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I just traded my 1GB DDR3 GT240 for a Raspberry Pi. Was going to use it downstairs on my 32" LCD Flatscreen for movies etc. I know I can get Soft-float Debian "Wheezy"/Rasbian/Linux ARM/ or RISC OS. Wanted to know which one would be best and if any of them will allow me to network with my computers that are on Windows 7. I have loads of movies on hard drives in my computer. Thanks guys.
Edited by Erick Silver - 1/28/13 at 1:49pm
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If you intend to use it as an htpc there are several buillds of xbmc that run on the pi. I would recommend Raspbmc http://www.raspbmc.com/. Then you can stream movies from your pc's shared foldeers or using a upnp server.

You can also access windows shared folders from Linux using Samba.
Edited by jake2447 - 1/28/13 at 6:00pm
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I am using one now with a Raspbmc on it and it works great streaming from the server. Keep in mind though, if you want to playback Mpeg2 or VC1 content you will need to purchase the licenses, granted it's only like $4 each, but still something you will need.

Edit: Also, just an FYI, the TV's remote may be able to control it over HDMI. I use my Visio remote to control mine and it works great. Doesn't have all the flexibility of a mouse and keyboard, but for the basics it works.
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Hey guys, I just got done recently setting up a new HTPC/Steambox with XBMC in my living room. I'm looking for something compact to stream recorded TV/Movies into our bedroom via Cat5e 1Gbps connection. Would the Pi handle 1080p/i streaming with RaspBMC? Just not sure if there is enough video power on the Pi and wanted to make sure before buying one.

Thanks.

Edit: Sorry didn't want to make a new thread since this one seemed appropriate.thumb.gif
post #5 of 13
Yes, the Rasp will be able to stream 1080p. It does tend to slow down when fast forwarding and such. I would recommend looking into adding the bluecop repository and the free cable one as well.

To help you find good Repos, Google Search
"bluecop repository zip"
"icefilms repository zip"
post #6 of 13
Use XBMC
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I run XBMC on my PI and it works greats. Plays HD over the network.
Good luck.
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Got Raspbmc running on the Pi now. What exactly do I need to use it as a HTPC? And are there any cool features I should look into?
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post #9 of 13
I have mine connected to my network to access media. There are some great guides out there. Lifehacker.com has a good one for setting up Raspmc. Grab yourself a wireless keyboard and you're good to go.
Edited by SDriver - 2/27/13 at 9:30pm
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post #10 of 13
I would recommend OpenEeec over RaspBMC. It runs much faster, crashes less often, and does not require a net install. RaspBMC is a very nice OS as well, but after using both, I can only recommend using Openelec.
As far as a wireless keyboard goes, this is def an option, I'd check to make sure that the one you get/are looking at getting is compatible with the Rasp Pi. I personally saved the money and installed "Yatse" on my android phone (there is an official XBMC remote app as well, but the Yatse one looks nicer, silly reason, I know) instead of using a wireless keyboard.
When need be, I do have a USB keyboard I plug in to get it connected to the network, but after that I throw it back in the closet.

As was previously posted, there are many guides online. If you have any issues, don't hesitate to PM me.
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