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Tutorial Installing Ubuntu (and linux Mint) on Z64A

Discussion in 'NEO Z64A Custom ROMs, Kernels & Discussion' started by smap, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. smap

    smap New Member

    Hi all

    There's a way to use KODI 17 on this machine, but you need to install ubuntu on it.

    To install kodi get the ISO with modified kernel from Linuxium - https://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/2016/10/running-ubuntu-on-intel-bay-trail-and.html

    Use the "Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS", because with version "Ubuntu 16.10" (or even the later versions available on the blog) after installing it would never poweroff or even reboot. After installing ubuntu you need to install KODI using the following method - http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Install_Kodi_for_Linux#Installing_Kodi_on_Ubuntu-based_distributions

    Keep in mind that unless you have one remote supported by KODI it won't work strait forward. I have a Minix NEO A2 airmouse/remote and then I had to map the keys on it using KODI keymap add-on - http://kodi.wiki/view/Add-on:Keymap_Editor

    You won't be able to put the device in sleep mode, you will always need to power-off and power-on.

    You can make it boot directly into KODI, but you need to define your user to automatically logon and then switch from the normal desktop session mode to kodi session mode - http://kodi.wiki/view/kodibuntu#Desktop_mode

    Linuxium is a user on this forum and we wrote about installing ubuntu on it before - http://www.minixforum.com/threads/dual-booting-android-and-windows-on-minix-z64w.5619/

    !!! IMPORTANT !!!

    You need to do a change on the BIOS, otherwise it will freeze during the installation or even while ubuntu is running. on Advanced, go to PPM Configuration and disable CPU C state Report.

    If you don't like it in the end, you can always go back to android - http://www.minixforum.com/threads/reflashing-the-z64-android-os-creating-rescue-disk.4735/

    You can also do a dual booting, by installing it on the flash or on an sd card, but I didn't care to try it out.

    If you just want to use the new skin from KODI 17, you can try this - http://www.yiflix.com/video-downloa...nge_skin_estuary_krypton_for_kodi_jarvis.html - which is not equal, but close enough.

    Hope my post helps other to make this box to some use, I actually bought this box because it's not limited to android, most boxes just go out of support in the first year, or never even have any kind of update, with this one I'm not so limited to use Android.

    I will post some videos of the installation on the next posts.
    Gh0st likes this.
  2. smap

    smap New Member

    Here are the videos of ubuntu installation

    Installation from scratch

    finalizing the installation and rebooting into ubuntu

    testing the sound card

  3. smap

    smap New Member

    Switching between kodi and ubuntu

    Rebooting from kodi

  4. smap

    smap New Member

    You can also install linux mint (https://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/2017/04/isorespinsh-now-with-mint-and-cinnamon.html), but you need to rewrite the ISO file. to do so nee to install squashfs-tools and xorriso on an ubuntu working machine "sudo apt install -y squashfs-tools xorriso" and then run the isorespin.sh

    You can get the most updated - isorespin.sh - from here - https://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/2017/04/creating-personalized-ubuntu-mint-and.html

    switching between "kodi 17.1" and "linux mint 18" sessions

    just rebooting from kodi

  5. midnight

    midnight Moderator Moderator

  6. smap

    smap New Member

    KODI is faster using ubuntu than with android, but it has downsides like not being able to suspend like in android.

    Another thing is that since I install a full working version of ubuntu it takes a bit at startup, I could stop some not needed services, but honestly it doesn't take that much as you can see by the videos and this way I have a full working ubuntu desktop.

    With linux mint, it doesn't recognize the wi-fi card, so whoever needs this working with wi-fi should use ubuntu. The sames goes for openelec, I did an installation of openelec (I'll post the videos during this week), meaning no wi-fi. With openelec I had a bunch of more problems that I will explain once I post the videos.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017
  7. midnight

    midnight Moderator Moderator

    Good work, I'm sure this could be a good option for us Z-64A owners as we don't need to purchase a Window License !
  8. smap

    smap New Member

  9. nemooz

    nemooz New Member

    Hi everyone,
    I recently install linux_mint 18.1 from my live usb... it's working realy find but... yes ... BUT... I haven't any sound and wifi.
    How did you do to install it ?
    Which package are missing ?
  10. smap

    smap New Member

    did you read this - http://www.minixforum.com/threads/installing-ubuntu-and-linux-mint-on-z64a.16382/reply?quote=129150

    No standard distribution will have drivers for sound or wifi, you need to rewrite it. From my testing even after rewriting you won't have wifi fworking, just audio. Try the ubuntu iso

  11. mark2

    mark2 Active Member

  12. Colin Myers

    Colin Myers New Member

    Hi, an update for this thread. I just converted my Z64 from Android to Ubuntu Desktop 17.10. Downloaded the ISO and it went on without any modification. WiFi, sound and power works fine.
  13. Veslolet

    Veslolet New Member

    I have Z83-4W

    from what I can see in this thread, it's about having Ubuntu working ok on the device.

    My goal is to have the latest kernel possible with latest android version possible on my device, with enabled wifi/audio channels.

    What should I do for that?
  14. smap

    smap New Member

    You're right, I also installed it now on mine without issues
  15. CompReady

    CompReady New Member

    I work with Ubuntu/Linux a lot because it helps me to sort out what needs to be done in my workspace and makes it that much easier to debug and whatnot. So, I’m really grateful for all that you’ve put here and what it is that you’re looking to do with it - I may check out the options and see if I can do this on my own device easily so that I can work with those in the future as well!
  16. gnesper7

    gnesper7 New Member

    It's possible to install Ubuntu (64bit) on bios version A?
  17. smap

    smap New Member

    I updated mine now from 17.10 to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and it works fine, so when linux mint 19 comes out it should also work without issue