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== General FAQ ==
 
== General FAQ ==
 
:<big>''See also: '''[[XBMC all platforms FAQ]]''' for FAQs that apply to all versions of XBMC.''</big>
 
:<big>''See also: '''[[XBMC all platforms FAQ]]''' for FAQs that apply to all versions of XBMC.''</big>
:<big>''See also: '''[[XBMC v13 (Gotham) FAQ]]''' for FAQs related to the (Frodo) v12 release.''</big>
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:<big>''See also: '''[[XBMC v13 (Gotham) FAQ]]''' for FAQs related to the (Gotham) v13 release.''</big>
=== What is XBMCbuntu? ===
 
:'''XBMCbuntu''' is the XBMC Media Center software bundled with a embedded operating-system, for that set-top-box feeling. XBMCbuntu also lets you easily boot the XBMCbuntu CD in order to demo XBMC for your friends and family on practically any relatively modern computer, (as long as it was manufactured in the last 5-years or so it should meet the XBMC's minimum requirements).
 
  
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:XBMCbuntu '''.iso''' [[XBMCbuntu/FAQ#Get and Install XBMCbuntu|can also be used to create a bootable USB disk]] with a completely independent OS which can be booted, thus not requiring any modifications to the host PC disk.
 
:XBMCbuntu '''.iso''' [[XBMCbuntu/FAQ#Get and Install XBMCbuntu|can also be used to create a bootable USB disk]] with a completely independent OS which can be booted, thus not requiring any modifications to the host PC disk.
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=== What version of Ubuntu is used by the current XBMCbuntu? ===
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: Lubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)
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: Lubuntu 14.04LTS (Trusty Tahr)
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=== How can I transfer files to/from XBMCbuntu? ===
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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.
 
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:'' [[SFTP|Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SFTP]]
 
:''See also:'' [[SFTP|Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SFTP]]
 
:''See also:'' [[SSH|Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SSH]]
 
:''See also:'' [[SSH|Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SSH]]
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=== How can I backup all my settings to restore them if something goes wrong? ===
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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.
 
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.
 
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.
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=== What are the minimum requirement and recommended hardware for XBMC? ===
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===Notes===
 
:For end-users the recommended minimum requirement is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86 x86-based computer], with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Processing_Unit 3D GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)] that at least supports [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader_model Shader Model 3.0] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX DirectX version 9.0c] or later usually meet all of those mentioned requirements, ([[Team-XBMC]] recommends [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later] as NVIDIA are currently the manufacturer that offers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_hardware_and_FOSS good device-drivers for Linux] (and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later] supports OpenGL 2.0).
 
:For end-users the recommended minimum requirement is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86 x86-based computer], with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Processing_Unit 3D GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)] that at least supports [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader_model Shader Model 3.0] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX DirectX version 9.0c] or later usually meet all of those mentioned requirements, ([[Team-XBMC]] recommends [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later] as NVIDIA are currently the manufacturer that offers [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_hardware_and_FOSS good device-drivers for Linux] (and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia NVIDIA GeForce 6150 or later] supports OpenGL 2.0).
 
=== What are XBMCbuntu's minimum requirements? ===
 
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== '''Why do I get no audio devices detected ?''' ==
 
== '''Why do I get no audio devices detected ?''' ==

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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?

Link

XBMCbuntu

1.2 What is the XBMCbuntu.iso?

Link
XBMCbuntu .iso can also be used to create a bootable USB disk with a completely independent OS which can be booted, thus not requiring any modifications to the host PC disk.

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

Link
Lubuntu 14.04LTS (Trusty Tahr)

1.4 How can I transfer files to/from XBMCbuntu?

Link

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

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

Link

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.

1.6 What are XBMCbuntu's minimum requirements?

Link

XBMCbuntu

1.7 Notes

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 Why do I get no audio devices detected ?

See: XBMCbuntu no audio devices

3 How do I get and Install XBMCbuntu ?

For instructions on how to acquire, create a bootable usb flash drive, boot or install to/from

See: Create and install from/to a bootable USB flash drive

3.1 Resolving problematic installs

  1. Boot your system with the installer thumbdrive and select the "Try Ubuntu" option. This should boot into XBMC.
  2. Click the Shutdown menu in XBMC (lower-left corner) and select "Exit"
  3. You should be presented with a log-in screen. Click "Other..." and enter xbmc as the login and select XBMCbuntu from the dropdown menu (below the Login field).
  4. Click "Login" and you will be prompted for the Password; just leave it blank.
  5. Click "Login" again and the XBMCbuntu desktop should be displayed.
  6. On the top-left corner of the desktop should be an icon to install Ubuntu. Double-click the icon and, hopefully, you'll get the installation wizard this time.

3.2 Upgrading XBMC via 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 also: Connecting to XBMCbuntu via SSH
see also: Where are XBMC Packages for Ubuntu/Debian
see also: What might break when upgrading to v12
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:current_XBMC_providing_ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:the_ppa_you_wish_to_use

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install xbmc xbmc.bin

Note: The first 3 lines only needed if you have a testing ppa or unstable ppa providing xbmc and want to insert a different source, otherwise its only run the last 3 lines to upgrade, since XBMCbuntu already has a providing ppa this is the ppas you want ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

3.3 Upgrading NVidia drivers in Ubuntu and variants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Known issues

See: XBMC v12 (Frodo) issues