Recently I connected my Raspberry 1 Pi (Model B) board to watch up to 1080p HD videos on my TV. I can control the XMBC interface using TV remote. It’s a quicker way than connecting your laptop to your TV. The videos can be stored on a USB pen drive. Here’s a no-brainer guide to do the same from Linux. Nothing fancy and anyone can do it easily.
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model B powered using the micro USB (again connected to TV)
- Class 6 SD card of 2GB or greater capacity
- A TV with HDMI capability
- 1 USB flash drive to store your video files
- Download Raspbmc latest Standalone Image.
- Extract the file
$ gunzip raspbmc-2014-11-24.img.gz
- Attach the SD card t your laptop and write the image on the card
$ sudo dd bs=4M if=sd.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 //where mmcblk0 is the SD card device node //double check using 'fdisk -lu' command
- Connect Pi and TV using HDMI cable
- Attach the USB flash drive (with videos) to Pi
- Power on Pi using the Micro USB cable from any source
Once Pi powers on, it will configure Raspbmc. This may take up to 5 minutes and is a one time operation. Once the boot procedure is complete you will be greeted with the XMBC screen on the TV screen.