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Misc tips

* If you wanna start Kodi at boot go to "Developer options" and enable the last entry called "Start Kodi at boot"
* There are some keyboard shortcuts: F1 (Home), F2 (Menu), F3 (App switch) and F4 (Power menu) and some CEC remote shortcuts: Red (Power off the device), Green (Home), Yellow (Menu) and Blue (Search).
* By enabling "Google remote support" in "Other" section of "Network" configuration you will be able to control your device from your Android smartphone / tablet by using this app on it.
* When an app forces the portrait orientation, the default behavior is to simulate a portrait / phone-like UI adding black bars to the sides (an example is Antutu when it runs the benchmark, or Box.com). If you prefer to have a landscape stretched UI flash this zip. To revert to the default behavior flash this one instead.
Note that the setting will persist even if you upgrade the ROM so you have to flash that zip only once.


Real 1080p output (optional zip for CM11)

On Android Amlogic MX SOC uses a 1280x720 framebuffer coupled with a scaler to do the up/down scaling.
They did it for a good reason, 720p resolution has half the pixels of the 1080p one so the UI will be snappier and 3D performance will be better but if you don't care about that and you just wanna the best image quality (I noticed the scaler gives me a weird motion when watching sports) you can flash that optional zip.
Once flashed if you wanna change resolution go to Android Display settings, set your resolution and reboot the device (this step is required because some stuff has to be set at boot because Android is not meant to change resolution while it's running).
I didn't do it for Lollipop builds because Kitkat it runs already slower than Kitkat, adding this mod might be too much

Since you have this option (WeTek Play is the only MX device that allows you to do that) I would give it a try, if you have a good TV set you will clearly see the difference.



Kodi 14.2rc1 WeTek_mod_v3

This is a Kodi build that includes some patches not included upstream that will improve (hopefully) your overall experience.

Since it's been signed with different keys respect those from Kodi build server you won't be able to install it over the older Kodi but you'll have to uninstall it.
Take a backup of /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi folder before uninstalling or Android will delete it and you'll lose your configuration; restore it after installing the new APK.

Download

You can use OE's /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/advancedsettings.xml file
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<advancedsettings>

  <network>
    <cachemembuffersize>20971520</cachemembuffersize>
  </network>

  <samba>
    <clienttimeout>30</clienttimeout>
  </samba>

  <network>
    <readbufferfactor>4.0</readbufferfactor>
  </network>

  <pvr>
    <minvideocachelevel>5</minvideocachelevel>
    <minaudiocachelevel>20</minaudiocachelevel>
  </pvr>
</advancedsettings>
or (this is what I'm using)
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<advancedsettings>
  <network>
    <buffermode>1</buffermode>
    <cachemembuffersize>31457280</cachemembuffersize>
    <readbufferfactor>10</readbufferfactor>
  </network>
  <gui>
    <algorithmdirtyregions>0</algorithmdirtyregions>
  </gui>
</advancedsettings>

External disk spindown for WeTek Play

Flash this zip from recovery, once booted to android use a root capable file explorer (like Solid Explorer for example) and edit "/system/etc/spindown.conf" to fit your needs.

The default configuration is set-up to spin down "sda" disk after 3600 seconds (60 minutes) using sg3-tools.

You don't need to flash the zip again if you do a rom update because I've added the addon.d backup script.

Note: your drive have to ne able to be set to sleep using "sg_start --stop /dev/block/$disk", I've tried it with 3 drives, 2 WDs and 1 Seagate and it worked.


Debian chroot

As very first thing you have to set-up a MicroSD card with two primary partitions, the first one must be formatted in FAT32, the second one can be left unformatted because the "sdcardfiles" zip will format it (I suggest you to give at least 1GB of space to the secondary partition).
After that grab the two zips: wetek-debian-chroot-sdcardfiles.zip and wetek-debian-chroot-systemfiles-rc1.zip and copy them (together with CWM's recovery.img) to the FAT32 partition of the MicroSD (the primary one).
Boot to recovery and flash the two zips (the order doesn't matter).

How to actually use it:

The "systemfiles" zip will add an helper file that I called "debian-chroot", together with the init.d script it will set up the chroot at boot and run the configured services (as a template the /system/xbin/debian-chroot file includes the execution of dropbear daemon, so you can use it as starting point for your own stuff).
To access Debian you can just type as root from terminal emulator / serial console / adb over network "debian-chroot chroot", othwerise you can access using an SSH client to the configured Dropbear SSH server that is listening on port 2222.
There are two default users: 'root' (pwd: wetek) and a regular user 'wetek' (pwd: wetek), both can be used to access to the ssh server.
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