Hi, although I've been using this forum for months, this actually is my first post. So, hello everyone!
Anyway, I just got an "X96 Max+" box and like other people here I went through the same troubles. I hoping this guy will be my headless Plex server, so no need for audio, or fancy HDMI features such as CEC, etc. USB 3.0, yes, I need that but I haven't got round to testing it to see if it gives good transfer rate yet as my biggest concern right now is to get the 1gig ethernet working. With the meson-g12a-x96-max.dtb file it does seem to detect it, but it won't communicate with the network even if I assign it a static IP. Is this a matter for good old driver install?
In another news: I've noticed that the coreelec guys have a working dtb with 1gbps ethernet since december. Is it possible to port that dtb file somehow?
I managed to boot into armbian on my box. I used the dtb applicable to my box and the S905X2 u-boot.ext that Balbes' image contains.
I wasn't able to use the u-boot.ext that someone posted here for s905x3.
The box boots into armbian with the S905X2 uboot but the image is flickering and tearing.
It turned out that armbian was selecting the wrong HDMI output mode. It was selecting 1080p@30hz which by the looks of it doesn't work with this TV. When I manually set it to 1080p@60hz or anything else it works just fine.
When switched to 1080p or 720p there is some overscan. The outermost edges are cut. Is that normal on a TV screen?