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#268292 10-Mar-2020 16:03
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My Android 6.0 TV box has become stuck in an optimizing app loop. I can't start it up or gain access at all. Any advice I can find is for phones (which this is not) and a lot of it seems to assume that the device can be started, which it can't if it is stuck in a loop. Does anyone have any ideas for this?

 

 

 

 





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  #2435818 10-Mar-2020 17:00
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The phone techniques should be valid as it's a hacked box running a phone OS. Figuring out the key presses could be a bit tricky though.



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  #2435836 10-Mar-2020 17:22
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That is what I have discovered. No way can I get the combined key presses to work on my remote. I finally did a factory reset which stopped the optimising messages but now it is just stuck on the Android screen. It seems to be bricked unless someone has a bright idea.

 

 

 

 





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  #2435853 10-Mar-2020 17:59
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Just to clarify, was this caused by running an app that was meant to optimise the device?

 

if so, can you tell us the name of the app?





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  #2435856 10-Mar-2020 18:03
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No such app. 

 

 





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  #2435857 10-Mar-2020 18:03
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Or was this caused by an OS update?




 

 

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  #2435858 10-Mar-2020 18:10
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I thought I posted an update that now seems to not be here. After a very long time, the device finally booted with the original settings and a very old version of Kodi with a lot of old add-on rubbish. I am now going through the painful process of trying to reconstitute my system. A good lesson in external backups. I did not run any optimising app and there was no OS update. I did uninstall some apps last night but nothing that should have caused this. It was fine when I shut it down, useless when I restarted it. At least it isn't actually bricked, just very, very annoying.

 

 

 

 





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  #2435894 10-Mar-2020 18:41
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Rikkitic:

 

I thought I posted an update that now seems to not be here. After a very long time, the device finally booted with the original settings and a very old version of Kodi with a lot of old add-on rubbish. I am now going through the painful process of trying to reconstitute my system. A good lesson in external backups. I did not run any optimising app and there was no OS update. I did uninstall some apps last night but nothing that should have caused this. It was fine when I shut it down, useless when I restarted it. At least it isn't actually bricked, just very, very annoying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we're just trying to understand what you meant by "optimising app loop"





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  #2435924 10-Mar-2020 19:44
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When android installs an update, during the first boot it does an optimisation of the apps.

 

OP is stuck in this process, reboot or pull the power, when it turns back on it continues. but seems to be solved for now.





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  #2435927 10-Mar-2020 19:54
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Until I managed to do a factory reset, the unit would not boot but just kept saying it was 'optimising' my apps when I tried to start it. It would count through a variable number of apps without specifying which one, spend a lot of time doing whatever on each one, then move to the next. When it finished, it sat for a long time with 'Android' displayed on the screen, then started over again. I could not get it to finish booting. I searched this on Google and discovered that it is apparently a common Android issue. That is why I titled my thread as I did. Eventually I was able to do a factory reset that stopped it from this endless 'optimisation' cycle. 

 

 





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