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Linux-based HTPC front end with a full web browser?

post #1 of 10
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I currently have XBMC installed my on ASRock Ion 330 HT and totally dig it...the only thing I wish it had was a fully functional web browser...does such a beast exist?
post #2 of 10
Are you using the XBMC liveCD or is XBMC installed on top of another distro like Ubuntu?

If the latter, you should be able to just alt-tab to get the standard Gnome menu then launch Firefox and Alt-tab to swtich between the two.
post #3 of 10
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I should have been more specific...my bad...It is the XBMC Live cd that I installed to the hard drive. It seems like I should be able to do a standard install of Ubuntu 9.10 and then install XMBC as a stand alone app...the only thing I am not sure about is how to get the video acceleration configuration...I am sure there are docs on it...I will dig around...
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I should have been more specific...my bad...It is the XBMC Live cd that I installed to the hard drive. It seems like I should be able to do a standard install of Ubuntu 9.10 and then install XMBC as a stand alone app...the only thing I am not sure about is how to get the video acceleration configuration...I am sure there are docs on it...I will dig around...

You might want to try Mandriva Linux One 2010 since it comes with the binary Nvidia drivers included so it all installs automatically, no need to read lengthy how-tos and spend time googling.
See the sticky Mandriva Linux thread for details.
post #5 of 10
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I will check that out...thanks.
post #6 of 10
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oh yeah...is there any special configuration needed for the hdmi connection? more specifically to send audio over HDMI by default?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by gballard View Post

oh yeah...is there any special configuration needed for the hdmi connection? more specifically to send audio over HDMI by default?

I have no experience with the Asrock ION but since it's just an Atom + ION box, I assume all you need to do is configure hdmi as default audio device in XBMC.
post #8 of 10
XBMC Live is based on Ubuntu, so you should be able to install Firefox. Check the XBMC Linux forums to get it to launch from the XBMC menu.
post #9 of 10
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I got Mandriva installed but I cannot figure out how to configure the soundcard to output audio over HDMI in the OS. I know how to configure it from within XBMC. Any ideas?
post #10 of 10
By default Mandriva comes with Pulseaudio like all major distros. In Mandriva 2010 Pulseaudio actually works quite well (in most cases) so you don't need to disable/remove it like most people do in Ubuntu (and in older Mandriva releases).

You need to configure the default sound device in the "Pulse Audio Volume Control" app that's located in the Sound&Video program menu.

Also if you installed the KDE version of Mandriva, then you need to configure the KDE sound output in the "Configure your Desktop" app (General > Computer Administration > Multimedia) that's located on the bottom toolbar.
I don't know if the Gnome version has a similar setting, since I don't use Gnome.
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