XBMC MySQL doesnt work after upgrade to Synology DSM 5.0

Yesterday I’ve upgraded my Synology DS 410 to DSM 5.0 BETA. After the upgrade all packages are working but when I started my HTPC XMBC was unable to connect to the MySQL library on my DS. It turns out that MySQL is replaced by MariaDB. All databases and users are available in MariaDB and I can access them with phpMyAdmin, but not remote from XBMC.

Update: The issue is resolved in an updated package of MariaDB (version 5.5.33.a-0013). Changelog;

Whats new in version 5.5.33.a-0013:

  1. Fixed an issue where MariaDB cannot start.
  2. Now binds to all network IP addresses in addition to localhost.

I’ve resolved this problem by making a configuration change within the MariaDB package, the default config doesn’t allow remote access. Take the following steps to alter the configuration;

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Share your XBMC 12.0 library on a Synology DS (or other NAS)

As follow up of my previous post on how to share your XBMC library on a Synology NAS with XBMC 11.0 (Eden) I made this guide based on XBMC 12.0 (Frodo). In this post I’ll guide you to the process of moving your XBMC library from your HTPC (or Apple TV or RaspPi) to the Synology DiskStation. So why do you want this? Well a centralized library brings multiple advantages like being able to stop a movie or TV show on one device and continue watching it on another one. Also the watched-state of your media is distributed across your devices. Continue reading “Share your XBMC 12.0 library on a Synology DS (or other NAS)”

Share media from Synology to XBMC with NFS

This week I’ve posted about my new Raspberry Pi which is running XBMC. All my media is stored on my Synology Diskstation and accessible over the network using the SMB protocol. The disadvantage of SMB is that it’s very CPU intensive, and because the Pi has only a 700 MHz CPU core you may experience some hick-ups during video playback. To solve this we can use NFS to share the media to XBMC. The NFS protocol has less overhead compared with SMB and therefor uses about 20% less CPU resources.

So in this post I’ll explain how to enable NFS on the Synology DS and connect these shares to XBMC.

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XBMC Frodo 12.0 Release Candidate?

After 7 Alpha and 3 Beta releases of XBMC Frodo 12.0 I noticed today the following download on the XBMC download mirrors;

XBMC Frodo RC1

But no official press release of Team XBMC… Will XBMC 12.0 be the first Christmas present?

Want to check it out yourself? http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/win32/

Update: The release is now posted on the XBMC website: http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/12/12/xbmc-12-frodo-release-candidate-1/