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Tuesday, August 14th 2018, 12:10pm

H7S MultiBoot "How To" - installing multiple images in H7S's internal flash!

As I wrote elsewhere, Zgemma H7S is a monster machine and by far the best of the lot available to the general public. It's a fabulous combination of HW, Linux kernel, drivers and Enigma2, plus additional SW (plugins/addons) etc. etc.

H7S has a large, 4GB eMMC NAND Flash, partitioned in 4 major partitions (if we are speaking in "everyday language"... it's actually partitioned in 8 partitions but OK...)

I.e. one can install 4 different images natively, without any additional "multiboot" plugin/addon and there is no need to install those images on a USB stick, provided an image has that part of the SW included, of course.

Here is how to do that.

PurE2:

0) We shall, of course, presume you already installed PurE2 on the first/default partition, in a usual manner anyone can find and follow, including on this and other similar forums... Like this one: How to flash various ZGEMMA receivers

1) Download other compatible images you want to try (OpenATV, OpenHDF, OpenSPA etc.) to your PC, for instance, and do NOT unzip/decompress them!

2) Have a suitable USB memory stick formatted in FAT32, then send an image you want to install on your H7S, to the USB stick, zipped as you downloaded it. Plug it into H7S.

3) MENU > pMANAGER > SW MANAGER > FLASH ON THE FLY (to get to the flashing menu)

index.php?page=Attachment&attachmentID=12166

3a) yellow button (to choose an H7S partition for installation of the new image) - be careful not to install the new image over the existing, already installed image on the current partition - choose a different partition (unless you want to overwrite the old image, of course)

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3b) blue button (local file installation, as opposed to online installation)

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3c) choose the device from which to install the unzipped image (find the image you want to flash)

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3d) green button (to start installing the chosen image from the USB stick) - installation starts...

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4) Wait... when successful, press OK to reboot H7S.

...to be continued... :4_small16:
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Tuesday, August 14th 2018, 12:15pm

Note no. 1: one can install E2 images from the net, also. Or one can send images from one's laptop/PC to one's H7S HDD/SSD, via FTP, say using FileZilla Client...

Note no. 2: once one installs more than one image - this bit looks a bit confusing - one may see 5 partitions, when one chooses where to install images in H7S MultiBoot
START
START_1
START_2
START_3
START_4

I am no expert but it seems to me that current image/partition may be "STARTUP", as in "Default partition/image". Maybe I am wrong? Anyway, later on, once one reboots, in MultiBoot, this is no longer an issue... Simply edit the name of an image using the yellow button, for ease of operations... I presume that in such a menu SAVE button would make an image "default"...

Note no. 3: Each image has 2 versions...

index.php?page=Attachment&attachmentID=12171

1) without PiP (Picture in Picture, to see 2 channels at the same time, say when sport competitions are running at the same time)

index.php?page=Attachment&attachmentID=12172

2) with PiP ("experimental", they all are, as I believe this is not yet fully functional, probably due to driver issues).

index.php?page=Attachment&attachmentID=12173

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In short: send a zipped image to HDD/SSD or USB stick in your Zgemma H7S, then
choose the partition to install it to, then after that
choose the zipped image and flash it...


Of course, if one wants to boot to a different image, one should press the EXIT button several times, in order to get to > Standby > MultiBoot > Startup_X (to boot to an image of your choice)...

In OpenATV:

MENU > Setup > SW Management > Flash Online/Local >
yellow (where to flash the new image, say STARTUP_2) >
blue (Local image, as opposed to Online, i.e. from a device attached to the receiver) >
choose the image and FLASH it... wait... > press OK when finished...

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Sunday, December 16th 2018, 11:47am

Thank's Gorski

Is it the same process with H9S, i didn't see Startup choice in screenshot 3b ?

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Sunday, December 16th 2018, 12:31pm

H9 STB series - at least for now - does not have multiboot built-in and no multiple partitions...

Perhaps we will get a multiboot option in bootloader soon? We'll see...

If we do, I suppose one could make multiple partitions on a USB stick or mSD card...
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Wednesday, December 26th 2018, 2:01pm

I guess this is the best place to announce new two partition Image for Zgemma H7.

Download-H7 two big(ger) partitions Image



Zgemma H7 image with only two, bigger partitions in flash (cca. 1.5GB)

To use it, it is necessary (only once) to flash this image via USB and the button behind the front door.

After this you can freely flash images on-line (from SW manager or pure2 manager) in STARTUP_1 or STARTUP_2. You can use 6.2 or 6.3 images.

Frankly, we could and should have squeezed a bit more MBytes, but consider this as a test.



To return back to 4 partition images, just flash a 'normal' image via USB and the button thingy.

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Wednesday, December 26th 2018, 2:08pm

Aha, so the image I tested first as a single partition evolved and this seems like a great solution for space hungry serious hobbyists!!! :4_small16:

Well done!!! :12_small35:

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Wednesday, January 16th 2019, 6:33pm

The above image with 2 partitions only is sorted out and it is here: http://pur-e2.club/OU/images/index.php?d…H7-2partitions/

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