I got a X96 Max Plus 4GB/32GB/1000M yesterday (from geekbuying).
Stock firmware is “X96Max_Plus_Q2_20201209-1446”, device name is “X96Max_Plus_Q2” (according to Android “About Phone”).
I tried to boot 19.1-Matrix_rc2 from SD card, no luck so far: Depending on the boot method, I end up in the Android Recovery console, or the boot hangs with a black screen or with the X96 logo shown. I never saw any CoreElec boot logo, so obviously it got stuck very early.
I tried a whole range of DTBs, to accomodate for fake hardware, e.g.:
None of them had any effect.
After the tests I verified that the card was okay by booting with an X96 mini (using gxl_p281_1g.dtb). That worked fine, as usual.
How I tried to boot:
- Power off, insert card, power on with holding the reset button in AV port with a toothstick. I held the button pressed until the end. First the X96 logo showed up, then I ended in the “Android Recovery” console.
- In the Android Recovery console, when I “Reboot to bootloader”, I end up with the X96 logo. It hangs there.
- I also tried to press the reset button during power on only for a few seconds. Made no difference, again in “Android Recovery”.
- Furthermore, I installed the “Reboot to LibreELEC” apk (version 4.0) and tried to boot from there. Boot got stuck as well, with a empty black screen.
- I used the “Update” app, selected some zip file and started the update. This got me into the “Android Recovery” console again.
Again, stock firmware is
Android Recovery says:
Amlogic/franklin/frankling 9/PPR1.180610.011/20201209 userdebug/test-keys
AIDA64 and “Fake Device Test” didn’t give me any clue that the hardware is fake, so at the moment I think it’s indeed a S905X3 with 4GB and 32GB. A speed test showed an downstream of 250 MBit/s, so it’s pretty sure indeed a 1GB ethernet interface as well.
I haven seen this firmware version 1446 from 9. December 2020 mentioned in this forum. Only references I found so far were from Slimbox. It sounds like it’s possible to burn a Slimbox firmware on a Max+ Q2 box with this firmware.
I haven’t tried yet.