When choosing a location for your device, make sure the front of the device is clearly visible and level (if possible) from where you will be using the remote. You will be using the remote a lot to navigate XBMC and a properly located device will ensure the best user experience.
Connect the device
Using the manual provided with your device, connect the hdmi cable power cable. Press the power button on the device if needed.
You will need 2x AAA batteries for the remote. Make sure they are brand new and brand name batteries or you may run into problems. It is also recommended to pick up a wireless keyboard (2.4ghz with usb dongle). You will most likely need to enter in phrases to play videos and having a keyboard helps out a lot. Make sure it is good quality and name brand as you will most likely be using it 6ft plus away from your TV. You may want to look up current keyboards with good reviews for long distance (10-20ft).
Get your device connected to the internet.
TMC1-2 Linux (older)
Under System -> Settings -> Internet Connections You can click on no connection in the right pane and either choose a wifi network or wired network
TMC1-2 Linux (new)
For a wired connection, just plug in the wire and it will automatically connect. For a wireless connection navigate to Programs -> Wifi to choose a wireless connection.
Within the android settings menu, you can select either a wired or wireless connection.
Usually from the home screen or your app drawer (all apps) you can find XBMC icon and click on it. After you start XBMC wait 5-10 minutes to let things update.
Keep XBMC Running, Internet Connected & Device ON
Once you have XBMC up and running, do not close XBMC or turn off your device everytime you use it as this will cause problems. For best results keep XBMC open and keep your device connected to the internet. This will ensure XBMC stays up to date in the background. If you choose not to do this, XBMC will look for updates everytime you open it. As things update on a daily basis, it will take about 5-10 min of slow responsivness every time you go to use the device.
Getting Started With XBMC
Watch the Video HERE
Clearing The Device and Checking Updates
Your device should be left on and running XBMC most of the time. A couple times a month it should be cleared though for best performance as you are most likely streaming a lot of video and data to your device. All you need to do is power off your device fully and power it back on. Usually to turn off your device, you hold the power button until a menu pops up. Within the menu there should be an option to power off the device. If you powered it off correctly, you should see a boot screen when powering it back on. If you do not, that means you just turning off the screen and turned it back on.
Slow Downs Over Time
Over time (6-12months) your device may start to slow down compared to when you first bought it. Just like a computer, as you use it, caches and memory fill up and it takes the device longer to look through all those files you have been streaming and searching for. Please use the following methods to speed it back up.
Clearing Your Cache
Cache can be cleared using the maintenance addon under programs from within XBMC. Look for the clear cache button.
Android Apps in Background
It is highly recommended that you have no apps running in the background while trying to use XBMC. To ensure this, turn off the device, unplug it from the power then plug it back on and power it back up.
Restoring the device
Sometimes if the above methods do not work, it is best just to start over to get things moving quick again. Please see the support section for your device to restore it properly.