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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