Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester, UK
I was running the RaspBMC Beta fine, the H.264 files are GPU Accelerated and the CPU load will be minimal compared to when its in the menus (even idle) because of how XBMC works. The RC should have lower CPU load, but the GPU is still doing the work for HD content, and i believe the CPU is decoding for SD which was the initial cause for concern. When i tried it though, it loaded just as quickly as any HD content (~3sec) and worked absolutely flawlessly, skips instantly without issue, whereas HD has that visual f-up that takes a couple of sec to fade away and its fine. That was also streaming from my WHS2011 file server too, not local.
I've had some trouble with the RC though, booted the Pi up and it started to do an update but failed, had a look on their website and noticed a link so figured i'd do a fresh install, maybe thats what was required. Flashed it, let it work its magic, and then it seemed to be getting SD errors.
Ive since noticed that the img is the same file, same size, date and everything, so im guessing thats nothing more than a basic platform in which to download the latest files and install it?
So i did that, took 12min including a reboot afterwards, and looking in the system, im running Raspbmc 12.0 Alpha2 compiled May 30th, and my CPU usage is around 75-80%
Is that just wrongly labelled, hasnt been modified to reflect its change to Beta or RC1, or am i somehow running an old version??