Installing EmuElec on S905x Android TV Box (Sunvell T95x) 🌱

I love the idea of the Raspberry Pi, but there are some cheaper alternative single board computers that offer a similar experience for a fraction of the cost. While the community support isn't quite what it is for the Pi, there are a ton of projects you can accomplish on the cheap with these little hidden gems. Keep an eye on AliExpress and Amazon and you can find SBC's sporting quad core ARM process with 2-4 GB of RAM for under $30, including a power supply and IR remote control.

The box used in this video is a Sunvell T95x I picked up refurbished on Amazon for $12.99 shipped. It sports a quad Core Amlogic S905x @ 2GHz and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM.

EmuElec is essentially the RetroPie equivalent for other single board computers, running only the bare minimum Linux core to get EmulationStation running.

Things You Will Need

Downloads and Flashing to MicroSD

  1. Download EmuElec Download
  2. Download Balena Etcher Download
  3. Run Balena Etcher
  4. Burn EmuElec image to microSD card
  5. Safely remove microSD and re-insert
  6. Ignore/close the Windows dialogs to format the inserted microSD card

Booting to EmuElec for the First Time

  1. With an unfolded paperclip, press the reset button hidden inside the 3.5mm AV port
  2. While holding the reset button, plug the power adapter into the Android TV box
  3. You should see the EmuElec splash screen
  4. Setup Your Controller
  5. Game

Special thanks to the developers of EmuElec for making this amazing software