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  1. @andersonpersan I am answering your other question that you had posted in a different thread here.  First I would point out that your board says MX3mini and the board date is 2021.  That is years newer than other TX3 mini boards I have.  I suspect (as is common for tv box manufacturers) that this is really a completely different board but put in a TX3 mini case.  This is likely due to the covid related chip shortages and they used whatever chips they could find to produce these boards.  Therefore it is likely there isn't going to be any supported dtbs for your board.  Since the cpu chip may be a amlogic s905w (although there are cases reported in the rockchip tv box forum where the manufacturers are faking the markings on the chips as well - cases where the chips say amlogic but are really rockchip or vice versa), I would recommend trying all the meson-gxl-* dtb files, to see if any are a good match for your hardware.

  2. Since you are using a build from a third party (i.e. not armbian) you should probably ask your questions where you downloaded this from, as it is unlikely anyone around here is going to be able to help since you are using code forked off of armbian. (and we don't know what that code is).

    I do see that awawa is also a member of these forums, but he hasn't posted for three months, so he isn't actively engaged with the armbian community and probably isn't going to notice your posts here.

  3. 11 hours ago, manotroll said:

    I'm using the image Armbian_22.05.0-trunk_Tanix-tx6_bullseye_current_5.15.27_xfce_desktop.img

    First question is where did you get this build, it isn't one I am aware of.


    Second question is what instructions are you following. So we know what steps you have done/are following.


    11 hours ago, manotroll said:

    as I do the backup, pressing the button on the VA pin has no effect

    I don't understand this.  What button, what is 'VA', what backup are you doing?

  4. A few comments:

    1) Moved post to the TV Boxes forums

    2) Since you mention inovato a couple of times in your post and post links to their site, it is important to point out the following (taken directly from the inovato site):  "IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have any questions or problems with this process, by all means use the Armbian Forums to search for information, but please DO NOT ask questions if you can't find your answer.  They don't support the Quadra firmware: We do. So please use the Support category on this forum."

    I want others who might read this to be fully aware that Armbian does not support inovato based questions.

    3) Armbian does not support TV Boxes, please read:  https://forum.armbian.com/topic/16976-status-of-armbian-on-tv-boxes-please-read-first

    4) I'm not aware of anyone who has successfully run armbian on any h616 based box.  The h616 is a newish cpu (vs the older H6 which does have better support) and mainline linux support isn't all there yet

    5) Unless you are a low level kernel / driver C developer, you probably have the wrong box to be experimenting with.  Rockchip based TV boxes have pretty good community support.

  5. On 10/10/2022 at 6:20 PM, incendio said:

    There's no armbian image on this link. 

    The author has taken down those builds after two years.  So for now there are no unofficial builds for amlogic tv boxes.  I'm hoping that changes soon.


    7 hours ago, incendio said:

    There is still a small problem, couldn't reboot server via software, had to shutdown, turn power off, then turn power on again.

    My experience is that this is fixed in later kernels.  If I recall correctly this started working correctly in 5.0.18 (could be 5.0.19).  I'm hoping to get some new builds based on current kernels made available.

  6. 13 hours ago, incendio said:

    I told you, I got it from Youtube

    Well youtube certainly isn't an official source.  I have no idea where the build you used came from, but it isn't anything I am aware of.  Please read the following two TV Box FAQ posts:





  7. On 9/28/2022 at 7:01 PM, dasargentum said:

    and surprisingly it worked

    That isn't surprising really.  The old builds of armbian that are available are for kernel 5.9.0.  While there isn't a lot of fixes being made to the amlogic code in the kernel, there are some that trickle in and the debian link you provided is just from a newer kernel with a more correct dtb.  If someone were to pick up balbes150's work and publish new armbian images with a more recent kernel the armbian images would also likely work better.

  8. I have been playing with this issue for other reasons today.  You should be able to restore the default u-boot environment by the following uboot commands:

    env default -a



    Since I doubt you have a serial connection to your box allowing you to debug/monitor u-boot, you can cause these commands to be run by using the attached aml_autoscript file.


    If you put this file on your usb stick and use the 'adb reboot update' that should run the above commands which are contained in that special aml_autoscript file.  After that you can restore the original armbian aml_autoscript file to your usb stick and do the 'adb reboot update' with that one and then you should have a working armbian environment.


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