Android 9 Pie for La Frite Installation (Beta 1)

edited July 2020 in AML-S805X-AC
For the alpha release, please follow these instructions. You will need an Libre Computer eMMC 5.x Module and a USB Type A to USB Type A cable that was included with the module. This process takes approximately 15 minutes.
  1. Make sure your board is running the latest firmware (2020-07-r3 or later).
  2. Download and install the Amlogic Burn Tool.
  3. Download the beta 1 image.
  4. Start the Amlogic Burn Tool and change the language to English.
  5. Click Settings -> Load Img and then select the downloaded image. Amlogic Burn Tool UI will switch to V2 from V3.
  6. Click "Start".
  7. Plug one end of the USB Type A cable into your computer.
  8. Make sure the eMMC module is plugged into the board and that the board is completely unpowered. Hold the "Uboot" button and plug the other end of the cable into the left most USB Type A port.
  9. Flashing should start in the Amlogic Burn Tool. Please wait until it is complete and then click "Stop".
  10. Unplug the board when it is done and power up.
  11. Press escape to interrupt the startup and then select "Boot LOST".
  12. Once LOST is started, press any key and then follow the menu. 
  13. Type in "android" then "9-bootloader-root" then "mmcblk0".
  14. Wait for it to complete and reboot.

Broken things that we know about:

Remote Control bindings
Better USB Keyboard bindings
Google Play Services (workaround by registering your device id)
Bluetooth Remote popup on first run
Cannot restart after shutdown

Things we will do:

Release non-rooted image
Change MBOX bootup logo
Add some applications

Things we will try to do:

Find a way to dynamically switch USB Type A between host and slave mode

Things we may consider but highly unlikely:

CTS certification

Tips and tricks:

  • On the first boot "Checking for updates..." page, hit the back button to avoid the hidden/background WiFi scan to save time.
  • If you want to modify the rooted image to play with stuff, get a serial cable and attach it as follows. Then type "su" followed by "mount -o remount,ro /" and hack away. You can also remount any other partitions to rw (read/write) from ro (read only) using that command. To find a list of mounts, type "mount"
  • To get rid of the "Your device is not certified for Play Protect" error, register your device id on the website. We provide a handy Device ID app pre-installed to grab it quickly. Please note that every time you flash the ROM, you will get a new device id so you will have to repeat this process on Google's uncertified website with the new device id.
  • If you are using a remote, please we aware of the difference between mouse mode OK and DPAD mode OK. On some UI buttons, one or the other will register. Click the mouse toggle button on your remote if one does not work.

If you have ideas or something you'd like to see, let us know below.


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