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[LINUX] HOW-TO make a minimal install of Ubuntu on Acer Revo ION in under 25 minutes
jonathan_will08 Wrote:Thanks, I think the problem I am having is because I only have Ubunty Jaunt minimal and am not sure that the nvidia drivers are installing correctly.

I don't really want to install the full blown ubuntu desktop as I am affraid this may affect the smoothness of playback for hi def?

Ideally I want XBMC installed as per this guide. Do you know how to manually install the drivers from a removable devise such as USB drive? using the terminal of course as it is only Ubuntu terminal. If I do it this may hopefully I can rule out whether it is the drivers that is causing the problem.

Cheers.

I also had this problem, I think it's due to a change of the guide:

A few days ago, I installed using the guide. No problem, Nvidia drivers worked fine. Two days ago I formatted due to circumstances, followed the guide with added instructions by Rachel and I had the same issue you're having.

Luckily, the solution was simple! Sudo nvidia-xconfig and a reboot fixed everything in my case.
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I have another issue:

I set up a Samba share to my external NTFS drive connected to my Revo. When logging in tot full-desktop Ubuntu, I can map it just fine on my windows PC: adding/deleting files works perfectly.

However, when I log in using the script to run XBMC automatically (as per default in the install procedure descriped by the OP), I only seem to have read rights to my disk. I can read just as well, but I can't write... Which is a darn shame.

Anybody know what might be causing this?
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jonathan_will08 Wrote:Thanks, I think the problem I am having is because I only have Ubunty Jaunt minimal and am not sure that the nvidia drivers are installing correctly.

I don't really want to install the full blown ubuntu desktop as I am affraid this may affect the smoothness of playback for hi def?

Ideally I want XBMC installed as per this guide. Do you know how to manually install the drivers from a removable devise such as USB drive? using the terminal of course as it is only Ubuntu terminal. If I do it this may hopefully I can rule out whether it is the drivers that is causing the problem.

Cheers.

I think the problem is with his directions, replace Intrepid at the end with Jaunty. I have video on minimal ubuntu by manually installing the driver from Nvidia's website (old method) and Rachel's PPA method (new method) and both work as planned. I prefer doing it manually though. If you want to do it manually follow these directions:

1.
Code:
sudo apt-get install xorg build-essential gcc linux-headers-`uname -r` -y

2. Download latest drivers from nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com/download/index.aspx

3. Copy download to your home drive /home/xbmc on your ubuntu box using WinSCP.

4.
Code:
sudo sh NVIDIA*.run

5. Follow the instructions pressing OK and Accept all the way through. At the end it will ask if you want to create a valid config file, say yes.
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Cutestory Wrote:Just so happened I solved my own problem this morning. Seeing as I had installed the desktop GUI as well during the installation (I just selected the option, along with ssh, samba, etc.), I can just select Options at the login screen and then choose to log in to Gnome, instead of logging in using the custom xbmc scripts.

Might not be a pretty solution, but it sure does work. =)

Hi, cheers for the replies but when I choose to exit XMBC I get thrown to an area where I cant even use a CLI it just shows a few lines stating services have been started for XBMC and I cant do anything, I dont end up on the Gnome desktop!?!

Above you mention you get a login screen instead of XBMC loading up straight away, is that because you didnt apply the auto login script for XBMC?
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Cutestory Wrote:I have another issue:

I set up a Samba share to my external NTFS drive connected to my Revo. When logging in tot full-desktop Ubuntu, I can map it just fine on my windows PC: adding/deleting files works perfectly.

However, when I log in using the script to run XBMC automatically (as per default in the install procedure descriped by the OP), I only seem to have read rights to my disk. I can read just as well, but I can't write... Which is a darn shame.

Anybody know what might be causing this?

Also, does XBMC run fine with a full Ubuntu desktop install, is the GUI as responsive and does HD content play with no issues with more memory being taken up by the full desktop install?
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spawn101 Wrote:Also, does XBMC run fine with a full Ubuntu desktop install, is the GUI as responsive and does HD content play with no issues with more memory being taken up by the full desktop install?

Before I discovered the minimal ubuntu, I did the full desktop install. The only difference I see is that it took less to startup.
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My bad with the intrepid bit gang..... it's been fixed.

Pete
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I followed the instructions here and now have a great little system running sweetly. Great tutorial!

I want to be able to use a bluetooth keyboard or mouse with this (I have a bluetooth USB dongle). Anyone know what I need to install to get bluetooth support, and how to pair up devices from the command prompt?
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Thanks everybody for your help, my next problem is with the multiplex mods! Has anyone managed to get any of the multiplex mods working?
Shown http://www.xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=52755 and http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=54500

The revo just can't seem to load them? Any ideas, i've been playing around for days now and it's driving me nuts!
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For some reason, x wouldn't start for me until I executed a 'sudo apt-get install x11-utils' command. I'm not sure why this didn't install "automagically", but the behavior was that it booted and failed to start x, with the error "unable to start x server". Maybe include this step explicitly in the guide?
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I use the Aeon mods with multiplex and they all work perfectly.... have a look on the Aeon threads for something you like and pull it down with Git.

Pete
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I'm having issues with this installation. I'm wondering how I could modify the Xclient script so that other apps might start along XBMC?

During the installation I have also installed Ubuntu Desktop. Pro: I now have a GUI for logging in, and when I want to use the PC for internet and stuff I just log in using GNOME.

When I don't select anything, the Revo automatically boots into the Xclient script that this tutorial asks us to set up and starts the XBMC media center. The problem is: I can't seem to find out how to automatically start other programs as well! I've added SABNZBD+ to the startup programs in GNOME, I edited the init.d files, .xsession, but to no avail.

Where should I add the command to start SABNZBD+, or any other app for that matter?
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I have installed ubuntu and xbmc according to this guide. no errors. anyway after a reboot, x will not start.

Fata server error:

no screens found

unable to connect to X server

[email protected]:~$


Seems like X is not installed?


sudo nvidia-xconfig and a reboot fixed everything

sudo apt-get install fluxbox xterm
or
sudo apt-get install blackbox xterm

...did not help
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Cutestory Wrote:I also had this problem, I think it's due to a change of the guide:

A few days ago, I installed using the guide. No problem, Nvidia drivers worked fine. Two days ago I formatted due to circumstances, followed the guide with added instructions by Rachel and I had the same issue you're having.

Luckily, the solution was simple! Sudo nvidia-xconfig and a reboot fixed everything in my case.

thanks, I had also to do this to get it work =)
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Thank you for the excellent guide.


Like some of the other posters here I am a complete linux newbie, and was wondering what is needed in order to enter the gnome gui once you exit XBMC ?

What files do I need to install? And how do I enter the gui from the prompt line after exiting XBMC?

Thank you in advance, your help is much appreciated Big Grin
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