[LIVE] HOW-TO install XBMC Live on Acer Aspire Revo - The Complete Guide for Newbies - Printable Version
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dds files - Tsuris - 2010-04-15 20:07
Check the post here:
for how to use dds files for your fan arts.
My sig also has a pair of bat files (pastebin link) to create dds files (on windows) for use on 9.11 live (a later revision has .dds creation built in)
- Kevlarte - 2010-04-16 00:53
bigfoot2355 Wrote:Hey guys, so I followed the guide and it works *perfectly* and have yet to find something even 1080p that it can't play (thanks!).Did you ever receive any help with this? I am stuck on this same step. I also have a belkin usb and it did nothing..Can't find an answer anywhere! Thanks
- Kevlarte - 2010-04-16 00:56
einstuerzende Wrote:I'm having two small problems that I'd love a hand with.Did you ever figure out how to get your wireless usb up and running? Im having trouble with mine and can't find an answer
- Baka no Kami - 2010-04-16 10:14
Kevlarte Wrote:Did you ever receive any help with this? I am stuck on this same step. I also have a belkin usb and it did nothing..Can't find an answer anywhere! Thanks
I'm using a Belkin USB as well. It wouldn't even see networks with security, and couldn't connect to open ones. I found a post on the Ubuntu forums explaining the issue, but I forget all the details. Basically there are 2 groups writing support for the chipset the Belkin card used. Ubuntu included and loads them both by default. The 2 different modules trying to share the card is what was causing the problems. To fix the issue I opened up:
Added 3 lines:
And rebooted. As soon as it came back up it saw my network and let me connect.
- Baka no Kami - 2010-04-16 11:10
I've gotten my XBMC up and running and everything works, but I've run into a few annoyances I can't seem to get past.
I'm using the cheaper Revo, with a Belkin wifi, and a Snapstream X10 RF remote receiver plugged into the USB. The only thing I changed on the actual hardware was to remove the HDD and replace it with a CF to Sata adapter and an 8gb CF card.
I installed 9.10 from a USB drive that I think I made (it was several months ago) using an app from this site; http://www.pendrivelinux.com/create-a-ubuntu-9-10-live-usb-in-windows/ I've yet to have any problems installing Ubuntu from this drive. I added the XBMC rep and installed with no problems. All of my media is stored on another PC running Win7. I use Ember for media scrapping, and mount the video shares over the network. The Revo is plugged into a 32" LCD TV, and I'm using a Snapstream Firefly remote.
Issues I had, but fixed, in case anyone else has run into something similer;
Wireless didn't want to work at first see my previous post for details.
If I had to reboot Gnome would ask me to unlock the default keyring to get on the wireless. I followed this; http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2007/07/12/automatically-unlocking-the-default-gnome-keyring-pam-keyring/ to fix that.
Sometimes the Revo would lose access to the network shares until the Win7 PC was rebooted. This turned out to be because Win7 limits memory for that type of activity and you need to tell Win7 to pretend it's actually a file server. More info here; http://alan.lamielle.net/2009/09/03/windows-7-nonpaged-pool-srv-error-2017
After the intitial install of Ubuntu I was left with a 1280x720 desktop, but it didn't take up the whole monitor, there were 1 or 2 inches of black space around the edged (native res for my TV is 1360x768), The TV has zoom feature that should have been able to correct this, but for some reason it was disabled. Installing the Nvidia drivers (185) left me with the black borders, but the desktop now extended past the visable area. The tv stopped disabling the zoom feature so I was able to eliminate the black borders, but was left with the overscanning. Adding the Nvidia repository, and updating to the 195 drivers added the overscanning correction.
Once I switched to wireless the windows shares stopped mounting during boot, and I had to remount manually once I got to the desktop. This happens because the wifi isn't brought up until you get to the desktop, so there's no network during boot. I used this info: http://www.howtoforge.com/accessing_windows_or_samba_shares_using_autofs to setup autofs so the shares are mounted as they are accessed by XBMC.
Issues I still have:
The color on the HDMI just doesn't look right and I haven't been able to find any clear instructions on adjusting the contrast and gamma to make the screen look good. On VGA everything looks fine, so I switched to using it.
I'm still playing around with it, but XBMC is not detecting newly added TV show episodes when updating the library. If I do to the specific show, and "scan for new content" it does find them. At the sime time I switched to using autofs, Ember media manager came out with a new version that scrapes TV show information as well as movie. XBMC was detecing new episodes fine before that. As a test I turned off autofs, and XBMC regained the ability to detect new episodes during a general library update. Now I just need to get rid of Ember and test again with autofs back on.
- alpha_thetas - 2010-04-16 17:28
Izod517 Wrote:Did this all tonight, including auto-mount, and adding the Xbox DVD Dongle without any real problems. Thanks OP - used your guide, other posts, and a few random web articles - wasn't bad at all.
I tried removing all the nodiskmounts from menu.lst using notepad in windows and it still wasnt able to find my internal hard drive on the revo. Does anyone else have suggestions?
- alpha_thetas - 2010-04-16 17:36
DJBlu Wrote:On the grub bootloader,
does anyone know how to get to the grub bootloader, sorry as a newbie I need very specific instructions.
- Benjigga - 2010-04-19 23:06
Thanks for the thread. Very helpful, but a few problems I'm having.
I have the Aspire AR1600. When I go into the bios to disable "Use RevoBoot" and set GPU memory to 512 none of it is there.
In the Advanced Bios Features the last option is USB Beep Message. No Boot to RevoBoot feature to disable.
Then in the Advanced Chipset Features instead of iGPU I have UMA. I can change this to 512MB.
Anyone know how I can add the Boot to RevoBoot to the bios?
Edit: In the product information section it says I'm using System BIOS Version P01-A4.
- alpha_thetas - 2010-04-19 23:59
alpha_thetas Wrote:I tried removing all the nodiskmounts from menu.lst using notepad in windows and it still wasnt able to find my internal hard drive on the revo. Does anyone else have suggestions?
Found this in another thread, hopefully it will help others.
open the syslinux.cfg file from the root of your XBMCLive USB stick using Wordpad and find the boot option that you use (label...) and on the long line of boot parameters:
append initrd=/live/initrd.img boot=live vga=788 xbmc=autostart,tempfs,nodiskmount,...
delete the "nodiskmount" and one "," (don't leave two "," in a row).
And reboot. That's it.
- schneidz - 2010-04-20 16:13
Kevlarte Wrote:Did you ever figure out how to get your wireless usb up and running? Im having trouble with mine and can't find an answer
this is the information we'd need to troubleshoot your problem: