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    News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    At last the elusive fruity pi won't just be online only.
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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    I've heard the buzz around the raspberry pi but haven't had much time to look into it fully and explore what capabilities it has - does anyone know if this could run as a mini HTPC if hooked up to an external HDD?

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Yeah, it can handle HD video pretty well and I think there is a port of XBMC compatible with it.

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    This: http://www.raspbmc.com/

    Works very well for me

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    That's good to hear, thanks for the info. Might pick one of these up for a HTPC. Where did you guys get yours, don't really need the mouse and keyboard as I'd probably pair it up to a remote or wireless K/M and would probably want a bigger SD card as well.

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Quote Originally Posted by martian_aphid View Post
    That's good to hear, thanks for the info. Might pick one of these up for a HTPC. Where did you guys get yours, don't really need the mouse and keyboard as I'd probably pair it up to a remote or wireless K/M and would probably want a bigger SD card as well.
    Try farnells element 14 service if you want it on its own. I wasn't very impressed by RS service when I bought mine. I would recommend buying a decent PSU as cheap generic ones cause problems (although a decent smartphone/kindle charger works well from what I've seen).
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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Thanks very much for the info cheesemp, it's useful to have some first hand insight

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Probably be in Maplins before RS get around to sending mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stavroshamster View Post
    This: http://www.raspbmc.com/

    Works very well for me
    And for me, I am using my nexus 7 as a remote for it as well.
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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Quote Originally Posted by stavroshamster View Post
    This: http://www.raspbmc.com/

    Works very well for me
    Do you use HDMI-CEC and do you use the micro USB port for power (some people have reported that it doesn't work so well on USB power alone)?

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Setup my Rasp pi with XBMC yesterday. very easy to setup and install. I m using a belking hub to both power and provide USB connections for it all. A good choice of power supply would be the one used for the Nexus 7.

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Really hoping someone tries to integrate these into a plug device.

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by martian_aphid View Post
    That's good to hear, thanks for the info. Might pick one of these up for a HTPC. Where did you guys get yours, don't really need the mouse and keyboard as I'd probably pair it up to a remote or wireless K/M and would probably want a bigger SD card as well.
    Try farnells element 14 service if you want it on its own. I wasn't very impressed by RS service when I bought mine. I would recommend buying a decent PSU as cheap generic ones cause problems (although a decent smartphone/kindle charger works well from what I've seen).
    weirdly the most impressed ive ever been by delivery is RS components. Got my order delivered about 12 hours after making it....

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    I also found RS to be a joke, in the end, got one from RS and one from Element14. I sold the one from RS for 90 quid and kept the other one. The only thing i don`t like of Raspberry Pi is; no wireless built in.

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    Re: News - Raspberry Pi heading in-store, will be stocked by Maplin

    Maybe now I'll finally be able to buy one for a reasonable price! (EBay is ridiculous!)

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