OpenELEC / XBMC - Ready image


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by RaspberryPiBeginners » Tue May 15, 2012 10:19 am
Hey guys,
One of my best mate's has managed to get an image of XBMC ready for everyone to try.

http://www.root9.net/2012/05/raspberry-pi-openelec-xbmc.html < His blog
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B7VekVaax4KiNC1OTnBraDJhaHM < The image
https://twitter.com/#!/sg_84 < Follow him on twitter

I'll test it later and hopefully making a video of how to use it.
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by greglogan » Tue May 15, 2012 11:44 am
:( the image won't fit on my 7.4 Gb SD card..... Any suggestions???? (Apart from buying a bigger card!)
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by frying_fish » Tue May 15, 2012 11:53 am
greglogan wrote::( the image won't fit on my 7.4 Gb SD card..... Any suggestions???? (Apart from buying a bigger card!)


My suggestion would be to try a different method.

The actually install for OpenELEC is around 100MB. If you have access to a linux computer straight off the next bit is easy. If you don't, then I suggest 1 of 2 relatively easy options.

1. Grab a livecd/liveusb version of something like lubuntu (ubuntu with lxde, requires less to run).
2. Install a virtual linux inside a virtual machine.

Then I suggest grabbing one of the tar.bz2 releases in this thread:http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5163

and following the instructions on this website: http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Building_and_Installing_OpenELEC_for_Raspberry_Pi but starting from the "Install instructions" section.

As you grow to understand it a bit more, then you can build it yourself (if you have access to a machine to do so), or once you have the basic part setup you can continue to get later images (the tar.bz2 which contains the system files) and keep updating..



---EDIT---

Ignore some of the parts from what I've said. The image linked appears to be someone having just imaged their whole SD card after making the build. It might prove easier to just prepare the SD card you have into the two partition formats (making the second partition ext4 will require a linux box of some kind), then just using a build from the thread I linked to as there are builds in there you can work with.
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by tomsk » Tue May 15, 2012 12:59 pm
I'm sure there are lots of clever ways to do this. What I did (all on my Pi, using standard Debian build, with a blank SD card in a USB reader. Previous Linux experience ~0) :

- Download built files from: http://www.numan1617.com/rpi/openelec/builds/
(I used Midori from within LDXE)

- Unpack files using XArchiver

- Open LXterminal and follow instructions at openelec.tv (http://openelec.tv/component/k2/item/24 ... -pi-part-2) to format and prepare SD card. You can copy and paste the commands from Midori to LXterminal.
*** I had to install 'parted', by typing: sudo apt-get install parted ***

- Use LDXE File Manager to copy the files described in the same instructions to the System partition on the SD card

- Use Leafpad to create the file cmdline.txt described towards the end of the instructions.

Shutdown, swap SD cards, power up and away you go.

Good luck.
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by nick.mccloud » Tue May 15, 2012 2:07 pm
Not withstanding the learning experience to be had in rolling your own, encouraging uploads in sensible sized formats wouldn't go amiss as I'm sure there will be a few who would love to take this for a quick spin to see what's what but are now thwarted for the love of card capacity!
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by frying_fish » Tue May 15, 2012 2:19 pm
nick.mccloud wrote:Not withstanding the learning experience to be had in rolling your own, encouraging uploads in sensible sized formats wouldn't go amiss as I'm sure there will be a few who would love to take this for a quick spin to see what's what but are now thwarted for the love of card capacity!


The even bigger problem is that the image is actually just 8GB of (mostly) empty space. As evidenced by the compressed image being little more than 100MB.
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by nick.mccloud » Tue May 15, 2012 7:00 pm
frying_fish wrote:The even bigger problem is that the image is actually just 8GB of (mostly) empty space. As evidenced by the compressed image being little more than 100MB.


Yeah, I could live with it unpacking to say 3.5Gb, most of which is fresh air, but taking up 8Gb and being just a bit too big is just plain irritating! I'll see if I can hack my way through the build instructions this evening.
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by greglogan » Tue May 15, 2012 7:50 pm
nick.mccloud wrote:
frying_fish wrote:The even bigger problem is that the image is actually just 8GB of (mostly) empty space. As evidenced by the compressed image being little more than 100MB.


Yeah, I could live with it unpacking to say 3.5Gb, most of which is fresh air, but taking up 8Gb and being just a bit too big is just plain irritating! I'll see if I can hack my way through the build instructions this evening.


Nick
that would be great. I'm having some major problems getting any SD card reader to be recognised by the Pi so can only write to SD cards via my windoze laptop, so a smaller image file would be perfect.

Greg.
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by welshblob » Wed May 16, 2012 6:05 am
I used this 4GB image created by Smartybones over on the other thread as my original base install.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23834633/OpenEL ... r10870.zip

I've then just copied over the new file for each build when people have posted them.

Rob

Edit : Just to say that 10870 was very unstable for me and I quickly updated it. All experiences with the Pi have been much better since then.
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by nick.mccloud » Wed May 16, 2012 7:59 am
greglogan wrote:
nick.mccloud wrote:Yeah, I could live with it unpacking to say 3.5Gb, most of which is fresh air, but taking up 8Gb and being just a bit too big is just plain irritating! I'll see if I can hack my way through the build instructions this evening.

that would be great. I'm having some major problems getting any SD card reader to be recognised by the Pi so can only write to SD cards via my windoze laptop, so a smaller image file would be perfect.


Duly hacked to a 3.7Gb image but I haven't tried playing anything on it yet!!!!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/60623239/OpenELEC.10977.img.zip - wait until about 11am 16th May for it to be uploaded.

Writing to a test card came up with some winging about only doing 97% - I think it may have been worried that I hadn't imaged the whole of the original card. I'll need to get a 1Gb & a 2Gb card to do this sort of stuff on so I can do a whole card image and then leave people to expand the partition. Or something like that.
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by dangermouse » Wed May 16, 2012 7:41 pm
Thanks for the image. Works well but my keyboard seems to stop working after 20 seconds. Is this a problem with the keyboard or the image??
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by toibs » Wed May 16, 2012 8:18 pm
All works great here. There's a little stutter on the menus, however seems to stream via ethernet/upnp nicely. Many thanks :)

(keyboard all ok here)...

Now i just need to work out how to expand it to fit an 8gb card :)

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by isdixon » Wed May 16, 2012 8:30 pm
Thanks for that, it works great. Music and video playback works very well.
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by fernan13malaga » Wed May 16, 2012 8:56 pm
Not worked for me:

***Error in mount_disks: mount_common: Could not mount /dev/mnicbl0p2 ***
[23.537554] System halted

I created the sd with the command in Ubuntu:

sudo dd bs=1M if=~/Descargas/OpenELEC-RPi.arm-devel-20120514154309-r10954.img of=/dev/sdf

Any suggestions?
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by nick.mccloud » Wed May 16, 2012 10:41 pm
toibs wrote:Now i just need to work out how to expand it to fit an 8gb card :)
Paul


Read this: https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/initial-setup1/
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by felix123 » Thu May 17, 2012 1:56 am
Can someone make a 2GB image please?
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by greglogan » Thu May 17, 2012 11:04 am
Hey guys

I installed the new version (10997) and this works much better. However I am still having an issue getting either version to see my USB Ext HDD. The drive is picked up by Debian Squeeze as part of the normal bootup procedure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by geeday » Sat May 19, 2012 7:19 pm
I got the 4GB imaging working a treat on an 8GB sd card. I created a new partition with the remaining space using gparted on Ubuntu, ext2 I think.

On this partition I put a 700MB avi movie which plays great, apart from it having to buffer every few seconds (so it is like watching youtube with poor broadband)

It is a class 6 SD card and sold as a high performance card, but not one of them Ultra quick ones.

has anyone ideas of why it keeps buffering??

cheers and keep up the good work.
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by le4thab » Sun May 20, 2012 7:30 pm
does this automount usb flash?
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by fernan13malaga » Sun May 20, 2012 9:44 pm
le4thab wrote: by le4thab » 20 May 2012 19:30

does this automount usb flash?


I think yes, mine mounts automatically an external hdd.

Can anybody install a torrent client?
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by iandixon » Mon May 21, 2012 1:55 pm
Just wanted to say this build is working very well.
I have the Raspberry Pi streaming Freeview HD video files from my Windows Media Center machine.

http://thedigitallifestyle.com/w/index.php/2012/05/20/video-testing-video-formats-on-the-raspberry-pi/
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by stewiegriffin » Wed May 23, 2012 6:10 pm
It seems i might have to get a bigger sd card. I bought a 4gb one some time ago for the pi but now I have download some of openelec images ( the ones from this thread) but they don't fit the 4gb card =/ The card is is 3.60gb and the images are slightly bigger than that and so i can't write it. Does anyone know if there is a way to reduce the size of the image or do something about it? Im a complete beginner, especially on what its related to linux so im a bit lost on what to do ( still have to read some tutorials and articles)
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by Logdog » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:02 am
fernan13malaga wrote:Not worked for me:

***Error in mount_disks: mount_common: Could not mount /dev/mnicbl0p2 ***
[23.537554] System halted

I created the sd with the command in Ubuntu:

sudo dd bs=1M if=~/Descargas/OpenELEC-RPi.arm-devel-20120514154309-r10954.img of=/dev/sdf

Any suggestions?


I am getting the same error... any help?
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