OpenELEC, another lightweight media center for Raspberry PI Zero W

Aprart from OSMC, which has been showed in my previous article (see here), a second one can be OpenELEC. I was courious to give it a try on my PI Zero W because it is well reviewed from internet users.

What do you need

HARDWARE

  • Raspberry PI zero W kit (including at least also case, USB adapater and power supply)
  • 1 micro SD card (at least 8 GB, preferrably class 10) with an SD adapter
  • 1 HDMI cable (be aware that PI Zero has a mini HDMI port!)
  • a USB/wireless keyboard

You can find in Amazon or other e-commerce vendors many offers related to starter kits (for example give a try here, with my affiliate link) which includes part of above component.
You also need a PC (notebook or desktop) with an SD card reader

SOFTWARE

  • OpenELEC disk image (you can download it from here, go to Raspberry PI Builds –> [Stable] OpenELEC 8.0.4 (arm) -> Disk Image)
  • an image flashing software like, for example, Etcher

Step-by-step guide

Download and install in your PC Etcher.
Download OSMC disk image in a local folder.
Insert your SD card in your PC/SD card reader.
Run Etcher in you PC.
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Click over Select Image and select OSMC disk image previously downloaded. Now Etcher should also have recognised your SD card. Otherwise, click change and select correct SD card.
etcher_openELEC_disk image selected
Click on “Flash! button and wait for operation to be completed
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Now reassemble your Raspberry PI Zero W as showed in my previous article (see here) and connect your Raspberry to your TV ad power on. The system will reboot after start and ask you for configuration at this screen:
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press NEXT. Then you can choose what hostname to use for your network. I will leave OpenELEC but you can change it as you prefer:
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Press NEXT. Now it’s time to connect internet:
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Click on your connection (in my case “Voyager-3), press “Connect” and insert your WiFi password (if any). Once back to prevoius screen, press NEXT.
Then we will be asked to configure services. In my case, I will prefer to use both SSH for remote connection and Samba for NAS files exploring. If this is also your favourite configuration, Samba is on by default and SSH needs to be switched on manually by clicking the related button:
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Once done, press NEXT. This will end your setup process will a greeting message:
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Dafault ssh login:
user: root
password: openelec
That’s all. Enjoy!

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