Thursday, December 27, 2012

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 6 - Configuring XBMC

Close but not quite yet. Next we change some hidden settings via command line and then some more via GUI. Below are settings I prefer. As usual, you probably want to set more than one of these differently.

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 5 - Recompile XBMC

Now it's getting more interesting. XBMC is notoriously bad in buffering content. There's various patches floating around but none of them really does what I'm looking for:

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 4 - lightdm

Next we need to fix annoying bug that prevents HDMI audio from working out of the box.

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 3 - OS tweaks

Since XBMCbuntu is just Ubuntu with some tweaks next we apply my usual Ubuntu fixes over it. Only major difference is that this time we're not removing Network-Damager. And of course bunch of XBMC specific changes.

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 2 - Install

Installation of XBMCbuntu is fairly straightforward and default settings are fine. Install will take less than half an hour.

Setting up XBMCbuntu 12 based HTPC - Part 1 - The beginning

I had here series of posts, more like notes, of my XBMC install. I've since found out better ways to fix some of problems explained in those posts. To avoid having two set of posts with different instructions I took old ones down and will post new instructions.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Shuttle XS35GT v1 and v2 BIOS upgrade without Windows

This post contains mostly same information as earlier WDIDLE / WDTLER post. This time we just create bootable USB stick for XS35 BIOS update instead of playing with HDD parameters.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wakeup from suspend, wireless Bluetooth / RF keyboard, udev and Ubuntu12.10

Finally got my HTPC wireless controls to wake-up it from suspend. I'm using PS3 BD Bluetooth remote with Trust Bluetooth 3.0 USB receiver (Atheros AR3011) and Logitech Wireless K400r with Logitech Unifying Receiver.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Recovering Zcom ZCN-1523H and Planet WNAP-7300 from bad firmware flash

OpenWrt Attitude Adjustment Beta2 images for Zcom ZCN-1523H a.k.a Planet WNAP-7300 are broken. You can do recovery by opening case (three hidden screws under label on back) and soldering serial port (115200-8-N-1, TX closest to AR71xx, RX next and then GND, ignore fourth pin). After adding serial port cause of fault was quite obvious (kernel lacks support for ZCN-1523H) and also how to repair it without adding serial port.

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