ClockworkMod 6.0.5.1.4 Update requires Bootloader Unlock and Adds EXT4 Support

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery has been updated to version 6.0.5.1.4. The new version has added support for EXT4 formatted USB drives. This is very useful for those who have expanded their internal storage with an EXT4 external USB drive as it allows them to access the expanded storage while in ClockworkMod. More importantly, as of this version of CLockworkMod, kernel patching has now been removed. This means that your Fire TV must have an unlocked bootloader in order to install this version (and likely future versions) of ClockworkMod. You should follow my guide to unlock your bootloader before you proceed to installing this ClockworkMod update. If you’re installing ClockworkMod for the first time, you also first need to unlock your bootloader. Note that version 6.0.5.1.4 of ClockworkMod was initially released without the utility that allows remote control via ADB. An updated version, 6.0.5.1.4a, has been released since which re-includes the utility. You should skip the initial version 6.0.5.1.4 and just install the updated version 6.0.5.1.4a.

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ClockworkMod 6.0.5.1.3 Update adds Kernel Flashing and Adjustable Overscan

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery version 6.0.5.1.3 was just released last night by rbox. This new version has added the ability to flash custom kernels to the Amazon Fire TV, which are primarily used to overclock the CPU and/or GPU. While there are currently no custom kernels available for the Fire TV, adding the ability to change the kernel is the first step to start the tinkering ball rolling. An overclocked Fire TV would mean better gaming performance and a smoother more responsive interface. Scrolling through a large list of movies in XBMC/Kodi would benefit greatly from a bit of overclocking. This ClockworkMod update also adds the ability to change the amount of overscan padding introduced in the previous version. Overscan padding is necessary on older televisions, especially plasma displays, which cut off a portion of the picture on all 4 edges. Lastly, this new version enables vi, a text editor included in BusyBox. This will allow you to edit files directly on the Fire TV, eliminating the need to transfer files back and forth with a PC. As always, use my guide to either update ClockworkMod, or install ClockworkMod for the first time.

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ClockworkMod 6.0.5.1.2 Update adds Features to Reduce Confusion

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery version 6.0.5.1.2 has been released with several improvements that should make using it a little easier. For starters, the Amazon Fire TV’s IP address is now printed on startup. Previously, there was no way to determine the IP address, which made connecting to ClockworkMod via ADB a bit difficult. The new version also now hides NTFS partitions on connected external drives that are unmountable but previous appeared as valid directories. External drives need to be formatted with FAT32 to function correctly with ClockworkMod. Finally, this new version of ClockworkMod no longer auto-installs update.zip files in the /cache directory because this was causing issues when users mistakenly tried to use the stock upgrade/downgrade procedure with ClockworkMod installed. You cannot use ClockworkMod to install a stock image; you must first restore your stock recovery. As always, follow my guide to either update ClockworkMod, or install ClockworkMod for the first time.

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How to remotely control ClockworkMod on the Amazon Fire TV using ADB

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery adds some great features to the Amazon Fire TV. However, sometimes it’s inconvenient or not possible to connect a keyboard to the Fire TV to control ClockworkMod. For example, you may need to plug a USB drive into the Fire TV’s only USB port and you don’t have a compatible hub. Or maybe you simply don’t have a spare USB keyboard laying around. Whatever the reason, this guide will show you how to control ClockworkMod remotely over a network from any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Read more ›

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery update 6.0.5.1.1 released

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A new version, 6.0.5.1.1, of ClockworkMod Custom Recovery for the Amazon Fire TV has been released by rbox. This new version adds a few features of ClockworkMod that were previously incompatible with the Fire TV. The most useful feature is support for USB drives. Now you can install custom ROMs off a USB drive instead of having to transfer the ROM to the Fire TV via ADB. More importantly, USB drive support means you can backup your entire Fire TV without having to worry about the limited internal storage holding you back. Look for a backup guide coming very soon.

This update also makes ClockworkMod more TV friendly by increasing the font size and by adding empty space along the edges of the display to ensure TVs with overscan don’t cut off the onscreen text. Lastly, this update fixes sideloading files over the network to ClockworkMod.

Download the latest version of ClockworkMod Recovery from AFTVnews.com/recovery and check out my new guide on how to update ClockworkMod for full update instructions.

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How to update ClockworkMod Custom Recovery on the Amazon Fire TV

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Now that an update to ClockworkMod Custom Recovery for the Fire TV has been released, I thought it’d be a good idea to write a guide for installing it. The update process is nearly identical to the installation procedure. The main difference is that it does not matter what software version your Fire TV is running, as long as you’re rooted and already have ClockworkMod installed. Read more ›

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How to Revert an Amazon Fire TV back to Stock Recovery and Stock Software

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Now that the Amazon Fire TV has a ClockworkMod Recovery and can receive Custom ROMS, you may want to know how to revert back to the stock recovery and stock software. This guide will walk you through the steps to do just that. Read more ›

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How to install a Custom ROM Image on the Amazon Fire TV

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Now that ClockworkMod custom recovery is available for the Amazon Fire TV, you can now install custom ROMs. Custom ROMs are customized version of the Fire TV operating system. There aren’t too many custom ROMs to choose from right now, but I’m sure that will change in the near future. This guide will walk you through all the steps to installing a Custom ROM on the Amazon Fire TV.   Read more ›

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How to install ClockworkMod Custom Recovery on the Amazon Fire TV

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A custom recovery based on ClockworkMod has been released for the Amazon Fire TV by the very talented rbox. ClockworkMod recovery allows you to perform several advanced recovery, backup, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Fire TV that isn’t possible with the stock recovery. This is a landmark moment and a huge step towards the development of custom ROMs, kernels, themes, and more. Read on for the full guide to installing this custom recovery. Read more ›

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