RaspBMC

Here we see the basic display showing the title and time. Just a few connections between the LCD and the GPIO connector.

Here we see the basic display showing the title and time. Just a few connections between the LCD and the GPIO connector.

Isn’t it great when you uncover even more depths. I know that people have been to this point way ahead of me, but what a pleasant surprise to discover just how feature packed and useful RaspBMC is.

Our Freeview recorder stopped recording to the built-in hard-drive and so it seemed a good time to try out RaspBMC with iPlayer etc. We’d been given a NAS housing which we could put all our photos and music on, and with a little bit of work it was possible to connect the lot together. Incidentally, it was easier to add in the NAS drive to RaspBMC than it was to map it into Windows 7 – I still haven’t succeeded with that yet…
Tonight I’ve tried adding an LCD display to the GPIO ports – an easy job and might mean that I turn on of the Raspberry Pi’s here into a media centre. I had a spare LCD lying around and got the instructions at AndiPi

Remote control interfacing is handled by a Flirc USB key which can simulate keyboard presses from any remote control. It has to be configured on a Windows PC first (which only takes a matter of a few seconds) and then it’s ready to plug into the Pi. I’ve also got Yatse running on an Android tablet.

Lots of success in a very short time – just the way I like it!

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One response to “RaspBMC

  1. Now I’ve got the grumbles… the BBC have changed things which means that the iPlayer plugin no longer works. A shame… how am I going to catch up on Doctor Who, as well as all of those interesting programs on CBeebies for the young engineer around here…?!

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