Install Transmission in Raspbmc

I use Transmission to download torrents on my Mac and then transfer these over via USB to watch videos on my Raspberry Pi. This is a bit of a waste of time, and following the addition of a hard drive to my Raspberry Pi setup means I now have plenty of space to download torrents directly to the Raspberry Pi. To do this I would need to install Transmission and then set up the web interface for adding or removing torrents. Continue reading

Format a hard drive and automatically mount on Raspberry Pi boot up

My current setup is a Raspberry Pi running XBMC on Raspbmc but one thing that would really make this a much better setup would be to have even more storage space. Running a media centre on an SD card can be quite limiting, so I plan on using a 160GB hard drive that I have left over after upgrading the hard drive in my laptop. The hard drive is in an enclosure and this is powered by the USB hub that I am using to run the Raspberry Pi, so doesn’t need it’s own power supply.

The whole point of reformatting the hard drive is to use the format ext4 as it is supposed to be more power efficient and provide faster read/write speeds than Fat32, although only Linux operating systems will be able to read the hard drive when formatted as ext4 which isn’t an issue for me. Continue reading

Get to Raspbmc command line from XBMC GUI

Getting from the XBMC GUI  to the command line using Raspbmc seems like a simple task but figuring this out took me longer than I would have liked. The problem I had was that the blue splash screen which says, “Press ESC for command line”, never appeared. This was because the HDMI CEC switched my screen off when the XBMC GUI quit, which is why I missed that screen every time so disabling HDMI CEC allows me to get around this problem. Continue reading

Install Raspbmc (hard way)

I have recently switched over from using OpenELEC to using Raspbmc to run XBMC on my Raspberry Pi. The main reason I switched is because I found audio playback using AirPlay was much smoother using Raspbmc, with significantly less lag between pressing audio controls and it actually working. I installed this the hard way, but if you are new to Raspberry Pi then I recommend you use NOOBS instead. Continue reading

Install OpenELEC for Raspberry Pi (hard way)

One of the main things that I use the Raspberry Pi for is as a fully fledged media centre solution. There are a couple of options available for installing XBMC on the Raspberry Pi, these include: Raspbmc, XBMC on top of Raspbian, Xbian, and finally OpenELEC. All these options do pretty much the same thing and all run similar versions of XBMC, however OpenELEC has the advantage of only taking 100mb fully installed and using the least resources to run, being the least intensive on the CPU as OpenELEC is  a custom stripped down Linux install running XBMC.

This is the hard way of installing OpenELEC using Mac OS X, and I would recommend using NOOBS as it is significantly easier and safer. (The following is using OpenELEC but should also work for flashing any other image file). Continue reading