Rasberry Pi was not designed to handle multimedia - this is reflected in
the price also.
I have used a range of machines to run XBMC and performance varies on
HD. Trouble with it is that a +- 2hr HD movie file can range from 2GB to
14GB and more, depending on how it was encoded. How all that info is
decoded leads to not much visual difference - but large performance
Spec on Cotton Candy:
* Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 at 1.2GHz CPU
* Quad Core ARM Mali-400MP Graphics Processing Unit
* 1GB DRAM
* Up to 64GB memory local storage (microSD)
* 480p/720p/1080p decode of MPEG4-SP/H.263/H.264 AVC/MPEG-2/VC1
* USB 2.0 male connector for power and connection to devices that
supports USB mass storage
* HDMI 1.3 Connector with audio
* Wifi 802.11b/g/n
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
This should (on paper anyway) give you reliable HD playback for
reasonable file sizes.
You could also research thin clients like:
Problem with older machines repurposed is:
* Energy hogs
* Fan noise
On 14/03/12 13:16, ollie wrote:
> Thanks Michael,
>> Mostly im worried that the raspberry Pi/ Cotton Stick candy wont be as
> responsive as a faster pc.
>> If anyone else has recommendations for a media center pc or even
> better experiences to share i'll be happy to hear.
>> Mostly I want to avoid spending too much money :)
>> My old laptop (DELL Vostro 1500) has a (for the time) powerfull NVIDIA
> gaming graphics card. However it still has trouble with full HD
> content, so im wary about buying some old pc and using that.
>> - Oliver
>>> On 2012-03-14 14:08, Michael Jonker wrote:
>> Pricier - but this will be better suited to a media center (does
>> 1080p and has wi-fi/ bluetooth) - runs Ubuntu for ARM and android
>>>>>>http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/usb-stick-pc-cotton-candy-available-for.html>>>>>> I know you're in 'blackout' but try and have a look. I believe that
>> Rasberry Pi is 'sold out/first come first serve', and they are working
>> on supply/manufacture partnerships.
>>>> On 14/03/12 12:53, ollie wrote:
>>>>>> Arent these out around nowish?
>>>>>> I dont have internet at the moment so i'm curently in an involuntary
>>> media blackout.
>>>>>> I'm hoping to use it as a media center pc and avoid getting cable.
>>>>>> - Oliver
>>>>>>>>> On 2012-03-02 10:49, Kevin Brennan wrote:
>>>> Raspberry Pi is shipping soon for a whopping €27.43
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