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non-Official Firmware Update

Discussion in 'Play On Handheld' started by ChrisM, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    Your current configuration (settings, applications themselves) will be removed when you complete the process, so make sure you've backed up or have alternative sources for anything you want to keep. The games that were originally preinstalled will not be there, so make sure Bitgames Center or HappyChick have the downloads you need first.

    DroidBOX Applications added

    Should be, any issues post back here and we'll sort it out.

    Not in any way essential, but if you want to experiment, know what you're doing, and would like some extra DroidBOX applications pre-installed...

    This is NOT (yet) an official release. Flash at your risk.
    We've not had any problems so far, but if possibly bricking your device would make you sad, stop now.

    Firmware file
    You will need to download the "update.img" file via https://1drv.ms/u/s!AlRdlhGu3fjihndTNeHiabx6iE19

    There are two main methods to update the firmware on your device, either using a microSD card, or a Windows PC and USB cable...

    MicroSD Card method

    Download the firmware.

    Copy the UPDATE.IMG file to a freshly formatted microSD Card

    Safely eject the Micro-SD Card and insert it into your PlayOn

    Switch on your PlayOn as usual and wait for the home screen to appear

    After a few seconds, an update prompt should appear

    Follow the onscreen instructions to update the firmware

    When the PlayOn has booted to the menu. Perform a Factory Reset

    PC install method

    Make sure you have downloaded the firmware file linked to above

    Download both files linked to below, if using Chrome, click the KEEP option after the downloads complete, they are both safe files

    Driver Assistant - https://droidboxcloud.co.uk/index.php/s/WDxgcXoD2mF98xl

    RKBatchTool - https://droidboxcloud.co.uk/index.php/s/YZ4bZmhmGBr1C0f

    Extract (unzip) both ZIP files

    From the DriverAssitant_v4.2 folder, open DriverInstall.exe


    Press the Install Driver button and wait for the drivers to be installed. Once completed press any confirmation buttons to complete the process and exit the program.

    From the BatchTool English folder, open RKBatchTool.exe (the screenshot is a generic one)


    Click on the button with 3 dots to the right of FW Path and locate the file update.img that was downloaded

    Fully switch off your DroidBOX PlayON by holding the Power button down for over ten seconds

    Plug the USB cable into your PC USB port

    Hold the V+ (Volume +) button and continue holding it down while inserting the USB cable into the DroidBOX PlayOn

    The PlayOn will now power up but the screen will remain blank. Some drivers will now install on your PC

    Please wait until the ‘1’ square on Connected Devices is a green colour

    Press the Restore button to begin the firmware update. This will take a few minutes to upload the firmware to the PlayOn, install it and then check it installed correctly

    Once the process is completed, the PlayOn will reboot into Recovery Mode and perform a reset and then boot

    The first boot time will be longer than usual as the operating system is updating. Please wait until you see the PlayOn menu screen

    The firmware upgrade is now complete
  2. David Savage

    David Savage Moderator

    As this is a non-offical firmware will this effect the warranty of our playon devices, and will there be an offical firmware in the future. Many thanks Dave S
  3. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry for the delay with responding.
    As it is a non-official firmware right now, I don't think it would be covered if something went wrong.
    That said, if anything goes wrong flashing it back to a previous firmware should resuscitate the device (don't have one of my own to try on, but have been checking with guys in the office) back to normal again.
  4. denchmanz

    denchmanz New Member

    hi i have my GPD now and wondered if there is any updates for it cheers :)
  5. David Savage

    David Savage Moderator

    Don't think there's been a update for this, there was the unofficial one which was available until end of April.
    So if you box was bought after this it will be up to date...don't know if this is going to be updated to lolipop yet, or if at all.
  6. Dave C

    Dave C Administrator Staff Member

    We will have some more news on a official firmware update in hopefully the near future. I will update here and the blog with more information when we have it.
  7. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    If you are using Windows 10 on the PC you use to flash your DroidBOX device, you will need to use RKBatchTool v1.8.
    My thanks to RobertH for the heads up on this.

    This link seems to be the least filled with spammy adverts hoping you'll click the wrong download button.

    You will need 7-zip (free), WinZip or WinRAR to open the RAR file you download.

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