[olug] Disappointment and a question ...

Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T jeffh at dundeemt.com
Wed Apr 9 03:47:50 UTC 2014

I know what you mean about the motherboard.  I've been using Intel NUCs for
my xbmc frontends. (I3 + 2 HDMI)  Spousal approval is high because you
don't really see them, about 2 roku boxes high, BUT, you are in the 260+
32GBmSata(70), +ram($40) putting you around 400.  but I've got a NAS for
local storage and Myth for recording broadcast/cable, so in the long run,
it is cheaper than TiVo.  My home servers are always the cast offs since no
one can see them.

Well, I'm out of ideas to solve your current install dilemma, anyone else
have a suggestion?


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM, unfy <olug at unfy.org> wrote:

> On 4/7/2014 10:57 PM, Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T wrote:
>> as for xfce -- if you already have ubuntu installed, it just
>>   apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
>> then logout, pick xfce and log in
>> To get it straight out you can just xubuntu
> Getting XFCE was just a matter of more-than-ratpoison window manager
> without breaking the 700mb limit for burning to a CD with that particular
> distro.  Wasn't really an aesthetics choice.  Granted, I was okay with old
> XFCE looking kinda like OS/2 warp years ago :).
>  two quick questions, are you installing from a cd/dvd or thumbdrive?
>> I've
>> had issues with a good iso download and a bad burn doing weird things
>> during install.  I pretty much use thumbdrives now.  Also, my remark about
>> giving the live images a go before install is often handy in detecting if
>> the hardware is supported.   And the other question, is the hardware PAE
>> or
>> non-PAE
>> http://www.webupd8.org/2012/05/how-to-install-ubuntu-1204-on-non-pae.html
>> Best,
>> Jeff
> Burned discs.  Two of them (one for each version).  I can go about
> attempting a thumb drive install if I really feel like it.  Given that
> other discs have been fine, I'd be surprised if had two failed discs in
> same pattern / style.  Also note, I do 'verify' each disc I burn (that
> whole 4-8min is nothing... just go get a cup of coffee or something).
> Intel E2200 processor, supports PAE.  Was a cheap low wattage processor
> back when it was running as a HTPC hehe.
> Also, for how far I got into the installation on both install discs (13.10
> or 12.04.4 LTS) see:
> http://www.unfy.org/Ramblings/Ubuntu-failing-to-install?
> action=imgpopup&image=ubuntu-install-fail.jpg
> I am... unsure how much more effort I'm going to put into this system
> before getting rid of the motherboard.  Technically, I can migrate a video
> card over with HDMI audio and it should theoretically work juts fine.  Or,
> $200 gets motherboard, cpu, ram as an upgrade.  Either a low end
> celery/pentium intel haswell based - or a quad core amd based.  Granted, I
> think $250 gets an i5 sandy bridge dell or hp based system off of ebay.
> -Will
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