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Easily edit OpenELEC config with OpenELEC RPi Config addon

Overclocking Raspberry Pi on OpenELEC requires one to edit OpenELEC config files. Overclocking can bring, along with these Kodi performance improvement tips, can bring the best out of RaspberryPi. In fact, in my comparison, overclocked OpenELEC was better than Xbian or Raspbmc. It is one of the most common tweaks done to speed up RPi. However, overclocking can be challenging for some folks as it requires them to edit OpenELEC config.txt, which requires SSH and commandline activity. While Raspbmc and Xbian make it easy to overclock Raspberry Pi, OpenELEC purposefully makes it difficult for stability reasons. Not anymore. With the OpenELEC RPi Config addon, you can easily edit OpenELEC config parameters, more specifically config.txt from within Kodi interface.

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Install OpenELEC Raspberry Pi Config Addon

You can download the latest zip file from OpenELEC RPi Config addon page, and install the addon from within XBMC. However, I recommend installing the leapold repository first and then installing the addon from it. This way you can get the latest updates when they are available. [Read: 10 of the Best XBMC Addons in 2014]

First, download the Leapold Kodi repository and save it to a known location. Then fire up Kodi and navigate to System -> Addons -> Install from zip file.

Install OpenELEC RPi Config Addon
Install OpenELEC RPi Config Addon

After the repository is installed, navigate to System -> Addons -> Get Add-ons and select Leapold's Add-ons -> Services -> OpenELEC RPi Config. This OpenELEC configuration editor addon will now allow you to edit OpenELEC config.txt file simplify overclocking, over-volting, and other tasks. [Read: How to install OpenELEC on USB stick for Raspberry Pi?]

Edit OpenELEC Configuration

Once installed, navigate and select OpenELEC RPi Config addon and just follow the simple and intuitive onscreen information. Read and understand the potential problems and risks with Overclocking. These settings cannot be set randomly. Use the settings in our Raspberry Pi OpenELEC overclocking guide as starting points.

Edit OpenELEC Config Files
Edit OpenELEC Config Files

In addition to overclocking settings, you may also edit OpenELEC configuration parameters listed in the table below. Be sure to read up and understand what these parameters mean before tweaking them. [Read: Enable and configure OpenELEC Samba share on Raspberry Pi]

Overclocking Video Misc
arm_freq
core_freq
sdram_freq
over_voltage
over_voltage_sdram
force_turbo
initial_turbo
gpu_mem
hdmi_force_hotplug
hdmi_drive
hdmi_force_edid_audio
hdmi_pixel_encoding
hdmi_ignore_hotplug
sdtv_mode
sdtv_aspect
disable_overscan
overscan_scale
overscan_left
overscan_right
overscan_top
overscan_bottom
decode_MPG2
decode_WVC1
hdmi_ignore_cec
hdmi_ignore_cec_init
disable_splash

There you go, with OpenELEC configuration editor plugin it is a lot more easier to edit OpenELEC config files. But keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility. While this OpenELEC configuration addon makes overclocking and other tweaks easy you could easily mess up your system if your settings are incompatible. You could also end up corrupting your SD card, so for this reason I suggest running OpenELEC from USB. Go ahead install the addon, edit OpenELEC config.txt and supercharge your Raspberry Pi.

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.