FireTV 2 (sloane) Recovery [v6] - 3.0.0-5

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rbox

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It's finally here! Recovery for the Fire TV 2. This is based off of TWRP and the way versions will work is I will increment the last digit in the version as I make updates. So 3.0.0-1 is my first release based off of 3.0.0. The downloads will be numbered starting at v1, and at the bottom of the post it will explain what is contained within each version.

attachment.php

As usual, this WILL void your warranty and I am NOT responsible for anything you do with this. Installing it properly won't brick your Fire TV, but doing stupid things with it might.

Installing this requires root. If you are not rooted, please see my FireTV 2 Recovery Installer page.

Installation
  1. You can copy the files to /sdcard, a USB storage device, or an sdcard. I will be using /sdcard in the instructions, but you can replace it with /storage/usbotg for USB or /storage/sdcard1 for an sdcard.
  2. Copy the zip file to your destination.
  3. Connect adb
    Code:
    adb connect IPADDRESS
  4. Open an adb shell
    Code:
    adb shell
  5. Run the zip file (replace vX with the actual version you downloaded). This will automatically run su, so make sure to accept the prompt if necessary.
    Code:
    sh /sdcard/firetv2_recovery_vX.zip
  6. Reboot

Upgrade
You may repeat this to upgrade to a newer version, or you can install an updated pre-rooted rom, as I will be uploading new versions of those with every version of recovery.

Notes
This includes bootmenu. For everyone that loved the old FireTV 1 bootmenu with Comic Sans, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the Comic Sans is gone. When the FireTV boots, it will present you with the bootmenu where you can leave it alone and it will boot normally or you can select recovery and it will boot in to recovery. You do need a USB keyboard to interact with the bootmenu. To force it to boot in to Recovery, you can create a file /cache/bootmenu_recovery.

DHCP for Ethernet is enabled, and if there is enough demand I may add in wifi at some point. The IP address should show up in the top left corner.

USB storage, USB keyboard/mice, and sdcards should all work. Hotplugging works, so you should be able to plug and unplug devices as needed.

You can use a USB keyboard, mouse, or the mouse emulator to interact with it. To use a keyboard, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor and the enter key to select buttons. Sliders don't require sliding, so you can just hit enter/click on them. To use the mouse emulator, use adb shell and then run the program mouse and follow the instructions.

ROMs
Recovery must be included in all ROMs. If you want to develop a ROM, please contact me about including recovery in it.

Kernels
The bootloader is locked and you cannot flash kernels. If you do attempt to flash a kernel, you will brick it.

Installing zips
You can push zips to /sdcard, put it on a USB storage, put it on an sdcard, or use adb sideload. Do note you need adb version 1.0.32 to use adb sideload.


Stuck in a loop?
If you cannot boot normally and keep going back to the bootmenu, wipe Cache from Wipe -> Advanced Wipe.
If that doesn't work, ensure Cache is not mounted from in the 'Mount' menu and run this from an adb shell:
Code:
mke2fs /dev/block/platform/mtk-msdc.0/by-name/cache


Source Code
You can find the source code here:
https://github.com/androidrbox/sloane-2ndinit
https://github.com/androidrbox/android_bootable_recovery

WARNINGS

  • It is extremely important you never reboot after a failure. This will most likely lead to a brick. If recovery is hung, you can use adb shell to run
    Code:
    killall recovery
    to restart it
  • It is also extremely important to never reboot after wiping /system.
  • If you wind up bricking, you must use the Unbrick Image to unbrick.


Finally, thanks to everyone who has donated to me and those that helped to get me my FireTV 2.

Changelog and Downloads:
  • April 8, 2016 - v6 (md5sum: 79c1a3efbac86618fa2cdbb4901fbd77)
    • This should prevent auto flashing amazon updates.
    • This includes 2ndinit version dee776 and TWRP version 3.0.0-5.
  • February 14, 2016 - v5 (md5sum: 16c957c86f1f61160e14a55819610707)
    • This should fix the problems certain keyboard were having in recovery.
    • This includes 2ndinit version dee776 and TWRP version 3.0.0-4.
  • February 12, 2016 - v4 (md5sum: 15c6d375607839cac4b186a2b68b8b0d)
    • This includes 2ndinit version 743aa4 and TWRP version 3.0.0-3.
      • These are just changes related to the unbricking image. No other functional changes.
  • February 8, 2016 - v3 (md5sum: b39a4dbe0c19080a97f602f37fda63ec)
    • This includes an updated script. You can now just run the zip instead of needing the zip and the script.
    • This includes TWRP 3.0.0-2.
      • Added a reboot recovery option in addition to reboot system. Now reboot system will reboot straight in to Android. Reboot recovery will reboot to the bootmenu.
      • Fixed restoring backups.
    • This includes the same version of 2ndinit.
  • February 7, 2016 - v2 (md5sum: 762621104d158d7ce4010bea725f7181)
    • This includes an automated script.
    • This has the same versions of 2ndinit and recovery as v1.
  • February 6, 2016 - v1 (md5sum: 7be673dd24489080eacdd0ad00feda51)
    • This comes with 2ndinit version fe3362 and recovery version 3.0.0-1
 

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deanr1977

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lost somewhere.... Help
As long as you don't wipe data, updates remain blocked.

I downloaded both the zips from the Github, im already rooted on the previously rooted software & updates are blocked, im not sure if to wait for AFTV News to do a guide or not, im clued up but not to ADB or Terminal savey so i gonna look at the readme & see if i should try it tonight? I rooted with the video guide before & it was a breeze, i know it sounds easy but want to do it right. Can you give me a little more info on connecting the ADB or Terminal please if you arnt busy?
 

rbox

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Apr 22, 2011
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I downloaded both the zips from the Github, im already rooted on the previously rooted software & updates are blocked, im not sure if to wait for AFTV News to do a guide or not, im clued up but not to ADB or Terminal savey so i gonna look at the readme & see if i should try it tonight? I rooted with the video guide before & it was a breeze, i know it sounds easy but want to do it right. Can you give me a little more info on connecting the ADB or Terminal please if you arnt busy?

If you don't want to deal with adb, use the installer.
 

dk1keith

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Jul 26, 2012
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It's finally here! Recovery for the Fire TV 2. This is based off of TWRP and the way versions will work is I will increment the last digit in the version as I make updates. So 3.0.0-1 is my first release based off of 3.0.0. The downloads will be numbered starting at v1, and at the bottom of the post it will explain what is contained within each version.

attachment.php

As usual, this WILL void your warranty and I am NOT responsible for anything you do with this. Installing it properly won't brick your Fire TV, but doing stupid things with it might.

Installing this requires root. If you are not rooted, please see my FireTV 2 Recovery Installer page.

Installation
  1. Copy the contents of the zip to /sdcard on your FireTV.
  2. Remount /system as read-write
    Code:
    mount -o remount,rw /system
  3. Make the /system/recovery directory
    Code:
    mkdir /system/recovery
  4. Copy 2ndinitstub
    Code:
    cp /sdcard/2ndinitstub /system/bin/ext4_resize
  5. Copy 2ndinit
    Code:
    cp /sdcard/2ndinit /system/recovery/
  6. Copy the recovery ramdisk
    Code:
    cp /sdcard/ramdisk-recovery.cpio /system/recovery/
  7. Remount /system as read-only
    Code:
    mount -o remount,ro /system

Upgrade
You may repeat this to upgrade, but it is easier to just install a new pre-rooted rom. Every update for recovery I will make a new rom.

Notes
This includes bootmenu. For everyone that loved the old FireTV 1 bootmenu with Comic Sans, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the Comic Sans is gone. When the FireTV boots, it will present you with the bootmenu where you can leave it alone and it will boot normally or you can select recovery and it will boot in to recovery. You do need a USB keyboard to interact with the bootmenu. To force it to boot in to Recovery, you can create a file /cache/bootmenu_recovery.

DHCP for Ethernet is enabled, and if there is enough demand I may add in wifi at some point. The IP address should show up in the top left corner.

USB storage, USB keyboard/mice, and sdcards should all work. Hotplugging works, so you should be able to plug and unplug devices as needed.

You can use a USB keyboard, mouse, or the mouse emulator to interact with it. To use a keyboard, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor and the enter key to select buttons. Sliders don't require sliding, so you can just hit enter/click on them. To use the mouse emulator, use adb shell and then run the program mouse and follow the instructions.

ROMs
Recovery must be included in all ROMs. If you want to develop a ROM, please contact me about including recovery in it.

Kernels
The bootloader is locked and you cannot flash kernels. If you do attempt to flash a kernel, you will brick it.

Installing zips
You can push zips to /sdcard, put it on a USB storage, put it on an sdcard, or use adb sideload. Do note you need adb version 1.0.32 to use adb sideload.

Source Code
You can find the source code here:
https://github.com/androidrbox/sloane-2ndinit
https://github.com/androidrbox/android_bootable_recovery

Finally, thanks to everyone who has donated to me and those that helped to get me my FireTV 2.

Changelog and Downloads:
  • Februrary 6, 2016 - v1 (md5sum: 7be673dd24489080eacdd0ad00feda51)
    • This comes with 2ndinit version fe3362 and recovery version 3.0.0-1
the commands are entered through adb correct......Also, once recovery is installed can I flash either of your pre-rooted roms or do I have to flash the version I'm currently on....i.e. if I'm on 5.0.4 I can only flash 5.0.4
thanks again for your great work!
 

rbox

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Apr 22, 2011
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the commands are entered through adb correct......Also, once recovery is installed can I flash either of your pre-rooted roms or do I have to flash the version I'm currently on....i.e. if I'm on 5.0.4 I can only flash 5.0.4
thanks again for your great work!

Yes adb shell. You can flash either version.
 

aboshi

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Apr 20, 2010
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NY
Not working for me. everything is copied over and after reboot there is no menu. Amazon white logo for 5 seconds, than the colored logo and system is booted in less than 15 seconds.
 

rbox

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Apr 22, 2011
1,770
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Not working for me. everything is copied over and after reboot there is no menu. Amazon white logo for 5 seconds, than the colored logo and system is booted in less than 15 seconds.
Same here. No boot menu. Reboot to recovery brings up the stock recovery as well.

Both of you please run:
Code:
ls -lZ /system/bin/ext4_resize /system/recovery

first command: mount -o remount,rw /system
in adb shell returns a mount:permission denied

You need to be root...
 

aboshi

Senior Member
Apr 20, 2010
64
20
NY
Code:
-rwxr-xr-x root     shell             u:object_r:system_file:s0 ext4_resize
-rw------- root     root              u:object_r:system_file:s0 2ndinit
-rw------- root     root              u:object_r:system_file:s0 ramdisk-recovery.cpio
 

rbox

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Apr 22, 2011
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Code:
-rwxr-xr-x root     shell             u:object_r:system_file:s0 ext4_resize
-rw------- root     root              u:object_r:system_file:s0 2ndinit
-rw------- root     root              u:object_r:system_file:s0 ramdisk-recovery.cpio

Hrm... can you run
Code:
ls -l /system/bin/ext4_resize /system/recovery
also?
 

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    It's finally here! Recovery for the Fire TV 2. This is based off of TWRP and the way versions will work is I will increment the last digit in the version as I make updates. So 3.0.0-1 is my first release based off of 3.0.0. The downloads will be numbered starting at v1, and at the bottom of the post it will explain what is contained within each version.

    attachment.php

    As usual, this WILL void your warranty and I am NOT responsible for anything you do with this. Installing it properly won't brick your Fire TV, but doing stupid things with it might.

    Installing this requires root. If you are not rooted, please see my FireTV 2 Recovery Installer page.

    Installation
    1. You can copy the files to /sdcard, a USB storage device, or an sdcard. I will be using /sdcard in the instructions, but you can replace it with /storage/usbotg for USB or /storage/sdcard1 for an sdcard.
    2. Copy the zip file to your destination.
    3. Connect adb
      Code:
      adb connect IPADDRESS
    4. Open an adb shell
      Code:
      adb shell
    5. Run the zip file (replace vX with the actual version you downloaded). This will automatically run su, so make sure to accept the prompt if necessary.
      Code:
      sh /sdcard/firetv2_recovery_vX.zip
    6. Reboot

    Upgrade
    You may repeat this to upgrade to a newer version, or you can install an updated pre-rooted rom, as I will be uploading new versions of those with every version of recovery.

    Notes
    This includes bootmenu. For everyone that loved the old FireTV 1 bootmenu with Comic Sans, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the Comic Sans is gone. When the FireTV boots, it will present you with the bootmenu where you can leave it alone and it will boot normally or you can select recovery and it will boot in to recovery. You do need a USB keyboard to interact with the bootmenu. To force it to boot in to Recovery, you can create a file /cache/bootmenu_recovery.

    DHCP for Ethernet is enabled, and if there is enough demand I may add in wifi at some point. The IP address should show up in the top left corner.

    USB storage, USB keyboard/mice, and sdcards should all work. Hotplugging works, so you should be able to plug and unplug devices as needed.

    You can use a USB keyboard, mouse, or the mouse emulator to interact with it. To use a keyboard, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor and the enter key to select buttons. Sliders don't require sliding, so you can just hit enter/click on them. To use the mouse emulator, use adb shell and then run the program mouse and follow the instructions.

    ROMs
    Recovery must be included in all ROMs. If you want to develop a ROM, please contact me about including recovery in it.

    Kernels
    The bootloader is locked and you cannot flash kernels. If you do attempt to flash a kernel, you will brick it.

    Installing zips
    You can push zips to /sdcard, put it on a USB storage, put it on an sdcard, or use adb sideload. Do note you need adb version 1.0.32 to use adb sideload.


    Stuck in a loop?
    If you cannot boot normally and keep going back to the bootmenu, wipe Cache from Wipe -> Advanced Wipe.
    If that doesn't work, ensure Cache is not mounted from in the 'Mount' menu and run this from an adb shell:
    Code:
    mke2fs /dev/block/platform/mtk-msdc.0/by-name/cache


    Source Code
    You can find the source code here:
    https://github.com/androidrbox/sloane-2ndinit
    https://github.com/androidrbox/android_bootable_recovery

    WARNINGS

    • It is extremely important you never reboot after a failure. This will most likely lead to a brick. If recovery is hung, you can use adb shell to run
      Code:
      killall recovery
      to restart it
    • It is also extremely important to never reboot after wiping /system.
    • If you wind up bricking, you must use the Unbrick Image to unbrick.


    Finally, thanks to everyone who has donated to me and those that helped to get me my FireTV 2.

    Changelog and Downloads:
    • April 8, 2016 - v6 (md5sum: 79c1a3efbac86618fa2cdbb4901fbd77)
      • This should prevent auto flashing amazon updates.
      • This includes 2ndinit version dee776 and TWRP version 3.0.0-5.
    • February 14, 2016 - v5 (md5sum: 16c957c86f1f61160e14a55819610707)
      • This should fix the problems certain keyboard were having in recovery.
      • This includes 2ndinit version dee776 and TWRP version 3.0.0-4.
    • February 12, 2016 - v4 (md5sum: 15c6d375607839cac4b186a2b68b8b0d)
      • This includes 2ndinit version 743aa4 and TWRP version 3.0.0-3.
        • These are just changes related to the unbricking image. No other functional changes.
    • February 8, 2016 - v3 (md5sum: b39a4dbe0c19080a97f602f37fda63ec)
      • This includes an updated script. You can now just run the zip instead of needing the zip and the script.
      • This includes TWRP 3.0.0-2.
        • Added a reboot recovery option in addition to reboot system. Now reboot system will reboot straight in to Android. Reboot recovery will reboot to the bootmenu.
        • Fixed restoring backups.
      • This includes the same version of 2ndinit.
    • February 7, 2016 - v2 (md5sum: 762621104d158d7ce4010bea725f7181)
      • This includes an automated script.
      • This has the same versions of 2ndinit and recovery as v1.
    • February 6, 2016 - v1 (md5sum: 7be673dd24489080eacdd0ad00feda51)
      • This comes with 2ndinit version fe3362 and recovery version 3.0.0-1
    6
    I just updated the OP with v6/3.0.0-5. This blocks TWRP from auto installing Amazon updates.
    3
    I added v3 to the OP. Now you only need to copy the zip file whole and just run it. Additionally, I updated TWRP to 3.0.0-2. The changes are listed in the OP.
    3
    Hi, @rbox - FYI, I think that the posted v6 ZIP file is corrupt in some way. When I tried to unzip it using 7Zip, I always see the following error:



    The posted v6 ZIP file did pass the MD5 check on my PC, so I don't think it is corrupted - It may have been an error in the ZIP file creation (maybe a file was still open when created?). There are 3 files that are extracted with 7Zip.

    The files also do extract using the Windows 7 Explorer OK, but I wouldn't expect Win7 to be very expressive if there was a lower-level error during the extraction process.

    Also, the 3 extracted files are binary identical between the 7Zip extraction and the Win7 extraction.

    Just letting you know,

    ¿GJ?

    Depending on the quality of the program you're using, and how it follows the zip standard, determines if it believes the zip is corrupt. I don't really know if according to the standard it is or not, but most programs will extract it. I do know some program on mac will refuse to unzip it. It actually consists of a shell script, followed by an unzip binary, followed by the actual zip file. And, looking at your screenshot, your program is just warning you that there is an offset. It's not an error per se, and having an offset is perfectly valid, because I'm using a standard method of "fixing" the zip to apply the offset.
    3
    I'm sure this has been asked, but I couldn't find it in the thread. Was this updated to the same 3.0.0-7 that we have for the FireTV 1, or is it an insignificant change?

    The changes from 5 to 7 don't matter for sloane. In theory I should rebuild all 3 devices with the same version, but I haven't really had a need.
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