[Linux] HOW-TO install XBMC for Linux on Asrock ION 330 with full Ubuntu Desktop - Printable Version
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- maghus - 2009-10-12 20:15
damob Wrote:Help required here for a newby. I have followed both instructions for installing the nvidia gfx driver on my new asrock ion 300 nettop but as soon as my machine restarts, my monitor goes blank. I can ctrl+alt+f1 to get to a terminal window but going back to what would be the gnome window, the monitor goes off. The only way for me to overcome this is to go into recovery mode at boot and use xfix to repair video problems and then resume. Going into the Nvidia X Server Settings gives me a message about "you do not appear to be using the nvidia X driver, please edit x configuration using nvidia-xconfig. I do this as root, restart the PC and I am back to a blank monitor!
Has anyone found a solution for this? I have been googleing for hours and can not find a solution for the above. My computer works great with my Apple monitor via DVI but when I connect it to my Samsung UE-B407070 I get a flickering red background during startup and then the signal disappears when entering Gnome. In recovery mode I am able to get to Gnome but then without the NVIDIA driver and still flickering and red background with stripes.
I have tried all possible options on my TV.
Any help is much appreciated!
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-12 23:00
Quote:Originally Posted by damob
I do not know what you have done, but it does not sound to good that you have followed both instructions. You should follow one...and if you want to switch you should uninstall the previous.
have you done:
sudo nvidia-xconfig -s --no-logo --force-generate
- maghus - 2009-10-12 23:33
vikjon0 Wrote:I do not know what you have done, but it does not sound to good that you have followed both instructions. You should follow one...and if you want to switch you should uninstall the previous.
Sorry, no I uninstalled the first driver before reinstall.
Just tried your command now in recovery mode but with no luck..
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-12 23:45
Ok, I don't know how to troubleshoot this.
It working without problem on asrock for many people, either you are doing something wrong or it does not work with your TV for some reason.
You could try with a computer screen with VGA cable and you can also try both NVIDIA 180 & 185
- maghus - 2009-10-13 00:04
Ok, thanks anyway for a great guide. I'll reinstall and post the result
- Scott R - 2009-10-16 15:47
Based on the subject line of this thread and from reading the initial post, I'm unclear as to what the pros/cons of following this How-To versus this one:
The OP even referenced that other How-To in the 1st page of this thread and that How-To was first posted about a month before this thread was started, so I would assume that there are advantages to one vs the other that I'm not understanding (I'm a Linux noob, BTW). It seems like that other How-To installs things via the desktop, whereas this one does more through the terminal window or putty. I'm in the process of installing Ubuntu Desktop right now (for the 2nd time) and am trying to figure out which How-To I should try (I'm leaning towards this one which is why I'm posting this here and not in that other thread).
FWIW, I have an Acer AspireRevo w/Windows XP. I'm keeping the XP partition (for now anyway), which is why I couldn't use XBMC Live (I used it to install to a USB stick but that keeps getting corrupted).
For the purpose of the instructions given in the original post, is the Acer Revo essentially equivalent to the Asrock?
Also, I followed the instructions here when creating my partitions, but I'm just curious why it's important not to set the mount point of the storage partition during the install?
Lastly, the How-To advises to set up auto-login after the first time you boot up into Ubunutu Desktop, but the installation process gives you the option to set auto-login at that time, so I did that. If there's some significance to that, let me know. Otherwise, perhaps you might want to tweak the How-To to indicate that auto-login can be checked off during the installation wizard.
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-16 18:05
Quote:Based on the subject line of this thread and from reading the initial post, I'm unclear as to what the pros/cons of following this How-To versus this one:He has screen shots and explain what he is doing. Mine is just a log of the commands to use...but it is more complete.
Quote:For the purpose of the instructions given in the original post, is the Acer Revo essentially equivalent to the Asrock?I think so yes.
Quote:why it's important not to set the mount point of the storage partition during the install?This is probably because I don't know that much linux. If there is a good way to mount it directly that is fine. My point is that I do not want to mount this partion as part of the OS. I want it be an empty folder in the root.
Quote:Lastly, the How-To advises to set up auto-login after the first time you boot up into Ubunutu Desktop, but the installation process gives you the option to set auto-login at that time, so I did that. If there's some significance to that, let me know. Otherwise, perhaps you might want to tweak the How-To to indicate that auto-login can be checked off during the installation wizard.Thats fine...but do you not get a timed login if you check that? If so you still have to go to this dialog and removed the timed function.
- Scott R - 2009-10-16 23:25
vikjon0 Wrote:He has screen shots and explain what he is doing. Mine is just a log of the commands to use...but it is more complete.OK, thanks for the quick reply. I'm a long-time XBMC on classic XBox user and have been experimenting with various installs for my Revo. I first installed XBMC Live onto a USB stick and that seemed to work really well after a couple of tweaks. A 1080p .ts file I tested with seemed to play very smooth. But the USB stick kept getting corrupted. I didn't want to lose the XP partition, so I couldn't use the XBMC Live disc to install to my hard drive.
I tried an Ubuntu Desktop install and then followed the XBMC wiki for installing XBMC thru the GUI, but that didn't work well. So then I tried following other guides which fixed some things but broke others and left me with a buggy mess.
I then installed XBMC onto Windows XP and that was easy, but of course, it isn't optimized for the NVIDIA GPU. MPC-HC plays my .ts file very well, though.
So then I reinstalled Ubuntu Desktop and followed your guide today. Everything went very, very well. You did an excellent job detailing the steps.
vikjon0 Wrote:This is probably because I don't know that much linux. If there is a good way to mount it directly that is fine. My point is that I do not want to mount this partion as part of the OS. I want it be an empty folder in the root.The first time I did the Ubuntu Desktop install, I typed in /storage for the mount point, but I don't know enough about Linux to know if that had the desired result, and I've since reinstalled according to your guide, so I can't look at it any more.
vikjon0 Wrote:Thats fine...but do you not get a timed login if you check that? If so you still have to go to this dialog and removed the timed function.I don't believe you get a timed login for the initial bootup. Only when I "Log off" from Gnome do I see the login screen with the timer.
Anyways, like I said, great write-up. Unfortunately, I had some problems...
When I went to play my .ts file, it was horribly choppy. It would later be discovered that the problem was that, for some reason, my Revo ended up connecting to the router at 10Mbps (previously, with XBMC Live and Windows XP it was correctly connecting at 100Mbps). Not sure of the reason for that, but before I diagnosed it, I assumed that it was a problem with this install, so I then tried upgrading to the latest svn, messing around with a bunch of settings, and wasting a lot of time Googling for answers. After figuring out the ethernet issue, I attempted to get it all working again, but I'm stuck with the following problems:
1) xbmc-standalone seems to cause me video problems. I get mostly green and lots of blockiness. It never seems to settle down. Someone replied in a thread I was following that having only 1GB (which I do) can cause green screen issues, but I've successfully played my .ts file in XBMC Live. And if I uninstall the xbmc-standalone piece, boot into Gnome, and then run XBMC from there, I can play my .ts file OK. I would have thought that using xbmc-standalone would have resulted in less resources being used up since Gnome wouldn't be loading in the background (right?). Any ideas on this?
2) The stop button on my remote is exiting XBMC (bumping me back to Gnome). I don't think it was doing this the first time I followed your guide, so I think it somehow got screwed up in the process of me uninstalling/reinstalling things, though I don't know why. I don't know if this is a problem with the remote mapping data or if its a byproduct of XBMC being taxed when playing my video files, but it happens with a DVD .iso file as well, so I don't think that's the problem. In any case, any ideas for how I could fix this?
3) While video playback (without xbmc-standalone installed) is *very good*, it's not perfect. I see some very subtle choppiness. It's very slight, such that audio is unaffected and, at a casual glance, you might not even notice it. But it's not silky smooth. And, yes, I have the "Composite" "Disable" option set. I am thinking that maybe I'm taxing my 100Mbps network (which is likely not delivering a full 100Mbps), but MPC-HC on Windows XP seems to play back my .ts file perfectly smooth. Still, I've got an 8-port gigabit switch being delivered tomorrow, so hopefully bandwidth turns out to be the issue and it gets solved once I put that in place.
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-17 09:39
Are you using the latest svn? If so maybe your are unluckey with the current version. I havent updated for a long time now since I waiting for a new stable.
I don't recognize your problems so the svn is my best guess.
And of course, try playing the files locally not over network.
You did make sure that you have 512mb assigned to your video card? This is necessary even if you only have 1G total.
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-17 12:15
I have now upgraded BIOS to 1.60 and enabled the new "good night LED" setting.
It is not perfect, all lights are completly shutdown and you cant even see that it is powered up.
I think I will still keep the LED of. I guess they need a HW upgrade to keep the light a "little on"
Don't forget to turn the GPU memory back to 512Mb after bios flash.