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    Default Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Hi all. A friend gave me an android tv box that they assure me was working fine. I've hooked it up to the power, via usb and 5v DC, and to the tv via hdmi. All I seem to get is four penguins in the top left of the tv, flashing on and off. I have tried a hard/factory reset, but it always comes back to the penguins! I have a remote, but that seems to have no effect - I even plugged a usb keyboard in, which allows me to navigate the menu in the hard reset screen, but nothing else. I'm new to these devices - I have an Apple TV but nothing android til now. My tv box looks like this 'un: http://www.hfigl.com/uploadfile/201339239319451.jpg

    Hoping someone can help. Thanks!!
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    Default Re: Android tv help needed

    Welcome to Android Central! I'm not familiar with Android TV boxes in general, but are you saying that you have it plugged into the TV's USB port as well? Is that really necessary? TV USB ports are usually for firmware updates or viewing JPEGs, but I'm not sure if it's necessary to connect the Android box to the TV via USB. The Android box should be able to output its audio and video signal purely via HDMI. In fact, if the USB is connected when it shouldn't be, that might be why you're only getting those penguins up there (that's a sentence I never thought I'd type).
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    Default Re: Android tv help needed

    Something is preventing your device from booting up properly. Unfortunately, your device appears to be a more obscure one; the only significant references I could find used generic identifiers such as RK3188 (which is just a reference to the chipset that is inside your device). You may be able to use the device's recovery mode to restore a proper system image to boot up. I would first try B. Diddy's advice of unplugging that USB cable (and then power-cycling the device).

    Edit: the following site may be of help, as it provides firmware and firmware flashing tools for the RK3188. If you have any make and model info on your device, reference it.

    http://www.rockchipfirmware.com/
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Thanks for the replies. The usb is not plugged in to the tv - it's just used for power. Like an iphone type charger. Is there a way to reset it using an sd card or something? Any idea why the remote is not having any effect? What exactly is power-cycling? Cheers all.
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Can you give us a brand and model number? Did this thing come with any documentation at all, or is there any available on the web?
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Sorry B Diddy. I couldn't find a model number or anything anywhere on the box. The box just says "mini pc & tv box". Very generic looking.
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    It's going to be very difficult to figure this out without knowing that. When you say there's nothing on the box, you mean on the actual unit, right?
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Yes. Nothing on the unit. Just the android logo.
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Well, at least I found your unit being sold somewhere. Unfortunately, still no luck on manual.

    China Android 4.1 Smart Wireless TV Box from Shenzhen Manufacturer: Shenzhen K-Panda Technology Co. Ltd
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    By the way, it's still not clear to my why you have the USB plugged into a power source. There's a separate DC power socket, so that's where the power should be coming in, right?
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Whoops, here's another one. With different specs. The device's frame is probably generic, which means it will be even harder to figure out the model. SWCX818 Dual-core Android TV Box Ethernet CPU-A9 1G 8G
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    The "friend" that I got the unit from (my dad) suggested powering it that way, for whatever reason. Another thing I should have mentioned is that my Dad lives in England, so the unit could have come from there. I have ordered a dc power chord anyway, just to try it. I appreciate all your efforts - I'll let you know if I have any joy. Cheers!
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    Default Re: Google TV stuck at boot screen.

    Just to revive this thread, in case digipaul is still monitoring it, I have a box exactly like that. It's an Exoon Power Pro and I would not recommend it to anyone. It's been the fussiest android device I've ever used. If all you see are the penquins, then the kernel isn't loading. Same thing happened to mine repeatedly. The only (possible) option I could see would be to try to get into the Recovery and do a restore, but the method given of connecting it to my PC via USB and sticking the end of a paper clip into a small hole on the unit (like you'd do to open a DVD drive) never worked. Finally, the issue cleared up by leaving it unplugged overnight. Don't ask me why. But every time it happens that seems to do the trick. Hope this helps.

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