flash an old 8726 MX box tv with sdcard and USB-SD creator on Mac OS

  • Hi,

    I found the solution to use an old android box with amlogic 8726 to instal Libeelect fot KODI use.


    I download the USB-SD creator app for mac. I showed generic AMD/INTEL and LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-9.2.6.img


    I inserted an SDcard and


    I download the file LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-9.2.6.img


    then i write this image on the sdcard with the app.


    I can see in the sdcard on the mac :


    .fseventsd

    .Spotlight-V100

    aml_autoscript

    EFI

    KERNEL

    KERNEL.md5

    ldlinux.c32

    ldlinux.sys

    syslinux.cfg

    System

    SYSTEM.md5



    OK i veryfied with utility disk on my mac and saw the sdcard with

    Volume physique externe USB • MS-DOS (FAT16) /Volumes/LIBREELEC 1/ disk3s1

    capacity 536,9 Mo used 261,4 Mo


    I put the sdcard in the sd port of the box

    I reset and start boton so i had on the screen the A2 logo then recovery window. Nothing more. If i select update with EXT there is nothing in the sdcard to start an update.


    Something wrong but i don't know why. If anybody can help me to ressucite this box to a simple media player, it would be aweful.


    Jean-Luc

    • Official Post

    LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-9.0.2.img.gz


    ^ this is the last image for WeTek Play (1) aka the OpenELEC box, which is the only 8726MX device that we have ever supported. Any other box with the same 8726MX chips is not supported and will never be supported. There is no newer (9.2.6) image. The image you downloaded is for Intel x86_64 hardware and is not compatible.

  • OK i did with WeTek play and LibreELEC-WeTek_Play.arm-9.0.2.img.gz on an SDcard

    .fseventsd

    .Spotlight-V100

    kernel.img

    kernel.img.md5

    System

    SYSTEM.md5


    But no work. Can i use a factory_update_param.aml script ?

    • Official Post

    LE no longer supports Amlogic 8726MX (Meson6) hardware and even when we did, our support was limited to one specific device. So if booting from the WP1 SD card image didn't work there are no further options to explore with us. There is almost zero modern kernel support for this generation of Amlogic hardware and nobody anywhere working to change that (some efforts at the next generation, Meson8, but not Meson6 = 8276MX).

  • Hey Chewitt, no chance to get my trusty Wetek play1 back on a supported version ?

    It has some issues already but for it's rest of the live I was hoping i could get it updated to latest.

    Would be a shame if i just have to dump it.

    • Official Post

    Hey Chewitt, no chance to get my trusty Wetek play1 back on a supported version ?

    Nope. It's a struggle to get people to work on mainline Linux support for the latest Amlogic chips, let alone a chip from 2014 that was slow at the time it was released. There is nobody doing any work on mainline Linux Meson 6 support, so this unlikely to change, so LE 9.0 is (and will remain) the last release for 8726MX devices like WP1.

  • Chewitt, Thanks for getting back to me ! Fair enough ! I'll go x86-64 again then and retire the Wetek as a backup as is.

    If it wasn't such a pain to get a quick and good cable Multi tuner for TVheadend. Especially for something like a Nuc platform that fits behind the TV. I am looking for something m.2 or minipcie formfactor but multi tuner. USB dongles are unfortunatelyless reliable in my experience.

    I also thought spend some extra money and get a Digital Devices Octopus M4 but i am not sure how well that works with TVheadend...


    Any tip anyone ?