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Official 002A firmware

Discussion in 'X8 - X8H Official Firmware 002' started by MINIX - Ken, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Dear all MINIX NEO X8/X8-H users,

    Official "2A" firmware is released because of 2 reasons:

    1.) Our dedicated OTA server for Amlogic-based products is under severe DDOS attack,
    we have deployed a new OTA service, with Amazon mirror servers worldwide;
    2.) One of the 4 CPU cores at 100% loading without the presence of an airmouse on fw002;

    All future OTA updates will be delivered through the new OTA server and will be differential packages (small files, fast updating).
    Further introduction and the advantages of this new OTA service provider will be provided.

    Team MINIX.

    MINIX NEO X8/X8-H official 002A firmware change log (from 001 firmware):
    Release date: 13/12/2014

    Android system:
    2A - New ADPUS FOTA update software deployed
    2A - MINIX METRO launcher updated
    2A - Added Logitech Harmony remote support
    2A - Fixed Sopcast V1.1.0 no video issue
    2A - Added "HDMI & SPDIF passthrough" option
    2A - Fixed Vietnam TV streaming app problem

    - Firmware now based on release-keys instead of test-keys to improve app compatibility
    - Added key layout profiles for Mele F10/F10 PRO airmouse (CREDIT to HardwareGuru for providing us the KL files)
    - Fixed PS3 controller Bluetooth pairing issue (WARNING: Rooting the device voids the warranty)
    - Support Google TV remote app (Original Remote app option removed)
    - Fixed some apps got audio but no video issue (e.g. BEIN Sports, NBA Gametime, SPMC, etc.)
    - Fixed Google Contacts sync. issue (CREDIT to Finless Bob of Freaktab.com for providing the solving method)
    - Fixed Google Maps, Google Search...etc crashing issue
    - Fixed NEO M1 airmouse / Logitech K400 random reboot issue when using together
    - MINIX NEO series airmouse gyro sensors driver updated
    - Added support for the NEO A2, NEO A2 Lite airmouses
    - System performance enhancements
    - Added system performance optimizer by long pressing Menu key
    - Ethernet TCP buffer enhancement (CREDIT to Finless Bob of Freaktab.com)
    - Added show/hide status bar option (SETTINGS -> Display)
    - Added status bar safely unmount USB mass storage device option
    - Fixed "Choose date format" bug
    - Added Ethernet MAC address information
    - Enabled NFS/SMB cache
    - Fixed NTFS/NFS disk writing issue
    - Added "No output to USB audio" option (SETTINGS -> Display)
    - Added Dolby DRC setting (SETTINGS -> Display)

    - Fixed some 4K TVs compatibility issues
    - Added DVI signal support for older TVs and monitors
    - Fixed HDMI hot plug couldn't get signal issue
    - Fixed various issues realted to HDMI-CEC
    - False HDMI status to allow some apps to run on HDMI output (e.g. SHOWTIME)

    - Added 1080p24Hz HDMI output option
    - Fixed 23.976fps videos stuttering issue (@ 1080p24Hz, 1080p60Hz)
    - Fixed some 50fps video playback issue
    - Improved http live streaming performance
    - Fixed fast forward/rewind bug
    - Fixed video/audio unsync. issue of videos taken by cameras/phones/tablets

    - Fixed audio still output to HDMI while headphone is plugged in
    - Fixed audio output mode setting loss after unplugging headphone
    - Fixed passthrough audio going to both HDMI and SPDIF causing strange noises

    XBMC: (Wipe data is required to install this update automatically)
    - Updated to V13.3.3 MINIX XBMC BETA 6 (*Newer BETA 8 is available seperately at: http://www.semperpax.be/owncloud/public.php?service=shorty_relay&id=PAwSMF29vE)
    - Added native support for auto refresh rate switching (users need to manually activate this feature)
    - 3D switching is now enabled
    - Fixed .ts files streaming issue
    - Fixed 720p user interface issue
    - Fixed vaious playback issues

    Problems NOT fixed on 2A yet:
    Bein Sports MENA -> Fixed - not release, testing internally
    Eurosport -> Still investigating

    GET READY A "FAT32" FORMATTED USB DRIVE before you proceed to the below steps!!
    Recovery mode
    Option 1 ( Factory reset/Wipe-data )

    If you want to have a clean installation and automatically installing the latest MINIX XBMC app, download this parameter and copy it to the ROOT directory of your USB drive:
    (right click the link and "save as" if your browser doesn't support downloading this file, the file should be .aml, NOT .txt)

    Option 2 ( Keep data/ Not wipe data )
    If you want to keep your existing data, download this parameter and copy it to the ROOT directory of your USB drive:
    (right click the link and "save as" if your browser doesn't support downloading this file, the file should be .aml, NOT .txt)

    Firmware package
    Then, download the update.zip OTA package from:
    MINIX server: http://minix.com.hk/firmware/update.zip
    Forum Server: http://www.minixforum.com/downloads/download.php?file=update.zip
    MD5 checksum: D7655C1DED367E4881C3A46299AF6D41

    Update procedures:
    1.) Go to SETTINGS:
    2.) Then go to "Other", choose "System Update"
    3.) OR, launch the UPDATE&BACKUP app directly:
    4.) Press "Select"
    5.) Choose the "update.zip" package from the ROOT directory of your USB drive, please be reminded that BOTH the "update.zip" & "factory_update_param.aml" files must be stored in the ROOT directory of your USB drive before proceeding:
    6.) Choose "Update":
    7.) Confirm "Update", DO NOT UNPLUG THE POWER OR THE USB DRIVE during the whole process:
    8.) System will reboot itself and continue the rests of the process, it shall take less than 5 minutes and once update is complete it shall boot into the system again.
    [​IMG]Now you could remove the usb stick.

    If you really can't upgrade with this easy method, that please go back to the traditional, PC upgrade method, the full package including the PC upgrade tool available from:

    HK server:
    Forum mirror (Europe, thanks to @HardwareGuru ):
    MD5 checksum: A5EAA4475A5A8D576A5EB5C3FA080C56

    Please do not update Google Play Music to the latest version, just use the version we preloaded, the latest one is buggy... It doesn't work at all...

    Scan the below QR code to download and install the Google TV Remote app to your Android phone/tablet if you like it:
    Enable the Google TV remote service by checking the below "Google TV Remote" option:

    Team MINIX.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014
    TinTin, Knut.Brecht, sel23 and 48 others like this.
  2. Joehaen

    Joehaen New Member

    Thank you minix team and community,

    We all waited long, and now finally the firmware 2 is finished.

    Thank you for your hard work over the months and your good support and working with the community

    Thank you joehaen

    PS : first post yeaaaah
  3. HardwareGuru

    HardwareGuru Developer Administrator

    Sounds good ;)
    Cosmin and totor54 like this.
  4. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    Indeed it does sound good
    Cosmin likes this.
  5. anhvu

    anhvu Member

    That's sound good :) Thank you!
  6. MuscleMan2000

    MuscleMan2000 Member

    Can rooted devices also receive Ota update or?

    ENDRJUPL Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    Good plan.
  8. yaesu555

    yaesu555 New Member

    Also applies to X8-H Plus?
  9. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    1.) Yes if you want to brick your machine;
    2.) X8-H PLUS is shipped with the original firmware with 98% resemblance of this 002 fw. (there was no PS3 controller fix at the moment we made it)
    yaesu555 likes this.
  10. Gopichand Pai

    Gopichand Pai Member

    Good news. Thanks Minix team!
  11. skyzo2000

    skyzo2000 Member

    Thank you, great work !
  12. Yordan Konov

    Yordan Konov Member

    Second that. Do we have to unroot to recieve OTA?
  13. Gopichand Pai

    Gopichand Pai Member

    If I am not wrong, in the first phase, you can download the update.zip and install it yourself. It shouldn't matter if you are rooted or not to do that update. It is possible that you might loose the root, when you update but being rooted should not be a problem to download and install Update.zip.

    Actuall OTA will come only in phase 2. I still think, being rooted or not is not a problem in getting the update.
  14. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    In fact during our check we discovered that the sixaxis app problem is caused by the app itself,
    and their recent update already fixed that bug.
  15. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Root devices are out of warranty and we are not supposed to cover them.
    Also we have no responsibility to ensure the update works on these units.
    This is the official answer.
  16. Willis

    Willis New Member

    Team MINIX.[/QUOTE]
    I'm a bit confused - is this update available now? - or in 1 to 2 weeks? Thanks
  17. garyaka

    garyaka New Member

    Yeah so am I, read on another thread the update would be available this week.

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  18. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    It's going to be available today, just not via OTA
  19. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    The whole update process is still being done by the same OTA update app with a USB stick.
    Just we think downloading from the mirror server will be faster for most people than from our Hong Kong server.
    Pompey Monkey, gufone and Gh0st like this.
  20. Gh0st

    Gh0st Australia's Finest Since 1981 Administrator

    Good move!!
    Much faster for sure