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RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-10 19:04
Ah, ok, so mine says;
[email protected]:~$ dmesg | grep eth0
[ 1.431511] r8169 0000:03:00.0: eth0: RTL8168e/8111e at 0xf8012000, d0:27:88:1b:48:c9, XID 0c200000 IRQ 43
[ 20.759529] r8169 0000:03:00.0: eth0: link down
[ 20.759548] r8169 0000:03:00.0: eth0: link down
[ 20.760032] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[ 22.805280] r8169 0000:03:00.0: eth0: link up
[ 22.805669] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
[ 33.672013] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
lsmod gives me;
[email protected]:~$ lsmod | grep r816*
r8169 43104 0
It is connecting (I'm SSH'd in at the moment to get this) but it keeps losing it. Strange.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - jawilljr - 2012-04-10 19:26
Finchy, please see this thread. Especially post #10. Sometimes you have to blacklist r8169 and use r8168 instead.
Hope this helps.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-10 20:01
Crap! I did;
echo "blacklist r8169" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
sudo modprobe -rf r8169
sudo modprobe -v r8168
sudo depmod -a
sudo update-initramfs -u
but it's disabled r8169 but says Module r8168 not found! Now there is no connection at all! How do I unblacklist r8169 and down the drivers for r8168?!
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-10 20:42
Ah, looking at this blog - http://murzal-arsya.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/ubuntu-1110-and-realtek-rtl8111rtl8168.html
it appears that Ubuntu thinks it has an R8169 in but it's an R8168. This tells me how to do it, but I'm limited with Linux and don't know how to get it off the USB stick at /dev/sdc1!
Can anyone tell me the commands missing from this blog to change directory to the USB stick, extract the files and install those drivers?
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-10 22:38
It's not that Ubuntu thinks it's an 8169, it's that the default driver r8169 should work for both the 8169 and 8168 phy chipsets. The r8169 is broken and doesn't work with the 8168 chipsets well at all. The r8168 isn't included by default so this is why you need to download and compile the driver from Realtek, then blacklist r8169 and insert r8168. You need to compile it on the machine that you're going to use it on, as it's kernel and architecture specific.
If you have the source files saved on a USB thumbdrive, first make sure you determine which /dev device is your USB drive with:
The mkdir command makes a new directory (use a name that's easy to remember) for a new mount point. The mount mount -t command mounts the drive. You may not need to give it a filetype, if it's fat32 or ext formatted you shouldn't need to. You may need to install ntfs-3g if it's ntfs formatted. The mount command all by itself just shows what's mounted and where the mount points are. You just copy the directory (recursive copy command cp -r) to the xbmc home directory and then follow your previously linked page to compile the kernel module and insert it. The autorun.sh script should do that all of that, looks like you'll need to do a
If the script, for whatever reason doesn't work, post back. I have instructions for manually compiling the r8168 driver, inserting it, and making sure it comes up with every reboot. I've had to go through the procedure a couple of times with my HTPC.
Actually, this is why I can't use Openelec. They have the r8169 kernel module statically compiled in and my NIC is completely unstable with it. Because Openelec is built as an appliance, you can't compile your own drivers and make them work.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-10 23:10
The USB drive is fat32 and there's nothing else on it but the driver from. It's sdc but I can't work out what to put. is
the /media/usb needed in the
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-11 02:05
If you know the drive is fat32, then you would do the following:
1) Make a directory to mount the drive to:
2) Mount the drive (since it's fat32 you may not need to specify the filesystem:
2a) If that doesn't work, for whatever reason, specify the filesystem. In this case vfat is the fat32 filesystem driver.
The last command should complete with no feedback. If it does, check to see that /dev/sdc is mounted where you want it by just issue mount (no switches or sudo needed). That will enumerate all mounted devices and their respective mount points.
After that, move the files over and start with compilation.
You may want to check to see whether or not your thumbdrive is auto mounted or not when you insert it. Just issue the mount command (again, no switches or sudo) and see if /dev/sdc is mounted anywhere. If it is, just copy the files over without all the extra directory and mount commands.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-11 20:00
Nope. Says 'autorun.sh' command not found.
I couldn't work out how to change the directory to the USB drive (sdc1) so I went into XBMCbuntu and copied the files over to /tmp but I still couldn't get it working.
To be honest, I'm kind of working off your instructions plus the earlier bits from that blog and am really getting confused! I still have the old drivers installed as
My only experience of Linux is copying in commands from guides and don't really know what's going on with most of it so you really will need to give me an idiots guide if I'm going to get there!
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-11 20:06
For the autorun script you need to do the following:
Make sure you're in the same directory as the autorun script. You should be able to perform an "ls" and see the script.
This changes the script so that it's executable (+x) and the ./ indicates that the script is in the current directory. If that command completes you should be able to run it with the following:
Again, the ./ tells the command interpreter to look in the directory you're currently in.
If that still doesn't work, post back. I can post the instructions I used for manually compiling the driver and getting everything up and running, but I can't do that until tonight.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-11 20:33
Thanks. When I do that it says "check the old driver and unload it, but then looks like it's gone on to build the module and install the new one for R8168. It says it's backed up and renamed R8169. Presumably I still need to add R8169 to the blacklist?
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-11 21:22
You might, you could check to see if it's blacklisted or not with the following:
This command concatenates the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf (where kernel modules are blacklisted from loading), and then pipes that through grep (grep searches for patterns) which looks for r8169.
If the driver isn't on the blacklist, you can easily just do the following:
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-12 04:35
One last thing. After the script runs, you'll need to reboot for everything to take effect. After the reboot, you can check to see if the correct driver is loaded by performing:
If the command returns some output, then the driver is loaded and everything should be good.
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-12 19:58
It did work fine last night, but then when I swithed it on this morning it didn't have LAN connection again.
I've just booted it back up and done the commands you mention above and get the following results;
I also keep getting 'cannot connect to remote server' when it scans and tries to pick up art. Should I be putting in a proxy or webgateway address in somewhere so it knows how to get to the web servers to scrape?
And how do I blacklist the wireless network adapter, as I don't use that;
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - pumkinut - 2012-04-12 23:00
Well, it looks like the r8168 driver is loading from the lsmod output, and your r8169 driver has been blacklisted (multiple times by the look of it).
The 8168 PHY is there and the driver is loaded, so the next step is to see if the interface is actually up or not. You can see this by issuing:
This should enable eth0 if it's not active for some reason. If that fails there may be something else going on. You can see if the interface is failing during init by looking through dmesg for information regarding the NIC:
RE: Need help installing XBMCbuntu on Acer Revo R3700 please - Finchy - 2012-04-15 18:40
Ah, yes, I think it is correct then! Thanks!
Two last issues.... I still keep getting the failed to connect to remote server error, and I noticed that it looks like it's looking locally for the remote server. Should I set the proxy address to the gateway (ie the router's 192.168.1.1)? Or is it just a problem with Eden itself?
And where do I turn off the sounds effects?! The clicking and whooshing is driving my GF mad!