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 Post subject: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: August 4th, 2011, 2:54 pm 
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Has anyone tried to install and use XBMC on a virtual machine? I am installing ubuntu 10.04 with XBMC now and just wondering if anyone has went down this path before :?:


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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: August 5th, 2011, 1:46 pm 
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Ok after playing I realize that XBMC is just a frontend. So there isn't a point to run it in a VM. I was trying to find a backend media server software that my Western digital live plus could access. I think I am just going to have to build a HTPC. I can basically have a computer with a duel core and 4GB ram and a 80GB hard drive. I just need to find a good low-profile video card and maybe sound card.


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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: August 5th, 2011, 2:46 pm 
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MSI GT210, great little low profile with HDMI out, and only £24 :D

Onboard 7.1 should be ok shouldn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: August 5th, 2011, 8:56 pm 
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i use old - Dell Optiplex 280's they can be found for free (craigslist, give a ways, hand me downs) up to $40 - $50 US dollars, the small form factor is not much bigger than the older VCR, and DVD players
P4 CPU with hyper-threading, 2.80GHz
1.0 GB Ram
40 GB HD
add a cheap 128 MB - 256 MB video card (e-bay $10 - $20)
using external usb hard drives for video collection and good to go
they make good performing low budget HTPC's

add a cheap usb remote control (e-bay $10 - $20)

this setup can be given to the kids to use in a bedroom later should mom and dad decide to upgrade later.

additional usb drives can be added as they are filled up, or the collection moved to NAS Drives as money becomes available.


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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: August 5th, 2011, 9:10 pm 
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I work IT at a large hospital that recycle dell 745 machines daily so the only worry I had was finding a video card that can connect to my receiver and hopefully pass through the audio as well. Oh and it needs to be low profile.


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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: December 16th, 2013, 9:41 am 
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It's actually quite doable to run XBMC in a front-end, but you'd need usb and hdmi extenders to do so. Not my site, but here's some good info:

http://thehomeserverblog.com/

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 Post subject: Re: XBMC running on a VM?
PostPosted: March 2nd, 2014, 2:48 pm 
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I have 3 XBMCbuntu 12.2 VMs (ESXi 5.5). Each VM has its own Radeon HD6450 passed through to it. From there I use just plain old HDMI cables to the separate TVs (longest run is 50ft).

It's a beautiful system! :)

John

ps. This is heavily discussed in the unRAID forums. the new beta of unRAID 6 included the Xen modules for running VMs on top of unRAID.


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