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Install Ubuntu 11.10 from a Linux LiveCD

WARNING: This script will WIPE your Xbox 360 internal harddisk (/dev/sda) and install Ubuntu 11.10

If you have XeXmenu or another dashboard homebrew on that drive, you will loose it all: Follow these instructions only if you understand what you are doing. will create two partitions. 1 GB swap on sda1 and the rest of the disk as a root-filesystem on sda2. Run the script as root from the a Linux LiveCD. You will need a DHCP-server on your network for this script.

How do I run it?

Click "Application > Accessories > Terminal" and type the following commands:

sudo su wget sh ./

Reboot the 360 when you are told. Boot with, supply correct "root=" parameter via kboot.conf (*kboot currently only supported via xell-reloaded-testing builds), boot the kernel/system and login as user: xbox, password: xbox. Have fun :) (If you are not having fun, let us know about the errors you are experiencing.)

debootstrapping script #!/bin/bash

# set the date to anything except 1/1/1970 since this causes issues # time is now also set after first boot by .bashrc script below date -s 1/1/2009 # if /dev/sda is mounted then paritions get wiped by dd but sfdisk fails! swapoff /dev/sda1 umount /mnt/ubuntu # partition and mkfs hdd (all data is lost!) dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 sfdisk /dev/sda << EOF ,124,S ,,L EOF dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda2 bs=512 count=1 mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2 mkswap /dev/sda1 sync; sync; sync swapon /dev/sda1 # setup paths mkdir /mnt/ubuntu mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/ubuntu cd /mnt/ubuntu mkdir /mnt/ubuntu/work cd /mnt/ubuntu/work # download extract and run debootstrap wget ar -xf debootstrap_1.0.38_all.deb cd /mnt/ubuntu zcat < /mnt/ubuntu/work/data.tar.gz | tar xv export DEBOOTSTRAP_DIR=/mnt/ubuntu/usr/share/debootstrap export PATH=$PATH:/mnt/ubuntu/usr/sbin debootstrap --arch powerpc oneiric /mnt/ubuntu # create needed files on hdd echo Xenon > /mnt/ubuntu/etc/hostname cat > /mnt/ubuntu/etc/fstab << EOF /dev/sda2     /          ext3     defaults   0   0 /dev/sda1     none    swap    sw           0   0 proc            /proc    proc    defaults  0   0 EOF cat > /mnt/ubuntu/etc/network/interfaces << EOF iface lo inet loopback auto lo auto eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp EOF cat > /mnt/ubuntu/etc/apt/sources.list << EOF # Main deb main restricted deb universe multiverse # Updates deb main restricted deb-src restricted deb universe multiverse # Security deb main restricted deb-src main restricted deb universe multiverse deb-src universe multiverse EOF #Change root-pwd to "xbox" inside chroot chroot /mnt/ubuntu echo "root:xbox" | chroot /mnt/ubuntu /usr/sbin/chpasswd # Add user: xbox with password: xbox and add it to the sudo-group chroot /mnt/ubuntu /usr/sbin/useradd -m -d /home/xbox -p paRRy2CC47LXY xbox chroot /mnt/ubuntu /usr/sbin/adduser xbox sudo # create .second_stage script on hdd cat >> /mnt/ubuntu/root/.second_stage << EOF #!/bin/bash date -s 1/1/2009 apt-get update apt-get install ntp wget openssh-server locales -y --force-yes dpkg-reconfigure locales apt-get install ubuntu-desktop -y echo "AVAHI_DAEMON_START=0" > /etc/default/avahi-daemon /etc/init.d/networking restart cd /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/ wget -O xenosfb_drv.so cd /etc/X11/ wget rm -r -f /work/ echo "Installation completed." echo "To boot the system: Reboot and load the kernel with correct root= params." echo "You should be greeted by a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric" EOF chmod a+x /mnt/ubuntu/root/.second_stage # Execute second part of installation in the chroot environment mount -t proc none /mnt/ubuntu/proc mount --rbind /dev /mnt/ubuntu/dev cp -L /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/ubuntu/etc/resolv.conf chroot /mnt/ubuntu /root/.second_stage umount /mnt/ubuntu/dev /mnt/ubuntu/proc /mnt/ubuntu

Fix possible xorg fail

After it has finished installing and has rebooted into gnome open a new shell by typing Ctrl+Alt+F6 or Ctrl+Alt+F1 and type,

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Then follow the instructions below.

1. Attempt to autodetect video hardware? > No

2. X Server Driver: Xenosfb

3. Generic Video Card > Enter

4. Video card’s bus identifier: Press enter for default

5. Amount of memory: Press enter for default

6. Use kernel framebuffer device interface? > Yes

7. Autodetect keyboard layout? > Yes

8. Keyboard layout: us

9. XKB rule set to use: xorg

10. Keyboard model: choose your rule set based on the options

11. Keyboard variant: leave blank if you’re in the U.S.

12. Keyboard options: Leave as default

13. Mouse Protocol: ImPS/2

14. Emulate a 3 button mouse? > Your choice

15. Xorg server modules: Default

16. Write default Files section to configuration file? > Yes

17. Attempt monitor detection? > Yes

18. Use generic monitor if it doesn’t detect it.

19. Video modes to be used by the X server: 1280x768 (1024x768 if garbled)

20. Method for selecting the monitor characteristics: Medium

21. Monitors best video mode: Choose what’s best for your monitor.

22. Write monitor sync ranges to the configuration file? > Yes

23. Desired default color depth in bits: 24.

After that go back to gnome by typing Ctrl+Alt+F7.

Reboot X by typing Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

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