MAKE A HOME MEDIA CENTER WITH RASPBERRY PI

the raspberry pi is a credit card sized computer. it packs a lot of power and and if you haven’t got yours already then go and get one ASAP. it costs just around 3000 Indian rupees and you can use it for a variety of home projects. It has a great support base too. If you thinking about buying one Buy the latest model that is the raspberry pi 2 version.

Recently the raspberry pi foundation has released a version of the board called as the raspberry pi zero. the board costs just 5$ and is the tiniest version of the pi.  to learn more about the raspberry pi zero click here.

let us make a TV a media center using a raspberry pi running on the OSMC operating system.

Let us begin

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The RASPBERRY PI B+

The parts that you will be requiring are

  • Raspberry pi
  • USB to micro-USB cable
  • USB power source for the pi/ adapter
  • TV/monitor with HDMI input
  • HDMI cable
  • USB/wireless mouse (keyboard is optional)
  • 4GB micro-SD card (bigger capacity the better)
  • A PC/ laptop/computer with a card reader
  • A case for the pi (optional)

OSMC player

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the OSMC player is a OS for the raspberry pi. It is a media center and boasts of many features. you can find out more about it by visiting the website https://osmc.tv/. It also has a dedicated app store designed to customize the OSMC player to your liking

there are other popular medis center OS’ for the pi like Kodi,OpenELEC,Xbian that are also good alternatives. but I haven’t tried them as yet.

Installing OSMC player on your SD card

  • in the site there are disc images for you respective raspberry-pi. Download the image file

WARNING: download the disc image specific to your pi version, if you download the wrong image you will get a box with a rainbow screen.

  • the image file is in .tz format. you will need a extracting software such as 7zip to extract such a file. You can download 7z here.
  • Extract the .gz file which contains a disc image file
  • to burn the image file to the sd card you will need win32DiskImager software. Here is the link
  • connect the SD card to your PC through a card reader
  • open the win32 disk image software
  • browse to the disk image
  • select the drive letter of the SD card
  • press write to burn the image on the SD card

below are a few pictures that may help you in this process

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After the software burns the image on your SD card. remove the SD card from the PC

The OSMC on your TV part

  • Insert the SD card into the slot on the raspberry pi
  • Connect the HDMI cable from your TV to the HDMI port on the Pi
  • Connect the mouse (and keyboard) to the Pi
  • Switch On your TV and browse to the HDMI input of the PI
  • Start the pi by giving it power through the micro-USB slot via a cable
  • Wait for a few seconds until you get OSMC logo on the screen

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Initially The Player will perform a few tasks such as formatting device, installing files automatically. In the end you’ll get a message that the OSMC has been installed successfully.

You will be prompted to do a few initial setting adjustments such as language, timezone, network, etc. it only takes a few seconds.DSC00501

You now are ready to begin with your OSMC player

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OSMC supports all types of media just connect any media device to the pi and begin viewing it on your TV.

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