Willy Moto

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  1. According to Linux-Sunxi Wiki: device support for many H616 SBC / TV box has been merged since Kernel 5.14. It should be easier to get drivers integrated & working with a newer mainline kernel. https://linux-sunxi.org/Linux_mainlining_effort
  2. Yes, RK3588 will be a beast. It will catch up to or even surpass some of the Intel Celeron-based CPU system. In addition, a lower-cost version RK3588S will also be released for those who does not need PICe 3.0 or multiple display output: https://www.cnx-software.com/2022/01/12/rockchip-rk3588s-cost-optimized-cortex-a76-a55-processor/
  3. Yes, indeed exciting times. ROCK5 Model B RK3588 single board computer is up for pre-order for $79 and up - CNX Software (cnx-software.com) https://www.cnx-software.com/2022/01/09/rock5-model-b-rk3588-single-board-computer/ In addition, a lower-cost version RK3588S will also be released for those who does not need PICe 3.0 or multiple display output: https://www.cnx-software.com/2022/01/12/rockchip-rk3588s-cost-optimized-cortex-a76-a55-processor/
  4. Try the URL hosted on official Armbian server ( the URL which ends with armbian.com in the domain ), posted by balbes150 in the 3rd post of this thread. You may also find suggestion on tools for burning USB aka USBImager , as stated in my few posts back.
  5. I understand, but I wanted to make a shortcut & use UFW. Pi Hole documentation has the exact info for UFW rules. To make it simple, just want to protect the Armbian box & not allow anyone else to interfere & hack in. I understand. I am currently playing with another rockchip TV box lately (RK3328), but I thought not to bring this in here so as not to mix things up. I will observe a little longer but I am thinking if the older Kernel or NAND device driver could be the culprit? Because all other Armbian boxes I've worked on were all on latest Kernel 5.x, on SD-card / EMMC. They didn't have this high Load Average problem (ie. the discrepancy between Load Average vs CPU utilization ). I would try to gather more information and post back. Maybe I should run Mainline Kernel build (5.10.y Kernel on a USB drive) to compare.
  6. Hi, it's me again. Have installed Armbian Buster via stepnand method, and running it for 2 weeks now. I observed something & would like to check: I found that the Load Average seems to be higher than other SoCs even the box is not running much loading. Here is the spec: RK3229 : 1GB RAM + 8 GB NAND storage OS: Armbian Buster 21.08.02 ( via apt-get upgrade ) Legacy Kernel 4.4.194 (for NAND memory model) Software installed & running UFW (for allow a few ports to access Pi-Hole) Pi Hole (installed via armbian-config, 3rd party softy menu) DuckDNS update curl script (crontab, only run once each hour) =========== Using htop, I found that the Load Average almost always stays at 1 1 1. It stays like that even there is not much DNS traffic going on... As RK3229 has 4 cores, this translates to 1/4 = 25% system load at all time. However, the CPU utilization is lower & mostly below 10%. I don't understand this discrepancy (25% system load vs 8~10% cpu utilization). For comparison, I am running Armbian on another Cubieboard 2 compatible TV box (1 GB RAM, CPU SoC is Allwinner A20 dual core A7 @ 1 Ghz). The load average in that TV box is very often 0.5 or below (remember it's only dual core system, running almost same software configuration except it's using latest mainline stable Kernel 5.10.y). Question: Is there something odd about the higher than usual Load Average value ( 1 1 1 ) in RK3229 (Legacy Kernel + NAND), even when not much task is going on?
  7. Thanks for the insight shared. I end up getting a Station P1 Mini PC from a local online trading store, I am impressed with its real 4K video support.
  8. @fabiobassa: Here are some photos of my TV box for your inspection. Though @jock already said it's a NAND memory model. Do you think it's a good idea if I replace the CPU heatsink with a larger one to increase the cooling effect?
  9. The TV box looks like a Q-Plus TV box. Please go through an earlier post in this discussion thread, as another user reported to have Armbian working but without wifi, bluetooth: ================= I believe balbles150 already customized the AW-H6-TV box image to be bootable on all Allwinner H6 TV boxes which are compatible with Tanix TX6 model DTB. You can simply use any SD card image flashing tool such as USBImager [ https://gitlab.com/bztsrc/usbimager ] to make a bootable SD card / Micro-SD card (depending on your TV box card slot) . If the TV box is compatible with Tanix TX6 DTB, it should boot Armbian from SD/Micro SD card directly. No need to tinker with the DTB configuration anymore with the latest image.
  10. I see. I figured as much, it's working fine now after installed via stepnand method.
  11. @jock Thanks for the clarification. Looking forward to a newer, more compatible bootloader build that would allow ondemand DRAM frequency. @fabiobassa Thanks for the insight shared. I am not sure on the EMCP question, because the MultiTool told me the TV box is using NAND memory, so I basically trusted what it told me. Do I have to open the TV box to see the hardware inside? Thank you guys for both of your efforts to support Armbian running on this little TV box. I am sure a lot of people would benefit from this.
  12. As previously recommended by @NicoD I have been trying to download Vivaldi browser for my Allwinner Tanix TX6 TV Box (arm64 architecture) However, the official stable version seems to provide armhf (ARM 32-bit) build only. After some digging, it appears Vivaldi does provide a snapshot build (think of it like trunk / daily build) for arm64 architecture. It can be found here: https://vivaldi.com/blog/desktop/snapshots/ Just select "Snapshot" under the "Desktop" section, and you will always have the latest Vivaldi snapshot build to download and install. Both armhf and arm64 builds are available for your selection in Snapshot build. PS: You can customize Vivaldi to turn on Ad-blocking mode by default. Fewer ads mean faster browsing on your SBC / TV-box. Of course you can still install AdBlock in Firefox / Chromimum as well. Still nice to have this feature built-in for Vivaldi browser.
  13. Yes, I did use the stepnand method. But still the box would not boot after a few minutes with bootloader "rk322x_loader_v1.10.256" I flashed bootloader "RK322XMiniLoaderAll_V2.51_spectek_en_ddr2_rd_odt_180703" and then installed Armbian with stepnand method again. This time it was able to boot Armbian. Seems like my unbranded TV box has DDR2.
  14. @jock Thank you very much for your detail instructions. I recently came across a fake S905X "Home Theater TV box". Turns out it has RK3229 inside. I followed your instruction to try & upgrade the NAND bootloader, but rkdeveloptool & upgrade_tool only gave out the error "Creating Comm Object failed". Even tried the troubleshooting tip from this guide: https://wiki.radxa.com/Rock/flash_the_image#Troubleshooting_2 But the error didn't budge. =============== In the end, I resorted to use the Windows-based Rockchip toolchains to erase & upgrade the NAND firmware. They can be found on Github: https://github.com/rockchip-linux/tools/tree/master/windows On Windows 10 PC: 1. Unpack & install Rockchip Drivers from *DriverAssitant_v5.xx.zip* 2. Unpack "RKDevTool_Release_v2.84.zip" Then just use the RKDevTool GUI to erase & upgrade the NAND bootloader. One thing good about the RKDevTool is that, it can change the device to mask mode by simply issuing a command in the GUI, if the device is soft-bricked or something. PS: The unbranded "Home Theater TV box" could only use the bootloader "RK322XMiniLoaderAll_V2.51_spectek_en_ddr2_rd_odt_180703.bin", as flashing bootloader "rk322x_loader_v1.10.256.bin" rendered it able to to boot MultiTool, but unable to boot Armbian LegacyKernel when installed to the NAND storage.