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I don't trust Armbian anymore. Why? Read this and make up your own mind.

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  1. Ended up reinstalling. So far so good but I will watch very closely what updates do. Specially dtb updates and such.
  2. Yes of course: http://ix.io/2fc6 I hope tomorrow my ZeroPi has grown a hdmi port and some emmc It also changed some stuff like cpufrequtils in /etc/default but nothing fatal as far as I can tell. Everything is running fine and I could easily reinstall from the image again if needed.
  3. Very minor niggle, got a ZeroPi today and of course it will run Armbian, after doing the mandatory apt update && apt upgrade I was greeted with a banner saying xt-q8l-v1 instead of ZeroP when logging back in after rebooting for the kernel update. Not sure why it's confused. I used the Buster Minimal image from the ZeroPi download page. root@zeropi:~# cat /etc/armbian-release # PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BOARD=xt-q8l-v10 BOARD_NAME="xt-q8l-v10" BOARDFAMILY=rockchip BUILD_REPOSITORY_URL=https://github.com/armbian/build BUILD_REPOSITORY_COMMIT=1ac5f7ac VERSION=5.95 LINUXFAMILY=rockchip BRANCH=default ARCH=arm IMAGE_TYPE=stable BOARD_TYPE=tvb INITRD_ARCH=arm KERNEL_IMAGE_TYPE=zImage root@zeropi:~# cat /etc/armbian-image-release # PLEASE DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BOARD=zeropi BOARD_NAME="ZeroPi" BOARDFAMILY=sun8i BUILD_REPOSITORY_URL=https://github.com/armbian/rkbin BUILD_REPOSITORY_COMMIT=3e533c9 DISTRIBUTION_CODENAME=buster DISTRIBUTION_STATUS=supported VERSION=20.02.1 LINUXFAMILY=sunxi BRANCH=current ARCH=arm IMAGE_TYPE=stable BOARD_TYPE=conf INITRD_ARCH=arm KERNEL_IMAGE_TYPE=Image IMAGE_UUID=ed2ea060-5123-4c5a-826f-3f0dc83fba63
  4. From what I gathered from the sparse documentation is that the sd card is some kind of break out for debugging and that it has an old school rs232 port for serial/terminal access as well. Apparently these are meant to be used with their smart screens. But as stand alone box they are pretty cool on paper. Just too bad this company isn't really targeting the sbc audience. I see you got a serial interface ready, wish you all the best! Did yours come with those Intel compute modules?
  5. It looks like they do still provide updates: https://support.smarttech.com/en/downloads/iq-appliance/3_5-system-software-am40 Not really EOL then, I assumed it was EOL I'm downloading the update and gonna see what's in there. Apparently there is also an Intel compute board for this thing. Seems it runs u-boot. With a uart connected it might be possible to pause u-boot and try booting from usb/sd card. Using dtb from the Android image and I think if you use an Armbian image with the same kernel generation you can just recompile the Android dtb without having to create one from scratch. I'll update this post if I find anything interesting on the partitions in the update zip. The boot.img had a dtb in there called 01_dtbdump_rockchip-box-rev1.dtb. I converted it into dts and attached them here. I dunno what kernel version it is but I think its 4.x. I don't think you can use the Android dtb directly in Armbian but it should be possible to compile the dts again for usage with 4.x kernels and maybe 5.x but I think the device tree changes between kernel versions. 01_dtbdump_rockchip-box-rev1.dtb 01_dtbdump_rockchip-box-rev1.dts
  6. You make a good point! I will contact some of these sellers and offer them a low amount. It will be a nice device to learn and tinker with and it shouldn't be too difficult to hunt down a SDK for this somehow somewhere. Which might make it easier to get Armbian on this. This box could make a nice little router or access point or something. I'm mostly sold on the form factor to be honest. I got a weak spot for these kind of boxes. I hope I can get my hands on one or two at a nice price. As for your power bill, I charge powerbanks using one of those 'camping' solar panels and use those powerbansk to run sbc's on. During day time the pass trough charging makes sure all the banks are filling up and at night there's enough juice left to last all night. And to be honest my main sbc doesn't take much at all. I have a bunch of NanoPi NEO2 boards and as Pihole or little webserver they're usually under 100ma at 5v. Very very little. You could also get one of those chargers they had for the OLPC laptops. They have this foot pedal or crank to generate power. Charge powerbanks with it that are powering your sbc, or build your own desk
  7. I don't know if you should be flashing tv boxes when you don't know Debian/Ubuntu package manager basics like apt search and apt install. Something like apt install mate-desktop-environment should install MATE like you want.
  8. Make your config file and run "dpkg-divert --no-rename --add /path/to/configfile" -- this should prevent any upgrades from touching or even renaming the config file.
  9. Each kernel version needs its own dtb. So I'm afraid you will have to make one from scratch for 5.x kernels. I also have a mxq s805 board and no dtb was working for either 4.x or 5.x kernels. It just runs 3.x kernels and that's about it. We need someone with skills that can make an up to date dtb for s805 mxq boards or stick to kernel 3.x where everything including nand works.
  10. What a cool funky device. Seems the price has come up quite a bit. For $35 you didn't waste any money I would've also bought this for that price. Hope you manage to get Armbian on it!
  11. I replaced the u-boot file and ran the install script, installation went fine but it got stuck in a bootloop and it looks like its using the old u-boot install. Here's printenv, usb start, fatls and usb info from u-boot. I can't get it to boot from sd or usb anymore. Is it possible to sort this out without restoring the Android rom? Ended up restoring Android and used the normal 202003011 build, installing to internal went fine and booting from it too!
  12. Trying to figure out which NOR chip to buy for my ZeroPi is giving me a headache. FriendlyArm has very little info available on what works. The board has an empty spot to solder a NOR chip that I would like to populate. There are so many chips all with different voltages and clock frequencies. The wiki and schematic omit the connection all together so I really have no idea what would work. Can someone point me in the right direction?
  13. Do we need to sign the aml_autoscript.zip file? Whenever I try to install it in Android recovery it says signature verification failed and doesn't install anything. I tried multiple sd cards, multiple usb sticks and also tried with the update&backup app and booting directly into recovery with a tooth pick in the av port. I self signed it and it didn't complain anymore but its also not booting from sd/usb. Too bad this board has no taxes to the uart pins. Such a waste to leave it on the very slow Android or throw it away. It could make a nice Linux box for sure. I don't know how but holding down the av-button before turning the box on and with Armbian on sd card it started booting up Armbian! Now I can get rid of Android and see what this little badboy can do.
  14. I'd also like to try this on my s905x/w tv boxes, please share your steps @ning I'll try the build root they used and see how far I get but this is above my pay grade.
  15. Setting the sub-revision seems to have sorted it, but it may be too early to tell as I just build this fresh image. For now looking good, thanks for the pointers everyone.
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