ARMBIAN for Amlogic S905 and S905X
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Hi Balbes150,

 

I need to make a backup image of my working SD card to new one with less size (16GB -> 8GB) for my experiments. It's enough free space on filesystem. But how to compact the image ? What is the technology/utility ?

Thank you.

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2 hours ago, volodya327 said:

I need to make a backup image of my working SD card to new one with less size (16GB -> 8GB) for my experiments. It's enough free space on filesystem. But how to compact the image ? What is the technology/utility ?

 

The only solution I know are - if you free some space on the filesystem - GParted to resize partitons (under Linux oder Live-CD) and then under Windows Win32Diskimager should have in a newer version a tick/click option to same only allocated space in the image-file.

 

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4 hours ago, volodya327 said:

I need to make a backup image of my working SD card to new one with less size (16GB -> 8GB) for my experiments. It's enough free space on filesystem. But how to compact the image ? What is the technology/utility ?

Are you familiar with Linux commands ? The easiest solution is to run on a Linux PC, connect the new card (8Gb), create two partitions on it with labels BOOT (about 90-100 MB) and ROOTFS (everything else). Connect the old card (16 GB) and copy all the files from the old card to the new one from the root user.

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I can not get this new "Armbian_5.34_S9xxx_Ubuntu_xenial_4.9.40_mate_20171112" or "Armbian_5.41_S9xxx_Ubuntu_xenial_4.9.76_mate_20180219.img" to install on my MiniM8S2.  The older version works great.  I have tried to extract the dtb image for my box and renamed it to dtb.img and placed it on the root of my microSD card.  Checking the microSD card that works, it does NOT have a dtb.img in the root of the microSD card.

 

I tried holding the reset button, and that did not work.  Tried using "reboot update" from termial (Android). still did not work.

 

Not sure what else to try..

thanks

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14 hours ago, balbes150 said:

To check the operation of full-screen video from Linux, I am looking for users who have TV box models with s905X \ s912 and the ability to connect the UART console.

Added the ability to manage via SSH (console UART is not required).

Better way. You can count on me to try with S905X in MXQ Pro and pro plus. 

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10 hours ago, clarkss12 said:

Not sure what else to try..

For the new 4.9 kernel, you can only use dtb files from an image (from the /dtb directory). Any of firmware with Android 7 (it uses a kernel 4.9). Dtb files from kernel 3.14 are not compatible with kernel 4.9.

 

 

7 hours ago, manuti said:

Better way. You can count on me to try with S905X in MXQ Pro and pro plus. 

Thank you for offering me help. But I had already decided this question.

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Hello everybody,

 

I have an Amlogic s905 Box with 1gb ram (Model MX Plus - they say it is a full clone of Tronsmart Vega95 Pro). I tried two images  (installed to nand) - ubuntu server 3.14 and now debian server with same kernel (ARMBIAN 5.37 3.14.29) - unfortunately I experience the same issue with both installations, at some point of time (maybe after a couple of days) - one of processes starts to use all cpu time so the box becomes unresponsive (I can ping it, but cannot ssh-in anymore) - only reboot helps. Yesterday I left it in the such state for a whole night, in the morning it still was pingable but I could not ssh-in, even stopping some services via remote ssh command didn't work - so the system cannot recover. Both systems were relatively clean - openvpn, transmission-daemon, docker with couple of images (tvheadend, acestream) - nothing that would cause problems on libreelec (I must confess, that I run libreelec on different box, so there is still chance that it would also make problems on this one). I've got a couple of "hang-ups" even while compiling some docker image. I don't exactly know what process causes the problems since I cannot log-in anymore when it happens, so will have to setup some kind of monitoring (but like I said - there are only few of them). Did anybody experience similar problems? Any ideas how to fix or at least find the root cause of this?

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