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by Paul Webster
Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: XBMC colour depth problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1064

Re: XBMC colour depth problem

Are you trying to run it from within X?
If yes then that might be the problem.
Try running it from console without X running at all.
by Paul Webster
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: OpenELEC Image
Replies: 8
Views: 10580

Re: OpenELEC Image

There are at least 2 people hosting pre-built RPi images.
I downloaded from Chris Swan's site.
http://blog.thestateofme.com/2012/06/03 ... ec-images/
by Paul Webster
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: XMBC on already installed Debian OS?
Replies: 31
Views: 30344

Re: XMBC on already installed Debian OS?

XBMC on ARM is not yet in the official Debian respoitory. You could try copying the binaries and .xbmc directories from a Raspbmc or Openelec installation - however, this is quite error prone. There is a post on the Raspbmc forum about getting the XBMC nightly build from a location that has an ARM b...
by Paul Webster
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Network speed?
Replies: 5
Views: 4808

Re: Network speed?

You can shutdown XBMC and compare.
When you exit the Raspbmc version of XBMC (from the icon near bottom left of screen) you should see (with RC3 build) that after a few seconds it brings up a white screen with a message on hit.
At that point hit ESC on locally connected keyboard and it will quit.
by Paul Webster
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Using Pi as media center
Replies: 7
Views: 10153

Re: Using Pi as media center

3.Depends, if you want a pure media player then probably OpenELEC or Raspmbc would be a worth a look. If you want a fully fledged OS (I assume so if you want skype) then I would go for Debian, it’s probably the easiest to use and you can install XBMC from the repository. I don't think that the ARM ...
by Paul Webster
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Power from TV USB Port?
Replies: 11
Views: 60777

Re: Power from TV USB Port?

Works fine from TV USB for me (Sony) - I added that info to the wiki some weeks ago.
by Paul Webster
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Which Media-Server do you run ?
Replies: 3
Views: 3099

Re: Which Media-Server do you run ?

Expect that the most popular at the moment is XBMC (home built or via Raspbmc or Openelec). There is a Squeezebox plug-in for XBMC called Xsqueeze - which I have been experimenting with. It also incorporates Squeezeplay. It needs some manual intervention to get it working at the moment because it do...
by Paul Webster
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Got my Pi struggling to keep it alive?
Replies: 18
Views: 2996

Re: Got my Pi struggling to keep it alive?

With RS and Farnell running different assembly lines in different factories I've seen an earlier post saying they are in different assembly lines but has anyone confirmed that they are in different factories? If they were in different factories then we wouldn't need to be informed that they are dif...
by Paul Webster
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: media center remote control
Replies: 8
Views: 27780

Re: media center remote control

If your TV supports HDMI CEC (many new ones do - search for more info) then you should be able to use your TV remote control for this. Both Raspbmc and Openelec now include a module to do this - just make sure that you have enabled XBMC to be controlled via HTTP (one of the settings). Longer term th...
by Paul Webster
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HDMI CEC and XBMC
Replies: 98
Views: 183742

Re: HDMI CEC and XBMC

Now included in Raspbmc (RC3 released last night) and has been in Openelec for a few days.
by Paul Webster
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Squeeze Player on the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 16
Views: 15479

Re: Squeeze Player on the Raspberry Pi

Do you need SqueezePlay? I ask because SqueezeSlave works quite well (some of us get audio break ups every now and then) ... and SqueezePlug packages SqueezeServer (LMS) and SqueezeSlave.
There is a lot about on this forum.
by Paul Webster
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: tvservice - set HDMI osd name
Replies: 1
Views: 2994

Re: tvservice - set HDMI osd name

... and how about a way to send text to the screen

"Set OSD String"
-t --text - send text string to display. If no value given then clears text on screen

e.g.
tvservice -t "Eng 1 - 0 Ukr"
(Edit: max length 13 I think)
by Paul Webster
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: tvservice - set HDMI osd name
Replies: 1
Views: 2994

tvservice - set HDMI osd name

A suggestion for tvservice - add new command line parameter to set the HDMI osd device name via CEC. -n --name - set HDMI device name - uses hostname if no name given should be a call to vc_cec_set_osd_name ... with normalised version of given parameter value or hostname if no parameter value given....
by Paul Webster
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: SqueezePlug for Raspberry Pi ready for download
Replies: 449
Views: 147931

Re: SqueezePlug for Raspberry Pi ready for download

I also get interruptions - usually coinciding with SD card activity.
Perhaps my SD card is slow.

Thomas - are you using sD for everything (except the music) or do you have some pieces stored on USB disk?
by Paul Webster
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Changing the HDMI name
Replies: 1
Views: 681

Re: Changing the HDMI name

Take a look at the source code of rpi-cecd in GitHub. It does it in a couple of lines of code once the CEC link is established.
by Paul Webster
Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Simple setup for streaming to XBMC
Replies: 3
Views: 2457

Re: Simple setup for streaming to XBMC

I couldn't get Serviio to transcode from mpeg2 to mpeg4?
Is there a way?
by Paul Webster
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoding
Replies: 230
Views: 83327

Re: MPEG-2 Decoding

Putting some links in the wiki to help document this on-going project could be useful - might induce others with skills in the area to help out. My guess is that the right people are more likely to stumble across relevant sections in the wiki as part of their research into what RPi can do rather tha...
by Paul Webster
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: MPEG-2 Decoding
Replies: 230
Views: 83327

Re: MPEG-2 Decoding

I don't understand much of this but it is fascinating. I'm ready to pay a few quid to RPi Foundation for MPEG2 GPU acceleration license - but would happily put same into fund to help your efforts should it be needed. Also - if you want a DVB-T sample .ts from UK Freeview (in addition to the DVB-C) t...
by Paul Webster
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:50 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: OpenELEC DVD Help
Replies: 19
Views: 23154

Re: OpenELEC DVD Help

I don't think that omxplayer can handle them. You could try a different player. A way to experiment would be to put the "official" Debian release on an SD card and experiment with that (Openelec is quite locked down if you are simply using prebuilt image). From the Debian build you could try .. sudo...
by Paul Webster
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Release Candidate
Replies: 48
Views: 26429

Re: Raspbmc Release Candidate

If root/root works then you have made the classic mistake of downloading and installing the wrong image.
In that case, check back on the raspbmc site and see the blog posts for the link to use rather than the download page.
by Paul Webster
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: iPod Dock - power and sound
Replies: 10
Views: 8244

Re: iPod Dock - power and sound

The page that I linked to has a fully worked example - with part numbers and close-ups of disassembled cable.

Edit:
Aha - here is one already made up ... but costs more than the RPi!
http://www.cablejive.com/products/dockBossplus.html
by Paul Webster
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: iPod Dock - power and sound
Replies: 10
Views: 8244

iPod Dock - power and sound

I was wondering ... is there a magic cable, or cable with a tiny cheap bit of clever stuff, that could allow an RPi to connect to an iPod dock and get power plus have RPi send audio to the dock to play stuff. Having the dock do things like track search, volume control, display artwork is possibly to...
by Paul Webster
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: SqueezePlug for Raspberry Pi ready for download
Replies: 449
Views: 147931

Re: SqueezePlug for Raspberry Pi ready for download

Prior to trying SqueezePlug I had used SqueezeSlave on the regular Debian image. Sound via HDMI was very good and I ran it for a few hours. On SqueezePlug RPi I found that the sound over HDMI had a few break-ups (perhaps once each 20 seconds), that I think coincided with a flash on the OK light. Whe...

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