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[LINUX] HOW-TO make a minimal install of Ubuntu on Acer Revo ION in under 25 minutes
You need to add the package x11-util somewhere along the way, or the system won't boot into XBMC.
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Hi All, first post! Been reading through all the pages and can't see anyone else with the same problem... everything was going swimmingly until installing XBMC:

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install xbmc Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies.
xbmc: Depends: xbmc-common (= 9.11~alpha1-jaunty1) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: xbmc-skin-pm3-hd (= 9.11~alpha1-jaunty1) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: xbmc-web-pm3 (= 9.11~alpha1-jaunty1) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages
[email protected]:~$

Any ideas, i've followed everything to the letter, and checked/doublechecked everything..

Help!

J
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ok, i managed to get past that by not using the SVN's.

Everything else seems to have worked fine, no errors, so I did a reboot and then no XMBC :-( Just command prompt again. So i tried sudo nvidia-xconfig, reboot, still nothing... anyone else had this? Help, I feel i'm sooo close now!!!
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musti Wrote:Everything else seems to have worked fine, no errors, so I did a reboot and then no XBMC :-( Just command prompt again. So i tried sudo nvidia-xconfig, reboot, still nothing... anyone else had this? Help, I feel i'm sooo close now!!!


Same thing happening to me, i dont know where i went wrong, anyone? solution?
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I managed to get it started with

Code:
sudo apt-get install fluxbox xterm
sudo startx

but i dont know how to make it permanent
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First of all thanks to pete for this howto...

I followed the guide (for a point of view Mobii 330) except I used ubuntu karmic minimal install, followed by adding some basics so firefox can be run:

sudo aptitude install x-windows-system-core gnome-core gdm firefox synaptic xubuntu-system-tools gnome-app-install

(I know xbmc is still alpha for karmic but thats not the point at the moment)

Anyway, everything worked well except for the auto-logon
because there is no etc/event.d/tty1

So I created one, but that didn´t work out
the boot process ends up on a login in gnome for my user xbmc.
I can start xbmc manually then and everything looks fine.

My goals are:
- Boot directly to xbmc as fast as I can set it up (I know I am not at the point for optimizations yet.)

- Being able to launch some small games and firefox within xbmc with the launcher script


Back to the login, I found a tty1.conf in etc/init which contains the lines that should be replaced but it doesn´t help.

My linux knowledge is pretty basic so all I am doing is more or less trial and error.

Anyone who can push me the right direction?


thanks
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I used the first post on this thread to get XBMC 9.11 Alpha 1 working on a Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic minimal install on an Acer Revo with some modifications.


1. Obviously I used the 9.10 minimal image instead of Jaunty.

2. I used the Nvidia driver from here. And installed it manually after my minimal install.

3. I added these PPAs to /etc/apt/sources.list instead.
Code:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-svn/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-svn/ppa/ubuntu karmic main


4. I just had to follow step 1 in the ALSA sound list of instructions.

5. Did not need to install pm-utils, it was installed already.

Hope it helps.
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musti Wrote:ok, i managed to get past that by not using the SVN's.

Everything else seems to have worked fine, no errors, so I did a reboot and then no XBMC :-( Just command prompt again. So i tried sudo nvidia-xconfig, reboot, still nothing... anyone else had this? Help, I feel i'm sooo close now!!!

I had the same problem you had - what is the SVN's so I can try that.
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Code:
sudo apt-get install fluxbox xterm
sudo startx

Worked for me too.

On another note, using the latest alpha of XBMC (9.11) i had issues with MKV files crashing about 2 mins in. I rolled back to 9.04.1 which fixed the issue, here's how i rolled back:

Code:
pkill xbmc
pkill xorg

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install xbmc

wget https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/jaunty-ppa/+files/xbmc-skin-pm3-hd_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/jaunty-ppa/+files/xbmc-web-pm3_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/jaunty-ppa/+files/xbmc_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/jaunty-ppa/+files/xbmc-common_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/jaunty-ppa/+files/xbmc-eventclients-common_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i --force-all xbmc-common_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc-skin-pm3-hd_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc-web-pm3_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc-eventclients-common_9.04.1-jaunty1_i386.deb

This then however cause my audio device to fail when playing anything. To get it to work again i had to set both audio things to 'hdmi' (lowecase)... then I had to reboot into the bios and turn OFF the onboard sound, boot into xbmc, reboot again into bios, turn back ON the onboard sound, boot into XBMC and violla, sound!!! Don't ask why but it worked!..
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WiseGuy1020 Wrote:I used the first post on this thread to get XBMC 9.11 Alpha 1 working on a Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic minimal install on an Acer Revo with some modifications.


1. Obviously I used the 9.10 minimal image instead of Jaunty.

2. I used the Nvidia driver from here. And installed it manually after my minimal install.

3. I added these PPAs to /etc/apt/sources.list instead.
Code:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-svn/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-svn/ppa/ubuntu karmic main


4. I just had to follow step 1 in the ALSA sound list of instructions.

5. Did not need to install pm-utils, it was installed already.

Hope it helps.

thanks for the driver location - I am a novice to linux/ubuntu any guide on how to add the driver once downloaded? Thanks
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Enter this in a terminal: (assuming you downloaded the driver to your /home/username directory)

Code:
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-190.42-pkg1.run

Follow the prompts when asked if you want to overwrite/create a xorg config file choose yes.
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Just got my revo today and having a problem installing. I'm using the minimal ubuntu (9.04), but its not detected a network connection. Even the lights dont come on. If i boot into the quickrevo thing at the start, i can get onto the internet etc just fine. So i know the hardware is ok.

I've tried to set a static ip too, but that isnt working either. is there anything i need to do before hitting cli?


EDIT: Just tried it with 9.10 and its working. Wondering if acer have updated something hardware wise?


thanks
nath
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Taken from my original post here: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=63359

Hi,

Thanks to Pete London and the others.
This is my experience to install XBMC on an Acer Revo the easiest and quickest way:

. Bios Settings:
Boot to RevoBoot: disabled
iGPU Frame buffer size: 512 MB
Legacy USB Support: enabled
USB Storage Emulation: floppy

. Download the XBMC Live Current Pre-release iso (http://xbmc.org/download/). Not the stable version.

. Create the bootable usb key with unetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/)

. Edit the syslinux.cfg on the usb key root: (source:http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p...3&postcount=15)
find the "label ubnentry6" (the one with the label "Install XBMCLive to disk")
edit the last line, add "cdrom-detect/try-usb=true" before "--"

. Reboot

. Select "Install XBMCLive to disk" on the unetbootin boot menu

. Follow the usual ubuntu install instructions.
the created user must be, login:xbmx, password: xbmc


TODO:
. Change the partitions settings to be able to keep an untouched partition on the local drive during next installs when XBMC live will be updated.
. See how to keep the xbmc settings.


. Sound through HDMI:
in XBMC go to System > System > Audio Output
Audio Output: Digital
Audio output device: hdmi
Passthrough output device: hdmi

. Menu Sounds:
log in through SSH and add a new file ".asoundrc" in /home/xbmc
Insert in .asoundrc:
Code:
pcm.!default {
type plug
slave {
pcm "hdmi"
}
}
(source: http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=361779&postcount=1)

. apt-get
edit /etc/apt/sources.list
Code:
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic main restricted
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates main restricted
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates main restricted

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic universe
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic universe
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates universe
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic multiverse
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic multiverse
deb http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates multiverse
deb-src http://fr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ karmic-updates multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu karmic-security multiverse

..:: Thanks to the XBMC Team ::.. I enjoy your work since the first xbox
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ok i follow this complete guide only, and when it comes to boot xbmc, or do it manually via exec xbmc --standalone
i get
sh:glxinfo: not found
FEH.py:cannot connect to x server

what does this mean, i am a newb to linux however installing this was a breeze, up to this point atleast ;(
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reference the XBMC and ubuntu, im really thick when it comes to this but can u pls tell me do i need to install linux ubuntu and XBMC live, ie are they 2 seperate ops.
also booting from usb does usb lash drive have to stay in while using machine.Blush totally new too this. also i know how to burn to disk using power iso but how do i con fogto burn to usb drive pls help.


many thanksd for ur help and patience


markd
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