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Offline Colo's Short and Curlies

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Android Boxes
« on: Saturday 26 March 2016, 08:25:24 pm »
Looking at getting an android box, and have heard that you can get boxes with kodi etc pre loaded to them, and that will automatically update as things change.

Any recommendations for what to look for or recommended boxes? I'm not useless on computers but would rather have the most plug and play option that is available
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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 26 March 2016, 08:38:12 pm »
Android boxes: perfectly legal.
Kodi: perfectly legal.
Most of the add-ons you're interested in: illegal.

Therefore without going into details (as that would be very silly), just buy an Amazon Fire Stick and stick your own add-ons on it. Don't bother with anything pre-loaded. Waste of time and effort.

Offline neesy111

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 26 March 2016, 08:45:54 pm »
Also google is your friend for finding add-ons.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 26 March 2016, 08:47:20 pm »
Thanks Dave,

Didn't realise the add-ons were illegal to have on the box or wouldn't have asked here.

No more info needed or asked for!
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Offline Ketsbaia

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 12:29:15 pm »
Kodi on my PC keeps closing itself down with a 'Kodi has stopped working' message - will uninstalling and re-installing it fix the problem?

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 21 June 2016, 03:45:58 pm »
You can never go wrong with a fresh install.

Offline Beren

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 27 July 2016, 08:12:12 pm »
Kodi issue - Audio keeps falling in and out of sync with the video files? Across different addons. Anyone experienced this/found a fix?

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 28 July 2016, 08:17:42 pm »
Kodi issue - Audio keeps falling in and out of sync with the video files? Across different addons. Anyone experienced this/found a fix?

Try clearing your cache and purge packages in maintenance addon in programmes.
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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 30 July 2016, 06:22:52 pm »
What is purge packaging? I'm having the same issue.
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« Reply #9 on: Saturday 30 July 2016, 07:31:44 pm »
What is purge packaging? I'm having the same issue.

If you have auto updates on, purge packages eradicates the remnants of the old addons , I believe.
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Offline Beren

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #10 on: Friday 5 August 2016, 07:01:27 am »
Cleared the cache but no dice. Will look at the purge pacakaging stuff. I also tried the advice on this link:



But again not working. Buffering and audio lag issues continue to occur. Tends to happen a lot when we pause a video.

Offline Beren

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 16 August 2016, 10:54:03 pm »
Never figured it out, but a factory reset of the Android Box and clean install of Kodi and all the apps I use did the trick :dontknow: Much faster at setting it all up now too.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 27 September 2016, 03:25:35 pm »
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37474595

Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 01:27:18 pm »
Pre-loaded android boxes should be generally avoided for 2 reasons:

1) Their cost involves an exorbitant mark-up, meaning you are paying someone for something that is easy and free to learn how to do

2) Although automatic updates may work for a while, eventually you will be left with a box that is pretty much useless

Instead, buy yourself a good-spec android box (eg from Amazon), preferably with android 5.0 or higher, and at least quadcore CPU. Going rate for these is between £25 and £35. Then, as others have said above, install kodi, then use google to find kodi set-up wizards.
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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #14 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 12:24:41 pm »
Lost my remote so bought a new one. Won't work. Just tried my step-dad's to make sure it wasn't just the remote and that doesn't work either (identical box to the one I had). Do you have to program them in?
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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #15 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 01:43:18 pm »
Lost my remote so bought a new one. Won't work. Just tried my step-dad's to make sure it wasn't just the remote and that doesn't work either (identical box to the one I had). Do you have to program them in?

Probably.  You can probably use some app to control it via your phone.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #16 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 05:50:14 pm »
Most of the remotes have a usb adapter don't they?
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Offline Dave

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #17 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 06:04:12 pm »
I lost mine the other day funnily enough. [emoji23]

Two options, one is using your phone if it has IR like mine. I used an app called Sure, worked fine. Alternatively if your box has a hardware power button just turn it on and go to its IP address on a computer on the same network. This assumes you're already in Kodi mind, and you know the IP.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #18 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 06:05:43 pm »
My replacement works fine btw, just got it from eBay. Four quid.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #19 on: Friday 10 March 2017, 06:07:59 pm »
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37474595

Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test

The bloke lost this case the other day incidentally. Ordered to pay £250,000.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #20 on: Saturday 11 March 2017, 08:08:59 am »
Most of the remotes have a usb adapter don't they?

Mine didn't. Just used it as normal.
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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #21 on: Saturday 11 March 2017, 08:09:51 am »
I lost mine the other day funnily enough. [emoji23]

Two options, one is using your phone if it has IR like mine. I used an app called Sure, worked fine. Alternatively if your box has a hardware power button just turn it on and go to its IP address on a computer on the same network. This assumes you're already in Kodi mind, and you know the IP.


Thanks, I'll have a look. Though can't get into Kodi at all. Think I can use a mouse?
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Offline Dave

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #22 on: Saturday 11 March 2017, 09:58:06 am »
Yeah a USB mouse should work natively in Android.

Offline neesy111

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #23 on: Saturday 11 March 2017, 10:04:38 am »
I lost mine the other day funnily enough. [emoji23]

Two options, one is using your phone if it has IR like mine. I used an app called Sure, worked fine. Alternatively if your box has a hardware power button just turn it on and go to its IP address on a computer on the same network. This assumes you're already in Kodi mind, and you know the IP.


Thanks, I'll have a look. Though can't get into Kodi at all. Think I can use a mouse?

Almost any input device will work.

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Re: Android Boxes
« Reply #24 on: Saturday 18 March 2017, 10:49:12 am »
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