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Linux HOW-TO: Automated efficient XBMC install - Ubuntu 12.10/13.04 mini based
hey guys. give my script a go. run it just like bram's it works for all versions of ubuntu and some new features like adding the LTS enablement stack kernel based nfs support, newer nvidia drivers (selectable)

Code:
wget https://github.com/Albinoman887/xbmc-ubuntu-minimal/raw/master/12.10/xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh

bash ./xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh
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Just used this guide to set up minimal + XBMC on an Intel NUC, working pretty well so far although I came across one issue. Throughout my OS and XBMC installation the network was set up with DHCP. However, I changed it to a static IP address and since doing that XBMC doesn't load. The XBMC boot screen flashes up for a split second and then just disappears instead of the dots progressing and XBMC appearing. I confirmed this is what stopped it loading by changing it back to DHCP and XBMC boots fine again.

I don't see why changing the IP address would make any difference but it seems to. Any pointers?

Thanks
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toe2toe does the syslog state anything? If you refering to the 'dots' i guess you mean the plymouth start screen, is a xbmc.log written?
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Toe2toe, are you using an external database?
Are you sure that the static ip address chosen isn't already in use?

If you're using an external database xbmc won't start if it can't connect to it.
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I've used the OP instructions a few times but now weeding through many pages of different things to do I'm confused what the latest steps are....

so can somebody post the latest/greatest steps to the OP install?
I think it will really help out a bunch of people if there is a clear set of new instructions for all us.

thanks!
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(2014-02-02, 23:05)mason Wrote: toe2toe does the syslog state anything? If you refering to the 'dots' i guess you mean the plymouth start screen, is a xbmc.log written?
Syslog wasn't too helpful, I didn't see anything in there referring to xbmc failing to start. And yes I do mean plymouth (just looked it up). Plymouth flashes up for a split second and then the screen just goes blank and XBMC never starts up. I didn't look at xbmc.log but will try again and take a look at that now.

(2014-02-02, 23:19)Bram77 Wrote: Toe2toe, are you using an external database?
Are you sure that the static ip address chosen isn't already in use?

If you're using an external database xbmc won't start if it can't connect to it.
Nope not using an external database as far as I know, I hadn't set anything up within XBMC at all yet. The static IP is definitely not used by anything else and network connectivity works fine with the static IP if I hit alt-f1 and log in there. In hindsight I should have changed /etc/network/interfaces before running the xbmc install script I guess.
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The static ip address shouldn't have any influence on xbmc not booting. Did you add the dns-nameservers directive to /etc/network/interfaces? If you didn't. Try that.

If that doesn't help, you just bind the ip address to the mac addres in your router. That doesn't make it a static ip but at least it won't change anymore.
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Yeah I triple checked my /etc/network/interfaces to make sure it had gateway, DNS etc. Also confirmed again that networking is fine with the static IP, I can ping www.google.com OK.

I tried again and captured the xbmc.log:
http://pastebin.com/hYeChJrd

Here is the working one for comparison:
http://pastebin.com/dkVbN1Xu

The only thing I changed between these two sessions is the static vs. DHCP address, plus algorithmdirtyregions from 1 to 3 as I'd seen the menus flickering sometimes and read that might be why. The last line of the failed load is:
Code:
22:42:47 T:140421239445376   FATAL: CApplication::Create: Failed to start the AudioEngine

But I see similar error messages like "Failed to open the audio device" in the working one too.
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Your xbmc version is three months old! Update.
First decide what functions / features you expect from a system. Then decide for the hardware. Don't waste your money on crap.
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I got it to boot fine with the IP I wanted by setting up a static lease on my dhcp server. It is using the same IP address I was trying to assign manually before.

(2014-02-03, 14:18)fritsch Wrote: Your xbmc version is three months old! Update.

I did an ubuntu update from 13.04 to 13.10 and xbmc seems to be working a lot better since that. I thought 13.0 Alpha 9 would be fairly new (I'm still running 12.2 on my old ATV2) but I can also try updating xbmc itself. Would you recommend a newer version of 13.0 or sticking with 12.3?
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I've been running Gotham daily builds (OpenELEC) for weeks and it's very stable and fast. Not all addons are compatible yet. But the most important are.
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I've used the OP instructions a few times but now weeding through many pages of different things to do I'm confused what the latest steps are....

so can somebody post the latest/greatest steps to the OP install?
I think it will really help out a bunch of people if there is a clear set of new instructions for all us.

thanks!
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Your script worked wonderfully, zero problems compared to the last few times I've run with the original script. Many thanks!


(2014-01-31, 09:30)Hack_kid Wrote: hey guys. give my script a go. run it just like bram's it works for all versions of ubuntu and some new features like adding the LTS enablement stack kernel based nfs support, newer nvidia drivers (selectable)

Code:
wget https://github.com/Albinoman887/xbmc-ubuntu-minimal/raw/master/12.10/xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh

bash ./xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh
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(2014-01-31, 09:30)Hack_kid Wrote: hey guys. give my script a go. run it just like bram's it works for all versions of ubuntu and some new features like adding the LTS enablement stack kernel based nfs support, newer nvidia drivers (selectable)

Code:
wget https://github.com/Albinoman887/xbmc-ubuntu-minimal/raw/master/12.10/xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh

bash ./xbmc-ubuntuniversal-minimal-installer.sh

Awesome, Just took a look at your git! You have been busy! I have been running my HTPC from the original script in OP on 13.04 since I built it back in may. I have customized my install quite a bit since it was installed with quite a few custom scripts for various things. I tend to keep it updated pretty well via ssh and apt-get as well as keeping up with latest kernels for the hell of it. I have been wanting to update to 13.10 but was very leary of simply doing a dist-upgrade and it breaking everything. So ill be doing a full wipe and reinstall tomorrow after work using your much updated version. Will report back when done.
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After over a year or more, XBMC started to malfunction yesterday, first it was the screen resolution blowing up and only showing about a 1/4 of the screen and now it just does not start and hangs on the splash screen.

I uninstalled and re-installed (upgrade to 12.3 form 12.2) but cannot seemed to get past it. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/58850968/xbmc.log

I update from ppa:wsnipex/xbmc-prestable and then from ppa:team-xbmc/ppa since it did not work.

Any Ideas?

::Update
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...pid1622018

I had another thread, which universal picked up on.
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