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(2014-04-06, 18:11)thess Wrote:
(2014-04-06, 14:22)ktrdsl23 Wrote: I'd like to update the first post with a link to some instructions to help people get their remote controls in order. I'll put a link to the wiki for remapping the included remote but I've also heard people are using the Flirc or are using CEC to gain functionality. Does anybody have a link to instructions on how to do either of these or if not could somebody write up some simple instructions that noobs could follow that I could link to?

Thanks.

Unfortunately CEC will vary from TV to TV. The basic idea is:

1) Verify your TV model actually has CEC (for Samsungs it may be called Anynet)

2) Find out where you activate CEC in your TV (for my Samsung it's under Tools)

3) Is your device listed? My PS4 and now the Fire show up in that menu. I select the Fire and I get some sub-menu to select things like "Amazon Fire Tools". It doesn't really matter which one I select for my TV, either way my TV's remote is now sending controls to the Fire. (Or more precisely: my TV is now controlling the Fire via the HDMI connection.)

If your device is not listed, you may want to try a different HDMI cable. Google for more info.

4) Press every single button on your TV's remote and write down if they do anything on the target device. Expect some of them to make no sense whatsoever. (On my Samsung, the hyphen/dash button = Return on the Fire. This is why you have to try every single button, even if some obvious ones like Play work as expected.)

5) If you're a universal remote user, you can now spoof your TV's remote signals onto your universal remote. Between this and the xbmc keymap addon, things are tolerably functional, if limited. I had to add some steps in my Fire activity to navigate my TV's Tools menu and engage the CEC. (Silly looking but works).

As Koying said, it would be great if Amazon and Logitech worked something out for us Harmony users, but I think even then the flirc sounds like a superior option.

I can confirm that the flirc works well on the firetv .. I am using the harmony one with a vizio costar profile. .. I'm going to test out a few more profiles but this one is very usable so far for both xbmc and the amazon side of it. .. The only issue I have is that the back button takes you to xbmc home screen, so you have to navigate through your collection using arrow keys and the ".." to go up in the directory structure. I believe this is an issue with costar profile though. ..
Someone want to give a BR ISO a try... small iso can be downloaded here:
http://download.blender.org/durian/movie...Bluray.iso
(2014-04-06, 20:07)Koying Wrote: Please send the "old" log if it's crashing. By default, the current one is sent, which doesn't show anything...

Koying, same result here running your latest build (xbmc-20140406-029f083-fixamcoutput-armeabi-v7a.apk). I start the example mkv, hear a bit of audio then back to the FireTV app launcher.

http://xbmclogs.com/show.php?id=167826

I'm going to test with different HW decode settings now.

Alright, tested with just MediaCodec enabled and had the same crash. Did another test with just libstagefright enabled and video playback started but was very slow/choppy.

Also worth noting that Audio passthrough doesn't seem to be working as it is in the Ouya 12.3.2 build.
(2014-04-06, 05:41)jocala Wrote:
(2014-04-05, 20:55)~Craig~ Wrote: So I have seen a few mentions regarding the USB port,
It is "live" for a keyboard, mouse etc but not USB thumb drives / hard drives at the moment correct? However Amazon are planning an update for this?

Could somebody do me a favor and try plugging in a standard 2.5" hard drive,
I know it cant be used but does the Fire provide enough power for it to be usable? i.e any light indicators flashing on the HDD?

Thanks

My drive seems to power up OK.

Thanks for taking the time to try, That's good to hear that it is at least powerful enough,
Hopefully at some point we will be able to use our local USB hard drives then Big Grin
Last attempt for today: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/test-builds/andr...bi-v7a.apk
(2014-04-06, 21:25)Koying Wrote: Last attempt for today: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/test-builds/andr...bi-v7a.apk

Thank you for all your hard work
I went ahead and followed this: http://www.alashiban.com/running-xbmc-am...-tutorial/

Installed SPMC and it loaded perfectly. Audio and controls work perfectly, SMB locations setup properly with authentication, etc. For videos (mostly MKVs), the audio and subtitles work properly but video shutters very bad. Tried wired (gb) and wireless (n). It's progress, but I've it a wall at this point.

Edit: this is the SPMC build (12.4.1) I went with that loaded up properly: http://filez.semperpax.com/wuhl4
(2014-04-06, 16:59)DiegoMejia Wrote: to add on what dismantler already posted, The only box that performs better then the amazon fire tv is the madcatz Mojo. Not enough to justify paying twice the price, then again the madcatz comes with a game controller ($40 for an amazon fire tv controller) so the different is really $60. My movie collection is 800+ and the mad catz displays it in 2 secs while the amazon fire tv takes 4-5secs (same as ouya). Also is anyone worried that amazon might eventually block and/or change certain codecs/settings that might hinder xbmc? for example currently only older builds of frodo are working. what if after the next update the ouya version and spmc stop working making this into a cat and mouse game.

Ouya and Madcatz dont sell their own video content so i never feared they would attempt to block access to xbmc. Amazon and Google on the other hand do have their own video stores, but out of the two i see google being less restrictive.

I'm worried that they might eventually restrict the device, however they have made a pledge more or less to ensure android 4.4 compatibility. That may be worth more to them in the way of popular apps than the small number of people who are into XBMC.
(2014-04-06, 21:26)Vantucken Wrote: I went ahead and followed this: http://www.alashiban.com/running-xbmc-am...-tutorial/

Installed SPMC and it loaded perfectly. Audio and controls work perfectly, SMB locations setup properly with authentication, etc. For videos (mostly MKVs), the audio and subtitles work properly but video shutters very bad. Tried wired (gb) and wireless (n). It's progress, but I've it a wall at this point.

Edit: this is the SPMC build (12.4.1) I went with that loaded up properly: http://filez.semperpax.com/wuhl4

you are running the incorrect version of spmc. 12.3.3 is the one you want or xbmc for ouya 12.3.2

file can be found here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthre...?t=2703716
Ahh - thanks! Will try that now.
(2014-04-06, 21:25)Koying Wrote: Last attempt for today: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/test-builds/andr...bi-v7a.apk

http://xbmclogs.com/show.php?id=167845

Unfortunately, latest build behaves like the previous. Still exiting out of XBMC on playback.

Thank you for all your hard work so far!
(2014-04-06, 21:25)Koying Wrote: Last attempt for today: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/test-builds/andr...bi-v7a.apk
Same issue as previous builds, no video, audio plays for a few seconds then crash. This is with MediaCodec enabled. http://xbmclogs.com/show.php?id=167849
http://xbmclogs.com/show.php?id=167850

Same here problem here. Thanks for your time.
Ok thanks. Was worth the try Wink
(2014-04-06, 20:56)dogatemyrouter Wrote: dont know what to tell you but this IR receiver works fine for me on my Fire TV: http://www.amazon.com/Ortek-Windows-Infr...B00224ZDFY

That is because that is not a true MCE remote as far as I know. It emulates a keyboard and mouse so android sees it as that. I used one like that for a bit with an old android box I once used. They work great but you need a learning capable remote if you want to use a universal remote with it.
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