[LINUX] HOW-TO install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) and 8.10 (Intrepid) - Printable Version
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[LINUX] HOW-TO install XBMC for Linux on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) and 8.10 (Intrepid) - olympia - 2009-01-18 18:52
The GUIDE HAS BEEN REMOVED!
New official guide can be found here:
Old removed unofficial guide has been archived here:
- dirtylion - 2009-01-18 19:16
great work, thank you i will test it soon
- megacrypto - 2009-01-18 19:17
Very nice I will try this later tonight, I was going to go for the server install, but this looks much smaller than the server one.
How long does it take to boot into xbmc?
- alanwww1 - 2009-01-18 20:14
Thanks for this great guide !
The only problem now with Intrepid is still that it's using only one core of a dual (or multi) core processor. This way it has a very degraded performance with 720p or 1080p videos.
It would be great to solve this problem. Than Intrepid could be the best soulution.
- olympia - 2009-01-18 20:16
alanwww1 Wrote:Thanks for this great guide !
Yes, I am aware about that, this is a big pain at this moment.
I will include aron's patch as a workaround later into the guide.
- lcapriotti - 2009-01-18 20:32
olympia Wrote:How to avoid the gray dithered background of X, which pops up for a second before XBMC starts? We would need to change this to black, but how?
- olympia - 2009-01-18 21:43
Thank you very much Luigi, you're my man
l.capriotti Wrote:XBMCLive docet...
I am not sure what do you mean by that...
- spozen - 2009-01-18 22:04
Awesome XBMC is up and running!
But i have some minor problems:
When i boot up there is a blue window: "There seems to be another X running on this display to you want GDM to run on another display or do you want to try again"
NOTE: This is not the original text it's just a crappy translation from Swedish, but you get the point.
Then XBMC runs in tty 2(if i remember correctly) and Gnome runs in tty 7.
XBMC works like a charm but i do have one problem:
Playing DTS SACD .wav files the only thing i hear is noise. I tried Movies with DTS they work without any problems.
Thanks for all the work you put down making this guide, it's guys like you who makes this community so great!
- megacrypto - 2009-01-19 04:00
Great work .. it took some time to finish setup, but amazingly one of the few guides that went through exactly like they were written. Very nice work
I do though have a problem with the sound.. im not getting any I have a creative soundblaster installed... i will do some research on this issue (im new to linux).
btw, im using one of my rather old pc's for this which has an ati rv280 radeon 9200, so i skipped the nvidia part of the guide and did the follwoing:
# sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dr
which i will have to do with for now until i get my new htpc next month
thanks and great job .. and btw the system on my P4 2.6GHz w/ 512MB RAM boots into xbmc in approx. 20 seconds )
edit 1: movies info are not working (was just trying to get info from imdb but its not getting any data back) ?!
edit 2: got sound back by reinstalling alsa:
#chmod 777 AlsaUpgrade-1.0.x-rev-1.15-Ben.sh
#sudo ./AlsaUpgrade-1.0.x-rev-1.15-Ben.sh -di
#sudo nano /etc/group
[actually i found xbmc still added to user from first install]
and that's it, i skipped the remaining part concerning alsa since im not using any HD out or anything.
- draggy - 2009-01-19 06:53
First thing I'd check is to make sure your channels aren't muted.
From a terminal:
Type in alsamixer
turn up the channels you need and unmute them by pressing the m key. Once you're done, press escape, and type in
Edit: didn't see your edits =)
- lcapriotti - 2009-01-19 10:23
olympia Wrote:I am not sure what do you mean by that...
that is the way XBMC is started in XBMCLive, you can find the init.d script in the SVN.
You may want to take a look there since you may find additional inspiration...
- olympia - 2009-01-19 17:05
l.capriotti Wrote:that is the way XBMC is started in XBMCLive, you can find the init.d script in the SVN.
I found it. Thanks!
- rodercot - 2009-01-19 17:41
olympia Wrote:Ahhh, OK.
You can actually get it from the tools sections of your svn checkout.
/XBMC/Tools/XBMCLive I think is the path.
- megacrypto - 2009-01-19 18:51
Im sorry, but i dont understand this part? where is that edited? (and kindly could u give me full path - i really dont know anything about the dir structure in linux - trying my best to learn as fast as i can) I know this should hide the 'x' that shows up for like 2 seconds when xbmc boots up (which would be nice to remove if possible) .. did i understand it right?
Sound is back, but i discovered that i only have center and rear L&R working. both front speakers are not working. I have creative SB 5.1 Live which is using SigmaTel STAC9708,11 chip (according to the alsamixer). What can I do for this?
Another thing, is there a way to hide all the echoed stuff that shows during booting up?
- rodercot - 2009-01-19 18:55
Usplash Theme installation.
there are a few ways to do this:
This is how I did it
Now download the xbmc-theme from here or you can use the themes from dudkes blog as well.
xbmc them is here : http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?group_id=87054&use_mirror=heanet&filename=usplash-xbmc-theme.zip&31322968
dudkes blog is here: http://du-duke.blogspot.com/
Now once you have dwnlded the above to your pc extract it and copy the folder over to your xbmc machine.
Now we will compile it and make the .so file
Then change into your theme directory:
This will make an file called XBMC-theme.so
Then copy and rename the XBMC-theme.so file to /usr/lib/usplash.
Now you can reboot and check out your new splash.
This is for the XBMC-theme-so method, if you want to use one of dudukes splashes then the steps are the same to make the .so file you, dudukes splashes create a different named .so file. so when you copy it over to replace the file in /usr/lib you need to make sure the name is the same as listed in the directory for the splash file you downloaded.
IE spinner-blue file = xbmc-splash.so
usplash-xbmc-theme = XBMC-theme.so
Once this is done, if you are using dudukes splashes then you need to force the res.
sudo vim /etc/usplash.conf
press i to insert text then type
match the xxxx with the supported res for the splash you are running these are listed on the blog link above.
now hit esc to get out of edit mode then :wq to save the file
now update intramfs to make the changes
sudo reboot to enjoy your new splash.