This article is to cover some of the Raspberry Pi 3 Kodi problems you may encounter when upgrading. But before that a little about what has changed.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is a great bit of tech, and a worthy upgrade from the Raspberry Pi 2 and it’s predecessors. The most noiticable changes is the introduction of built in wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities.
The processor has had a nice upgrade as well. It is still quad-core but has had a speed boost from 900MHz to 1.2GHz. Although this is only a 300MHz increase, the speed is handled better due to it’s architecture upgrade from a 32 bit Cortex A7 chip to a Cortex A53 64 bit chip. The results is a very good speed increase.
The RAM is the same size as the Raspberry Pi 2 at 1GB, both DDR2. The good news is the Raspberry Pi 3’s RAM is running a lot faster at 900MHz as apposed to the 450MHz of the Pi 2.
The GPU chipset is the same VideoCore IV on both Pi’s. What you get with the Raspberry Pi 3 is a clock speed of 400MHz compared to the 250MHz of the Pi 2.
All in all a tremendous hardware upgrade whilst keeping the same very low price.
Does the Raspberry Pi 2 Case fit the Raspberry Pi 3?
The Raspberry Pi 2 and the Raspberry Pi 3 are both model B.’s. Even with the additions of the new chips and upgrades, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has managed to keep the same form factor. This is great news because all your Raspberry Pi 2 cases will fit your Raspberry Pi 3.
So when you order your new Raspberry Pi 3 you want need to order a new case. Unless you want to have one for both of course.
Known Raspberry Pi 3 Kodi Problems – Power Supply
With the new WiFi and Bluetooth technologies being added to the chipboard. The Raspberry Pi 3 does use a little more power. The recommended power supply is 2.5A – +5.1V. What you may find is that the power supply you were using on your old Raspberry Pi still powers on the Pi, but you will get a square rainbow box in the top right of the screen. The multi coloured square may flash on and off. This indicates that more Amps are needed.
They say that for general use, without using all the USB ports there should be little difference in the Amps, and 2.1A plugs should work. In reality I found that the iPad plug that I was using on the Raspberry Pi 2 with no issues, did not have enough power for the Raspberry Pi 3. It still booted, but straight away the multi coloured square was visible in the top right of the screen.
When the Rainbow square appears you may get some random unwanted results. These include crashes, sound issues and graphical glitches among other things.
Several plugs were tested with the same coloured square appearing. You may find that yours works perfectly.
The power supply that did, and always will work is the Official Raspberry Pi 3 Universal Power Supply.
The official plug is surprisingly cheaper than most other quality power supplies. You will also get the peace of mind that it is the right one for the job, and no risk of damage being done.
Known Raspberry Pi 3 Kodi Problems – Sound with bad or no Picture
Generally this will not happen. There is no problems as such with stuttering or bad video playback on the Raspberry Pi 3 as long as your network is up to scratch and the source speed is good.
What some people forget is that with a Raspberry Pi you need to buy a MPEG-2 Codec Licence Key to play some videos. When you purchase a MPEG-2 Licence Key it is for only one device. So the ones you may have brought for your older Pi’s will not work.
People forget all about the MPEG-2 Codec, and have issues with no picture or stuttering/slow motion visuals. A lot of Videos work fine without the MPEG-2 Codec. But if you have some MPEG-2 videos in your collection, or use PVR addons such as TVheadend, then you will need to purchase a new licence.
Once you have your Licence key you will need to add it to your Config.txt file which you may need to create if it is not there already. You will then find that any problems with video playback on the Raspberry Pi will have been resolved.
My SD Card Is Not Clicking In on the Raspberry Pi 3
You will be glad to know that your memory card slot is not broken. On the older Raspberry Pi’s, the memory card slot was fitted with a spring mechanism which you could feel activate and de-activate as you push the micro SD card in and out. With the Raspberry Pi 3 this has been left out for reasons unknown to me. Maybe some broke and removing it eliminates the risk of it breaking.
The SD card still stays in place on the Raspberry Pi 3, so the spring is not really needed.
Can I Use the Same SD Card Image of OpenElec That I was Using on my Raspberry Pi 2?
You can take your micro SD card straight out of your Pi 2 and put it in the Raspberry Pi 3 with an OpenElec install on it. It should work perfectly. The important thing is to ensure that you update to the latest version of OpenElec or else the WiFi and Bluetooth drivers will be missing, so you won’t be able to use the new features.
If you discover any other Raspberry Pi 3 Kodi problems when switching from an older Raspberry Pi, please feel free to leave a comment and we will help you out if needed.