Posts by Shoog

    Not an issue that impacts the N2 because it is a stand alone SBC which has its own unique bootloader.

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    Another approach if you can get it to boot into Android is to use the app


    Reboot to LibreELEC – Apps on Google Play


    This will force a reboot from the SD card.


    All this does is issue the console command

    reboot update

    So if you have a terminal emulator loaded on your Android install then simply launch and issue this command for the same effect.

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    This technique will also allow free movement between the stable kzaq LE community builds and the experimental Balbes LE builds.


    Shoog

    People are having issues when testing LE and then testing other OS's on the AMLogic platform. They are been advised that they need to reinstall Android firmware after the Uboot is altered on first boot. This is absolutely unnecessary and very poor advice as it is a complex process to restore the original Android ROM assuming you have it.

    Fortunately AMLogic is wiser than this advice and they have built in functionality which allows you to boot a self contained OS off a SD card and this will restore the necessary boot functionality to whatever is needed to operate the OS.

    The simple method is:

    -create a SD card with whatever OS you want to run using the LibreELEC.USB-SD.Creator tool (or whatever tool is recommended by your chosen OS) from the full OS image (not the update .tar)

    -insert the card into your SD slot with the power off.
    -Press your boxes RESET button and insert your power cord and hold the reset until the first splash screen has loaded. The RESET button is usually in one of two locations 1) at the back of the AV socket 2) in a hole on the bottom of the box labelled RESET. Use a toothpick or a match. A few very rare boxes have no RESET button and for these you will have to use a different method.

    This has forced you box to boot off the SD card and has run the aml_autoscript which comes supplied with the OS image which sets up the uboot to whatever is needed run you chosen OS on next boot.

    Do this every time you want to switch OS. SIMPLES.

    If this fails for you try it again as the reset detection can be twitchy. There are also a number of other techniques which can be used if this method fails.

    With this knowledge you can safely test whatever OS you choose without reinstalling any firmware or damaging you internally installed system.

    Hope this helps.

    Shoog

    There has been a lot of discussion about how near mainline is to been ready for prime time, but the detail of what that actually means is very vague.

    Can we get a list of exactly what on chip and peripheral hardware is supported by mainline and what real world devices have that level of support. Can we also list what is definitely not working and when we can expect it to arrive in mainline.

    This would be very useful for people making purchasing and software decisions going forward for the next year.

    Shoog

    The issue is that all of these efforts are a constant game of catch up. Release of LE for Leia is already a year behind schedule and as I understand it has been effectively shelved. Drivers for dvb hardware are not been developed for mainline so a lot of peoples still useful hardware is been left in the dust.
    Meanwhile AMLogic marches on releasing ever more exotic fare leaving the Mainline efforts yet further behind. Since ARM and AMLogic have made no effort to cooperate with the Linux efforts it seems that if you want a viable box in the now then look elsewhere for your hardware or software.

    I admire the efforts been made despite this but feel its all a bit to little to late.

    Shoog

    DVD playback has been flacky in Kodi for years at this stage, it has not got attention for years because the people who maintain Kodi do not have any interest in supporting it properly. Its effectively a dead technology.



    Shoog

    Did you find a box? Looking for something with similar specs, only be using it to play mkvs from external hard drive. Could do with gigabit LAN as I have 1000mbps internet. I've done a lot of reading on this thread but feeling a bit confused... I suppose the simple solution would be a Minix U9 but that's almost Nvidia Shield money where I live!
    Currently using a cheapo x96 s905x 1gb ram box that I had gathering dust in a drawer, it works but sometimes buffers or freezes with high bitrate 4k mkv's.

    None of the current crop of Amlogic boxes are supported under LE running Leia, this version has effectively been skipped at this stage.
    The current crop of S922 and S905x3,S905D3 are not supported in LE.
    The older boxes such as S905x2 are supported in community builds of Krypton - but are no longer actively supported by the developer.

    There are alternatives outside of LE, but the new crop of boxes are not that cheap (ie €50+)

    Shoog

    Friend leave here the details of which mini PC you are using.

    I'm tired of the amlogic boxes, Android tv box. They all suffer from the same problems,: the firmware outdates quickly, updates come spotty, if ever, you’ll depend on the hacker scene to get Kodi going with all codecs and features, DRM problems with Netflix and Amazon, limited support of external hardware, missing drivers, etc.

    If 4K and HDR aren't high priorities for you then I have a nice box running on the AtomicPi, very cheap and capable little board with a nice little 4+4W digital amp onboard. Needs a bit of diy skills to get it going.
    However running Windows on it would be problematic so the DRM issues might not be resolved. Unless you splash for a NUC its unlikely that any of the little miniPC's running atom or Pentium chips will address all your needs.

    Shoog

    emmc is a nice speed increase and one of the main reasons for choosing a SBC over an Android box.

    You can use your existing remote if you can find a configuration file for it, otherwise you can create one yourself just so long as you can work out the code standard, the process is well documented and there is a good database as well. CEC is nice as a backup but on mine it hasn't got the context menu mapped which makes a lot of operations painfully limited.
    I find that the on screen keyboard is adequate for all my needs - if been a little painful to use. I wouldn't bother with a remote keyboard, just wouldn't use it enough to make it worthwhile.


    2g of memory is fine and always will be for Kodi/LE. The only reason to go for 4g is if you intend to run ubuntu or Armbien.

    The VIM3L will be a huge step up from your current box and you will probably see only marginal benefit going for an N2 over it. Still the pricing is close so i would still go for the N2.


    Shoog

    It seems that your box is arriving at end of life and hasn't got the chops to do anything but the basics. Its time to upgrade.

    Forget about the S912 because even though its a good piece of hardware its not well supported by Linux and has been dropped by AMLogic for future support.
    The latest S905D3 looks to be a good bet at a reasonable cost. Khadas have released a nice board which will do all you could need for the next few years at a very good price.


    Khadas VIM3L | Amlogic S905D3 HTPC (SBC)


    They have released a media pack version with case and installed CE.

    If you want better performance and a longer useful life then one of the S922 boards such as the VIM3 or N2 is the best thats available at the moment. Any of the Android boxes are tricky in terms of getting them to run anything but Android so are best avoided. The Beelink gt-king has definitely had hardware issues with its LAN port killing its transfer speeds. This will probably get resolved in later iterations but each board upgrade has the potential to break software support.

    Shoog

    Coreelec is listed as not supported by this repo so will not download addons directly. However if you download the addon zip file directly to your CE box and install from ZIP it works.
    The latest versions of MONO and Webgrab+ are broken in CE so you have to use archive versions to get them working and then disable auto-update on the addons to ensure they don't update and break.


    Shoog

    Waveform would unexpectedly lock up my system on a very regular basis. This has been the state of affairs for over a year at this stage. I think the code must be well broken and not well maintained.

    I use Shadertoy exclusively now and it never really gives me trouble apart from not launching initially until I access the GUI and then cancel the GUI, which brings it in.

    Shoog