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Really considering buying one of these to use with XMBC, where's the best place to buy them in US?

I recommend it.. I'm using it for exactly this purpose and it's great.

your best bet would either be; Element14, RS Electronics or Allied Electronics

And here is a website for further reading if you are curious about what people are using them for other than XBMC Raspberrypi.org
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Really considering buying one of these to use with XMBC, where's the best place to buy them in US?

Element14/Farnell and RS Components
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I got mine from element14 everything came in great shape and pretty fast for being back ordered
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Yeah things sped up considerably after Sony provided factory space and workers for production.
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Had mine for a while, just never realized there was an owner's club on OCN. Model B Rev 2.0 (with 512MB RAM):

 

 

Plan to use it as a HTPC (its 1080p video capabilities is what had me sold on getting one back before they were released), that or a server.

Only negative thing I have to say about it is it cost a little more than the $25... Pi $35 (not counting shipping and taxes, Model A not available at the time), case $8, Adapter $5, SD card etc. over double the price they're pushing to get just an okay setup (granted the case is optional, but I doubt the cardboard ones available to print would look as good/protect my Pi so well).


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just installed XBMC on my pi and the thing is running super slow... Anyone else have problems with this? Installed it on a 8GB SanDisk SDHC class 10 card... Anything I do on the XBMC takes a minute to run... Is this normal???

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just installed XBMC on my pi and the thing is running super slow... Anyone else have problems with this? Installed it on a 8GB SanDisk SDHC class 10 card... Anything I do on the XBMC takes a minute to run... Is this normal???

Would definitely like to know this before I bought mine.
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it is a little slower than a conventional PC but keep in mind it's only a 700mhz cpu at the default settings...

Now there are some things you can do to help improve performance

use a basic skin within XBMC.. such as confluence
disable the RSS ticker (reduces CPU load)
connect the HDMI cable to a DOLBY / DTS capable receiver to offload the audio processing from the Pi to the receiver
use a centralised mysql database and maintain this via a conventional PC, once the pc updates the database they show in the PI immediatley
there is some headroom for overclocking the Pi but not all silicon is the same so results may vary, and you will improve chances of success by adding heatsinks but they are not always necessary

I have only used raspbmc myself (nightly from mid Jan) and this gives you the option of booting the Pi from the SD card (required in all cases) but actually installing XBMC on either a NFS share, or on a USB drive attached to the Pi itself, these are supposed to improve performance but I've not tested either as I'm quite happy with the performance of my setup.

To give you an idea...

My Pi is connected via ethernet to a bridge which then connects wirelessly to my main router, my NAS is connected to the router via ethernet and also hosts the mySQL database. I can play a Full 1080 P movie with DTS sound and it doesn't skip a beat.

it does take a few moments for the library to load but I currently have 991 items in my movie library so thats to be expected I guess...
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just installed XBMC on my pi and the thing is running super slow... Anyone else have problems with this? Installed it on a 8GB SanDisk SDHC class 10 card... Anything I do on the XBMC takes a minute to run... Is this normal???

Mine was a little bit laggy but not that slow. Try reinstalling or using a different memory card. I don't remember anything taking quite up to a minute to run.
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In please!

I will grab some pics and whatnot when I get around to tinkering with mine!

Got a 512mb model B from Element14...

Also did you guys know the gertboard is now available?
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