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Ok, backed up my pc instalation on memory stick and transfered it to the android box. Everything is there EXCEPT the bloody font. :w00t::w00t:

Still only two choices. Doing my head in now, any ideas anyone, PLEASE!!,

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On 13/08/2016 at 4:04 PM, scooterboy said:

Heh - yep, priorities......

 

I'd given today (Saturday) as the last chance (for the moment) to fix this 'small' problem. Yesterday, I finished off my Kodi session by installing the fonts directory in the (hopefully) correct place with 2 new fonts (1 JohnG's, 1 from another site) and leaving things until today.

 

Still couldn't get anything to work at all today - couldn't even download subtitles from ANY source, though it was possible to CHOOSE a subtitle. Hmmm.....that meant looking at the error log, which is divinely full of very cryptic messages. I could only guess from the log that there was something wrong with the download subtitle path (even though there wasn't one specified) so I reckoned it was necessary to set everything back to default, after taking a backup. Oh - and my file explorer had "View hidden files" turned on (by default), by the way.

 

That apparently helped, as I was now able to choose JohnG's font under KODI System/Subtitles. After choosing several tv-shows/movies, all with a weird Rick Astley video (just what IS that thing?) I finally managed to choose a movie and download a Thai subtitle - it worked! Thai subtitles displaying, so the wife is very happy. I have to take another backup (just in case) - and to make a full "How-to-do" description -  and that's my lot for the next few days (other things call).

 

Many thanks for your immense help Peterw42 - and to JohnG for his arial file - and to all for your excellent advice and comments. Hope others can succeed in getting their Thai subtitles to work, too.

 

Cheers - and good viewing. :D

 

 

 

 

Where exactly did you put the font on the android box please?

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Good post scooterboy

 

So for  an Android box   the path to fonts should be

 

Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/media/fonts/     the fonts folder might not exist so you need to create it ?

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Exactly - Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/media/

 

The fonts folder doesn't exist (unless you've already created a fonts folder, that is). For older KODI versions - I have no idea, of course.....and I've only had my Android Box a couple of weeks, so really don't know too much about it.

 

To access a font or to add further fonts the path would be -

Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/media/fonts/

 

Heh - and it was your arial.ttf file that I changed to ARIAL.ttf - just to be able to discern from the built-in KODI arial.ttf name. Thanks.

 

Cheers

:)

 

 

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4 hours ago, scooterboy said:

Sorry, been away for some time, so haven't followed this thread. OK - here we go :

 

FIRSTLY. download the (hopefully attached) "fonts" zip file and unzip it. You will need to transfer the unzipped fonts folder to a USB stick or SD-CARD. Make sure the USB/SD is inserted into your Android Box before you switch on.

 

1. If you're NOT using ES Fi;e Explorer, then install it - so that we're "talking" about the same things. Different explorers do different things in different ways - and tend to screw up any communication. You can uninstall ES later.

 

2. Start ES and allow ES to use your USB.

On the LEFT ES panel click on USB or SD-CARD1 and find the folder "fonts". Press on

the folder name for a few seconds until the bottom status line changes to COPY....etc.

Click on COPY.

On the LEFT ES panel click on HOME - not the FIRST HOME, but the one underneath. Now you have a list of files and folders on the screen. Click on "Android", then on "data".

 

3. Look for the folder "org.xbmc.kodi"
Click on this folder, then on "files", then on "kodi", then on "media".
This is where you have to place the "fonts" folder.
Click on the PASTE icon on the bottom status line. The folder will be inserted
so that you can see "fonts",  "SKINDEFAULT.jpg" and  "SPLASH.jpg"
in the "media" folder on the screen - nothing more.

4. Start KODI and click on SYSTEM, Video, Subtitles - and in "Font to use
for subtitles" you should now be able to choose from the arrow menu.
Choose ARIAL.ttf (YES - with capital letters!) - this is the same font you downloaded.
In "Languages to download subtitles for" choose English, Thai (and any other
languages you need).

5. Now you should be able to see any Thai subtitles.

IF this doesn't work the first time, then try closing down and starting KODI
again.

 

Hope it all goes off OK. :D

 

Cheers

fonts.zip

Followed this to the letter, still no joy. When I opened the media folder it was empty so all that is there now is the "ARIAL" font??

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Hmm...sounds like your KODI has problems.  Still - a few questions :

 

1. Can you see or choose ARIAL.ttf in the System Subtitle screen?

2. Did you put the fonts folder on USB or SD-Card?

2. Did you place the folder "fonts" in the media folder? I ask coz you say

    all that is there now is the "ARIAL" font - maybe your answer should've been

     all that is there now is the fonts folder.

3. What KODI version are you using?

 

I also had difficulties in getting things to work, after I'd got the fonts folder in place. I had to return the system subtitle page to default and try again. 

1. Start KODI. Click System, Video, Just make a note of what/any information

you need  i.e. "Default TV show service" and " "Default movie service" info.

Scroll down to the LAST line "Reset above settings to default" and click.

When the default settings have been cleared, then shut down the Android Box and start up again.  

Continue from 4. in my last post to you - you should be able now to choose ARIAL. ttf. Don't forget to also re-assign your "Default TV show service" and " "Default movie service" choices (i.e opensubtitles, subscene). Any other stuff you noted - add later, not now.

 

Good luck - and you're welcome to describe the details of what you do (or don't do) and what's successful and what's NOT successful.  It can be difficult to guess what's happening with just  Followed this to the letter, still no joy

:D

 

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I downloaded your attachment to a usb stick. I then followed your procedure exactly. When I looked in the fonts folder i had pasted all that was there was the ARIAL.TTF font. I am running kodi 16.1

This is so frustrating because as i said i have got it working on my laptop so i have double checked all the settings against that. The only thing different is on my laptop i have three choices of fonts but on my box only two. 

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Were are you located williewolf ?

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17 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

Were are you located williewolf ?

Bangkok. I think the problem lies within my box. I deleted everything to do a fresh start but an old version of kodi was still there. I think that this must have come pre loaded on the box and i cannot get rid of it and it is causing a confliction in the program. I am now looking at different ways to back up and transfer from my laptop to the box. Its an old android 4.2 box and when kodi updates to version 17 i think i will have more problems so it may be a case of a new box

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1 hour ago, williewolf said:

Its an old android 4.2 box and when kodi updates to version 17 i think i will have more problems so it may be a case of a new box

 

One of the "bad" things about relying on addons  is that KODI is ever changing  and often these changes  break the  addons ,

so if you do get things working as you want them   try to find out how to disable the auto updates

some addons will eventually break  but at least the box will be "usable"  in an off line way meaning you can watch stuff from an attached hard drive /flash drive or NAS server.

 

If you have a folder with say a movie called  avatar.mp4   the subtitle needs to be called avatar.srt  or avatar.thai.srt

in other words the file names must match including capital letters

http://kodi.wiki/view/subtitles

 

You have to also watch out for  Thai subs that aren't  encoded in the correct character set

there are a few  sets  including

8-bit ASCII (TIS-60)

TIS-620

874 (ANSI/OEM - Thai)

if the font and machine character sets don't match  the subtitles will be gibberish.

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, williewolf said:

I downloaded your attachment to a usb stick. I then followed your procedure exactly. When I looked in the fonts folder i had pasted all that was there was the ARIAL.TTF font. I am running kodi 16.1

This is so frustrating because as i said i have got it working on my laptop so i have double checked all the settings against that. The only thing different is on my laptop i have three choices of fonts but on my box only two. 

 

Arial.ttf is available in the standard Kodi installation and does not support Thai fonts.

The one you need is AD-TT Garuda Regular

 

Create a folder named Fonts in the Kodi>Media folder, then copy and paste  the ttached file into it. Next open Kodi and in System>video> subtitles select AD-TT Garuda reguler.ttf

 

AD-TT-Garuda-Regular.ttf

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7 hours ago, Berty100 said:

 

Arial.ttf is available in the standard Kodi installation and does not support Thai fonts.

The one you need is AD-TT Garuda Regular

 

Create a folder named Fonts in the Kodi>Media folder, then copy and paste  the ttached file into it. Next open Kodi and in System>video> subtitles select AD-TT Garuda reguler.ttf

 

AD-TT-Garuda-Regular.ttf

Thanks for that, but i was replying to the person who posted the font, he had renamed it ARIAL, (note the capital letters to differentiate). 

The font i have working on my laptop is arialuni. 

I will try your font tommorow, thank you

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7 minutes ago, williewolf said:

Thanks for that, but i was replying to the person who posted the font, he had renamed it ARIAL, (note the capital letters to differentiate). 

The font i have working on my laptop is arialuni. 

I will try your font tommorow, thank you

 

Keep in mind you need to create a folder "Fonts" in the media folder and paste the font in that folder you just created.

 

I also tried the ArialUni font, and the file I have is much larger actually than the one posted here (23Mb), but it worked only certain Thai subtitles where the AD-TT-Garuda works on all Thai subtitles regardless how they are coded.

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On 17/08/2016 at 8:19 PM, Berty100 said:

 

Keep in mind you need to create a folder "Fonts" in the media folder and paste the font in that folder you just created.

 

I also tried the ArialUni font, and the file I have is much larger actually than the one posted here (23Mb), but it worked only certain Thai subtitles where the AD-TT-Garuda works on all Thai subtitles regardless how they are coded.

Thanks. I tried your font on my laptop, works fine and took just a couple of minutes to install and see it working. The android box, well, still no joy. I am going to have one more crack at it today and if its no good b#lls to it, it has started to take over my life lol.

My box is a couple of years old and when the new version of kodi is released i think i may struggle even more.

I even tried editing the xml file but it would not let me , so i think something is rooted to the box. I have tried clearing everything from the box as far as i could but there is an old version of kodi still there

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