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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    I agree, I think the N2 s922x is about $70. But I already have a M4 RK3399 and I do not see any compelling reason to buy another early in development board. I have been very happy with my s912 $28 Mecool KM8 1gb ram boards running Babes Armbian . I find they are a lot of fun and am able to do one computer task well but are a bit slow on two tasks or Web surfing useless.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    The delay before Login in babes s912 Armbian has only appeared in the last few weeks. Why was the source of en-trophy Ok before and now delayed?
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    I have updated my s912 Mecool Km8 to the latest Babes Ubuntu version. It all works very very well. Including Video playback. But there is one small new problem. When I boot up there is a inordinate delay before the login screen appears. It could be minutes before the login screen appears. It may appear faster if you click the mouse or keyboard. Is any one having a similar problem?
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    You have uploaded Armbian s912 5.78. What are the benefits / improvements over Armbian 5.77? It appears the Kernel has gone from 5.0 to 5.1? Does that mean better Video driver performance? P.S. 5.77 s912 runs great on my Mecool s912 TV box. I use it as my main TV / projector player now utilizing VLC. Thanks for the great work.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    Welcome to ARMBIAN 5.67 user-built Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 4.19.2-aml-s9xxx System load: 0.40 0.43 0.28 Up time: 17 min Memory usage: 71 % of 836MB Zram usage: 2 % of 2466Mb IP: 192.168.6.105 CPU temp: 45°C Usage of /: 35% of 29G [ 0 security updates available, 9 updates total: apt upgrade ] Last check: 2019-03-20 06:50 thanks. This is what ssh login says. Welcome to ARMBIAN 5.67 user-built Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 4.19.2-aml-s9xxx System load: 0.40 0.43 0.28 Up time: 17 min Memory usage: 71 % of 836MB Zram usage: 2 % of 2466Mb IP: 192.168.6.105 CPU temp: 45°C Usage of /: 35% of 29G [ 0 security updates available, 9 updates total: apt upgrade ] Last check: 2019-03-20 06:50 How do i upgrade to a later s912 armbian?
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    "Sudo apt-get update" will upgrade my apps but will it upgrade the Kernel to the latest version in this case Kernel 5.0. If not is there a command that will do a Operating System update and upgrade to the latest linux Kernel? If there is not a command to update the Armbian s912 Armbian Kernel, do I have to download the latest s912 Armbian and start from scratch and reinstall all my apps again?
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    nothing happened. HTOP astayed at 836M Ram. 314M in use. I tried adding cma=64M as well.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    Interesting read. So since Corelec and Armbian Oleg's s912 show approx 812mb ram available then they possibly both pre-use about the same amount of Ram. If I type cma=64 into a terminal Oleg's armbian s912 should / could allocate a smaller amount of reserved ram?
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    Can we steel some of that ram memory back? 812 is not enough to run a basic web page browser. It just chokes but an extra 50k Ram might just be enough to get over the ram shortage.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    I could not agree more. On bang for buck no argument. But when I bought mine only the Mecool km8p 1gb ram version was available. I wish I had the 2gb version. My KM8p one gb version shows up as only having approximately 812mb of Ram in htop? Not 1gb as I see on my 1gb orange pi's with zram running. are you seeing on you km8p the same amount of 812mb ram? Oleg made zram ram compression work and that has been a godsend. Have you any idea where the missing 180mb of Ram is being used. If it is allocated to video I want it back. When I run Corelec it says from memory about 812mb ram available as well.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    Ridiculously expensive when the s922x hard kernel for $63 has been announced and shipping next month.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    What are the benefits of Kernel 5.0 vs the earlier 4.20 Kernel releases for s912 Armbian users? I am on limited internet and have 3 KM8p Mecool 912 happily running Armbian 5.67 Kernel 4.19. So my feeling is I should wait a while until Kernel 5.0 matures BUT if there is a compelling reason or benefit to upgrade to Kernel 5.0 I will do it.
  13. Thanks for the great Benchmarks. Its always a delight to find out I managed to get the best bang per buck with my rapidly evolving collection of arm boards. The Mecool KM8 s912 is clearly a stand out Corelec Kodi player in terms of Bang per buck. I think the s922x for $65 will eat the s912-Armbian market once it is released as the Hard Kernel N2. One of the things I did not understand about Arm chip boards being used as Linux computers. Is the HUGE delay between the hardware being in-effect "released in a unfinished state" and the time it takes for the software to catch up. i.e. no VPU driver for s912 was solved in Corelec Kodi by rapping the android VPU driver etc. Orange Pi PC2 did not have a Hardware Video driver solved by a massive reverse engineering project. The s912 was said to have 2.0ghz cores but it turned out to be 1.5ghz etc.
  14. My thinking and experimenting on this is is.. Yes ..Passive cooling is a novel idea but these chips start to "cripple their performance if they get hottish" A simple $5 raspberry Pi Fan soldered in will provide enough cooling to KNOCK 10 degree's to 15 degree's Celsius off the temperature of the CPU close to full load. 70 degree Celsius will go to 55 Celsius. It will mean that you can play a HEVC x265 movie in "software" mode, with CPU utilization at 80-90% if you have to. PS If you are using the s912 board for Amateur Radio or Software defined Radio the fan directly soldered to the s912 TV will cause a slight hum and may need a small capacitor to quieten it. I have 3, KM8 Mecool s912. Two with fans one without. One is running a dedicated Corelec version of Kodi and I run it fan-less but I suspect occasionally it gets too hot and the HEVC video slightly stutters. I can live with this as I do not want a fan noise whilst watching a video on Kodi. The other 2 Mecool KM8 I run Oleg's S912 Armbian..this is simply amazing with a fan I can run my software defined radio software at 3.2 MHz FULL bandwidth (cpu utilization 70-80%) on a 5 volt low powered device at about 55degree Celsius. it is simply amazing.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    I tried to get the Armbian s912 image to write to the KM8p Mecool 1gb/8gb flash memory. I used the utility i found in Armbian settings. It is a control line interface app. It gave me an option to write the image to Flash memory. After writing the image, I could then look at the 8GB FLASH using GPARTED and see that the flash memory was now partitioned differently. Now I have 3 KM8 Mecool's and they were all bought separately. They seem to have different Android images on the flash memory. To cut a long story it appears that on rebooting the KM8 i had written the Armbian image to flash on, it would reboot and go back or reinstall android and then boot. In the end i gave up on installing Armbian to the flash and just installed the same Android 7 image on all three km8's.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S912

    I could not get the flash memory on my Mecool to stop some how over writing itself with the internal Android image. I used the Armbian utility to write the armbian image to the 8gb flash.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    hand typing from other screen Linux aml 4.19.2-aml-s9xxx #12 SMP PREEMPT MON DEC 14...MSK 2018 aarch64 aarch64 GNU/Linux
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    ~$ lsmod Module Size Used by fuse 102400 3 zstd 16384 8 zram 24576 5 zsmalloc 24576 1 zram meson_rng 16384 0 rng_core 16384 1 meson_rng meson_ir 16384 0 ao_cec 16384 0 scpi_hwmon 16384 0 rc_core 49152 2 meson_ir meson_gxbb_wdt 16384 0 pwm_meson 16384 1 george@aml:~$ dmesg |grep ath [ 8.697551] systemd[1]: Started ntp-systemd-netif.path.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    Give me a terminal command to run on my Mecool km8 and I will cut and paste the output here.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    I think I gave up on the internal WiFi being configured under Armbian S912 build 67 Ubuntu 18.04 and just plugged a series generic USB wifi dongles in until one was recognized. On my Mecool KM8 s912 Armbian 67 build Ethernet is working fine.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    Are you running HTOP system info? It should show you your s912 8 cores CPU loads. Normally when I run x265 Video using I think "mplayer" it is about 90% cpu on all 8 cores. Remember the first 4 cores are 1.5ghz and the second four are I think limited to 1GHz. Firefox in Armbian s912 is a memory hog. VLC does not work well in Armbian s912. You can ssh in to the s912 box and remotely run armbianmonitor -m to keep an eye on temperature. Without a fan my s912 Mecool gets to like 85 degree Celsius. But with a Fan it sits under 90% load playing a video at about 50 degrees Celsius. Its possible the laginess could be the s912 "HEAT THROTTLEing"
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    Your Km8 Mecools may not be identical. I am not certain my three KM8 Mecools s912 1GB/ 8GB are the same. For a while I tried to boot from the internal 8gb flash. It appeared to me there were slight differences. In the end I just updated all three mecool KM8's internal flash to Android 7 and gave up trying to boot Armbian from the internal flash. Open your units up and have a look at the boards.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    I am away from my KM8 at the moment but i am having no problem with Armbian_5.67_Aml-s9xxx_Ubuntu_bionic_default_4.19.2_desktop_20181203 on 3 KM8 Mecools. It appears to have dissapeared. My internet is so slow I cannot send it too you.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    I am wondering if this problem you are having is a hardware problem? Can you boot the latest Corelec Kodi image for s912?