xbmc gurus needed

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Found 6th Jul 2014
Have currently got an HP Microserver running xbmc (xbmcbuntu I believe)

It's installed on the hard drive, but there's loads of other stuff on there also (older versions of xbmc, maybe a Win build also)

I've noticed that recently it's been playing up a little, random crashed when starting to play files etc. So I want to start again.

So I'm looking for what I need to download to format the hard drive and start all over again with a new version of xbmc. I use Openelec upstairs which boots really quickly, so that's good - or should I go with xbmcbuntu again?

I've noticed this Drake's Boot and Nuke thing, does that 'kill' a hard drive? Or should I use that for formatting?

Thanks in advance.


Just format or repartition drive with gparted then use your preferred version installer

Not just for you openelec.tv/


Edited by: "dontasciime" 6th Jul 2014

I use SwissKnife for formatting large drives.

If you are using it just for media, there is no reason not to use Openelec.

I use an Intel NUC running Openelec now to serve my media from my microserver.

Original Poster

Literally just for streamed media.

The openelec drive I just made wouldn't boot. Now nothing will boot.

I knew I shouldn't have started this...

press the boot menu key at post or enter bios and make sure boot order is good

Sanch, don't panic it will be a simple fix.
Check the boot order

Original Poster

It recognises the USB drive as it's listed in the boot preferences. But won't boot from it. Changing the order to 1.HDD, 2. USB means I can boot to the xbmc version I was running.

I might just give up and put up with the freezing. It's a pretty old build as it's V.11 of xbmc.

redo the USB installer or use a different USB drive

It depends on where your media is stored. If you have partitioned the drive and created a seperate media partition then you can just reinstall and during the partition phase choose to create your own partitions and mount the media partition without formatting under /media/movies or whatever. If you haven't created a seperate partition and your media is stored in your home folder then user gparted to resize your main partitions and then create a new partition for the media in the free space then move the media to the new partition then reinstall as described above.
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