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  1. QVortex

    LibreELEC or CoreELEC?

    If anyone is interested, I was able to get CoreELEC 8.99.2 running from a USB stick. I'm guessing that an SD card should work just as well, if not better, but I'm temporarily without one. Here's the steps: - Download the generic S905 image (e.g. CoreELEC-S905.arm-8.99.2-S905.img.gz) from https://coreelec.org - Download/install Win32DiskImager from https://sourceforge.net - Download/install 7-Zip from https://www.7-zip.org - Use 7-Zip to open the gz file (~138MB) and extract the img file (e.g. CoreELEC-S905.arm-8.99.2-S905.img) to your desktop - Use Win32DiskImager to open the img file (~549MB) and write the image to an empty USB stick - On the USB stick: - In the root folder, rename the file aml_autoscript to factory_update_param.ubt - Copy gxbb_p200_2G_100M_RealtekWiFi.dtb from the device_trees folder to the root folder. - In the root folder, delete dtb.img, then rename gxbb_p200_2G_100M_RealtekWiFi.dtb to dtb.img - Unplug the 495PRO. Make sure the remote dongle is in the rear USB port and insert the USB stick into the front USB port - Plug in the 495PRO. You should see the Lollipop screen for a few seconds followed by the CoreELEC screen. It does a bit of configuration the 1st time so be patient for a few minutes. Once it starts, you'll be prompted through some setup, then you should be good to go. For some reason, you're not prompted for a time zone, so you'll need to go to Settings/Interface/Regional and enter it manually so the time display is correct. Note: the default remote control settings seem a bit clunky with the MyGica remote, but I use a Harmony remote (in Windows Media Center PC mode) and it's working well except for power-on. The best part is that, unlike MyGica's broken firmware, the passthough audio is finally!!! working properly once activated via Settings/System/Audio.
  2. Whatever happened to a "couple of weeks"?
  3. QVortex

    LibreELEC or CoreELEC?

    LibreELEC or CoreELEC? Has anyone been able to get LibreELEC or CoreELEC running on the 495PRO via SD card? I've tried various S905/dtb combinations and the box simply boots up to the recovery menu. If you've been successful, please share.
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    Dishonest Company

    I tend to agree. The ATV 495/1900 PRO shipped with broken DTS audio passthrough functionality and we've been told that a fix is coming "soon" since early 2017!!! In retrospect, I wish I wasn't so trusting and I should have returned the product when I had a chance. To be honest, I'd rather buy no-name product with non-existent support than deal with a company that keeps stringing along their customers with promises they can't/won't deliver. This practice is not just dishonest; it's deceptive.
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    Status of Android update?

    Status of Android update? A discussion in the 1900PRO group indicates that an Android update (to 7.1) is imminent. Is there any ETA for the 495PRO?
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    Kodi 17.1 audio passthrough issue

    FWIW, the latest SPMC (Kodi fork) now seems to handle all my 5.1 and 2.0 videos fine (no more audio stutter, no need for rebooting).
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    ATV 495 pro Kodi slow

    That's the right location, but I have no clue what you put in your advancedsettings.xml because my file is only 0.14kB Mine contains this: <advancedsettings> <cache> <buffermode>1</buffermode> <memorysize>139460608</memorysize> <readfactor>4</readfactor> </cache> </advancedsettings> advancedsettings.xml
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    ATV 495 pro Kodi slow

    If you're using Krypton, you might want to tweak its video cache as per the link below. In a nutshell, you need to add a file called advancedsettings.xml into Kodi's userdata folder. http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO%3AModify_the_video_cache I'm using example 4, but with a readfactor of 4 instead of 20 (no real reason) and my occasional buffering has gone away.
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    Kodi 17.1 audio passthrough issue

    Hi Justin: If it helps, here's a bit more info. BTW, I'm using a 495Pro (Build MyGicaS905V1.30), Kodi 17.3 and an Onkyo Receiver. When the 495Pro has a fresh restart, my Onkyo's front display shows "PL II Movie" (Pro Logic II) and I can hear system sounds as I navigate around the main MyGica menu. When I start Kodi for the first time, the Onkyo switches to "All Ch St" (All Channel Stereo). I can hear the Kodi menu sounds and the MyGica system sounds continue working as well. At this point, I can successfully play (and hear) any 2.0 or 5.1 video. As long as I stick to 2.0 videos, the Onkyo keeps showing "All Ch St" and all menu/system sounds keep working. As soon as I play a 5.1 video, the Onkyo switches to "Dolby D". The 5.1 movie sounds great but all menu/system sounds stop working. I can continue playing 5.1 videos perfectly but 2.0 videos are now silent and the Onkyo remains at "Dolby D". Like Bucks_Fizz mentions, the only way to play a 2.0 video (with sound) after playing a 5.1 video requires the 495Pro to be restarted.
  10. For what it's worth, I would try a factory reset. Unplug the power, then while holding down the power button, plug it back in. Continue holding the power button and you may see the Lollipop loading screen but continue holding it until you get a black screen with some text options (takes about 15 seconds). Now you can let go of the button - this is the recovery screen. From here, you can try a factory reset. If that doesn't work, download the firmware and put the img file on a USB stick or SD card and try an update.
  11. Kodi Krypton 17.1 - how can I get DTS Capable Receiver option in Expert Audio Settings? I've been playing around with various official versions of Kodi and Jarvis v16.1 consistently has a "DTS Capable Receiver" option in the Audio settings but I can't get it to show up in the Krypton 17.x versions. I can see the AC3 Capable Receiver option but not DTS. I previously had it in v17.1, but no matter what I do, I can't get it back. I've repeatedly tried factory restoring the 495PRO and applying the March image (http://mygicasupport.com/index.php?/files/file/19-495-all-versions-march-24-firmware-restore/), but every time I fire up Kodi 17.1, the DTS option is not there. Also, I think(???) that the build on my original 17.1 (with DTS option) was January 2017 and now it's March 2017, but I'm not 100% sure. Unfortunately, the DTS pass through in v16.1 stutters so does anyone know how to get the DTS option back in 17.1? What's the trick? At least, before, I could get 5.1 sound working in 17.1 with a bit of fiddling - now, it's impossible.
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    Error downloading Kodi

    Thanks Justin. I already knew about the apk method but your answer might help others. I only got involved in this discussion because the original poster never responded to your question. I thought it might help to let you know that I got a similar error when attempting a Kodi upgrade/install from the MyGica Store. That means the MyGica Store might be broken for others (such as dvnrchrdsn) as well.
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    Kodi 17.1 audio passthrough issue

    As someone who previously enjoyed using Western Digital's WDTV streaming box (and bought the MyGica as an "upgrade") I have to admit to having some buyer's remorse. At least the 495PRO's hardware seems adequate given that it seems to play DTS content fine after jumping through some hoops. Given time, hopefully someone (MyGica? Kodi? SPMC?) will figure out a solution.
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    Error downloading Kodi

    I was attempting to upgrade Kodi Krypton 17.1. I also uninstalled Kodi and when I tried to install from the MyGica Store, I still got the download error. As an experiment, I successfully installed Kodi Jarvis 16.1 using an apk file on a USB stick. Again, when I attempted an update, I was met with the download error. Eventually, I ended up resetting the box to get 17.1 back. Model: ATV-495PRO
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    Kodi 17.1 audio passthrough issue

    For what it's worth, I'm having similar DTS related problems as Bucks_Fizz. As he mentioned, SPMC is not a solution because the sound stutters every few seconds. Fortunately, Kodi Krypton 17.1 works great but it requires a series of (somewhat annoying) steps: Like Bucks_Fizz, my audio settings enable passthrough, AC3, and DTS. With the # channels at 2.0, I start the movie. The audio won't play and the video stutters. While the movie is left playing, I go to System Settings/Audio and change the # channels from 2.0 to something else (e.g. 2.1) then back to 2.0. Then I exit the settings so I'm back to the playing movie. I hit 0 (zero) three or 4 times, then Play so the movie restarts from the beginning. At that point, the video and surround sound are perfect.