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  • VennerCorp 11:40 on May 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I setup Live TV on XBMC?

    Below are some basic and straightforward instructions to get Live TV set-up on your Media centre, computer, Raspberry PI or other device in just a few minutes.

    How do I setup Live TV on XBMC?

    How do I setup Live TV on XBMC?

    The below instructions assume you have a device setup with XMBC or later and have a Linux compatible TV tuner card or usb stick connected.

    If you want HD freeview channels I would recommend  the USB plugin “PCTV NanoStick PCTV Systems DVB-T2 290e nanoStick HD TV Tuner” this is made by Pinnacle / Hauppauge (note – XMBC will recognise it as a Sony CSD282, but this is ok) – Use the link to below to buy one or to get more information.

    Just follow the below guide to get it up and running;

    1. First you must install the Backend server – this is what controls the TV tuner card, grabs the channel etc ….
      • This add on needs to be installed from with in the XBMC Add-on Manager
      • Go to – Settings > Add-ons > Get add-ons > XMBC Mediacenter OS Add-ons > Services
      • Select tvheadend
      • Click Install
      • Reboot your machine.
    1. Second you need to install the front end
      • Go to – Settings > Live TV
      • Select Enabled.
      •  A small message box will appear telling you need to install at least one PVR Client
      •  Select OK.
      • Scroll down the list and select “tvheadend”
      • Click Enable.
      • Go back to the home screen
      • Reboot the machine.

       

    2. Last you need to setup your tuner card on the backend server – this is done via a web interface.
    • From within a web browser type in the following changing the “ipaddress” for the address of the device running XBMC  http://ipaddress:9981 e.g. http://192.168.1.2:9981
    • You are should now see the following interface.OpenElec Live TV
    • Go to > Configuration > DVB Inputs > TV Adaptors.
    • Select the drop down menu and choose your TV tuner.
      • Enable “Autodetect muxes” and “Idle scanning”
    • Click Save.
    • On the left you will see a button marked “Add DVB Network by location”. – Click it
      • Select your country
      • Select the Transmitter that is nearest for you.
      • Click ”Add DVB Network”.
      • Wait for “Muxes awaiting initial scan” to become 0
    • Click the “Map DVB services to channels” button.
    • Click on the “channel / DVB” button, you should see a list of all the channels your box has found.
      1. If there are no channels showing give it a few minutes to finish scanning.
      2. If there are still no channels showing check that you have selected the correct transmitter.
    • If some of the channels are missing you might need to add a Multiplex manually – for example the UK crystal palace transmitter is currently missing the HD multiplex, you have to add this manually.
      1. Go to > Configuration, DVB Inputs > Multiplexes
      2. Click “Add mux(es) manually”
      3. Enter the details of the missing mux.
      4. Enter the Frequency of the e.g. for the crystal palace HD multiplex enter 546000.
      5. Leave all the other options as Auto.
      6. Click add.

    Reboot the machine.

    That is it, your device should now be up and running if you go to to your home screen you should see a Live TV button –  go into this section to watch live tv or setup recordings.

     

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  • VennerCorp 18:40 on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I Setup a fixed IP on XBMC?

    Setting up a Fixed IP address on XBMC is actually fairly straight forward, but you will need to get some information before we start.

    1. You will need your Subnet Mask.
    2. The IP address of you router.
    3. The IP address of your ISP’s DNS servers.
    4. The IP range of your router / Access points DHCP server.

      XBMC on Raspberry PI

    How to get the above information.

    There are a few ways to get this information, but the simplest is either via logging into your router and getting the information or from your installation of XBMC before you setup a fixed IP.

    Via XBMC

    • The below assumes you are connecting to your router correctly via DHCP e.g. everything works.
    • Navigate to SYSTEM > Sytem Info.
    • Move down the menu to Network and note the following items
      • IP address:
      • Subnet Mask:
      • Gateway:
    • The DHCP range and DNS servers will still need to be sourced from your router.

    Via your Router

    The actual method will depend on your router, but generally speaking once you have logged into your router you will need to find the status tab. This should give you the information you need.

    DNS Servers

    Within the routers status tab you should see DNS 1 & DNS 2 labels with IP addresses next to them (see sample below) these are the DNS servers you will need for setting up the fixed IP Address.

    Fixed IP Address

    DHCP range

    Again the actual place to find this will depend on your router but generally you will find the DHCP settings under basic setup or network settings.

    On the right is the DHCP setup section on a linksys routerDHCP sample. the Starting IP Address is 192.168.1.100 and the max number of users is 50 that means the DHCP range is between 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.150.

    So any Fixed IP addresses will need to be higher or lower than that range, I would suggest using the IP’s between 192.168.1.49 and 192.168.1.99 for equipment requiring a fixed IP address.

    Setup Fixed IP

    1. Navigate to SYSTEM > XBMC.
      • If  you want to setup a fixed IP for the build-in network socket on your Raspberry PI or PC select Network 1.
      • If you want to setup a fixed IP for a secondary network interface i.e. a wireless dongle select  Network 2.
      • For instructions on setting up Wifi see our recent post here.
    2. In the selected Network tab,
      • Move down to Static IP address and press enter
      • now enter the information you got earlier.
        • Enter the Fixed IP address you would like the PI to use.
          • This should be outside of your Router / Access Points DHCP range.
        • Enter the Subnet mask
        • Enter the Gateway IP – this will be the IP address of your router.
        • Enter the DNS server 1
        • Enter the DNS server 2
      • Click Save.
    3. Reboot your Raspberry PI or Computer.
    4. Go into SYSTEM > System Info > Network and check that the machine has connected to your router / access point and is connecting to the internet correctly.
    5. Thats it …….

    If you are having problems connecting to the internet check you settings are correct and make sure you have rebooted your machine, if it still does not work you may need to use an external USB powered hub as your WiFi dongle may require more power than the Raspberry Pi’s USB ports can supply.

    If you would like help with your Raspberry PI, computer or laptop then please contact us or visit our IT Support Page.

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  • VennerCorp 11:58 on March 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How Do I Turn My Raspberry PI On?

    Looking for information on how to turn your raspberry pi on or off? Check out the information below.

    Turn on your PI

    The Raspberry Pi does not have an on or off switch all you need to do is plug it on and apply power!How Do I Turn My Raspberry PI On?

    Turn off your PI

    To turn off your PI you should shut down your operating system first before removing the power lead Otherwise it could corrupt your software. If you are running a linux operating system either click the shutdown button or open the terminal and then type in  sudo halt -h

    When all the LEDS have gone off (bar the green) you can remove your power lead.

     

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  • VennerCorp 12:18 on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What Are The Differences Between The Models Of The Raspberry PI?

    Looking for information on the differences between the Model A and Model B versions of the Raspberry PI? check out the information below.

    Raspberry PI Model A

    • What Are The Differences Between The Models Of The Raspberry PI?256MB RAM
    • 1 USB socket
    • No Network socket

    Raspberry PI Model B

    • 512MB RAM
    • 2 USB scoket
    • 1 Network socket

    Everything else is the same.

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  • VennerCorp 13:24 on March 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How much does the Raspberry PI Weigh?

    Looking for the Weight of the Raspberry PI? Check out the information below.

    Note the weight is the raw weight of the PCB, it does not include any case you might have fitted.

    How much does the Raspberry PI Weigh?

    How much does the Raspberry PI Weigh?

    Raspberry PI Weight

    • The Raspberry PI weighs 45g

     

     

     

     

    For more Tutorials and Hints & Tips on the Raspberry PI check out our Raspberry PI Blog Section

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  • VennerCorp 12:10 on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Does The Cursor Not Move When I Type In My Password On My Raspberry PI?

    Having problems typing in your password? Check out the information below.

    Raspberry PI passwordsWhy Does The Cursor Not Move When I Type In My Password On My Raspberry PI?

    Unlike windows and most other operating systems when you type in your password on Linux the curser does not move or put any type of indication on the screen. If just looks like you hvae not typed anything.

    All you need to do is type in your password and then press enter as normal, if you think you made a mistake use the back space / delete key as normal.

     

     

    For more Tutorials and Hints & Tips on the Raspberry PI check out our Raspberry PI Blog Section

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  • VennerCorp 21:47 on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What are the pin outs on the Raspberry PI?

    Looking at using the inputs or outputs on your raspberry PI? Perhaps to simply turn an LED on or off or perhaps something more complicated like an LCD display. Well you will need to know what each pin it, luckily it is very simple just check out the image and description below.

    Raspberry PI pin outsRaspberry PI Pin outs

    Pin 1 & 2 are located by the edge of the pcb (with pin 2 in the top right) and pins 25 & 26 (with pin 26 in the bottom right) are located by the yellow video connector.

    Revision 1

    DescriptionPinPinDescription
    3.3V125V
    I2CO SDA34DNC
    12CO SCL56GND
    GPIO 478USART TXD
    DNC910UART RXD
    GPIO 171112GPIO 18
    GPIO 211314DNC
    GPIO 221516GPIO 23
    DNC1718GPIO 24
    SP 10 MOSI1920DNC
    SP 10 MISO2122GPIO 25
    SP 10 SCLK2324SP10 CEO N
    DNC2526SP10 CE1 N

    Revision 2

    DescriptionPinPinDescription
    3.3V125V
    I2CO SDA345V
    12CO SCL56GND
    GPIO 478USART TXD
    GROUND910UART RXD
    GPIO 171112GPIO 18
    GPIO 271314GROUND
    GPIO 221516GPIO 23
    3.3V1718GPIO 24
    SP 10 MOSI1920GROUND
    SP 10 MISO2122GPIO 25
    SP 10 SCLK2324SP10 CEO N
    GROUND2526SP10 CE1 N

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  • VennerCorp 21:45 on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How Do I Connect A Mouse To My Raspberry PI?

    Looking for information on how to connect your mouse or keyboard to your Raspberry PI? Check out the easy instructions below.

    Mouse or KeyboardHow Do I Connect A Mouse To My Raspberry PI?

    New high spec Model B has 2 USB ports and the basic Model A PI has a single USB port.

    All the USB ports can be used with USB 2.0 devices.

    Just plug your Mouse or keyboard into a spare USB socket. If you don’t have a spare socket, connect a USB hub to provide more space.

    If you have problems operating your mouse or keyboard it is most likely due to the fact the PI can only supply a small about of current to the USB devices. Connect your device via a powered USB hub and that should solve your problems.

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  • VennerCorp 13:09 on February 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What is the size of the Raspberry PI?

    Looking for the size of the Raspberry PI? Check out the information below.

    Note these are the raw sizes of the PCB, it does not include any case you might have fitted.

    What is the size of the Raspberry PI?

    What is the size of the Raspberry PI?

    Raspberry PI Size

    • 85.60 mm Long
    • 56 mm Wide
    • 21 mm Tall

     

    Raspberry PI Weight

    • 45g

     

     

    For more Tutorials and Hints & Tips on the Raspberry PI check out our Raspberry PI Blog Section

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  • VennerCorp 19:23 on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What Is The Password For My Raspberry PI?

    The below information applies to most distributions on Linux that are currently being used on the Raspberry PI, if it does not work then you will need to get the documentation for your exact distribution. e.g search on bing for “Default password” and then your Linux distribution name.

    What Is The Password For My Raspberry PI?

    What Is The Password For My Raspberry PI?

    Default Password and Username for the Raspberry PI

    • User name = pi
    • Password =  raspberry

     

     

     

     

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