Need Direction with my Rockpro64
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Hi, I was gifted a Rockpro64 and an ssd drive. I am extremely new to Linux, and have no idea how to set up my new Rockpro64. Is choosing Linux the best route? I need an extremely simple beginners guide. Please help. Thank you.
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(06-03-2020, 12:06 PM)RachelMusclegirl Wrote: Hi, I was gifted a Rockpro64 and an ssd drive. I am extremely new to Linux, and have no idea how to set up my new Rockpro64. Is choosing Linux the best route? I need an extremely simple beginners guide. Please help. Thank you.

Hello RachelMusclegirl,

We have a wiki for this at https://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/ROCKPro64. Scroll down to "Start here - Software and OS Image Builds". In particular note the NOOB link in this section.

Linux is your best choice. I'm not sure which distro gives you the smoothest experience on the Rockpro64. i would give Manjaro a try.
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(06-03-2020, 05:17 PM)Der Geist der Maschine Wrote:
(06-03-2020, 12:06 PM)RachelMusclegirl Wrote: Hi, I was gifted a Rockpro64 and an ssd drive. I am extremely new to Linux, and have no idea how to set up my new Rockpro64. Is choosing Linux the best route? I need an extremely simple beginners guide. Please help. Thank you.

Hello RachelMusclegirl,

We have a wiki for this at https://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/ROCKPro64. Scroll down to "Start here - Software and OS Image Builds". In particular note the NOOB link in this section.

Linux is your best choice. I'm not sure which distro gives you the smoothest experience on the Rockpro64. i would give Manjaro a try.

Hi, appreciate your help. Installed it, but haven't any idea where to enter the password for my Ethernet network. Any idea?
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Rachel,


Ethernet does not have an authentication function the same as wifi - once you connect the ethernet cable, it should just work in most cases (and if it doesn't, there's a pretty good chance that the router/switch it goes into does something like MAC address authentication, or simply needs authorization to allow new devices on the network).

If you're plugged up and it's not working, perhaps you could open a terminal window and enter the comand "ip a" - once you hit enter, it should tell you the status of onboard network devices.

As the NOOB section in that previously linked document mentions, you should see a light come on when Ethernet is connected, and either the light should licker to inducate activity, or there should be a separate light to indicate as much. I don't haver one of these yet so I'm not sure which it is.
I believe there should be a network icon in the lower right, somewhat similar to what windows usually has, if you're running Manjaro - that seems to be the most mature build for these boards for general use. If indeed Manjaro, I think you can right click the icon to get to network properties/configuration.
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Hello RachelMusclegirl,

(06-05-2020, 12:19 PM)RachelMusclegirl Wrote: Hi, appreciate your help. Installed it, but haven't any idea where to enter the password for my Ethernet network. Any idea?

Can you make sure / confirm that one of your other computers (perhaps a Windows or Mac) can use ethernet? By this we can narrow down the problem to either your Pine device or your router.

Other than that, follow Zer0sig's suggestions and play around with the network icon and post the output of "ip -a".
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