Posts by hieppo

    I am trying to reanimate this semi-brick amlogic box. I can only currently using jtag to get the amlogic terminal and run sdc_burn and update and other commands. Is there anyway update/flash LE onto the emmc using the built in tool?

    UPDATE: after hacking around with writing onto a LE SD image. Surprisingly, it somehow was able to inject BL30 to the emmc and allow to boot off the SDcard now. I am not sure how it was able to flash the box to override booting from emmc if SD is present but it is back to what I wanted. eMMC android img is toast but I do not really care about that as long as I can boot LE.


    Is it possible if you can help by taking a look at the following android box boot log and let me know if the boot is encrypted or not? Also if it is possible to tell what the issue is preventing from continuing to boot?

    If you can't help, do you know of any other forums that help this sort of issue? I missed freaktab.

    UPDATE: after hacking around with writing onto a LE SD image. Surprisingly, it somehow was able to inject BL30 to the emmc and allow to boot off the SDcard now. I am not sure how it was able to flash the box to override booting from emmc if SD is present but it is back to what I wanted. eMMC android img is toast but I do not really care about that as long as I can boot LE.


    S912's have always run hot so a good heatsink is never a bad thing. I've a VIM2 + heatsink which runs around 60-65ºC so I'd be wondering what add-ons you're using that chew CPU in the background (some do) to keep cores busy.

    I am wondering too. I do notice 1 cpu is always using 60% or more all the time when idled. The only add-ons I installed to use is YouTube. Aside from the defaults that was installed with LE, I installed the other media information providers tvdb, screensaver bing photo, lrclyrics, mp3streams and weather. I also uses mysql for my media repository. From that list, I have no idea what is running that is constantly requiring cpu. Screensaver is not enabled and cpu is still 60%+ so i have no idea what errant program that is running. I will probably reflash a clean SDcard and see if CPU is still high to remove any extra thing that is causing overheating.

    HEVC is the future. Actually, it is whatever newer than HEVC. But currently HEVC would be best bet most are using to encode videos. It would be nice to have it working properly than say MPEG2. I guess that is my opinion anyway, I am sure there are others that need MPEG2 over the others.

    Funny, I was just about to post the exact same finding. I have a s912 box too and it shows the exact issue. You can play either x264 or x265 just fine but as soon as you switch the different encoder. The player would hang and crash. My box does not reboot automatically, I have to unplug and plug it back in to boot back. I don't think it is specific files but if it is encoded with x264 or x265.

    Another odd finding was what I mentioned previously about HEVC/x265 seek feature. I thought it does not work which is correct only for short videos like TV shows under 1 hour I guess. But if I play a full length movie over 90 minutes long, I am able to seek. However, seeking is still kind of flakey for some files since it will caused artifacts in playing after the seeking and would not go away until you restart the file. An update with seeking, it turns out not the duration but the resolution of x265. You can only seek with 4k resolution. If it's 720 or 1080 then it will pause.

    I notice the s912 box seems to get quite hot even if it is using HW decoding. I saw temp reaching 90C. I don't think I ever saw these AMLogic box go past 80C. If it is hitting this hot, I may have to put in a fan since the stock heatsink is not really doing that much.

    Forgot to mention but I am using 10.85

    I find HEVC to be "good, but not perfect" and it does have glitches, but the driver is unfinished and is not upstream so that's to be expected. If other players work better they are probably using software decode because it's not possible to use hardware decode without a ton of patches right now.

    HEVC is good to play from start to end but not so good if you stop somewhere in between and try to play from that save point. It will not be able to seek to that location. The only other option is to play from the beginning and watch the show over again from the beginning. There is no option to fast forward to the last watched position. It's a little annoying and would be a wish for a fix sooner than later since most thing is working at this point.


    I need some help in resurrecting a T95x box. It is Just a little off topic but I like to boot LE. Hope you can help or point to the correct forum. Freaktab used to be where I would normally go for AML box hack but as you know it is gone.

    Originally, using AMLogic USB burn tool to flash the Aidan's v7 firmware was successful. I booted into recovery and was booting CE from SD. But unfortunately, I was not able to insert a new LE SD image to boot off the box. I AML USB flashed the Aidan's firmware back onto the box to reset the boot but now, I am unable to boot into Android or anything off the SD.

    Is there any way to flash the LE kernel, boot and/or system right onto emmc? I currently working with the JTAG terminal. I can get the p212 root prompt and can do the basic command like update, sd_update and such.

    Is there any info on hacking with JTAG terminal?

    Thanks in advance.


    I took the wifi-rtl8189etv.dtbo file from the dtb directory and copied it to my current sd card image. I tried both

    overlays=wifi-rtl8189etv.dtbo and overlays=/dtb/wifi-rtl8189etv.dtbo where both locations have the file.

    Wifi will not get detected.

    HEVC works. It is a good start, we wait for the toys to come along. Thanks for your contribution.


    Oops, I forgot to mention, this box does have a realtek. There is no rush for wifi since it is 2.4GHz only and not the quickest. I use the LAN mainly.

    Also, there is a thin purplish line at the bottom of the player using the s912. This occurs only when playback and not seen in the UI or when the player is paused and on the menu.


    Just tested 10.85 from you testing repo. Hardware decoding is working like back at 10.0.1. I think the dtb may be better now than before. The HDMI actually works cleanly on my Acer monitor, previous version would have artifacts on the screen. But unfortunately, it still does not detect the built in wifi. BTW, this box does not have BT. I did not notice some issue starting to play some file but after several attempts to start playing it did finally played it. It is kind of odd that it will not start right away. This is preliminary finding, I will report later if I see more as I use it more regularly.

    p212 s905x dmesg

    I will flash it to my S912 box and see if there are any initial issue.

    BTW, was it intentional for the boot logo to be already on Kodi Nexus? I am assuming the Kodi is Matrix version?

    chewitt, I am trying to get wifi to work on this edal box with s905x, 1gb ram, 2.4GHz only and 100 LAN. I tried all the GXL s905x dtb files, all but the hwacom would boot and I can use the 100 LAN.

    It is not a big deal but would be good to get the correct dtb file for wifi to work too.

    It has been a long time since I used LE when I switched over to CE. I been using this CE gxl_p212_1g.dtb with success.

    Is the wifi issue due to the dtb or is the box firmware has disabled it?


    Decide to blow the dust off my KM8 Pro labelled Amlogic S912 box and do some light testing of Kodi 19.x LE. Anyway, got lucky with the 1st dtb file, meson-gxm-khadas-vim2 (alphabetically order) for GXM and booted right up with 1000 LAN and both 2.4/5GHz working.

    Before playing I was trying to see if this version would be able to see mysql database. I currently have both Leia and Matrix DB ready to read. However, nightly does not do much.

    Then just tried to add my NFS drive and play some files:

    - 4K x265 8bit : not play

    -1080 x265 8bit : not play

    -1080 x264 : not play as well

    I gave up after that.

    You need debug log? Where should I be loading it