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There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding around what H.264 (with a dot) actually is. So, quoting from Wikipedia: H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding) is a standard for video compression, and is currently one of the most commonly used formats [...] The important part to stretch here is that it's only a standard. That means, videos ...


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Revision 2 of the Raspberry Pi board has holes on the board for connecting a reset switch. You can solder two jumper pins there, then connect a push button. This should reboot the Raspberry Pi. When you shut down the Raspberry Pi, the board and USB ports will still be powered, even if the CPU is not running. If this matters to you, there is this Kickstarter ...


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First of all, remember that software for RaspberryPi is in early state of development and there are a lot of problems with it. They are worked on all the time but still, it's not yet as polished as it could be. Currently RaspberryPi is more oriented to developers than to normal users. It was never designed to be media center it just happens to be possible to ...


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This essentially boils down to getting Netflix on Linux; which (except for Android) is intentionally not supported and difficult. I haven't seen any solution yet (for any Linux, RPi aside) that didn't involve serious and unstable hacks or some type of Windows emulation/re-implementation (which is not going to be a viable option with the ARM/x86 architecture ...


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The images of OpenELEC and Raspbmc I found don't work well yet on my RPI. I have tried them and they either crash or don't boot, etc. If you want to play around, while waiting for those two distribution to become more mature, you can use the following debian image with xbmc precompiled: http://rpi-developers.com/projects/xbmc/ [UPDATE (Dec 2, 2012)]: I gave ...


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I found the answer myself. http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=96151&p=668943 The point is you edit /etc/udev/rules.d/10-permissions.rules file. $ sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/10-permissions.rules you add these lines in the file # input KERNEL=="mouse*|mice|event*", MODE="0660", GROUP="input" KERNEL=="ts[0-9]*|uinput", ...


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TLDR; I'm working on the same setup; this answer turned into a log of my investigations: see below for a config which works for me. Background: I've followed the tutorial: Setting up a Raspberry Pi with file sharing and screen sharing for Macs. I've also installed Shairport Sync. I installed kodi as recommended in the documentation: sudo apt-get update ...


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Projects to add shutdown and startup functionality to Pi: http://hackaday.com/2013/01/17/raspberry-pi-power-controller-adds-shutdown-and-startup-functionality http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pisupply/pi-supply-intelligent-power-switch-for-raspberry-p There is also a solution to switch Pi on/off but it does not cut the power so it is not suited for a ...


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You can boot an idle Raspberry Pi via the GPIO pins. All you have to do is connecting pin 5 to ground. Either by a switch or a jumper. In addition to that, you can also use the same pin/switch as a shut down switch. You just need a simple circuit, a resistor and a Python script for that to work. See the following example (source in German); I am using that ...


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Soon there will be a completely new alternative, Razdroid. It is Android 4 and already has a proven track record for embedded devices (Smartphones/ Google TV/ and posh toasters). A developer (Naren) from Braodcom is the main project contributor and in the final stages of porting Android 4 to the Raspberry Pi. {Community Mod- It would be great to embed a ...


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I run the RPi as my media station with Xbmc (now named Kodi) on Arch Linux. I have an external 1TB HDD (with external power supply) attached which holds my movie/series collection. Library Xbmc has Library features for Movies, Pictures, Series and Music with extended functionality (order by year, actor, whatever). But, before creating a library in Xbmc, ...


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XBMC is not an operating system, but a cross-platform media player. It needs an existing operating system in order to be installed and run. From the XBMC website: XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group ...


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I found this searching for a similar problem with a fresh Raspberry Pi 2. I'm using Raspbian and installed Kodi from the default repo (simple: apt-get install kodi). All that was needed to get the keyboard working in my case was: sudo usermod -a -G input kodi and reboot.


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Update the host name in the following files /etc/hostname /etc/hosts Change the name, and it will change on network-restart (or full reboot, of course). Updating /etc/hosts is necessary to avoid the following error sudo: unable to resolve host <new-hostname>


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I think you should look into doing this so you can take and restore backups of your card from time to time. Once you get a second card and as long as you don't destroy the original one, it should be easy to experiment. And yes, it should work. Some instructions on how to set up a card image can be found on the RPI wiki "easy SD card setup". There's also a ...


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This feature is called CEC. It allows a device to be controlled with a remote from a TV through the HDMI cable. You can even switch on/off automatically a device when you switch on/off your TV. It works out of the box with many devices such as PlayStation 3, A/V receivers, and Raspberry Pi as well (from my exprience, only with the OpenELEC distribution, but ...


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I use OpenELEC, and it is working very fine as a media center. Therefore it doesn't allow you to use it as a "normal" Linux. It doesn't have a window manager; only XBMC is started on boot. It also allows you to use it through SSH, but it doesn't have apt-get.


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For normal users I would say they are somehow similar, and the differences are not that huge. However, for advance users they are different. OpenELEC has a huge disadvantage for people who like to further customize their Pi since the system come as a read-only image, e.g. you cannot disable or enable services and you cannot even change the root password ...


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I've been using Raspbmc (http://raspbmc.com) for a little while and I have found it to be really good, more than adequate performance and great stability (I don't remember it ever going down). The only comment I would make is that when I compare xbmc running on the Raspberry Pi vs. running it on a 'typical PC' is that when streaming videos from my NAS drive ...


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I guess your image is OpenELEC as @Lawrence said that. OpenELEC uses squashfs compressed image filesystem so you can't edit without uncompressing. To uncompress it, convert your sd-card content into image with dd command in another computer which runs linux. dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=/tmp/openelec.img Then install squashfs-tools to get compress/uncompress ...


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As mentioned you should probably adjust your memory split. The recommended memory split when running XBMC is 128MB. Run the line below and reboot: cp /boot/arm128_start.elf /boot/start.elf


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It is, libspotify, now avaliable as a beta from https://developer.spotify.com/technologies/libspotify/ You will need to install libasound2-dev and libreadline-dev to be able to compile it though.


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Please note that Plex no longer supports a Netflix channel (thus the following only has historical interest). You could also use the Plex Media Server (PMS) - unlike PlayOn, it's free. As far as I know, the server needs to be able to play Netflix though. I use Windows 7 as the Plex Media Server. I don't know if using the Netflix-on-Ubuntu workaround ...


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If you want to use a remote controller to turn on the RPi, I suggest the following setup: Buy an IR photo-diode, or even better, an IR photo-transistor, and connect it to Pin 5 and GND. It acts like a push-button. When it receives IR beams from remote controller, it shorts, and hence connects Pin 5 to GND, hence the RPi turns on. Fortunately, shorting the ...


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OpenELEC appears to be an intentionally confined, minimal operating system. I assume it is simple to use, partially because you cannot do much with it beyond Kodi. Part of this is that it does not have much of a "package management" system. You cannot install a vast range of software the way you could on Raspbian; you are limited to the various "add-ons". ...


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There is a proper Netflix addon but it uses Kodi 17 (krypton)'s newly implemented InputStream API. However, Kodi 17 still isn't enough for running the plugin, Netflix uses DRM encryption which is only supported in the Kodi 18 nightly builds. At the time writing, OSMC is using Kodi 17 wich doesn't support this feature. My sugestion is using raspbian (or other ...


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I recently set up my RPi with the intention of using it as a media center. I have three computers networked that are all accessible via XBMC running on XBian. Setup was as easy as downloading the .img file from xbian.org and then writing it to SD card via Win32DiskImager. All I did after that was hook it to my TV with HDMI, plugged in the SD card and then ...


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Raspbmc is a very simple way to get your Raspberry Pi running XBMC. The installation process is as simple as inserting an SD card into your computer and running the installation script. Once this is done, you simply insert your SD card into your Raspberry Pi and it sets itself up automagically. I've found the wiki and irc channel (#rasbmc) on Freenode to ...


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This is not yet possible. The first spotify clients for the Raspberry Pi are likely to be based on libspotify, but according to Can I install `libspotify` on Raspbian? and armhf Spotify library for DIY projects, it has not yet built for hard-float.


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