Crystal HD support in Krypton?

You have a franken-build: a 16.x binary with 17.x line and addons. That won’t work well at all in the long run…


Do you need another beta tester who has a crystal HD card in their AppleTV?


I have enough testers for now


I have just installed the latest OSMC (2017.03-1-HDD). I have a stock Apple TV gen 1 but I have Crystal HD card in the mail that should arrive any day. Unfortunately I have just seen this forum topic :frowning:

Should I reinstall OSMC with an earlier version that supports CHD? Which version on the OSMC USB creator is the one that I need?

Edit: I am only setting this ATV up for Plex, so I’m happy with an earlier version of OSMC as long as Plex works well.


Hello Sam

Will be there soon a solution in view? When will the support of the Chrystal HD Card again take place? Or is this project dead?


Unfortunately it doesn’t look possible to get this to work smoothly. I might release a new build with CrystalHD support, but the lack of resources (256M RAM) seems to limit its usefulness.

sad to hear, but I guess it was inevitable. is it possible to lock updates for ATV1 from your side, so we don’t accidentally brake Kodi 16 installs with an unwanted update?

I can imagine that deleting all entrys in /etc/apt/sources.list should do this job.

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If you released a new build with CrystalHD support (even if it doesn’t work completely smoothly) I, personally, would greatly appreciate it. As it is now, I can’t watch anything in HD with just the software codecs, and that makes my ATV almost useless. I would most definitely upgrade to better hardware (and that is, of course, the best solution) I just don’t have the money available at the moment. Thanks for all your work, Sam!

Sam I have the same problem. I wish could work with this release, please.

Hi Sam,
care to elaborate on the exact issue? Kodi Krypton has grown bigger than Jarvis and therefore even getting Crystal support back in, there is just not enough left to still work ok? Do see it working ok if certain functions (please provide list), which might not be needed, one would disable? Or any other (memory) performance one can do? (Reduce number of (specific) plug-ins?).

The issue is also VideoPlayer related. It’s a new architecture, and is (still) closely coupled to Kodi itself, although the goal is to make it less so in the long term.

This means we can’t trivially bolt on the old DVDPlayer with CrystalHD support in the same way that we used to.

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@Spinner - Can you create a Sticky with commands (like the brilliant error one) that allows us to downgrade to a version that does use CHD? That way until it comes through in newer we can use the older one or remain there.

Downgrading isn’t possible, just use an older version

I’m in a similar boat. I ordered my card right before this topic opened and it didn’t work when I installed, I actually did my research first.

I did downgrade. I thought I set my OSMC not to look for upgrades but it keeps asking me to and I tell it no, I’ll have to do through the code more. I would advise just downloading and installing the previous version, it works alright for me, but can still be glitchy.

I can’t help but wonder if we’re not approaching this this wrong way. The Apple TV has no problem playing back high-res video with the original OS on it (though I’ll admit that Apple having full control of the content does ensure the right bitrate of content arrives, etc…) I’m wondering if we shouldn’t be looking at this from an nVidia driver perspective instead, the 1st gen Apple TV has a GPU that’s no slouch and even holds its own against the lower end stuff of today. I know being closed source and a special version hurts everything, but maybe someone can bribe someone at nVidia with a case of beer to leak a driver to us.

Hi Sam,

Is it possible to run the May update without an upgrade from Kodi 16 to Kodi 17?

Or are there good news for the Crystal HD support with Kodi 17.x?

Hi – it’s not possible unfortunately. At least: it’s not trivial

Hi Sam

Which of my questions?

Both at this time unfortunately

Just poking my head in to say thank you to Sam for keeping the ATV alive for so damn long. He truly took it way beyond its intended lifespan and use case. The January 2017 OSMC image for ATV is the finest piece of software that will ever be released for that hardware, and it is a stable platform that will continue to perform in its current capacity for years to come.

I think we should all just move on now :laughing: