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[Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions now available for RetroPie!



  • @Rascas I somehow missed your debug post - I tried to make one now but once I reverted back to the Estuary skin the problem doesn't exist anymore... So changing the skin back fixed it I guess and I can't reproduce the problem again.



  • Hello, everybody. First of all thank you for this great opensource work.

    Second, I recommend to warn that it is necessary to have RetroPi in Stretch version in order to upgrade to Kodi 18. Due to dependencies.

    For this upgrade, "first modify the files /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspi.list. In both files: change every occurrence of the word jessie to stretch

    And next, the classic: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade

    I tested this version of the thread, version 18 beta4 in rpi3.

    I recommend them. And sincerely it looks and persive just as stable as the (now old) version 17.3.

    I could make Amazon Prime Video (https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=331136) go, after a long way, (Input, Wevine, EULA, etc etc) works fluid in 640p in a Raspi3, in 720p unfortunately the audio of the video is offset, this probably blame the DRM.

    I haven't been able to run the Netflix ascidisco kodinerds plugin (https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=329767) , there's an error after the installation, and I haven't been able to check the debug yet.

    Thank you for this version, it's a advance.



  • @manu3l Thanks for the warning about Raspbian Stretch, yes it is true, it won't work on Jessie and RetroPie versions earlier than 4.4. I thought that was already in the first post, it was not and I added that info.
    About the netflix/amazon prime max resolutions, the Raspberry Pi is not a DRM device authorized from Netflix/Amazon, so everything works by software decoding. The PI 2 can do about 480p max, the Pi 3B, about 640p, but can do 720p with some slight overclocking. The Pi 3B+ can do 720p without changes.
    About the recent problems about the Netflix addon, it is already fixed in the addon, but I think it needs an updated inputstream.adaptive addon also. I will do that tomorrow.



  • Also dist-upgrade to Stretch broke EmulationStation, giving this error: "while loading shared libraries: libboost_date_time.so.1.55.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

    Fix with sudo ./retropie_setup.sh and update from Source ?



  • @manu3l That is something unrelated to Kodi. But maybe you can fix it running the retropie_setup.sh scripts, updating it and reinstalling Emulation Station.


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    @manu3l If you upgrade in place from Raspbian Jessie to Stretch, the next step is to update all packages from binary, including Emulationstation, from the RetroPie-Setup script.



  • @mitu I try, but installing the EmulationStatio binary fails S:



  • I try some times, update from binary... no works... but after reboot EmulationStation is back :D

    Thanks



  • Kodi 18 RC 1 available for update

    Changelog:
    -https://kodi.tv/article/kodi-v18-leia-rc1-new-hope

    Raspbian/RetroPie specific:
    -Added various missing binary addons like pvr.zattoo, pvr.teleboy, vfs-sacd, etc
    -All binary addons updated. Netflix works again if updated.


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    Thanks. I have tested the new version. I am still having the issue with the on screen controls with estuary not displaying and the kodi interface breaking.

    I switched on debug logging (which also shows the on screen memory usage etc), and then it worked fine! This is reproducable - switch off debug logging and the on screen menu won't show. The screen just dims - if you stop the video, the kodi interface no longer displays so it seems it's related to GPU somehow.

    There is nothing useful I could see in the non debug log.

    https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/pmKw9RM9ZY/

    Here's the debug log (which may not be of any use since it works when debug log is on)

    https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/pcQwGFQTkF/

    Note this problem doesn't happen using a skin like Confluence.


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    I have managed to work around the issue - seems related to "overscan_scale=1" - if I removed that from /boot/config.txt the on screen controls display correctly.

    So either a firmware issue or a compatibility issue with Kodi and this option.



  • @Rascas How can you update to RC1? The first post instructions only get me the v4 beta. Thanks.



  • @cebix said in [Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions now available for RetroPie!:

    @Rascas How can you update to RC1? The first post instructions only get me the v4 beta. Thanks.

    In RetroPie-Setup go to Configuration Tools -> Raspbian Tools -> Upgrade Raspbian packages
    Or in terminal do:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y


  • @BuZz said in [Testing] Kodi 18.0 Leia beta versions now available for RetroPie!:

    I have managed to work around the issue - seems related to "overscan_scale=1" - if I removed that from /boot/config.txt the on screen controls display correctly.

    So either a firmware issue or a compatibility issue with Kodi and this option.

    That might be it! In all the RPis that I tested I have that line commented, don't remember why. I know what it does theoretically, but I don't need it on my Pis. Can you tell why is it needed in RetroPie ?
    I also took a look at Raspbian and LibreELEC and they do not come with that enabled. Since this probably is not much tested, the newer firmwares might have a bug.


  • administrators

    @Rascas explained here - https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Overscan#the-console-looks-good-but-the-picture-is-off-for-emulationstationretroarchetc

    basically on some screens that require overscan settings, without this ES can render offscreen.

    This is only a problem with Kodi 18 though on the latest firmware. Kodi 17.x is ok.



  • @BuZz I just tested with overscan_scale=1 and I still cannot reproduce de problem. But it can be that in conjunction with something else like yours overscan_bottom=X, etc. Also, do you use some videoplayer at RetroPie boot ? I cannot see any related errors in your Kodi logs...



  • @BuZz Well, I can reproduce it now with overscan_scale=1 and without disable_overscan=1 (I have disable_overscan=1 in all my Pis). So it is most likey a problem/bug with Kodi 18 and overscan scale.
    Correct me if I am wrong, overscan_scale=1 and overscan enabled are the default RetroPie settings right?


  • administrators

    @Rascas yes. Those are the defaults.



  • @BuZz Can you please check this thread ?
    https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=338052



  • Hi all,

    Big fan of Kodi on RetroPie.

    I followed the directions here to upgrade to RC1 (RC2 not dropped yet maybe) and I edited Config.txt to remove the overscan to fix the overlay problems. I also updated to ScreenSaver 5.0.1. Playback works great, but the screensaver now causes a hang and then eventual force out of Kodi. I tried fiddling with the settings, and even attempted to revert back to the version I was using before, but I couldn't get it working so I ended up reverting back to Krypton for now. I'll pick up RC2 later that looks like from here should work with the default overscan settings to see if that fixes it and will report back if that works.


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