milhouse
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Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:27 pm

In case you hadn't noticed, Raspbmc has now progressed from Beta to Release Candidate status - new installer in the link, reimaging the SD card is required.

milhouse
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:58 pm

(Ridiculously short edit post timeout here...grrrr)

This version addresses the following:
  • CPU usage is much lower when idling
  • fixes some stability issues with a new kernel
  • SD card timeout issues are gone for good!
  • reduces the swap partition to a reasonable 128M
  • fixes an AirPlay bug (though AirTunes issues remain just for now)
  • remote support via LIRC is now working
  • the root filesystem is made a lot smaller.
  • CPU overclocking tweak
  • XBMC now runs as the user pi
  • XBMC restarts if it crashes
  • Kernel headers now available for building kernel modules for wireless support etc.
  • SD cards can be swapped between Pis now without udev issues.
  • You are asked to set timezone and keyboard layout on the first login via SSH
  • Fixed bluish tint to fanart
  • AudioEngine builds are here
  • Menu sounds are here
This is what will be coming soon:
  • stability improvements
  • An add-on to configure Raspbmc from within XBMC

Neosans
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:05 pm

It's on Release Candidate 2 http://www.raspbmc.com/2012/06/release-candidate-2/

Your link takes you to the RC1 which had issues.

milhouse
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:06 pm

Neosans wrote:It's on Release Candidate 2 http://www.raspbmc.com/2012/06/release-candidate-2/

Your link takes you to the RC1 which had issues.
Thanks for that, would be nice if I could update my original post... ;-)

thelini
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:43 pm

This works very well indeed for me.

I don't have a library setup yet, but its played the few files I've thrown at it (720p) no problems at all, and the menus are amazingly responsive.. It's the fastest I've seen so far.

Excellent work.

nimdy
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:39 pm

Doesn't work for me. The installation goes fine, but when it reboots there is no display. Tried putting in my tried and tested confix.txt options, but still nothing. The distro seems to be booting up as I've been able to SSH into it (with the nice little keyboard timezone script on first login), but nothing on the screen.

The ok/activity light doesnt seem to flash much when in this state.

Any ideas?

NickMon68
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:24 pm

How do you write this to a card ?

I have tried the win32 imager but when the card is put in the Pi it does not boot...

nimdy
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:30 am

Yep win32 imager here. Boots properly for the installation boot, the fails to show anything on the screen when it reboots at the end.

I've tried it on a couple of cards now.

NickMon68
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:26 am

OK I got it. The issues is that the download is a winrar file and if you have that installed then windows explorer just says its a an image file..(if you burn the 75m file to the card it wont work as its a winrar file..). explorer hides the winrar extension..

To fix open winrar first then drag the downloaded 75mb image file to it to find a 200mb image inside.. thats what should be written to the card..

:D

But now on booting i get another issue :(

mc0: final write to SD card still running...

Never boots

plankity
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:03 pm

When will the RC2 be available? Here's what I got


[email protected]:~$ wget http://svn.stmlabs.com/svn/raspbmc/rele ... install.py
--2012-06-09 08:01:52-- http://svn.stmlabs.com/svn/raspbmc/rele ... install.py
Resolving svn.stmlabs.com... 87.106.137.136
Connecting to svn.stmlabs.com|87.106.137.136|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2012-06-09 08:01:52 ERROR 404: Not Found.

NickMon68
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:44 pm

OK so leaving it running for 1.5 hours it got as far as creating partitions and then just sits there MMC0ing..

Is it working is it not - who knows ?

Can we not just have a pre built image with it all on ???

NickMon68
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:11 pm

OK I got there !!

I just left it on and went and did something else and in the 4 hours i was away it finished and sat on the xbmc main screen !!

So the install time is a while and the mmc0 errors dont get in the way..

:D

E
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:31 pm

I'm not sure now if I downloaded the beta or this second release, but it worked perfectly first time! Very nice work. In fact great work!

The only issue I've had is with Airplay - no sound from any music, even though the visualiser is displaying it, and some video streams won't play. I'd guess it has more to do with the apps and xbmc than Raspbmc, but I've not looked into it yet.

thelini
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:40 pm

It's all a bit odd. Alot of people still have trouble with sd cards.

I have had issue with class 2 and class 4 cards. My class 6 card works great.

What cards are you having trouble with?


allcardr
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:55 pm

Got my install running, albeit with a few MMC0 timeouts, but once the update progressed all was well.
A couple of niggles with sound & video ( settings within XBMC itself) and all looking good !!

still need to gpart the partitions to reclaim the lost space!!!

tafallen
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:40 pm

Has anyone got RaspBMC playing video using the composite video output rather than HDMI? I've attempted this and just got a blank screen which was most odd. The XBMC gui all works over composite but I wondered if I was missing something in the configuration? (I've not used XBMC before)

Everything works fine when playing back video via HDMI but I'd like to use composite for a variety of reasons!

Cheers!

Tim

masterluke
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:52 pm

Using RC2 - Install went fine after I ignored the SD card timeout errors on startup.

BUT - outputting video over composite to a PAL SDTV the resolution is stuck at 720 x 288 ( I think - its hard to read). This means that it only fills the top half of the screen and it pretty much unusable.

NOTE - My tv only supports PAL so I add sdtv_mode=2 to my config.txt. If I leave this line out then I get nice full screen NTSC video but its in black and white only :-(

masterluke
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:04 pm

NickMon68 wrote:But now on booting i get another issue :(

mc0: final write to SD card still running...

Never boots
I can get this error if I use my wife's HTC phone charger to power the Pi. I just get a scrolling screen full of those errors. If I use my own Nokia phone charger then I get one or two seconds of errors and a proper boot. Check your power adaptop and make sure yours is good. Try swapping with another.

NickMon68
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:26 pm

masterluke wrote:
NickMon68 wrote:But now on booting i get another issue :(

mc0: final write to SD card still running...

Never boots
I can get this error if I use my wife's HTC phone charger to power the Pi. I just get a scrolling screen full of those errors. If I use my own Nokia phone charger then I get one or two seconds of errors and a proper boot. Check your power adaptop and make sure yours is good. Try swapping with another.

Hmm interesting point, i will try a different one. Thanks

dom
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:30 pm

masterluke wrote:BUT - outputting video over composite to a PAL SDTV the resolution is stuck at 720 x 288
This suggests that start.elf is not recent enough. This was fixed 7 days ago.

Try replacing your start.elf with this one:
https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware ... /start.elf

(click view raw to download).

masterluke
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:36 pm

Done and fixed.. Thanks Dom!

1 last issue - I can see some terminal output in the black border above non-full screen video. Any ideas?

welshblob
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:31 pm

masterluke wrote:Done and fixed.. Thanks Dom!

1 last issue - I can see some terminal output in the black border above non-full screen video. Any ideas?
You need to raise that with sam over on the raspbmc forums. I think he is aware of it though and has mentioned it should be fixed for release .... but maybe worth checking.

Rob

ho-ho
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:59 am

NickMon68 wrote:
masterluke wrote:
NickMon68 wrote:But now on booting i get another issue :(

mc0: final write to SD card still running...

Never boots
I can get this error if I use my wife's HTC phone charger to power the Pi. I just get a scrolling screen full of those errors. If I use my own Nokia phone charger then I get one or two seconds of errors and a proper boot. Check your power adaptop and make sure yours is good. Try swapping with another.

Hmm interesting point, i will try a different one. Thanks
This message:
mc0: final write to SD card still running...

appears if you don't safely eject your SD card (in Windows). Same happened to me when I just pull out the SD card after the image writing.

Hope this will help you.

Andrew H
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Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:04 am

I installed the release candidate on Monday using a SanDisk 32GB 45MB/s Extreme HD Video SDHC Card SDSDXP1-032G-XX it works fine, interesting because Debian Squeeze even with the latest kernel.img etc does not fails on waiting for interrupt.

Good job

Andrew

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