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Likely2
whufclee
For those of you that are using one of these for XBMC I'd highly recommend the Openelec builds rather than Raspbmc, it has come a long way and is getting better and better all the time. Raspbmc has only one 18 year old developer who has done a great job but Openelec has TeamXBMC behind it. If you sign up for free at xbmchub.com and navigate to the raspberry pi section of the forum you'll find a thread which has the latest build which comes pre-setup with all the best addons and is configured to run fast. Here's the link but I think you have to be signed in to view it http://www.xbmchub.com/forums/raspberry-pi-discussion/2623-latest-beta6-openelec-image-addons.html

No doubt you will update us all as you are a long time member of the original XMBC community, me too, but under another name.

You make it sound like you have official support from XMBC but is that true? Or as stated, xmbchub was set up because basically XMBC wanted to wash their hands of any 3rd party issues with copyroght problems that arise when, as some original 'Plugins' were just hacks to get services for free and stream material that was online that was copyright protected, films etc....and the future for the official XMBC wants to be a million miles away from that when it monetises itself in the future.

Or are you here just spamming and uneccessarily slating another Dev, out of order by the way, espicially as Sam and 'Openlec' have history, to get more hits at the site you are involved in?



Jeez, chill out mate. whufclee was only offering some advice as to what you can do with the Pi.... as requested by lots of people in this thread. I've been around on the various xbmc communities for a few years now myself and i think if you read most of the threads regarding Raspbmc vs Openelec vs Raspbian, then most users are starting to shift towards Openelec - just because of the pace of development. At the moment I'm running Raspbmc but this may change in the future - at the end of the day it's down to personal preference. I think individuals (such as yourself) forget that people new to the Pi and XBMC find it difficult to know where to get started - I know i found it a very steep learning curve. whufc simply gave a very good bit of personal advice for those new users out there, nothing more........
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Ok so just to clarify some questions regarding running XBMC...

What is XBMC? Originally developed for the xbox1, XBMC (XBox Media Center) is software that will turn your device into a media center. In this case you install it onto the raspberry pi, hook it up to the TV and watch videos, listen to music etc. Similar to "apps" that are available on ipod or android you can install free "addons" which will allow you to view various online content, basically if something is available online you'll more than likely be able to view it via xbmc by using the simple GUI. The features list is massive so for more in depth detail check out the wiki.

How easy is it to install? Very simple, whether you opt for Openelec, Raspbmc or Raspbian you simply download an image and burn it to an SD card. Raspbmc is possibly slightly easier to install onto a card as it has a special program you download to the PC and it's literally just one press of a button. For Openelec I use a free program called win32 disk imager and that's just a case of browsing for the downloaded image and clicking on "write".

Which distro should I go for? Well that's personal preference, at this moment in time I would suggest Openelec but why not try them all out for yourself and see which one works best for your needs. The link I posted earlier has some of the most popular addons pre-installed and has a lot of settings pre-configured which means a lot less messing about.

What extras do I need to buy? You will need either a remote or a USB keyboard (wireless is fine), if you have an ipad or android device then you can install apps on those which will enable you to use them as remotes by using your local network connection. A micro USB power supply (like a phone charger), make sure you do your homework on this as there are a few for sale that just don't seem to output what they say on the tin - Ideally you want 1000mA+ at 5v. You'll know if your power supply is dodgy as XBMC won't run so smoothly and you'll encounter crashes which require you to reboot. HDMI cable, poundland do them and they seem to work fine. Network cable or wifi dongle. SD card, I'd recommend a minimum of 4gb but check the compatibility list before buying.

How does the raspberry pi compare to other xbmc platforms? In all honesty nothing will beat a dedicated HTPC, however the r-pi is currently comparable to ATV2 and development is still at fairly early stages and it's just getting better and better with each release. Realistically you'll be looking at around £40-£50 once you factor in the extras you need to buy so for the price you can't go wrong. The only noticeable difference between this and other platforms is that it takes longer to load online images (DVD artwork for example) as it writes to an SD card and not a HDD.

Check this link before buying any extras, it's a r-pi compatibility list - especially useful for power adaptors and SD cards http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals

Edited By: whufclee on Dec 30, 2012 23:12: Oops you'll also need to add a network cable!

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To make it clearer for people who lack basic comprehension skills

"Please note that for UK orders the handling charge on this product will be removed prior to dispatch."
http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/bespoke/bespoke2.jsp?bespokepage=cpc/en_CC/special_offers/bargains/part_detail/RPi_lp2.jsp
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Edited By: dcx_badass on Dec 31, 2012 02:00: .
#2
Is this model the one with wifi on board?? Can't see it in description
#3
jamiemorr
Is this model the one with wifi on board?? Can't see it in description
Is there such a thing?
#4
grandwazoo


jamiemorr

Is this model the one with wifi on board?? Can't see it in description



Is there such a thing?

According to the raspberry pi website there isn't
#5
You have to buy a wifi adaptor or plug into a cable
1 Like #6
when exactly does it remove the "handling charge"? i got right to the end of the process, just before you commit to purchase and the fee was still there! at £5.95 i don't really want to take the chance it doesn't get removed...
#7
I may get one of these, thinking of a car pc build with one...
2 Likes #8
keithio
when exactly does it remove the "handling charge"? i got right to the end of the process, just before you commit to purchase and the fee was still there! at £5.95 i don't really want to take the chance it doesn't get removed...

When they process your order, as it says on their website http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/bespoke/bespoke2.jsp?bespokepage=cpc/en_CC/special_offers/rdrlp/webfree.jsp
4 Likes #9
For those thinking "what would I do with this?"

http://www.raspbmc.com

Turns it into a device almost comparable with the £99 Apple TV..its worth it for Airplay support alone ;)
1 Like #10
inb4 "cant play WOW on it, cold!" comments
2 Likes #11
That is a poorly designed case.

I have a similar clear case except mine has access holes for the four different types of connectors on the board's top surface (JTAG, Camera, Touchpad, and GPIO). It also has prongs which extend down to the LEDs which make it appear as if the LEDs are on the case's top surface.

This is the case I have:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008TCUXLW/
#12
i like this
#13
Thanks op
1 Like #14
UnoriginalGuy
That is a poorly designed case.

I have a similar clear case except mine has access holes for the four different types of connectors on the board's top surface (JTAG, Camera, Touchpad, and GPIO). It also has prongs which extend down to the LEDs which make it appear as if the LEDs are on the case's top surface.

This is the case I have:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008TCUXLW/

Not really a bad design if you don't need access to those ports as most never will.
#15
Voted hot nice find when you consider it includes case and delivery. We Have been thinking about getting one.
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UnoriginalGuy
That is a poorly designed case.I have a similar clear case except mine has access holes for the four different types of connectors on the board's top surface (JTAG, Camera, Touchpad, and GPIO). It also has prongs which extend down to the LEDs which make it appear as if the LEDs are on the case's top surface.This is the case I have:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008TCUXLW/
Pay more, get more. Who'd have thought it?
#17
Thanks feed_me_chocs - hadn't seen that bit - still suffering from too much of the "good cheer" :-)
#18
grandwazoo
UnoriginalGuy
That is a poorly designed case.I have a similar clear case except mine has access holes for the four different types of connectors on the board's top surface (JTAG, Camera, Touchpad, and GPIO). It also has prongs which extend down to the LEDs which make it appear as if the LEDs are on the case's top surface.This is the case I have:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008TCUXLW/
Pay more, get more. Who'd have thought it?


It is £1.50 more expensive.
#19
daboy10
inb4 "cant play WOW on it, cold!" comments
You mean World of Warcraft?

Anyway, there is a specially programmed version of Minecraft available for it, where you can actually program more stuff into the game. It's kind of like a 21st century ZX Spectrum in some respects.
#20
I'm interested to know what people use it for.
#21
When you order you need to enter "WEBFREE" as a note on the order in order to qualify for free postage.
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Bluedusk
I'm interested to know what people use it for.
Checking the Raspberry Pi site, or a google search would be of help to you then.
#23
Spud211
For those thinking "what would I do with this?"

http://www.raspbmc.com

Turns it into a device almost comparable with the £99 Apple TV..its worth it for Airplay support alone ;)
Like reading the theory of relativety!
1 Like #24
arduino
Bluedusk
I'm interested to know what people use it for.
Checking the Raspberry Pi site, or a google search would be of help to you then.
I'm aware of the information on the site mate. I expect however people here have come up with some inventive applications for the device above and beyond those mentioned, such as the good one brought up by Spud211.
#25
UnoriginalGuy
That is a poorly designed case.

I have a similar clear case except mine has access holes for the four different types of connectors on the board's top surface (JTAG, Camera, Touchpad, and GPIO). It also has prongs which extend down to the LEDs which make it appear as if the LEDs are on the case's top surface.

This is the case I have:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008TCUXLW/

Rubbish. This isn't a poorly designed case, this is just a different case. I bought my second rPi with this offer and the case is good quality, especially for the cost. Of course if you need access to the board then this case isn't the one for you, but for those that don't require that level of access (i.e. almost all XBMC users) then this case is perfectly adequate and then some.

MARCUSW
When you order you need to enter "WEBFREE" as a note on the order in order to qualify for free postage.

Have never had to input any note when ordering from CPC for them to remove the delivery cost for applicable items. I think you're confused by their current offer of free delivery on orders over £10 until 01/01/13. The Raspberry Pi is free delivery anyway and doesn't require that note with your order.
#26
Thanks. Ordered.
#27
I oredered and added WEBFREE on the note, however I paid £38.64 including delivery aswell hoping they refund me the delivery cost.
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Bluedusk
I'm interested to know what people use it for.

XBMC, a program that allows you to stream all sorts of content from the internet, films, TV series, music etc. XBMC itself is a very slick media centre that easy to work. You will need to work out how to set it up though, it'll take around an hour to find and install all the add-ons you want.
1 Like #29
I use mine to control the central heating. I tend to work odd hours at the office so this allows me to turn the heating on as I leave work and have a nice warm house when I get home, without having heated it for hours with nobody in
#30
Bulluk
I use mine to control the central heating. I tend to work odd hours at the office so this allows me to turn the heating on as I leave work and have a nice warm house when I get home, without having heated it for hours with nobody in
Can you tell us more how you did this?
#31
I don't think there is a standard wifi model, but one of the slots can take a small wifi dongle.
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For those of you that are using one of these for XBMC I'd highly recommend the Openelec builds rather than Raspbmc, it has come a long way and is getting better and better all the time. Raspbmc has only one 18 year old developer who has done a great job but Openelec has TeamXBMC behind it. If you sign up for free at xbmchub.com and navigate to the raspberry pi section of the forum you'll find a thread which has the latest build which comes pre-setup with all the best addons and is configured to run fast. Here's the link but I think you have to be signed in to view it http://www.xbmchub.com/forums/raspberry-pi-discussion/2623-latest-beta6-openelec-image-addons.html
#33
Bluedusk
I'm aware of the information on the site mate. I expect however people here have come up with some inventive applications for the device above and beyond those mentioned, such as the good one brought up by Spud211.
The site is updated with new information frequently. A search engine will find these for you. If you're "interested" as you claim, actually searching for them is the best way to find them, rather than have people report them to you.

Edited By: arduino on Dec 30, 2012 14:45
#34
boomish
Bulluk
I use mine to control the central heating. I tend to work odd hours at the office so this allows me to turn the heating on as I leave work and have a nice warm house when I get home, without having heated it for hours with nobody in
Can you tell us more how you did this?
www.google.co.uk/search?q=raspberry+pi+central+heating
#35
Spud211
For those thinking "what would I do with this?"

http://www.raspbmc.com

Turns it into a device almost comparable with the £99 Apple TV..its worth it for Airplay support alone ;)

Spot on. I have 3 of these and two running Raspbmc. Amazing piece of device. HD streaming from the recent bought HP Proliant N40L. Working like a charm.
1 Like #36
Or for everyone else, just buy an Apple TV or similar.
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aircanman
Or for everyone else, just buy an Apple TV or similar.

If you like paying 3 times the price to have the user experience controlled go right ahead.

I love my iPad and iPhone but Apple TV is a heap of steaming turd without jailbreak. Openelec is about as simple a piece of software to install and customise as you can get and **** all over the clunky GUI's on devices like WDTV and Xtreamer.
#38
whufclee
For those of you that are using one of these for XBMC I'd highly recommend the Openelec builds rather than Raspbmc, it has come a long way and is getting better and better all the time. Raspbmc has only one 18 year old developer who has done a great job but Openelec has TeamXBMC behind it. If you sign up for free at xbmchub.com and navigate to the raspberry pi section of the forum you'll find a thread which has the latest build which comes pre-setup with all the best addons and is configured to run fast. Here's the link but I think you have to be signed in to view it http://www.xbmchub.com/forums/raspberry-pi-discussion/2623-latest-beta6-openelec-image-addons.html

No doubt you will update us all as you are a long time member of the original XMBC community, me too, but under another name.

You make it sound like you have official support from XMBC but is that true? Or as stated, xmbchub was set up because basically XMBC wanted to wash their hands of any 3rd party issues with copyright problems that arise when, as some original 'Plugins' were just hacks to get services for free and stream material that was online that was copyright protected, films etc....and the future for the official XMBC wants to be a million miles away from that when it monetises itself in the future.

Or are you here just spamming and uneccessarily implying because another Dev/project is only one it might be inferior in some way and as you well know they are 2 different platforms, out of order by the way, especially as Sam and 'Openlec' have history, to get more hits at the site you are involved in?

'Openlec' might have Team XMBC behind it but does XMBChub? different things, and as Raspbmc has a thread at the XMBC forums it could be said the same about him.





Edited By: Likely2 on Dec 30, 2012 15:46: Gr4mm3r chex....
#39
Likely2

No doubt you will update us all as you are a long time member of the original XMBC community, me too, but under another name.

Wow. Really? Might have figured out then that it's XBMC, not XMBC by now ...

Thanks for the link by the way Whufclee (and hello!!)
#40
can you setup/buy a "hard" remote for this, rather thannusing software to remote access?

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