Category Archives: XBMC

Add vnc to xbuntu xbmc

This is so I can control my XBMC downloader PC running xubuntu via my iPad with myVNC.

The discussion here is being limited to XUbuntu 12.04 LTS, however pretty much any version of *nix will work in principle.

Start by ensuring your system is up to date.

sudo aptitude update
my case was sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude upgrade
my case was sudo apt-get upgrade

Install the server.

sudo aptitude install x11vnc

my case was sudo apt-get install x11vnc

Setup a password file
sudo x11vnc -storepasswd /etc/x11vnc.pass
This command will ask you to provide a password and confirm it.
Once the password file is created, restrict the permissions of the file so only root can access it.

chmod 600 /etc/x11vnc.pass

Automatically start the server
You may want to start the server automatically when ever the computer is running. If you do want this behavior, you will want the server to start even before a user has logged in. In order to accomplish this, place the following code in a file called


start on login-session-start
x11vnc -xkb -noxrecord -noxfixes -noxdamge -display :0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -forever -shared -bg -o /var/log/x11vnc.log -rfbauth /etc/x11vnc.pass -rfbport 5901 -localhost

Remove carriage returns if pasting.

start on login-session-start
x11vnc -xkb -noxrecord -noxfixes -noxdamge -display :0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -forever -shared -bg -o /var/log/x11vnc.log -rfbauth /etc/x11vnc.pass -rfbport 5901 -localhost
end script

Vnc viewer xbuntu ipaddress:5901

You can manually start x11vnc

SSH into box type

x11vnc -usepw

Vic will be on port 5900

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This is so I can control my XBMC downloader PC via my iPad with myVNC.


Plex Linux server on my xbuntu

Add Plex server to Ubuntu or in my case Xbuntu from

For Ubuntu installation, add this to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb lucid main

Then add the repository key:
sudo apt-key add
Then install with the following command:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plexmediaserver

Additional information can be found in the Linux PMS forum.

Admin to add content path via web page http://plexserverIP:32400/web/index.html#!/setup


Added the plex app to my iPad works great
Added the plex app as zip to appletv gen1 openelec also work great.
Sony smart tv finds plex in video dlna search but had a issue but does play channels
Further mods needed to get dlna to work on this Linus plex, as a previous install on my windows server worked with dlna perfect.

Great is plex as it adds movie info and DVD covers art.

Can play over Internet with username and password.

XBMC on old AppleTV G1 great way to convert a old Apple TV generation 1 to a superb media Center XBMC the remote works it has HDMI and Composite video to old TVs

Loads of plugins skins it finds my media on other equipment on the network
Lasie nas, Linux machines windows machines,
Plex server also good for transcoding videos of the fly for playing on my Sony Internet tv too.

iPads can play content films program’s etc to the airplay mirror feature that can be enabled on XBMC.

free AirPlay love it.