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#1 Chrisoldinho

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 03:19 PM

Ok,

I successfully managed to get Linux (Ubuntu) running on my 360 alongside FSD 2.0. A simple install guide is below if anyone wants to attempt this...Should work for you providing also, saves using a USB HDD smile.gif

The process for this was relatively simple:-

1. Run the base install script for Ubuntu

2. Connect the HDD to a PC using a USB HDD chassis, resize the Ext3 partition to desired size using a GParted LiveCD (30GB in my case) and hide all partitions.

3. Next plug the HDD back into your 360 and format it.

4. Plug HDD back into your PC and unhide the partition (again using GParted).

5. Back with the HDD onto the 360 and run the remainder of the install script

6. Done, in my case I now have a 30GB approx Ubuntu install and 220GB for the NXE / FSD.

Chris.

Edited by Chrisoldinho, 26 November 2010 - 03:38 PM.


#2 Chrisoldinho

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 05:51 PM

None of this is actually necessary though...It works anyway, so just ignore this thread.

Infact mods - could you delete this?

Chris.

#3 thesonandheir

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 04:10 AM

Hi, thanks for the thread.

I would love to have a Linux distro and FSD on my JTAG but I was worried about it overwriting my 640GB HDD.


Have you found an easier way or something?

Cheers

#4 Chrisoldinho

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE(thesonandheir @ Nov 30 2010, 03:10 AM) View Post

Hi, thanks for the thread.

I would love to have a Linux distro and FSD on my JTAG but I was worried about it overwriting my 640GB HDD.
Have you found an easier way or something?

Cheers


Yep much easier way!

I formatted my HDD 1st inside the dashboard.

Then installed Ubuntu 7.10

Then re-installed FSD.

They work side by side with one another. I believe the reason to be effectively that Linux is running as a Virtual Machine and as such doesn't actually mess around with any partitions, it simply created a Virtual Linux which inside formats Ext 3 etc, imagine how VMWare Workstation works only there is no limit to the size of the virtual machine file, it's as small as it needs to be or as large as it needs to be, you decide after the install by how much junk you put on it smile.gif

In other words you can still use your Xbox HDD as normal side by side with Linux without any issues I have yet to see...

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Edited by Chrisoldinho, 01 December 2010 - 03:28 PM.


#5 thesonandheir

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 01:46 PM

QUOTE(Chrisoldinho @ Dec 1 2010, 02:24 PM) View Post

Yep much easier way!

I formatted my HDD 1st inside the dashboard.

Then installed Ubuntu 7.10

Then re-installed FSD.

They work side by side with one another. I believe the reason to be effectively that Linux is running as a Virtual Machine and as such doesn't actually mess around with any partitions, it simply created a Virtual Linux which inside formats Ext 3 etc, imagine how VMWare Workstation works only there is no limit to the size of the virtual machine file, it's as small as it needs to be or as large as it needs to be, you decide after the install by how much junk you put on it smile.gif

In other words you can still use your Xbox HDD as normal side by side with Linux without any issues I have yet to see...

Chris.


Cheers, will try this.


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Posted 05 December 2010 - 12:09 AM

this is bad BTW as it over write either by linux or the xbox 360 partitions.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE(ddxcb @ Dec 4 2010, 11:09 PM) View Post

this is bad BTW as it over write either by linux or the xbox 360 partitions.


My HDD pre linux install was 232GB, post linux install the NXE dash could only see 228GB, I formatted this space to see if it would overwrite Linux and go back to 232GB but it doesn't.

I have 3 ripped games, and FSD on it, all working at the same time as Linux, so for me anyway it seems to work so far...

It isn't really a big deal if it doesn't work though as I have a spare USB HDD chassis that I could always port the 250GB HDD into, guess i'll just wait and see how it pans out!! smile.gif

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:47 PM

As you add more stuff to your Linux partition or NXE partition you will lose data on both eventually rendering the Linux partition unbootable, if you are using the NXE partition.

It's best just to use a second drive for linux.

#9 Chrisoldinho

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 12:06 AM

QUOTE(juggahax0r @ Dec 16 2010, 04:47 PM) View Post

As you add more stuff to your Linux partition or NXE partition you will lose data on both eventually rendering the Linux partition unbootable, if you are using the NXE partition.

It's best just to use a second drive for linux.


I figured this out the hard way biggrin.gif

Am now running a stock 20GB HDD for Linux and have FSD installed and running from USB with my 250GB HDD in it...

Seems to be working well at the moment...

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 09:13 PM

Hello everybody,

Can somebody please explain me (or link a tut) how i install Ubuntu on an external USB HDD?
Is it even possible?
The (old school) free60 tut only covers the installation to the internal Xbox HDD.

(Excuse my Bad english)
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#11 Chrisoldinho

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE(doerek @ Dec 24 2010, 08:13 PM) View Post

Hello everybody,

Can somebody please explain me (or link a tut) how i install Ubuntu on an external USB HDD?
Is it even possible?
The (old school) free60 tut only covers the installation to the internal Xbox HDD.

(Excuse my Bad english)
<-German


Hi,

I am not sure this is possible unfortunately.

#12 Sonic-NKT

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 08:05 PM

i heard way back that the usb driver is still a bit unstable so its not really working running linux from a USB Disk, but maybe this was fixed long ago...




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