Linux on xbox? HELP!

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  1. Darkforce
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    Right so here's the situation... I already have a softmodded 1.6 xbox with xbox media center on (had it done by a friend of a friend so to speak). Now what I really want to do is put linux on it and use it to d/l from usenet overnight so I don't have to have PC on anymore. So can anyone give me any any tips on how to install linux or whetever I need to do from within xboxmc? Oh and I heard only a few builds work with a 1.6 xbox so what build would you recommend?

    Also the guy who put media center on partitioned my drive into loads of partitions >_> so is there any way to convert them back into just the 1 or 2 partitions.

    Thanks in advance!

    [​IMG]
     


  2. pikachucrackpipe

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    what flavor?
     
  3. Darkforce
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    Chocolate?

    @_@;
     
  4. pikachucrackpipe

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    LOL - no

    ok
    what linux variant are you planning on running? i think there are 2 or 3 for the xbox that are stable
     
  5. Parsaw

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    I used Xebian. It was pretty cool.
     
  6. legendofphil

    legendofphil Phil no Densetsu

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  7. fischju_original

    fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    I used gentoox, but you need a bigger HDD if you want to download anything, the installation will take almost all of the free space (around 4GB+) use XboxHDM to put a bigger HDD in, which you can do with a softmod (I've done it, and just about any IDE drive will work, I got a hard drive from a garage sale for $15 and it worked)
     
  8. M3LV1N

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    I thought you couldn't softmod a 1.6?
     
  9. Darkforce
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    I downloaded Xebian burned to a DVD+R and booted it from the XBMC dashboard. Followed the manual to install it to the HD but it seems to mess up after I choose where on the HD to install the OS... when I go to install Xebian it only gives me the choice of installing on the gamesave partition (E?), in the free space (on the C?) or one big clean install (like delete all partitions I guess). Point is I don't really want to do any of that 'cos I don't know what's already on the hard drive, but I tried installing it in both the savegame space and unused space anyway and nothing seemed to happen or be copying over to the HD? My only guess is that it could be the media as the drive is meant to be quite picky.

    Anywho is there any way to manage my Xbox hard drive partitions i.e. view what's on them and delete/merge partitions either via my Xbox or even via my PC/ftp? At the moment it looks like this:

    C: 143MB of 318MB Free
    E: 4429MB of 4881MB Free
    X: 749MB of 749MB Free
    Y: 111MB of 749MB Free
    Z: 747 of 749MB Free
    Total: 7449MB, Used 1266MB, Free 6182MB.

    >_>
     
  10. pikachucrackpipe

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    c is the system
    e is the "cdrom" drive
    also some programs like avalaunch will make a f and g if you have enough space to hold roms, movies, games, etc
    x, y, z are the system "quick" cache
     
  11. Jiggah

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    Are you sure it didn't install a xbe file (an xbox executable)? Which would then appear as a program or game in the appropriate folder?
     
  12. pikachucrackpipe

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    xbes are on the root of the c drive
     
  13. AshuraZro

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    I looked into this awhile ago myself. Would help you but the hard drive I was planning on using for this got toasted during the process with XboxHDM. [​IMG]
     
  14. suprneb

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    lulz id like to see this happen
     
  15. Jiggah

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    What do you mean you'd like to see this happen? It already did. XBMC is a linux-based software that turns Xboxes into media centers.

    Also, the xbe aren't just stored in the C. That's only for the main dashboard. Other xbe should be in their appropriate folder in the apps/games directory usually located in either E: or F:.
     
  16. fischju_original

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    I wouldnt use an Xbox for an actual linux pc, the only thing and actual distro is good for is running a server or something; remember, your TV is only 640x480
     
  17. pikachucrackpipe

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    only if they connect through svideo

    320x240 for standard composite
    1280x960 for component
     
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