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— 03-04/2013
in North America. How do you
do that?
With an FTP client you need
to copy the ‘satellites.xm’ file
from the /etc/tuxbox/con-
fig directory of your receiver
to your PC and after flashing
firmware version 1.85 you
copy it back to the original di-
rectory of the receiver. This is
an absolute must, since other-
wise a blind scan will not work.
Please also note that this firm-
ware is only compatible with
the AZBox ME, not the MiniMe.
We tried it out on both, but the
screen stayed dark with the
All official AZtrino firm-
ware versions still use the old
v2.6.22 kernel. So if you want
to use the current OpenRSI
v2.1 simultaneously there is
only one way out of this di-
lemma: Use the unofficial beta
version called AZtrino v2.0
RC2 which is already available
from many Internet forums
and which uses the new v3.3.1
We also loved the new boot
loader: When you plug in a
USB memory stick with the
new firmware and re-boot
the receiver a dedicated boot
loader menu appears on the
TV screen which greatly facili-
tates firmware updates. Keep-
ing your eyes glued to the
receiver display and pressing
a button at exactly the right
moment are now things of
the past. In general, we found
this firmware to be an excel-
lent choice and one thing we
particularly appreciated is the
fact that you can now call up
a visual presentation of all
reception parameters over a
longer period of time.
If you’re not a fan of AZtrino
or if you want to make full use
of the huge offering of skins,
settings and extensions that
are available on the Internet
you may want to look at the
OpenRSI firmware, which is an
offspring of the OpenPLI firm-
ware. It gives you the tried-
and-tested standard Linux
user interface and thankfully
you’ll also realise quickly that
its developers have made gi-
ant leaps forward when com-
pared to our previous test. In
addition, this firmware comes
with a very handy software
manager than can be used
to install all sorts of software
components right on the re-
ceiver, provided it has access
to the Internet. The OpenRSI
firmware can easily be in-
stalled alongside the AZtrino
v2.0 RC2 firmware and we can
strongly recommend both for
the AZBox ME as well as the
MiniMe. At long last, teletext is
available and actually working
as well – in the past the TXT
button did not launch the cor-
responding software feature.
The OAM (Open AZBox
Mod) Pre-release 7 is a com-
pletely new project, which
currently is only available as a
pre-release. What makes this
firmware version interesting
is that it uses the new v3.5.5
kernel which comes with new
drivers for some DVB-C/T USB
receivers as well as for USB
memory sticks. Yet there is
also a major drawback: OAM
cannot be used together with
the other firmware versions
for the time being. As soon as
you install it the kernel will be
updated as well, which means
the other firmware versions
(which use the previous kernel
version) cannot be launched
any longer.
While it is of course possible
to re-install the older kernel
version again by copying the
‘zbimage-linux.xload’ onto a
23. Main menu with different
24. The pre-installed skin
looks different than usual.
You don’t like it? Don’t delete
the firmware – try to install a
different skin first! There are
many skins to choose from the
download server and this can
be done directly at the receiver
using just your remote control!
25. This is a great function:
you can automatically have
the AZBox search the IMDB
(Internet Movie Database) to
display further information
about the current program.
Even if your provider does not
include a proper EPG, you will
from now on know everything
there is to know about the
concert, series or movie you
are watching.
26. Interestingly, this firmware
features a file browser in the
main menu.
27. Of course you get all
information about the current
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