I wanted to get a really simple, cheap and not cruddy HTPC for my parents so I ordered a raspberry pi off newark for about $45.
Luckily I had a power supply lying around and the necessary cables and memory to get it all setup in a few minutes. The installation of Raspbmc onto the SD card was very quick and simple. They have a very easy script that you just run to have it install. No dd commands and long write times needed.
The inital boot took quite a while but it was more or less just a standalone process, so I made myself a smoothie and drank it while it was going on. Most of it was updating the OS for the first time and installing the necessary items for XBMC to work.
First thing I did was to use my phone to stream an Airplay video to the pi. Worked perfectly.
I wanted the pi to be more or less standalone so I didn’t have to download/move to usb drive/connect to pi to watch a movie. So the next step was to get transmission to work. http://myraspberryexperience.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-i-got-transmission-to-work-in.html
I followed the guide there. A few things that I forgot to do that the guide didn’t mention.
0. Make sure you update the system.
sudo apt-get update
1. The settings file only saves if the daemon is off. The command for that is
sudo /etc/init.d/transmission-daemon stop
Just change ‘stop’ to ‘start’ to get it started again. Root access is be required. If you run it without root, it says its stopped but it really hasn’t.
2. Change the directory where the downloads are stored for easy access.
3. Give transmission-daemon read/write access.
To do that (change ~/dl/torrent to wherever you want to save the files)
sudo usermod -a -G debian-transmission pi
chgrp debian-transmission ~/dl/torrent
chmod 770 ~/dl/torrent
Now everything should work fine hopefully!