With the release of OpenELEC 4.0, XBMC 13 (Gotham) is now available! For those of us driving a media center with a Raspberry Pi, this is great news (there’s significant performance improvements on the RPI).
Anyhow, it turns out that the upgrade process from OpenELEC 3.x is extremely simple. Just extract the downloaded package, and in the target folder you’ll find four files – KERNEL, KERNEL.md5, SYSTEM, and SYSTEM.md5 . Using Windows Explorer, browse to your media center (eg, \\mediacenter), and drop those files into the upgrade folder. Reboot the media center, and it automatically upgrades.
On mine, there were a few PVR addons that enabled themselves I didn’t want, so I just disabled them and rebooted again, and all appears fine.
Be warned! As of Christmas Day, the CyanogenMod nightlies for the GT-i9305 series have changed over to CyanogenMod 11.
YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS TO WORK.
Go hit this thread for info on the packages you’ll need. You will need, at minimum;
- ClockworkMod 126.96.36.199 (from that thread!)
- cm-11 Nightly Build (from get.cm will do)
- gapps-kk build (from that thread)
Then, in order to make it work, flash things in this order;
- Reboot your phone into recovery mode. MAKE A BACKUP.
- Flash the ClockworkMod ZIp. Reboot again.
- Flash the cm-11 build
- Flash the gapps-kk build
- Wipe the cache partition. Reboot.
Upgraded my GT-i9305T to the latest CyanogenMod nightly, and had quite a few issues. Namely, my phone would no longer connect to 3G/4G, and the APN settings were blank. Trying to re-enter APN settings didn’t work (nothing would go into the APN list!). I tried rolling back to a previous nightly, but then the phone just kept rebooting.
The solution was to install the nightly above, and then reboot into ClockwordMod and clear the cache. After I did that and rebooted, my APN settings were normal and I connected to the data network without issues.