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  # 685621 13-Sep-2012 14:44
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reven:
lchiu7:?
Looking at getting a MPEG2/VC1 licence but the docs aren't clear on how to install it if you're running a XMBC distro. Can you ssh to a Pi running a XBMC variant?


once xbmc is all installed, turn off the pi and plug the SD card back into your computer (mac or windows) and it will appear in the OS.

if there is a config.txt in the root of the drive use that, if not just create a config.txt in the root.


But don't you still have to ssh to the Pi to get the serial #?




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  # 685628 13-Sep-2012 15:01
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oh sure, you need to get the serial via ssh, i thought you meant after that.

easiest way to ssh (if anyone doesnt know) in windows

1. download an app called putty
2. connect pi to network and turn on
3. in xbmc, go to settings \ system info
4. open putty select "ssh" and type in the IP address displayed in xbmc
5. enter username and passowrd
5.1 raspbmc, username: pi, password: raspberry
5.2 xbian, username: root, password: raspberry
6. once connect to the pi, in the terminal type "cat /proc/cpuinfo" then record your "serial"

then buy the license you want, and once u get emailed the license keys follow my previous instructions on how to add the keys

note: some distros are working on adding this into xbmc, raspbmc has a way to enter the licenses directly via its settings addon, and no need to open config.txt yourself.  i havent used this yet so dont know if it give you your serial number or not.

 
 
 
 


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  # 685885 14-Sep-2012 08:53
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Just out of interest, what kind of file transfer speeds are you getting.  Using SMB or FTP to write to the attached USB Drive (powered 1TB WD desktop drive) I'm getting around 300-400KB/s which means it take around 15minutes for a 700MB file (sorry if my maths are off) which is really slow.

Any thoughts on why that would be? 

Both devices are on a Gigabit network (I know the Pi is a 10/100).  Ping to google.co.nz is around 40ms from both the PC and Pi.  Ping to the Pi is <1ms.  Same response whether on Xbian or Raspbmc.  I may put Wheezy back on and see if it's any better.




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  # 685899 14-Sep-2012 09:18
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Has anyone shared the library and album art etc between a R Pi and a full PC? Instructions here. How's the performance? That page says it can be a bit slow, but accessing a fast machine over a network and accessing an SD card, I'm not even sure which is faster. Probably the SD card.

Setting up the mySql side is dead easy, and a no brainer. Anything you can offload to a powerful machine you absolutely do. I think all the program info, actor info, etc, may be stored in there too.

I'm wondering whether to bother sharing thumbnails, cover art, etc. I let the Windows version of XBMC download all that stuff from the net last night and it was around 500MB from memory, it seems more sensible to share it.

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  # 685907 14-Sep-2012 09:42
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im using a mysql server for my pis running on my readynas, i did this mostly so I didnt have to rescan the library every time i tried a new distro.

i cant really say if its faster or slower than locally, i can just say "its fine"

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  # 686031 14-Sep-2012 14:20
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My Pi arrived overnight from Australia, impressive delivery speed given they don't charge shipping separately.

I have RaspMC on an SD card, so I guess I plug it all in and see how it goes this evening :) Any guides tips or gotchas welcome :)

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  # 686116 14-Sep-2012 17:50
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I'm having a little trouble adding my Windows 7-64 PC as a source for XBMC on Raspmb. Would anyone care to share their sources.xml file?

It says "connection timed out" and "could not connect to network share".


Mine's below. My PC is definitely that IP. If I try to ping the computer name from R Pi it can't find it.

 



<sources>
<programs>
<default pathversion="1"></default>
</programs>
<video>
<default pathversion="1"></default>
<source>
<name>TV</name>
<path pathversion="1">SMB://XBMC:XBMC@192.168.1.10/Video/TV/</path>
</source>
<source>
<name>Movies</name>
<path pathversion="1">SMB://XBMC:XBMC@192.168.1.10/Video/Movies/</path>
</source>
</video>
<music>
<default pathversion="1"></default>
<source>
<name>Music</name>
<path pathversion="1">\\192.168.1.10\Music\</path>
</source>
</music>
<pictures>
<default pathversion="1"></default>
</pictures>
<files>
<default pathversion="1"></default>
</files>
</sources>


 
 
 
 


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  # 686121 14-Sep-2012 18:16
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Should be able to just use the "add videos" to add sources. Havent had to touch that file early Xbox 1 days....

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  # 686122 14-Sep-2012 18:21
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When I hit "browse" the Windows SMB is red, which I think means inactive. When I hit it, it shows me a "browse for network share" screen with "smb://" at the top with the only option to go back to the root folder.

Browsing for folders on the R Pi works. It can talk to the machine, I've set it up to view the library on MySQL/Windows and I can see the show names.

I've tried:
- Installing samba (it failed, couldn't contact some host)
- Downloading the latest nightly build
- Setting a static IP for the R Pi (PC has static IP already)

I think I'll revert back to RC4, delete advancedsettings.xml and sources.xml and see if I can do things the simple way first. More tips welcome!

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  # 686250 14-Sep-2012 22:53
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The R Pi works fine, but I can't add sources that are on my windows 7 box. If anyone's dealt with this before I'd love some tips. I posted on the RabspMC forums here if anyone wants details of everything I've tried.

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  # 686260 14-Sep-2012 23:20
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just tried SMB via "Add source" using raspbmc rc4 and working fine here (using latest PVR nightly build though).

try updating to the latest build.

or it might be your network configuration on your one box (hate to drop a over used word, but check your firewall).

also if you have access to another machine try sharing that.

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  # 686263 14-Sep-2012 23:40
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Will try the laptop on a wired connection tomorrow. All is up to date, no firewall just a router running ddwrt. Must be the PC, very tricky to fix though. Can I see your sources.xml? Sanitized is fine.

On tablet, sorry short reply.

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  # 686270 15-Sep-2012 00:26
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dont have any source in my atm, just using shared db, which stores the movies/tv shows in that with file paths.

i just did a quick test using the "add videos" browser thingy in xbmc and it worked fine.

you really shouldnt need to touch that file.

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  # 686299 15-Sep-2012 07:20
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That's interesting, didn't know a shared DB stored the file paths. That would make it important to use SMB when you add the files to your library, which I didn't do.

My library's brand new so I might drop it and create it again. I think my problem's networking, I'll get Windows XP talking to Windows 7 before I try the R Pi again.

Thanks for the help :)

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  # 686308 15-Sep-2012 07:49
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Ok, I feel like an idiot. The problem was I had file and print sharing turned off on the Windows 7 PC. Here's the steps to fix it

1) In Windows 7, hit start, type network connections, click on what comes up.
2) Right click on local area connection, choose properties.
3) Make sure "File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks" is turned on.

Hit ok, maybe reboot just to be sure, then SMB should be working.

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