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- dallen - 2009-03-22

dallen Wrote:I'm new to xbmc and was trying to follow this great guide but I got stuck on this part



That file doesn't exist. I'm an AIX programmer by trade so I'm not completely helpless, but I'll admit to being clueless about xorg.conf. Does anybody have a copy or any good resources they can point me towards to get me own set up?

I tried to move on to other parts of the install but it looks like all of the files pointed to on that server are missing


- harryzimm - 2009-03-22

Here ya go, i posted the xorg.conf on pastebin. http://pastebin.com/m3f377661

cheers.

edit. I just noticed all files are gone. I'll up them to pastebin asap.

edit.

/etc/init.d/xbmc http://pastebin.com/m799abb9c

/usr/bin/runXBMC.sh http://pastebin.com/m4d60cdc1

/usr/bin/setAlsaVolumes.py http://pastebin.com/m17001603

/etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf http://pastebin.com/mae0c875

That should be enough to complete the autostart function.

cheers


- mykie - 2009-03-22

olympia Wrote:http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=300779&postcount=8

After I had read this post (and this is not the first from this kind), I decided not to maintain this guide in the future.

(If althekiller had read the initial notes and warnings, he would had realized, this is for a non-gdm setup, there was also a warning for that with red, therefore not make sense an other warning in the middle of the guide to think twice, and use gdm (which is even not installed, so just confusing the users), and as such...)

So, please consider a FULL UBUNTU INSTALLATION in the future, as this is the OFFICIAL and SUPPORTED way from Team-XBMC!

Without official welcome and support from Team-XBMC, maintaining the guide further is not worth the efforts and doesn't make any sense.

However, it was a nice fun for me till today.

Olympia

What's really unfortunate is that while althekiller's post complains that the wiki doesn't provide enough diagnostic detail (Which is fairly irrelevant, imho), his post doesn't provide ANY procedural detail.

I've been using xbmc on my xbox for years and loving it. Now with the advent of HD, I think now more than ever folks are looking for a replacement for the old xbox, but aren't looking to make a career out of learning linux to do it.

Your guide helped a lot of people achieve that goal, it's unfortunate that certain members of team-xbmc don't seem to share the same attitude.


- danillll - 2009-03-22

olympia Wrote:http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=300779&postcount=8

After I had read this post (and this is not the first from this kind), I decided not to maintain this guide in the future.

(If althekiller had read the initial notes and warnings, he would had realized, this is for a non-gdm setup, there was also a warning for that with red, therefore not make sense an other warning in the middle of the guide to think twice, and use gdm (which is even not installed, so just confusing the users), and as such...)

So, please consider a FULL UBUNTU INSTALLATION in the future, as this is the OFFICIAL and SUPPORTED way from Team-XBMC!

Without official welcome and support from Team-XBMC, maintaining the guide further is not worth the efforts and doesn't make any sense.

However, it was a nice fun for me till today.
Olympia

Olympia,

I wouldn't make a big deal out of his comments, just look on how active this thread is and how many people read it, This would be enough to prove that you did make a change and helped many many members in the community.

I wish instead of saying what he said to give you tips on how to fix what he thinks is broken, your guide rocks and I've been using it since day one.

Thanks,


- dallen - 2009-03-22

harryzimm Wrote:Here ya go, i posted the xorg.conf on pastebin. http://pastebin.com/m3f377661

cheers.

edit. I just noticed all files are gone. I'll up them to pastebin asap.

edit.

/etc/init.d/xbmc http://pastebin.com/m799abb9c

/usr/bin/runXBMC.sh http://pastebin.com/m4d60cdc1

/usr/bin/setAlsaVolumes.py http://pastebin.com/m17001603

/etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf http://pastebin.com/mae0c875

That should be enough to complete the autostart function.

cheers
awesome! Thanks


- tyche - 2009-03-22

Olympia, you guide was instrumental in me building an Ubuntu xmbc box quickly and painlessly. It's exactly what I wanted; a dedicated htpc-like machine with no frills installed. I had a spare PC with hdmi & optical and thought I'd try my luck. 90 mins later, I had a fulling functioning xmbc machine. This is a nice in between from live cd and full blown Unbuntu install.

mykie Wrote:I think now more than ever folks are looking for a replacement for the old xbox, but aren't looking to make a career out of learning linux to do it.

Exactly. The guide as is, does this. Now, it looks like your files are gone. Please consider putting things back so people can benefit from this excellent tutorial.


- strife242 - 2009-03-23

I'd also like to beg for your reconsideration.

Today, or this morning to be exact I took the plunge, formatted my old system and threw your setup together.

No hassle at all as long as you are able to read before you commit.
Your guide was exactly what I needed.

In hindsight it appears I managed to grab the files and all that just moments before them being removed.

Anyhow. Thanks!


- SwedishGojira - 2009-03-23

If anyone has the missing files Alsa upgrade script, splash-screens and boot screens then please upload them somewhere so that we can get everything needed to follow the guide.


- paac - 2009-03-23

olympia Wrote:http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=300779&postcount=8

After I had read this post (and this is not the first from this kind), I decided not to maintain this guide in the future.

(If althekiller had read the initial notes and warnings, he would had realized, this is for a non-gdm setup, there was also a warning for that with red, therefore not make sense an other warning in the middle of the guide to think twice, and use gdm (which is even not installed, so just confusing the users), and as such...)

So, please consider a FULL UBUNTU INSTALLATION in the future, as this is the OFFICIAL and SUPPORTED way from Team-XBMC!

Without official welcome and support from Team-XBMC, maintaining the guide further is not worth the efforts and doesn't make any sense.

However, it was a nice fun for me till today.

Olympia

That is really really unfortunate. I think that the demand of having a full featured HTPC-setup using open source and without having to install alot of uneccessary software onto it is huge.

This guide is in many aspects a really good set-up. It's free, it's versitale, it's user(/girlfirend)-friendly (when all set-up) and you know exactly what is installed on your PC.

If you don't use the desktop (GDM, Gnome etc), and I think many aren't, then why install it? Keep it simple and clean imo.

However, to set-up a Linux install with XBMC to run in this way is not really a simple task, but with this guide anyone can do it. I understand though that there is quite alot of things that can go wrong, and when it does it is more complicated to solve, but I think that is kind of included in the disclaimer.

I'll continue running my HTPC like this and am thanking olympia to have written this guide in the first place.


- rodercot - 2009-03-23

olympia Wrote:http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=300779&postcount=8

After I had read this post (and this is not the first from this kind), I decided not to maintain this guide in the future.

(If althekiller had read the initial notes and warnings, he would had realized, this is for a non-gdm setup, there was also a warning for that with red, therefore not make sense an other warning in the middle of the guide to think twice, and use gdm (which is even not installed, so just confusing the users), and as such...)

So, please consider a FULL UBUNTU INSTALLATION in the future, as this is the OFFICIAL and SUPPORTED way from Team-XBMC!

Without official welcome and support from Team-XBMC, maintaining the guide further is not worth the efforts and doesn't make any sense.

However, it was a nice fun for me till today.

Olympia


Olympia,

Do not sweat the small stuff. You did your part, I do not use the guide any more as I run mythbuntu with XBMC on top. You and I both know that getting a full blown ubuntu install or mythbuntu install TO SUSPEND for that matter is even MORE difficult to get working 99.9% of the time and if using the min. install was a hack then ubuntu would not make it available, heck the mythbuntu live CD is a min. install as far as I know, with myth included.

I would like to see a comparison of the two methods.

A thread showing all the issues and problems setting this up with a full ubuntu install and then ofcourse the way your wiki describes and compare the actual issues.

Suspending and Resuming a system IS a problem in any linux distro and it's well documented across the web just search it out. There is no common scenario on HOW TO make it work on ANY distro. I have at least 10 different scripts across two machines to get them to suspend and resume properly and that is with MYTH, YET when I installed my system with your guide it suspended and resumed out of the box with NO extra work. ATA error message are common with any distro just check your syslog or suspend/resume logs after resuming from a suspend.

The bottom line is this is OPEN source software we are using and you can use it how you see fit and the easiest way for one person may not be the same for the next person. HALF the HOW-TO's on linux on the WEB, leave you worse off then when you started AND then 99.9% are never maintained so you are fixing or updating something that has already been done in a kernel patch somewhere along the way and no one updates their wiki's to explain so now you are working backwards anyhow.

A very good example is irexec and myth, you can read the manuals all DAY long and no where does it tell you, THAT if you have One instance of irexec in your .lircrc file MYTH will start irexec automagically upon bootup. I luckily found this by searching through about 800 bug reports responses.

So you can choose to setup your system HOWEVER you like and and USE it however you like. I did not realize that we were turning into M$ here being told that if WE do not do it Bill's way then you can go @%@%@ yourself.

HECK!!! that is why I chose open source and only have one machine left Running M$ and I hope that is over with Jaunty.

Thanks for all your input,

Dave


- Jaco2k - 2009-03-23

Well, this is Open source - you might not have (some) developers support but you certainly have the community support...

I followed your guide (with a normal Ubuntu install) and it mostly worked and has done the trick for me to get something up and running fast.

In the end it is your choice, but I think that it is pretty clear there is support for you...


- darkside22 - 2009-03-24

I can understand your frustration on this, but IMO there was absolutely no need to remove the links so that the guide is almost unusable. No

Anyone can help with the download for the splash screen for the pulsating logo?

Thanks!


- olympia - 2009-03-24

darkside22 Wrote:I can understand your frustration on this, but IMO there was absolutely no need to remove the links so that the guide is almost unusable. No

Anyone can help with the download for the splash screen for the pulsating logo?

Thanks!

I have reenabled the links today some hours ago, until I clarify some things...


- darkside22 - 2009-03-24

olympia Wrote:I have reenabled the links until I clarify some things...

Thanks!


- rodercot - 2009-03-24

darkside22 Wrote:I can understand your frustration on this, but IMO there was absolutely no need to remove the links so that the guide is almost unusable. No

Anyone can help with the download for the splash screen for the pulsating logo?

Thanks!

You can get the Alsa script from the Ubuntu Forums site - Just search for AlsaUpgrade Script. The only difference is you have to do a separate -d and -i process instead of just -di.

The themes you can get from dudukes blog pages. look at the sticky thread on splash themes the link is in there.

I have all the scripts and themes, except the bios splash theme, I never installed that. I use my own xorg.conf file, so I do not dwnld the one from the guide.

Dave