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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default RK2918 Android TV Box with 4x USB - ROOTED firmware + manual!

Hello guys,

this is a manual how to upgrade your Android TV Box RK2918 with 4x USB looking like this with a rooted Firmware:



There are some versions of this Box in blue and black color as well as with and without android tv logo. Important is that you have the Box with 4x USB (NOT 2x or 3x USB).

I rooted my 4x USB RK2918 Android TV Box. Upgrading the Box is just a few steps away:

1) Download Firmware from Uploaded.to
EDIT 2012-03-04, added new mirror: https://rapidshare.com/files/3368714344/update.img

2) Copy update.img on SD Card root folder, insert SD Card into Box
3) Start Box and wait for upgrade dialog, confirm update
4) Wait while Box restarts and update performs
5) You're finished and have a fully rooted box


Content of Firmware
-Made from original firmware, Android 2.3.1
-Removed default homescreen, replaced by ADW Launcher (regular phone homescreen)
-Added Superuser + full root
-Removed Youtube App (old non working version, can be replaced by new one)
-Full support of upgrading via SD Card, like in the origin firmware


I got some root apps like droid VNC server running well.

Enjoy the freedom and homescreen of this rooted firmware.


Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damages resulting in this upgrade. I tested with my box and everthing works fine, as it is made from origin firmware. You may loose your warranty if you do the steps above.
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Hello guys,

this is a manual how to upgrade your Android TV Box RK2918 with 4x USB looking like this with a rooted Firmware:



There are some versions of this Box in blue and black color as well as with and without android tv logo. Important is that you have the Box with 4x USB (NOT 2x or 3x USB).

I rooted my 4x USB RK2918 Android TV Box. Upgrading the Box is just a few steps away:

1) Download Firmware from Uploaded.to
2) Copy update.img on SD Card root folder, insert SD Card into Box
3) Start Box and wait for upgrade dialog, confirm update
4) Wait while Box restarts and update performs
5) You're finished and have a fully rooted box


Content of Firmware
-Made from original firmware, Android 2.3.1
-Removed default homescreen, replaced by ADW Launcher (regular phone homescreen)
-Added Superuser + full root
-Removed Youtube App (old non working version, can be replaced by new one)
-Full support of upgrading via SD Card, like in the origin firmware


I got some root apps like droid VNC server running well.

Enjoy the freedom and homescreen of this rooted firmware.


Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damages resulting in this upgrade. I tested with my box and everthing works fine, as it is made from origin firmware. You may loose your warranty if you do the steps above.
This firmware is valid for 3 USB? or only for 4 USB devices?
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I can't test 3 USB devices, so only valid for 4 USB at this moment.
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No more replies on this? Nobody tested this firmware? It works really good. :-)

I am running it now without TV, controlling the TV Box via my PC over Wifi (+Webkey for Android) - that really rocks!
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I have tested it and it is working beautifull .
Thank you.

Can you please confirm that cifs manager is working.
I have problem with it.
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ok , here is the right procedure



3) Install a Termminal emulator
4) Download this cifs.ko here : cifs.ko download
4.1) download slow-work.ko from here : slow-work.ko download
5) goto terminal EMU
5) issues the su command to gain admin access..
6) copy the files u downloaded and place it where-ever u like...
6.1) insmod slow-work.ko -from the directory where u put it on your tab
7) insmod cifs.ko - from the directory where u put it on your tab
8 ) lsmod - to verify its loaded..
9) now you can manually mount a samba/windows share using the following command..

mount -t cifs -o username=SHAREUSERNAME,password=PASSWORDFORSHARE //ip-location-for-the-share/share-name /where-u-want-to-mount-the-share..
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THANKS, BUT IF IS POSIBLE TO GET THE FILE IN ANOTHET LINK, I HAVE PROBLEMS TRYING TO DOWNLOAD IN UPLOADED SITE.

I AM TALKING ABAUT YOUR ROM

pdangelavitti@gmail.com

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THANKS, BUT IF IS POSIBLE TO GET THE FILE IN ANOTHET LINK, I HAVE PROBLEMS TRYING TO DOWNLOAD IN UPLOADED SITE.

I AM TALKING ABAUT YOUR ROM

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Try this mirror: https://rapidshare.com/files/3368714344/update.img
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Thanks a lot for your time to share this information!!!!!!
I have recently purchased an RK2918 android tv box OEM (ebay) with 4 usb ports, and will be made a test with your firmware asap! (the original first screen is very poor and ugly)
In order to made a good work in case of errors, can you provide me the source of the original firmware (or any information about how I can find it?
Thank you very much for your help!
best regards!

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Hi,

nice tutorial. i will try it soon i guess...

any idea on my problem:

http://androidforums.com/google-tv/413090-r-box-rockchip-2918-google-tv-4.html#post4080075
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HI SPHP,

Thanks for the great update, it has given my "HDMP0071" unbranded 4usb port (ebay orded) android tv a new smart look.

I faced two minor issues after the update-
1- after super user update it's giving an error saying some binary's could not update but you can continue with the save version ( this is not the exact error, I just typed by memory)

2- After the Market updated to Play Store it didn't identify the wifi connection ( rest was ok - youtube and web browser worked) then I uninstalled the update and reinstalled and the problem goes of till the next reboot. this is very annoying. please let me know how to fix it.


Will there be any chance of getting ICS for the TV in the near future? Hope u will help us with it.

Thank you once again for the marvelous update.
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Thanks a lot for your time to share this information!!!!!!
I have recently purchased an RK2918 android tv box OEM (ebay) with 4 usb ports, and will be made a test with your firmware asap! (the original first screen is very poor and ugly)
In order to made a good work in case of errors, can you provide me the source of the original firmware (or any information about how I can find it?
Thank you very much for your help!
best regards!

Martin

Hi Martin,

I updated my ebay ordered 4port "HDMP0071" android tv .. the update is great. for more info read my previous comment which I wrote to thank "SPHP" for releasing the update.

if you need more info contact harshana.ada@gmail.com.

have a nice day...!
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It is nice.
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Hi,

i finally installed the firmware to my box. works very well, didnt get into any troubles until today. :-) thank you very much.

still, the problems with USB port and wireless keyboard touchpad remain unsolved. the "cursor" gets stuck on the lower end of the screen, when using the touchpad of my wireless keyboard. i ordered a new one from the seller to check if the old one is borken, but still same problem. any idea on how to fix such an USB problem? any ideas what it can be?

link to problem topic:
http://androidforums.com/google-tv/413090-r-box-rockchip-2918-google-tv-4.html#post4080075


furthermore, any idea if it is possible to run ICS android 4.0 on this box? i found firmware in another topic in this forum... you guys think this could work in this box as well?

link:
http://androidforums.com/google-tv/513616-android-4-0-tv-box-advice.html#post4102029
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furthermore, any idea if it is possible to run ICS android 4.0 on this box? i found firmware in another topic in this forum... you guys think this could work in this box as well?

link:
http://androidforums.com/google-tv/513616-android-4-0-tv-box-advice.html#post4102029
Don't flash this ICS firmware. It will damage your device, due this box is based on some other platform (not Rockchip RK2918).
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Any have the original firmware ?

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Hey

I have one of these boxes with the 4 usb's, i was planning to use it as a car pc due to its size, but i would really like to be able to use a 7" touchscreen 7 Inch HD Touchscreen Car Monitor (HDMI, AV, VGA) | eBay which uses egalax drivers on windows and linux, and also gps which again the drivers are available for linux, the gps is a bu-353 eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace and the manufacture says the drivers should work, buy how can these drivers be incorporated into the kernel? Can anyone help me at all?

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this update works great thanks for uploading this SPHP
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Hi everyone.
If someone try with an 3usb port device. Please let me know, ok!
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I have been looking for the ICS 4.0 firmware for the same box (RK2918 - with 4 USB ports) but i could not find anywhere. I couldn't even find 2.3.4 firmware.
Currently my wifi doesnt works with the default stock rom (2.3.1) which came with the box. So i was thinking if i could get hold of 2.3.4 or 4.0 (ics) and that might fix the wifi problem also if i m lucky. Any help would be appreciated.
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Wifi works fine with stock and this rooted version. You might open your TV Box and look if antenna is build in and connected correctly to the Wifi module. This is no software issue and it won't be solved by a firmware update!

There'll be an ICS-update, according to a Chinese seller. But it will take one month or longer to release and I don't know if it's true or they just want to sell more boxes by refering to some update. So, we'll see...
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OK, soldered a VGA port on the platine, but VGA output doesn't work.

Does anybody know, how I can activate the VGA output (bus)? There is a version of this box with VGA output, so it must be possible to activate.
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Hello!
I download Netflix on my 4usb device and I have a LED FULL HD TV, but I cant wach Netflix on HD.
Someone can help? What can I do?
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@sphp : i try to update with firm posted but after reboot, not start . Not any light that indicate runing or stand-by, not blinking. Is like android TV is dead. HDMI not find any devices...
Pls help me...
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I found it:

championasia.en.alibaba.com/product/536171297-210342992/HD_1080P_Android_4_0_TV_box_RK2918_video_talk.html

So I believe it's possible to install ICS in RK2918, this model have some different specifications but the CPU is the same... maybe it's possible to have an update soon to our model.
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I need it good firmware for RK2918 Android TV Box with 4x USB
I try firm posted in link and answer is:
<layer 7.2> Download firmware fail.
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good firmware, just i need adobe flash player for this box,and if some one can backup his rom and share it with others of this box 4usb and send it to me or download link
this is link for original firmware blue box 4usb sent by the seller just available for 15days its for 4 usb

http://fs.163.com/fs/display/?p=X-NETEASE-HUGE-ATTACHMENT&file=yOmkpLS19foyWsmUXQCrySf5a_8Rl0GZcU 3HY27pYxzS7FZ-QRMmVIAFdwFBQUn7&title=android%202.3%20%20OS%20and %20player
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Hello guys,

this is a manual how to upgrade your Android TV Box RK2918 with 4x USB looking like this with a rooted Firmware:



There are some versions of this Box in blue and black color as well as with and without android tv logo. Important is that you have the Box with 4x USB (NOT 2x or 3x USB).

I rooted my 4x USB RK2918 Android TV Box. Upgrading the Box is just a few steps away:

1) Download Firmware from Uploaded.to
EDIT 2012-03-04, added new mirror: https://rapidshare.com/files/3368714344/update.img

2) Copy update.img on SD Card root folder, insert SD Card into Box
3) Start Box and wait for upgrade dialog, confirm update
4) Wait while Box restarts and update performs
5) You're finished and have a fully rooted box


Content of Firmware
-Made from original firmware, Android 2.3.1
-Removed default homescreen, replaced by ADW Launcher (regular phone homescreen)
-Added Superuser + full root
-Removed Youtube App (old non working version, can be replaced by new one)
-Full support of upgrading via SD Card, like in the origin firmware


I got some root apps like droid VNC server running well.

Enjoy the freedom and homescreen of this rooted firmware.


Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damages resulting in this upgrade. I tested with my box and everthing works fine, as it is made from origin firmware. You may loose your warranty if you do the steps above.
Great JOb,

installed and its working very good only is going to break in play when wifi is on. Can u tell me how i can change launcher and uninstall adw and what can i do to play dts films and put out Dolby Digital sound through the optical ? Can i change the Video Player to MX PLAYER ?

THX ALEXANDER
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@sphp - I changed the wifi encryption from WEP to WPA2 and the wifi started working. So for some strange reason it wasn't able to work with WEP secured Wifi. Thanks
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PLease, did you resolve this problem? I have the same!
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Hi eh6streetracer

Did you resolve the problem with rf Touch pad? I Have exactly the same problem1


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nice tutorial. i will try it soon i guess...

any idea on my problem:

http://androidforums.com/google-tv/413090-r-box-rockchip-2918-google-tv-4.html#post4080075
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Did you resolve the problem with rf Touch pad? I Have exactly the same problem1
This has to be some hardware dependent problem. I use a Logitech VX nano mouse and it works fine.
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Question for original post.
What model number is that TV box ?
Iam looking at what I believe is the same model.
The one Iam looking at is TVTB0032--at Alibaba.
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good firmware, just i need adobe flash player for this box,and if some one can backup his rom and share it with others of this box 4usb and send it to me or download link
this is link for original firmware blue box 4usb sent by the seller just available for 15days its for 4 usb

http://fs.163.com/fs/display/?p=X-NETEASE-HUGE-ATTACHMENT&file=yOmkpLS19foyWsmUXQCrySf5a_8Rl0GZcU 3HY27pYxzS7FZ-QRMmVIAFdwFBQUn7&title=android%202.3%20%20OS%20and %20player
Hi go and delete flash player and then go to market and load down the new one. Pls can u send me some pictures of the firmware from the blue box and do u now the date of it. Can your box play dts sound through the optical cable ?

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Thank you for all the work with rooting the box. It is a most excellent job.

Is it possible to change the /system directory from cramfs to ext3? Also it would be nice to have uinput module enabled so we can use the droidmote server application from google play.

For some reason I cannot get my box connected to windows 7 via USB for flashing with RkTools. I have tried all the combinations using USB male-male(A-A) , windows simply does not see my device.

Once again, thanks for all the great work.

Cheers,
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I tried using ext3 for /system, but the filesystem got corrupted immediately after mounting it read/write. My theory is that because the internal flash has 16kb erase size block and the file system has 1kb block size, the flash driver implements the writing by read-modify-write cycle. I guess this is error prone even without bugs in the driver. The kernel ext3 fs won't allow 16kb block size.

The tv box has a modified /init which automatically runs e2fsck for /data and /cache. It also runs mke2fs and creates a fresh filesystem if mount fails. I guess this is to overcome the unstability of the system.

Someone said that ext2 would be better for flash devices, because ext3 journaling will cause more writes to the device. Unfortunately this tv box supports only ext3. So I tried using fuse-ext2 and I even had some luck using 16kB block ext2 for /cache. /cache is not used for anything so it is good for trying things out. I tried using it for /data too but it a bit too unstable. The system boots but the Android animation starts over and over.

When using rktools, did you follow these instructions http://androidforums.com/google-tv/505559-flashing-android-tv-box-one-four-usb.html ?

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Thank you for all the work with rooting the box. It is a most excellent job.

Is it possible to change the /system directory from cramfs to ext3? Also it would be nice to have uinput module enabled so we can use the droidmote server application from google play.

For some reason I cannot get my box connected to windows 7 via USB for flashing with RkTools. I have tried all the combinations using USB male-male(A-A) , windows simply does not see my device.

Once again, thanks for all the great work.

Cheers,
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Hi folks,

I have the same RK2918 tv box 4 port USB.

I have these issues:

1- I connected the wireless mouse to the box and it worked for 10 minutes and then stopped and now doesn't show it at all , i tried 2 different wireless mice (both on original and the rooted one) but doesn't seem working at all!
Answer: problem was the type of mouse used)

2- In rooted version, Google Play can NOT connect to internet!
Answer: I got the solution for this. After updating the dat and time, you MUST put it back on Automatic. (otherwise at the next boot the date goes back and that confuses the Google Play and wont work)


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hallo everybody. i flashed my box with this firmware,and after this my remote don't respond . i don't now what to do.
maybe you have some ideas for this
some more question : can i flash the box with firmware for model with 2 or 3 usb
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Any have the original firmware ?

Toni
HI, do you have the original firmware... or any good media center?..

I trieed to donwload but not success.

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Question Rooting Tv_box with android 2.3.1

I have the android tv box Rk29_RBox V1 with 2 usb ports and 1 usb for device.how to root my device?I tried your procedure it did not work.Can somebody help me?
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Hello, I need the original firmware.
on that box with 4x USB

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Hi, I'm new in the forum, and I've already read everything on this post, but I have this problem. Different from all replies here, I have an built in board, probably the same board that have in side your TV box, the problem is that my board came without the SD card extra board. So I want to ask if anybody here tried this upgrade with the USB port.

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I can't test 3 USB devices, so only valid for 4 USB at this moment.
I tried your solution but it didnt work cause my device Rk2918 TV Box has 3 USB.If you find any solution to root my device for upgrading it to ICS please let me know.
my email id is androiddev561@gmail.com
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How can I do a hard reset for this device. I managed to brick mine
after flashing.
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this is so strange! i have tried 2 different mice and also my new IpaZ wireless keyboard+mouse and in each case, the mouse is connected but stock in the bottom of the screen. When i restart, the mouse is active for about a minute and i can use it but out of a sudden, jumps back in the bottom of the screen and only has horizontal movements so practically cant use it to do anything!

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this is so strange! i have tried 2 different mice and also my new IpaZ wireless keyboard+mouse and in each case, the mouse is connected but stock in the bottom of the screen. When i restart, the mouse is active for about a minute and i can use it but out of a sudden, jumps back in the bottom of the screen and only has horizontal movements so practically cant use it to do anything!

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Hi,
I have the same issue, works fine with wired mouse but my 2.4ghz Ipaz goes to the bottom of the screen after 1 minute of use.

I also tried with a BT iPaz but it was not detected.

Anyone have the solution to make 2.4ghz mouse working or for activate BT?

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Hi,
I have the same issue, works fine with wired mouse but my 2.4ghz Ipaz goes to the bottom of the screen after 1 minute of use.

I also tried with a BT iPaz but it was not detected.

Anyone have the solution to make 2.4ghz mouse working or for activate BT?

regards
Christophe.
I have this:

ebay.com/itm/2-4GHz-Mini-Wireless-QWERTY-Keyboard-Touchpad-USB-Adapter-HTPC-IPTV-PAD-PC-TV-/260953114143?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item3cc20 4861f

And works fine. Ipaz doesn't work, I ask to 3 eBay sellers and all answer th iPaz not work on this box.
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hgjhgjhk.jpgitem doesn't exist! what is the name? could be easier to search if i knew the name. Are you talking about this:
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Thanks pequenomestrex, I'll order this one, is it the one at $34?

@ez2kal: search with the item number : 260953114143
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Attachment 33114item doesn't exist! what is the name? could be easier to search if i knew the name. Are you talking about this:
Just put 'www.' before link.

The name is 'Rii Mini i8'
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