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Installation issues / Unable to Install, tried EVERYTHING... HELP!
« on: August 03, 2008, 12:15:07 am »
I have been at this for weeks, read all to forum and wiki pages and tried just about every combination of hardware and software changes to make this work but I still can't get a working LinuxMCE system on my computer. PLEASE HELP ME! :(

My Specs:
abit n76hd (onboard Nic 10/100000, onboard nvidia 8200gs with DVI, HDMI and VGA, onboard sound, etc etc) BIOS up to date
2.7 AMD X2 (dual core) 64 bit
4gb ram, 120gb IDE and 750 SATA, Hauppage150 tuner, Atheros Wifi 802.11g PCI card.
ATI Radeon PCI graphics card (256 or 512 dont know)
Nvidia 8500 GT PCI Express card

To preface this machine runs Vista, blech :( just fine with no problems. Kubuntu 8.04 works PERFECTLY on it with ALL onboard video, sound and nic operating perfectly. OSX86 Kalyway also works great as well if you are interested. I have tried MythTV and its various distrobutions but I really want the features and functions that MCE offers so begins my quest... Here is what I have done so far with the results I got:

1) Tried installing to the SATA (and IDE) drive via the downloaded (and MD5 checked) DVD iso burned at 1x with the onboard HDMI (and tested with DVI, VGA and DVI with VGA converter) my bios appears correctly and I am able to choose memory test (checks out fine) and select the install LinuxMCE AMD64 version, I select this and my screen goes dark, I have waited for <15 minutes and nothing ever appears on screen.

2)Installed the ATI PCI card, I am able to see the installation screen and can install to my IDE drive, SATA drive is not seen at all, DVD installs correctly and I am able to progress through the AV Wizard but I can only get UI1 to work. I install Nvidia drivers and reboot, AV Wizard never starts up again, X is unable to start message appears onscreen. Xorg.conf file checks out fine with no errors and nothing out of the ordinary that I could see.  This works, but I cannot see the new UI (becuase its ATI) nor does my onboard NIC, sound or of course Nvidia card work. Wifi card does work. Kubuntu 8.04 sees all my stuff fine so I believe this is due to a more updated kernel in the later version of Kubuntu. Closer, but disappointing...

3) Install Kubuntu 7.10 bare from kubuntu website. Again SATA drive, onboard NIC, sound and nvidia not recognized. Updated and installed nvidia drivers tested them rebooted and everything works. Downloaded (and MD5 checked) the AMD64 iso files from as well as Kubuntu AMD64 7.10 iso (also MD5 checked). Tried installing via the CD, both LinuxMCE isos check out fine but the Kubuntu is unable to cache, I have tried Kubuntu 7.10 x86 and AMD64 versions with the same result. Perhaps there is a Installer approved 7.10 iso that someone could point me towards, I am downloading direct of the kubuntu website, wala wala washington USA ftp site.

4) Purchased a Nvidia 8500 GT PCI express card thinking that perhaps it wouldnt see the onboard but a external one would work better. Same results as #1 each way I try it. It should be noted that My abit motherboard and this card work together to provide better graphics support (I have tested with this function turned off and on in my bios). DVD installer goes to a black screen after I choose to install. Tested via the VGA and DVI port and with a DVI/VGA adapter.

I am confident I can get the onboard sound, nic and sata working once I actually have a usable system with the nvidia drivers. If ANYONE has any ideas or insight as to how I can get this running with UI2 through my nvidia onboard I would be most appreciative. Thanks!

Hello, I am desperately trying to get a LinuxMCE system up and running in my house and am having troubles in my first step. The system I am intending on installing on is a abit a-n78hd with an onboard GeForce 8200, 2g ram, 120 Sata. My problem is that I cannot get anything to display on screen during the AMD 64 710 DVD installation, I get the initial Kubuntu  sreen where I can choose 'Install LinuxMCE 0710 for AMD64', I see a couple of terminal commands and then my screen goes black. I have tested this on both an LCD display and a old CRT monitor with the same results, I have also tried on the VGA, DVI and HDMI ports, each with the same result. I have left it sit for 30-45 minutes ad nothing ever comes on screen.

Next I chose to try installing off an existing Kubuntu 7.10 installation, I have downloaded the ISO images, and got the LinuxMCE installer to appear on my dkestop, however when it comes to caching the LinuxMCE CD1 it gives a response back 'unable to cache lmce cd1' or something similar. I have tried it both with a CDR burned at 2x speed AND with the ISO image, both times 1 get the same response.

I have looked high and low for step by step inscructions for compiling from source, however I have only found references to comiling SVN once you have the actual mce system installed (


I have been unable to get this thing running and have been at it for 3 days, testing each way I can think. Anyone have an answer? Or better yet a way to install on Kubuntu 8.04?

Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated!

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