Raspberry Pi FAQ

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Where can I download OpenELEC for RPi?

Shortcut: #Download Location

You can download the latest builds from the openelec sources tree. Note: to install these builds you need to have a linux OS. Link

Where can I find instructions to install the image?

Shortcut: #Install Instructions

You can find instructions here.

What if I want to build my own image?

Shortcut: #Compiling

You can follow these instructions here. Note: this is only for linux OS.

What about us OSX users?

Shortcut: #OSX Install

You will need to grab an image file and follow these instructions here

What about us Windows users?

Shortcut: #Windows Install

You will need to grab an image file and follow these instructions here

A new build has come out. How can I update?

Shortcut: #Updating

You can update via the normal OpenELEC update method. You will need to place four files (SYSTEM, SYSTEM.md5, KERNEL, KERNEL.md5) inside the Update SMB share. Then reboot and you should see the update taking place.

P.S.: As from Gotham (OpenELEC 4.0.0), you can also drop the update .tar file into the Update folder. Reboot and the update process will start.


Is there an issue with certain SD Cards?

Shortcut: #SD Cards

You can find a list of known good cards here

Is there an alternative way to use SD Cards with issues?

Shortcut: #SD Cards Issues

You can find a guide on how to use SD Cards with Issues in combination with a USB-Stick here or on the XBMC Wiki entry here

What is a recommended power supply?

Shortcut: #Power Supply

It is recommend that you use a power supply that is >=1A. It is know that things may not function properly without proper power especially if you are using a keyboard or other non externally powered devices (ie. HDDs, flash drives)

Known Issues

My RPi won't play content from my LIVE TV source

Shortcut: #Live TV

Most likely is that your live TV source is sending MPEG2 video. The RPi does NOT have a licence for MPEG2 decoding. You must buy an MPEG2 licence from www.raspberrypi.com and place it in your config.txt

What can the RPi NOT play?

Shortcut: #Problem Files

WMV (without licence), DIVX3, or MPEG2 (without licence). The RPi cannot decode DTS and AC3 because of the overhead, it is recommended that you use a passthrough device with these files.

Will my RPi play full 1080P MKV rips?

Shortcut: #1080P

YES! Some limitations do exist as follows:

Files with DTS or AC3 audio may have issues if not using a passthrough device and need to be transcoded. Stuttering may occur when streaming from a network source


I can't find my favourite addon, where is it?

Shortcut: #Specific Add-ons

RPi need specifically built addons and they may not be available yet.

Where can I download transmission for RPi?

Shortcut: #Transmission

This link will download the ZIP file for you. You must install this ZIP file by going to Settings -> addons -> install from ZIP file

Where can I download SABnzbd-Suite for RPi?

Shortcut: #SABnzbd-Suite

This link will download the ZIP file for you. You must install this ZIP file by going to Settings -> addons -> install from ZIP file.



Can the RPi suspend/sleep/wakeup?

Shortcut: #Suspend/Resume

The RPi has no support for wakeup/suspend/hibernate/poweroff so this cant be done. like the most ARM devices the RPi is always on but reduces the powerusage byself if parts are not needed.

Can I speed up my RPi at all?

Shortcut: #Speed Tips

Yes there are a couple things you can do:

  • Turn off RSS Feeds (Settings -> Appearance -> Skin -> RSS Feeds)
  • You can overclock you RPi by creating a file called config.txt within the System partition of the SD card. The easiest way to do this is to mount the SD card on a PC (The card should mount in Linux, OSX, or Windows because the System partition is formatted as MSDOS) Then you can apply the correct attributes as found HERE
  • You can move the data partition to a USB drive.
    Check out this thread for more information. Alternatively, you can follow this wiki entry to do it from Windows.
  1. Format a USB stick as ext4 (use gparted on linux... you need a linux box to do this easily)
  2. SSH in to openelec
  3. # mount -o rw,remount /flash
  4. Edit /flash/commandline.txt to have disk=/dev/sda1 (or a different partition/disk if it's different)

Will overclocking hurt my RPi at all?

Shortcut: #Overclocking

You have to be the judge of that. It's a $35 device. Note: CHANGING THE VOLTAGE SETTINGS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

How do I overclock my PI?

Shortcut: #Overclocking - How to EASY GUIDE:

By creating/editing your config.txt file and adding the following lines to it:

  • arm_freq=1000
  • core_freq=500
  • sdram_freq=500
  • over_voltage=6

If you run into corruption problems, please follow this guide to lock and stop corruption of your SD card.

I'd like to try a different skin, what are my options?

Shortcut: #Skins

Skins that work well are Metropolis, Quartz, Quartz Reloaded, Slik. Don't even try anything like Neon, Aeon MQ, Aeon NOX, or anything just as heavy it just won't work.

I bought my RPi to use as a media center but it has these issues.

Shortcut: #Issues

The RPi is in heavy development and things will improve as time goes on. Have patience.

I found a bug!

Shortcut: #Reporting

Search the forums to see if anyone else has the same issue. Search GITHUB to see if the issue already exists. If not then make a post about it. If it seems to be an actual bug you can report it on GITHUB

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