or another source? Once you have that ISO its easy to burn using XboX ISO.


Good luck!
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
I can ftp into my xbox, and read the files on the hard drive, but will I be able to read the files of a disc? I am happy to give it a go - if someone tells me how.... or I could have a look on Usenet if that is going to be easier..
 
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nigelbb

Well-known Member
Monty Burns said:
those wanting to burn the disks for CTID have you thought about downloading the Extender software from newsgroups or another source? Once you have that ISO its easy to burn using XboX ISO.
Unfortunately t's not available anywhere that I could find.

The most important thing is to check is that the Product Key is OK as without this you will get no further. The PC installation CD only contains 13MB of files so if CTID has somewhere convenient to have that delivered to I am sure that we can help out.

TBH I will be surprised if the Product Key is OK while the disks are dodgy as there is no intrinsic value to the disks which can in any case be copied ad infinitum whereas a legitimate Product Key is required to activate MCX on the PC.
 

Monty Burns

Well-known Member
If you have XBMC installed you can just use the file browser and copy the files onto a temp directory from the DVD.

Your best bet for assistance is www.xbox-scene.com. I doubt there is a more knowledgeable group of people with the Xbox than these! :)
 

CTID

Active Member
meansizzle, it was a complete pack, everything as it should be including serial but the disks are not real ones. If I find some way of getting online storage could someone send me the PC files so I can check the serial. I don't want to waste peoples ime with the xbox files if this is a non-starter :)
 

nigelbb

Well-known Member
CTID,

I will PM you when I have copied the PC files to a place where you can pick them up from.
 
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Jonnyboy

Guest
Always use Paypal on ebay - they have a good sytem for getting your money back in these situations.
 

nigelbb

Well-known Member
Jonnyboy said:
Always use Paypal on ebay - they have a good sytem for getting your money back in these situations.
You have got to be kidding! Looks like you believe all the 'safe as houses' ******** that Ebay & PayPal try & pretend about buying stuff on Ebay.
 

Monty Burns

Well-known Member
nigelbb said:
You have got to be kidding! Looks like you believe all the 'safe as houses' ******** that Ebay & PayPal try & pretend about buying stuff on Ebay.
Agreed to some extent. Surley some hope is better than no hope?
 

CTID

Active Member
:hiya: thanks to all who have kindly helped out on this, you know who you are and it is much appreciated. I'm going to try the PC side tonight and check that serial so fings crossed! :thumbsup:
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
CTID said:
:hiya: thanks to all who have kindly helped out on this, you know who you are and it is much appreciated. I'm going to try the PC side tonight and check that serial so fings crossed! :thumbsup:
You're welcome, I hope the postie comes today too!
 
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Jonnyboy

Guest
nigelbb said:
You have got to be kidding! Looks like you believe all the 'safe as houses' ******** that Ebay & PayPal try & pretend about buying stuff on Ebay.
No I recently bought something from a firm on Ebay, it was faulty and they were not exactly desperate to put that right. Paypal credited my money back in full and very quickly.
 
Jonnyboy said:
No I recently bought something from a firm on Ebay, it was faulty and they were not exactly desperate to put that right. Paypal credited my money back in full and very quickly.
did you get it back in full, including the postage?..
 

CTID

Active Member
:( Well no surprise, the product activation is invalid. So this joker has also wasted the time of people trying to help me on here. One last try with MS on Monday and then the search for an honest seller starts again!!

cheers guys

:thumbsdow
 
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Kramer

Guest
You should post his Ebay user ID to save anyone else here from dealing with him.

:smoke:
 

CTID

Active Member
might have a bit of news here. Seller has replyed saying he is shocked :)() and he will get replacement disks in the post asap. We shall see.
 

CTID

Active Member
Well I really didn't expect this, but the replacement disks arrived yesterday :clap: :clap: I very nervously keyed in the second serial and the machine happily activated itself online. :D

I set it up last night very quickly and used a 1:1 wirelss connection to the PC MCE using a different subnet to my other wireless network. (The MCE connects to my adsl router wirelessly as well). There is a very very slight lag between pressing the remote and see a menu change but the playback is great. Every now and again I get network congestion message as well. Hopefully this will go when I get my 30m crossover cable through the post!

Thanks agian everyone :smashin:
 

Snash

Standard Member
Been following your trials and tribulations here and glad to see you've got it sorted out :thumbsup:
 

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