[mythtv-users] XBMC port to Linux and Mythtv

Jon Larson jtlarson at u.washington.edu
Mon Aug 27 15:09:08 UTC 2007



Steve MacLaren wrote:
> On 8/24/07, Phill Wiggin <alamar at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>>> Thanks, the problem is I no longer have the initial conditions (xbox
>>>       
>> bios
>>     
>>> and dashboard) necessary to perform step 6.
>>>
>>>  Considering the xbox is just a PC, in theory, one should be able to
>>>       
>> arrive
>>     
>>> at the final state (xbmc installed) by a combination of re-flashing the
>>>       
>> bios
>>     
>>> and installing the necessary "operating system".
>>>
>>>  Before I dive into the forum that is linked to by that how-to, I wanted
>>>       
>> to
>>     
>>> see if any of the fairly tech-savvy folks on this list had encountered
>>>       
>> and
>>     
>>> dealt with this issue...
>>>
>>>       
>> This isn't a simple proposition.  Without getting into gory details,
>> XBMC requires a hacked MS bios, a pre-compiled XBMC, and xbmcmythtv
>> python scripts, and a FatX (I think) formatted filesystem.
>>
>> There are auto-installer disks that will set up a dashboard for you
>> (check out xbox-scene.com or google for more info) and give you the
>> ability to FTP the XBMC and xbmcmythtv files onto the harddrive.
>> These disks will blow away your current HD install, IIRC.
>>     
>
>
> Not a problem, I've ftp'd everything I wanted off the thing under Xebian.
>
> A relatively simple thing to do would be to flash your bios w/ a
>   
>> hacked MS bios, and build an XBMC/xbmcmythtv DVD. (Instructions are on
>> the 'net).  The hacked MS bios would try to boot off the DVD drive
>> first, and pull up XBMC for you to use (or try out to be sure you want
>> to use it on your HD).  This will preserve your Linux install; you'd
>> just need to reflash cromwell to get back to where you are now.
>>
>> If you _only_ want to use your xbox for XBMC, you can use a BIOS
>> editing tool and modify a hacked bios to load xbmc.xbe instead of
>> default.xbe. (This has the effect of auto-running XBMC instead of the
>> dashboard whenever you turn on the xbox.)
>>     
>
>
> Thanks for the guidance and the tip about xbmc.xbe.  Yes, I only want to use
> this as an XBMC mythFE.
>
> This is all rather far afield of MythTV. Xbox-scene.com is the site
>   
>> you want (again, IIRC).
>>
>> Sorry for not being terribly specific,  but I haven't looked into this
>> stuff in ages.
>>     
>
>
> Phill,  I appreciate your help.  I've already started combing through the
> X-S forum for details.  Like I said, the intention is to turn the box into a
> dedicated mythFE.  I just wanted to get a better understanding of the
> process from those here who may have done it themselves.
>   
If you can get it to the point where it will boot off a boot DVD (don't 
remember if Cromwell does this), I'd recommend Auto-Installer Disk (AID) 
as a helpful setup tool.


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