Raspberry Pi OpenElec Install

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Raspberry Pi OpenElec Install Guide

This guide assumes you already have the Win32 Disk Imager utility. If you do not have this program, please follow HTPCBuild.com’s Win32 Disk Imager Install Guide.

1. First start by grabbing the latest version of OpenElec for the Raspberry Pi. Visit the OpenElec repository and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll want to grab the file that starts with rXXXXXX.img.zip; IE r11830.img.zip

NOTE: The newest images are at the bottom of the page.

2. Once you’ve located the latest version, download the zip and extract its contents.

NOTE: The image file is inside of the zipped file. Please do not attempt to write the zip file to your SD card.

3. Insert your SD card into you SD reader and then launch the Win32 Disk Image program.

NOTE: The utility will detect all SD cards available to your computer. Make sure to select the reader that contains the SD card you wish to use.

4. Confirm that the program has select the appropriate drive corresponding to your SD card. Next select the image file you wish to write to the SD card.

NOTE: Do not try to write the zip file to your SD card! Notice that the file name is rXXXXX.img and not rXXXXX.img.zip.

5. Once you’ve confirmed you selected the right SD card and image file, click “Write”. The utility will warn you that your SD card will be overwriting the card. Click “Yes”.

NOTE: Make sure to backup the SD card if it contains important information.

6. The utility will begin writing the OpenElec image to the SD card.

7. Once the writing is complete the program will announce it has finished. Click “OK” to continue.

All done you’ve installed OpenElec on your SD card!! Now plug the SD card into your Raspberry Pi, and turn it the Raspberry Pi on! Give your Raspberry Pi a few minutes during its first boot. It may take some time for OpenElec to configure itself for first boot. Each boot after the initial will be pretty quick. OpenElec is one of the faster booting distro available for the Raspberry Pi.