[Linux] HOW-TO install XBMC for Linux on Asrock ION 330 with full Ubuntu Desktop - Printable Version
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- Scott R - 2009-10-17 15:30
vikjon0 Wrote:Scott,After uninstalling and reinstalling, I believe I restored myself to the current PPA build, but I'll try to confirm that. I do have my GPU memory allocation maxed out in the BIOS, but I don't remember what that number was (I was thinking that with 1GB of RAM I could only max it to 256MB, but I'll double-check). Again, though, I don't have video issues with XBMC Live.
I just posted this in another thread, so I'm going to repost it here, since it might be useful for you to add to the bottom of your original post. It might also be useful for you to document what your current versions of XBMC, the NVIDIA drivers, and the ALSA drivers.
Anyways, here's my repost from the other thread (http://forum.xbmc.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=112):
I've figured out how to uninstall (remove) XBMC from the CLI/Terminal (actually, I'm using putty from my Windows laptop for most of this, which is a little more convenient). And, while I haven't tried it out yet, I just found yesterday this info for determining what version you currently have installed:
I also found this piece of advice on http://vikjonlinuxhowto.blogspot.com/ for installing a specific XBMC version:
Quote:udo dpkg -i xbmc-common_9.04.2+svn22278-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc-skin-pm3-hd_9.04.2+svn22278-jaunty1_i386.deb xbmc-web-pm3_9.04.2+svn22278-jaunty1_i386.deb
So, first question...is all that info above correct? Just to clarify...are you saying that you're using the latest svn and it's working well? If so, is that the PPA release that I would get by way of updating my sources.list with this:
OK, so how would I go about determining the current version I have of the NVIDIA drivers? And what do I need to do to:
a) Install the latest version of them?
b) Remove what I've currently got?
c) Install a specific (non-latest) version of them?
Same questions for the ALSA drivers:
Again, I think this sort of information would be very useful to people, like me, who are purchasing a Revo specifically for XBMC, are new to Linux, and want to get a stable system so as to not clutter up the forums with tons of support questions.
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-17 15:53
Do you have VDPAU working in Live? Thats what I have read needs 512Mb.
Quote:So, first question...is all that info above correct? Just to clarify...are you saying that you're using the latest svn and it's working well? If so, is that the PPA release that I would get by way of updating my sources.list with this:
That will give you the latest svn.
I do NOT use the latest svn. I am waiting for a new stable. It is possible to get to a specific svn, but it is more complicated right now beceuasde they are doing a merge or something like that. I do not have this under control right now. I do not have time for the moment and will stay put where I am. (on r22429).
The quickest way to get i working prettty good is for you to skip the svn and install the stable PPA. That does work on at least Asrock ION 330. If it does not work for you it is most likely the missing 512mb that is the problem.
If it is possible to find a version today that works with 256mb I do not know. You could try downgrading to a svn version that is ok (search forum) or wait a few days, maybe the svn gets better for you soon.
Or get more memory.
If it does work with live try the same settings here.
- Scott R - 2009-10-17 16:23
OK, I just verified my BIOS settings. I've got it set to 256MB, which is the max it will let me set it to. But, as I said, I can play my test Blu-ray rip .ts file fine with XBMC Live (on USB stick) and with XBMC on Ubuntu Desktop. On the latter, I've noticed a very slight non-smoothness to the video playback, but I haven't had a chance to boot back up into Live and test to see if I'm seeing the same thing there. Also, as I said before, if I install xbmc-standalone, video stops working correctly (green blotches, blockiness, etc.).
And on Windows XP, with MPC-HC, I can play the video fine there as well. So, I'm fairly confident that the Revo is capable of playing back high-bitrate 1080p content with only the stock 1GB, but it's possible that extra RAM might help resolve the xbmc-standalone issue. Again, though, I was under the impression that xbmc-standalone simply causes Gnome to not run, so it makes no sense to me why things would perform worse with xbmc-standalone installed.
As for the revisions, can you comment on how to check what version of the NVIDIA and ALSA drivers I have, and the proper method for upgrading ALSA to the latest version (and, ideally, a specific version of either, if you know that). And, what version specifically you have of each of those?
- vikjon0 - 2009-10-17 16:37
You can see the alsa version when you run alsamixer.
Nvidia I am not sure but I am sure you can google it in 5sec.
If installed NVIDIA from ppa you have version 180,185,190 depending on what you installed and I think you see the extact version when you install & upgrade it. If you installed from nvidia home page you can see the version in the package file name.
- denis6902 - 2009-10-19 19:36
I got a Zotac Mini Itx N330 ION too and i just cant install nvidia drivers on it.
I installed a fresh jaunty 32bit 2 times already, and nothing.
After running updates, i go to harware drivers, and doesnt seem that i have a graphic card as i shows nothing in there.
I tried following the tutorial over XBMC forums on setting up this, and when it gets to login screen is asks for usrname and password as usual then i get the following message:
How can i download this driver from (CRT+ALT+F1) because i cant get to graphical mode as it fails to log in.
And i dont want to have to re-reintall it all again.
here is my error:
NOTE: Running 4GB or DDR2 / ubuntu32bit jaunty main
- kingaru - 2009-10-24 23:31
I'm using Logitech remote control with ASrock ION 330. Everything works more or less fine with it but just I can not find a way how to enable subtitles/sound toggle for movies by standard prefigured options. Can somebody advice please?
- fuggin - 2009-10-25 16:24
Hi, Ion 330 with XBMCbuntu per the wiki, running Jaunty 2.6.28-16-server kernel I get these errors when I try to install the nvidia driver from ppa
If anyone has any ideas or has seen this before and has a solution it would be appreciated.
* Resolved by using the generic kernel instead of the server... duh! *
- checkup - 2009-10-26 23:42
I don't know if it has already been posted to this thread. To avoid tearing over HDMI, you simply have to disable compiz. XBMC running with the 3d Desktop enabled will lead to tearing, no matter what.
- checkup - 2009-10-27 15:20
Oh and with the nvidia 190.x drivers, when you disabled compiz, you must not disable the hardware cursor, as this yields a "scrambled" pointer.
I don't know if this applies to 18x drivers as well.
I still need some information regarding colours over HDMI. Got the feeling the picture is a little too dark and as if the nvidia-settings/xvideo settings have no effect when VDPAU output is active... ?
- hakova - 2009-10-30 17:06
I am receiving my ASRock 330 today and I can't wait to put that little box to work . I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 to my desktop in a separate partition to test XBMC in advance. The only problem I had at that time was not being able to play DVDs for some reason. I did some reading which led me to believe that the new cdio libraries were not mounting DVDs appropriately. Then I tried the XBMC Live, which played the DVDs appropriately out of the box. Therefore I had decided to go with the XBMC Live option. However, last night I discovered that XBMC Live was not able to read DVDs with UDF format, which I happen to have quite a bit with mkv files in them. I had already removed the Ubuntu installation, so I couldn't check if Ubuntu 9.04 treated them any better. So here are my questions:
1. Do you guys have trouble playing DVDs with the minimal Ubuntu installation described in this tread? If not, did you do something special to overcome it, since I couldn't get it work in my experience, using my desktop, not ASRock.
2. Is it possible to partition the HD with gparted live CD first and then install XBMC Live to the first (small) partition to avoid reformatting the drive with every update of XBMC Live? If I get it right, that is the main disadvantage of XBMC Live installation.
3. Is Ubuntu minimal installation, as described here, any better than XBMC Live to read UDF formatted DVDs? If there is any work around for this problem that you are aware of, I would appreciate your sharing.
Thanks in advance for the replies.