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Frequently Asked Questions for KodiBuntu (formally known as XBMCbuntu).


1 General FAQ

See also: All platforms FAQ for FAQs that apply to all versions of Kodi.
See also: Linux FAQ for general Kodi on Linux questions.

1.1 What is Kodibuntu?


Kodibuntu is a combination Kodi/operating system for use on PCs that are mainly just running Kodi. It is an alternative to installing Windows or a larger (and sometimes more complicated) Linux-based OS.

1.2 What version of Lubuntu is used by the current Kodibuntu?

For v13 and v14, Kodibuntu is based on Lubuntu 14.04LTS (Trusty Tahr)

1.3 What are Kodibuntu's minimum and recommended requirements?


1.4 Upgrading Kodi


To update Kodi when a new version is released, just do a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal (or via SSH):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: In some cases where additional packages are required, Kodi will fail to upgrade when using the upgrade commands as above. To install additional packages use the command below:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2 Drivers

2.1 How can I Upgrade NVidia drivers in Ubuntu/Kodibuntu and variants?


Nvidia as well as drivers suppliers for Ubuntu and variants, recommended user to install these packages via repositories provided! The maintainers ensure the drivers are correct and compatible to the distro being targeted.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Attention talk.png Nvidia Drivers updates Kodibuntu.Ubuntu and variants forum discussion thread

3 Handling files & Backups

3.1 How can I transfer files to/from Kodibuntu?


Use SFTP with a client such as Cyberduck or FileZilla or scp via SSH within Linux/OS X shell. username and password is xbmc, kodi, blank or the Kodi password selected during install.

See also: Connecting to Kodibuntu via SFTP
See also: Connecting to Kodibuntu via SSH

3.2 How can I backup all my settings to restore them if something goes wrong?


You can use the Add-on:Backup Backup and restore your Kodi 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.

4 Connectivity

4.1 How can I connect a bluetooth keyboard/mouse/remote??


A good way to decipher this is to:

See this video:http://lubuntu.net/blog/lubuntu-screencast-bluetooth

5 Troubleshooting

5.1 What if I have audio issues with Kodibuntu?


You can look at the audio troubleshooting page below, if your problems persist, you can always try to search for answers to your problem in forums and if none are found open your own thread. Remember to have Debug log handy in pastebin, in such cases.

See: Audio Troubleshooting

5.2 Can't install, because the install window is too big?


In the event you come across this issue, you can look at adapting the solutions proposed in the forum post below.

See Can't install because the install window is too big?

5.3 Can't install because the text is too small?


In the event you come across this issue, you can look at adapting the solutions proposed in the forum post below.

See Can't install because the text is too small?

6 Upgrading Ubuntu / Kodibuntu

6.1 How do I upgrade the Kodibuntu base OS?


To actually upgrade the underlying Linux which "Kodibuntu" is based on, it is possible to do so via release upgrade.

There are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. It's not a method recommended lightly to inexperienced users, doing so means you understand and accept responsibility for breaking your system.

BACKUP! Never attempt any upgrades without having proper backups of the files you consider important or value or have a full system image/backup of working system you can restore.
RECOMMENDED! It is possible (in order to preserve systems tweaks) to just upgrade Kodi itself by treating it as a normal Linux package and update/install via: Upgrading Kodi via ppa in Kodibuntu

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
sudo do-release-upgrade

This should upgrade your Base distribution, however if your current version is too old it may require repeating these steps until you reach the desired version. Do note that this is not recommended to inexperienced Linux users in case of breakages that you wont be able to resolve.

7 Known issues

See: Common issues

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