I bought a BeeLink Mini MX III about two years ago, mostly because I was stunned that such a capable little box could be had for only $40 USD.
Of course, I had hoped to be able to use it someday as a reliable and stable full-featured Kodi box, but the last time I seriously checked, in Oct, 2018, I found a whole host of remaining bugs and annoyances. So many in fact that I put the Beelink back on the shelf, hoping that someday, if I waited long enough, the software would mature. Here’s the thread that I started at that time:
I just decided to give this little box another go, after more that a year of waiting and hoping that the many relevant software bugs would get fixed. Today I downloaded CoreELEC 9.2.1 and installed it onto a 16GB microSDXC card, booted the box from that and then tried it out.
Mostly, this is quite good, and the picture quality is excellent. The problem is that, as I noted back in Oct 2018, my specific (bargan basement) TV was deliberately hobbled by the manufacturer (Panasonic) such that it always has a 2.5% overscan on all four sides and there is ABSOLUTELY no way to disable this. (And it makes me REALLY angry when people who don’t even have my exact TV model keep on suggesting this or that “fix” for this problem, none of which actually work.)
The bottom line is that I have use to use video calibration with Kodi. Period full stop. Anybody who wants to argue with me about this is invited over to my house for a live demonstration, followed by a punch in the eye for arrogantly wasting my time with bogus information, yet again.
So anyway, video calibration settings…
Back in Oct 2018, the problem was that CoreELEC was losing the video calibration setting across each power cycle. Now, the problem is a bit different, but it is now even MORE intolerable… and the Beelink has gone back onto the shelf to collect dust, yet again, because of this.
The problem now is that although the video calibration setting does seem to survive power cycles, each time I play a video, if I move the mouse or do anything else to bring up any kind of OSD overlay, as the video is playing, it becomes obvious that the video is playing without being properly scaled as it should be, based on the current video calibration. The OSD overlay bleeds off the edges of the screen. This happens both when using Estuary and when using Confluence. If you then STOP playing the video and go back to some skin menu, all is well again and scaling does occur, but the moment you play a video again, the LACK of proper scaling comes right back.
Sigh. I guess I’ll check back again in the fall of 2020 to see if the quality control on this software has improved any by then. For now, my Beelink remains just a useless brick collecting dust again. I guess that one of these years I’ll just sell the P.O.S. on eBay and maybe get back half of what I spent on it.