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  # 807454 29-Apr-2013 15:21
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michaelmurfy: Raspbmc is really easy to install. Just run the installer from http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/windows-installation/ - install it to the SD card, I find that once it's booted it's totally fine to use. Depending on what you're playing I'd recommend buying the codecs, just follow this guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/137654/how-to-add-mpeg-2-and-vc-1-video-codec-support-to-your-raspberry-pi/


With the new version of Raspbmc, they have cracked the video codecs so that you no longer have to pay for them (they had a dispute with the Raspberry Pi Foundation).

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  # 807456 29-Apr-2013 15:22
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dacraka:With the new version of Raspbmc, they have cracked the video codecs so that you no longer have to pay for them (they had a dispute with the Raspberry Pi Foundation).


Yeah that was an April Fools joke I am afraid - you still need to purchase them. They only cost a couple of dollars but unless you are playing that type of content there is no need.

 
 
 
 


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  # 807487 29-Apr-2013 15:44
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dacraka:
michaelmurfy: Raspbmc is really easy to install. Just run the installer from http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/windows-installation/ - install it to the SD card, I find that once it's booted it's totally fine to use. Depending on what you're playing I'd recommend buying the codecs, just follow this guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/137654/how-to-add-mpeg-2-and-vc-1-video-codec-support-to-your-raspberry-pi/


With the new version of Raspbmc, they have cracked the video codecs so that you no longer have to pay for them (they had a dispute with the Raspberry Pi Foundation).


I already got fooled by that post :P can't fool me again lol.




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  # 807493 29-Apr-2013 15:51
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gnfb1234: Next

raspbmc download 


Ok





Ok a couple of things to be aware of when you plug the sd card and th eusb card in and it starts to install it tyakes for ever and it will reboot and funny stuff will come up on th escreen etc etc  be patient get on with something else

Ok it was quite straighjtforward 

now its just the usual setup for xbmc will let you know how it goes and if i keep it or go back to a full computer


BTW you should turn off the overscan on your TV. Its the reason why the edges of your screen are cut off. It should be somewhere in the TV's setup menu most likely under picture.




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  # 807496 29-Apr-2013 15:55
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gnfb1234:
michaelmurfy: Raspbmc is really easy to install. Just run the installer from http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/windows-installation/ - install it to the SD card, I find that once it's booted it's totally fine to use. Depending on what you're playing I'd recommend buying the codecs, just follow this guide: http://www.howtogeek.com/137654/how-to-add-mpeg-2-and-vc-1-video-codec-support-to-your-raspberry-pi/



why buy the codecs?




Why not? 1080p hardware decoding on some codecs is pretty optimal.

Might want to jump into the settings and adjust your screen a wee bit, you should be able to use your remote control at this point providing you're using it over HDMI.






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  # 807507 29-Apr-2013 16:05
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Ok couple of things i missed 

apparenetly when you add a hub will you will ned to if ist powerded you dount ned to buy a psu

I did see the "overscan" and now it may be easier to find th esolution

as i say just got all th efiddly bits to do

Thanx to those that offerded advice

oh what was it about the codecs im still not sure why i need them? I guess i will find out if i have any recordings that do?

as i say nowhere near an expert just a user




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  # 807515 29-Apr-2013 16:08
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FYI the Pi is only USB 2.0 so any USB 3.0 devices are overkill.

My Pi very happily runs Plex off a Class 10 SD card and a Asus N10 USB Wifi adapter to stream the content from my Plex server




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  # 807525 29-Apr-2013 16:18
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FYI I found that the best version of XBMC was OpenElec.

Seems a lot snappier between menus etc.

FWIW I run the whole thing off a 8GB Class 10 SD card.




 


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  # 807585 29-Apr-2013 17:38
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rossmnz: FYI I found that the best version of XBMC was OpenElec.

Seems a lot snappier between menus etc.

FWIW I run the whole thing off a 8GB Class 10 SD card.


I might give that a go got a link to setup and install on a sd card that you used?




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  # 807929 30-Apr-2013 11:34
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rossmnz: FYI I found that the best version of XBMC was OpenElec.

Seems a lot snappier between menus etc.

FWIW I run the whole thing off a 8GB Class 10 SD card.


I might give that a go got a link to setup and install on a sd card that you used?


Just standard OpenElec RasPi distro uploaded to SD card using Win32DiscImager.

Pretty standard setup mate




 


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Ok so Openelec finally after two goes got it up and running and i agree it is smother

I have only installed on a 4gb class 4 sdhc card I presume if i get a bigger better card class 10 it will be smother still?? that's a question :)

I did find this useful guide


It isnt as straightforward as the first one but you will figure it out in the end




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I have only installed on a 4gb class 4 sdhc card I presume if i get a bigger 16gb better card class 10 it will be smother still??




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  # 809461 1-May-2013 13:04
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gnfb: I have only installed on a 4gb class 4 sdhc card I presume if i get a bigger 16gb better card class 10 it will be smother still??


Class 10 will definitely help, yes.

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  # 809471 1-May-2013 13:13
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Personally I found tweaking the XBMC settings helped more (thumbnails off, background playing off, low grunt-cpu friendly background etc etc).  There is a write up on this somewhere online.

But yeah better SD cant hurt.





 


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  # 810586 3-May-2013 00:58
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I recently Installed BerryBoot http://www.berryterminal.com/doku.php/berryboot
It downloaded and installed Openelec v3 and Linux (minecraft) too. Dual booting on a 4GB SD card, no worries.

To get more speed, some people say using a fast USB key, installing the os...

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