HOW-TO:Install CyanogenMod on OUYA

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This is a guide to installing CyanogenMod 11 to the OUYA, which effectively updates the OUYA to Android 4.4 (Kitkat). This is required for running Kodi v15 and later on the OUYA, as the normal OUYA OS, which is based on Android, no longer meets the minimal install requirements. Kodi v14.2 and earlier versions of XBMC will continue to work on the original OUYA OS.

1 Rough notes

Stop hand.png These are really rough notes just being collected so that this guide will eventually be fleshed out into something that can be followed by anyone, even if you've never used ADB before (hopefully). Until this guide is done, advanced users can probably use the notes below to get a jump start on things, but I would not recommend it for the faint of heart.


Each of these major steps needs to be clearly explained. If possible, each step will be simplified, and maybe even consolidated into less steps.


Note: The OUYA wiki also has a guide on this. I haven't looked at it in detail yet, but it's probably worth checking out if you want to try installing CyanogenMod: http://ouya.wiki/CyanogenMod_Guide


Note: Another useful guide: http://www.s-config.com/cyanogen-mod-and-the-ouya/


1.1 Major install steps that need to be explained

  1. Installing ADB: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2272266
    • I think we also have some ADB notes on the Fire TV page that might be of use here. It might even be a good idea to make a very basic and general ADB guide, or point to someone else's guide, for all Kodi-related how-tos involving ADB.
  2. Rooting your OUYA and Installing CWM Recovery: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2295645
  3. Installing the OUYA Bootmenu: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2692836
  4. Backing up the current OUYA installation.
    • I don't know if this can be done before an earlier step. I'm also not exactly sure how to do this yet, as I messed up and had to wipe the old install to get the OUYA working again. Feel free to leave any notes/links for this directly on the wiki page.
  5. Installing CM11: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2692843
    • There are three zip files that get installed while in ADB recovery mode: CM11 for OUYA, Google apps (probably not required, but good to have?), and button mappings for the OUYA controller. All three zip links are in the above forum link.
    • This tutorial will help. You will need to install drivers for your Ouya device. https://devs.ouya.tv/developers/docs/setup Running Windows 8.1 or 10 you have to disable the driver signature enforcement in order to install these drivers. This can be done by holding shift down while you select reboot from the start menu, then selecting it in the menu options.
    • A tutorial after you have installed ADB (ANDROID SDK), rooted, and want to install Cyanogenmod and Kodi. Very thorough http://www.s-config.com/cyanogen-mod-and-the-ouya/

1.2 Other notes

  • As far as I know, the above steps completely wipe out the existing OUYA OS install. I read a little bit about setting up dual booting for people who want to retain the original OUYA OS, but I haven't gotten to the details of that yet.
  • For whatever reason, even CM11 doesn't allow Kodi to control the volume level.
  • CM11 does have the Android nav bar at the bottom, but don't worry since it's Android 4.4. The bar is hidden automatically when launching Kodi.
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