Installing Boxee on Ubuntu 9.10 on Acer Aspire Revo R3600

This is on rather than my other blog on as it wasn’t as quick and easy as I’d have liked to set up. So, in a way, a very tiny rant with a lot of helpful content (I hope).

Inspiration for this article came from following Popey’s setup instructions with Ubuntu 9.10 alpha.

  1. Download Ubuntu 9.10 32bit desktop ISO:
  2. a) if you have an external CD drive, burn the ISO to a CD.
    b) if you have a USB flash drive: download and install UNetbootin from This is available for Windows and Linux. Use this util. to ‘burn’ the ISO to your USB flash drive.
  3. a) if you have an external CD drive, put the ubuntu CD into the drive.
    b) if you have a USB flash drive, plug it into the Revo (Any USB port seems to work).
  4. Power on the Revo and hit f12 to enter the boot menu.
  5. Select CD or USB depending on your install medium.
  6. Select Default, or wait and it’ll select it for you.
  7. The Ubuntu desktop will eventually load.
  8. Have a play, or click ‘Install Ubuntu 9.10’.
  9. On step 4, partitioning, I chose to use the entire disk. If you don’t want to ditch the shipped OS, choose another option.
  10. Set up a username/password then choose if you want to log in automatically.  Normally, I wouldn’t set this, but as it’s going to be a media centre, you might as well have it log in automatically.
  11. Step 6 will allow you to check you have set the options you want. Once you are happy, continue the install and go make a cuppa tea, do the washing, feed the cat, read a book; as this will take some time.
  12. Reboot the machine once installation has finished.
  13. When the desktop is usable, run the Update Manager – at the time of writing, there were 86 packages to be updated.
  14. Click on Restricted drivers available and activate the NVidia accelerated graphics driver.
  15. From this point, follow Popey’s install instructions.
  16. Whilst following Alan’s instructions, I had to grab 3 debs from Jaunty (rather than his stated 1). These are:

By this point, Boxee is accessible via the Sound & Video menu.

Next task, for me, is to get an external enclosure for my internal blu-ray drive (still waiting for decent blu-ray support in linux).

2 thoughts on “Installing Boxee on Ubuntu 9.10 on Acer Aspire Revo R3600”

  1. Thanks very much for this recipe, which I was able to follow successfully.

    However, I’m finding that most of my videos fail to play in Boxee, due to errors like this:

    22:17:09 T:2570050416 M:540196864 ERROR: (VDPAU) Error: An invalid handle value was provided.(3) at VDPAU.cpp:1143

    Have you encountered any errors like this and figured out a way around them?

  2. @Daniel I haven’t come across error yet.
    Pretty much all video types are working for me.
    My personal issue at this time is getting DVDs to play within boxee (works just fine in Totem).

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