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  1. Thanks for the feedback. Just to confirm, you have one of the more recent batch?
  2. This is a (somewhat) long standing and well known issue, check PineBook Pro subforum here, there are a number of threads about various booting issues (including eMMC specifically). I think the problem (with the latest batch of PBP which were shipped, anyway) is that those came with Manjaro on the eMMC and no universal bootloader (tow boot) flashed on the SPI chip. Well thinking about that now, I guess burning to eMMC should still work, but it doesn't for some reason. Have you tried using armbian-config (and/or (the unfortunately named) nand-sata-install which can also be reached from there) to try and write the image to the eMMC? If you already overwrote the eMMC previously I guess there is nothing left to lose. I have this hardware but I just acquired an old headphone cable which I still need to fashion into a serial cable before I can proceed further. And I have yet to collect enough 'tuits' of the round variety.
  3. TRS-80


    This thread sounds oddly familiar (but I'm not going to bother searching). Anyway, I encourage you to consider configuration management as a separate concept to 'imaging the entire OS as a backup' as there are a couple problems with the latter approach: It wastes a lot of space. Upgrading in-place between major OS versions is not (and has never been) supported in Armbian, so sooner or later you will probably have to re-install everything anyway. In the configuration management space there are things like Ansible (and many, many others) in fact just searching up that term should give you plenty of ideas.
  4. I think you should read his reply(ies) again (and some others in this thread), perhaps more carefully this time, as I came away with a different interpretation.
  5. TRS-80

    5.15 broke zfs-dkms

    Yes, we (ab?)use the 'spoiler' functionality for that. I edited your post already.
  6. I am surely no expert, but starting to wonder if something Manjaro put in their bootloader is not compatible with Armbian. This is not directly related to what NicoD was saying above, but I did want to report my experience. I have tried burning both the following images to SD card, in both cases I just get a blinking green power light: Armbian_22.08.1_Pinebook-pro_bullseye_current_5.15.63.img Armbian_22.11.1_Pinebook-pro_jammy_edge_6.0.10_xfce_desktop.img As a reminder, I have one of the newer (2022-06) production run of PineBook Pro, which comes with Manjaro pre-installed on the eMMC from PINE64. I have been unable to get Armbian working on it in any way, shape, or form ever since I bought it. So I don't use it at all (as I can't stand Manjaro nor KDE, personally). Anyway, I took a look at the eMMC (had to boot into Manjaro to do so) and it seems there are 2 partitions, one for /boot and one for /. Oh yes and BTW there is a switch by the eMMC which is supposed to bypass it (otherwise on RK3399 the boot order is SPI, eMMC, SD card), when I do that I get a steady orange light. But still no boot.[0] Even though I never use the pre-installed Manjaro image, I am still too afraid to flash anything directly to the eMMC (especially after reading many reports it doesn't work). I am going to order the special 'headphone to serial' cable that is required for the PineBook Pro, in hopes that I might be able to contribute further useful information. [0] OK, truth be told, I only tried this with the 22.08.1 image, as I didn't want to take out all those damn screws again just to get to that switch. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  7. There might be, but it will be difficult second or third hand (from us, to you, to him...). Easiest and fastest way will be just to install fresh from scratch. Back up any important user data first, though. I guess you might need to learn some very basic GNU/Linux terminal commands, even for that. But plenty of guides around the Internet for that (you will need cd, ls, cp, etc.). Good skills to have anyway. Another way to get your files off, if the OS drive is on sd card, or eMMC (and you have some adapter) you could mount it on working Linux desktop and go through and look for / move files in a GUI file manager. And/or, just buy more media (sd card / eMMC), write new OS image to that, and hang on to the old one until you acquire some way (tools/skills) to access it. At least that gets you back up and running in the meantime.
  8. Yeah, this way also occurred to me today. Great minds think alike, I guess. Thanks for hints.
  9. If it can be installed on Debian, it should be able to be installed on Armbian the same way (as userland packages are same). So maybe search Internet for regular Debian instructions? Sounds like maybe you have already though. I am unfamiliar with tensorflow, but a quick search of Debian packages for tensorflow seems to indicate whatever is available is in the experimental repo, and then only for amd64 (x86 64-bit) architecture. You would need something for some kind of Arm architecture for whatever your board is. So, unless I am badly mistaken, I think you will probably have to compile from source. Maybe search Internet for something like 'tensorflow on Arm' or similar.
  10. Would a regular encrypted drive/volume solve your problem? I guess you could also keep the OS on an SD card, and remove it when not using it? Possibly and/or using some hardware encryption key as well? Most security really boils down to defining your threat surface (what you are trying to protect from). I am kind of tired, but I am having a hard time framing things from this perspective in my mind right now for your situation. Probably just me. And a lot of that is not really Armbian specific, anyway. You can use what you like, but you may find that Armbian is far ahead of a lot of other distros, at least on SBCs (and obviously/especially where you prefer Debian based distro). A lot of NicoD's videos are about Armbian desktop, not other distros.
  11. That doesn't have anything to do with Armbian. Search Internet for information about Widevine. Although, personally, I would just avoid any service employing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM).
  12. I seem to recall hearing once that the OrangePi boards were pretty popular. It seems to me that usually, less expensive boards are popular. Someone who actually knows something would have to provide you with some actual numbers. And I am not sure where this sits currently (what I mentioned above was some months ago).
  13. You've got that right! Werner mentioned, but I will reiterate: You could learn a lot by studying/using our build framework. hanging out in IRC, etc.
  14. More thoughts on this topic: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/19978-so-you-want-to-run-a-file-server/
  15. Good research, @calinb. Did you take into account what Werner said up thread about PBP boot order (apologies, but I only skimmed your posts)? More people (including myself) should be receiving PBP soon, as they have done another production run. So, let's keep trying to figure this out. I'm sure others will be joining us. Am I understanding correctly that this did work at one time (my guess would be via nand-sata-install only, due to things Werner said)? If so, what changed? Another clue is that Manjaro apparently have it working currently. How are they doing it?
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