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April 13th, 2009, 01:43 PM
I have created a memory stick that you can run boxee from.

As long as your computer supports GL 1.4 you should not have a problem running it.

I have tested it on both the Wind Netbook and the Acer Aspire One and the system runs without installing it.

It also has a driver for most of the USB ir based remote controls that are out there like the Windows MCE remotes.

This system is based around an Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD. I have installed Boxee 0.9.7.xx and XBMC 9.04 Alpha. It also has Lirc 0.84a.

I have only installed the version of boxee that is supported by the boxee development team as I do not want everyone to ask questions about a non-released version.

This is what is called a persistent install that remembers any changes you make to the system by storing changes on the memory stick. You can run the system to try it out or install permanently to your hard drive. You can use it as a portable boxee that you can run on other computers ( such as at work where you have a broadband connection ).

If someone would like to host the files please let me know, or help out other people here as I only uploaded it to Rapidshare.com and many people do not have an account there. You could also upload it to other program sharing sites like megashare.com or uploading.com.

If you put the files someplace else just list the link here.

Some Notes about this version:

1. If you have to install video drivers for your video card, these will not stay through a reboot.

2. If you start boxee on your system and it just returns to the desktop you have a video driver problem. Remember you have to have open GL 1.4 or better to run boxee. If you computer does not support this then boxee will not run.

3. As soon as the Boxee team releases a new version of boxee for Linux I will build a new version with the current release. I have built the current sources and they run very well under Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.

4. This is not a fix for everything, it will not work with absolutely every remote control, computer, sound card system. This is just an attempt to allow more people to try out boxee without having to know the ins and outs of installing software under Linux

5. Let me know if the effort I went through to create this was worthwhile. If people don't need it I have other projects to work on.

Requirements to build a boxee flash memory stick

1. The files are multi-segment tar files. You will need a program like Winrar to unpack the files and put them back together in a single executable file.

2. You need a flash memory stick of 2 gig in size. Note: there has to be at least 1.88 gig usable space on it.

3. Download these files or have a friend that has an account to download them for you.

4. A computer that can boot from a flash memory stick

5. Windows with XP or Vista, maybe Windows 7

The total file size compressed is 1.4 gig. Its this size to create a persistent file structure to save the changes you make to the memory stick.


Ok what you have been waiting for, how to create your own memory stick.

Now that you have downloaded the sections of the file and placed them all in the same place or directory on your computer we are set to go.

1. Double click on the first program segment

2. Your winrar, 7zip or other archival program will start.

3. Select where you want the recreated program to exist

4. Unpack the arhive and now you will see a new file named:

5. Plug in your flash memory stick

6. Open My Computer and find your memory stick.

7. Left click on the memory stick and select Format

8. Format the stick to fat32 and name it anything you want.

9. Remember the drive letter your computer has assigned to it.

10. Double click on Build-buntu-9.04-9.7.exe

11. Select the memory stick you want to write to.

12. Say ok and the system will build you a new memory stick with everything on it.

13. Exit the build program.

That's it you now have a boot able boxee.

Eject the flash drive and plug the drive into a computer that can boot from a flash memory stick and give it a wirl.

Take care and have fun with boxee

April 17th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Looks pretty cool. I'm gonna give this a shot this weekend. Question though. How much degregration will occur on the usb drive with ubuntu running on it? I was reading another post (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/category/install-to-usb-hard-drive/) and it indicated ubuntu reduces the live of a usb drive.


April 17th, 2009, 03:43 PM
This is a version that has been changede and optimized for use on memory stick. It will write to different areas to maximize the read write cycles accross the drive.

The old version kept writing to the same place each and every time so that used up the max life cycle of the drive.

I have been running over a month with no signs of any problem

April 17th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Great idea, except for putting it on rapidshare.

April 17th, 2009, 07:54 PM
Rapidshare is the only one I have an account on.

If someone else wants to host the files I will upload them there.

April 19th, 2009, 07:37 AM
Other than it having Boxee on it, what is the difference between this project and "XBMC Live"?:

Is this based on XBMC Live distro (from the XBMC SVN)? :confused:

Good idea to collaborate with Team-XBMC Live developers?
No need to work on something as similar separately?

PS! I think that Team Boxee eventually plan on using XBMC Live as a framework for 'Boxee Live'.

April 19th, 2009, 01:01 PM
I was not working with them, I will look into that project further so we do not duplicate the efforts.

What I am working on right now is a version that will have the high res drivers already installed for both the Nvidia cards and the ATI cards. It will also be an extremely stripped down OS that only has Boxee, XBMC, Lirc, Firefox, and Email. Trying to get it all installed in a 1 gig memory stick with persisence so any changes or preferences will be stored and not have to be recreated.

I am working on drivers for MCE remotes for XP and 2000 so a person does not need to buy proprietary drivers or run media center in order to get their remotes working. I have put in for a windows version of boxee so I can work on the windows drivers for xp and boxee.

My background is OS and driver development.

I run XBMC as well as Boxee and feel the social networking and features of Boxee make it the clear choice in media centers.

I am working with all other versions of boxee on linux (Ubuntu and Debian) as well as OS X.

I have all versions of Boxee running on the same multi boot system. This allows me to compare the performance on all operating systems. I just finished creating a windows xp and 2000 partitions. I want to get the windows version installed there and I will do a feature comparison chart between all the versions. I also have the last three compiles of the Ubuntu version running at the same time so I can compare stability and features between versions. It helps to debug if you have as many of the same environment variables the same as possible.

I created the memory stick version so more windows people could try out boxee alpha without having to modify their systems.

Will take your comments and work on them.

Great Effort and fantastic software, just adding my two cents to help.


April 20th, 2009, 01:34 PM

I installed the files on a 4gb USB drive i have. I booted my laptop with it and I see the ubuntu screen. Now i tried to start up boxee. I see a window that says "starting boxee". it's there for about 20 seconds, then disappears.
One of the things you mentioned to verify is that the hardware needs to support Open GL 1.4, which I confirmed.
I'm not a Linux person, so I could use a bit of help to figure out what to trouble-shoot and try next.


April 20th, 2009, 08:36 PM
What video chip is your laptop based on ?

You will need the proper driver for your video chip set.

Tell me what laptop, video chip, memory and I can help you

April 20th, 2009, 10:37 PM
I have a Dell Latitude D630.

You can find all the specs here:

My machine has 3GB RAM and uses an NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M video chip.