HTPC Project




HTPC Project

Hardware:

GIGABYTE GA-C1007UN-D Intel Celeron 1007U Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo - $89.99

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 991586 - $22.99

Manufacturer Recertified Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V60GB2/RF2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $34.99 (This one died after 6 weeks.)

Total Cost = $148.97

Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G
- $54.99 (Replaced with below SSD when upgrading from Lubuntu 14.04 32 bit to 16.04 64 bit)

Patriot Memory Torch 2 60GB SATA 3 2.5 SSD 2.5" (PT260GS25SSDR) - $36.99


Software:

Lubuntu 16.04
Kodi 17.6


1) Change Allocated Video Memory in BIOS to 512Mb

2) Install Lubuntu 16.04

3) Set Lubuntu to Auto Login (Not needed for 16.04)

sudo leafpad /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Edit to match below:

[SeatDefaults]
greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter
user-session=Lubuntu
autologin-user=USERNAME
autologin-user-timeout=0

4) Upgrade Intel Graphics Drivers (Not needed for 16.04)

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:glasen/intel-driver
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel

5) Generate xorg.conf (Not needed for 16.04)

At root prompt in Recovery Mode:

mount -o rw,remount /
sudo X -configure
sudo cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo reboot

6) Modify xorg.conf to force correct resolution (1360x768 @ 60fps) (Not needed for 16.04)

sudo leafpad /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Edit to match below:

<~snip~>

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"

<~snip~>

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1360x768"
EndSubSection

<~snip~>

7) Modify xorg.conf to enable SNA acceleration (Not needed for 16.04)

Edit to match below:

<~snip~>

Section "Device"

<~snip~>

Identifier "Card0″
Driver "intel"
Option "AccelMethod" "sna"

<~snip~>

EndSection

Reboot

8) Install Kodi

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

9) Install XBMC Backup addon

10) Restore Kodi configuration from previous SSD