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  Enable Unstable
Posted by: AndyM - 06-16-2021, 01:40 AM - Forum: Debian on PinePhone - Replies (3)

I have read the wiki page https://blog.mobian-project.org/posts/20...le-distro/ but I don't seem to have a file /extrepo_mobian.sources in /etc/apt/sources.list.d

I do have a file mobian.list which contains:

deb http://repo.mobian-project.org/ bullseye main non-free


so I am not sure how to proceed.


  Device unable to boot
Posted by: Lunix33 - 06-15-2021, 09:51 PM - Forum: General Discussion on ROCKPRO64 - Replies (5)

Hi everybody, I've just bought a RockPro64.

Yesterday I wanted to try it out and flashed OpenWRT onto a SD card and powered it.
I was getting a white LED almost immediately and I was able to login using SSH and the web GUI.

Today I wanted to actually setup the board, I tried to boot using the same process and using the same working SD card. I couldn't get any LED expect the green power LED.
I tried reflashing the SD card with OpenWRT again, still nothing.
Tried connecting the HDMI, no signal.
Tried to flash Armbian Buster for the RockPro64. Same thing no HDMI signal and no LED.
I also tried to connect to the board using serial. When I'm trying to use 9600,8n1 I'm getting just an infinite number of `?` in the terminal,
when using 1500000,8n1 I'm getting ``

[Image: rock.png]

I tried flashing the OS on two different SD cards.
At first I tried flashing using Etcher on Windows and using PuTTY to connect.

[Image: unknown.png]

Since that wasn't working, I booted into Linux. Redownloaded the OpenWRT version I previously was able to boot.
Flashed a SD card using:

Code:
sudo dd if=./openwrt-21.02.0-rc2-rockchip-armv8-pine64_rockpro64-ext4-sysupgrade.img of=/dev/sdb

Powered the device with the freshly flashed OS.
And tried to get the serial monitor to work using
Code:
minimon -D /dev/ttyUSB0 -b 1500000

Still nothing except a long line of missing symbol character (same as PuTTY on Windows), and still no white LED.


I've also noticed the Ethernet port LEDs looks really dull for about 5 minutes then brighten.
I'm using a HW-417 Serial to USB, and I keep the TX cable disconnected from the pin 10 of the PI header, since from what I've read the connecting the TX to pin 10 at boot could cause the board not to boot. Still tried with the pin 10 connected just in case but didn't change a thing.


  What OS will actually work with phone calls?
Posted by: Nutmeg - 06-15-2021, 07:46 PM - Forum: General Discussion on PinePhone - Replies (6)

We received our Pinephones and have cycled through almost all of the available OS options. None of them really consistently seem to work for receiving and making phone calls. I am currently running Arch and it seems to be the least glitchy, and my husband has Mobian. We really need, above all else, to be able to make and receive calls. We are in the country with solid 3G and spotty 4G.  Arch gets calls most of the time, makes calls most of the time, but if there is any switching between 3G/4G then sound is lost or call is dropped. Mobian seems to be worse. We really like KDE but got nowhere with phone calls on that. What is the scoop? We are currently trying PureTalk for service, and have entertained switching back to Verizon, but my suspicion is that it is the phone/software,.not the service. Help!


  SATA SSD and case?
Posted by: MikeInMass - 06-15-2021, 09:34 AM - Forum: Quartz64 Hardware and Accessories - Replies (1)

I'd like to attach an SSD to the Quartz64 Model-A and put them in a case. 

I don't see an M.2 slot mentioned, so I guess a SATA SSD is what I need?

Does the hardware follow some existing convention, so that I might be able to find some little plastic case with the openings for Ethernet and power in the right place?


  [LibreOffice & Gimp] ARM support: no hardware acceleration on [Manjaro] Pinebook Pro
Posted by: regivanx - 06-15-2021, 04:04 AM - Forum: Linux on Pinebook Pro - No Replies

Quote:Hello,

Although hardware acceleration seems to be enabled in the options:

Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ View

it does not seem active in practice: Calc is extremely slow, even when switching cells with the arrows and there are large black artifacts in the window from time to time in Writer.

Under linux ARM, some programs support hardware acceleration (chromium, firefox ...) others seem not to support it (LibreOffice, Gimp...).


Call for comments on LibreOffice bugs tracker. Please, confirm or unconfirm the bug.


  USB fast charger
Posted by: HelpMyBatteryIsDraining - 06-14-2021, 07:03 PM - Forum: Pinebook Pro Hardware and Accessories - Replies (1)

Will a USB fast charger make my Pinebook Pro charge faster? If so, what model do you recommend?


  Pinebook Pro Manjaro Power Savinng Tips
Posted by: HelpMyBatteryIsDraining - 06-14-2021, 07:01 PM - Forum: Linux on Pinebook Pro - Replies (1)

How can I minimize power usage in Manjaro(e.g. turning off CPU cores, lowering default brightness, etc.)


  Uses for a DoA USB-C dock (disassembly/recycling)
Posted by: kartynnik - 06-14-2021, 03:10 PM - Forum: PinePhone Accessories - Replies (2)

I have received a USB-C docking stick with my Manjaro Community Edition which was apparently dead on arrival (it doesn't show up in dmesg/lsusb and is not recognized under other OS's either). Unfortunately I didn't check it thoroughly at first, attributing the problems to the well-known issues of the PinePhone with regards to USB-C PD and HDMI over USB-C (hardware and software deficiencies). Upon contacting the support now, I was told the dock is out of warranty. I proposed to donate it to Pine64 for recycling/refurbishing but was denied.

1) Has anyone tried to disassemble the item? The aluminum enclosure seems to be very snug.
2) Would anyone be interested in it for experimenting (the item untampered and looking as new)? I can arrange mailing across the US for free.
3) As the last alternative, what would be the best way to dispose of it as e-waste?


  Megi's multiboot sxmo image
Posted by: aithal - 06-14-2021, 06:12 AM - Forum: Sxmo on PinePhone - Replies (1)

The multi boot sxmo image build doesn't have any audio. The audio defaults to none and changing it doesn't work. Is it same for all? I have even tried the sxmo on the arch phosh multi boot image and there is no audio there as well.


Brick Maintained Linux booting from eMMC
Posted by: ootoovak - 06-14-2021, 02:01 AM - Forum: Linux on RockPro64 - Replies (1)

Does anyone know of an actively maintained Linux that works on RockPro64 running off of the eMMC? If so please post in a reply.

I was using Ayufan's Ubuntu before I was concerned about the fact that it isn't well maintained and thus could be vulnerable to security exploits since the last stable release.

I also now feel like I've tried all the version of Linuxes listed on the wiki page and so far only older version of Armbian seems to boot from the eMMC module. Unfortunately, last time I tried to set it up for my use case (as a Docker host) the older version of the Linux kernel stopped progress!

I was hopeful something like SkiffOS using Gentoo would help being custom built but I've run into some walls getting it to build or copy over to the eMMC so I'm stuck there too.

This is a SUPER frustrating experience (in fact most of my Pine64 experiences have been frustrating due to software issues, OS stuff mainly). Short of learning how to build and patch my own Linux (I'm technical but that is well out of my experience) I'm at a bit of loss as what to do.

(Side question: Does anyone else find the Pine64 boards frustrating due to OS support issues?)


In any case please, if you have them, post links or instructions as to how you got an actively maintained Linux booting off of the eMMC for RockPro64 thank you!