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How To: Install OpenELEC on Raspberry Pi (XBMC)

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How To: Install OpenELEC on Raspberry Pi (XBMC) using Windows

What you will need is a assembled Raspberry Pi and the required SD card along with a few pieces of free software.

Update 7/2014: New versions of OpenELEC Pi use a much easier Windows method now: http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/Installing_OpenELEC_on_Raspberry_Pi#tab=Windows

I first learned of this method from another blog called TasksOfOhm which outlined the process as clear cut as possible. For my blog here I will be using the same method.

OpenELEC is my preferred distribution for stand alone XBMC. Windows users will need to follow a manually created SD card partitioning scheme which is outlined below.

 

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How To: Install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi (XBMC)

This will show how to install Raspbmc onto a Raspberry Pi.

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I’ve previously covered the Windows 7 installation of XBMC here, and the install process of XBian on the Raspberry Pi here.  This time I will be covering a method to install Raspbmc onto the Raspberry Pi for the purposes of creating a simple media center appliance. Raspbmc is just one of many pre-built 3rd party distributions of XBMC available.The three main XBMC variations that the community seems to prefer for the Raspberry Pi; XBian, Raspbmc, and OpenELEC.

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How To: Install XBian on Raspberry Pi (XBMC)

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I started playing with the XBMC builds made specifically for the Raspberry Pi recently. The entire installation process is fairly simple. Be aware most of this software is beta so you should expect some issues now and then. Since the software is free you really cant complain.

Don’t want to do it yourself? I’ll build you one.

I’ve previously covered the traditional Windows PC installation of XBMC here. There are three main XBMC variations that the community seems to prefer for the Raspberry Pi; XBian, Raspbmc, and OpenELEC. This time I will be covering a method to install XBian onto the Raspberry Pi for the purposes of creating a simple media center appliance. XBian is just one variation of many pre-built 3rd party distributions of XBMC available and I’ll be covering the other two main branches in later posts.

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How To: XBMC Cinema Experience Add-On

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How To: XBMC Cinema Experience Add-On

My last XBMC post mentioned the Cinema Experience add-on. This add-on is a bit of a hassle to get set up for the first time but the result is well worth it if you are into a true “theater” experience at home. For me the biggest pain in the butt was locating all the little video files needed to create the experience.

Several of my friends have started using XBMC as their sole entertainment hub at home after seeing my set up. The first of them I mentioned this add-on to wondered why anyone would want all that pre-movie stuff at home. He was surprised to hear that more than once I had been asked if it was possible and that it was a wanted option.

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How To: XBMC for PC (v11 “Eden”)

How to install XBMC for Windows 7 PC

*Setup in v12 Frodo is nearly identical. Skin settings have relocated to appearance, but is otherwise similar enough to not make a new guide.

Alright, now that XBMC v11 “Eden” is out here is the new tutorial:

Download the correct version of XBMC here: xbmc.org
For help and a full documentation see: wiki.xbmc.org

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XBMC for PC (v10 “Dharma”)

XBMC for Windows 7 PC: how to

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XBMC is a great multi-platform media center program. It can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and the old XBOX1. XBMC is highly customizable, plays nearly every type of media file, and users can install add-ons for nearly every conceivable function or feature they would want a media center to perform. One of my favorite features is that XBMC keeps track of what you watch and when you stopped watching. Smart Playlists are another great way to keep track of an ever growing media collection. Recently I’ve been enjoying the growing list of media streaming add-ons. I could go on and on for days so lets just cut to the installation process.

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