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Official Release NEO U9-H FW004A (20170412)

Discussion in 'Official Firmwares' started by MINIX - Ken, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Dear all U9-H users,

    We're pleased to announce the 2nd official firmware for NEO U9-H: FW004A, 20170412

    Users with FW003 (our production firmware) & FW004
    may update to FW004A simply by our MINIX OTA app.
    NOTE: Adoptive storage is not supported by our OTA.

    Here is the change log:

    1.) Fixed the system brightness issue
    2.) Added new Samba server function (Run -> \\your U9-H's IP)
    3.) Added 1080p resolution support for web camera
    4.) Temporarily disabled the HDMI spoofing feature (we're re-developing a bug-free approach)
    5.) Fixed write/delete permission issues of some apps (e.g. Solid Explorer)
    6.) Fixed a bug when using 128/256GB TF card
    7.) Fixed some Daydream related bugs
    8.) Fixed a bug that Bluetooth re-enabled itself during each boot cycle
    9.) Fixed an .avi video playback issue
    10.) Added Celsius/Fahrenheit option to MINIX launcher
    11.) Added Wi-Fi/Ethernet shortcuts to MINIX launcher
    12.) Fixed audio passthrough issue of FW004

    OTA update procedures:1.) All Apps -> System update (MINIX OTA app) -> Check for updates
    2.) Download the OTA update package
    3.) Confirm to update and let the system to reboot and complete the update process

    To enable the new Kodi 17 passthrough:
    1.) Go to Settings -> Audio -> Digital Sounds
    2.) If you use a HDMI amplifier, just leave it as "PCM"
    3.) If you use a SPDIF amplifier, choose "SPDIF"
    4.) If you don't have an amplifier, simply leave this option as "PCM" (default)
    5.) In Settings -> Security & Restrictions -> Unknown sources -> On -> OK to confirm
    6.) Download and install official Kodi 17.1 stable version or latest nightlies
    7.) Enable passthrough in Kodi settings, you DON'T have to if you don't have an amplifier.
    8.) Check those passthrough options supported by your amplifier.

    Remote controller app for Android phones:

    Full system image with USB flashing tool:
    MD5 checksum: D9DA5A006B5479BF906805DFC27CF712

    Full system image flashing guide:


    USB.zip update package:
    MD5 checksum: C2FB1785441D2B615825D78BED509D5D

    USB .zip update guide:


    Please use a download tool which supports resume function to download the update package, and please make sure you verify the MD5 checksum before proceeding to update!!

    P.S. FW005 is under development~! Schedule - May 2017 probably.

    Thanks & regards,
    Team MINIX.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  2. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    @MINIX - Ken What does this mean exactly?
    NOTE: Adoptive storage is not supported by our OTA.

    I know for another device that I have I had to remove the adoptive storage from the device to update OTA. Then I reconnected the adoptive storage and the device ran just fine!

    Is this the case here or do you lose all adoptive storage data if it is removed?
  3. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    @Villa I could not OTA with the storage in. I removed it, rebooted and it still wouldn't work so I was forced to factory reset.
    Tried just connecting the SSD again and being hopeful but no I had to re-format it to use it again :(
  4. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    This is strange as I have adoptive storage (but don't know if it is functioning as it should?) and the OTA FW004 to FW004A worked for me without removing it!
  5. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    This box is weird lol some people can update with adoptable storage, some can't. Some people can use the Samba server some can't.
    Are you using an SD Card or USB HDD?
    sangaz likes this.
  6. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    SD card.
    Though I had not migrated data to it, it just has some apps installed to it.
  7. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    That was going to be my next question, I had migrated everything across so that may be the difference
  8. Boogaloo

    Boogaloo New Member

    I have an SD card installed and I was able to OTA no problem.
  9. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    As adoptive storage, migrated data or not?
    As external storage?
  10. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    I think migrating data would affect the update.
    Files being moved to somewhere else.
  11. Vitaly

    Vitaly New Member


    My device NEO U9-H has stock version FW003 and does not get OTA update. I removed microSD card, restarted, but without any success. Is your OTA update system restricted to specific geographical regions (I live in Israel, but device is purchased in USA)? Or maybe you have some load balancing (daily limited number of updates). Or, maybe something else prevents me from OTA update? I have no experience to flash device from file, so OTA update is what I need.

    Best regards
  12. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    There should be no restrictions. Do you have your SD card as adoptable storage?
    If you do then that is the problem, you need to factory reset and then do OTA.

    Sent from my C6903 using Official Minix Forum mobile app
  13. Vitaly

    Vitaly New Member

    I had Sd card as adoptable storage, but after I read this forum, I moved all to device memory, formatted and ejected it. Do I need factory reset in order to get OTA update?
  14. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    You could try clearing the Data/Cache of the System Update app first.
    If that fails then a Factory reset is the only option.
  15. Vitaly

    Vitaly New Member

    Thank you - after I cleaned the Data/Cache of the System Update I immediately got OTA update.
    The only question I have is about the limitation, that adoptable storage prevents OTA update: is it a problem of specific firmware. or it will be in all firmware versions? If so, the adoptable storage feature is almost useless.
    Again. thank you for help

    Best regards
  16. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    When you format your card for adoptable storage do not migrate your data across to it.
    That seems to work from peoples initial experience. It's only a few Megabytes anyway.

    Sent from my C6903 using Tapatalk
  17. Canice

    Canice New Member

    Wanted 2 ask about recently released FW004a (or previously working audio passthrough firmwares) in NEO U9-H. Setting audio to pcm via HDMI. Does PCM HDMI mean a LPCM output of 7.1/multi-channel?

    It sounds like it does, but I wanted to be sure. Please clarify as I'm matching up this box with HDMI headset by Tritton, whom only support LPCM.
  18. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Multi-channel PCM passthrough is not supported, yet.
  19. Canice

    Canice New Member

  20. silvapa

    silvapa Member

    My update via OTA went fine without any issues.