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Kore: How to Solve Can’t Find Kodi Media Center on Windows 10 Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 19 AUG 2015

I’ve mentioned the official Kore Android remote control for Kodi media centers before, and it remains my favourite Kodi/XBMC remote by far!

I did however encounter a small problem.

I’ve moved things around a little, shifting the Kodibuntu linux box away from the TV and closer to the router so that a) it’s out of the way, and b) it gains from the better Ethernet connection. This simple old PC box hosts all of our media content, which is then shared via UPnP and Samba shares. I’ve installed Kodi on both Chantelle and my laptops (both are Windows 10), and set their movie and TV sources to the SMB shares. (Works a charm!)

Also, the two laptops and one desktop all have static IPs assigned through my ancient Mega 105WR Telkom router (you know, I really should get that upgraded some day…).

Anyway, the problem is that Kore can see the Kodibuntu box with no hassle, but not a chance can it spot either of the Windows 10 laptops on the network – which is exactly what this post is all about solving then!

eminence theme on kodi xbmc media center

Kodi and Kore require Zeroconf (aka Bonjour), a group of technologies to “automagically” discover systems and services on a local area network, to communicate with one another, and naturally (because Bonjour is an Apple implementation) Windows doesn’t have Zeroconf support out of the box.

Now some popular applications ship with it slipped in for their own purposes, and installing them should technically grant you access to Zeroconf on your system (like Skype, iTunes and Photoshop), but if you’re just looking for a basic, older version without the need to install yet another unused full application on your system, your best bet would be to download the small Bonjour Print Services for Windows v2.0.2 package from Apple.

Install that, ensure that the Zeroconf option is enabled under Kodi’s services/network menu option, and you should be good to go: Kore will now quite helpfully pick up your Kodi instances in its search!

Related Link: Kore | Kodi | Zeroconf | Bonjour Print Services

The Best Android Remote Control App for Kodi – Kore Software & Sites 29 APR 2015

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been running a XBMC (Kodi) media server at my house for quite some time now, and in fact, I just upgraded to the relatively recently renamed Kodi version of this venerable media server a couple of days ago.

Now although a wireless keyboard and mouse works perfectly fine for controlling the Kodi media server, sometimes you don’t really want to sit will all that bulk lying about your coffee table (not that I have one mind you), which is exactly where the cleverness of remote control apps come into play.

Sadly, the first iteration of the the official XBMC remote control Android app wasn’t a particularly well written, or well supported venture, meaning that the need and thus door for good apps was there – resulting in quite a few being written by enterprising individuals. Indeed, one of the standouts is/was Tolriq’s Yatse XBMC Remote, a fine piece of app development in its own right.

However, the newly refreshed Kodi team saw the lack of love for the official Android remote app and approached developer Synced Synapse with the request for their Kore remote app to become the Kodi project’s new official remote control app – and after downloading and playing with it for a day I can see why!

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From the official download page, the Kore team describes the app as:

“Kore is a simple, easy to use and beautiful Kodi / XBMC remote that lets you control your media center from your Android device.

With Kore you can:

  • Control your media center with an easy to use remote
  • See what’s currently playing, including relevant information about it (movies, TV shows, music, pictures and addons)
  • Check and manage the current playlist
  • Change and sync subtitles and audiostreams
  • View your media library, with details about your movies, TV shows, music and addons
  • Works with Kodi and XBMC (Frodo and Gotham)
  • All in a nice and easy to use interface, with multiple themes.”

As far as I am concerned, the app is beautifully designed, elegant but modern, fully featured and an absolute joy to work with. It is responsive, handles any errors seemingly gracefully, and on the whole is just a really well thought out and even better delivered app experience.

If you haven’t tried Kore out yet, then you really ought to do yourself a favour and download it from Google’s Play store in order to give it a spin.

You definitely won’t be sorry!

Goodbye wireless mouse and keyboard then – it looks like I won’t be needing your services any longer.

Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xbmc.kore

How to Upgrade from XBMCbuntu to KodiBuntu Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 28 APR 2015

I’ve been a fan of, and have been using XBMC (now known as Kodi) for a couple of years now, and if you aren’t yet familiar with this great media server project, then here’s the official blurb taken from their website:

“Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.”

kodi.tv xbmc media player on different devices

It is a great way of organising and watching media, can stream and be streamed to via UPnP, completely customisable in terms of theme and settings, supports a massive amount of media formats (movies, television, pictures, music and even supports PVR live TV functionality), and is extendable through a myriad of add-ons.

Anyway, I run an XBMCbuntu install on an old desktop machine sitting next to my 40 inch Samsung LCD television in the lounge, and seeing as it has been quite a while since I last updated the software, I thought I would take the jump and upgrade from XBMC to the newly renamed Kodi.

As it turns out, upgrading from a new-ish version of XBMCbuntu to the latest stable release of KodiBuntu is pretty simple.

First, fire up a terminal, either via SSH (if remote – as in my case), exiting XBMC and entering XBMCbuntu itself, or by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 to fire up a ‘virtual terminal’ on the machine itself.

From the terminal, run:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install kodi kodi-bin

Once all of that is completed, a simple restart should reveal the new Kodi instance running on your machine.

Yay!

Side note though: If Kodi doesn’t startup when you switch on your machine, you need to make a change in the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf:

//change user-session=XBMC to
user-session=kodi

So ideally your lightdm.conf should now look something like this (obviously with your chosen username though):

[SeatDefaults]
xserver-command=/usr/bin/X -bs -nolisten tcp
autologin-user=kodi
autologin-user-timeout=0
user-session=kodi
greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter
allow-guest=false
default-user=kodi

Now restart the lightdm service:

sudo service lightdm restart

This seems to sort out the issue without fail.

(Also, if you’ve only ever run with the default but great Confluence skin on Kodi/XBMC, do yourself a favour and give Eminence a shot – what a fantastic looking theme!)

Related Link: http://kodi.tv/

XBMCbuntu: How to Upgrade Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 02 JUL 2014

I’m kind of fond of using XBMCbuntu on my media-serving PC hooked up to the Samsung flatscreen TV in the lounge, though I have had two epic failures thus far – which I can’t entirely blame on the operating system because I’m running some pretty ancient hardware with wonky drives. Anyway, the point is that I’ve had to reinstall from my install CD a couple of times, which then obviously puts me on a slightly out of date version at the end of the install process.

So the question is, how do I upgrade XBMCbuntu when doing a clean install is not really an acceptable option?

Well actually it is pretty easy – just use Ubuntu’s standard PPA and apt-get system.

First, you need a terminal to work in – ALT+CTRL+F1 will do the trick, though you can also select the Exit option from the XBMC power button menu, change the system selection from XBMC to XBMCbuntu, and log in with your username and password that you set when you first installed the operating system (if you can’t remember, then it is useful to note that XBMC’s root user account is ‘xbmc’ with a blank password).

Now, add the PPA using (You can probably skip this if you originally installed XBMC via an XBMCbuntu ISO):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Finally, you simply run the usual apt-get update command (focused of course) to actually update XBMC:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install xbmc xbmc.bin

So no surprises there and you should be all done.

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(Just a note though, if you are moving up to v13, then it is suggested that you rather to a clean install, thanks to the myriad of rather substantial changes made audio wise due to a redesigned engine. If you don’t want to do this, then try removing all user configuration files for alsa or any alsa drivers)

Related Link: http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMCbuntu

Karmic Koala Up and Running CodeUnit 02 NOV 2009

Ubuntu LogoAwesome. I’ve finally taken the step to ditch Windows XP and my custom BigVid media player from my little PC sitting next to the TV in the lounge and have instead embraced the newly released Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala operating system which I must say was quite a breeze to install. The new human theme is pretty (but ghostly) and I was impressed at how seamlessly Ubuntu picked up both my wireless network adaptor and wireless keyboard and mouse system, without any intervention required from my side at all!

I haven’t yet spent much time exploring this new release, but I see we now have a more organised and updated Software Center from which to add/remove new apps, something I quickly delved into in order to grab XBMC, one of the premier open source media center platforms currently out there.

Tombuntu ran an excellent article on converting your machine to a media center using XBMC a while ago, and although the official XBMC site promises nothing when it comes to this latest Ubuntu release, you can pretty much guess how I plan on entertaining myself tonight! :)