[LINUX] HOW-TO preform a Miminal Ubuntu and XBMC install on a Asus EeeBox PC EB1501
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All EB1501 owners,

Please see this wiki http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=EeeBox-EB1501

Use this forum to discuss any thing we can add. I would just like to say thank you to the following people:

# succo (xbmc.org)
# soundcheck (ubuntuforums.org)
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#2
Thanks, this was a great howto!

Few points:

(Take this wireless advice with a grain of salt. While it did work somehow it still does not work well with the Airport Extreme. I configured it to connect to an old Airport Express and the speeds jumped up to a reasonable level)
Wireless was not working very well on my eb1501 connecting to an Apple Airport Extreme .n base station. It would work at full speed for 5-10 seconds, then nothing at all would move for 60-90s. It seemed to work a bit better with no encryption but living in a fairly busy region with a 100/10mbit connection I prefer to use WPA. I followed these (or something similar) instructions to get it to work:

- Comment out the ath_pci blacklist in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ath_pci.conf

install linux-backports-modules-karmic and linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic (and maybe linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic-pae don't know if it's mandatory)

This is not directly related to your FAQ, but without the fix I was unable to install anything over wireless, it would just time out or give strange errors.

In your instructions you mention:

Quote:xbmc:$ sudo apt-get install lirc

...

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lirc-modules-source

I did not get any possibility to "point it to /dev/input/irremote", rather it just gave the options for remote and transmitter.

Also you mention reconfiguring lirc-modules-source but it was not installed on my computer despite going through the instructions step by step (lirc apparently did not install it as a requirement).

Everything worked fine by copying your configuration files, but it would have been much faster for me if there was a mention about the configuration info being lower down the instructions.

I can now see events under irw, but xbmc is still not responding to the remote.

edit: figured it out by putting xbmc in debug mode. It seemed to be looking for Lircmap.xml, not lircmap.xml

So this:
Code:
xbmc:$ wget http://nfye.com/EB1501/lircmap.xml -O ~/.xbmc/userdata/lircmap.xml

Should probably be this:
Code:
xbmc:$ wget http://nfye.com/EB1501/lircmap.xml -O ~/.xbmc/userdata/Lircmap.xml

After changing the files name the remote started to work under xbmc.

edit:

Another thing that could be mentioned in case somebody else plans to dual boot too, is the fact that at least for me grub did not work with the keyboard before disabling boot boost (if I remember correctly) from the bios.

edit3:

In case somebody sets this up with a desktop ubuntu set up like me, and use a WPA/WPA2 wireless network you might notice you are requested for the keychain password every time you restart the computer. Needless to say this does not work very well with having XBMC start automatically with the computer. To get around this the easiest way is to not set a keychain password. What this will do is save all the passwords in your keychain in cleartext (so I would not save anything you really don't want in cleartext in your home folder).

Go to .gnome2/keychains folder located under your home folder and remove all the files. The next time you reboot you will once again be asked for your wireless networks key, and after that to set a new keychain password. Don't enter any password for the keychain and the computer will ask if you are sure you want to use an insecure setting. Accept and you will not be asked for the keychain password on any of the following restarts.
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#3
Thanks for this guide.
I will be sure to follow this as soon as my new EB1501 arrives!
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#4
Hello,

Thanks for the guide in the first place! Smile
I went through it but noticed some links (scripts) where dead. I managed to install everything.

I however still have one problem with my EB1501.
The wireless mouse and keyboard I use often freeze for several seconds. I posted the problem in more detail over at the ubuntu forums.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p...ost8669810

Does anyone else happen to have the same issue with the EB1501 ?

Please help! Thanks in advance Smile
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Thanks for the great guide. I added some problems to the article dicussion space. Seems the are different versions of the EB1501 and i cant get the IR-receiver to work, maybe someone has a hint for me.
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kreischweide Wrote:Thanks for the great guide. I added some problems to the article dicussion space. Seems the are different versions of the EB1501 and i cant get the IR-receiver to work, maybe someone has a hint for me.

You should start by posting the info (regarding the ir-receiver) you are presented when running:

Code:
$ cat /proc/bus/input/devices
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kamina Wrote:You should start by posting the info

You can see all the output i found in the wiki discussion here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=Talk:EeeBox-...R_Receiver

As mentioned it is a build in IR receiver, this version did not come with an USB dongle receiver type.
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#8
The built-in receiver now works, this is outlined on the wiki http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=Talk:EeeBox-EB1501
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#9
Just to clarify some things.

The only ISO of ubuntu 9.10 I can find is well over 600megs? Yet in the wiki it says

Quote:Get the most recent 9.10 image from here. Various posts recommend the 32-bit version.
The ISO can either be burned to CD (seems like a waste for 10 MB); alternatively, use UNetbootin to make a bootable USB drive from ISO.

Am I using the wrong build?

Any of the terminal instructions to be carried out as outlined in the wiki, are they to be done in Terminal within X or done at the prompt level?
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davkav Wrote:Just to clarify some things.

The only ISO of ubuntu 9.10 I can find is well over 600megs? Yet in the wiki it says

Try https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Instal.../MinimalCD
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kreischweide Wrote:Try https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Instal.../MinimalCD

aha.....

Right start again so Rolleyes
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#12
Have somebody tried 10.10 yet? Smile
also for the wiki, could you please update lirc guide for german versions?
my device had a totally different adress, so best would be to walk users through how to find adress. Then use that adress in lirc.
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