Raspberry PI

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My Raspberry PI.

Almost a month ago, I had got a Raspberry PI as a gift.
It had come with a case, a sd card with Kodi-Openelec, a power adapter, UTP cable, HDMI cable and a mini Wifi adapter.
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To be precise, the Raspberry that I had got was a Raspberry PI 2, Model B, 1Gb
For those who don’t know what a Raspberry is, it is a cheap mini computer with opportunities to connect extra connecting boards or expansions like a LCD display or a Digital Output (glass fiber/optical output)
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It has 4 USB ports, 1 UTP port, a HDMI port, 1 audio/video output, power input and a micro SD card slot.

The mini SD cards that can be used for the Raspberry, need to be a Class10.
In general, the minimum size should be 8Gb.

The Raspberry itself doesn’t have a harddisk connected to it.
But if you really want, you can connect a harddisk through one of the USB ports.
The Raspberry boots from the micro SD card and also will use that for storage.
The Raspberry also doesn’t have a build on bios.
So all the settings come from a file on the micro SD card.

It is possible to build your Raspberry in one of the many available cases.
In the cases they already had left gaps for the many ports on the Raspberry.

With my Raspberry, I had get a pre-installed version of KODI (formerly known as XBMC)
Kodi runs on OpenElec.
Once you have put your Raspberry together, you put in the micro SD card, plug-in the HDMI cable, have put the mini Wifi in one of the USB ports and power cable and the Raspberry will boot Kodi.

For me, I also had bought an extra HDMI to VGA converter so I could connect it to my monitor.
I also had plug in a USB keyboard and mouse to control and setup Kodi.
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Once everything was setup the way i wanted and it was working, I had connected to Raspberry to my flatscreen TV in the living.
On my (Android) tablet I had installed Yatse and Kodi core, so I could control the Raspberry/Kodi remote.
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For the power of the Raspberry, I had used a USB cable which I had connected to my TV.
So when the TV was turned ON, the Raspberry also was turned ON.

The first two days, everything was working fine.
Until one day I wanted to watch something through the Raspberry/Kodi, I got an error message.
Rebooted the Raspberry multiple times but I was still getting the error.
After some searching on the internet, I found out that I had a software crash.
The only way to fix this was to do a new install of OpenElec and Kodi.
Luckey this was very easy to find on the internet.
After the download, you had a “diskimage” of a micro SD card.
With “Win32DiskImager” you could write the downloaded file to your SD card.
After this was done, you have to completely do a new setup of Kodi again.
I took some time but we had manage.

Just to go for sure, with “Win32DiskImager” you can also make a copy of your SD card.
So i used this option to make a copy of my working Kodi SD card.
Just in case i would have a software crash again.
When all of this was done, I had a full working Raspberry/Kodi again.

One morning i had come in the livingroom and found out that the TV was on and Kodi was on it.
That was a big question mark.
I had ask everyone else in the house if they maybe had turn on the TV and forgot to turn it off.
But no one knew anything.
So just left it like that.
Until 2 day’s later, same thing again.
After some research I saw that there were more people havig the same problem.
It looks like that the Raspberry, when turning off the TV, it goes into some kind of “sleep” mode.
For some reason it will decide to look for any available updates, so it will turn on the Raspberry.
Because the Raspberry is connected to the HDMI of the TV, the Tv also will go on.
Once Kodi is finished with updating, it will just don’t do anything and the TV will stay on.
A lot of people were talking about changing some settings in OpenElec.
So I also did this.
But after 2 day’s, the TV was on again.
Went in to the settings again and turned off some more settings.
Since then, no problem any more.

Further, KODI is working fine.
Just installed a few plugins.
Can now watch movies over the internet or stream movies/music over my private network from other computers.
I can control it with a USB connected keyboard, or remote with my mobile phone or tablet.

I also discovered that i can control Kodi with the remote of my TV.
To do this, the option and setting for CEC should be turned on.
So now we have 1 remote for the TV and Kodi.

So far I am very happy with my Raspberry.
But as said in the beginning, you can do much more with the Raspberry.
My next thing would be to install a lite version of a Linux distro.
With this installed, it should be possible to control much more things that are connected to an extra control board.
You can program this through/with Pythone.

And maybe after that, turn the Raspberry into a retro game console.

The only thing you need to do is to remove the micro SD card and put the micro SD card for the thing you want to next with it.
I already found out, that to run Linux on it, you should use Raspbian on it.
But that is for the next post. 😉

Have fun !

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