The purpose: try if XBMC is compatible with the hardware of a PC before doing a full installation.
Tested on my Acer iDea 510 with success. Works quite well and could replace Windows 8 Pro with the Media Center Pack !
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- Download Linux Live USB Creator, a.k.a. Lili, to create a bootable USB Key with a linux (Could also try Unetbootin USB Creator ?...).
- Download an ISO of XBMCbuntu from here.
- Version 12 RC 3 of XMBCbuntu is not yet supported by Lili. In addition this version does not include DXVA support yet...
- To boot another linux, for any purpose, download an ISO for i386 compatible with Lili (When using UNetbootin downloads itself the selected Linux image).
- Create the bootable USB Key following the how-to.
- Choose a USB flash drive in the dropdown list.
- Select the ISO of XBMCbuntu downloaded previously.
- Choose the size of persistent data (usually between 250 MB and 2 GB).
- Check all the options.
- Click the lightning button to start the creation.
Tested on an HTPC Acer iDea 510:
- First try failed. It stops with "load fallback graphics devices [Fail]"
- Open the file syslinux\txt.cfg
- Search and Replace "quiet splash" with "quiet splash vmalloc=256M"
- Second try: great !!! There is much less "lag" than in Windows 8 Pro + Media Center Pack
- The remote control works fine so far. Including Shutdown (power-off).
- Configuring the System to use Suspend instead of Shutdown works fine only once.
- Suspend is really immediate (less than 1 sec).
- However, I didn't find yet how to configure the remote to wake-up the HTPC.
- Pressing the power button on the HTPC wakes up XBMC is less than 2 sec
- Trying again to Suspend the HTPC will result in a black screen with the cursor blinking... A hard reboot is required
- During the use of XBMC, I was able to play HD movies from a SMB Shared Folder of my Synology.
- Sound plays in 2.0 (stereo), also for movies in 5.1 (with downmix), but default volume is really low compared to the default volume in Windows 8. Within XBMC, I have to boost the Volume Amplification. So it's not the best possible sound.
- Sound doesn't play correctly at all in 5.1 (although I have a 5.1 system and the movie is in DTS 5.1) ?!
- I didn't succeed yet to view any movie using UPnP. I can configure such a source, but don't see any list of movies in that source ? (To be investigated)
- During the shutdown, I noticed an error "Killing all remaining process [Fail]". When shutdown is initiated from the remote control, XMBCbuntu asks to press enter to power-off after the error message here above.