sudo apt-get Introduction
A Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer. Well, almost a computer. You still need a keyboard and mouse, a video-out source, an SD card or USB stick, probably a power source, plus all the cables. So what do
you get? This:
No operating system is included; that's where the SD card comes in. There's a specially-designed Linux distro called Raspbian “wheezy”
, although many other options exist.
For this project, I am going with Raspbmc
, which is designed for using your Raspberry Pi as a media center.
- Raspberry Pi Model "B"
- Seagate 2TB Backup Plus external drive
- SanDisk 8GB SDHC card
- Samsung TV
- Lapdock For Motorola Atrix (for video and KBM)
- Eventually my Android phone for XBMC remote control
The intent is to create a headless media streaming center, and document the process in this thread. Got it on a whim after my father bought one, so will be a learning and amusing experience with pictures.
Holding off on the lapdock for now, until all the various cables arrive. Plugged Pi into TV, and after a few restarts, Raspbmc launched. Interface is simialr to PS3's Cross Media Bar:
- Logitech MK520 KBM set from work was working intermittently; sometimes neither would work, sometimes both or just one.
- Seagate drive mounted and connected right out of the box. Has some promo videos on there played fine, though blown up quality was low. After inital trial, pulled drive, formatted as NTFS again, and loaded some vids and pitures. System struggled with a 400MB folder of images; seemed to be having trouble indexing.
- Network seemed to be OK, but all fields on the Network screen were blank; IP Address, DNS Server, etc., including MAC Address.
Probably need a case. Thinking about doing a LEGO one. For the drive is NTFS the way to go? Other option is exFAT.
Got the HDMI micro to HDMI cable, so plugged it into the Lapdock offline to test. Wow. That is a fantastic display. Played Sita Sings The Blues
and was very impressed. Keyboard was fine, trackpad was slightly laggy.
This is why I don't make threads, no good at keeping up with them. So I moved a bunch of media over to the Seagate, tested it out and worked great. Then the very next morning plugged my laptop power into the HD and fried it. Managed to take it apart to get to the disk, and tried to connect to my laptop via a SATA to USB setup. Got actual smoke that time! Trying to decide if it's worth it to buy the controller board. Got most of the media restored from past backups, so will probably just go with a USB stick or something non-mechanical for the Pi.
So now I need to get it trimmed and adjusted, and all in.