Section 5: Restoring your Ouya Firmware.

Firmware restore on the Ouya.

When playing with android OS there needs to be an “Undo” button when it comes to the Firmware. The Ouya is no different. Perhaps as a user you’ve grown tired of playing with Lineage. Perhaps you are going to sell your Ouya on Ebay and you don’t want any data left on the thing. Or you’re trying to bring a soft-bricked Ouya back to life. Whatever the case may be this tutorial is here to help you wipe whatever that is on your Ouya and bring it back to factory defaults.

This is considered “Section 5” of a long tutorial about Ouya because like all of the previous sections we’ll be relying on the Raspberry Pi or a Linux box to perform these tasks instead of going through the sheer pain of using ADB on a Windows environment. Also, some of the beginning sections are required for those who have never used a Linux box in their life.

Without further delay lets dive in shall we?

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Section 3 : Method 2: ADB “Push” Lineage from Raspberry Pi to Ouya.

ADB Sideloading Lineage onto your Ouya via Raspberry Pi.

This tutorial assumes that you have already setup your base Raspberry Pi OS and that you are either operating locally on the Pi or via SSH from another PC. This tutorial uses a more traditional “Push” method that we’ve used in previous tutorials such as Cyanogen but updated for performing the same task underneath Lineage. This tutorial also assumes that This is our current 2019 method of flashing and programming Ouya and Android devices due to the nature of commercial OS’s locking the security down on hardware devices. If you have already unlocked ADB on your commercial OS and you have the ADB bridge drivers installed you can follow along on that OS with this tutorial.

Read on if you want to learn more.

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Section 3 : Method 1: ADB Sideloading Lineage from Raspberry Pi to Ouya.

ADB Sideloading Lineage onto your Ouya via Raspberry Pi.

This tutorial assumes that you have already setup your base Raspberry Pi OS and that you are either operating locally on the Pi or via SSH from another PC. This tutorial dives into the ability to sideload all of the packages required for the OS known as Lineage, which is a rebirth of the Cyanogen project in previous tutorials that we have done. This tutorial also assumes that This is our current 2019 method of flashing and programming Ouya and Android devices due to the nature of commercial OS’s locking the security down on hardware devices. Read on if you want to learn more.

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Section 2: SSH and Samba on the Raspberry Pi.

Adding SSH and Samba onto the Raspberry Pi.

Now it’s time to add SSH and Samba. For those who do not know what that is. SSH is a secure shell system that allows us to remote into our pi from any computer capable of loading an SSH client such as PuTTY onto their system. SSH can also be used for FTP transfers as a way of uploading files such as apk’s and images to your Raspberry Pi so you can then access them via ADB to your Ouya. But instead of SSH-FTP, we’re also going to load Samba which is a windows network sharing protocol allowing us seamless transfers from our PC or MAC over wireless to our Raspberry Pi.

Now, for those who are using the Raspberry Pi as a desktop or don’t care to use it in a headless manner like we do having it hooked up in our living room to the Ouya. You can probably skip this tutorial all together! However, for those who are using it like a headless unit then read on as we provide all of the instructions down below.

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WebP image format wars.

WebP from Google will deliver a faster internet to you. But at what cost?

WebP is something I found out by total accident when asking the simple question of:

Why does Google Chrome not support animated .PNG files?

– S

It turns out Google instead of including the format into the library on their browser decided instead to exclude it. Although you can simply download an animated PNG plugin for Chrome here. That’s not the point. The point is it should be natively supported which it is not. If Google finally did support animated PNG files then Google now supports APNG which now we can put an axe into animated .GIF files. A Format which is still in use since the late 1980’s! Animated GIF files are now old enough to run for president of the United States! However Googles attitude was as follows:

Why spend anymore time on other formats like PNG and JPG when WebP will be cooler!

Note: This issue with Google Chrome as of 7/25/2017 has now been resolved but the entry still stand for archival reasons.

Read on if you want to see more.

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Pine64 Pine A64 impression.

Pine A64 with just a hint of Orange aftertaste!

I just received my Pine A64 or Pine64 from our good friends over at PixelDust and decided to not really do a review of it because it’s way too early in the kick starter process to give a full scale review. So instead, I am just going to do an article about my impressions about this single-board computer. I should note that whenever I take a look at any piece of hardware on this site it is never a paid endorsement or advertisement from the original manufacturer and often times we’ll use our own funds to purchase the hardware we write about.

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Goodbye Raspberry Pi – Hello Banana Pi

After many years I have made the switch to Banana Pi.

There was so many different companies trying to mimic the success of the Raspberry Pi when it made its Kickstarter goals and people were waiting (impatiently sometimes) to acquire one. This will be a short little blog post about walking away from Raspberry Pi and supporting the Banana Pi. Read on if you like.

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Transmission on Pi.

Setting up Transmission on Pi.

Transmission is a torrent P2P file sharing software which is open source and can be run on practically every type of platform environment on the face of the earth.  Since torrents can take a long time to download depending on how many seeders there are (people with complete copies of said file) versus peers or leechers (people who are attempting to receive files) it makes sense to keep a device on that only takes a few watts of power versus a giant PC which just eats power throughout the night.

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MiniDLNA Server and Raspberry Pi

DNLA NAS server with the help of MiniDLNA for your Raspberry Pi.

MiniDLNA is another one of those articles where I had to go bouncing around between various sites to truly get all of the details about how to setup and maintain MiniDLNA properly. For those who do not know what it is. DLNA stands for “Digital Network Living Alliance” and it’s a protocol used in many consoles, smartTV’s even phones as a standardized protocol that they can all communicate on (depending on video and encoder). The Raspberry Pi is perfect for such a project as it’s low power and can put out an ‘okay’ level of bandwidth can can handle most 720p videos and even some 1080p videos that are encoded well. This is also great if you want to have a constant library of music and pictures that you would like to share with your entire LAN for anyone in your house to view or play.

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SuperTux on Ouya – How to Configure it.

SuperTux on the Ouya

SuperTux has been a long standing game on the linux which emulated a classic nintendo game “Super Mario Brothers” and gave it it’s own open source images and control system. With the help of the libsdl port for android. SuperTux can now be played on the Ouya as well!

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