Right now I am evaluating the new BerryBoot and OpenELEC version – it works great for DVD playback, and uses the full 512 MB without extra configuration!
It runs BerryBoot (release from December 2012), with the newest OpenELEC (also released in December 2012) – installed from berryboot. If you don’t know berryboot yet, you should check it out. It allows for a Multi-boot Raspberry Pi environment and can install a choice of distributions by click of mouse.
I also have the MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoder licenses installed on the Pi. They are necessary for fluid MPEG-2 decoding (DVD codec).
- The new OpenELEC version runs much smoother on the Pi (higher frame rates)
- The BluRay Writer works just out of the box – no driver installation / fiddling necessary
- attach it before the system starts!
- A main menu item “Play Disc” will appear once you insert a DVD or CD
- if you hover over this menuitem, a submenu “eject disc” will appear. You can of course guess what will happen if you use it
- not all DVD menus will be usable. We expect that to be fixed / worked upon in future OpenELEC releases.
OpenELEC accessing the full 512 MB (some is reserved for the GPU). No special modifications / settings have been done to achieve this – it just works