Question Booting Hekate directly with SX Dongle

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  1. SpaceJump
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    I'm trying to directly boot into Hekate using the SX Dongle, but none of the methods I tried work. Here's what I tried:
    • Using the SX Gear boot.dat to chainload the Hekate payload renamed to payload.bin
    • Using https://sx-boot-dat-creator.herokuapp.com to convert the Hekate payload into a boot.dat
    • Using the Python script to convert the Hekate payload into a boot.dat
    In all cases the dongle's light flash green/blue, but the screen stays black.

    Shouldn't this work? Am I missing something?
     
  2. thaikhoa

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    I'm using python payload converter to boot.dat it works just fine.
     
  3. Jayro

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    Why not hack into the dongle using a PC and USB cable and have it inject hekate.bin directly, in-place of boot.dat?
     
  4. SpaceJump
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    Afaik that's not possible, is it?
     
  5. P3T3

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    Just the hekate bin is needed, put on sd card, boot other payload... You don’t need the script! Use the bin you get with hekate
     
  6. SpaceJump
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    That cannot work. The standard SX dongle always boots the boot.dat on the SD card.
     
  7. P3T3

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    The original I have, boot hacket of it as I said!
     
    Last edited by P3T3, Oct 12, 2019
  8. mav2010

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    Can you try to put hekate 5.0.2 into SD root directory and boot normal SXOS with volume + pressed? Then you can load the hekate.bin from the SXOS menu. This at least works for me. Will try chainloading with the SXGear boot.dat later on.
     
  9. mav2010

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    Just did the test with an SD card formatted to FAT32, the only files in root directory being boot.dat from SX Gear and hekate 5.0.2 bin renamed to payload.bin. Works perfectly fine!

    Remark: I actually have the SX Gear dongle (the red one), but I don’t think that the normal (black) dongle should behave differently.
     
    Last edited by mav2010, Oct 13, 2019
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  11. gnze796

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    I think you have something wrong with your Hekate setup then. I am using the boot.dat creator for a long time now and I have 0 problems.
     
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