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#161929 23-Jan-2015 15:34
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Ok so I have a brand new install untouched of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ? and the end game is xbmc/kodi installed

Now last time i tried to install a program on Ubuntu i spent about 20 hours and no success this demonstrates my level of Unbuntu (that really is a stupid name!)

So what is the easiest, quickest, best, most efficient way to install Please oh clever ones light the way!




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  #1220870 23-Jan-2015 15:46
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I presume there's an excellent reaon not to use one of the all in one Kodi linux builds? (like this not being a dedicated media player machine) If not, then definitely use one of those.

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  #1220885 23-Jan-2015 16:03
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If dedicated to Kodi, why not use OpenELEC ?

 
 
 
 


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  #1220888 23-Jan-2015 16:10
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Installing stuff in Ubuntu in general, or XBMC/KODI in particular?

In general:
1. Add "Synaptic" to your menu bar, and use that to install stuff where possible.
2. Look out for "sudo apt-get ..." commands. If they're listed, open a new Terminal (keep this locked to your menu bar too), and copy and paste them one by one.
3. "Ubuntu Software Centre" is also a good way to install software.
4. If installation instructions want you to "make" something, it may get complicated. Probably the first thing to do is "sudo bash".
5. If installation instructions include a .sh file, it may get complicated. Probably the first thing to do is "sudo bash".



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  #1220968 23-Jan-2015 17:44
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Talkiet: I presume there's an excellent reaon not to use one of the all in one Kodi linux builds? (like this not being a dedicated media player machine) If not, then definitely use one of those.

Cheers -N


Still cant find the kodi icon trying a reboot see ift shows otherewise is there a allin one that you would suggest?




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  #1220976 23-Jan-2015 17:53
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Yep - this...

http://openelec.tv/

 

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center. OpenELEC is designed to make your system boot fast, and the install is so easy that anyone can turn a blank PC into a media machine in less than 15 minutes.

 

     

  • It's completely free!
  • A full install is only 90-125MB using only minimal hardware requirements
  • Simple installers & diskimages for HDD, SSD, Compact Flash, SD card, USB etc.
  • Now one generic build for Nvidia, AMD, Intel based on x64/x86-64 hardware
  • Separate builds for Raspberry Pi and Apple TV (upto v4.2.1, now deprecated)
  • Freescale iMX6 ARM builds for Cubox-i, CuboxTV and Hummingboard boxes
  • Simple configuration through the Kodi & OpenELEC interfaces
  • Plug and Play external storage
  • File sharing via the SAMBA file protocol out-of-the-box



Cheers -N





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  #1220982 23-Jan-2015 18:04
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gnfb:
Talkiet: I presume there's an excellent reaon not to use one of the all in one Kodi linux builds? (like this not being a dedicated media player machine) If not, then definitely use one of those.

Cheers -N


Still cant find the kodi icon trying a reboot see ift shows otherewise is there a allin one that you would suggest?



Ok I found the secret clue to break in

ctrl+alt+t  kodi enter Ha! i could have worked on the Enigma machine





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  #1221336 24-Jan-2015 12:54
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I am going to try the open elec although its not a slam dunk to install I am sure the second install takes 5 mins the first looks like it will take several hours to figure out let you know how i go




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  #1221593 24-Jan-2015 22:09
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I run Openelec on my Xtreamer Ultra2 (basically an Atom based PC), it's almost idiot proof to install! :-)

WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) is very high, she uses it more than me with no problems at all!

I tried the Ubuntu journey for XBMC or Plex  but it was an awful experience some much faffing around just to get video out to HDMI and fitting the screen properly, never mind getting the Media Centre remote working!



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  #1221727 25-Jan-2015 10:15
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Mark: I run Openelec on my Xtreamer Ultra2 (basically an Atom based PC), it's almost idiot proof to install! :-)

WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) is very high, she uses it more than me with no problems at all!

I tried the Ubuntu journey for XBMC or Plex  but it was an awful experience some much faffing around just to get video out to HDMI and fitting the screen properly, never mind getting the Media Centre remote working!


I agree it does see good option but our definition of idiot proof must be different
Idiot proof = download item click file marked install = done :)




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  #1221809 25-Jan-2015 13:06
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Ok so Oplenlec was pretty easy I have to admit

Even so there were various decisions that had to be mad along the way that for my part were guesses

I followed
http://openelec.tv/
http://openelec.tv/index.php/get-openelec

next is a choice of 32 bit or 64bit they give pointers to make decision
i went with the 64bit and choose the first option of a zipped file rather than the img
I choose correct option!
http://releases.openelec.tv/OpenELEC-Generic.x86_64-5.0.0.tar


  next you need instructions as to what to do
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Installation
 then
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/HOW-TO:Installing_OpenELEC
  next read this page but the link is not obvious so here it is
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/HOW-TO:Installing_OpenELEC/Creating_The_Install_Key

here you think u have gone to the wrong page as its all about linux but tere is a tab for windows
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/HOW-TO:Installing_OpenELEC/Creating_The_Install_Key#tab=Windows

here the program has changed and doesnt look like the images but it fairly easy to follow just make sure you format the drive!!

Then you will end up with your stick that you can plug into your media device box thingy pc

You may have to go into the back bit of the OS and get it to boot to the usb stick but then just follow the instructions DO NOT JUST CLICK THROUGH there are decisions to make

then you reboot and it goes staright into the new kodi program..well mine did

I havnt checked out if my remote works or sound works etc no reason why it wouldnt ....famous last words....

hope this helps somone else
   





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  #1221816 25-Jan-2015 13:23
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HOLD THE PHONE
I may have spoken to soon went  to select a youtube it selects then goes back to the kodi home
tried a video of a drive same thing
so lets have a quick look to see if I can resolve this before we say stick to ubuntu
will be beack




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  #1221841 25-Jan-2015 13:50
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Ok so a further 30 minutes of playing around and i got it working i flicked off some video accelerators in the setup
 
Very messy




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  #1223559 27-Jan-2015 20:37
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gnfb: Ok so a further 30 minutes of playing around and i got it working i flicked off some video accelerators in the setup
 
Very messy


Hmm .. what hardware are you trying to run it on ?

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