Uninstall Cyanogen from your Ouya.
Uninstall Cyanogen (sometimes referred to at CM11) and restore our Ouya back to factory using the full firmware load in the ClockWorkMod Recovery menu. There can be many reasons why you would want to restore the factory firmware onto your Ouya ranging from company actually getting off their ass and updating new software update which makes the Ouya usable once again such as an Android OS update. To simply restoring stock because of the many bugs and glitches in Cyanogen that you simply cannot tolerate anymore. This my I have published a blog on how to install Cyanogen it is only fitting that I also publish a blog about how to remove Cyanogen as well.
In case you have no-script enabled or for some reason cannot see the title video on this website. I have provided direct links for these videos.
- WebM – Link – This is the newest video standard, works great on Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and newer android phones, not good for Safari, IE, Apple.
- MP4 – Link – The most compatible codec but also rather large in file size. Make take a while to download.
- OGV – Link – the fallback codec for older PC’s and Linux USB stick OS’s. 1st generation web video streaming based on Ogg-Vorbis encoding.
Mouse and USB hub are not as important but helpful for navigating around Cyanogen while we acquire the files and place them into their respective folders.
ADB USB to Micro-A cable is not necessary for this tutorial. If you do have this plugged in and operational you can adb push the software from your PC to your Ouya, but that is about it really.
I had to re-do my video for this blog due to the fact that the original site to get the Ouya firmware is no more and giving gateway time-out errors. But fear not! I have the latest firmware snapshot for your Ouya . Simply click on the download button on the side and place this into the /sdcard/ folder onto your Ouya. You can either download it on your PC and transfer it over. Or, you can download it with your Ouya and simply move it out of the /sdcard/download/ folder to /sdcard/ with your favorate file explorer of choice in Cyanogen Ouya.
Uninstall Cyanogen Ouya preparation:
To begin you will want to select your application menu and then clock on browser if you intend to download these files directly with your Cyanogen Modded Ouya box. If you already have the RC-OUYA-1.2.1427-r1_ota.zip in its rightful place underneath /sdcard/ you can skip to rebooting the Ouya.
Now I like to use root explorer however any file explorer will work for this part of the tutorial as we will not be effecting any files that require system access. simply cut the RC-OUYA-1.2.1427-r1_ota.zip out of the /sdcard/download/ folder.
Reboot your Cyanogen Modded Ouya into recovery.
The more traditional way of course is to simply power cycle your Ouya until it comes to the Ouya Bootmenu screen that was installed with Cyanogen and using your power button on your Ouya tap until Recovery is highlighted and it will then boot into CWM Recovery mode.
Clockwork Mod – Installation of Ouya stock firmware.
As with the last time when installing Cyanogen you will see your Ouya come back to life but instead of the typical Cyanogen OS you will be greeted with ClockWorkMod.
Out of interest of saving bandwidth and readability. I shall focus on just the upper-left hand corner of the screen which is where all of the action of ClockWorkMod is at. There will be information text with each step we do and if the screen changes to much I’ll make a full-screen shot. But Lets begin.
Arrow down until you select your RC-OUYA-1.2.1427-r1_ota.zip and press enter.
Note: you may have to go into the /0/ folder if you do not see this file in the root of your /sdcard/ folder.
Unlike the procedure of Cyanogen OS loading where you have to load multiple partial files to complete an OS. The Ouya Firmware is actually a full load containing the bootloader and OS partitions . This will take about a minute to install due to its size.
Clearing cache and wiping user data in ClockWorkMod for Ouya stock firmware for first time boot.
Clearing all user data and cache from your Ouya is very important because if you do not. You may have unpredictable results when you attempt to boot your Ouya Firmware for the first time. It may simply sit and do nothing on the first time you boot it because it’s reading data that it really should not read. So lets begin.
Uninstall Cyanogen complete – Back to the warm glow of Ouya.
This completes the uninstall cyanogen tutorial and I hope you found this useful. Thank you and have a wonderful day.