@balbes150 LE images with Kodi-19 for S9xxx

  • Can someone comment on the latest Kodi 18.2 release, in particular the stuff about GLES/AML updates "after years of no love" and the Android Codec Factory settings from xml files?


    Kodi "Leia" 18.2 Release | Kodi | Open Source Home Theater Software


    1. What impact is on LE kernel 3.14 and 4.x/5.y releases, if any?


    2. Do the Codec Factory settings lessen the TV box firmware issues, and somehow make Android on TV boxes better in performance?

  • shippy

    1. Codec factory is only for Android where you can configure which HW decoders to blacklist in case you have issues with them: no impact on LE at all.
    2. GLES updates should improve both 3.14 and mainline users. Improvements that have effect in LibreELEC/CoreELEC:
      • improved bitmap subtitles rendering (e.g. extracted from Blu-Ray or DVD)
      • less GPU load when rendering software-decoded HD videos from inputstream (e.g. Netflix HD - still up to 720p works smoothly, no 1080p...)
    3. AML updates have effect only on builds using 3.14 kernel - these are a few fixes from LibreELEC/CoreELEC builds, mostly from afl1.
  • kszaq


    Thanks.


    1. Yes I do understand Codec Factory is for Android OS only 😃 So basically it just takes out the bad decoders if you can identify them !


    2. For 720p streaming, Kodi 18.2 means you have less CPU load given software decoding.


    3. Is there a list of AML 3.14 updates for Kodi 18.2? Are they mainly just bug fixes or some streaming improvements too?


    One thing I don't understand: Is 720p or below decoding always in CPU ( soft decode) for AML S905/912?

    Why waste the GPU as idle?

    Why not use hardware decoding for 720p/below too given extra CPU load, or can you set it optionally either way?

  • Is there a list of AML 3.14 updates for Kodi 18.2? Are they mainly just bug fixes or some streaming improvements too?

    Crash fixes: Amlogic fixes from community builds by kszaq · Pull Request #15859 · xbmc/xbmc · GitHub Note that if you are using CoreELEC (or LE 8.2), the fixes were already included in previous Kodi versions. These commits were PRd to upstream a few fixes.


    One thing I don't understand: Is 720p or below decoding always in CPU ( soft decode) for AML S905/912?

    No. HW decoding is enabled for all videos unless you change it in Kodi settings.


    Why waste the GPU as idle?

    GPU is not used for "hardware decoding"! This is done by VPU.

  • Update 20190423. For S905X2, a new DTB for X96 max has been added to support the 100Mb wired network option (model 2\16 version). Fixed BT and sound for Vega S95 (S905).

  • Added image for Odroid C2 - fixed audio output via HDMI, added support for the standard remote control.



    Question. Are there users of the LePotato and Nano K2 models who are willing to check out the test images for these models ?

  • I haven't tested on WP2 for aeons but will dig one out and have a look over the next couple of days. WH (which has the same WeTek boot firmware) is working but you will need to use the "reset" process to reloads the boot instructions from SD card. If this is not done it will definitely not boot.

  • kszaq


    I always mix up VPU and GPU, since VPU terminology is seldom used.

    Anyway appreciate your clearing up the HW enabling confusion. ☺

  • Please re-consider the WiFi stance. I'm in a condo and use WiFi exclusively from my current s905 Kodi box. I've had a x96 Max (4GB) for a while and I'm excited to see LibreELEC leading the charge once again for these boxes. I can't wait to watch 4k HDR over my point to point wireless :-).

  • KyleS at this point there is no technical solution for S905X2 wifi on the mainline kernel. If that changes, then we can negotiate the project decision on how ugly the patch is and what to support.

  • KyleS at this point there is no technical solution for S905X2 wifi on the mainline kernel. If that changes, then we can negotiate the project decision on how ugly the patch is and what to support.

    Anything I can influence? Which subsystem isn't playing ball?

  • Update 20190423. For S905X2, a new DTB for X96 max has been added to support the 100Mb wired network option (model 2\16 version). Fixed BT and sound for Vega S95 (S905).

    Fresh install on X96Max 2G/16G

    Changed the dtb to "-rmii" version.

    On boot there is no sign that the wired connection is working .... no lights on switch.


    In settings, the connection is shown as 'On', but there is no connection present.

    I switched this Off and then On again, and the connection immediately came alive and got an IP address via DHCP, with corresponding light on the switch of course.


    So it seems there is a minor bug in the setting of the NIC to active during boot.


    I was unable to access the LE repository but could access others.

    Is there something I should do, or is this not yet available?


    Thank you for your work on this.


    EDIT:

    I forgot to mention the audio choice is greyed out but yoou are probably aware of that as I saw mention of audio above.

    Edited once, last by JohnBoyz ().

  • Well i just tested and ethernet is not working so i just can’t do anything further that’s why i’m asking

    Well, now you can posting about this, and posting about what you control, what's working and what's no...