I am prepareing my Vim3-pro to be used as an entertainment core system.
I would like a little input on differences and performance.
I am familiar with Kodi as I use it on my Nvidia Shield TV quite a bit.
I just tested the Superceleron ATV build and played a file on it but ran into the issue that the netflix app was the phone version and quite clumbsey to use. I expect this will be the result in most of the android builds.
Thus I am looking at Core/LibreElec builds now, but not fully ready to toss Android if advise can guide me to a working system
I want to be able to use:
Play from my NAS across wifi my collection of video files.
Use a bluetooth speaker system (sound bar) for all audio.
Boot and run from the built in Emmc memory of the VIM3-pro - I do NOT want to use an SD-Card at all.
Currently only COreElec and ATV can do stuff that you need while CoreElec with input adaptive plugin can give you DRM content in 1080P while ATV might only be able to do it in 720p
Load CoreElec from sd card and flash it to emmc and done.
LibreElec will work but you might have to flash the Mainline version to emmc manually plus there might be some bug with seek (forward/backward), While there is box image which you can run over sd card for a quick test.
In my opinion CoreElec will fulfill all the requirements you have mentioned above.
you probably mean the ATV-module from romodels / mododels, then yes. But if we talk about a normal ATV, then there are all DRM keys, and you can watch up to full 4K. All TVs on ATV or Nvidia shield TV have this support, there are still some TV boxes.
I should have added I am not worried about 4k or any of that, 720p is likley fine, 1080p I kinda expect tho.
its going to be used as an out door theater on a projector to a pull down screen on my deck.
did you follow this instructions on Coreelec Website? First ensure u have android on emmc so the uboot is legacy. Best way to ensure this is to use USB Burn Tool and flash khadas official android image to your vim3. You can get that image here: https://dl.khadas.com/Firmware/VIM3/Android/?C=M;O=D
Then download the coreelec image and flash it to sd card… All the steps are on coreelec website:
Prepare an SD card *(class 10)* / USB flash drive as follows;
***NOTE**: On some devices, only 1 USB port is able to boot the device, you may have to try them all to see which one works for you, some boxes are also unable to boot from a USB drive.*
1. Download the latest ***.img.gz*** file from [here ](https://github.com/CoreELEC/CoreELEC/releases/latest).
2. Use [Rufus ](https://rufus.ie/), [usbimager ](https://gitlab.com/bztsrc/usbimager/) (or your preferred image writing software) to burn the downloaded image file to your SD card / USB flash drive.
3. If successful, the SD card / USB flash drive capacity will be shown as 512MB, this is OK as there is a second (hidden) partition for CoreELEC user data.
4. Browse to the ***Device Trees*** folder, now present on the SD card or USB flash drive, and copy the correct [***.dtb*** ](https://discourse.coreelec.org/t/which-dtb-do-i-use/389) image file for your device to the root folder of the SD card / USB flash drive, and rename it to ***dtb.img***.
*To boot the system **for the first time** you have to use one from the following methods, sometimes only one of these methods will work!*
* ***Khadas VIM***: insert the CoreELEC prepared SD card and boot into Upgrade Mode, CoreELEC will start automatically: [ Howto Boot Into Upgrade Mode - Khadas ](http://forum.khadas.com/t/boot-images-from-external-medias-like-sd-card-and-u-disk/1948)
Glad it worked for you. I have come to the conclusion that krescue is the ultimate tool for changing operating systems on vim3.
Same thing happened to me when i tried to flash manjaro using the sdcard, it failed spectacularly at the stage when i shifted it to emmc but when i did the same through krescue, it worked like a charm.
Keep 2 things handy,
Usb burn tool plus latest android image
Krescue bootable sdcard with some operating systems downloaded in its dump.
If you have above 2, you can pretty much recover your vim anytime and stay comfortable.