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Frequently Asked Questions for XBMCbuntu

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1 General FAQ

See also: XBMC all platforms FAQ for FAQs that apply to all versions of XBMC.
See also: XBMC v13 (Gotham) FAQ for FAQs related to the (Gotham) v13 release.

1.1 What is XBMCbuntu?



1.2 What is the XBMCbuntu.iso?

The XBMCbuntu .iso is a Lubuntu based Linux distro, customised to provide point releases of XBMC like v13 Gotham. can also be used to create a bootable USB disk.
Because of the nature of Live facilities of Linux distros available in XBMCbuntu, you can also try-it-out without installing, thus not requiring any modifications to the host harddrive.

1.3 What version of Lubuntu is used by the current XBMCbuntu?

For Gotham v13, the XBMCbuntu is based on Lubuntu 14.04LTS (Trusty Tahr)

1.4 What are XBMCbuntu's minimum requirements?



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).

2 Installation

2.1 How do I get and install XBMCbuntu?



2.2 How do I resolve any install wizard's problems?


In the event, the XBMCbuntu install wizard isn't working for you, when selecting install from the grub menu options, do the following: XBMCbuntu

3 Upgrading

3.1 How do I upgrade XBMC from 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 below

4 Drivers

4.1 How can I Upgrade NVidia drivers in Ubuntu/XBMCbuntu 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 XBMCBuntu.Ubuntu and variants forum discussion thread

5 Handling files & Backups

5.1 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.

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

5.2 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.

6 Connectivity

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


A good way to decipher this is to:

See this video:

7 Troubleshooting

7.1 What if I have audio issues with XBMCbuntu?


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

7.2 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?

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

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

9 Known issues

See: XBMC v12 (Frodo) issues