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==About Installation==
 
==About Installation==
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== Hardware notes ==
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See [[Hardware|this section for general hardware]] recommendations, and [[Video#PC_Preparation|this advice for PC preparation]].
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Welcome. This is the main page for all information relevant to LinuxMCE 0810.
  
LinuxMCE differs from other Home Theater PC systems in that some functions are performed by a [[Core]] PC and some functions are performed by a [[Media Director]] PC. A [[hybrid]] Core/Media Director PC does both.
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=Caveats=
  
For the central LinuxMCE Core server that will function on a home automation network, most recommended installations suggest 2 network interface cards (NICs). If you don't have a second NIC card already installed, it is easiest to do so <i>before</i> installing Kubuntu/LinuxMCE, since the second card will then be recognised and configured correctly during the initial installation. You won't have to fiddle with setting it up later. See [[Internal_LAN_setup|this section]] for tips on setting up a nested LinuxMCE LAN within an existing home LAN.
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*LinuxMCE is an extremely powerful, fantastic piece of software; have no doubt about that. But, please bear in mind that it is a project, not a product.  
  
(If you will have only a single PC acting as a hybrid Core/Media Director, 2 cards aren't strictly necessary, but putting them in at this stage will allow you to expand your network down the line.)
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*LinuxMCE 0810 is based on Ubuntu 8.10, which means that brand new hardware might not work out of the box. For this reason, if you are buying hardware specifically for your home automation system, you might want to use hardware that is a little older and save yourself some money at the same time. That said, in nearly all cases you will be able to get through any issues with a little patience and some help from the community. Unrecognised NICs is the most common issue.
  
For a PC acting as a Media Director (either as a standalone or as a hybrid), an nVidia graphics card is strongly recommended so that you can display the [[Selecting the Right UI|User Interface]] in the highest resolution (UI2). If you don't have one installed, it is easiest to do so before starting software installation. It is probably best to stick with an nVidia card on the Core PC as well. Make sure the card is installed prior to software installation.
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*<span style="color:#FF0000">Please please please be patient. Some parts of the installation can sometimes take hours. If in doubt, leave it overnight.</span>
  
[[Video|Check out this video and example installation]] of a complete installation that took this guy a few days and will likely take you a few weeks.
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=Installing 0810 Final=
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'''<span style="color:#FF0000">Caution: Installing LinuxMCE 0810 Final will wipe your entire drive! It is not designed to be dual-booted!</span>'''
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'''If you just want to quickly try LinuxMCE, then consider setting it up temporarily as a virtual machine on your Linux, Mac, or Windows box. [http://www.virtualbox.org/ VirtualBox] will allow you to do this'''
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# Download the LinuxMCE 0810 Final ISO from [http://linuxmce.iptp.org/release/LinuxMCE-8.10-final.iso here]. ''Note: Always burn at your DVD drive's lowest speed to reduce the chance of errors.''
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# Boot from the DVD.
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# Select your language
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# Select the top option "LinuxMCE"
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# Wait until the installer loads, and then...
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## '''Welcome''' - Select your language.
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## '''Where are you?''' - Select your location and time zone.
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## '''Keyboard layout''' - Select your keyboard layout.
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## '''Prepare disk space''' - Set up your partitions as you wish, but the second option "Guided - use entire disk" is perfectly OK.
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## '''Who are you?''' - Set up your username, password and the system name (call it whatever you want). This username/password is specifically for the underlying system i.e. Kubuntu, it is NOT for LinuxMCE; this is handled separately.
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## '''Ready to install''' - Check everything is as it should be, and press "Install".
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# Let installation run through, and then remove disk and press enter when instructed to do so.
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# Once the new Kubuntu installation has finished booting back up, click the "LinuxMCE" icon on the desktop. This will start the LinuxMCE installation. You may need to enter your Kubuntu password.
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# Wait until the LinuxMCE installation has finished running through, and reboot the system. You will see the following message when the installation is complete:
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The first phase of the install process is completed
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Reboot the system to start the final process.
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Done!
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Once the system has rebooted, the [[AVWizard_Step_by_Step|AV Wizard]] will start, followed by the [[House_Setup_Wizard|House Setup Wizard]] and [[Media_Player_Wizard|Media Setup Wizard]].

Revision as of 14:19, 15 November 2011

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About Installation


Welcome. This is the main page for all information relevant to LinuxMCE 0810.

Caveats

  • LinuxMCE is an extremely powerful, fantastic piece of software; have no doubt about that. But, please bear in mind that it is a project, not a product.
  • LinuxMCE 0810 is based on Ubuntu 8.10, which means that brand new hardware might not work out of the box. For this reason, if you are buying hardware specifically for your home automation system, you might want to use hardware that is a little older and save yourself some money at the same time. That said, in nearly all cases you will be able to get through any issues with a little patience and some help from the community. Unrecognised NICs is the most common issue.
  • Please please please be patient. Some parts of the installation can sometimes take hours. If in doubt, leave it overnight.


Installing 0810 Final

Caution: Installing LinuxMCE 0810 Final will wipe your entire drive! It is not designed to be dual-booted!

If you just want to quickly try LinuxMCE, then consider setting it up temporarily as a virtual machine on your Linux, Mac, or Windows box. VirtualBox will allow you to do this


  1. Download the LinuxMCE 0810 Final ISO from here. Note: Always burn at your DVD drive's lowest speed to reduce the chance of errors.
  2. Boot from the DVD.
  3. Select your language
  4. Select the top option "LinuxMCE"
  5. Wait until the installer loads, and then...
    1. Welcome - Select your language.
    2. Where are you? - Select your location and time zone.
    3. Keyboard layout - Select your keyboard layout.
    4. Prepare disk space - Set up your partitions as you wish, but the second option "Guided - use entire disk" is perfectly OK.
    5. Who are you? - Set up your username, password and the system name (call it whatever you want). This username/password is specifically for the underlying system i.e. Kubuntu, it is NOT for LinuxMCE; this is handled separately.
    6. Ready to install - Check everything is as it should be, and press "Install".
  6. Let installation run through, and then remove disk and press enter when instructed to do so.
  7. Once the new Kubuntu installation has finished booting back up, click the "LinuxMCE" icon on the desktop. This will start the LinuxMCE installation. You may need to enter your Kubuntu password.
  8. Wait until the LinuxMCE installation has finished running through, and reboot the system. You will see the following message when the installation is complete:
The first phase of the install process is completed
Reboot the system to start the final process.

Done!


Once the system has rebooted, the AV Wizard will start, followed by the House Setup Wizard and Media Setup Wizard.