ATV rom for X98 Mini (S905W2)

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LITUATUI

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Jun 3, 2021
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Good news for the guys with this new affordable TVBox.

  • Android TV
  • Based on the official firmware X98mini_20211027-2130
  • Root is working via magisk
  • The video codec AV1 is OK on YouTube, but not on Kodi, nor VLC


Firmware found on the Russian forum 4PDA.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iig5gYBz_RrjD4mEtGAJBm3OzX8NV6dE/view


Not perfect yet, but it's much better than the official firmware with its ugly launcher. Hope that Slimbox will soon support this model.
 

Gantori

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Apr 11, 2022
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Do you have a twrp .zip or img that works with S905W2 ? or S905X4 ?
I would like to backup stock partitions (boot,recovery,system,vendor,???), replace kernel splash image, replace launcher with my app only.
Have you had any luck connecting box to PC with a USB cable?
Thank you.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09SLRW5SD/ref=emc_b_5_t

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PX11SCX/ref=emc_b_5_t?th=1

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Jan 3, 2021
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Do you have a twrp .zip or img that works with S905W2 ? or S905X4 ?
I would like to backup stock partitions (boot,recovery,system,vendor,???), replace kernel splash image, replace launcher with my app only.
Have you had any luck connecting box to PC with a USB cable?
Thank you.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09SLRW5SD/ref=emc_b_5_t

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PX11SCX/ref=emc_b_5_t?th=1

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No. I was myself waiting for a twrp img. I sold my box so i am no longer waiting for it. Maybe someone will come up with something.
 

Gantori

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Apr 11, 2022
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As far as I know TWRP isn't available yet for these new SoCs.
Good to know because I am new at this and I have been wasting quite some time doing guess work.

Is there a way I can have these boxes connect via a USB cable to a PC, I bought the following cable A to A (I call it rectangle to rectangle) however nothing shows in Windows 11 when I connect it. Is there some driver I am missing on the PC side or an app that needs to run on the android box. It would simplify my adb interaction and I think fastboot does not support ip:port connectivity.

This picture sold me on bying to the cable
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Thank you for your time and insights on this.
 

Gantori

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Apr 11, 2022
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Yes, you can use USB Burning Tool.


While connecting the tvbox to the computer you have to press the reset button that is inside the AV output. Check the video below.

So I went ahead and installed the latest "Amlogic_USB_Burning_Tool_v3.2.0" also installed a driver

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The "USB Burning Tool" seems to be a one way tool for writing a firmware image to the device, it does NOT provide a function to read existing firmware from the device and create an .img file. Without a valid .img I cannot really follow the steps in the video you shared. I am equating "firmware" with all the code that's in the device and that's probably wrong. More likely I don't need to touch the firmware (code controlling the low level hardware) but instead I need *help* on how to read/backup things like vendor, user installed APKs, my custom bootanimation.zip, ... Such content is more likely located in things like /system /userdata /boot ...??? This is in order for me to replicate it onto another identical device.

See this link for details on my goals/attempts/guess work...
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/how-to-extract-your-boot-img-from-any-rom-adb.3760210/post-86771801

I was hoping the device driver installed by "USB Burning Tool" would cause the classic audible beep in Windows11 like all other USB devices when connected to the PC, however it does NOT. The video shows holding the reset button before connecting the USB cable then releasing the reset button with no power supply or hdmi connected, does that mean power will be delivered to the PCB board via USB power. This did not cause the device to be detected by Windows11.
I have also tried the same sequence with the reset-inAV button depressed prior to connecting the cable, and the power supply connected to the TV box (normal boot).

I am familiar with the reset button for booting into the stock recovery screen however the video seems to be more about custom software "USB Burning Tool" connecting silently/privately to box PCB board.

To iterate my goal with the USB cable is to have Windows recognize the box so I can see it with "adb devices" instead of connecting over WiFi.

Thank you for your guidance.
 
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