Beginner’s Guide to Installing XBMC-Linux on the Pivos XIOS DS

As we continue to provide you with all the information you need to get going with XBMC for Android, we figure we’d write a new guide on flashing the Pivos XIOS DS with their exclusive XBMC-Linux build, which is available in the meantime until XBMC for Android is at the point of stable release with hardware acceleration. Most people using the Pivos XIOS DS have opted to use this XBMC-Linux version because it is considered to be a more stable “Beta” version, while XBMC for the Android operating system is still in the “Alpha” stage. This XBMC-Linux doesn’t work on any device other than the Pivos XIOS DS, so don’t bother trying.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INSTALLING XBMC-LINUX ON THE PIVOS XIOS DS

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Requirements

  • Pivos XIOS DS Android TV Box
  • 2 GB USB Memory Key for M1 Model
  • MicroSD Card for M3 Model

PART 1 – FLASH DEVICE

Step 1: Download (M1 Version / M3 Version) and Unzip the Latest Firmware for the Pivos XIOS DS.

Check the serial number of your device to determine whether it’s an M1 or M3:
M1 –> S/N: 0002 G X XX XX XXXX
M3 –> S/N: 0002 G M3 X XX XX XXXX

Step 2: Plug a USB Memory Key into your computer if you’re on the M1 Model, or a MicroSD Card with Adapter if you’re using the new M3 Model.

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Step 3: Format the USB Memory Key to the FAT file system. New USB Memory Keys could probably skip this step.

NOTE: Instructions for formatting a USB Memory Key can be found at the following links:
Mac Users / Windows Users

Step 4: Copy the “update.img” file from Step 1 onto the USB Memory Key.

Step 5: Eject the USB Memory Key from your computer.

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Step 6: Connect the USB Memory Key to the Pivos XIOS DS device.

Step 7: Use a Paper Clip to press down on the Reset button at the bottom of the device at the same time that you plug the electrical power source into it. Let go of the Paper Clip once you see the green Android mascot or recovery menu popup on the screen.

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Step 7: Once the device reboots into XBMC, you’ll want to unplug the electrical power source as well as unplug the USB Memory Key from the device.

Step 8: Using the Paper Clip once again, hold down on the Reset button on the bottom of the device at the same time as you connect the electrical power source. Let go of the Paper Clip once you see the green Android mascot or recovery menu popup on the screen.

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Step 9: Choose “3.wipe data/factory reset” from the on screen options.

Step 10: Once completed, you can choose the “1.reboot system now” option at the top of the menu. XBMC will now launch automatically upon reboot.

PART 2 – CONFIGURE DEVICE

Step 11: Navigate to the “SYSTEM” menu on the far right and choose the “Settings” tab.

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Step 12: Click on the “Appearance” menu on the left side of the window.

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Step 13: Should the interface not seem to fit properly on your television, under the “Skin” tab on the left side, go down and set “Zoom” to the “-4%” setting.

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Step 14: Go to the “International” tab on the left side of the window, and under the “Timezone country” setting, go up until you’ve reached “Canada” of course.

Step 15: Directly under that setting, you’ll find the “Timezone” field, go up until you’ve reached the “America/Montreal” option. Press the “BACK” button on the remote control once to go back one menu level.

Step 16: Optionally, go to the “Services” tab on the left menu bar, then go down to the “AirPlay” tab, and toggle on the “Allow XBMC to receive AirPlay content” feature. Press the “BACK” button on the remote control once to go back one menu level.

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Step 17: Open the “System” menu from the left side bar, and then scroll down to the “Internet access” tab.

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Step 18: On the right side of the window, click on where it says “no connection” next to the “Network Connection” field.

Step 19: Select your wireless or wireless internet connection from the list, enter your network security key when prompted, then press the “Done” button.

Step 20: Wait a few seconds while your internet connection authenticates, it will return to the previous screen, this time with your internet connection listed next to the “Network Connection” field once successfully connected. Press the “BACK” button on the remote control twice to go back to the main menu.

Step 22: Still under the “SYSTEM” main menu, you’ll now want to open the “File manager” tab.

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Step 23: On the left side of the window, click on the “Add source” option.

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Step 24: Click on where it says “<None>” under the “Enter the paths or browse for the media locations” heading.

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Step 25: You’ll now want to type in the following path and then press the “Done” button once complete: http://fusion.xbmchub.com/

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NOTE: If you’re having trouble finding the colon (:) or forward slash (/) on the on screen keyboard, click on the “Symbols” button to reveal them.

Step 26: Click on the empty text box under the “Enter a name for this media Source” heading.

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Step 27: Type “fusion” without quotations using the on screen keyboard, then press the “Done” button.

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Step 28: Finally, press the “OK” button at the bottom of the window.

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Step 29: Verify that “fusion” is displayed on the left side of the File Manager and then press the “BACK” button on your remote control once to return to the main menu.

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Step 30: Power off the device by clicking the power button on the top of your remote control, wait 15 seconds, then power it back on.

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PART 3 – INSTALL ADDONS

Step 31: Again, under the “SYSTEM” menu on the far left side of the screen, open the “Settings” menu tab.

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Step 32: Choose the “Add-ons” menu option from the left side menu. Click on the “Ok” button to close the on screen help prompt.

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Step 33: Click on the “Install from zip file” option, then click the “fusion” folder, scroll down to the “video” folder, followed by the “repositories” folder.

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Step 34: Select the “1channel-repository.bstrdsmkr-0.0.3.zip” and then repeat Step 32 but choose the following repositories moving forward: “icefilms-repository.googlecode.anarchintosh-projects.1.0.1.zip” “projectfreetv-repository.eldorado-1.0.2.zip” “repository.xbmchub-1.0.0.zip” “tvlinks_tubeplus-repository.anilkuj-xbmc-addons.zip” and lastly “repository.xbmc-adult.zip” is optional.

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Step 35: Click on the “Install from zip file” option again, then click the “fusion” folder, scroll down to the “sports” folder and click on the “repository.MaxMustermann.xbmc-1.0.1.zip” file.

Step 36: Click on the “Install from zip file” option once more, then click the “fusion” folder, scroll down to the “programs” folder and click on the “Navi-X_v37_6.zip” file.

Step 37: Press the “BACK” button on your remote control twice to return to the main menu.

Step 38: Scroll to the “VIDEOS” main menu heading, then click on the “Add-ons” tab under it.

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Step 39: Choose the “Get Moreā€¦” option.

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Step 40: Select the “1Channel Plugin” then press the “Install” button on the prompt. Wait a few seconds before continuing, then do the same for “Icefilms” “Project Free TV” “TV Links” and “TubePlus” as well as for “VideoDevil” and “Fantasti.cc” if you’d like adult content.

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Step 41: Press the “BACK” button on the remote control to return back to the Video Add-ons menu, then wait five minutes before commencing usage.

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NOTE: Should the add-ons not install properly upon first attempt, just turn the device off and back on and retry from Step 40 onwards.

Congratulations! You’re now rocking the hottest configuration for the Pivos XIOS DS in town, and pretty much the only way to use it effectively for now. You should now check out our friends at XBMC HUB for more information on the many uses of XBMC and plenty of different addons to meet your needs. Be sure to check out our Forums for help and assistance.

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