- This one is pretty simple, just go to http://www.xbmc.org
- Click Downloads | Get XBMC
- Click on the Live button and it will download a disk image (.iso)
- Burn the image using the software of your choice (I used ImgBurn)
- Put the CD in your soon-to-be HTPC making sure it has a connection to the internet
- Let it set up, use whole disk for partition
- When it comes time to put in name, use your name
- For computer id use “xbmc” without quotes
- For password use “xbmc” without quotes
- After that it will boot up, verify everything works okay with the internet and playing videos/music
This is the tricky section so follow closely.
1. Hit CTRL+F2 to exit xbmc and go to the command line
2. Log in using “xbmc” for the user and “xbmc” for the password
3. Type cd ..
4. Type cd ..
5. Type sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kitlaan/ppa
6. Type sudo apt-get purge bluez
7. Type sudo echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kitlaan/ppa/ubuntu maverick main » /etc/apt/sources.list
8. Type sudo echo deb-src http://ppa.launchpad/kitlaan/ppa/ubuntu maverick main » /etc/apt/sources.list
9. Type sudo apt-key adv —keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com —recv-keys 6F7177CC
10. Type sudo apt-get update
11. Type sudo apt-get install bluez
12. Type sudo apt-get install bluez-utils python-bluez
13. Type hcitool scan
14. Press and Hold the Start and Enter keys on the PS3 remote
15. You should see something similar to the following:
Scanning …16. Write down the sequence before BD Remote Control
00:82:7C:B9:14:7A BD Remote Control
17. Type wget http://h00s.net/ps3bdremote.tar.gz
18. Type tar xvzf ps3bdremote.tar.gz
19. Type cd ps3bdremote
20. Type sudo nano ps3bdremote-test.py
21. Look for the line that starts with remote = ps3bdremote.PS3BDRemote and change the sequence to the one you wrote down
22. Save and exit (Hit CTRL+X, then Y, then ENTER)
23. Type sudo apt-get install python-bluetooth
24. Type python ps3bdremote-test.py
25. Press and Hold Start + Enter on the PS3 Remote
It should say Connected and start displaying the buttons you press, if not check to make sure the sequence was entered correctly.
CONFIGURING PS3 REMOTE
Now that everything is connected, the remote needs to be configured to work with XBMC as well as be launched when XBMC starts.
- Press CTRL+ALT+F3 to open another command line
- Log in with “xbmc” as the user and “xbmc” as the password
- Type cd ..
- Type cd ..
- Type sudo apt-get install blueman
- Type sudo modprobe uinput
- Type sudo nano /etc/init.d/rc.local
- Scroll down to the end of the file
- Type sudo modprobe uniput
- Save and Exit
- Type cd ~
- Type wget http://kitlaan.twinaxis.com/holdingcell/ps3pair.tar.gz
- Type tar xvfz ps3pair.tar.gz
- Type cd ~/ps3pair
- Type sudo python ps3_pair.py
- Press and Hold Start + Enter on the PS3 remote
- Type 1 then ENTER after it connects
- Type cd ..
- Type cd ..
- Type cd ..
- Type usr/share/doc/bluez/examples/list-devices
- Check to make sure the PS3 Remote shows as connected
- Type cd etc
- Type cd bluetooth
- Type sudo nano input.conf
- Replace the file with the following, swaping the sequence with the one you wrote down
Check it in XBMC by hitting CTRL+ALT+F7 or F8 to make sure everything is working.# input.conf - kitlaan custom # Configuration file for the input service # This section contains options which are not specific to any # particular interface [General] # Set idle timeout (in minutes) before the connection will # be disconnect (defaults to 0 for no timeout) #IdleTimeout=30 # This section contains options that are specific to a device [00:1E:3D:B6:12:7E] # # Set a custom idle timeout (in minutes) for this device IdleTimeout=1 # This section is the PS3 Remote keymap. It is loaded when bluez starts. # Use 'uinput.h' from bluez sources or '/usr/include/linux/input.h' for # a list of possible KEY_* values. # [PS3 Remote Map] # When the 'OverlayBuiltin' option is TRUE (the default), the keymap uses # the built-in keymap as a starting point. When FALSE, an empty keymap is # the starting point. #OverlayBuiltin = TRUE 0x16 = KEY_E # EJECT 0x64 = KEY_A # AUDIO 0x65 = KEY_Z # ANGLE 0x63 = KEY_T # SUBTITLE 0x0f = KEY_DELETE # CLEAR 0x28 = KEY_GRAVE # TIMER 0x00 = KEY_1 # NUM-1 0x01 = KEY_2 # NUM-2 0x02 = KEY_3 # NUM-3 0x03 = KEY_4 # NUM-4 0x04 = KEY_5 # NUM-5 0x05 = KEY_6 # NUM-6 0x06 = KEY_7 # NUM-7 0x07 = KEY_8 # NUM-8 0x08 = KEY_9 # NUM-9 0x09 = KEY_0 # NUM-0 0x81 = KEY_F7 # RED 0x82 = KEY_F8 # GREEN 0x80 = KEY_F9 # BLUE 0x83 = KEY_F10 # YELLOW 0x70 = KEY_I # DISPLAY 0x1a = KEY_S # TOP MENU 0x40 = KEY_M # POP UP/MENU 0x0e = KEY_ESC # RETURN 0x5c = KEY_C # TRIANGLE/OPTIONS 0x5d = KEY_BACKSPACE # CIRCLE/BACK 0x5f = KEY_TAB # SQUARE/VIEW 0x5e = KEY_SPACE # CROSS 0x54 = KEY_UP # UP 0x56 = KEY_DOWN # DOWN 0x57 = KEY_LEFT # LEFT 0x55 = KEY_RIGHT # RIGHT 0x0b = KEY_ENTER # ENTER 0x5a = KEY_F1 # L1 0x58 = KEY_F2 # L2 0x51 = KEY_F3 # L3 0x5b = KEY_F4 # R1 0x59 = KEY_F5 # R2 0x52 = KEY_F6 # R3 0x43 = KEY_HOMEPAGE # PS button 0x50 = KEY_INSERT # SELECT 0x53 = KEY_HOME # START 0x33 = KEY_R # SCAN BACK 0x32 = KEY_PLAY # PLAY 0x34 = KEY_F # SCAN FORWARD 0x30 = KEY_PAGEUP # PREVIOUS 0x38 = KEY_STOP # STOP 0x31 = KEY_PAGEDOWN # NEXT 0x60 = KEY_COMMA # SLOW/STEP BACK 0x39 = KEY_PAUSE # PAUSE 0x61 = KEY_DOT # SLOW/STEP FORWARD 0xff = KEY_MAX
SETTING UP FILE SHARING
Now the only thing left to setup is someway to send the media files that you have on your PC to XBMC and store it on the external drive that is connected. You could just disconnect the drive every time you want to put stuff on, but that ruins the point of having a dedicated box. The tutorial for this is done amazingly indepth by the folks at mini-itx.com. The only change you need to do is when you edit smb.conf put the path as / instead of /home/xbmc. By doing that you’ll be able to go to media and see your external drive. Stop once it starts talking about Windows. That part isn’t needed. Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the HTPC and everything will be running smooth and trouble free.
Here’s their tutorial
So there’s the whole process in 75 easy-ish steps. Hopefully it’ll save a headache to anyone that’s never used linux before. Good Luck, and if you need any other help, all of this information was culled from the below sources which helped me figure everything out.