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Old 12-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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fedora-17 live-usb + xbmc

i like using fedora on my acer revo 3600. all 4 partitions are used so i run it live.
i like the ext2 based fedora liveusb-creator better than the fat32 based unetbootin.
  • run sudo tail -f /var/log/messages then plug in the usb drive (keep note of the device node e.g.- /dev/sdx)
  • run gparted and select the device indicated above (delete the partition, make a new ext2 partition, apply all operations) close gparted when done.
  • run liveusb-creator and select the device indicated above (select the version you want from the dropdown, max out the persistent space, click start)
  • reboot, hold down del when you hear the cmos beep, set your usb drive as the first bootable hard drive. save bios and reboot.
  • when you get to the gnome-3 menu, configure your wifi/ ethernet settings.
  • run
    su -c "/sbin/chkconfig sshd on"
    su -c "system-config-firewall"
    and enable ssh as a trusted service then save and close.
  • install repos and packages:
    su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck'
    su -c "rpm -ivh"
    su -c "yum -y install wget akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs kernel xbmc lirc lirc-remotes lsdvd sshfs mplayer mencoder libdvdcss2 h264enc"
  • to make the new kernel usable in the live-usb and to enable the nvidia dirver and disable the open-source nouveau driver (which doesnt work with hdmi audio):
    su -
    echo 'add_dracutmodules+=" dmsquash-live "' >> /etc/dracut.conf
    new=`find /boot -name "vmlinuz*" | sort | tail -n 1 | cut -f 2- -d '-'`
    mv -f /boot/vmlinuz-$new ${bootpath}/vmlinuz0
    mv -f /boot/initramfs-${new}.img ${bootpath}/initrd0-nouveau.img
    ln -fs -T ${bootpath}/vmlinuz0 /boot/vmlinuz-$new
    ln -fs -T ${bootpath}/initrd0.img /boot/initramfs-${new}.img
    dracut /run/initramfs/live/syslinux/initrd0.img $new
  • reboot into the new kernel.
  • run alsamixer and unmute all s/pdif channels then click on volume -> sound preferences and choose the the hdmi-out channel in the hardware tab (there should be a way to do this in the command line ?)
  • add the line xbmc 2>/dev/null & to the end of /home/liveuser/.bash_profile

to get my mceusb remote to work, i had to copy to /etc/lirc/lircd.conf and i based this file .xbmc/userdata/keymaps/keyboard.xml on something i found online here: and then:
sudo service lirc start
sudo chkconfig lirc on

Last edited by schneidz; 12-18-2012 at 09:43 AM.


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