Colman4
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Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:09 am

Hi very new to the Pi,

I want to use the Pi2 to play movies and music etc but i want to be able to play the stuff off my 1TB hard drive, whats the best way to do this? Preferably id like to be able to use my tv remote.
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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:40 am

Install OSMC or OpenELEC. Both are uncomplicated yet powerful mediacentres based on Kodi.

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:54 am

Will that work on Pi2, i forgot to mention that i was using that version

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:11 am

also i should mention my main plan at the moment is i want to be able to plug my hard drive into the Pi2 and then watch movies straight from there

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:13 am

Yes to both questions.

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:24 am

Hi,

Just make sure you get a recent release of Openelec. Go to their site to download it as I think the one on the Pi site is an older version (4.0.5)..
I put Openelec 5.0.1 on my Pi 2 and it worked brilliantly. You should be fine plugging your hard drive directly into the Pi. I have my media on a NAS so never used a drive directly plugged in.
When you add your movie folder to the library in Openelec, have a look at movie scrapers. I used the TMDB scraper and it will get information and pics (movie posters) for all your movies and organise them so you can search by year, movie type, actors etc..

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:27 am

I cant find my hard drive, any tips?

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:33 am

Video - files - add videos - browse
You should be able to see you drive in there.

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:37 am

It wont show up for my 1TB hard drive but it does show up for a smaller usb, would the hard drive size be an issue

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:39 am

Id honestly have no idea how to do the scrapers, i know next to nothing about this stuff, just trying to learn and start easy

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:41 am

I haven't had to do this myself but you could try
system - file manager - add source
see if it appears there..

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:42 am

> It wont show up for my 1TB hard drive but it does show up for a smaller usb, would the hard drive size be an issue.

No but the file-system used on the drive might be. Is it formatted with NTFS ?

Does the drive have its own power by the way ?

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:44 am

Found this on another forum..

1 - system > settings > Add-ons - > Install from zip file - > Root filesystem - > mnt - > sda1
2 - system > file manager > Add source > Browse > Root filesystem - > mnt - > sda1
/mnt/sda1
Enter a name for this media Source

Might work..

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:46 am

No extra power supply and yes to NTFS

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:49 am

Couldnt find it either of those places

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:53 am

Topguy might be onto something. Maybe the Pi is not able to power the drive. Have you got a powered USB hub to could stick in between the Pi and the hard drive?

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:58 am

No i dont

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:03 am

Sorry, don't really have enough experience with USB drives. Maybe some else has an idea?

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:04 am

Thanks appreciate all your help

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:09 am

post links to
your PSU
your HD drive and adapter
how are you powering it
can you run raspbain and see what it says
are you able to use the command line or enable config options for the RPI ?
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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:14 am

PSU - output 5Vdc 2000mA

Hard Drive - WD Elements 1TB dunno what else, it only has the one cable coming out of it which is usb 3.0. In file system it said NTFS

I can run raspbain but i have no idea about the other stuff

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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:35 am

You probably need to configure your Pi2 USB ports to output more current, as you are powering your 1TB USB drive directly from it. By default it is only 600mA.
To increase the total maximum current output to 1.2A, you need to edit /boot/config.txt and add the line:
max_usb_current=1
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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:46 am

As above, use

sudo nano /boot/config.txt


and add the line shown in the previous post. Ctrl-X to save and exit, then reboot.
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Re: Playing movies

Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:52 am

I dont use openelc however
you will need to edit the the config file that openelect uses
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/Raspberry_Pi_FAQ
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Re: Playing movies

Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:48 am

Thanks guys adding the code to increase the usb worked. Appreciate all the help

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