0Tips for new Kodi users

I’ve recently started the migration from 7MC to Kodi now that Media Center is no longer supported, and consequently many plugins for it are no longer being actively developed.

I opted to use the Aeon Nox theme as it seems to be widely used, extensively customisable, and frequently updated. Different themes seem to require totally different settings

1. To enable a guide longer than 3 days, first “advanced settings” need to be enabled. I found this easier to do with the default theme, as I couldn’t find the option in Aeon Nox

2. Aeon Nox settings don’t seem to clone between machines when using the “backup” plugin. I found copying 2 folders allowed me to duplicate my theme settings between PCs. script.skin.helper.service and skin.aeon.nox.5 in %appdata%\kodi\userdata\addon_data

3. To increase the font size of RSS edit Font.xml in %appdata%\Kodi\addons\skin.aeon.nox.5\1080i and create a new font 13b which i the same as font 13 but with a larger size. Then edit Includes_Widgets.xml and change the font used for rss to the new font13b. The value for “top” will also need editing so that the RSS text isn’t pushed off the bottom of the screen.

4. When backing-up Kodi with the back-up plugin I have found that addons don’t get enabled. I manually enabled 1 addon, quit kodi, and then looked in %appdata%\kodi\userdata\database. I then overwrote addons27.db with the one i wanted to restore and all my addons were restored.

5. Create a playercorefactory.xml so that videos play with MPC-HC (and therefore with LAV and Mad-VR).

5. To use your Kodi like a chromecast (i.e. so you can cast videos to it from your phone or laptop) have a look at this article on HowToGeek

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