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#114953 8-Mar-2013 11:34
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I bought one of these off eBay last year and thought I would start a discussion thread here for community members who own the same unit - or have been thinking of buying one.

The version I bought is the Gbox 2.0 which has since been superseded by versions 2.1 and 2.2.  I promptly bricked the sodding thing two weeks after arrival trying to do my very first firmware upgrade, DOH!!!

But they recently made the code publically available and released a recovery image, so I was able to restore the unit and start playing with some of the emerging homebrew releases.

So, this is the unit I own:



And here is a link to the GBox homepage:

http://androidtvbox.us/

And a link to J1nx's site, who's homebrew dev is coming along rather nicely:

http://www.j1nx.nl/product/smart-tv-box/

There's a chap called static who belongs to both forums who is doing some interesting mods which some of are likely to be included in J1nx's release.

The homebrew version I am currently dabbling with is static's xbmc-linux_v0.2_beta and I'm intending to testdrive J1nx's gbox_2.0_beta1, which he released this week, in the very near future.

I'm submitting bug reports directly to those sites listed above, so it will probably save time and duplication if you go read about them on their forums, but otherwise will try my best to give intelligent answers to members here who are interested in the discussion.

Oh, and probably useful to mention is: that I bought this thing cos I was too impatient to wait for a homebrew for the AppleTV gen3 and my primary interest is in a hardware platform for XMBC, which I've been running on a modded xbox original for many years as my desktop media player.

I did however dabble about using it purely as an Android 4 box during the weeks before I bricked it and was impressed - a very sexy stepup from the el-cheapo android tablet I had been using for about a year prior to that and ran beautifully thru my 40inch Bravia smartTV.

OK, I think that's enough typing for starters. Hope this is useful so far?

Cheers,
Zana :o)

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  #776791 8-Mar-2013 11:59
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Got one, played with it a bit. Ended up getting apartial refund because it's only 720P and not 1080P like all the ads claim.

The sellers will swear black and blue it's 1080P but I proved it using a custom test video and macro photographs, and 2 of the independent developers have confirmed that it's 720P.

It's sitting on a desk here until someone enables 1080P properly for it.

Unless someone wants to buy it off me for.. Hmm, $70. It's a 2.2 model.

Cheers -N




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  #776805 8-Mar-2013 12:13
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Talkiet: The sellers will swear black and blue it's 1080P but I proved it using a custom test video and macro photographs, and 2 of the independent developers have confirmed that it's 720P.


Ah, now that explains something I had been noticing which I had attributed to another cause. Cheers for the intel.

If I had the cash on hand I would probably take you up on that offer, cos it's nice to have a wreckable spare on hand hehe

 
 
 
 




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  #777277 9-Mar-2013 10:15
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Talkiet: It's sitting on a desk here until someone enables 1080P properly for it.


Oh, I forgot to ask you before... do you see any chance of this happening any time soon? And how will I know when it is resolved if they are not publicly admitting to the issue in the first place? Do you have any links where it is openly discussed please?

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  #777281 9-Mar-2013 10:22
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Many places... Several threads on the androidTVbox site - here's a specific post from J1nx.

http://androidtvbox.us/topic/xbmc-midnight-linux-v0-2b-static-edition-one-firmware-fits-all/page/11/#post-6835

This link includes my proof to the 720P display...

I ended up getting a 30% refund from the place I bought the box because it's NOT 1080P... I would have got a full refund except it would have cost more to send the box back to China!

I do believe someone will enable 1080P at some stage but the jury is out on whether performance will be smooth. There is already a hack to enable 1080P on the Android build, but performance drops unfortunately.

Cheers - N




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  #777712 10-Mar-2013 19:31
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Oooh sorry, I missed your reply last night. Thanks a very big bunch for getting back to me with that info!

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