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  1. I'm using a bunch of S805 with big Mxq logo on top (m201d boards). They're the ones with fake 1GB ram, only 512 usable. They usually have wifi 8189etv but I use ethernet for them or usb wifi with a decent antenna. These 512mb boxes make nice Pihole/firewall/nas servers. For these boxes it would be sweet if we can someone configure the shared memory. I think the video card eats up about 100mb, but I might be wrong there. I also have a bunch of s905x boxes, pretty much all of them have a p212 board, just different wifi chipsets. They run anything from web dev (nginx/php/mysql) to being headless music player connected to some hifi. I hope the mesa drivers will work one day, as a light desktop can easily run on them too. but without h/w acceleration anything beyond surfing the web is a pain. I haven't been able to get the mesa driver to work. Very happy with Armbian. Debian is my distro of choice and being able to run it on these inexpensive energy efficient boxes is great. Specially cuz most of them can also be powered over usb.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S9xxx kernel 4.1x (>= ver 5.55)

    Took delivery of a new tvbox today, trying to boot any build results in the box restarting over and over. I've used the meson-gxl-s905w-p281.dtb. For CoreELEC I used gxl_p281_2g_a95xr2.dtb and that boots CoreElec fine. The box is an ABOX A4 (A95X R2 (s905w p281 2g/16g)). Any ideas to make this work? I've attached the dtb.img found inside the Android update.zip package the box downloaded OTA if that helps. Does Armbian need another dtb for the a95xr2 than the standard p281? Thanks! dtb.img
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    Armbian for Amlogic S805

    I want to thank Balbes150 for all his hard work. Thanks to him I been running Debian on these old tv boxes and using them for all kinds of tasks. They run very stable for simple tasks like Pihole or NAS. Been compiling my own flavours but as of lately when compiling anything for S805 the modules somehow don't make it into the final image. It works fine on older branches. It works fine for S905 boxes. Using the same Build-Armbian repo for both platforms. Maybe I been doing it wrong haha. What I been wondering about is the possibility of merging the partitions. There's a lot of space not used. I know I can mount say /var on /cache but if possible I'd love to just merge it. I don't use the boxes for anything else but Debian. Anyone any clues as to how this is done? I was playing with the customise tool but I can only change the sizes of partitions there. I would love to remove them all and just partition the thing myself. Maybe someone also knows what I been doing wrong for my S805 builds. 5.44 works fine but anything newer doesn't have any install script or modules I compiled for it after flashing. Either way, very happy with these little boxes. Specially S805s as Pihole work great as they can be powered by a usb slot of a router or something else. Low power usage with good performance (for Pihole).
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    Thanks! Do you think it's possible to make 2d acceleration work for desktop? Seems 3d is working, or is the mali driver only capable of 3d?
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    The test build (Armbian_5.32_S9xxx_Ubuntu_xenial_4.14.0-rc2-next-20170929_server.img) boots fine on the A95X using the A95X dtb from the folder. Nice work balbes150! Anything specific you like tested or any info posted? I'll try building it from source as well. Edit: Installed ubuntu-mate-core ren rebooted right into lightdm! Glxgears working 2d seems sluggish from time to time firefox ruined the performance and changing resolution works as well. Ethernet works too, wifi won't work as the driver source isn't out yet. Audio over hdmi not working, volume controls are present. Will test some more later. Edit 2: Building the -next kernel from source errors out. I think there's a typo in the script somewhere?
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    Are these patches applied in your S905X tree? I think those are needed to make the 9082c wifi chip work thats on a lot of newer boxes. I have one box with that wifi chip to test if that would be helpful. In the thread I found them it seems nobody has tried the file (905x_9082c_patch.tar.gz) with the patches, the precompiled module is useless of course. I'll try it myself too but not sure if simply adding the patches to the user patch directory would work. My skills are not that good. I don't think this is enough to make it work. Just installed a fresh compiled image on a A95X A1 (S905X), all went smoothly using the generic gxl_p212_1g.dtb file. Going to try Mate on it later, hope is h/w acceleration working or not too hard to make work. It'll be the thinnest client I got. I noticed lsusb showing a usb 3 hub on this box... Nothing seems to be connected to it... All in all, for under $20 this is a pretty nice box. Other than the weird wifi chip and only having 2 usb ports. When trying to login on current Mate build it instantly logs out, might be cuz of Kodi error in xsession-error. The messages flashes quickly. Running startx as the user works fine. /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libGLESv2.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory I guess I can remove Kodi from lightdm, why is it trying to start that up instead of showing me desktop? I build S905X Mate without any changes to the kernel. Is it possible to convert the Android .dtb I extracted to one for Linux usage? That way I'm sure it'll match my hardware vs. using generic. meson1.dtb
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    Can I use a TV Box as a mini computer?

    What might be of interested to those who want to use a cheap tv box as desktop; load linux to ram. This will speed things up quite a lot, at a cost of ram of course. Some of the newer boxes have pretty decent ram chips (ddr3/ddr4) which should allow some decent performance. If you need a little computer for office work and web browsing it'll do just fine. Ubuntu can do this too; https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BootToRAM
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    Thanks, thats great to hear! The Tanix looks really smooth in its case. Also wonder how much we can change the display on the front. It could be very useful in many applications. Displaying anything you want, from weather to system loads. I got a Nexbox S905X instead as the full sources are out for that board (!). Which makes it very interesting for Armbian and other stuff. Thinking about OpenWRT for example. I'm using my old S805 as access point/firewall with Debian now, it's great and uses a lot less power than a dedicated computer but having a tv box run OpenWRT would be even cooler.
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    I nearly ordered that one too, but it seems it's not capable of displaying any UI higher than 720p. The frame buffer doesn't wanna go higher. The wifi might be unsupported. I might pick it up again though. It looks nice and the manufacturer has an actual website with updates. Getting it to boot shouldn't be much of a problem. Then it would be a matter of compiling the right modules to get all the hardware to work. There's a thread over at freak tab about the "issues" and this cute little box.
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    A virtual machine running Ubuntu 16.04 (64bit).
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    I kind of assumed it installs all thats needed when running ./compile. I have to manually install multilib 32bit? Update 1: Alright, the package "gcc-arm-none-eabi" should contain it, so installing that manually now. Didn't realise I had to manually install stuff other than build-essential, sorry. Update 2: Can confirm that installing above mentioned package resolves the issue. Should apply to both Debian and Ubuntu.
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    ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X (ver 5.44 =<)

    It seems "arm-none-eabi-cpp" is missing. I'm trying to build a S905X full image with debian server. It errors out missing that command. I tried from scratch again and got the same error. The file might be missing from the toolchain it downloads. Here's the error: https://pastebin.com/VpquXxcP
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    Armbian for Amlogic S805

    Oh wow, I totally missed that entry. I need glasses lol! With my own .dtb file I managed to boot up the Mate build and its working surprisingly good. So many new uses this little box will give me now. I will try a LAMP install on one of them. 512mb should be enough. Thanks for the help and thanks for providing us with these builds. I've always wanted a micro Linux server. Edit: Successfully installed nginx with php7 and mariadb running a few wordpress sites. It's not blazingly fast but it's also not painstakingly slow. Very doable for some local development. Saves me running another vm. According to htop around 250mb of ram is used and no swapping. I wonder if it's possible to somehow disable the whole graphics part, freeing up this ram from the gpu thats not being used in this scenario. But that's for later.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S805

    Thanks for all the info! For some reason balbes150's build boots now! Seems all hardware is working, at least ethernet is. I don't understand how I can compile my own though. I tried both official and balbes150's repo but there's no S805 target.
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    Armbian for Amlogic S805

    This kernel worked! Got two failures booting up and it tried to start ssh a couple of times but that's easily fixed I'm sure. It failed on network. But this is awesome! Thank you! Keyboard over usb worked, could login and pass the initial setup. Afterwards it rebooted from sd card again too. There's some black screen (signal on tv but no image) right after the bootlogo and after that the signal is lost to the tv to then reappear showing linux being booted. Good stuff! I will do some testing and messing about on it, see what works and what isn't. Seems some modules are missing to make all hardware work, but that's a matter of compiling the right stuff. I could do that myself but I have no idea which repo to clone and compile. I've compiled LE successfully and used to configuring and building kernels and modules. No modules are load or want to load. Edit: I setup a build env in a virtual machine, as laid out on github, I think I need some patches because there's no S805 target in the list. I cloned balbas150's (/build) repo.