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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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Have you taken a look at XBMC? There are two distros being developed for the Pi. These are: OpenELEC Raspbmc XBian Your other choice is to perform connectivity and media playback manually. This involves using a Samba for file sharing and OMXPlayer for your media. My new personal favorite is XBian, which is well supported, up-to-date, and offers a ...


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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'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 use my Pi as a NAS and it works great. I have a 2TB powered external HDD where I store my HD movies. I installed Samba for filesharing. Streaming over LAN is incredibly quick, does not stutter at all. Over WiFi though you would definitely run into problems. My setup cost me £35 for the Pi and another £70 for the 2TB disk bringing the total to £105, ...


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You put the heatsinks directly on top of the CPU and the Ethernet/USB micro controller. Like this: RPi Heatsinks Usually, 99 times out of 100, you won't need heatsinks.


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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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So you want to recreate Apple's AirPlay using Raspberry Pi ;) For a ready solution supporting AirPlay playback, lifehacker has a solution: http://lifehacker.com/5978594/turn-a-raspberry-pi-into-an-airplay-receiver-for-streaming-music-in-your-living-room but then you will need iTunes to serve the music stream. If you want to build your own.... For multi-...


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You need at least two pis. Each only has one HDMI port and can only run one os/display at a time. You effectively have three entities, the media server and two displays/thin clients. Raspberry pis can act as either a media server or a thin client (or both at once). So you can connect one pi to one display, have it run as a media server and client to that ...


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I would start by testing that the HDMI cable isn't faulty. If you have a second cable, try plugging this in and see if it fixes the problem. If not it could also be the length of the cable(s) in which case you will need to change the configuration options for config_hdmi_boost. Try upping the value to 4 for example. You can read the instructions here: ...


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There is a simple but functional media player called omxplayer specially developed for the Raspberry Pi. It uses the GPU for video decoding, something VLC might not (yet?) do. Omxplayer should be available through the package manager, apt-get in this case. It works on the command line, just say omxplayer filename It does not even need to have X running. ...


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I've had some success networking between the Pi and a phone using a wifi dongle supporting adhoc. Essentially, you set up the Pi as an access point using hostapd and run a DHCP server on the Pi to give an IP address. I've just posted the details on my blog at www.recantha.co.uk/blog. Didn't really want to paste it all in here because I'm not sure how to get ...


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Ventilation is a good idea if you notice the core temperature getting much above 60-65 °C. vcgencmd measure_temp ...Will tell you this. Note that throttling will kick in if you get close to the recommended maximum; I think it starts upwards of 80 °C, the maximum being 85. You want to prevent that from happening. most of the cases I am finding don't ...


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The DLNA standard defines the supported file formats. If you need more file formats then you need a server that transcodes(decodes the unsupported format and encodes again in a supported format) the data. Transcoding in real time or for fast forward even faster is probably too much stress for the Raspberry Pi, at least for video, audio may work. The Linux ...


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According to the Serviio Downloads page: Minimal requirements 512 MB of memory or more 20 MB of disk space (plus additional space for storing library definition), when using transcoding make sure there is at least 1GB free (depending on the original file size) Java 6 installed From these, it looks like it might be possible to get it running on the ...


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Sorry for the late answer. I was quite unhappy with XBMC, so I wrote my own lightweight media centre around omxplayer. What it can do: create and maintain a playlist browse directories mounted to the Pi internet radios YouTube Features deliberately missing: ignore MP3 tags, everything is filename/directory based physical access, TV, GUI not needed for ...


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I have used Raspbian which is general purpose Debian based distro and added XBMC to it with this guide - http://michael.gorven.za.net/blog/2012/08/06/xbmc-packages-raspberry-pi-running-raspbian This is best guide for getting XBMC to work on Raspbian.


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If you just want to play with Linux without the chance of breaking stuff or wasting money I would suggest you install a virtual machine, for example virtualbox. This is a lot faster than an RPi (ofcourse depending of your machine) and is a bit more convenient with installing and setting up (no cables, usbdisks, powerplugs, extra keyboards, delivery time and ...


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BT is a pain in the ass for everything that is not sharing a photo with another phone or having a call on your headset. BT is not for general purpose networking. WiFi is the right choice, but the mode you are looking for is infrastructure-AP so that your Pi will become a real access point. So be really really careful about what dongle you buy. There are ...


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You need to install Net::SDP, otherwise Shairplay won't start.. run perl -MCPAN -s shell Set up accepting the defaults type install Net::SDP


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You may be interested in IOSchedulingPriority and to some extend IOSchedulingClass and Nice systemd parameters. First one sets ionice priority for your service (0 is the highest, 7 is the lowest), second sets scheduling class -you can choose from none, realtime, best-effort or idle (realtime may be interesting for you if you want to elevate the priority). ...


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You have to explain what streams you thought. If you mean live streams, it's a bit difficult for pi. But if you want to watch movies/clips from your USB disk which is connected to Pi use miniDLNA as @Lawrence mentioned too. You can connect with DLNA clients which installed on your iPhone/iPad/Android smart phone to miniDLNA server which installed on Pi ...


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Yes, you definitely can. A lot of people are doing this. Just note that some hubs don't work properly. E.g. because the power adapter doesn't provide steady enough voltage for the Pi to work properly. Also because some hub have power-feedback. To prevent this, first check the list of hubs, known to work with the pi.


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I would recommend just getting a multi-way adapter. It makes one socket into 2 or more. The adapter would be able to power the Pi and the hub as long as your hub doesn't use more then 1400 mA.


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Late to the party but the below link is to a performance test of the Raspberry Pi as well as the Banana Pi. It confirms some of the comments already made here, but also points to an alternative possibly better than Raspberry Pi. https://www.htpcguides.com/raspberry-vs-banana-pi-benchmarks-sata-gigabit-matter/


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No. As you will connect to your Raspberry pi via the router anyway, it will work with the cable connection.


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there are a few problems with your idea. first, turning the HDD off and back on wears down the mechanical part a lot. HDD working 24/7 usually has a 2-3 times longer life than the one switched on in the morning and back off in the evening. the matter gets worse if you're going to flip the power more frequently. second, the correct way to turn the HDD off ...


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Raspbmc is just Raspbian and kodi, it's already setup up for NAS and SQL, all you have to do is setup the bluetooth.


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Apparently SD Card Formatter goes in and formats the card as ExFAT instead of FAT32 by default, because of its huge size. To get around this, on a mac for example, open Disk Utility, select the card and Partition it in two, formatting both halves as FAT32. Then go round and copy the contents of NOOBS folder (unzipped NOOBS package) to the first partition of ...


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