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Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:12:29 AM »
Egreat kept their customers in the dark for a long period (over a year) on the actual work/progress made on the promised upgrade from android 5 to Android 7.

A few days ago a new beta was released for A5 and A8 Pro (their testing platform)  with Android 7 plus a new Poster Wall 3 on it.
http://en.egreatworld.com/comunity/index.php?threads/android-7-beta-a5bd_en_n_firmware_20190801_v2-5-0-2beta-rar.19318/
The quality of specifically Android 7 is good but yes still has some serious flaws. So after all they did progress work on it as claimed but was difficult to believe by us poor customers.
I hope it will now be released quick for all platforms once the remaining flaws have been fixed.

Also upgraded my A10 using a slightly modified FW for A5. The only additional problem doing so causes specifically is that Wireless still won't work with it as it uses a different HW module for that.

My current verdict: FW 2.5.0.2 is for sure better than FW 2.0.1.2 on Android 7.0 but definitely not better yet than good old FW 1.3.1.6 based on Android 5.1.1 is. Upgrade only for testing or if you really want/need Android 7 (the FW itself seems stable enough).
« Last Edit: August 12, 2019, 09:18:40 AM by Nice Monkey »

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 09:07:06 AM »
There are unfortunately  again DTS HD sound dropouts in Android 7 FW for Egreat A5 ( 2.0.1 + 2.5.0.2).
All other audio formats i use are working properly.
Important: You do not notice this in a short test run, these dropouts occur approximately just every 15 - 30 minutes.
I have a USB 3.0 hard drive directly connected to the 3.0 port of the Egreat A5, these are ideal conditions; and in Android 5 I never ever had this problem.
Maybe the Egreat team did not realize that because you have to watch a whole movie and not just short test sequences to experience those little sound dropouts with DTS-HD.
This is a shame because the DTS-HD sound format is very common and contains more than 50% of my files.

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 09:17:40 AM »
Have maybe someone the Egreat Email address from technical support / software developers?

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 12:19:24 PM »
I have tried they never answer it is the same with facebook etc so there is no point trying contacting them

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 01:03:52 PM »
There are unfortunately  again DTS HD sound dropouts in Android 7 FW for Egreat A5 ( 2.0.1 + 2.5.0.2).
All other audio formats i use are working properly.
Important: You do not notice this in a short test run, these dropouts occur approximately just every 15 - 30 minutes.
I have a USB 3.0 hard drive directly connected to the 3.0 port of the Egreat A5, these are ideal conditions; and in Android 5 I never ever had this problem.
Maybe the Egreat team did not realize that because you have to watch a whole movie and not just short test sequences to experience those little sound dropouts with DTS-HD.
This is a shame because the DTS-HD sound format is very common and contains more than 50% of my files.

Cheers Ben
Using SATA attachment for my playback and after listening to one of my favourite Concert BD's can confirm the problem. These are actually very short but annoying. Will add this problem to the list. Also do confirm this was not a problem with Android 5.1.1
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 01:59:22 PM by Nice Monkey »

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2019, 02:40:15 PM »
Thank you for adding in list.
I hope Egreat can fix the DTS-HD dropout issue in the future.
The problem is maybe Egreat-Team did not watch a whole movie,  just short test sequences.

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2020, 11:27:11 AM »
Here you can find the most recent stable Chinese FW 3.0.65 for all Egreat models.
http://egreatworld.com/egreat-download-for-media-player-v2.html
This FW uses Android 7 and is fully functional including a DTS fix and SACD ISO playback.

Warning: There is only English support (with occasional hardcoded Chinese pieces) and it boots up in Chinese. The first setup item (top) is language so easy to get really started.

Tried it myself with my A10. Works fine including Wireless. Does not like my AK87 BT remote though.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2020, 10:26:37 AM by Nice Monkey »

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2020, 12:59:33 AM »
Dear Nice Monkey,

I am trying to install new Chinese Android 7 firmware many times and ways into existing English firmware 1.5.1.0, but failed. Kindly advise how to change from English firmware to Chinese firmware on A10.

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2020, 10:17:44 AM »
It is easier to use the CFW version as it is modified to use English.
The creator and myself can help you then with any problems on the Egreat forum.
http://en.egreatworld.com/comunity/index.php?threads/cfw-egreat-a5-a10-a11-base-on-egreat-v3-0-6-5-update-zip-2020-04-10.19380/
Came myself from the beta Android 7 FW 2.0.1.2 which was difficult also to initially upgrade Android.
Warning: Never managed to go back again myself but regard this FW better than the last android 5 FW.

The problem is changing from Android 5 to Android 7 needs a change of bootloader/flash partitioning. Once there it is again easy to change FW versions being all Android 7 showing a Ring during updating instead of the Droid Robot shown by Android 5.
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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2020, 12:38:32 AM »
Dear Nice Monkey,

Due to upgrade installation CN3.0.6.5 Android 7 failed, I changed existing EN 1.5.1.0 to CN 1.3.1.6-->OK. Then install again CN 3.0.6.5 (download via Chrome) --> also failed.

Today I install your EN3.0.6.5 -- also failed. Reinstalled EN 1.5.1.0 from CN1.3.1.6-->OK, then install EN3.0.6.5-->Failed.

then tried CN3.0.6.5 (download via Microsoft Edge) again --> also failed.

Kindly advise.
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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2020, 10:06:28 AM »
You need to provide all details: What stick used, which files on it, which USB port, pressing pin during power-on, what you see on the front display, what you see on the TV etc etc. Upgrading works only using the emergency flash procedure (pressing the reset pin during power-on) obviously.
We know changing between Android 5 FW's is easy the same between Android 7 FW versions but changing the generation is very difficult. You need to see the ring during the actual FW reading and may need to swap USB ports between re-tries to get that working. Had lots of tries to get to Android7 myself and never was able to go back, but lucky no need for that anymore.

I would only use the CFW EN version kindly provided by E_CS for this. Running with that one myself. Status and detected flaws reported on the Egreat forum in detail.
DTS Master HD sounds just fine when listening to my BD Pure Audio albums with this FW.
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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2020, 02:10:30 PM »
Dear Nice Monkey,

I used USB 2 for upgrading and USB 3 is used for mouse only.

Every upgrading is following instructions as per recommended. Pressed RST while turn ON the power supply. It reads half way and failed.

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2020, 02:16:31 PM »
Dear Nice Monkey,

Recently I had used USB 2 as my A10 audio output. I pulled out the USB cable and inserted Pen drive 16G with FAT 32 format when upgrading.

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2020, 11:05:13 AM »
Got my A11 upgraded Android 5 => Android 7 too.

What I saw to get it done following the emergency procedure with the PIN pressed at power-on!
- When the flash disc led starts immediately constant flickering fast then the box is actually copying update.zip only. The red standby led will be flickering fast too and you will typically also see the Droid Robot on the TV screen. This process will always crash at roughly 30% with a red triangle on the droid with ERROR written below. No need to repeat this as it will never work that way.
- The formula that works: Use the USB2 port for upgrading only (yes there is a difference). Use a stick (not all will work) that results in flashing without the front standby led starting to flicker fast immediately while the PIN is kept pressed. Using such drive you need to loose the PIN being pressed fairly quick. The flash drive will after a few seconds start to a constant quick flickering showing that update.zip is being copied (this may take many minutes). The front standby led will remain steady on all the time with nothing shown on the TV screen which is a kind of scary. Just let it go as it will reboot to Android 7 automatically.

In fact this behaves according the very brief Egreat instructions.
KODI v18.8 with XBMC wrapper is reported to work with it too.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2020, 10:29:25 AM by Nice Monkey »

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Re: Upgrade A5, A8 Pro, A10, A11, A13 to Android 7
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2020, 12:55:49 PM »
Dear Nice Monkey,

I had triad not less than 30 times following the special method. And all A10 files from EC also failed. No luck for me.

TQSM & Regards.

 

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