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TV Box Status Information Template Version 1.0

TV Box Name (example: TX3 mini): X96 mini

CPU (example: amlogic s905w): amlogic s905w

Armbian build file name: Armbian_20.10_Arm-64_focal_current_5.9.0_desktop.img.xz

DTB file used: meson-gxl-s905w-gxl-s905w-p281.dtb

Kernel Version: 5.9.0

Distribution Installed (focal, buster, etc): focal

Working Ethernet (Yes/No): Yes

Max Ethernet Speed that works (100/1000): 100

Does wifi work (Yes/No): No

Does bluetooth work (Yes/No): No

Does HDMI audio work (Yes/No): No

Additional Comments (provide any additional information you feel is important): HDMI was unstable during boot and when connected to a 4K monitor.  Once I connected to a 1080p monitor the display was stable after booting, still had issues during the boot.

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Armbian is a community driven open source project. Do you like to contribute your code?

I  bought two x96 mini 1GB/8GB + two SunDisk 32 GB Ultra. Followed your example and now I have two Linux servers working all right. I'm working on getting WiFi working but my LAN is allmost wired so it's o for now.

Cheap solution.

Thanks Steeman

 

Aminders

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I'm looking for a small and low powered Linux box to run a non-demanding application called nut-server and there is a $30 1G/8G version of this on Amazon that would fit the use case.

 

@SteeMan and @aminders

 

Before I buy one, can you guys check if nut-server is available on the repository for whichever OS build you're running?

 

Thanks

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5 hours ago, unmesh said:

Before I buy one, can you guys check if nut-server is available on the repository for whichever OS build you're running?

The more interesting question is why do you want to spend cash on a shitty tvbox without proper hardware/software support instead of checking if something that is actually well supported does fit your needs too? All supported devices

https://www.armbian.com/download/?device_support=Supported

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@Werner

 

your point about not struggling through support issues is a good one and I will take a look at the units at your link. 

 

Thanks

 

P.S. The delayed response is because I'm new and am only allowed to make one post a day

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@Werner

 

I'm hoping you can offer a point of clarification between hardware that is Supported vs CSC. Is it the case that only the former is amenable to upgrading from the network repositories through something like "apt update && apt upgrade" whereas the latter would need a new .img file to be reflashed?

 

Thanks.

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8 hours ago, unmesh said:

@Werner

 

I'm hoping you can offer a point of clarification between hardware that is Supported vs CSC. Is it the case that only the former is amenable to upgrading from the network repositories through something like "apt update && apt upgrade" whereas the latter would need a new .img file to be reflashed?

 

Thanks.

CSC stands for community supported configuration which means somebody took time to make Armbian work on specific device. However the device may not have an active maintainer that takes care of future kernel versions and supporting so it could break any time with upgrading since Armbian often does not even have a sample of the device in the lab to make basic functional tests. Also if something breaks and nobody is around that knows the device and how to fix it it stays broken. Armbian developers may/can/will not help.

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@Werner

 

Thanks for the clarification.

 

I learned a lot from a recent Armbian installation on an Allwinner H6 TV box and will now research fully supported hardware with reasonable power and temperature characteristics

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I was hoping to use the tv box as a cheap PC, because I have a bluetooth connection thanks to the CSR 4.0 adapter and a wifi connection thanks to the TL-WN722N v1.0 adapter
Version: Armbian 20.10 Focal with Linux 5.9.0-arm-64, using dtb for TX3 mini (I had previously used a rom for this device on my TV Box, so I tried my luck and it did not cause me any problems)
Model: X96 mini [CPU: S905w, RAM: 2GB, EMMC: 16GB, WiFi: SV6051P (they say there is a driver that maybe works, but nobody wanted to rewrite it)]
Micro SD: SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 A1
There are several things that I do not know because I am a newbie to this topic and I would like to get the full potential of the TvBox so I will do my best with the information from the forum.

[Translated from Spanish with Google translator].

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I have a very strange problem with my X96 mini with S905W.

About 2 years ago I followed the instructions for https://forum.armbian.com/topic/2419-armbian-for-amlogic-s905-and-s905x-ver-544/ and I got it working.
But now using the newer unified image (the exact same the author of this topic used) it doesn't boot from USB anymore.

 

I used the same dtb /dtb/amlogic/meson-gxl-s905w-p281.dtb and u-boot-s905 as u-boot.ext and the AV button pressed using a toothpick but there's no signal on HDMI. Using the old USB drive flashed with the 5.1.15 (2019-07 ?) version it still boots fine. :blink:

 

Now if this new unified image still can't work for whatever reason I'd like to flash a fresh USB drive using the old version but I see the archive links have been deleted.. 

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