Prep and install guide

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Before you start!

Many of the functions set out below require the user to put the Slice menus into Expert mode. To do this, select <Expert> in any <Setup> menu at the bottom left of the screen.

How to prepare the hard drive before installation

IMPORTANT - this section only applies to users providing their own hard disks. Slices with hard drives direct from FiveNinjas are already formatted.

This section shows how to perform a partition and format (Windows or OSX).


Press Windows key and letter R on keyboard

In box type 'diskmgmt.msc' (without quotes)

Click <OK>

New window will appear

One row will show disk 'Unallocated'

Right-click on the row

Click <New Simple Volume...>

Click <Next>

Click <Next> in <Specify Volume Size>

Click <Next> in <Assign Drive Letter>

Select 'exFAT' in <File> system box

Type 'Slice-HD' (without quotes) into <Volume label> box

Ensure 'Perform a quick format' is ticked

Click <Next>

Click <Finish>

Wait a few seconds

Row should now show Volume Name, Drive Letter and read 'Healthy (Primary Partition)'

Close the window

Mac OSX:

Open <Disk Utility> in Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utilities

Select the correct drive on the left

Select the <Partition> tab on the right-hand side

Select <Partition Layout> and select <1 partition>

In <Name> box type 'Slice-HD' (without quotes)

Change the <Format> box to <exFAT>

Select <Options> and then <GUID Partition Table>

Select <OK>

Select <Apply>

You will see an 'Are you sure?' window

Select <Partition>

How to install a hard drive into Slice

To install the hard drive into Slice, do the following - you will need an Allen key (supplied) and a Phillips screwdriver (not supplied).

1. Unscrew the four screws on the bottom of the case with the Allen key.

2. Set aside the white Perspex LED lens.

3. Carefully turn your Slice over. Remove FIVE Phillips screws and their washers from the board. NOTE: The fifth is slightly hidden between the two USB headers and needs care to remove.

4. Turn the board over. Bottom right is the SATA hard drive connector.

5. Place the Drive Shim 2000 on the board – it only fits one way.

6. Carefully place the hard drive on the Shim and slide into the SATA connector.

7. While holding the hard drive, gently turn the board over. Install the four hard drive Phillips screws (supplied) to fasten all four corners of the drive to the board.

8. Reinstall Perspex insert and close case.

Insert the supplied Wifi and RF dongles into the USB ports. Connect an HDMI cable (supplied) to your TV or monitor and to Slice. Connect the psu jack to the Slice socket, and then plug into the mains. Your Slice will start to boot. NOTE: total time for boot is approx 50 seconds so be patient! Let Slice go all the way through its routine. You will then be presented with a first-time setup page. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Remote control functions

NOTE - the remote is already set up for use and thus does NOT require codematching.

The remote has the bare minimum of buttons to minimise confusion. It also uses RF (Radio Frequency) technology, as opposed to the more normal IR (Infrared). The main advantage is that the user can point the remote anywhere in the room and the commands will be received. The main disadvantage is that it uses a frequency shared by many different devices, including cordless phones!

Remote buttons:

Top left – "Flip" button to switch between menus and playback screen:


Top right – "Ninja" button (in Kodi it’s the ‘context’ button) to bring up extra context menus and options:


All other buttons are self-explanatory, but note that the Navigate Left and Right buttons are used within Slice libraries to bring up extra functions (Left) and quick scroll by page (Right)

How to set the date and time

Go to: Setup -> XBMC Settings -> Appearance -> International

Region - set area and 12/24-hour clock.

Timezone country - set as appropriate.

If the date and/or time keep 'drifting',

Time Server

A Time Server can be added as follows:

Goto: Setup-> OpenElec settings -> Network-> Timeserver
Insert '' (without quotes).

How to enable WiFi

Goto: Setup -> OpenElec Settings -> Connections

Right arrow to highlight your WiFi connection

Select <Connect>

Enter your WiFi password.

How to name your media files

It is important that you name your files in a way that can be recognised by the media scrapers (online databases that compare file titles with their own listings and hopefully insert the correct information).

NOTE - Kodi ignores the initial word 'the' in titles by default. To turn off, goto: Setup -> XBMC Settings -> Appearance -> File Lists.

Suggested naming conventions include:


<Title words with full stop between each word>.<date of film>



or <Title> <(Date)>


A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

3D Movies

To name and organise 3D movies, click here [1]

TV Shows

The Ninjas recommend the following folder structure: [2]:

/TV Shows/Better Call Saul/Season 1/S01E01 <title of episode>

Mini-series (such as Band of Brothers) should be organised in the same way, creating a 'Season 1' folder into which all the episodes are placed. The [3] gives guidance on how each TV show should be laid out.


Correct naming of music folders and files is less important because songs are 'tagged' instead. For more information, go to Setting up media libraries#How to manage and tag music files