jeudi 7 février 2013

Mele_HTPC_20121220_V1.3.1 en_US img+sdcard version

Another firmware.
the changelog is here: http://www.mele.cn/download/show/21.htm

Here are the modified versions:
Phoenixcard image: Mele_HTPC_20130116_V1.3.1_en_US_Apex.img
dd-able img: Mele_HTPC_20130116_V1.3.1_en_US_Apex.ddimg.bz2
sdcard version: <TBD>

To get google apps, from the installed Mele firmware, use the Internet navigator and download this:
http://goo.im/gapps/gapps-ics-20120429-signed.zip
This will put the file in /mnt/sdcard/Download/, where the init script looks at.

Reboot, wait for the device to reboot and you are done.

Original firmware: http://www.mele.cn/download/show/21.htm

I applied the same things as in my previous post:
Mele_HTPC_20121220_V1.3 en_US img+sdcard version

56 commentaires:

  1. For me it's almost the same thing as 1.3, except maybe a little little bit faster. However, netflix for me right now is not working :((

    I didn't try netflix for about two weeks on 1.3, but last time it was working. Now it is opening, I can select movies but when trying to launch, the movie is black and I heard the audio.

    Michel

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  2. I confirm, when I downgrade, no more black screen for video in 1.3.1.

    I really can't see any diff between 1.3 and 1.3.1. Even the speed I spoke about might not totally be true. My 1.3 was slower but I installed more crap, so with a clean to clean comparison, I won't say the 1.3.1 beats the 1.3.

    Michel

    PS: Maybe there are some more features but I don't use them. On my side, I want hsdroid, droidmote server, netflix, tunein radio, that's it! :)

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    1. Me neither, I don't see any improvement.
      Perhaps audio bugs disapeared...

      Droidmote server is working on the v1.3?

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    2. Yes I did nothing particular, the only thing I could say is that I'm using the Ethernet port since I wanted more stability on my netflix feed and on the Droidmote. Even if it could possibly be faster with wireless N. I think that the latency added by wireless is no good.

      Sometimes, depending on the screen (like installation of software) I can't use the mouse, I must you the keyboard... but usually everything is flawless!

      I bought the droidmote server / client and they're actively developped so the only thing that I could see is maybe people are using outdated software and that could be an issue or there could be a "spyware" added to the server portion that could involve issue with the use of droidmote... I didn't modify anything in a console or by ssh!

      Michel

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    1. That's the best comment of this year so far :)

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    2. Cool guys from

      http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=342683&view=findpost&p=18502418

      switch to better device the same price))
      I share this point of view too)

      http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=342683&view=findpost&p=19176092

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    3. I'm honestly really happy with the Mele. Saying better device must be proven, for now, it shows almost the same CPU, the same memory, the same GPU, why do you say it's better?

      Michel

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  4. Mele is very interesting project.

    But MINIX NEO 5 looks much better.
    Changes from mele:

    props:
    Interface is much faster.
    Apps starts in seconds.
    webTV, IPTV faster.
    Flash in browser 1080р no freeze.
    Webpages are very fast loading
    Wifi 150mb/s
    LAN - much faster.


    On 17.01.13, Android 4.1.1.

    coin:

    Remote controll bad.
    No 3D video.
    standart player so poor but works fine.

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  5. Dear Thierry

    I have a MELE A3700 and i want to use the sopcast player app.
    Then i open the 2000K sopcast link, the player is start, but just one frame visible.
    There are some solutions to this?

    Thanks in advance for your answer:
    Csaba Snekszer

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  6. pls don´t debate other devices here, those can be debated on armtvtech.com, i also got an mk808b and it´s great and faster and was with a 10$ voucher even half the price of the mele with double performance...
    still the mele is good too and a nice streaming device especially i use it with an older TV for which is have to use cvbs(no other box or player still got analog output) or for wireless speakers...
    i will try the new firmware as soon as i can.

    thx thierry!

    Yaku

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  7. Hello, I'm from Argentina. Is there anyway to solve the mp4 issue??.. What of all the version which are on the web you recommend?

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    1. Well, you may try this one:
      http://tmerle.blogspot.fr/2012/09/mele-android-404-ics-firmware-v12-enus.html

      Firmware v1.2 does not have the mp4 video seek issue.

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    2. thank you, what about the avi movies?.. today I ve seen the same movie testing the neutral firmware and the 1.3.1 version, and with both of them I had the same issue, the movie starts to stack..

      PD: I cant download it http://tmerle.blogspot.fr/2012/09/mele-android-404-ics-firmware-v12-enus.html (the link is down)

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    3. I did not experience this issue...
      From my side, the really annoying thing is the Ethernet link down after a while. I don't know the cause, but really annoying to have to hard-reboot the device to get it work again.
      The v1.2 firmware:
      http://www.4shared.com/file/gyAjBNLe/Mele_40_V12_custom_en_us_apex.html

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    4. thanks.. why do you use it with ethernet? I use it with WIFI, and works fine..

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    5. As much as I can, I use Ethernet (more reliable over distance). And I only have a Wifi b/g router (54Mb max).

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  8. Version 1.3.1 runs perfectly. I did however uninstalled the patch which seems to have fixed the audio issue with mp4s. They only issue I have right now is with Netflix. Black screen and audio only. If anybody has a suggestion, greatly appreciated. Also version 1.3.1 is far superior than the neutral version. It seems like they fixed the lan issue, resulting in higher speeds for streaming and watching 1080P videos.

    Thanks

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    1. Right, I added the audio patch but it is useless as it is already applied.
      Nevertheless applying the patch is harmless.
      But it does not fix the Apple .mp4 movie issue, video seek is still not possible. The old v1.2 firmware works OK on this part, but I did not have time to figure out which part has been broken between v1.2 and v1.3.

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  9. Hello Thierry, for the moment I have only one problem with this fw, I can not use the gmail app from google play. FC every time I try to use it. I try wippe data cache the app , and also installing the fw again, but it's useless. is there any way that gmail app will be properly installed?
    thanks

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    1. Don't know for gmail... well, the Mele firmware framework has not been maintained for gapps so it works by chance. Perhaps a CM9 firmware with some tweaks would be better...

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  10. Thierry...
    Thnx. I'm enjoying your 1,3 firmware greatly. Sny other interesting firmwares you know of? CM9/CM10 maybe?

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    1. The CM10 firmware has a showstopper: video playback "as is" does not work (you need launch a UPnP server and access your videos via this UPnP server).
      I will generate a CM9 firmware to see if it works. My main concern about the Mele firmware is the Ethernet driver that fails after a while in "suspend" mode.

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    2. Have you tried removing and reloading the module? same thing happens on my netbook with the trackpad, I just setup a script to remove and reload the module on wake-up

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    3. The Ethernet driver is not the problem after some testings.
      I ran netperf on the Mele device and I got same performances before and after suspend.
      The issue is in the upper layers, don't know where but a reboot makes it disappear; not a big issue.

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    4. I saw an interesting topic there:
      http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/40980-42-for-allwinner/
      Android 4.2 for Allwinner A10 devices.
      I tried it, but after some errors I got a segfault fatal error.

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  11. Hi Thierry,

    Thanks for this update. Got a problem, Google stopped working after registering: 'Unfortunately, google play had stopped'

    After copying gapps to a clean sdcard, installing and rebooting. I installed google play. btw i own a Mele A3600. Thanks.

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    1. Well, this is not the standard process to install gapps, but it worked at least 1 time for me :)
      The safe way should be to let the recovery mode perform the installation without having the system running but I could not figure out how was working the Mele recovery system.
      And I did not find any working CWM recovery installation.

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  12. Hello Thierry I 'm enjoying you v1.3.1. But I need ask you about a question . Mele comes, surprisingly to me, into standby when left unused. blue light in the front become red. I must press power button F 10 to leave stand by ,and without reboot ,return normalitie .do you know any way to disable Stanby mod

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    1. Strange... did you install an app that has something to do with battery saving? Well I really don't know but such app could put the device in suspend mode...

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  13. Hello Thierry!

    I have an inverse issue, not just this version but all of mele FWs.
    When my A2000 is in standby regularly (sometimes 1 minute, sometimes 8 minutes or more ) wake up to an "update state".
    I try to describe this state: LED is red as usual, no picture on the display, but all USB port and SATA powered up and this is very annoying. All the LEDs of the pendrives are blinking, HDD spins up. So Mele waste a lot of energy but wear away my HDD (regular spin up the biggest enemy of HDDs) also, during the night even annoying because of the noise. Most important thing after standby never shown any update!
    Do you see same issue, or you can logging the standby activity for analisys?

    Thanks, Mark

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    1. Yes, I observed that too. In suspend mode, something makes it waken up (I think a timer programmed by the system or a system app), and makes it go back into suspend mode.
      That's why decided to keep my little NAS server and not connect directly my USB HDD on the Mele device.
      The 1.3.1 firmware is supposed to fix that, by keeping Ethernet/USB powered-up even in suspend mode. This lets the USB HDD spin down by itself.

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  14. Hi Thierry! First I wanna say that you've done an excellent work so far and now I'm really interested in hacking around with this box. I've read some technical paper on android (from you too) to get in touch with low level stuff. It's been a while that i've tried many times to change the partition size to get bigger space (some stock rom has just 256MB). I've tried with fdisk (through SSH) to create a couple of partitions on NANDK for linking apps (I was thinking of LinkSD or changing mount point for /data) but didn't work. Then I saw that in your rom you maged to get 1GB of space. Is something that you decide when you compile android or it's just some configuration file?

    PS
    I have a good knowledge of linux (no probs with shell or understanding scripts) but pretty basic knowledge in programming

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    1. Well, I did not touch to anything regarding NAND partitions; perhaps old ROMs were setting only 256MB for nandk (/mnt/sdcard) but this one takes what is available (939M on Mele A2000). Be careful with linux on Mele: apart from 3.0.8+ kernel with the particular nand.ko module, other kernels do not see correctly nand partitions (see partition sizes, they differ from Android). Please see the sdcard version, it mounts /data, /cache, /mnt/sdcard on the SDHC card and not on NAND.
      I never recompiled anything in this ROMs, just scripts modified/added.
      But I am currently looking at CM10.1 from this thread: http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/40980-42-for-allwinner/
      Works on Mele, but some issues (sound, Ethernet) that needs some compilation... Need to install a 64bits Linux!

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    2. I will wait when you're ready lol :)) I cannot really help you! I've tried the neutral version and I'm surprised, although the droidmote is still not working.

      MIchel

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  15. I read a your post on reddit tmerle:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32716399

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  16. Can anyone help me to mount ext4 please? I formatted my hd entirely on ext4 but i'm not able to mount :(

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    1. No simple solution. ext4 is not automounted by Android's vold. It needs a patch like found for cyanogenmod: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=889471
      You can mount manually the USB device by performing this (via adb shell):
      busybox mount /dev/block/sda1 /mnt/sdcard/Movies/

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  17. Hi,

    thanks for the reply.

    So i need to use something like Script manager to load after every reboot this script?
    Or can i use the init.d with this?
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32716399



    Gabriele.

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    1. init.d/ is enabled in my custom firmware. But it is run at startup once, and if you did not plug-in the USB disk, it will fail (you will need to reboot).
      The best way would be to have a Android service app that monitors /proc/partitions and runs the command on presence of sda1...
      I don't know if this app could do the trick: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kwull.ntfsmounter

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    2. Yes, before of this i used for a lot of time with Paragon driver for android because i have converted my fat32 2,5 stick in hfs. But this problem happen really really often:

      "Anyone know why sometimes when i'm playing every kind of videos (avi, mkv, mp4 etc) my audio broke for a couple of seconds and later play without problems?

      This happen very often and 2 o 3 times on a video of 40minutes."

      So i think that the problem is the "bad driver/script", so i removed the program and now i'm using the same 2,5 hd in fat32 but this happen anyway.

      But for the limit of fat32 (4gb per file) i have to format to ext4.
      I'm a bit sad because i bought this box for use only by media center.

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    3. Strange. I use this 1.3.1 en_US without google apps installed (I use Titanium backup to restore my only useful app: MxPlayer), and I don't have any issue except the little A/V sync issue (and also the mp4 seek problem, but I tend to convert these videos to mkv using Handbrake).
      As you, I use this box as a media center only.

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  18. Anyone know why sometimes when i'm playing every kind of videos (avi, mkv, mp4 etc) my audio broke for a couple of seconds and later play without problems?

    This happen very often and 2 o 3 times on a video of 40minutes.
    I'm running 1.3 of thierry :(

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    1. Nothing like that... I am playing videos from network using a samba share (/system/bin/busybox mount -t cifs -o user=guest,domain=MYGROUP //192.168.9.288/Movies /mnt/sdcard/Movies) with MXPlayer. Did not notice any audio cut, just a little A/V sync issue I still intent to solve.

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  19. Which version are you running, Thierry?

    Thanks, Gabriele.

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    1. I am using this one: Mele_HTPC_20121220_V1.3.1 en_US but without having installed Google apps. I use Titanium backup to save/restore apps. I don't get benefit of updates, but since I use only MxPlayer, and the version I saved works, that's fine.

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  20. Me too use the box without gapps.
    Can i ask you exactly which version are you running of mxplayer?

    This is the script that you advised me:

    http://pastebin.com/TW8TEWxa

    But it doesn't work. I called 10script and put under /etc/init.d/
    I connect my 2.5 hd to sata port and reboot.

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    1. I use MxPlayer 1.7.4 (current version seems to be 1.7.14).
      Mount:
      from what I see, I am not sure it is mounted (what could be /mnt/sata?).
      You must fix correct permissions on the script:
      chmod 755 /etc/init.d/10script
      I never tried sata port, but it should populate partitions traditionally, and set /dev/block/sda1
      Did you try the mount command by hand already?

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  21. I tried the last MxPlayer Pro 1.7.14 with armv7 embedded codec but same problem, lots of missing audio.

    Not yet. I was thinking if the problem is the sata port? I don't know, just suppose. I know that is a simply thing to do but i haven't never seen a sata port on an android device. "Driver" problem?
    I'm going mad.

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    1. Did you try to disable the Internet check service a well as the Network speed apps? This is how my device works.
      Does you audio gap issue occurs even with a video on a USB drive?
      Also, I never power it off nor suspend it. Always on. I am preparing a little app that just set the LED to red after a while (the only annoying thing)

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  22. Silly question perhaps, but is there any way to enable location services and attach a GPS to the Mele? I'd like to try the Mele in a mobile environment and would like to get GPS attached. Any clues?

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    1. Perhaps a bluetooth enabled GPS could do the trick.
      Now the question is: how to add bluetooth capability to the Mele device? Did not try yet...

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  23. Hi. I have the oroginal firmware and i have choppy/stturering video playback over the lan.
    Thierry, you know if any firmware resolve this problem?
    Thanks.

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    1. Don't know... this v1.3.1 firmware seems to be the most stable version.

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  24. I tested this firmware and it seems good.
    But I have some bugs:
    - in adb devices it shows as offline, so I can't use adb;
    - sometimes when I turn on the device it don't get image in the cvbs port, so I have to reboot.

    It have a lot of unnecessary apps.
    You can make a light version and try to solve, or tell me what I can do to solve that bugs?

    thanks

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    1. As soon as you have the network, you should be able to connect the device using adb connect
      CVBS port: strange... Perhaps adb logcat will give a clue.
      I know this tool works:
      http://forum.doozan.com/read.php?6,9002
      but to my opinion, just don't power off the device, that's simpler ;)

      You can always remove apps, by removing their .apk. The main difficulty is to catch their names...

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