Quick guide to optimizing Kodi without a video tutorial (Updated 2/14/2018)

 

 

I personally prefer speed and my current go to has always been the WookieLite build. Sadly Wookie is no longer available nor supported.

My current recommendation is the No Limits Magic build. Specifically the Lite “firestick” version. Click here for the download details.

 

Here is a couple options to optimize the current build for a boost in performance.

 

 

1. Turn off or uninstall anything you know you can within Kodi as far as what you don’t use.

Things such as the RSS feed you can find in System/interface/other or any add-ons you will never be using from the add-on screen.

 

2. Go to System options just like before this time go to the player settings.

System/Player/Videos which should be the first screen.

Scroll down and change -Enable HQ scalers for scaling above to 0% (unnecessary GPU load for anything that isn’t a PC or quite powerful).

Now in the same menu right below the HQ scaling option disable the MediaCodec (surface). DO NOT DISABLE THE ONE BELOW THAT!

 

3. In the System/System settings under Display find –Number of buffers used by graphics driver and change this to 2.

( In computer graphics, double buffering is a technique for drawing graphics that shows no (or less) stutter, tearing, and other artifacts.) 

 

 

4.  For the last step since ares is no longer available you will need a plugin called Easy Advanced Settings. Follow the instructions on the link to install. (NOTE BELOW STEP 4)

 

Once installed click and open the plugin. Go to Edit Settings and then Network Settings.
From the Network settings option click on another Network option once again.

Now finally you have reached a page in which the bottom three options are going to be changed. These options are as follow.

 

readbufferfactor–   The most common recommendation is 5. Currently I use 4.

(Increases the amount of cache saved per stream)

 

Note: Oddly enough it would seem I am currently having a bit better performance with this disabled.

 

buffermode Set this option to 1

(This setting will force Kodi to use a cache for all video files, including local network, internet, and even the local hard drive)

 

cachemembuffersize This number depending on your setup, speed, and what you are running Kodi on can vary;

(sets the amount of cache to keep in RAM)

If you have a device, like a Raspberry pi, set this number to 50MB (which uses 150MB of RAM):

<cachemembuffersize 52428800

 

If you have a device with a lot of memory, you’ll be at the other end of the spectrum. You can set this number to 150MB (which uses 400MB of RAM)

<cachemembuffersize157286400

 

For most users, the folllowing setting should work just fine. Here, we’ll set this number to 100MB (which uses 300MB of RAM)

Mess around with this option a bit to see which size works best for you.

 

Easy Advanced Settings comes pre-installed on the no limits builds.


If it does not work you will need to create a advancedsettings.xml file and copy the settings options below.

<advancedsettings>
<network>
<buffermode> 1 </buffermode>
<readbufferfactor> 4 </readbufferfactor>
<cachemembuffersize> 157286400  </cachemembuffersize>
</network>
</advancedsettings>

 

Once you have changed the options above to your own you can save the file. You’ll need to place it in your Kodi userdata folder on your device.

Remember to change the file extension to .xml. Using ES file explorer for those with amazon boxes appears to be the easiest method of delivery.


 

Resolver issues and the current state of Kodi links

Recently there has been issues within the world of Kodi to say the least. Links seem harder to come by.  However there are things in the works.

Such repositories as Placenta (install instructions linked) have a url resolver called URL Resolve installed that is essentially mirroring and fixing the problems with the current resolver.

Note: It will automatically install with Nolimits builds. As well as if you have installed placenta on it’s own.

 

Utilizing something like Real-debrid is definitely helpful in making a lot more high quality links appear. Though it is not free, it is not expensive either.

Very much worth it in most cases.

 

Kodi Real Debrid


 

Some quick settings to consider

1. Zoom

Within System/Interface/Skin  “look and feel” you will see a under -fonts a option called zoom.

I set this to -2. It may seem minor but it actually looks better.

 

 

2. Sub-Menu Items

Under the same menu as zoom you will seeConfigure skin.

Click on this. Then click on Setup the Aeon Nox (if you are on nolimits build) main menu.

From here you will be able to delete and move around any of the sub-menus from each category on the home screen.

 

 

3. Color Customization

 Under the same menu as number 2 on this list “skin settings“. You will see Customization.

From here you can click on choose skin colors.

 


 

 

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Cody

Being a techie all of my life, nearly all of my off and on time is spent working on and with computers.

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