Updating XBMC when XBMC is running as the dashboard

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Updating XBMC when XBMC is running as the dashboard

Post by F.A.D. » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:16 pm


I wanted to ask if it is possible to update the XBMC via ftp when the XBMC is set as the dashboard (immediately boots into xbmc when you power the xbox).

I have no idea anymore how I made the xbmc the dashboard but ist approx more than 10 years in the past.

When I ftp the newest version to the xbox it doesn't change a thing because I think it is not possible when it's actually running.

Any help is very much appreciated!

Thank you all very much in advance!

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Re: Updating XBMC when XBMC is running as the dashboard

Post by professor_jonny » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:09 am

what I do is ftp it to a directory along side your current xbmc and call it xbmc 2
then load up the xbmc 2 from the file manager then rename the old directory to something new.
then load up the old version from the file manager in the new version and rename xbmc 2 to xbmc

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Re: Updating XBMC when XBMC is running as the dashboard

Post by Coldly-Indifferent » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:14 pm

^ Yes but you have to be very careful not to shutdown the Xbox during the renaming process and, of course, make sure the renaming is exactly the same as your original installation or you risk having an unbootable Xbox. That would be particularly problematic if it is a softmod.

One thing I suggest doing before renaming anything is just test that that the new XBMC version works. Once the it has been transferred to the Xbox (I suggest that is done to a temporary folder first) use your existing XBMC file manager and click on the new version's "default.xbe". That should launch the new XBMC and you can see if all is OK.

Then copy it into place and do the renaming thing.

I'd also suggest keeping the old version too, running it as an app,

Another way of doing this dash update would be to use a disc like HeXEn (softmod/chip) or Rocky5's XBSMT (softmod only) to update everything installing the new XMBC as part of the process. But you must know how your console was modded first.

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