Friday, July 19, 2013

Updating Raspbmc

So I had an interesting adventure installing the latest version of Raspbmc. For some reason, the Raspi64 completely crashed when I tried to update over the air. I then tried to do a fresh re-install using the 'install to usb device' option, which also kept failing. This meant I needed to open up the case and reformat the internal USB drive... So I figured this was a great opportunity to take some more internal pictures for you guys!
Shown here with the top removed:

Here are some shots of the USB hub and wifi card packed in tightly

In this you can kind of see my USB thumb drive the system is running from. I had to remove the casings from all of these devices so they could fit inside. It is a rather tight squeeze in there. I actually have to have everything aligned perfectly to even get the top to fit back on :)

Anyway, back to the story. I finally got Raspbmc to reinstall after a few hours of trial and error. What I ended up doing, was letting this system do the initial installation, to initialize the USB drive. When it called for a reboot to continue, I had to hook it up on my Bench 'Pi (which I just repaired)  to finish the updates and kernel initialization and such.

Here is my bench 'Pi  finishing the updates.

When it finished, I hooked everything back up without the top case (just in case it didn't work) and fired it up!

Between the 'Pi's LEDs, the flashing orange and green from the USB drive and wi-fi card, an the red N64 LED, it puts on quite the light show. I tried to time the picture to get all of them, but I couldn't get more than this shot.
Luckily, everything worked fantastically, I've sealed it back up, and it's running beautifully.  

Here's a shot of it up and running! I must say, I love the new Raspbmc confluence theme! I would like to see a higher resolution wallpaper though. It looks great at 720p, but I run this at 1080p and it looks a little grainy on my TV... :/ 

That's all for now! I'll keep you posted when I more done on it! 

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