A user from 4PDA.ru measured the power consumption of the MiniX with the August firmware.
Off means when the led is red.
Off/standby – 10mA
Boot – 220-380mA
Android logo booting – 450mA
Idle(home screen) – 340-390mA
Mouse connected – 420mA
Mouse pointer move – 550-580mA
Interactive governer idle – 200-260mA
Video streaming from ex.ua app 300-500mA (maybe depends on FPS)
GTA3 with joystick connected – 550mA
Angry Birds – 590mA
Standby with interactive governer – 40mA
Standby default governer fantasy – 330mA
Jesurun managed to make a MiniX, calling it the MT-BOX.
This with the well known RK3066 dual core chip by Rockchip, together with an Mediatek MT5931SA wifi chip.
No analog AV out anymore, This has been replaced by a reset button.
Reports have been that the firmware is bad.
Buy it at DX.com
So after much searching, I can confirm that the Sony Sixaxis keypad layout does work, and it is configurable.
No, I did not found yet the kernel module or kernel adaptation that was responsible for this.
What I do know is that since Android 4.0 there is partial support for Sixaxis and Xbox 360 keypads. I’m trying to enable the PS3 keypad ass well
If you have this in /system/usr/keylayout/ the Sixaxis works over usb.
Do NOT mess with the generic.kl or qwerty.kl or other kcm files.
So after some doubts I can report that my old Logitech Wingman Precision USB gamepad controller is working. And the PS3 Sixaxis too
Use the newest 1.6 0202 february 2013 firmware and it works.
Next up: PS3 sixaxis over bluetooth
Yes, this MiniX remains a China device, so expect them to save money somewhere!
Unfortunately, they did this on the unbalanced / unregulated power supply, which was supplied in the box.
This gives humming / buzzing while you move a mouse over composite video out.
No problems occur on HDMI so far. If you buy such a power supply, the buzzing is gone.
The good news is that you can buy an external off course, that I’ve already measured the tip.
The tip needs to be
Outside 3,1 mm (OD)
Inside 1,1 mm (ID)
I’m planning on buying this one, gives enough juice (2500 mAh) and has a replaceable tip.
Sure, that was a long time off me being away. Study and some private life things.
But I’m back and new posts are coming up!
This is the newest firmware you can get, firmware february 2013.
And yes it works on the older MiniX revision 1 ass well, both 512mb/1GB versions!
H24 minixplus Firmware Release Notes
This is the version H24-V1.6-0202 ;
important changes: add permissions for writing external SD/USB storage;
Please see the firmware tab for a link.
So it seems that Pineriver finally decided to listen. Yes there is still some DRM implemented that the firmware works only on non-counterfeited boxes (specific MAC address range).
The good news is everyone FINALLY can restore his/her MiniX Plus (both versions 512/1GB) to factory state when something has gone wrong.
This is not the first available image around, I have waited some time to publish this, as there were bootloops reported in earlier versions.
Also, there is a new version of E-control app out.
The changelog for this January 2013 firmware is:
1) update “base” dir of android,
2) Google TV remote is supported;
3) NAND driver updated
The image is rooted. Have fun!
Thanks to one of the readers of this blog, I got a tip.
He connected the MiniX via a serial to usb connector to his pc.
In that way, he can see the output of the bootloader and change the behavior of uboot via console. This goes a little over my head, but I hope somebody can develop uboot further so it can boot from USB. It is possible, now only unactivated he confirmed.
Here are the pictures:
As you can see on the right, the ground is connected to one of the pins of the USB port.
Credits go to Benjamin Larsson, thanks for sending this to me.
I’ve tried numerous USB add-ons to the MiniX and MiniX plus and only some of them worked out of the box. I’m hearing different stories about USB gamepads, Webcams and so on.
The only thing that worked were a mouse/keyboard and a Huawei K3765 USB dongle (unlocked) which gave a stable 3G signal in the later firmware versions.
But, in order to have webcams working under Skype and even printers (which is possible on Samsungs) you need a bunch of things before it works out well:
So far, the driver implementation via insmod procedure didn’t work out well for me.
Also, I’m lacking a proper usb powered hub at this moment. I might have one around the house, so I can try what happens.
If you connect a webcam via a powered hub, you need the Camera ICS app from the Play store, since it is able to display from an externally connected camera.
Please post back results.