Raspberry Pi advice needed

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  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 11:40:54 7,131 posts
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    The hdmi port on my laptop isn't working so I thought I could get a Raspberry Pi rather than a new laptop (apparently it can't be fixed) to watch stuff on my tv.

    Do I just need to buy the unit, a case, a hard drive and a hdmi cable?

    Any problems I can expect to encounter? I'm ok with computers but I don't know how different this is, all the guides I read seem to be for advanced users.

    Chews

    Edit: I don't want the RP to replace my laptop, just to use it as a media centre

    Edited by twelveways at 11:52:56 16-04-2017
  • THFourteen 16 Apr 2017 11:44:47 53,839 posts
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    What do you want to use it for?

    Don't need a case build one out of Lego.

    Need an SD card tho

    Mouse and keyboard?
  • Fab4 16 Apr 2017 11:48:16 8,923 posts
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    Maybe consider a USB to HDMI converter?
  • Psiloc 16 Apr 2017 11:48:44 5,532 posts
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    I've never really heard of people using a Pi as a laptop replacement before. I assume you mean for retro gaming, and not for specifically running Windows?
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 11:50:31 7,131 posts
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    Not a complete replacement, just for media. I use Kodi a lot and I hate watching stuff on a small screen

    Edited by twelveways at 11:51:40 16-04-2017
  • BigOrkWaaagh 16 Apr 2017 11:51:21 9,448 posts
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    Without trying to sound like a dick, if you're not really sure what you're doing, don't buy one as a replacement for your laptop. They're great for tinkering and having a ready made dedicated box, ie for kodi or retropie, but I wouldn't recommend one as a main computer for your everyday user.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 16 Apr 2017 11:52:06 9,448 posts
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    Ok now I sound like a dick. I started typing that more than a minute ago!
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2017 11:52:56 25,482 posts
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    Why assume the laptop was even running Windows in the first place? :)

    Anyways. Even a recent RaspPi is going to feel underpowered compared to even a modest laptop. As mentioned above, it's at its best as a launcher for discrete things like video playback or retro emulation. It'll web browse, but not amazingly well.

    It's 20. You will notice. :-D
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 11:53:31 7,131 posts
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    Sorry, I've updated the OP to make it clearer :)
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2017 11:55:18 25,482 posts
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    I've heard that it's not great with some advanced codecs like h.265, not with high bitrate content. For everything else it should be fine.

    Can't you just use TuDuo or do they not have it over there any more? That'll run through a browser I think?

    Edited by Phattso at 11:55:38 16-04-2017
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 11:55:39 7,131 posts
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    Is it possible to connect my phone to it via Bluetooth and use my phone as a remote control? that's what I do with my laptop (or did, when it was working)...
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 11:56:51 7,131 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    I've heard that it's not great with some advanced codecs like h.265, not with high bitrate content. For everything else it should be fine.

    Can't you just use TuDuo or do they not have it over there any more? That'll run through a browser I think?
    I'm in Vietnam now, had enough of China :D

    I can stream stuff and download stuff, that's not the problem, the issue us getting it onto the big screen
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2017 12:00:24 25,482 posts
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    Any number of boxes will let you cast to the screen, so that's one option. Pi is fine though, and low enough cost that it's low risk.
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:06:01 7,131 posts
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    Yeah, I looked at Android boxes and stuff, I think the Pi is the best option though in terms of price, as long as it's not too complicated
  • rice_sandwich 16 Apr 2017 12:07:08 6,455 posts
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    Couldn't you buy some kind of adapter that outputs to your TV? Media servers work ok on raspberry pi but you may struggle with hd video. It should be fine for playing back h264 mp4 videos. You also need a memory card for the pi.
  • Phattso 16 Apr 2017 12:07:09 25,482 posts
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    It's a Linux computer. If you can use Linux you can use Pi. Make peace with it being quite slow however. It may not be as snappy to respond as you're accustomed to.
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:14:03 7,131 posts
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    I looked into USB to hdmi adaptors but can't find anything (I live in a ghost town in Vietnam so it's not easy to get pretty much everything), tv is not smart so I can't do screen mirroring our anything like that _unless there's another way I don't know about).
  • Fake_Blood 16 Apr 2017 12:16:48 10,455 posts
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    You're kind of buying a Reliant Robin to replace your golf because the windscreen is bashed. In kit form.
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:27:14 7,131 posts
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    No, like I explained, the Pi is just for media. The hdmi port is irreparable and everything else is fine so I'm not going to buy a new computer
  • rice_sandwich 16 Apr 2017 12:32:11 6,455 posts
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    You'll also need to run a client app/software on your tv. There's no point having a media server if it has no client to serve to. You might need to get a fire stick etc. so that your tv can pick up the pi server.

    A NAS would also work and may be cheaper once all the pi costs are factored in. Cheap ones can't transcode and probably need h264 mp4 files.

    Edit: or, obviously, set up the laptop as your server and a fire stick on your tv and tell it to look at your laptop as the server.

    Edited by rice_sandwich at 12:35:10 16-04-2017
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:35:55 7,131 posts
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    Oh, so i can't just install kodi on th pi, hook it up to the tv and play it?

    That's bollocks then, I may as well just get an Android box
  • mrpon 16 Apr 2017 12:37:56 36,286 posts
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    I downloaded a RetroPie image onto a microSD, booted up the device, copied over some ROMS and I was in retro heaven.

    I assume a similar process can be achieved for Kodi from the plethora of YT videos I get recommended.

    Buy a power cable for the Pi, you *can* use any old charger you have lying around but the Pi likes a certain amount of power otherwise you may struggle.

    I'm guessing Kodi will also work with a wireless pad (360, One, PS4 etc..) as RetroPie does as well. I only needed a keyboard for config at first, wifi password etc..

    Happy tinkering!
  • rice_sandwich 16 Apr 2017 12:39:48 6,455 posts
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    That might work. I've only tried Plex which works on the media server and media client model. Kodi might be different?

    Edited by rice_sandwich at 12:39:57 16-04-2017
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:42:35 7,131 posts
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    I've been using plex on my ps4, it's ok but doesn't organise media very well. I also want to stream, I'm lost without bbc news in the morning :)
  • rice_sandwich 16 Apr 2017 12:46:19 6,455 posts
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    I see. So how about using Kodi on your ps4 connected to the TV and the laptop as a kodi server? (if that is even required).
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:47:47 7,131 posts
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    You can't use kodi on ps4, that would have been my first choice :D

    You don't need a server with kodi, it's all self contained. At least I think so...
  • Kostabi 16 Apr 2017 12:52:43 5,916 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    Oh, so i can't just install kodi on th pi, hook it up to the tv and play it?

    That's bollocks then, I may as well just get an Android box
    You could put LibreElec on it, which is just a Linux disto that boots straight into Kodi. I put it on an old PC and it works just fine.
  • rice_sandwich 16 Apr 2017 12:54:23 6,455 posts
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    @twelveways

    https://kodidownloadtv.com/install-kodi-on-ps4-and-ps3/
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:55:51 7,131 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    @twelveways

    https://kodidownloadtv.com/install-kodi-on-ps4-and-ps3/
    That article is just an ad for plex. It says that it is impossible to install kodi on ps
  • twelveways 16 Apr 2017 12:57:00 7,131 posts
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    Kostabi wrote:
    twelveways wrote:
    Oh, so i can't just install kodi on th pi, hook it up to the tv and play it?

    That's bollocks then, I may as well just get an Android box
    You could put LibreElec on it, which is just a Linux disto that boots straight into Kodi. I put it on an old PC and it works just fine.
    Kodi has a pi version, no need for any os
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