[LIVE] HOW-TO install XBMC Live on Acer Aspire Revo - The Complete Guide for Newbies - Printable Version
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- roatsche - 2010-12-05 21:58
Thanks a lot. I'll try your ideas shortly. BTW, I'm not running Firefox on the Revo. I have to do whatever I can on my Windows XP desktop, then plug and unplug my peripherals to run on the Acer.
- schneidz - 2010-12-08 17:17
hi, this thread seems the same. it seems that there is some difference in the revo-3700 that is causing xbmc to flake:
stuck in middle of install - roatsche - 2010-12-09 00:11
Thanks, schneidz, this thread seems promising.
I tried your latest suggestions, but I couldn't boot up in terminal. I downloaded your NVIDIA driver installer, but on my Windows machine. I don't know how or where to install it on my revo to run your commands.
I have a coworker who knows linux and has been helping me understand your suggestions, but he recently moved to another building at work. I'm moving there, too, but not for another couple of weeks. I've also requested a recovery disk from Acer so I can hopefully reinstall Win 7 and start over again, but that won't arrive for another week or two. So I'm going to put this install on the back burner until I can talk to my friend or reinstall Windows.
I will see where this new thread takes me, though. Thanks.
- schneidz - 2010-12-09 16:23
well at least you are learning a bit about computers...
sux that your win-7 seems gone.
most newer pc's (since dvd-drives are passe) include a hidden partition in the front of the drive in case a reinstall is needed (win-xp would require it every 1.5 years).
this is what my acer looks like in fedora:
xbmc-live-usb is a live linux distro albeit very limited to mulimedia (sux that it seems you cant get to the command line terminal). maybe if you ran a more robust live-usb like knoppix or fedora you can at least check to see if your restore partition is still there and if so re-install win-7 ?
Stuck in middle of install - roatsche - 2010-12-13 05:12
How would I install fedora? Early in the install process, I think I was prompted to select a distro and chose ubuntu. I can't get back there to select something else.
Is there some command in linux to let the revo read the Windows recovery disk?
- schneidz - 2010-12-14 00:38
^ download the iso to a usb hard drive and boot from it:
it mite be a highly over-engineered solution, but maybe we can figure out what is going wrong inside.
next time you boot up xbmc, try hitting tab at the grub menu and adding this to the long line:
Stuck in middle of install - roatsche - 2010-12-14 23:33
I'm not sure what the grub menu is, but I tried hitting tab when "grub" appeared briefly at the top of the screen during bootup, and also when the menu appeared for selecting safe mode, but nothing happened either time.
Yesterday I received the recovery disks from Acer. I tried, as instructed, to boot up from the System Disk, but it didn't work. This morning I called Acer tech support. It turns out that apparently the revo no longer recognizes my external CD/DVD drive. I've returned the revo to Acer for repair, so this project will be on hold for a couple of weeks.
BTW, why am I trying to install xbmc live instead of the Windows version? Is there some advantage to getting involved with linux when all I want is a functioning media center so I can move on to other problems/projects?
- schneidz - 2010-12-15 09:24
it mite be 'e' to edit in grub (sorry i dont have a keyboard for my acer so i cant play around with it to figure it out).
the live version feels more like a set top box. (no mouse/ keyboard needed in the living room once it is all set-up).
if you got a version of windows i think the windows version would be quite similar
Stuck in middle of install - roatsche - 2010-12-15 20:14
I DO want it to act like a set-top box. When I get the acer back, hopefully it will have Windows reinstalled on it, and I can try again to install Live. But if it proves to be a giant hassle again, I'll reinstall Windows and go for the Windows version. I'll let you know what happens in a couple of weeks. Thanks again for your help.
- schneidz - 2010-12-16 15:25
roatsche Wrote:... and I can try again to install Live...your welcome, i dont know if this is the rite way but i didnt install it to the hard drive. when i want to watch a movie or youtube i boot it from the 4 gb usb drive. when i want to do something in windows (which is rare in my living room) i hit f12 and tell it to boot from the internal hard drive. (the benefit of running a live os is that it doesnt touch the internal hard drive -- unless you tell it to)