Installing 1004

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Before proceeding its wise to read the FAQ.
Because of the fact that it's a delicate installation small things make a huge difference.

Please see below for details on Internet Installation and DVD Installation methods.

Note: an active internet connection is required for the internet install obviously. The DVD install does not REQUIRE an internet connection, but one is strongly recommended. Without an active internet connection, proprietary GPU drivers will not be installed. PCI IDs cannot be updated, and your install ID will become 1, though the features which require a unique ID are not currently implemented. Once you get to setup wizard, it will be difficult for many devices to be correctly installed without internet. The failure to install mythtv etc will take a very long time before you can start using the system etc. However all of this IS recoverable, except the install ID.

DVD Installation

The advantage over internet installation it is much more simple installation process, e.g. the "Diskless Image" is already created so no need to run

The first screen on boot has a prompt that simply says boot: Press enter and you will reach the install menu. Boot.jpg

A couple of things about the install menu. The headless install is very experimental. If you are running MythTV, I have NOT come up with a way to configure the backend reliably, so you are better off doing a hybrid install and turning off AutoStartMedia in /etc/pluto.conf by setting the boolean value at 0. The live boot currently loads the desktop. I am working to fix that. It should just dump into AVWizard. For nvidia chipsets this will mean it uses the nouveau driver, as a reboot is required to keep the nvidia driver happy. I have not been able to succesfully modprobe it.

Menu.jpg Language.jpg Time.jpg Key.jpg Partition.jpg

The Login options make no difference whatsoever on the user info page. In the end they will all exhibit the same behavior. Userinfo.jpg Install1.jpg

From here you will get a number of post install messages. Do NOT reboot until you are asked to do so. DO NOT remove the usb or DVD drive until the machine is actually rebooting... and if you miss it, from install menu choose boot to first hard drive before removing. There is some cleanup which occurs before reboot, and prompting to remove the DVD after cleanup caused some problems on certain chipsets, never dropping the plymouth shutdown splash... so it appeared to hang. This is why the process must be this way.



The next screen will be the first stage of firstboot, do NOT interrupt this. This will download things if internet is available, and configure several aspects of the core, and generate new keys etc. There will be a reboot. Networking etc will be finalized and the next screen you see will be AVWizard.

Internet Installation

Installing LinuxMCE-1004 over the network is a fairly easy process that involves:

  • Installing Kubuntu 1004
  • Updating Kubuntu 1004
  • Installing LinuxMCE-1004 on top of the updated Kubuntu 1004
  1. Install Lucid Lynx desktop and update it. (download Kubuntu 1004 desktop release from

Currently, only the 32bit version of LinuxMCE is available. Only download the i386 version of 1004 Kubuntu, even if your system can support 64bit versions. Note: If Kubuntu asks whether you would like to install/activate 'Restricted Drivers' for your video card, ignore it and continue to step 2.

  1. Grab the latest installer script from our servers. (changed to 1004 user:L3mce)
  2. Run the following script (as root):
  3. Reboot, wait for the activity to stop (see progress on console).

In other words, after installing Kubuntu:

  1. Run the following:
sudo -i
wget -q && chmod +x

If you have problems running, check this article. Otherwise please log a trac ticket.

If you then have problems netbooting your diskless media directors because you are receiving the error message "Diskless Setup Failed", check this article.

Keeping Up-to-date with updates

Note It is strongly recommended that you do not update/upgrade a stable, working system. Also check /etc/apt/sources.list for accuracy after install. user:L3mce

Once you have installed LinuxMCE-1004, all you need to do to keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest, is run the following from a terminal on the core and each MD:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: You should NOT run apt-get dist-upgrade after LinuxMCE is installed, as it can cause several problems, including having different kernel versions on your core and media directors, and the installation of new Kubuntu packages that can break some features!

Outstanding issues

  • The diskless image kernel package has a broken dependency.
  • Orbiter and OrbiterGen might race a bit
  • at least in one occasion the UI1 Orbiter didn't come back from the screen saver when keys and mouse were pressed