For the longest time ever since the raspberry pi landed in my hands, I’ve been wanting to program it to
take over the world stream my media across the network. But like all risk-averse nerds, I wanted to start from scratch, from the basic.
In a way, I was a little disappointed because installing the vanilla flavour of Linux for the pi (Wheezy) was really as easy as 1-2-3. Download and unpack the image. Download and unpack the image writer. Flash the SD card with the image writer, stick it in the pi and let it boot up. The only issue I had was my old TV. By default the signals sent via HDMI was not strong enough for the TV to receive any signals. I modified the config file and used the default values to boost the TV signals and voila! Never had a black screen with scrolling text look so sweet.
Next thing on my agenda was to force the pi to bypass the login screen and boot straight to the Desktop so this lazy bugger does not need to hit startx at command line. I could have done it so easily with the pre-loaded raspi-config file but decided I must mess with the bash-profile file and successfully in corrupting the startup files This is what I absolutely adore with scripting and messing around because all I needed to do was just reimage the SD card with Wheezy, overwrite the config file with my TV signals settings and off I went.
For most of the Saturday, I decided to mess with different parameters and overclocking options. I got sufficiently worried (and bored at that stage)with the heat generated from the overclocking. The entire idea of having the pi was meant to be my media server across the network. With a 10m LAN cable snaking across the lounge, I managed to browse a few other sites and decided getting it to work on the LAN was really an out-of-the-box option.
So, today, in a very uneventful 30m, I managed to get raspbmc working on my pi. It’s really as easy as downloading and unpacking it. Then, letting it boot while I did my nails, planned on makeup for the next day, came back to do further configuration.
I’ve been very impressed with this little board so far because of how much I’m able to do. I’ve managed to view files of SO MANY different formats (from USB so far) from the pi. The next item to research on? A wifi dongle. Because I wasn’t keen on having a LAN cable snaking across the lounge, wifi is the only solution. Because raspbian is not your regular Windows supporting many plug and play devices, I’ve to be extremely careful which wifi dongle to burn my cash on. Research needs to go all the way down to chipsets because certain chipsets are proven to work straight out of the box but not so well with the rest.
It’s been a very fun ride with the pi so far. A few other things I’d like to do:
1. Get another SD card to be used as my test/development environment so I don’t mess up an image that’s already working well.
2. Wifi- as discussed above
3. XBMC remote control app on my phone so I don’t have to use the mouse each time I need to configure the app.
4. Powered USB hub for more USB options. Why not?
In the next post, I promise to share my adventures with Sunday Riley.in the mean time, I need to fix up dual boot on my 7-year old Dell. Why?