Minimalist XBMC running device

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  1. akhlaq768

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    Got myself a TV (wall mounted) in the bedroom, I need a small device that can be placed (hidden) behind the TV which would allow the use of XBMC interface running?

    Would the use of a raspberry device be fitting for my example?
     
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    Yep. 512MB RAM Pi, overclocked if you like, running OpenElec or Raspbmc (I prefer the former). Cheapest way to do it and very simple. You'll need to stream media from somewhere (internet/NAS/server) or use USB sticks.
     
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    Perfect... Wil the Pi be powered by USB? And will that then connect to a portable USB drive?

    Because I don't want any additional wiring from the tv added, apart from the power cable for the TV...

    Can u suggest and forums that are dedicated to Pi (xbmc)

    Thanks
     
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    Power is micro USB - you need a decent phone charger or equivalent. USB ports are present for media if you need them. You'll need an HDMI cable (or phono) and some way to control it eg USB infra red or a phone/tablet running an app or a USB keyboard/mouse.

    OpeneElec and XBMC sites are good places to start.
     
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    Also I believe if your USB port on tv supports 5v then it will power the pi device.
     
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    You can possibly power from the tv USB but be warned the pi can be picky about voltages etc.

    You can control via cec but you'll have to Google that :)
     

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