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X96 MAX (S905X2) with Armbian-ubuntu

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just in case someone else runs into this problem too: i had the same error - looks like some checksum or magic number is now different than the one used for the .zip file in /boot of the images usually selected in the android update app ... luckily the old toothpick method still works fine: turn off the box, put the sd card with the armbian image into the sd card slot, but a toothpick (nothing metallic) into the audio out and hit the switch inside (be careful, it should be possible to feel when you click it), keep it pressed while you plug in the box power, keep it like this until the initial sceen logo gets black again and then release the toothpick - afterwards it should boot into armbian normally ...


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Hello all,

Can someone help me?
I tried to install latest image from @balbes150 to X96Max (S905X2)


My procedure and error is (I am using Windows 10):

  1. Download image from above link and extract using 7z to .img file
  2. Use Etcher to write image to MicroSD Card
  3. Plug in card to TVBox
  4. Open "Update" app on TVBox, select manual update

After this step, the system is restarted with error

E: footer is wrong

E: Signature verification failed

E: error: 21

Please tell me if you have any idea to resolve this issue.
Thank in advance

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