[LINUX] ASRock IONSTAR 330 (NVIDIA ION) with XBMC for Linux performance and setup? - Printable Version
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- checco10 - 2009-06-27 11:05
Starstream Wrote:checco10 your TV does not support 1080P@24Hz it accepts the 24Hz signal but converts it to 1080p@60Hz according to online info.
I resolved .... I had to install xbmclive wrong, now everything works ..!
Tnaks for everybody
how I can transfer files from my pc on the ASRoock hard disk with xbmclive ..? if I want to change skin, how should I do?
- buckfaster - 2009-06-28 04:42
Apologies if I'm in the wrong area/thread.
I have an ION 330 on order and should be here soon.
I want a setup whereby:
I can boot into windows easily, but normally it should boot straight to XBMC.
For example: If I put in a USB drive, it will boot to XBMC, but if I leave out the USB drive, it boots to windows.
Can someone advise me the best way to achieve this?
1) Should I install Ubuntu(and then XBMC for Linux on top) alongside Windows and have dual boot?
2) Should I install XBMC Live to a 4GB usb drive?
3) Should I install XBMC Live to the hard drive and also install windows (dual boot also)?
4) XBMCBuntu? Is this like a Linux distro?
4) Any other way recommended?
I want to be able to play HD content easily(which is why, I was told, to avoid Windows as it doesn't take advantage of cpu and gpu combined processing power for HD content), and I also want access to windows.
- Kryspy - 2009-06-28 05:06
Option 1 or 2 will work. If going with #1 remember to install Windows first.
The 320 GB HD is plenty to allow for option #1 but option #2 is fine.
P.S. I'd go with option #5 Install ubuntu and forget about Windows . Can always install Virtualbox and install Windows there.
- Hannes The Hun - 2009-06-28 11:22
buckfaster Wrote:I want to be able to play HD content easily(which is why, I was told, to avoid Windows as it doesn't take advantage of cpu and gpu combined processing power for HD content), and I also want access to windows.
well, windows 7 (and, to some degree Vista) do support DXVA which is more or less the same as VDPAU for linux.
it always is a good idea to have a dual boot setup in case you screw one of the OS's completely up. so I'd go the XBMCbuntu route as described in the sticky how-to where you install linux into one partition and leave the rest to GRUB.
- buckfaster - 2009-06-28 14:10
Hannes The Hun Wrote:well, windows 7 (and, to some degree Vista) do support DXVA which is more or less the same as VDPAU for linux.
That's this sticky yeah? [LINUX] HOW-TO make a standard Ubuntu installation into 'XBMCbuntu' set-top-box style.
So it's a minimal install of Ubuntu and XBMC on top?
Or are you talking about having a standard Ubuntu installation and installing XBMC on top?
(This one: [LINUX] XBMC Ubuntu PPAs (precompiled builds) ) ?
I will need Wifi support and Bluetooth support, so I'm not sure which way this would be easier to achieve...?
- >>X<< - 2009-06-28 14:32
buckfaster Wrote:So it's a minimal install of Ubuntu and XBMC on top.
Yes that's right but if your new to linux you might want to install the full ubuntu distro and have that boot straight into XBMC which is possible to
If you want to install windows you will need to do that first then install ubuntu so grub picks up windows, I don't think you can dual boot windows and linux live on the hard drive because I think live wipes the drive first before it installs ?
I don't have this box but if you can assign USB as first boot device and hard drive as second then I guess that would make it boot to linux when stick was in and windows when its out maybe someone could clarify that's possible in the bios
- Kryspy - 2009-06-28 14:37
Yes it's totally possible. In fact the ASrock bootsplash allows you to quickly hit F11 I think it is and choose your boot device right there and then.
- Hannes The Hun - 2009-06-28 14:53
buckfaster Wrote:I will need Wifi support and Bluetooth support, so I'm not sure which way this would be easier to achieve...?
well, ubuntu desktop will install the desktop environment together with the graphical tools to configure and access wifi and bluetooth, but will produce a massive overhead of files and prolong the boot time. with XBMCbuntu, you will have a minimal ubuntu install with partitioning and boot options that already provides kernel support for wireless connections, but you may have to configure the stuff manually via a terminal session. again, the live "installer" WILL wipe the whole drive you're installing to, and it is really difficult to add more features or update on your own.
as a side note, it is really difficult to get wifi and bluetooth working in XBMC live as you will most likely screw up the live system. and when you need bluetooth for a wireless desktop, as long as you use the provided dongle it's very well possible that you don't need dedicated bluetooth support at all.
- >>X<< - 2009-06-28 15:19
If you wanted to run windows and XBMC then you could launch an external player using CoreAVC with CUDA enabled or DXVA the later only works on files encoded correctly where CUDA works on everything
Its actually very easy to do I used the script below with Zoom Player and CoreAVC, the only problem is if your using a remote you have to setup "Event Ghost" to use it
Its pretty seamless when working
For CoreAVC you would need XP or Vista as Win7 isn't supported and probably wont function correctly
I think you can even use Event Ghost to boot straight into XBMC under windows but not 100% sure on that
- medicineuk - 2009-06-28 15:22
buckfaster Wrote:That's this sticky yeah? [LINUX] HOW-TO make a standard Ubuntu installation into 'XBMCbuntu' set-top-box style.
I have tried all 3 method and have ended up sticking with a full Ubuntu install.
Didn't have support for my USB wifi device and really didn't give me the control I wanted over the file structure. I would recommend if you want just the complete XBMC HTPC feel but aren't looking to extend to much outside of this.
Works ok but yours going to be spending a lot of time in the terminal. If your a complete noob to linux I wouldn't recommend it.
Full Ubuntu install
Your boot time is going to be slower then with the other two. It takes my machine about 60-70 secs before XBMC is useable (although I do have uTorrent launching under wine at startup). For me personally this has been the best option uTorrent and XBMC start at boot and I manage utorrent from another machine via the web interface. If I need to jump out of XBMC and manage my files I can by just pressing "/". I never turn the machine off only ever suspend so boot times are not really a problem. That being said it does sometimes feel time your running a computer rather then a HTPC. So if you want a complete HTPC feel go with one of the other options.
Full Ubuntu install guide for noobs here