RaspMediaCenter Part 3: Operative System Install

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Part 2: Operative System ←

Now that we know a couple of Linux distributions, it’s time to install one of them. As stated before, I have chosen OpenELEC and to install it you just have to follow the guide in the official website.

➲ On Ubuntu all you need to do is download the .tar.gz file from OpenELEC site, untar it, on the terminal and inside the extracted folder (where sdX is your device):

sudo ./create_sdcard /dev/sdX
sync

Safely eject your SD card an put it on your Raspberry.

➲ On Windows, download the disk image file from OpenELEC site and then use the win32diskimage tool as suggested on OpenELEC site.


Installation When you insert your SD card with OpenELEC installed and turn on your Raspberry Pi on, you’ll be guided to a Wizard. Just follow the instructions but don’t forget to:

  1. Give your Raspberry a name to be used on your network;
  2. Select both SSH and SAMBA services.

After this initial wizard you should go to: ~ > System>Settings>Settings>Video output>Video Calibration… and do what you are asked to do. Take the time to explore every setting of your media center under:

  • System > Settings;
  • System > OpenELEC.

I suggest you to look carefully at the add-ons (~ > System > Settings > Addons). That’s where you’ll be able to install new services and configure them, like subtitles, Movie information or weather forecast service. Here is what I enabled/installed:

  • Movie Information >
    • The Movie Database
  • Services >
    • AutoSubs – auto download subtitles
    • Watchdog – auto update your library
  • Subtitles >
    • OpenSubtitles.org
    • Podnapisis.net
    • Subscene.com
  • Weather >
    • Yahoo!

After setting everything up and assuming you have a hard-drive connected to your Raspberry Pi, you should configure your Video Folders. Go to: ~ >Videos > Files > Add Videos… Then hit ‘browse’ and choose your hard-drive movie folder. For me it was located in: Root filesystem > var > media Set up this folder as a Movie file folder and you’re done. Repeat for your TV Shows folder. After this, you will notice two new menus on your home screen: Movies and TV Shows.

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