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select the desired flash mem-
ory position with the firmware
version you would like to run.
It may feel a bit awkward at
first to find the right moment
for pressing 0, 1 or 2 (only 0
and 1 for the MiniMe) but after
a couple of tries you get the
knack of it: Simply wait a few
seconds after switching on the
receiver and then keep the ap-
propriate button pressed until
you can see some progress
functions here as well or has
to fix a software bug. In the
AZBox ME this front proces-
sor is called MICOM, and new
firmware version 2.0 for this
processor was released on 13
September 2012.
This new version resolves an
issue with automatic switch-
on, so that it is no longer re-
quired to press the power
button on the remote control
or on the receiver itself after
using the mechanical power
switch on the back panel of
the box. In addition, it is now
possible to also use the button
on the receiver to change into
and out of the standby mode.
These two fixes may not sound
like a big deal, but they none-
theless vastly enhance the
AZBox user-experience. In a
word, if you own an AZBox we
strongly recommend going for
this improved firmware ver-
There are several ways to
initiate a firmware update for
the AZBox ME and MiniMe.
One is to switch on the re-
ceiver while keeping the VOL+
button on the remote control
pressed. Next, you can key
in the receiver’s IP address
in the address line of your
browser on the PC. Keep an
eye on the display of the AZ-
Box ME, which will show the
receiver’s IP address (for the
AZBox MiniMe you might have
to look it up in the DHCP list of
the router). Shortly after, the
browser will show the website
of the boot loader which allows
you to select your preferred
memory position.
Next, you select the firm-
ware file with the *.img ex-
tension and tell the receiver
whether or not you want it to
automatically re-boot after
flashing. You can of course opt
to install more than one par-
allel firmware versions, and in
that case you should not select
the automatic re-boot option
so that you can return to the
boot loader menu after flash-
ing a firmware version in order
to repeat the same procedure
for the second (and/or third)
Alternatively, you may want
to use a USB memory for in-
stalling new firmware to the
AZBox ME and MiniMe. Simply
save the firmware files onto
the USB memory, plug it into
the USB interface of the re-
ceiver and re-start the box.
The boot loader will automati-
cally detect the memory with
the new firmware files and
– provided the box runs on
kernel version 3.3.1 or above
– a special flash menu will be
launched which allows you to
select your preferred memory
position. In addition, it is also
possible to update the MICOM
front processor, and we did
just that by installing the
MICOM v2 firmware without
further ado and without any
troubles whatsoever. The only
thing you have to make sure
is that you select the MICOM
version that is developed for
your particular receiver. The
MICOM v2 firmware for the
AZBox ME will not work with
the AZBox HD, for example.
If your receiver has an older
kernel version (below 3.3.1)
installed, the flash menu will
not pop up automatically. In-
stead, you have to observe
the display on your receiver.
Another point worth mention-
ing is that the file format of
the firmware is different for
USB updates than for browser
updates. While an *.img file is
required for browser updates,
you need a USB-compatible
format for USB updates, which
consists of three individual
• Image0.jffs2
• Update.ext
• Zbimage-linux-xload
The files always have the
same name, irrespective of
the firmware version, but you
have to be careful: The name
of the first file (Image0.jffs2)
must be adjusted to reflect the
desired memory position. For
example, if you want a spe-
cific firmware version to be
saved at position 2, you have
to change the name of the first
file into ‘Image2.jffs2’. Not a
big deal, but one of great im-
Remember: Right after
switching on the AZBox ME or
MiniMe or after resetting the
receiver (by pressing the pow-
er button on the receiver for
five seconds) it is possible to
12. About screen of OpenRSI –
notice the kernel version 3.3.1
13. Lots of Plugins can be
installed directly from the
receiver through the internet.
14. This Linux firmware is very
complete and user friendly
and even the default skin looks
15. An one annoying bug was
fixed, too. Finally it is possible
to call the videotext using
the TXT-button on the remote
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