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How to: Update to newest firmware for MINIX X7 mini / X7 / X5 Mini / X5

Discussion in 'General Rockchip ( x5mini/x5/x7/x7mini )' started by m6242, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. m6242

    m6242 Active Member

    Many posts here with problems or questions on how to update, so here is a little tutorial.

    This is for all users having firmware less then 2.1.0, without FOTA capability. e.g fw 006 , 008 or 010.
    And users who may be having problems with FOTA updates with firmware 2.1.0 and above, who would like to reflash their device.

    OTA: People that run the current Community edition firmware (2.1.0+) will recieve an OTA update online.
    You don't have to flash this firmware!

    1. What you need

    - Download the latest firmware :
    X7: http://www.minixforum.com/forums/neo-x7-official-firmware-releases.28/
    X7 Mini: http://www.minixforum.com/forums/neo-x7-mini-official-firmware-releases.31/
    X5: http://www.minixforum.com/forums/neo-x5-official-firmware-releases.34/
    X5 Mini: http://www.minixforum.com/forums/neo-x5-mini-official-firmware-releases.38/

    - You need the special cable which came with your device. Take a look here: http://www.minixforum.com/threads/x7-kitkat-230-23-march-2015.4972/page-10#post-45761
    - a paper pin

    2. How to upgrade:

    Look a this video and follow each step:

    To connect the X5 Mini and X7 Mini use the procedure shown in the following video;

    The latest Rockchip Batchtool version works with Win8 or Win10:

    3. Make sure to reboot once after the Upgrade!

    Hope this help

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017
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  2. HardwareGuru

    HardwareGuru Developer Administrator

    Worth a sticky :) .. You might want to add x5 and x5mini too.
  3. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    Windows 8.1
    Am I correct in that there is not a problem with the Windows 8.1 Drivers, but infact it is the RKFlashTool config.ini file that is at fault?!

    Users can download the downgrade toolset which contains an already edited config.ini

    I don't have Windows 8.1 so I'm afraid I can not test any of this.

    Special Cable
    If you have the cable supplied with your device, use it! (y)

    The cable supplied with a device is not actually that special! (It has a slightly longer than normal Micro USB connector). Any other "DATA cable" can be used, Micro USB (long or short connector) to USB A
    Personally, I have never had a problem with a shorter connector.
    One has to understand that a CHARGING cable (which will most likely look identical to a DATA cable) will not work!

    The simplest option though, if you have the cable supplied with your device, use it! (y)
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2015
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  4. m6242

    m6242 Active Member

    I'm on Win 8.1, but solved the driver problem with the way described above. So if anybody can test it like Villa sayed, it would be perfect.
    I downloaded the file and there is a Folder RK_DriverAssistant .There open DriverInstall.exe

    After that open RKFlashTool_win8 and open RKBatchTool--1.7.exe.
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  5. johnny.redrocket

    johnny.redrocket New Member

    Just watched the video and it don't have anything to do with programing a X5 mini.
  6. Higgs

    Higgs Yellow Dude Super Moderator

    First post updated with video for connecting X5 Mini and X7 Mini
  7. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    First post edited to read...

    This is for all users having firmware less then 2.1.0, without FOTA capability. e.g fw 006 , 008 or 010.
    And users who may be having problems with FOTA updates with firmware 2.1.0 and above, who would like to reflash their device.
  8. ppeterr

    ppeterr New Member

    just a note

    on windows 10 - the RK driver couldnt be installed, not manually or with the installer.
    ofcourse i am not sure if this is a problem with my install.

    It worked good on my windows 7 pc
  9. nlmvdma

    nlmvdma New Member

    Can't connect my X5 to W7, W8 or W10 anymore. Don't know why, but maybe my OTG connector is malfunctioning. Is there any way of flashing the latest CE ROM on X5 (without OTG and OTA) like CWM?
  10. nlmvdma

    nlmvdma New Member

    Apparently OTG was not malfunctioning .
    Solution was to open my X5 and connect via normal (short) usb cable. Flashed and ready to go!


    Verstuurd vanaf mijn GT-I8160 met Tapatalk
  11. Mtfcanada

    Mtfcanada New Member

    what i am wondering us why the videos on this page are scrambled, i am using the web through my minix box right now. I am using chrom to view them and they seems out of sync or scramled. also i am connecting the minix box via the cable but i have tried a couple of times and keeps getting failing errors. i just want to root my minix box, i have 4.4.2 running but the rom was unrooted for some reason
  12. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    Use the stock browser and the videos will play.

    I don't know what the problem is with Chrome?!
  13. salford6

    salford6 New Member

    Tested not working for me but thanks
  14. Jerrykist

    Jerrykist New Member

    Flashtool link please!
  15. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    It is included with the firmware download!
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  16. tojoso

    tojoso New Member

    Hello all an pleas forgive me. I'm sure this ha been asked a million times but I can't find the answer in this forum.
    To upgrade my Kodi 14.2 to the 15.x stable version, do I have to connect my Neo X5 Mini to my computer?
    Long story short.... my 14.2 version is slow, buffering, and taking forever to load movies when I'm on Fiber Op an I can't think of any other solution. I've cleared the cache in both system and settings which didn't help.
  17. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    You do not need to connect to a PC.
    How did you install Kodi in the first place?
    If it was from the Play Store then check there for an update.
  18. tojoso

    tojoso New Member

    Thank you for the reply. I bought my Minix preloaded and am on the steep learning curve when dealing with it.
  19. m6242

    m6242 Active Member

    Then you can install Kodi from Google playstore directly.
  20. alistair20

    alistair20 New Member

    Hi, I have the Minix Neo x7 mini, and there is no slot for the micro USB but only USB slots. In addition my box did not have the connector cable, but only the usb extension. How can I connect my device with my laptop please?
    p.s Sorry if it's a newbie question, but I'm not very familiar with developing android :)