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  1. I've done a few builds for Unraid that are on the larger side - 4U chassis with dual CPU motherboards. They are big ugly brutes relegated to the network closet. I'm looking to build a smaller, somewhat better looking system for a friend that will serve as a Drobo replacement. It will use 5-8 drives (8 would really be the max). No Docker, no VMs. Just basic network shares for Kodi / Plex. I'm sure I can source just about anything on eBay, but trying to figure out the best approach: Case: Something like the Silverstone CaseStorage CS380 It has 8 front
  2. And that was with Seabios or OVMF? (You didn't ask me, but I'm here reading) This only worked with SeaBIOS, not OVMF, as I get the boot loader options, and no booted Kodi Installer menu. On another note: I still don't get why SeaBIOS doesn't work for you!?.. I have 2 different makes/brands of the GT720, and they all work with it. Here is my XML of the VM. It's a Q35 machine, not 440fx. <domain type='kvm' id='29' xmlns:qemu=''> <name>Kodibuntu-MBR</name> <uuid>2216af8a-f4ec-4bcf-2f81-4a2b3efee70
  3. First off - the total resources needed for a Kodibuntu install is 3.5G. I put mine on an 8G drive, running with 2-cores, and 1G of RAM. It's definitely smaller than Windows, and when its this small, I say its competitive with OE. You are close on your install. This is the video I was trying to link in my first post - but it just wont show up for some reason. Go to Youtube and search this video: "16qSdmtxPdQ". Its called "Update Kodibuntu and Upgrade Kodi---Step Two" The step they have in there that you may not have done is to update the core Ubuntu: sudo apt-get update sudo
  4. I don't see why not - we have the exact same setup. My GT720s work just fine. What happens when you boot the Kodibuntu ISO? Are you taken to the EFI menu or does it boot straight away? When I first set up the VM, I use the stock KodiBuntu installer ISO. (its v14) as my OS install disk, and VNC as my graphics card. It boots immediately to the Kodi Installer Boot Menu. After the install, I add the graphics card in, replacing VNC. During that next boot up, the VM will stop and give you an error about not having a card. thats when you SSH in to install the drivers.
  5. 2nd post in this thread:
  6. I don't see why not - we have the exact same setup. My GT720s work just fine.
  7. In just about all the VMs I've tried, when a video card is passed through and connected to an HDMI output (TV, receiver, etc), the VM will not boot unless the output is connected and turned on. Is there a global solution that addresses this? Or are there VM-specific methods that address this? In particular, I'd like to reboot OpenElec/Kodibuntu VMs without having to go to the TV and receiver and power everything on. Is there some way to grab the last-used EDID and code it in somewhere? Something along those lines?
  8. Yeah, go for it. The install was really not that bad. Set up a stock Ubuntu VM in Unraid, with 2GB of RAM and a new 8GB vdisk. Use the 2GB of RAM for the install process - I think it makes it go a little quicker. Use the official Kodibuntu release as your installer ISO. Once you are done installing, you can drop the RAM down to 1GB. I'm pretty sure if you do the install with VNC (instead of a graphics card), the moment you reboot with a graphics card added in, it will error out, telling you to install the card. From there, just follow the basic command line instructions for instal
  9. I'm using KodiBuntu installations on multiple VMs, and they all use a MySQL database. I thought I'd share a quick and easy method for building and sharing the Thumbnail art cache that multiple Kodi installations can share. I am sure this works the same with an OE install. So far, I haven't had any issues, and it seems very snappy on each VM. There's several ways to accomplish it - this just happens to be one method. In short, I use an NFS share as my central folder for all artwork, and I mount that share into the "Thumbnails" folder on each VM. Then, I force a manual build of the artwork
  10. This thread is pretty long-running, but I thought I'd throw in another recommendation for MediaMonkey, and its really powerful Auto-Organize feature. It lets you set up a staging area that it monitors for incoming music. From there, it will create a folder structure and rename the music files to any destination you want, based on a custom criteria you set up. You define the folders and name structure of the files. If you need to re-tag the metadata and clean up filenames, you can use its built-in tagging functionality, and as soon as you update the files, it auto-organizes them again. It
  11. I've spent so much time testing (sitting and watching movies, really) and I've started nit-picking my Kodi experience, looking for a flawless setup. At any rate, I have tested three versions of a Kodi installation, using the same movies on the same home theater setup, and I'm finding that KodiBuntu seems to be the "best" solution so far for me. For every setup, I'm using 2-cores, 2GB RAM (for OE/Kodibuntu) and 8GB RAM (Windows), an Nvidia GT720, fed in to a Marantz SR5009, going to a Panasonic VT50 plasma, and "set refresh rate of TV to match" is enabled in Kodi. Video playback is perfec
  12. I assigned 1 core / 1 GB just as proof of concept. I finally settled on 2 cores / 2 GB for each VM since I have plenty of headroom. So, OE1 has cores 15/16 pinned. OE2 has cores 13/14 pinned. OE3 has cores 11/12 pinned. I have not done anything special in advancedsettings or any extra config. I haven't experienced any CPU spikes when watching movies on my VM for the home theater which as an amp. All of my media is MKVs. John Perfect, thank you. It looks like I had all of my cores assigned and running on several test VMs, so I had all my resources completely
  13. Hey JohnOdon, You said you allocated a single core to each of your VMs, with 1GB of RAM. Did you make any configurations to the buffer, or anything else in AdvancedSettings? Or, when you split up a physical core by assigning one core to a VM - where did the other one go? I thought it didnt really matter how you split up physical cores. When I enable DTS-HD or TRUE-HD passthrough, I get random CPU spikes during playback. Sometimes playback settles in around 25%, but then it goes on these long runs of 60,70,80% or higher. I get occasional frame skips - maybe 200-300 for a full movie
  14. I actually just enabled SSH from inside OE and copied my user data files in that way.
  15. This is soooo good. Thanks for putting this together. I have an almost identical setup to you and have been using the built-in LT templates without HD audio passthrough up until this. Now, I have 4 of these running with the GT720s and full HD audio passthrough and IR control, all tied to a centralized MySQL DB on a separate Debian VM. It's awesome when it all comes together.