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Frequently Asked Questions for XBMCbuntu
1 General FAQ
- See also: XBMC all platforms FAQ for FAQs that apply to all versions of XBMC.
- See also: XBMC v12 (Frodo) FAQ for FAQs related to the (Frodo) v12 release.
1.1 What is XBMCbuntu?
- XBMCbuntu is the XBMC Media Center software bundled with a embedded operating-system, for that set-top-box feeling. XBMCbuntu also lets you easily boot the XBMCbuntu CD in order to demo XBMC for your friends and family on practically any relatively modern computer, (as long as it was manufactured in the last 5-years or so it should meet the XBMC's minimum requirements).
- XBMCbuntu .iso can also be used to create a bootable USB disk with a completely independent OS which can be booted, thus not requiring any modifications to the host PC disk.
1.2 What version of Ubuntu is used by the current XBMCbuntu?
- Lubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)
1.3 Why two ISO's for XBMCUbuntu v12?
- xbmcbuntu-12.00.Intel-AMD.iso is for AMD GPU's
- xbmcbuntu-12.00.Intel-NVidia.iso is for both Intel and Nvidia GPU's
1.4 How can I transfer files to/from XBMCbuntu?
Use SFTP with a client such as Cyberduck or FileZilla or scp via SSH within Linux/OS X shell. username and password is xbmc blank or the xbmc password selected during install.
1.5 How can I backup all my settings to restore them if something goes wrong?
You can use the Add-on:XBMC Backup Backup and restore your XBMC database and configuration files in the event of a crash or file corruption.
Alternatively if you do not wish to use a addon, you can navigate to your userdata folder and copy/archive all its contents to a external drive. This can be achieved various ways, depending on your OS.
1.6 What are the minimum requirement and recommended hardware for XBMC?
- For end-users the recommended minimum requirement is a x86-based computer, with a 3D GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that at least supports Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0 (that features 24bpp or 32bpp for 3D hardware-acceleration support, which XBMC GUI need to run smoothly at an acceptable frame-rate). Graphic adapters that support DirectX version 9.0c or later usually meet all of those mentioned requirements, (Team-XBMC recommends NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later as NVIDIA are currently the manufacturer that offers good device-drivers for Linux (and NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later supports OpenGL 2.0).
1.7 What are XBMCbuntu's minimum requirements?
- x86 (Intel/AMD-based) processor computer capable of booting to CD-ROM.
- ATI/AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA (recommended) graphic controller which supports OpenGL 1.3 (+ GLSL) or later (2.0 recommended).
- Optional is to install to a 2GB (or larger) USB-flash-drive.
- If you like to install XBMC Live to USB then note that it can not still have U3 software on it (so uninstall that first).
- Larger than 2GB is if you have a lot of media as covers are cached on it.
2 Why do I get no audio devices detected ?
3 How do I get and Install XBMCbuntu ?
For instructions on how to acquire, create a bootable usb flash drive, boot or install to/from
3.1 Resolving problematic installs
- Boot your system with the installer thumbdrive and select the "Try Ubuntu" option. This should boot into XBMC.
- Click the Shutdown menu in XBMC (lower-left corner) and select "Exit"
- You should be presented with a log-in screen. Click "Other..." and enter xbmc as the login and select XBMCbuntu from the dropdown menu (below the Login field).
- Click "Login" and you will be prompted for the Password; just leave it blank.
- Click "Login" again and the XBMCbuntu desktop should be displayed.
- On the top-left corner of the desktop should be an icon to install Ubuntu. Double-click the icon and, hopefully, you'll get the installation wizard this time.
3.2 Upgrading XBMC via ppa in XBMCbuntu
You dont have to necessarily wipe your current install to try a new Version of XBMC, like a nightly version or beta for example, you can just fire up Putty or a shell in Linux/OS X
- see also: Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SSH
- see also: What might break when upgrading to v12
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:current_XBMC_providing_ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:the_ppa_you_wish_to_use sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc.bin
3.3 Upgrading NVidia drivers in Ubuntu and variants
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates apt-get update sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
|Nvidia Drivers updates XBMCBuntu, Ubuntu and variants forum discussion thread|
4 How can I connect a bluetooth keyboard/mouse/remote?
- See this video:http://lubuntu.net/blog/lubuntu-screencast-bluetooth