<Noob - My experience setting up Remix OS
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In the box:
Pine 64 2GB
Wifi/BT POT
Power Supply
No name 16GB MicroSD card (blank) [Interestingly, my Backerkit page asked me what image I wanted pre-installed on my 8 GB card.  I chose Andriod, yet they sent me a blank 16 GB card.  I didn't realize it was 16 GB until I was "debugging" my booting issues with MiniTool Partition wizard and saw it was 16 not 8.]

Set up Equipment:
IBM Thinkcentre - Win7, Intel i5 (3.30Ghz), 8 GB RAM
USB 2.0 memory card reader
6 pack Cigar City Jai Alai

What I did:
Went to Wiki and followed the "Freshman" instructions which to paraphrase said:
Download H2testw to test authenticity on microSD - (Passed)
Install Win32 Disk Imager
Download the preferred image file listed below, extract and burn to micoSD card via Win32.
Once burnt, I plugged in card and fired up the Pine 64.  It only splashed the Pine 64 logo and power cycled over and over.

After hours of research and multiple cycles of re-partitioning the card and trying to re-burn the image I stumbled upon another set of set up instructions pointing me to the main Wiki page > 10. Software/Image Download > Software/Image Download > Remix OS Image Release.
At this point I did not realize I had a 16 GB card and picked the 8 GB image file.  (Not sure if I picked it 'cause it was the first one or because I had what I thought was an 8 GB card).  Either way, I kept burning the 8 GB img file to a 16 GB card and trying to boot with no luck.
After several days and hours of research and failed boot attempts, I somehow found my way to using PhoenixCard to burn the image but did not realize there was a dedicated, specific img for PhoenixCard.  Trying to burn the 16 GB DD via PhoenixCard kept giving an error - "Script NOT found! Please use a new version image!".  It took awhile but eventually realized there was a specific img for Phoenix listed below all the DD img's for Win32.
[Image: 06.14.2016-10.49.png]

So, finally seeing the light, I burnt the Phoenix img via Phoenix and attempted to boot.  Nope!  Same outcome as before.
After reading forum comments, I removed the wireless keyboard usb dongle, removed the wifi/BT POT and event the HDMI ...but still no boot.  While researching I read a lot of input about how important the I/O of the microSD card being used is, especially for Andriod.   So as a last ditch effort, I wrangled up a 32 GB SanDisk (used in my 4k DJI OSMO) I had around, tested it via H2testw and uploaded the img file to it via PhoenixCard.  Plugged it in...and bam! it boot right up.

People! - Ditch the SD card supplied by Pine!

Hours and I mean HOURS of headaches because the SD card supplied with Pine 64 Kickstarter package is worthless.
I have already Amazon ordered a Samsung 16 GB EVO SDHC card Link for $6.99.

I do have 1 post-boot problem though.  The outer corners of the desktop are beyond the view of the monitor.  Meaning I can barley see the bottom task bar or the minimize/close window icons in the upper right part of the screen.  In Settings / Screen Resolution, there is NO option to resize the screen or change the resolution.  Any ideas??!

Thanks, Fitz
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(06-14-2016, 08:56 AM)BeerSnob Wrote: In the box:
Pine 64 2GB
Wifi/BT POT
Power Supply
No name 16GB MicroSD card (blank) [Interestingly, my Backerkit page asked me what image I wanted pre-installed on my 8 GB card.  I chose Andriod, yet they sent me a blank 16 GB card.  I didn't realize it was 16 GB until I was "debugging" my booting issues with MiniTool Partition wizard and saw it was 16 not 8.]

Set up Equipment:
IBM Thinkcentre - Win7, Intel i5 (3.30Ghz), 8 GB RAM
USB 2.0 memory card reader
6 pack Cigar City Jai Alai

What I did:
Went to Wiki and followed the "Freshman" instructions which to paraphrase said:
Download H2testw to test authenticity on microSD - (Passed)
Install Win32 Disk Imager
Download the preferred image file listed below, extract and burn to micoSD card via Win32.
Once burnt, I plugged in card and fired up the Pine 64.  It only splashed the Pine 64 logo and power cycled over and over.

After hours of research and multiple cycles of re-partitioning the card and trying to re-burn the image I stumbled upon another set of set up instructions pointing me to the main Wiki page > 10. Software/Image Download > Software/Image Download > Remix OS Image Release.
At this point I did not realize I had a 16 GB card and picked the 8 GB image file.  (Not sure if I picked it 'cause it was the first one or because I had what I thought was an 8 GB card).  Either way, I kept burning the 8 GB img file to a 16 GB card and trying to boot with no luck.
After several days and hours of research and failed boot attempts, I somehow found my way to using PhoenixCard to burn the image but did not realize there was a dedicated, specific img for PhoenixCard.  Trying to burn the 16 GB DD via PhoenixCard kept giving an error - "Script NOT found! Please use a new version image!".  It took awhile but eventually realized there was a specific img for Phoenix listed below all the DD img's for Win32.
[Image: 06.14.2016-10.49.png]

So, finally seeing the light, I burnt the Phoenix img via Phoenix and attempted to boot.  Nope!  Same outcome as before.
After reading forum comments, I removed the wireless keyboard usb dongle, removed the wifi/BT POT and event the HDMI ...but still no boot.  While researching I read a lot of input about how important the I/O of the microSD card being used is, especially for Andriod.   So as a last ditch effort, I wrangled up a 32 GB SanDisk (used in my 4k DJI OSMO) I had around, tested it via H2testw and uploaded the img file to it via PhoenixCard.  Plugged it in...and bam! it boot right up.

People! - Ditch the SD card supplied by Pine!

Hours and I mean HOURS of headaches because the SD card supplied with Pine 64 Kickstarter package is worthless.
I have already Amazon ordered a Samsung 16 GB EVO SDHC card Link for $6.99.

I do have 1 post-boot problem though.  The outer corners of the desktop are beyond the view of the monitor.  Meaning I can barley see the bottom task bar or the minimize/close window icons in the upper right part of the screen.  In Settings / Screen Resolution, there is NO option to resize the screen or change the resolution.  Any ideas??!

Thanks, Fitz

"The outer corners of the desktop are beyond the view of the monitor.  Meaning I can barley see the bottom task bar or the minimize/close window icons in the upper right part of the screen.  In Settings / Screen Resolution, there is NO option to resize the screen or change the resolution.  Any ideas??!"

This is called overscan. See what what the setting to adjust overscan on your TV/ Monitor is called it may be "The most common setting name is called something similar to "Size." It might also be "Wide," "Screen Fill," "Screen Fit," "Aspect Ratio" or "Format."" Complete article
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#3
There seem to be quite a few people trying to burn DD images using PhoenixCard and failing, particularly with RemixOS. Makes me think something about the Pine64 wiki is tripping people up.

*Goes to check*

Yes, it's probably this, taken from the Software Release page of the wiki, RemixOS section:

"Setup Info
  1. Use Winrar to extract the img file form the archive

  2. Use Allwinner PhoenixCard Bootable SD-Card Creator to create the bootable SD Card."
This seems to imply that all RemixOS images can be burned with PhoenixCard when this is not the case.

As for your overscan issue, as Luke says, your TV may have a setting that can correct this for you. Not all TVs do, though, and the setting you need to adjust could have any number of names.
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Overscan setting fixed it ..thanks!
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