Setting up XBMC:1) Config Video & Audio
Navigate to SYSTEM
Select System tab
Video output: Change if needed
Audio Output: If using HDMI, change if needed; Change Speaker Configuration if needed
If using HDMI turn Dolby Digital/DTS/Multichannel LPCM/TrueHD/DTS-HD if your a/v reciever supports them
Audio output device: WASAPI is preferred but use DirectSound if having issues
Passthrough output device: WASAPI is preferred but currently doesn't work if using Realtek drivers
2) Setup media
Press the backspace key until you get back to the home screen
While still on the SYSTEM button, navigate down and select 'File manager'
Select 'Add source', select 'Browse', navigate and select a source then select OK, eg.
If need be rename media Source, finally select OK again to add this source, repeat as needed.3) Install additional Repo's
Navigate back to the home screen, select SYSTEM then 'Add-ons' then 'Install from zip file'
navigate to and select each repository.x.x.x.zip files, you can only install one at a time4) Install Skin
After installing the repo files, finally select & install the skin.transparency.svn-22.214.171.1245.zip file also from the 'Install from zip file'5) Install additional plugins
Music fanart addon: Select & install the script.cdartmanager.2.7.7.zip file also from the 'Install from zip file'
Games & Roms addon: Select & install the script.games.rom.collection.browser-1.0.8.zip file also from the 'Install from zip file'
Navigate to 'Get Add-ons', 'All Addon-ons'
Video Add-ons: Free Cable, Hulu, VEVO, YouTube6) Add media
From the home screen:
Video: VIDEOS, Add Videos... , Browse , navigate and select a source, Set content (Music Videos/TV Shows/Movies) then select OK, select YES to Refresh Info
Music: MUSIC, Add source, navigate and select a source, once done select Contect menu and select 'Scan item to library'
If need be rename media Source, finally select OK again to add this source, repeat as needed.7) Add Add-ons to Favorites
From the home screen:
Video add-ons: VIDEOS, .. , Video Add-ons, Context menu, Add to favorites
Music add-ons: MUSIC, Music Add-ons, Context menu, Add to favorites
Program add-ons: ADD-ONS, .. , Program Add-ons, Context menu, Add to favorites8) Config skin
In the SETTINGS screen, navigate to 'SKIN SETTINGS', recomended settings:
General: select 'Enable auto scrolling for plot & review'
View options: Select 'Fanart - Short list' , 'Fanart - TV Shows - Show banners in list'
Menu: This is were most of the home screen magic is!!
While navigating your Videos & Music, press the right key twice to bring up the view menu where you can change the views. I prefer FANART for tv shows & SLIDE for movies.