Asus Chromebox – OpenELEC to LibreELEC Kodi Update

A few years ago I wrote a blog post detailing how to install the OpenELEC Kodi media center on an Asus Chromebox.

Recently though The Movie Database plug-in on my OpenELEC installation has become broken and will no longer retrieve movie metadata, posters and fanart.

After troubleshooting the issue a little and waiting to see if it would be fixed I decided to move on and discovered LibreELEC – a fork of OpenELEC.


While I always liked OpenELEC I have to say that LibreELEC has already impressed me more since installing it. In my opinion the GUI and menus are much improved – everything is visually appealing and better organized.

I have encountered two minor issues though:

  • Close to 200 of the movies that were scraped upon adding their sources have the incorrect year of 1969 as their date. This can be fixed manually by refreshing the meta-data but is still a little annoying.
  • I created a 2nd profile for kids content and could not see the add network location option when selecting a content source. The fix for me was to toggle the unlock sources switch to on under the view settings.

Installing LibreELEC was very straightforward. While I believe that you can update an existing OpenELEC installation to LibreELEC I opted to simply install LibreELEC over it. If you are starting from scratch with a new Chromebox please refer to the first half of my original blog post here. Otherwise I would recommend an Intel NUC over the Chromebox because of the ease of installation. A NUC can much more easily be re-purposed should the need arise.

To install LibreELEC visit the download page and grab the USB-SD Creator for your PC, Mac or Linux box.

LibreELEC USB-SD Creator

For a Chromebox installation:

  • Select Generic AMD/Intel/NVIDIA (x86) from the select version drop down menu.
  • Click the Download button.
  • Select your USB drive from the drop down menu and then click the Write button.

This will erase your USB drive and create a bootable LibreELEC installation.

From here simply put your USB drive in your Chromebox and boot from USB. To do this press the Escape key on your keyboard while your Chromebox boots and then select option 2 to boot from USB.

Follow the prompts and LibreELEC will very soon be up and running!

Remove your USB drive once LibreELEC is installed.



Advertisements – Windows 10 Shared Calendar Time Out


So I have been having a couple of issues with shared calendars on using Windows 10.

The first issue is the regular reminders I get telling me that  I need to ‘fix my account’ settings for my wife’s shared calendar. When I try to fix this, and provide her password and PIN, I am told that the PIN is incorrect – despite resetting her PIN.

The second issue is that (all of a sudden) my wife can no longer see my shared calendar – so time to fix this!

Simply sharing my calendar again did not work – I just got a spinning circle next to the “Adding calendar …” status and nothing happened.

To resolve the issue I had to remove my wife’s PIN from all of her computers. After rebooting them I re-shared my calendar and it worked.

Refer to the steps below to see how to reset your PIN and share your Calendar.

How to reset your PIN


To remove your PIN click Start, then type Settings and open the Settings app. Navigate to Accounts, Sign-in options and then under the PIN heading click the Remove button.


How to Share your Calendar

First access your Calendar here:

Click Share from the toolbar and then select the calendar you want to share.

Share Calendar

Note: If you are already sharing this calendar with the intended recipient click the trash can icon next to their name to revoke their permissions.

Next, enter the email address of the person you want to share your calendar with then click the Share button and then Done.

Share Calendar 2

Hope that this helps someone else out there!

My Favourite Settings for the LG G6

I got an LG G6 on Verizon a few months ago and found some interesting tweaks on YouTube last night – these are my favorites, so far.

1. Speed up transition animations.

Transition animations take place when you navigate the User Interface on your phone. Shortening these transitions will make this experience feel more responsive. For example, the app drawer will open more quickly.

  • Tap Settings, scroll down to the System heading at the bottom of the list. Tap About phone and then Software Information.
  • Tap Build number until you see the pop-up message, You are now a developer!
  • Go back to the Settings page and then tap Developer options. You will see the following message:

Warning! Turning on developer options might result in irregular behavior on your device. These options are recommended only for advanced users.

If you are comfortable with this then proceed as follows:

  • Scroll down to the Drawing section of the page and change the Window animation scale, Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale values from 1x to .5x.

You will now find navigating around your phone much snappier.

2. Turn off Bluetooth scanning.

Turing off Bluetooth scanning will improve battery life:

  • Tap Settings and then scroll down to the Personal heading.
  • Tap Location, and then tap the more options menu (the three vertical dots at the top right) and then tap the scanning pop-up.
  • Set Bluetooth scanning to off.

3. Turn on Low power localization estimation.

Turning on this feature will improve location performance while conserving battery.

  • Tap Settings and then scroll down to the Personal heading.
  • Tap Location, and then check that Low power localization estimation is turned on.

4. Customize lock screen application shortcuts.

Customizing lock screen application shortcuts allows you to get to a frequently used app straight from the lock screen:

  • Tap Settings, Lock screen, and then Shortcuts and then select the five applications that you want to appear on your lock screen.

5. Double tap the screen to turn it on or off.

This feature allows you to glance at your lock screen simply by double-tapping the screen to turn it on and off:

  • Tap Settings then Display and scroll down to the bottom and check that KnockON is set to On.

I’ll add more to this topic as I find other settings of interest!


The YouTube Tech Guy: How To Make Your LG G6 Faster & Improve Your Battery Life

Droid Life: 20+ LG G6 Tips and Tricks!


Moving from Windows 10 Mobile to Android – Tip 3 – Transferring Text Messages

The need for a new phone, the lack of Windows 10 Mobile hardware on any carriers, and the need to switch carriers saw me waving goodbye to Windows 10 Mobile yesterday. And so, I found myself in the position of needing to move my data from Microsoft services to Android / Google.

To backup my SMS messages from my Microsoft Account I used the WP Message Backup app from the Windows Store on my Windows 10 PC. The app will backup 100 messages for free. I did not check the cost of backing up 10,000 messages (as I had more than that) and so I opted for unlimited which cost $5.49.

The app is easy to use – select Windows Phone 8.x or Windows Phone 10 and then sign in to your Microsoft Account. If you have a lot of messages it will take quite some time to populate.

When the app has finished loading your message click the List button.

Click the Select All button (if you want to export all messages) otherwise manually check messages in the list and then click the Save button.

Click the Android (xml) radio button. Before you export you will need to review the number of messages you need to export vs the free and paid options that the app offers. I paid for unlimited message export. Click the Export button and then save your .xml file to your PC.

WP Message Backup did throw up an error message at the end of my export and notified me that 288 messages could not be saved. I wasn’t too worried about it – I still had over 11,000 messages successfully exported.

I transferred the .xml file to my phone using USB – you could use cloud storage if you prefer.

On my phone I installed SMS Back & Restore to import my messages. It took a little while, and the Messaging app was a little flaky while I went through and weeded out all the junk. All things considered the migration was a success!



Moving from Windows 10 Mobile to Android – Tip 2 – Playing Music Offline with Groove Music

The need for a new phone, the lack of Windows 10 Mobile hardware on any carriers, and the need to switch carriers saw me waving goodbye to Windows 10 Mobile yesterday.

And so, I found myself in the position of needing to move my data from Microsoft services to Android / Google.

On Windows 10 I had long been ripping my Cds to mp3 and copying them directly to the Music folder on my SD card on Windows Phone. All I had to do in Groove on my phone was point the app to the folder with my music and I could listen to everything offline.

I found it rather odd that Groove on Android did not behave the same way. I tried copying my music directly to the Music folder on my phone but could not see any option to point Groove to that folder.

The rather odd solution is to use OneDrive to sync music between Windows and Android (which takes time).

I copied my mp3 file structure from my SD card to my PC and then up to the Music folder on OneDrive.  When the upload was eventually complete I could finally see my music on my Android phone. From the Groove hamburger menu I selected My music and then clicked the Refine drop down menu and selected OneDrive from the list.

But, at this point my music was still not available offline. I had manually tell Groove to download each album, from OneDrive, one at a time. To do this tap on an album and then tap the ellipsis menu and select Download from the list. Repeat for each album!

What should have been a simple process ended up being rather cumbersome. Sure, I could have just copied my music to the phone and used the stock Android music player – but I wanted to use Groove, because I like the dark theme.

Clearly the Windows Phone app is more refined – shocker!


Moving from Windows 10 Mobile to Android – Tip 1 – Contacts

The need for a new phone, the lack of Windows 10 Mobile hardware on any carriers, and the need to switch carriers saw me waving goodbye to Windows 10 Mobile yesterday.

And so, I found myself in the position of needing to move my data from Microsoft services to Android / Google.

I started with my contacts and found that importing from to Google was straightforward enough.

First log into Gmail and then switch to Contacts using the drop down menu.

Click the More drop down menu and then click Import.

Click on to import contacts from other accounts.

Click I Agree, Let’s go!

Sign in to your Microsoft account.

The starting import dialogue will appear.

Give your Google account permission to access your data. Click Yes.

Wait for the process to complete.

If it doesn’t happen straight away you can open your Contacts app on your Android phone, tap the menu (three vertical dots) and then tap Sync now.


Windows 10 – Brightness Not Working (Surface Pro 3)

My wife encountered an issue on her Surface Pro 3 (running Windows 10 Creators Update) this morning where the brightness sliders had no effect on the screen.

I took a look at it and found that the following solution worked for me:

  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand Sensors
  • Right click on HID Sensor Collection V2 and then select Uninstall from the pop up menu
  • Reboot

Hopefully this helps!