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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Single Armbian image for RK + AML + AW   
    The first results of studying the sent TV boxes. Ugoos UM3 (rk3288). First, the cons. This model does not have a LAN port. You have to use an external network card for LAN-USB. Positive. For this model, there is a ready-made Linux Ubuntu 15 image, with a simple installation procedure in eMMC. You can choose to install the dual boot option (Android+Ubuntu), or install only Linux (Ubuntu) in eMMC. I checked both options. Work. For those who need a minimal version of Ubuntu with the old core 3.10 and XFCE, after a small revision, the regular version of Ubuntu will be enough. This model has a properly designed WiFi (high-quality external antenna). The only modification I made was to remove the top plastic cover so that the cooling system would work normally. The presence of standard firmware with Linux makes it much easier to run other versions of Linux (Armbian and Libreelec). The Ugoos UM3 model has improved options with LAN and more ports it is UT3\UT3s. But I warn you right away, I don't have UT3\UT3s models, so I don't know how compatible they are with UM3 and whether it will be possible to have their General support. Result. My overall impression of UM3 is positive and I look forward to further development on adapting Armbian and Libreelec for this model. 
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Single Armbian image for RK + AML + AW   
    One suggestion is to forget about this WiFi chip and use a USB chip.
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Single Armbian image for RK + AML + AW   
    The new version 20.05.5 (20200522).
    All images are build entirely on the ARM platform (rk3399 + NVMe). After fixing bugs, the process of building the first image (including downloading sources, building all packages, building the kernel, u-boot, and so on) took less than 50 minutes. 
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    jeanrhum reacted to jock in 25$ TV Box running Armbian "out of the box"   
    if you need just something such small, you may find nanopi or orange pi boards. Some small models are pretty cheap (<10$) and well supported by armbian. Tv boxes have no exposed GPIOs, which can instead be very useful for domotic applications.
    For example, I have an old Orange PI One (Allwinner H3) which has ethernet, 1 USB port, 512mb of ram and some exposed GPIO. I paid less than 10$ some year ago. I guess now you can get something similar with wifi too at the same price.
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Odroid C4   
    No SPI - is very bad. Use an SD card (speed 50) or eMMC (speed 125) , if you have USB 3 (speed 340), to work - you need to be an idiot. At the same time, u-boot placement is possible only on SD\eMMC\SPI and therefore for the system to work with USB, you will have to have either an SD card (all SD cards are complete crap in speed and reliability and I generally consider them only as temporary media , such as CD\DVD on a PC), or buy an expensive branded EMMC module (almost 15$ for 8Gb), just for the sake of starting the system from USB. HK needs to be added before mass release SPI (only 4Mb is enough) and make it the main carrier for u-boot placement.
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Single Armbian image for RK + AML + AW   
    The version of the image 20200323.
    Resolved then issue of pulseadio conflict with the G12 audio device . Now you don 't need to delete PULSEAUDIO. To enable audio on g12, you only need to run the script ( or for GX\GXM models, run the script (
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from psxsnake in AlfaWise H96 Pro+ Armbian Development Headless Server Setup   
    These are debian and ubuntu release names. Prefer buster if you want debian or bionic for ubuntu.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from lanefu in Armbian 20.02 (Chiru) Release Thread   
    I tested several sbcs:
    - buster image for pine64:
    - buster image for OPi+2E:
    - buster image for pineh64-b (wlan0 visible, but not able to connect to my wifi network):
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from TRS-80 in What is the most powerful TV Box (or SBC) to run Armbian?   
    Currently amlogic s922x or A311D are the most powerful socs (4xA73). The first one can be found some tvbox like beelink gt king or ugoos am6 and the second one in khadas vim3.
    I think that most rk3399 boards have better supported than amlogic ones.
    For your second question, it mainly depend on your use case.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from TRS-80 in Armbian for Amlogic S905X3   
    Hi, writting from my box. I use the latest image from balbes150. base don kernel 5.5.1 with meson-sm1-sei610.dtb. Trying to use the color trick for g12 board doesn't work for me, the board does not boot at all. Without considering the color problem, the desktop experience is smooth and the soc stay cool even if I have remove the heat sink (<50°C without heavy loads and go up for 60°C when watching test videos on mpv or chromium).
    eth0 is visible but not able to send/receive data. wlan0 not visible, I use an usb dongle. Bluetooth seems active but not able to detect a bluetooth audio speaker.
    Stop here since the blue color is not comfortable, but a more detailed report can be found here:
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from dgm78 in What is the most powerful TV Box (or SBC) to run Armbian?   
    Currently amlogic s922x or A311D are the most powerful socs (4xA73). The first one can be found some tvbox like beelink gt king or ugoos am6 and the second one in khadas vim3.
    I think that most rk3399 boards have better supported than amlogic ones.
    For your second question, it mainly depend on your use case.
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Single Armbian image for RK + AML + AW   
    ver 20.02.0-rc1 20200129
    The sound works on all models S9xxx, rk3399 , rk3328 , aw h6.
    Please note that to enable audio on g12 chips s922x s905x2 (models Ugoos AM6, Ugoos x2, Odroid N2 etc), you must follow the instructions specified in the first message.
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    jeanrhum reacted to hexdump in Choice of TV box.   
    this is just a quick note that in my experience the amount of tv boxes with fake specs has grown quite a bit in the last months and that this is something to always have in mind when getting a box for a surprisingly cheap (i.e. quite a bit cheaper than usual or most of the other offerings) price - you might be lucky and it will be a bargain or you might hit one with fake specs. some examples i saw recently: a qplus 4g ram / 32g emmc ended up to be 2g ram and 16g nand, a h6 box sold as 4g ram / 32g emmc ended up as 2g ram / 16g emmc, a x96mini 2g ram / 16g emmc ended up at only 1g ram / 16g emmc, a r39 2g ram / 16g emmc with rockchip rk3229 ends up as 1g ram / 16g emmc and an allwinner h3 cpu and so on. the fake specs are not that easy to spot: in android they even fake the storage size shown in the storage settings and with a terminal installed even the "free" command tells you most of the time that the memory amount is proper. what usualy works for storage is "cat /proc/partitions" and watching for the device itself (for instance mmcblk0) - this also quickly shows you if its emmc (=mmcblk) or nand (=nand) and for memory "dmesg | grep -i mem" (do this immediately after booting android, otherwise the memory lines from the bootup might run out of the log buffer) - both of course called in a terminal app. booting one of balbes150's armbian images usually quickly shows you the real specs of the box too.
    good luck at not ending up with fake boxes and best wishes - hexdump
    p.s.: one thing to keep in mind is that allwinner h6 boxes always only can use 3g ram, even if they have 4g installed - this is a limitataion of the soc ...
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Plans for the development of Armbian-TV.   
    In the new year, I plan to focus on improving and developing Armbian-TV  (Armbian-TV is a version that is based on the official Armbian, aimed at improved support for media capabilities and ease of use by ordinary users) support for the platforms Rockchip and Allwinner  (perhaps a few more platforms will be added that are not yet in use). To do this, I have already ordered several popular models based on rk3399 (NanoPC T4, RockPi 4, Renegade-Elite), in a complete set with obligatory Support of nvme carriers (I consider this support essentially important, for transition of TV boxes and SBS to the category of mini-PC, as highly effective and improved replacement of the usual PC). I'm plan to buy several more models on Allwinner (I'm still evaluating the capabilities of the selected models). 
    I had plans to buy some more models based on rk3399 from other manufacturers, but there were problems with delivery and / or payment for my country.
    If anyone has any suggestions for models that I should consider, I'm willing to listen to reasonable descriptions of the models.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from balbes150 in X88 King S922X TV Box for Armbian   
    For the same price, I prefer to buy an ugoos am6 pro (what I have done). The sdcard with coreelec is not so interesting compared to what you can get for balbes150 excellent work.
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Armbian for RK3399   
    Armbian (5.98_20191018) and Libreelec KODI-19 (kernel 4) 20191018 images update for rk3399 platform with USB startup support. Important change. When testing these images on Magicsee N6 Max (rk3399) and MVR (rk3328) I found an interesting nuance. If you install one of the versions of Armbian or Libreelec in eMMC of these models with support for launching from USB, you can write to a USB flash drive any version of the image for rk3399 or rk3328 and use it on both platforms (on TV boxes with rk3399 and rk3328 at the same time). I. e. the image from rk3399 can be run on rk3328 and Vice versa (you only need to correctly specify the desired DTB in the settings).
    p.s. On Magicsee N6 Max running from USB works on both USB 2.0 ports (on the left side of the TV box).
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    jeanrhum reacted to balbes150 in Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 5.x   
    I'm not going to waste my time on all the shit that manufacturers shove in their crafts (just to write on them - WiFi available). Want to have WiFi, you have several options.
    1. Use normal equipment where there is guaranteed WiFi support.
    2. Use external USB WiFi with good support.
    3. Themselves add the necessary support for your WiFi.
    4. You seek from the seller\manufacturer of your equipment the necessary support.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from e97 in [rk3288] Ugoos UT3+ / UT3 Plus   
    You'd may look at this topic:
    With jock image, I'was able to boot my ut3s. I didn't take time to customize a dts to have a better support, but it was useable for a light desktop.
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    jeanrhum reacted to Hijax in THE testing thread   
    Small progress update -
     fresh photo.
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    jeanrhum reacted to Igor in La Frite (AML-S805X-AC)   
    Added nightly minimal images (root ≈ 500 Mb in size) for La Frite.
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    jeanrhum reacted to TonyMac32 in La Frite (AML-S805X-AC)   
    Added a wip target to the build system, it is dev kernel only, and builds just fine, however booting is another issue I've not spent a lot of time with yet:
    Found U-Boot script /boot/boot.scr 3048 bytes read in 11 ms (270.5 KiB/s) ## Executing script at 08000000 154 bytes read in 5 ms (29.3 KiB/s) ## Error: Can't overwrite "ethaddr" himport_r: can't insert "ethaddr=00:50:43:84:fb:2f" into hash table 8101414 bytes read in 217 ms (35.6 MiB/s) 16093192 bytes read in 416 ms (36.9 MiB/s) libfdt fdt_check_header(): FDT_ERR_BADMAGIC No FDT memory address configured. Please configure the FDT address via "fdt addr <address>" command. Aborting! 232 bytes read in 26 ms (7.8 KiB/s) Applying kernel provided DT fixup script (meson-fixup.scr) ## Executing script at 34000000 ## Loading init Ramdisk from Legacy Image at 13000000 ... Image Name: uInitrd Created: 2019-08-12 5:04:59 UTC Image Type: AArch64 Linux RAMDisk Image (gzip compressed) Data Size: 8101350 Bytes = 7.7 MiB Load Address: 00000000 Entry Point: 00000000 Verifying Checksum ... OK ERROR: Did not find a cmdline Flattened Device Tree Could not find a valid device tree The device tree is there in the /boot/fdt/amlogic folder, and the script is the same for Le Potato/ Khadas Vim/Nanopi K2 and works.
    [some minutes elapse]
    I think I found it, the printenv (had to figure out the UART, not an easy task) shows me
    ...which is completely wrong in a normal context, where it should match the linux device tree:  meson-gxl-s805x-libretech-ac.dtb
    I'll try to figure that out later.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from Staars in Proof of concept - Realtek 1295   
    I was under ubuntu using gtkterm.
    It's nice to see your experiments even if it has been better that realtek and manufacturers published documentations.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from bob_janes in Recommendation for new board   
    I don't agree with desktop horrible performance. I already use an s912 board as a small dev computer and it's a bit slow because of mali performance with a browser, but otherwise it works well.
    rk3399 is better on all point. I just bought a khadas edge-v and I plan to use it instead my s912 box. thanks to JMCC script, I expect enough performance for a smooth desktop usage:
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from bob_janes in Recommendation for new board   
    I haven't this board, but here is my opinion about your questions:
    0) 2G RAM may be enough since zram can increase it and it's activated by default in recent images.
    1) I don't see real hardware differences between your current config and the new one, but I can't give you any guarantee it'll work.
    2) It mainly depends on your use case and the loads you expect on the board. But it'll be much more powerful than your existing hardwares. I'll recommend the aluminium heatsink to avoid too much throttling.
    3) A quick search on google gave me a like to thingiverse:, but you have to print it. The main problem is the sata hat, and the way to integrate your external drive.
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    jeanrhum got a reaction from RussianNeuroMancer in Recommendation for new board   
    NanoPi M4 and Rockpro64 have sata card extensions. You can have a look at them to see which one fit at best with your needs.