[v9] Aidan's ROM [S905X-S905W-S912-S905X2-S905Y2-S905X3-S905W4-S922] [Android TV 9] [Disney+] [Google Play Certified] [ROOT]

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aidanmacgregor

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Aidan,

Just finished attempting install on my other box mecool m8s pro +, that one worked. I
used universal for 905x. Rom is quite nice, Thank you. At first boot it prompts for system upgrade, i presume that is from mi box, so i declined it. Is this the correct action or should i install that. The wifi does not work, but thats expected it did not work on coreelec either and i remember there was nothing from realtek beyond the one kernel. Box has no bluetooth. everything else good, except i am having issue with sound on eac3 codec in plex. nothing plays. i tried every sound option and in sound settings, if you set to manual on codecs it does not show any codecs. even under pcm no sound only on that codec. nothing in plex settings corrects either. my setup is hdmi to tv, tv out to sound bar, but even without soundbar just to tv, still no sound on that codec. I have emby which does local downmix and that works ok. Maybe this helps when it comes time for next release. Thank you for the Rom.
i had to transcode with plax to resolve the eac3 issue for now, i did see someone mantion modding the plex apk or somthing at one point but lost info on that a long time ago, but would be intrested in trying if see it again
 

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**NEED HELP**

Hi,

I've manage to flash my MINI M8S II using aidam custom rom. The only problem is intermittent wifi.

So i decide to flash it back to stock rom but i kept bricking the device. I only have luck if i re-flash it back using any aidan S90X rom but eveytime i try flashing to stock rom or other dev custom rom, it will brick my device.

i did a test by flashing my other identical device with different custom rom, and i able to rollback to stock. Only problem is that if i flash using aidan rom, i unable to rollback to stock rom.

Here is the problem i facing.

*Mini M8S II S90X (Currently on Aidan ATV 9)
- Flash back to Stock Rom : Brick
-Mask rom and flash back to Aidan ATV 9 : Successful
- Flash again using other developer custom rom : Brick
-Mask rom again and flash back to Aidan ATV 7 : Successful.

If anyone can tell me other way around this. Appreciate it.
hmm odd, not sure what causing the refusal to dwngrade, was this other custom android 9? i did have issues on one device downgrading to my android tv 7 rom (that previosly worked no issues) woulld fail to flash, i had to keep fireing rando android 6 roms at it to bring it out of this state untill one stuck, then could flash again :)
 

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@aidanmacgregor is there anyway to flash your rom for 912 - mecool pro L via twrp ? i tried again with rom burning tool and the image fails early with an error about ddr. i can though flash the megadanz nexus. but that is only one i can flash and run. that has twrp built in as recovery. so i am wondering if there is a way i can take you img file and get it to an upgrade type zip, or anything else i can do to get beyond very intitial step in the amlogic burn disc flashing program ?
all i can suggest is trying other s912 versions hope one takes :)
 

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@aidanmacgregor is there anyway to flash your rom for 912 - mecool pro L via twrp ? i tried again with rom burning tool and the image fails early with an error about ddr. i can though flash the megadanz nexus. but that is only one i can flash and run. that has twrp built in as recovery. so i am wondering if there is a way i can take you img file and get it to an upgrade type zip, or anything else i can do to get beyond very intitial step in the amlogic burn disc flashing program ?
sorrty not that i know of :)
 

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i had to transcode with plax to resolve the eac3 issue for now, i did see someone mantion modding the plex apk or somthing at one point but lost info on that a long time ago, but would be intrested in trying if see it again
Thanks for replying on this and other question i had with other box. On this m8s pro + i did get sound by forcing audio transcode, by settings in plex for passthrough-optical then it lets you select codecs and uncheck ac3 will force plex to transcode audio to mp3. that's enough for me. i use mythtv and someone there made an app for playback from mythtv server that use exoplayer and he made an option to use ffmpeg for audio instead of mediacodec. on that (same player plex uses), there was no audio on any ac3 > 2 channel,. but the ffmpeg worked. Thanks for your great work. the rom breathes life into these old boxes. on the 912, nothing i tried worked but yet the last release for that box on coreelec is working pretty well and they manage the wifi and bluetoooth, but that is on the original kernel not a later kernel,.
 
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Netflix is not working on Alfawise S92 (S912) nor Beelink GT1 mini-A (S905X2).

It says
Code:
Error
This version of Netflix app is not compatible with your device (-13)
                                                                (OK)

I find it strange since Disney+ is working and if it were because of a none Google Approved box, I would have expected to play at least in SD.

Any idea?
 

NinthWave

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Netflix is not working on Alfawise S92 (S912) nor Beelink GT1 mini-A (S905X2).

It says
Code:
Error
This version of Netflix app is not compatible with your device (-13)
                                                                (OK)

I find it strange since Disney+ is working and if it were because of a none Google Approved box, I would have expected to play at least in SD.

Any idea?
My bad...it's at your first post. Got it working with RAVE.
 

aidanmacgregor

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Thanks for replying on this and other question i had with other box. On this m8s pro + i did get sound by forcing audio transcode, by settings in plex for passthrough-optical then it lets you select codecs and uncheck ac3 will force plex to transcode audio to mp3. that's enough for me. i use mythtv and someone there made an app for playback from mythtv server that use exoplayer and he made an option to use ffmpeg for audio instead of mediacodec. on that (same player plex uses), there was no audio on any ac3 > 2 channel,. but the ffmpeg worked. Thanks for your great work. the rom breathes life into these old boxes. on the 912, nothing i tried worked but yet the last release for that box on coreelec is working pretty well and they manage the wifi and bluetoooth, but that is on the original kernel not a later kernel,.
glad your up and running with something usable :)
 

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i suspect its DTB/uboot issue, try rickys tool, unpack only to level 1and take my system & vendor.PARTITIONS and swap in atvX v5 beta and flash, one side effect will be less user space as atvX has more spre room from before v5 but i have same device so has 16Gb rather than limited 8GB
Yep, EmuElec boots from SD card now. Thanks 👍
But on the other hand, the box stopped responding to power button of my remote (air mouse type). The weirdest thing is that it was working both on atvX and Aidan's ROMs. I have no clue why... So far I can only tell, that I can't turn it off and can't really test if I can turn it on. I'll try few more things and we'll see.

EDIT:
Before I posted the reply above, I had tested a button remapper. I set one of unused buttons (because the app couldn't detect the power button) to "lock screen" and it works. When the box is off, the power button works, so it's all good.

EDIT 2:
BTW, I called my new IMG file "AidansAtvxMutant.img" 🤣
What about updating it without loosing access to EmuElec? What do I need to do when there's a new Aidan's ROM?
 

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i suspect its DTB/uboot issue, try rickys tool, unpack only to level 1and take my system & vendor.PARTITIONS and swap in atvX v5 beta and flash, one side effect will be less user space as atvX has more spre room from before v5 but i have same device so has 16Gb rather than limited 8GB
You can actually reduce cache partition by decompiling dtb into dts, changing its size to 10000000 hex which is 256Mbites from 1GB. I used to have 4.1GB free now I have a round 5GB of space. I didn't notice any negative effects. The cache partition is always almost empty on all my boxes.
 

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ojcu

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I noticed CeX UK are selling cheap Nexbox A95X with 8GB RAM and 1GB ROM. Would this be a cheap method to get your ROM? I know these are outdated technology at this price point but for a tenner, you can't really complain if they work.


If CEC works then the remote wouldn't matter.
I think it should. I had an old Droibox Nano, which is a copy of this one, and it was working fine
 

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    I did the same thing just like you said. but when I type " reboot update " the USB_Burning_Tool didn't start flashing and the tv box booted to Recovery as attached pic
    Ok just to be sure everything is correct. Open the usb burning tool program, select the rom to flash and mark only the erease flash options, erease bootloader and press start. Turn on the tv box and connect it to the pc, the program will still not detect it, now on the cell phone connect to adb and write reboot uptade, the tv box will restart and the program should detect it and start the installation, if that does not happen try with different usb ports of the pc and the tv box

    When activating the usb debugging sometimes some ports of the tv box stop working, so try with everyone by doing all the previous steps again
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    Can u explain what's mash rom, sir?
    Gsearch for "nand chip mask rom mode". ;)
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    Can u explain what's mash rom, sir?
    The mask rom method is technically to force the detection of the tv box on the pc, when the tv box does not respond to the reset button or has no way to enter reboot update mode. A short nand pins ascending short circuit but it is not universal, you have to look for the method for your device. I leave you a video that I publish aidan

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    v9 New Features (17.March.2022)
    BASED ON LATEST MI BOX Official Pie Build 3933
    Security Patch 5.July.2021
    More Games Controller Support
    Moved More to the system
    More Devices
    New Files App
    Rotation App
    More Games Controller Support
    Probably More

    v8 New Features (25.July.2021)
    BASED ON LATEST MI BOX Official Pie Build 3595
    Security Patch 5.March.2021
    Low Ram False All Roms
    Forceencrypt Disabled
    Default Volume MAX
    New Bootanimation
    More Debloating
    DPI Set At 320/213
    New Welcome (Thanks AcidIce18)
    No Remote Pair Screen
    More Cleaned & De Bloat
    More Tweaks...

    v7 New Features (29.April.2021)
    BASED ON LATEST MI BOX Official Pie Build 3409
    Security Patch 5.January.2021
    Now Includes App Drawer (Non Tv Apps)
    Now Includes File Browser
    Cleaned & De Bloat
    More Tweaks...

    v6 New Features (N/A)
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    v4 New Features (16.Nov.2020)
    1st Update After OTA Update Available Notification
    BASED ON LATEST MI BOX Official Pie Build 3139
    Security Patch 5.October.2020
    NTFS & exFAT USB Drive Support Added
    Removed Mi Tv Analytics
    Bug Report Sender Removed

    v3 New Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    New Google Keyboard From Chromecast With Google TV
    New Boot animation
    Enabled 14 Wi-Fi Channels
    Updated Google Play Store
    De Bloat System
    Remove Chromecast
    Remove Google Play Games, Music & Video
    Remove Netflix & Prime Video
    Reduced img Size For Faster Download
    Reduced Install Time
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    v2 New Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    Created USB Burning tool Image
    New Install Method Now 1 Step Install

    v1 Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    Original Install Method Using base ROM & Update.ZIP

    How To Install

    Use USB Burning Tool, See Website

    Wait Up To 5 Mins For Firmware To Boot For First Time & Proceed Through Initial Set Up

    Enjoy!

    USB Burning Tool Cant See Device
    if usb burning tool cant detect your device, and you've tried other ports, cables etc then Mask ROM Mode May Be Needed, See Here
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    Use RAVE Or The MOBILE APP

    Amazon Prime Wont Work
    A. Like Netflix Install the mobile app, the TV version needs Widevine Level 1

    Disney+ No Sound
    A. Fixed Earlier Release

    No Root
    There Is No Root In This Firmware Because This Is a User Build (Not User Debug)
    User Build: This Is Like The official Android Tv Devices (Like Mi Box), it does not have root or TWRP, Uses Release Keys and is SELINUX enforced
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    This Makes More Apps Show Up In The Play Store that didn't show before, (Example: Isp Android TV live tv app, only shows in Play Store On non rooted and SELINUX enforced devices, also the streams in the app do not even play in rooted devices.) And other Apps With Similar Issues On Non Certified Devices....

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    updates to S905W & S912 are slow due to not having test devices, makes stability improvements hard to diagnose, wifi improvements should be easier to add without testing and i will do this ass soon as i can, i have been working on a private project in most of my free time so not had a chance to further refine these chips, thanks for being paitent :)
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    Is it and Android TV apk, or an apk of the mobile app? Can you share the link to that?
    Android TV apk I will upload the link
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    I am still running the s912 Version als Said in page 1 :) any relevant Changes? Maybe changelog? If Not i'll Stick to my Version :) thanks for your hard work!
    ahh forgot to add changelog here put on the s912 & s905w post haha will copy here :)

    v4 New Features (16.Nov.2020)
    1st Update After OTA Update Available Notification
    BASED ON LATEST MI BOX Official Pie Build 3139
    Security Patch 5.October.2020
    NTFS & exFAT USB Drive Support Added
    Removed Mi Tv Analytics
    Bug Report Sender Removed

    v3 New Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    New Google Keyboard From Chromecast With Google TV
    New Boot animation
    Enabled 14 Wi-Fi Channels
    Updated Google Play Store
    De Bloat System
    Remove Chromecast
    Remove Google Play Games, Music & Video
    Remove Netflix & Prime Video
    Reduced img Size For Faster Download
    Reduced Install Time
    More Tweaks

    v2 New Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    Created USB Burnig tool Image
    New Install Method Now 1 Step Install

    v1 Features
    BASED ON STABLE MI BOX Official Pie Build 2696
    Security Patch 5.April.2020
    Original Install Method Using base ROM & Update.ZIP