HOW TO BACKUP YOUR CURRENT IMAGE AND REINSTALL IT, OR INSTALL A CUSTOM IMAGE ON THE
MUTANT HD51 4K RECEIVER
This tutorial is based on the OPENATV image.
Quite a few people have experienced problems when trying to load the E2 Community image on the Mutant HD51, here is a tutorial on how to backup your image and how to install a custom image.
HOW TO BACKUP YOUR IMAGE
1.) PRESS MENU AND GOTO SETUP AND PRESS ENTER
2.) SCROLL DOWN TO SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT AND PRESS ENTER
3.) SCROLL DOWN TO BACKUP IMAGE AND PRESS ENTER
4.) PRESS YELLOW
5.) PRESS YELLOW AGAIN
6.) MAKE SURE NEXT TO YELLOW IT SAYS RECOVERY AND PRESS RED
7.) LET THE MAGIC BEGIN MAKING YOUR BACKUP IMAGE
8.) THE BACKUP IMAGE IS COMPLETE
9.) IT WILL CREATE A FOLDER LIKE THIS, THIS IS NOT THE IMAGE. OPEN IT.
10.) INSIDE THE fullback_mutant51 FOLDER, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER FOLDER WITH THE DATE AND TIME OF THE BACKUP. THIS ISN’T THE BACKUP EITHER, OPEN IT!
11.) THIS IS THE BACKUP FOLDER, WHEN RESTORING THIS IS THE FOLDER THAT GOES ON USB!
12.) THE BACKUP FOLDER SHOULD BE AROUND THE 1GB MARK.
HOW TO RESTORE THE IMAGE
13.) COPY THE HD51 FOLDER TO USB STICK
14.) IF YOU COPIED THE FULL BACKUP FOLDER MAKE SURE YOU EXTRACT THE HD51 FOLDER TO THE ROOT OF USB, LIKE THIS!
15.) DOWN POWER THE BOX COMPLETELY, PUT THE USB STICK IN THE USB SLOT ON THE BOX AND HOLD THE POWER BUTTON ON THE FRONT AND REAPPLY POWER, WHEN DISPLAY SHOWS ‘flashing’ TAKE YOUR FINGER OFF THE POWER BUTTON.
Community images can be downloaded from the GETRPI repo at http://downloads.getrpi.co.uk
The Octagon Sf128 is a Korean manufactured DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver, which also has a DVB-C2 cable equivalent (SF138).
It has a very modern look to it and is also H.265 HEVC compatible, allowing playback of H265 (X265) coded material. When I received this device, I must admit I didn’t see the wow factor, until I plugged it in. It runs the E2 Community build flawlessly (Better than most devices I have tested TBH).
This device would be perfect for those with a single satellite feed, like an apartment with a communal satellite dish with a single feed, or maybe even a second device as a multi room option.
I originally tried this device with Openvix, but found the platform to not be as responsive as Openatv, this could be down to the fact that I am so used to ATV and not familiar with VIX. However, once the E2 Community build was loaded onto it, the response of it was tremendous and the picture quality was amazing.
As you are aware, every test I do involves installing an IPTV service onto the device. In my eyes, I can’t see the point in having a box that isn’t capable of running HD IPTV content.
After fully installing the IPTV service including the EPG I run the tests and the outcome………
I was blown away that it didn’t buffer once whilst watching a full match. Some people would say, ‘thats a reliable IPTV supplier’, but IPTV is only as good as the device its running on. Few screenshots here of it in action.
Right………time for the biggest flaw, which will come as no surprise what-so-ever.
The remote control.. the layout of it is brilliant, easy to find buttons, has a nice weight and feel to it and is well labelled and very responsive, when within 3-4 metres.
However the infra red I have found as a let down, as you literally have to point the remote at the box not towards the box like most remotes, but in all fairness I haven’t yet come across a box with a perfect remote control.
I have recently purchased a one for all remote, which I tested with this device and it runs perfect!
This is the first single tuner device that I have had the pleasure in testing and after testing it, i am seriously considering purchasing one each for the kid’s bedrooms, to stop the bickering of who’s watching what.
Fast Boot time ~ 35 seconds (dependant on image/firmware installed)
2000MIPS processor (2K DMIPS) BCM
Broadcom 73625 Chip with 2 x 750 Mhz Dual Threaded
You may be asking what’s HEVC and why is it important, a lot of streaming content is now being encoded with h.265 HEVC compression due to the smaller file sizes, this makes a big difference when you are streaming 1080p or 4k.
The Edision range has always had impressive spec and the mini OS + is no different!!
512MB SLC NAND Flash (Twice the memory of the zgemma and mutant 1500)
Built in wifi and Bluetooth
4 in 1 remote
Sat and Cable on a single tuner
2x USB ports
MPEG2 / H.265 HEVC demodulator
The box comes in the usual black with a nice VFD Display (8 digits) on the front you will also find a power button and flip down cover concealing the front USB port and card reader, on the top we have an Edision logo with air vent slats, the slats continue on the left and right sides of the box allowing the fanless cpu inside lots of ventilation.
On the back panel you will find :
– 1 x power ON/OFF switch
– Sat-IF input: 1x F-type
– RF input: 1x IEC-type
– TV connection: 1x HDMI, 1x jack to RCA
– Output Video (digital): 1x HDMI
– Output Audio (digital): Standard optical (S/PDIF)
– 1 x USB 2.0 ports
– 1 x Ethernet port
– 1 x jack to RS232
– 1 x DC in (for the external PSU)
One of the best features of the Edision is the 4 in 1 remote, this seems to get over looked by a lot of box manufactures and when you consider this is your main interface with whats on the screen its nice to see someone got it spot on.
The 4 in 1 function of the remote is a nice touch, being able to switch sources and turn off the TV all from 1 remote is a big plus, only down side is one of the buttons is for VCR!! The remote has a quality feel, with the buttons making no horrible clicking sounds like you get with other controllers.
Its surprising to see a box at this price come with built in WiFi and bluetooth!! at first I was skeptical if it would be any good, as most streaming/TV devices fail to do this well, and you usually end up with buffering etc. I know a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration for good WiFi signal, but testing the Edision in the same place where other devices have failed is good enough for me 🙂
As you can see the signal wasn’t the best, yet streaming 1080 and live TV was flawless. Streams buffered quickly, and switching from stream to stream was also quick.
The hybrid DVB-S/C/T tuner in the Edision is something I have never seen in any other sat/cable box, the single tuner is capable of using sat and cable from a same tuner!! looking at the back of the box it could be mistaken for a combo/twin tuner. To utilize both sat and cable you will need to use autobouquetmaker and set it to scan both sat and cable, see below
Only downside to the single tuner is not being able to record one and watch another, but who records stuff these days I am sure we will see more manufactures adopting this kind of tuner in the future!!
The Edision has been getting used as my main box for about a month now, and it performs very well. Boot time (power on/off at back switch) is around 60 seconds, I have loaded all picons / dreamplex data etc direct to the 512mb flash, and it hasn’t slowed the box at all. Only small issue i have with it is, no HDMI cable with the box!! apart from that I cant fault this excellent device. Value for money I cant see any other single tuner coming close to this box, it definately punches above its price tag.
We kept being asked how quick/slow is the Vu+ Duo2 satellite receiver running full Kodi….well you can decide for yourself now. Check our video below and tell us what you think? Remember……this is a satellite receiver, you maybe surprised at it’s capabilities.