Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:07 UTC
Linux I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have an Atom 330-based tiny computer which I use as my HTPC. It performed its job fine running Windows 7 and Boxee, and over the past few months, it ran Mac OS X Leopard with Plex. Now, however, I want to try Linux as an HTPC operating system, but I kind of ran into a roadblock there with Ubuntu 9.10 - so the question is: what is a good HTPC Linux distribution?
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by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 13:37 UTC
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There is one other thing I hadn't considered: I could try the 64bit variant of Ubuntu (yes, I really prefer a Debian-based system over others. Sue me ;) ). The Atom 330 is 64bit, but I never bothered because it doesn't accept more than 2GB of RAM anyway.

Keep on suggesting though, as this might not work.

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RE: 64bit
by spiderman on Fri 30th Oct 2009 13:59 in reply to "64bit"
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Have you tried the alternate text installer? If not, really you should. It's not the same kernel as the liveCD one. Moreover, that the installer is crashing does not mean the system will crash afterward. Again, it's not the same kernel.

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RE[2]: 64bit
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 14:44 in reply to "RE: 64bit"
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I create my USB boot things with unetbootin, but that one doesn't include the text installer option. On top of that, people are reporting the same problems with running systems - it's not just the live CD kernel that fcuks up. It's all a bit of an epic fail.

I'm kind of bummed. 64bit didn't work either.

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RE: 64bit
by baron on Fri 30th Oct 2009 14:53 in reply to "64bit"
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Definitively give 64-bit a shot. I have an Intel board with the same chipset for a media backend, and it runs ubuntu-server-amd64 without a hitch.

You could also give the netinstall (mini.iso) a shot.

Finally, try unplugging the sound card during install. It should not make a difference, but there is a chance that that card's module is causing your problems.

Another thing to consider: If you are using your HTPC as a mythtv backend, you may want to stick to 9.04. Karmic has updated the mythtv packages to 0.22, and they are not backwards compatible.

Edit: Posted before reading the RE[2]: 64bit. Still, consider unplugging the sound card.

Also, do you have a chance of checking the error logs? It would help narrow down the issue.

Finally, I know you said it ran ok on Win7, but have you run memtest?

Edited 2009-10-30 14:58 UTC

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