[CFW] Egreat A5/A8/A10/A11/A13 | A5II/A15 - base on Egreat v3.0.6.9 (update.zip 2020-29-11)

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  1. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    [CFW] Egreat A5/A8/A10/A11/A13 | A5II/A15 - base on Egreat v3.0.6.9
    Following Egreat Team release CN v3.0.6.9

    Official OTA Change log:
    01. To optimize and update the app playback function of “Egreat Controller” on the mobile phone, both the machine firmware and the mobile app need to be upgraded to experience the new functions.
    02. Optimize the file application size and reduce the system storage occupation.
    03. Optimize the WiFi connection of some models.
    04. Update the built-in music app version and other app versions.

    Change log for *_pd(Google Translate):
    Update content:
    1. Optimize and update the mobile phone "Egreat Controller" APP playback function, which requires both machine firmware and mobile phone APP upgrades Experience the new features.
    2. The "5.1 Cinema" APP is replaced with the "Sound Cinema" APP for subsequent use, and the membership date purchased from the original "5.1 Cinema" will automatically and seamlessly be transferred to the "Sound Cinema".
    3. Optimize file application size and reduce system storage usage.
    4. Optimize the wifi connection problem of some models.
    5. Update the version of the built-in music APP and other APP versions.
    The above versions will clear the machine information and installed applications. Please save your personal data first.

    CFW Change log vs
    - follow Egreat CN f/w
    -- add French translation for Egreat Launcher, Egreat Music, Egreat MyAPP
    -- update French translation(v3) for Egreat Player 6.7, Egreat FileManager, Egreat Settings
    -- force reinstall Egreat preinstall application on NoWIPE builds
    -- add preinstall Netflix 6.26.1 build 15 31696 / support SD play only
    (update from apkmirror last version if need it)
    -- remove restriction to uninstall Egreat FileManager, Music 3.x, Poster 3.x
    -- add French translation for Egreat Settings
    -- update French translation for Egreat Player 6.7, Egreat FileManager
    -- build NoWIPE version *_v3.0.6.9.rar
    -- build WIPE version *_v3.0.6.9_pd.rar

    Know problems:
    -- First boot can take up to 15 minutes please wait for user apps install...
    -- Bluray region not working
    Egreat A10/A11/A13
    -- Fan setting not apply after reboot/power off&on
    -- LED brightness Level not apply after power off&on
    (Install Egreat Desktop 3.8.4 to get more and less working)
    -- AK86 working only after immediately pairing long press on Eject button
    (reboot/power off&on will break connection, long press on Eject button maybe reconnect, other BT remote working well).
    Egreat A8
    -- Egreat A8 popup for Navigation play please set "Play mode selection" to "Main movie only"

    -- f/w use Poster 3.x don't give try if you are not familiar with restore method
    -- Egreat Player 6.7 not support on XBMC Wrapper with optimized Egreat option
    -- Egreat Player 6.7 not sound for Atoms track in UHD disc know as problematic, Egreat 3.8.4 interface will play just fine.
    -- "TrueHD compatibility mode" need be OFF on Egreat Player 6.7 and ON on Egreat 3.8.4/Android 5.1.1
    -- system partition change to 1600MB restore to older version can be done with restore method.

    On request:
    How to add Egreat Desktop 3.8.4(Launcher+Poster 2.0+FileManer+Settings) on model with f/w v3.0.6.x
    -- extract update.zip from CFW_Egreat-3.8.4_for_firmware_v3.0.6.x.rar and install from menu
    -- mixt setup Egreat Desktop 3.8.4 and f/w v3.0.6.x are not support be Egreat Team
    -- keep on mind PlayerSetting+FileManager+EgreatSettings will be double, then it's easy to become lost between them.

    -- E_CS and Egreat Team are not responsible about any problem or lost cause by give a try with install this "EN" firmware version.

    Download corresponding "EN" files from Egreat A5/A8/A10/A11/A13/A15 or Egreat A5II.

    Use at your own risk not warranty/support are provided.
    Thanks for understanding.

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  2. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    great my friend :)

    waiting for the Nowipe version and confirmation from you that kodi+external has no issues: this is a very minor update so no rush....

    what seems like a problem is:

    "Egreat Player 6.7 no sound for Atoms track in UHD disc known as problematic"
    This can only be fixed by egreat i suppose...it is VERY strange, atmos works on OLD player and not new ? hope they fix this SOON as atmos is a norm on 4K disks
  3. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    Are UHD disc title like "Inferno (2016)" when for OLD player need set TRUEHD compatibility ON, that option exist on v3.0.6.x too but looking like not solving problem.
  4. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    Installed A11BD_CN_N_Firmware_20201116_v3.0.6.9_pd on my A11 and an equivalent FW v3.0.6.9 on my A10. After changing it to English (which is easy enough as it is the top setting) even the Initial Setup works just fine.
    Warning: Coming from a CFW a Factory Reset is essential after an OTA install.

    Anyway good to see some development goes on. The main change with this release is the Egreat Controller APP (Android and IOS versions) advancements made. It is in English now and also has an additional generic remote control function added to it.

    In combination with the Music Player update this FW is a substancial improvement for those listening to music using Egreat Controller like me. :)
    No the Egreat Player APP update is NOT backward compatible and will not be functional with older FW revisions.

    Warning: Don't use the "Audio source output" option specifically when using the new APP:
    - It is very limited doing 24-bit 96KHz only anyway (not 44,1, 192 or 88.2/196.4 for SACD)
    - It is implemented as a dedicated 2nd runtime music player which runs independently. You may easily end up with both running in parallel with obscure results.
    - Using the APP you can't exit the music players as the dialog for exit versus background is just displayed on the TV (which is not on).

    The good news is that Music Player works quite well with a simple, nice and intuitive GUI despite a few unsolved flaws. In fact it works better for me than even the most recent Zidoo equivalent. Hi-res music reproduction missing obviously.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2020
  5. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    @Nice Monkey @tobbenb or @chuangman and @depmesh

    maybe you guys can test ATMOS on UHD iso/mkv and report ? i don't have 4k TV anymore...
    i don't think @Iron man or @Richard Xu are reading this but if THEY are, they should report this ASAP to Egreat tech ! ATMOS is a big selling point for all the Egreat devices ! so if it is not working....:eek:
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2020
  6. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    Will try Atmos on my A10 as it connected to a 4K TV plus Onkyo AMP with Atmos.

    I am currently watching an UHD with Atmos MKV and that one comes with sound for sure.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2020
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  7. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

  8. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    If I remember here is first UHD disc report to be problematic and official fix come on v1.2.5.5beta/v1.2.5.6.
  9. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    so it is not on all UHD disks...just some of them...
  10. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    "UHD disc know as problematic" not have meaning all UHD disc ;).
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  11. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    Played also a regular BD ISO with Atmos without problems. Next will try a few UHD with Atmos in ISO.
  12. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    thanks monkey...no problem using old BD iso here neither...issue is UHD BD
  13. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    With or Without Menu?
  14. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    with menu...i think
  15. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    Ok did my homework. In fact I tried 16 UHD ISO's all with and without menu's:
    - They all could be played without menu's
    - 2 got stuck on the BD menu and some had cosmetic display errors
    - 10 had Atmos sound tracks on them which all played just fine.

    I can't confirm an Atmos problem with my setup. But yes the BD Menu processing is not flawless.
    If you PM me specific titles then I can see if I have those and can test those specifically.

    Yes I do recall an Atmos problem in the past. I occasionally lost Atmos output totally and had to reload firmware to get it going again. That problem got fixed.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020
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  16. nenito2k

    nenito2k Well-Known Member

    Great findings!
  17. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    Can confirm Atmos problems on some ISO's. These may be marked on the Menu like "Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)".
    Setting "TrueHD compatibility mode" to "Off" also these Atmos tracks can be played.
    I don't think this is unique for UHD but is applied to some regular BD with Atmos too?

    No idea why Egreat needs a special Audio setting for this?
    But anyway there is a bypass.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020
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  18. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    Nice discover, then "TrueHD compatibility mode" need be OFF on Player 6.7 and ON on Egreat 3.8.4/Android 5.1.1 :confused::).
    I don't know to exist BD disc with that type of Dolby Atmos metadata.
    Thanks for testing.
  19. depmesh

    depmesh Active Member

    Ok so I found the time to test the new firmware on my a10.

    Firstly, a big thank you to E_CS for giving us the firmware. My impressions after doing extensive testing are mixed. I don't know about the under the hood improvements but performance seems to me the same as when I was using with 3.8.0 player. So, in short:

    1. I still find the music player interface eye catching, but cumbersome in the way one has to browse at folder after starting playback .

    2. This is the fourth time I try Postewall 3 and the experience for me is equally disappointing. My video library is composed of over 8000 hd and uhd files most of which are series episodes. PW2 identified and catalogued correctly over 99%. PW3 is an utter mess. Wrong scraping at over 50% at best, a different poster for every episode, one cannot distinguish which episode is which as there is no order....complete mess, very user unfriendly,unusable for my needs and usage of the player. I've tried the 3.3.6 version of PW3 and there is no improvementband I can't see how this can be improved as I think the whole way it has been implemented is wrong.

    3. The new player 6.7 works great in most cases and I actually had no problems with all the atmos uhd files I tried with truehd compatibility both set to on and off. I tested both mkv files and full hd and uhd bd discs. However, I have found that the player does not play all the latest uhd discs of game of thrones seasons 2-7 that were recently released. It starts loading, plays for a couple of seconds and then stops. It does this both in navigation and movie modes.

    So I used the updated provided by E_CS and reverted to PW2 and player 3.8.4 and the aforementioned uhd discs play just fine.

    That's it for now. If you need me to do any kind of testing just say so.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020
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  20. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    CFW Change log vs
    - follow Egreat CN f/w
    -- remove restriction to uninstall Egreat FileManager, Music 3.x, Poster 3.x
    -- add French translation for Egreat Settings
    -- update French translation for Egreat Player 6.7, Egreat FileManager
    -- build NoWIPE version *_v3.0.6.9.rar
    -- build WIPE version *_v3.0.6.9_pd.rar
    Thanks @nenito2k to provide French translation.

    First post update according.
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