Install LibreElec on M8s (with 812 CPU)

  • Hi
    Can someone please point me in the right direction? I have a M8S box with a S812 CPU (as reported by CPU-Z).


    I am trying to load the awesome LibreElec onto the device but I'm having difficulty getting the device to boot from the SD card to install LibreElec.


    I originally tried the S802 Image (as I was told by the supplier that was the chipset) but when I use the toothpick method it just boots to the stock Android recovery menu. So I'm assuming the SD card isn't bootable.
    I have tried writing the Image (from here ) with the Ubuntu builtin imaging program; and with WIN32 Disk Imager on a Windows Laptop, but neither method results in a bootable SD card. BTW I have used WIN32 Disk Imager to write the original stock ROM to the card and it boots fine, so I'm assuming it's something to do with the writing of the LibreElec image that's the problem.


    So can someone please:
    1. Point me in the direction of the correct ROM for my unit (M8S with S812 Chipset)
    2. Tell me how I can successfully write the image to the SD card and successfully boot from it to install onto my unit



    I already use LibreElec on a RPi and think it's fantastic - so I'm wanting to use the same on this unit as well.


    Many thanks in advance.


  • Hi!


    Consider use the search option in this forum. Just search for S812 and you can find a lot of information.


    LibreELEC


    Hi
    Thanks for the useful suggestion of searching before I ask questions.... :rolleyes:


    I have already searched the forum and could not find anything suitable, hence me posting the question.... :)


    The link in your response refers to a MIII plus, which isn't the model I have (I have M8S). Therefore I discounted it when originally searching.
    However, one of the posts in the thread (#38) suggests that it may work with a M8S, but only if booted from SD card or USB drive, and isn't installed in the internal memory of the device.
    Have I read this right, or is there a way of installing it so the device boots into LibreExec from its internal ROM, rather than via SD / USB?


    Actually, I have just tried using the method in the above thread and get a constant rebooting (after the chipset splashscreen, also experienced by other in the thread) so I can't even install it to find out if it's SD/USB only or can be installed internally.


    So my original two questions still stand, if any one can help please?

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    So can someone please:
    1. Point me in the direction of the correct ROM for my unit (M8S with S812 Chipset)
    2. Tell me how I can successfully write the image to the SD card and successfully boot from it to install onto my unit


    Thanks


  • Try to search again


    LibreELEC


    If you have any problem with the M8S maybe the people from that thread can help you.


  • It's very easy! Image is here:


    MEGA


    But only for original Acemax M8S. (There's plenty of fake M8Ss on the market)


    Thanks dankec, much appreciated.


    I would like to try to use this, but I have a couple of questions:
    1. You're saying that this is only for an original Acemax M8S - how can I tell if mine is original?
    2. Looking at the link you gave, the .tar file contains files, folders, etc. How to I install using these? I've normally written boot images to the SD card, booted from it and installed from there. So I'm assuming I have to use the files in your link a different way?


    Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.


    Many thanks


  • king at the link you gave, the .tar file contains files, folders, etc. How to I install usi



    king at the link you gave, the .tar file contains files, folders, etc. How to I install usi


    1. It's impossible to say without box opening. Just try with the image and see if it's working...
    2. Download .zip file (you don't need .tar at the moment). Put it on SD card (do not extract zip file). Insert SD card into box. Put box into recovery mode using toothpick method (google for toothpick method if you're not familiar with the procedure). Choose "Update from EXT", select zip file from SD card. Wait. Reboot box.

  • 1. It's impossible to say without box opening. Just try with the image and see if it's working...
    2. Download .zip file (you don't need .tar at the moment). Put it on SD card (do not extract zip file). Insert SD card into box. Put box into recovery mode using toothpick method (google for toothpick method if you're not familiar with the procedure). Choose "Update from EXT", select zip file from SD card. Wait. Reboot box.


    Dankec
    Many thanks for the advice, I'll give it a try and let you know the outcome.


    Thanks once again
    [hr]
    Dankec
    You're a star, the update worked perfectly and I now have LibreElec on my device :D
    The only issue I have now is that four of my remote button functions are transposed (volume up / down mapped to Home / submenu, rather than the other way round). Other than that it works like a dream.


    Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate it.

    Edited once, last by moddingtom ().



  • Button problem could be solved easily. Just install keymap editor addon:
    Add-on:Keymap Editor - Official Kodi Wiki
    and configure keys as you like.


    Best regards!