I’m new to this forum and CoreElec in general so firstly a quick hi to everyone!
I’m an experienced Kodi user with many years experience in Windows-based IT support, so while I have very little knowledge of Linux or Android, I’m not a complete stranger to command-line tools and the like.
I was recently given an EgoIggo S95X-Pro (Amlogic S905X 2GB p212) Android box and thought I’d give it a try as it would be nice to free-up the PC. It’s running the ancient original stock firmware (Marshmallow 6.0.1) and with hardly any info available online for this box I haven’t risked trying to flash anything as I’m not entirely sure what to firmware to use. The only post that seemed to have the right model info wanted to send me to a chinese file hosting site where you must live in china to be able to register or access anything, there were instructions for installing and running a browser script to get around this but must be outdated as it doesn’t work.
I didn’t want to brick the box so I resigned myself to using 6.0.1 and installed Kodi (19.1) and all my addons. Everything worked fine except some 1080 streams wouldn’t work and I also had stuttering video problems streaming live tv from my mediaportal server. Someone in the Kodi forum suggested trying CoreElec and here I am!
I downloaded and setup the ng build onto a usb stick which instantly fixed the stuttering in mediaportal pvr, it also runs much quicker than kodi on the android os. The problems started when I tried to use an addon that requires widevine; I accepted the eula, then it says it has to download a gig of chrome os image. I click yes to download (I’ve tried both builds this offers with the same outcome) and it starts downloading. When the progress bar gets about two-thirds across the box freezes for a few seconds before completely resetting and starting to reboot.
I also tried using ceemmc to install to the emmc as dual-boot but it failed saying it couldn’t write the partition table. Having searched the forum, the problem seems to be caused by the Android firmware being too old, bringing me back to the firmware update issue.
I realise that the ideal solution to everything is to buy a new box but that’s not an option right now - I don’t have the funds and even if I did, I want to test-drive the whole set-top-box solution before I commit to buying new hardware.
Installing CoreElec to the internal emmc is not essential but widevine is, can anyone please point me in the right direction as to either how to fix the widevine install issue OR where to download the correct firmware for my EgoIggo?
Current firmware build is:
p212-userdebug 6.0.1 MHC19J 20170420 test-keys
Thanks in advance