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Old 10-03-2012, 08:12 PM   #21
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Is that an actual pc? Guess i'm not up with tech.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #22
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Is that an actual pc? Guess i'm not up with tech.
It is essentially the SoC from the original iPhone but with a much more up to date GPU. It runs a stripped down version of Linux. Still fully capable, just only has the most necessary components installed and running to save CPU and RAM.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:24 PM   #23
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Thats pretty crazy.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:31 AM   #24
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It is a single board computer. They are getting somewhat popular now, and because of raspberryPi, a lot of others are coming out with their own. You can get dual core A9 w/ SGX540 and 1gig ram but can be fairly expensive.

There are lots of options and most run some flavors of linux, xbmc and even Android ICS.

Raspbmc on my RaspberryPi uses some 90MB. The unit has 256MB RAM. Uses ~75% CPU, of which is overclocked though not sure how far Raspbmc takes it.



Once I get $75 of spare change I want to get that case. My unit is on 24/7 and to keep it working longer I bet that it would help a lot. I just hope this thing will have the punch to run Frodo.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:04 AM   #25
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Yeah, I like this thing. FIgured out how to play video, works like a champ, play music, also works fine. AND it does it all over HDMI. I think the coolest thing is it uses less than 3.5W, that's significantly less than even my phone loll.

I need a bigger power supply if you will, the 1A one is hurting my OC; but I have it at 1075/575/575.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:22 AM   #26
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http://www.amazon.com/HP-North-Ameri.../ref=de_a_smtd

Get this maybe. I have a couple of these an love them. 2A iirc. The USB cable it comes with also is a high output cable. Most the other cables I plug into it charge at a much slower rate.
Charges all my devices fast.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #27
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this would be an interesting concept for the carpc i'm looking into making.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:11 PM   #28
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What kind of software are you going to put on something like a RPi for a CarPC? I wanted to go embedded for a number of reasons but I didn't want to write my own software so I had to go with an ION and windows.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:18 PM   #29
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I just got my Rev. 2.0 B board today. My Ver. 1 B board is FO SALE!!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #30
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Is that extra RAM even needed and can it really even be utilized well with the limited horsepower? XBMC uses like 70MB on my Pi. Very impressive. I remember XBMC on my original xbox only using like ~30MB.
Very impressive that the foot print is still limited.

I'm actually wanting to overclock my Pi just to see if it will increase the interface performance but I don't think it will.


I do hope that they continue upgrading the Pi's and keep at the same price point. Very cool. I'd upgrade to a new one just for a better I/O layout. I'd love for the power, HDMI and networking to all be on the same side!
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #31
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Are you kidding me? The OC is night and day... even Turbo mode! If stock is 700Mhz, and you run 1100Mhz you're running over a 50% OC. The ram makes a huge difference when you try to use modern apps like LibreOffice and Chromium.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:33 PM   #32
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Very cool stuff, might just replace my media playback PC.

Thanks for sharing,
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:49 AM   #33
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I just got my Rev. 2.0 B board today. My Ver. 1 B board is FO SALE!!!
$15 shipped?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:41 AM   #34
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:20 PM   #35
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Are you kidding me? The OC is night and day... even Turbo mode! If stock is 700Mhz, and you run 1100Mhz you're running over a 50% OC. The ram makes a huge difference when you try to use modern apps like LibreOffice and Chromium.
Well, Raspbmc runs at 800MHz default. 1GHz or even 1.1GHz is a nice increase, but the GUI is pretty slow. Im sure it can be improved with an overclock but not sure it would be able to smooth out the interface completely. At 800MHz the CPU is used like 75~90% idle. Makes me wonder if it is more a kernal issue as Raspbmc is still in Alpha.


Appears they released an updated version + updated kernal 3 days ago. Will get updated. See if it offers any improvements.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:45 PM   #36
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Is XBMC any good?

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Keeps trying to do something on boot. I dont get it lol...

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NVM I guess it needs a hard networkd connection, my bad...

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I love it. I've tried a few and then remembered about XBMC so thankfully that was ported to the Pi. My WDTV started messing up a long time ago so I got an x360 which was a HORRIBLE idea. Then moved the PC in the TVroom which was a bad idea too (loud, big, etc) so used my Pi as it wasn't doing anything else.


You can download it for you PC (similar to Windows Media Player but better) and install like a normal program and give it a run yourself. What you get on the PC is the same exact thing that is Raspbmc.

XBMC is beyond good, it is excellent IMO.


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Are you installing Raspbmc right now? After you load the initial little bit on the SDcard from your PC, and run that on your Pi, it needs to download the OS off the web and then will auto install. Each time you restart it will also check for updates at boot time and install updates if any before it boots.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:40 PM   #38
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Yeah I'm playing with it right now.

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How do you OC this thing in XBMC?

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Dude, XBMC is cheating...

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Lol, I already broke it.

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:11 AM   #39
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Yeah I'm playing with it right now.

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How do you OC this thing in XBMC?

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Dude, XBMC is cheating...

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Lol, I already broke it.
Broke the Pi or XBMC?
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cheating? lol, what!?

It is in the settings somewhere (I think programs and then raspberry pi symbol), lets you overclock it within xbmc. Not sure if they are live changes or if you have to restart.

Can also always just manually edit the config file for the overclock.

What I use most is the XBMC Android Remote. Very useful. Use the Android App to browser what I have on my media center through Raspbmc, click on what I want and Raspbmc will automatically turn my TV on (if needed) and go to the correct input and start playing. The interface is extremely fast for this and using it as a pause/play remote is very fast. Using it to navigate through the UI is a little slow, but faster then the mouse interface.

All I need to do now is figure out how to get my phone to turn on my TV and adjust my z560 sound system and my phone will be my Harmony One. :-)



Is the stock clocks still at 800MHz on the new Raspbmc? If you overclock, what you get it too and what is your temps?
Do you know what temps these can go up too safely? I think mine runs at 56C "idle" in Raspbmc.
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