VideoStrong KII Pro (videostrong-kii-pro)

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VideoStrong KII Pro / K2 Pro
KII Pro as seen on Alibaba
KII Pro as seen on Alibaba
Manufacturer VideoStrong
Name KII Pro / K2 Pro
Codename videostrong-kii-pro
Released 2015
Category testing
Original software Android
Original version 5.1.1 (MBOX)
Hardware
Chipset Amlogic S905
CPU ?
GPU ?
Display -
Storage CHANGE_ME
Memory 2 GB
Architecture aarch64
Features
USB Networking
Flashing
Unavailable
Touchscreen
Unavailable
Display
WiFi
FDE
Mainline
Works
Battery
Unavailable
3D Acceleration
Audio
Bluetooth
Camera
Unavailable
GPS
Unavailable
Mobile data
Unavailable
SMS
Unavailable
Calls
Unavailable
USB OTG
NFC
Unavailable
Sensors
Accelerometer
Unavailable
Magnetometer
Unavailable
Ambient Light
Unavailable
Proximity
Unavailable
Hall Effect
Unavailable
Barometer
Unavailable
Power Sensor
Unavailable
Misc
Keyboard
Touchpad
Unavailable
USB-A
HDMI/DP
Ir TX
FOSS bootloader


This TV Box runs a modified Android 5.1.1 OS that didn't seem to be updated at all by the manufacturer, it also includes many proprietary (and PUP) software.

Luckily, the KII Pro uses an Amlogic S905, which has some support in the mainline kernel. Even better, a DTB made specifically for the TV Box is also in the mainline kernel. As such, some GNU+Linux distributions support this TV Box with many other Amlogic-based TV Boxes.

Armbian and Manjaro ARM have been tested on this TV Box and are known to mostly work.

This TV Box could make a nice mostly freedom-respecting media center, powered by postmarketOS.

Beaware of clones

There were multiple clones of this TV Box. Some of them use the Amlogic S905 SoC, while others use the S905D SoC. This port only works for the S905 SoC. There's no guarantee that the TV Box used for porting postmarketOS will be the same as the one you have.

Contributors

Users owning this device

How to enter flash mode

That's not needed, but you can press the RESET button once.

Installation

f is currently figuring out how to get postmarketOS to boot on this device, as such, no installation instructions are available.

How to boot other OSes from an SD card

Unplug your TV Box's power supply. Press and hold the reset button while plugging in the power supply. Keep holding the reset button until a picture shows up on your screen.

Currently Manjaro ARM and Armbian are known to work on this TV Box.

TODO: Figure out how to boot up postmarketOS.

See also