I’ve had a boxee for 4 years now serving my multimedia content from my Synology NAS. Somehow, it failed me the other day.
Looking for a replacement, I decided on a Asus Chromebox m004u. Apparently a great chromeOS box with BT, Wifi and small SSD for under $200 on which it is easy to install xbmc or at least openelec.
So I went on xbmc.com and follow the very easy instruction for setting up a dual boot: ChromeOs and Openelec
All went fine until the final reboot, I am left with a blank screen with …well… nothing at all. ctrl-c,d,i,l nothing to allow me to select the other boot partition or move on to anything else.
After an hour of fiddling around I decide to recover.
Using the google chrome recovery process from Google, I would also get stuck at “booting the kernel” right after it said it successfully recovered from the recovery media.
On the recovery screen, I would see:
gbb.flags is nonzero: 0x00000489
read-only firmware id: google_panther.4920.24.22
active firmware id: google_panther.4920.24.22
As far as the post recovery screen, I am stuck at:
SeeBIOS version -20140305_130215-build120-m2
press ESC to continue.
Booting from hard Disk…
early console in decompress_kernel
KASLR using RDAND…
Decompressing Linux… Parsing ELF… Performing relocations… done
Booting the kernel.
And it would sit here for ever. I even tried with another build panther f5u-q24 and mine of course panther f5u-b5m and had the same results.
Now I have a useless chromebox.
I had tried to restore the box using an SD card using the Mac recovery, when I suddently decided to do something different and tried on a Windows using a USB stick.
So I did and the ChromeOS recovery process worked fine. I gave the xbmc EZsetup another go and now I have a wonderfully fast XBMC. Even my 4k content plays without any delay or lag.
By the way, I opted for a mini wireless Azio keyboard and navigate within XBMC using the arrows, Enter, Backspace and Esc and it is crazy fast – plus typing my credentials or url is way better than on the tiny boxee keyboard remote!