A Beginners Guide to Setting up Xlobby
Skins and Resolution
This guide is intended for setting up the basic and most commonly used
portions of Xlobby, and does not cover things that change drastically by skin or
There are various steps required for a fully functional Xlobby. You may
be able to skip some steps depending on the features you want to use. For
example if you do not use music, you can skip the winamp section of this guide.
There is one required step however that must be done before xlobby is ran.
- Unzip the copy of Xlobby (there is no official installer at this time) you
just downloaded, to a folder of your choice and then run xlobby2.exe
- After it loads hit F2 on your keyboard to bring up the Setup window to the
- Under "Foobar/Winamp Zones:" click add, then browse to where Winamp is
installed, usually C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
- Daemon Tools
- If you plan on playing movies stored in iso/cue format, and have daemon
tools installed already to mount those files, choose the location where
Daemon Tools in installed, usually C:\Program Files\D-Tools\daemon.exe
- Under "Daemon Drives:" type in the virtual drive letter that Daemon
Tools is configured to use.
When you are done you should see something like this:
Importing Music, Pictures, and Movies
Before you can view any of your media you must "import" them into xlobby.
Doing this and how you do this
creates a database which is a key part of how Xlobby operates. There are
many ways to do this, but in this guide we will cover just the basic way of
Skins and Resolution
- Click the "Skins" tab at the top
- "Available Themes" lists different font/color schemes for the current skin
if there is any available
- Under "Select Skin" you can choose any skin you may have downloaded.
- Note - Downloaded skins must be placed in the skins subfolder
where xlobby is running, and each skin must be in its own subfolder under
- Click "Restart" to change to the new skin
- Under "X:" and "Y:" enter the coordinates of where you want Xlobby to
- Xlobby automatically fills the screen no matter what resolution it is.
If you want it to be a specific size, under "Width" and "Height" put in
whatever you want, or choose one under "Presets"
- Click "Sizeable" if you want xlobby to be in a typical windows style
window that can be moved around and quickly resized.
Setting up File Types can be very simple or very complex depending on your
needs. This section of Xlobby overrides any associations set in Windows.
Due to the wide variety of programs that can be used, this guide will cover how
to set up Zoomplayer for playing movies.
- Click the "File Types" tab at the top
- Note anything in the box at the top. Any lines highlighted yellow
are disabled and will not run anything.
- Choose anything listed at the top if there is one already and click "Add"
This will create a new entry, make sure it is highlighted.
- Now look under the "Details" section:
- "Program" - Browse to the location where Zoomplayer is installed,
usually C:\Program Files\Zoom Player\zplayer.exe
- "Extensions" - Enter whatever extensions you want associated with
this program, and separate each one by a comma. For movies (DVD, Divx,
etc) it is usually, ifo, avi, iso, mpg, mpeg, wmv
- "Command Line Switches" - Enter any switches your application may
take that you require.
For Zoomplayer it usually is:
/MOUSEOFF /F /Q %playlist%
Note the %playlist% portion is not a zoomplayer command, but a variable in
xlobby, that passes along the selected file(s) locations when the command is
run. If you require that it sends a specific file or path to your
external program, simply replace %playlist% with %file% or %path%
- "Enabled" checkbox - Make sure this checked for any associations
you want to run. You would only want to uncheck it, if you want to
disable the association without actually deleting it.
- "Category" - Enter the category you want this association be
launched from. If you specify one, this association will only work in
that category. If you do not specify one, it will work globally
in Xlobby. For this example we will choose "movies" as the category
- "Offline Event" - Assign an event that you want to run if try to
run something that is "Offline" Usually this is setup to trigger an
overlay to prompt the user to insert the media.
check here if you want more info on offline events.
- "Start Event" - Here you can assign an event that will run as soon
as the file is launched. For example, most people playing movies using
zoomplayer will have an event that automatically takes you to a page that can
fully control zoomplayer like a remote.
- "End Event" - Assign an event that you want to run when the
external app closes. In this scenario, when zoomplayer closes, you could
run an event that automatically takes you back to the main movies page.
- After all this has been set up the screen should look something like this:
- You should now be able to launch movies in zoomplayer.
- Click the "Misc" tab at the top
- "Load HTTP images on startup" - Checking this will cause xlobby to
download any images on any screen not stored on the local machine but on the
internet, during its startup. If you do not check this, when you go to a
screen that has a http image, you will need to manually refresh the image or
have an event automatically run a refresh, so it will show up.
- "Play Button Sounds" - All button clicks in Xlobby can have sounds
associated with them. This must be checked however to hear any. If
you check this and still do not hear a sound when you click a button, a sound
needs to be associated with that button.
- "Hide Audioplayer" - Check this if winamp is showing on top of
- "AutoPlay" - Here you can set up how Xlobby handles inserted media,
we will cover how to set up autoplay for Audio Cd's and DVD's.
PLEASE NOTE!!! Xlobby will disable any autoplay settings in Windows
while it is loaded
- Audio CD autoplay:
- Under "Name" type, audio cd
- Under "Extensions" type, cda
- Click "Assign/Remove Event" then choose an event to run when a Audio CD
is inserted. Usually an event is ran that shows a menu of options like
play, copy, etc.
- DVD autoplay:
- Under "Name" type, dvd
- Under "Extensions" type, video_ts
- Click "Assign/Remove Event" then choose an event to run when a DVD is
inserted. Usually an event is ran that shows a menu of options like
play, copy, etc.
- "Server Mode" This is only if you are going to use a client
machine to connect to the computer running Xlobby.
- "IP of this machine" - Choose an IP that this computer will respond to
the clients on
- "Start Server" Starts the server mode of xlobby, when you click this,
you should see a message under "Status" that it has started, and on what IP.
- "Start in server mode" - Check this to make xlobby always start in
server mode when it loads.
- "Multi Monitor" - If you have multiple monitors on your computer
you can choose which one xlobby will load on here.
- "Slide Show" - Set the speed of image transitions here for when you
are using the slideshow command
- "Delete Picture Cache" - If you create a picture database, xlobby
automatically created cached thumbnails of the images for faster browsing of
them. Click this if you wish to delete the thumbnails.
That's it for this guide... Remember to check the
and the forums for anything not