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raspbmc (The most capable media centre settop box) for around £30

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4y, 2w agoPosted 4 years, 2 weeks ago
Raspbmc is a RaspberryPI port of XBMC (xbox media center) an opensource and highly customizable media centre application.

RaspberryPI (http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs) is a ridiclously cheap creditcard-sized HD capable integrated computer.
http://i.imgur.com/Lscljl.jpg
Register for a pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi

All you need is a raspberry-pi, power cable, and sd card. Also you'll probably want a case unless you are happy using a box you already have.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

You can buy this SD card usb adapter for £2 if your computer doesn't have an sd slot
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-USB-Single-Slot-Reader/dp/B000VY80AM/

Simply plug in the sd card, use the raspbmc gui installer http://i.imgur.com/WaUEDl.png
It'll only take a couple of minutes. Then you eject the sd card and plug it into the raspberry-pi, along with an hdmi cable and the power cable.

You're done!

You can choose any skin

This is Aeon Nux
http://i.imgur.com/5papO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Uw5tP.jpg

This is Boxee inspired Inspirat
http://i.imgur.com/VyDX4.png
http://i.imgur.com/U3QtS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iWzFu.jpg

Forgive the poor camera pics, but taking screenshots of video results in black screens.

Here are pics playing tvcatchup (all uk freeview channels live with epg)
http://i.imgur.com/vhMSIh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/otwiNh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YAwsIh.jpg
To get TVCatchup go here: http://plugins.tvcatchup.com/~xbmc/

MKV x264 and xvid network playback
http://i.imgur.com/O8lhth.jpg

This is the TED app
http://i.imgur.com/VAz0lh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8M4ia.png

iPlayer, ITV Player, 4od
http://i.imgur.com/lbr1ah.jpg

This is the youtube app
http://i.imgur.com/hRkohh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IW6H2.png

Only seeing is beleive with raspbmc. A fully capable, easy-to-use hd local playback and web streaming player for around £30!

I've owned a Boxee Box for 8 months, and it cost me £200. It can't do 10% of what this 30 quid device can.

All you have to do is register for your raspberry pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
and a power cable

buy a £3 8GB SD card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Flash-memory-card-Class/dp/B000OF2F36/

and a case of your choice here if you dont want to try making your own/having it loose.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

Any help needed comment here and I'll ammend my guide. but it really is insanely easy. I was up and running in about 5 minutes. It's ltierally plug and plug with a graphical installer for the sd card.
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4y, 2w agoPosted 4 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
How easy is it to get a pi? I want one for my birthday but not sure where to tell my wife to get one from
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for lazy people like me - clickable links (_;)

Raspbmc is a RaspberryPI port of XBMC (xbox media center) an opensource and highly customizable media centre application.

RaspberryPI (http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs) is a ridiclously cheap creditcard-sized HD capable integrated computer.
http://i.imgur.com/Lscljl.jpg
Register for a pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi

All you need is a raspberry-pi, power cable, and sd card. Also you'll probably want a case unless you are happy using a box you already have.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

You can buy this SD card usb adapter for £2 if your computer doesn't have an sd slot
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-USB-Single-Slot-Reader/dp/B000VY80AM/

Simply plug in the sd card, use the raspbmc gui installer http://i.imgur.com/WaUEDl.png
It'll only take a couple of minutes. Then you eject the sd card and plug it into the raspberry-pi, along with an hdmi cable and the power cable.

You're done!

You can choose any skin

This is Aeon Nux
http://i.imgur.com/5papO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Uw5tP.jpg

This is Boxee inspired Inspirat
http://i.imgur.com/VyDX4.png
http://i.imgur.com/U3QtS.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iWzFu.jpg

Forgive the poor camera pics, but taking screenshots of video results in black screens.

Here are pics playing tvcatchup (all uk freeview channels live with epg)
http://i.imgur.com/vhMSIh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/otwiNh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YAwsIh.jpg
To get TVCatchup go here: http://plugins.tvcatchup.com/~xbmc/

MKV x264 and xvid network playback
http://i.imgur.com/O8lhth.jpg

This is the TED app
http://i.imgur.com/VAz0lh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8M4ia.png

iPlayer, ITV Player, 4od
http://i.imgur.com/lbr1ah.jpg

This is the youtube app
http://i.imgur.com/hRkohh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IW6H2.png

Only seeing is beleive with raspbmc. A fully capable, easy-to-use hd local playback and web streaming player for around £30!

I've owned a Boxee Box for 8 months, and it cost me £200. It can't do 10% of what this 30 quid device can.

All you have to do is register for your raspberry pi here:
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
and a power cable

buy a £3 8GB SD card
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Flash-memory-card-Class/dp/B000OF2F36/

and a case of your choice here if you dont want to try making your own/having it loose.
https://www.modmypi.com/shop/raspberry-pi-cases

Any help needed comment here and I'll ammend my guide. but it really is insanely easy. I was up and running in about 5 minutes. It's ltierally plug and plug with a graphical installer for the sd card.
#3
Thanks nascent.

My Raspberry Pi is ready for me to order now I have moved up the waiting list. I was trying to decide whether to go for it. Your guide has confirmed I should. Just one question - what's the best remote for the Pi? Android app???

Many thanks!
banned#4
Not that impressed with it myself.
#5
harryg001
Thanks nascent.

My Raspberry Pi is ready for me to order now I have moved up the waiting list. I was trying to decide whether to go for it. Your guide has confirmed I should. Just one question - what's the best remote for the Pi? Android app???

Many thanks!
The xbmc android/i phone app
#6
master_chief
Not that impressed with it myself.
I got mine running openelc it works ok i guess but very slow
can't add repos like navi-x - 1channel ect..... bit of a killer tbh but what can you expect for £30
but like realblender said cost mounts up a bit, think i have spent nearer £60 now (_;)
& its a bit crap really, will give raspbmc a try see if its any better.
banned#7
dga
My RP-I is still sat in an enclosure and it's never been powered up let alone flashed. Why? ATV2 :)
Lool same as me. It is collecting dust tbh.
banned 1 Like #8
OldEnglish
master_chief
Not that impressed with it myself.
I got mine running openelc it works ok i guess but very slow
can't add repos like navi-x - 1channel ect..... bit of a killer tbh but what can you expect for £30
but like realblender said cost mounts up a bit, think i have spent nearer £60 now (_;)
& its a bit crap really, will give raspbmc a try see if its any better.

I know XBMC is in beta for the devices but I can't see them getting it running even close to my ION HTPC.
#9
Ordered mine a couple of weeks ago, with a 14 week expected wait.

In that time there may be more similar products from other manufacturers, so just have to and and see.
#10
Anybody have a link to the download for raspbmc? The Main site seems to be down so need an alternative.
banned#11
dga
sancho1983
How easy is it to get a pi? I want one for my birthday but not sure where to tell my wife to get one from
Me because I'm kind like that. Unfortunately you will have to buy the pants enclosure too all at cost.

You're not sticking with it then?

I'm contemplating selling it or using it as a secondary media player for my son's bedroom if I get him a TV up there. It's definitely not suitable as a primary media solution.
#12
dcx_badass
WinterSoldier5
Anybody have a link to the download for raspbmc? The Main site seems to be down so need an alternative.

This is the installer:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9072360/raspbmc-win32.zip

This is the image, rename it to installer.img.gz and drop it in the installer folder then run the installer:
http://files.velocix.com/c1410/raspbmc/downloads/bin/ramdistribution/installer-testing.img.gz

Cheers :)
#13
Thanks for the files also, what are the default login details BTW?
banned#14
timcolgan
Thanks for the files also, what are the default login details BTW?

un/pi and pw/raspberry

If you're getting the login prompt when starting the installation then you haven't copied the image across properly.
#15
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.
banned#16
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.
#17
Cheers OP, i'm awaiting delivery of my Pi at the moment.
#18
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?
banned#19
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.
#20
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.
#21
If I never already had a streamer (WDTV Live Hub) I think I would go for are more elegant solution even if it does only play upto 720p an for 50 quid.

http://www.roku.com/uk?gclid=CPm6896tjLECFccLfAodBSucMA
banned#22
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.

To be honest you don't need to VNC on it other than to make typing easier without having a keyboard at hand. SSH is pretty vital for XBMC though. The software isn't really plug and play long term so you'll need to get to grips with these terms.
#23
Glad I bought a few ATV2's when I had the chance (Jailbroken), and you don't have to wait 6 months for one or even build a lego case :)

I keep hearing about a £30 super mini computer, but wtf can I buy one now?????????????
#24
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.

To be honest you don't need to VNC on it other than to make typing easier without having a keyboard at hand. SSH is pretty vital for XBMC though. The software isn't really plug and play long term so you'll need to get to grips with these terms.

Right, i am off to google.
banned#25
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.

To be honest you don't need to VNC on it other than to make typing easier without having a keyboard at hand. SSH is pretty vital for XBMC though. The software isn't really plug and play long term so you'll need to get to grips with these terms.

Right, i am off to google.

The handy thing is, once you've installed the software, you just follow instructions from there on out so actual knowledge needed is minimal.
#26
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.

To be honest you don't need to VNC on it other than to make typing easier without having a keyboard at hand. SSH is pretty vital for XBMC though. The software isn't really plug and play long term so you'll need to get to grips with these terms.

Right, i am off to google.

The handy thing is, once you've installed the software, you just follow instructions from there on out so actual knowledge needed is minimal.

Can't find anything for SSH, what are the words for SSH, sounds all complicated all this compared to the original post, is it not just a case of buying the stuff, installing software, putting together and hey presto???
banned#27
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
master_chief
baxterboy
Thanks OP, going to give this a blast, registered for Pi, ordered sdcard, bought case.

Just be aware of all the problems with it at the moment. Worth a play for the money but don't be expecting flawless XBMC performance.

Cheers, never used XBMC before or done anything like this before so it will be something to do.

Would the XBMC remote on the iphone save getting a keyboard/mouse, any links for power source?

You could probably get by without a keyboard and mouse if you can SSH or VNC into it from another computer.

I'm just using an old phone charger on mine.

And you have lost me, as i say, not a tech head so will probably one of them kits on the modmypi website, its about £35, already bought the case so would only be another £25. just wondering if it would be wise to get wireless than wired.

To be honest you don't need to VNC on it other than to make typing easier without having a keyboard at hand. SSH is pretty vital for XBMC though. The software isn't really plug and play long term so you'll need to get to grips with these terms.

Right, i am off to google.

The handy thing is, once you've installed the software, you just follow instructions from there on out so actual knowledge needed is minimal.

Can't find anything for SSH, what are the words for SSH, sounds all complicated all this compared to the original post, is it not just a case of buying the stuff, installing software, putting together and hey presto???

It can be as simple as that if everything goes fine with it forever and ever and you never need to tweak anything. I don't know anyone who has managed such a simple set up and is why I recommend stuff like the WDTV live box for family and friends so I don't get stuck in to supporting an XBMC box for them.
#29

Thanks for the replies, I have WDTV live in my bedroom and the olds have the previous box hard wired, they work fine when the internet is not connected to them, but when connected they wills ometimes have hissy fits and just switch off. Gonna treat this as a little project, see where i get with it. thanks again.
banned#30
dga
Eranou!

Bitvise Tunnelier is the king of SSH clients (commercial and free), Putty is a mere educational toy.

I knew you'd come up with an alternative. I've grown close to putty over the years, I can't bring myself to use anything else other than term in OS X.
#31
SilverBlack
If I never already had a streamer (WDTV Live Hub) I think I would go for are more elegant solution even if it does only play upto 720p an for 50 quid.

http://www.roku.com/uk?gclid=CPm6896tjLECFccLfAodBSucMA

Wonder did they ever get xbmc to install on the Roku, I heard it was not possible and then last I heard they were working on it. Also I think the more expensive one plays 1080p
#32
master_chief
dga
Eranou!

Bitvise Tunnelier is the king of SSH clients (commercial and free), Putty is a mere educational toy.

I knew you'd come up with an alternative. I've grown close to putty over the years, I can't bring myself to use anything else other than term in OS X.
Given its inbuilt SFTP client and automatic forwarding for RDP plus easy access to all SSH services it by far the best software for Windows. Like you I use terminal, fuse-sshfs and MC oddly enough oO
banned#33
dga
master_chief
dga
Eranou!

Bitvise Tunnelier is the king of SSH clients (commercial and free), Putty is a mere educational toy.

I knew you'd come up with an alternative. I've grown close to putty over the years, I can't bring myself to use anything else other than term in OS X.
Given its inbuilt SFTP client and automatic forwarding for RDP plus easy access to all SSH services it by far the best software for Windows. Like you I use terminal, fuse-sshfs and MC oddly enough oO

I'm not convinced.
#34
master_chief
dga
master_chief
dga
Eranou!

Bitvise Tunnelier is the king of SSH clients (commercial and free), Putty is a mere educational toy.

I knew you'd come up with an alternative. I've grown close to putty over the years, I can't bring myself to use anything else other than term in OS X.
Given its inbuilt SFTP client and automatic forwarding for RDP plus easy access to all SSH services it by far the best software for Windows. Like you I use terminal, fuse-sshfs and MC oddly enough oO

I'm not convinced.
Have you seen the throughput speeds of PSCP? oO

I do use Putty in script for others but it never the GUI which is an afterthought it seems. (Bash bash bash bash sh!)
banned#35
dga
master_chief
dga
master_chief
dga
Eranou!

Bitvise Tunnelier is the king of SSH clients (commercial and free), Putty is a mere educational toy.

I knew you'd come up with an alternative. I've grown close to putty over the years, I can't bring myself to use anything else other than term in OS X.
Given its inbuilt SFTP client and automatic forwarding for RDP plus easy access to all SSH services it by far the best software for Windows. Like you I use terminal, fuse-sshfs and MC oddly enough oO

I'm not convinced.
Have you seen the throughput speeds of PSCP? oO

I do use Putty in script for others but it never the GUI which is an afterthought it seems. (Bash bash bash bash sh!)
Anyway you didn't answer my Q from yesterday.
banned#36
dga
Link?

I'm not telling.
#37
I will give this a go when mine finally arrives (quoted 10 week delivery time)
banned#38
Looking to set mine up this week!
#39
I was tempted to get a Raspberry Pi and setup as a media player but was told that due to the limitations of the hardware, it would not be able to play files of all video codecs. I am looking at building my own HTPC or alternatively buying a ZBOX Nano ID82, which will be more meaty to enable game play and other expansion in the future (16gb RAM, SSD etc).

Would love to hear thoughts on Raspberry Pi as it does look like a versatile machine for the price and easy of setup!
banned#40
teg
I was tempted to get a Raspberry Pi and setup as a media player but was told that due to the limitations of the hardware, it would not be able to play files of all video codecs. I am looking at building my own HTPC or alternatively buying a ZBOX Nano ID82, which will be more meaty to enable game play and other expansion in the future (16gb RAM, SSD etc).

Would love to hear thoughts on Raspberry Pi as it does look like a versatile machine for the price and easy of setup!

I've had all sorts of problems with mine. Struggles with HD audio, struggles with high bitrate MKVs, menus and transitions very choppy, crashes on reboot, network performance can be hit and miss, passthrough audio issues. I think I'm sticking with my nettop box for XBMC but I'll give the software chance to get out of beta...

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