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Hack #10: Custom partitioning with DVD installation

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AS you may know DVD installation doesn’t allow to create a custom partition. Actually installer makes following partitions on the HDD:

sda1 = / (everything except the last 12GB)
sda5 = swap (2GB)
sda6 = /mnt/recovery (10GB)

But there is a way to create the custom partition structure. AS the first step you should manually partition your HDD using some LiveCD. After that do following:

mount /dev/sda1 /media/target
mkdir /media/target/etc
touch /media/target/etc/pluto.conf

Then restart your PC. LinuxMCE installer should detect previous installation and gives you two options: install from the scratch or do upgrade. If you choose upgrade the system will be installed on your partition structure.

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April 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm

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Tip #4: Play encripted DVD

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To play encrypted DVD you may use libdvdcss which offers accessing to the DVD content without having to bother about the decryption. Check if that library is already installed:

dpkg -l libdvdcss

If not just install it using apt-get

apt-get install libdvdcss

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August 23, 2007 at 11:50 am

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Tip #3: Store your DVDs on HDD

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LinuxMCE allows to archive your DVD collection to the hard drive. It stores DVD as ISO but with extension .dvd. Just insert DVD and start play it. After that activate on-screen remote control by pressing any button on your psychical remote control. Press button ‘Copy DVD’. Or another way is go to ‘Manage Media’ and chose option ‘Rip’.

Moreover, LinuxMCE includes an utility to retrieve information about DVD from CDDB database (IMHO it’d be more efficient to use IMDB) – id-my-disc. If you didn’t install it just run that command:

apt-get install id-my-disc

If by some reason you DVD is not found in the CDDB you may just type desired name directly from the Orbiter. After storing DVD on the hard drive you’ll able to watch it on any media directors in you house. There is also possibility to store DVD in public area or your private space. Unfortunately, LinuxMCE doesn’t have built-in tool to burn DVD. But you can easily use K3b to burn stored DVD ISO back to DVD.

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August 21, 2007 at 1:16 pm

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