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BSP Linux woes, early adopter information and a poll
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{TL;DR} We are aware that there are issues with the BSP Linux that ships with the Pinebooks. These issues are being worked on - one got solved whilst I was writing up this post. A solution for sound out via speakers is also available. A heads-up -- be prepared to reflash your Pinebook (possibly more than once) in the coming weeks.  

This post is primarily meant as a run-down of the current state of BSP Linux on the Pinebook; that said, it also includes additional information and a poll I would appreciate if you’d fill in. I will update the post as things get resolved and progress is made as well as inform you when new builds become available. 

I hope that most if not all of you have read about what you can expect from the Pinebook at launch, and understand that challenges remain at this very early stage. As I wrote in the aforementioned thread, Linux on the A64 platform is a community undertaking and it's up to us to make it better over time. This refers both to BSP Linux as well as mainline, although I am writing about BSP Linux exclusively in the context of this thread.

The Ubuntu 16.04 image that ships with the production units has a few issues that we are aware of and, frankly speaking, it will likely take more than one iteration of software to solve all of these problems. So put your pitchforks down, take a look at the current state of BSP Linux on the Pinebook and consider if there is an area where you could contribute.

I divided the issues into three broad categories (in bold):  

Things that don't work which you can easily fix right now: 
  • Sound out via speakers  (solved - see instructions below) 
Download this asound.state and copy to /var/lib/alsa/

Then in terminal run:

Code:
sudo alsactl restore  


Things that don’t work but will likely be solved soon (guestimate ~ beginning of May)
  • Video output via mini HDMI 
  • Audio out via the audio Jack.
  • Hall Sensor | senses the opening and closing of the lid (solved)
Things that don’t work and may take some tinkering to solve
  • The Pinebook not waking up from suspend  (solved
  • Inversion of brightness level on resume from suspend
  • kernel modules crashing on hibernation/ resume from suspend
I feel that the categories and listed issues are self-explanatory, so I will not dwell on them too much, but there are a few things I would like to highlight. During the time I was writing this post ayufan already solved the issue where the unit did not ‘waking up’ from suspend - so things are moving along quickly. He also said that he will deal with audio jack out and hall sensor next. 
So be prepared to reflash your Pinebook BSP Linux install in the next coming weeks! 

Speaking of flashing images, Pine is developing an Installer (based on Etcher; It will work on all desktop platforms) which will make flashing new images accessible to complete newcomers, but also simplify and streamline the process for the rest of us. I already gave it a spin and I am happy to say it’s super convenient; you select your device from a drop-down menu and the OS you wish to install, the utility does the rest - it downloads the OS image and walks you through the flashing process. 

If you want to follow the ongoing development on the Pinebook and other Pine devices make sure to check out the IRC logs and if you run into trouble, have questions or just want to hang out join the chat

-Luke-
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#2
Hello, in a few days I will go to some meetings and maybe a hackathon with the Pinebook 14 "and I am concerned about the failure of HDMI to do some presentation. Mini HDMI works on Android?

Thanks in advance, I expect a lot of Pinebook and Linux, and all the large community of developers of Pine64 / Linux
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I don't know, but I think that it does work on android. There is a pre-release version of android for the Pinebook you can try.
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(04-21-2017, 06:46 AM)Luke Wrote: Things that don’t work but will likely be solved soon (guestimate ~ beginning of May)
  • Hall Sensor

Clarification... Is the hall sensor for detecting whether the lid is shut or not? Or is it for something else?
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(Yesterday, 02:17 AM)pfeerick Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:46 AM)Luke Wrote: Things that don’t work but will likely be solved soon (guestimate ~ beginning of May)
  • Hall Sensor

Clarification... Is the hall sensor for detecting whether the lid is shut or not? Or is it for something else?

Yes, I am pretty sure it senses the magnets in the lid (?). I am basing this assumption of this wikipedia article.

edit: yea, hall as switch is already in ayufan's git
edit 2: will have to confirm with ayufan before I cross it off the list
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(Yesterday, 02:17 AM)pfeerick Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:46 AM)Luke Wrote: Things that don’t work but will likely be solved soon (guestimate ~ beginning of May)
  • Hall Sensor

Clarification... Is the hall sensor for detecting whether the lid is shut or not? Or is it for something else?

detecting the lid close.
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(Yesterday, 07:46 AM)Luke Wrote: Yes, I am pretty sure it senses the magnets in the lid (?). I am basing this assumption of this wikipedia article.

Thanks Luke and TL Big Grin

Luke, could you add something to that effect where you mentioned in the OP? Didn't want to be rude and edit on you Wink

And yes, a hall effect sensor is a solid state sensor for detecting magnetic fields, as opposed to a reed switch or other sensor. That's why I was wondering if it was for the lid or something else.
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The hal switch is not yet hooked to system, that is why it is not being used.
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#9
Does the Pine book suffer from any of the boot up power issues that the Pine64+ boards seem to be having?

I'm about to solder on a barrel connector for the power supply to my Pine64+ 2GB board to try to ameliorate the issue with that board.
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mitchmitchell,

No, it doesn't suffer from any boot up power issues (at least to the extent I am aware). That said, with a proper PSU and a thick (22 or-so AWG) micro USB cable you shouldn't have any issues powering on your Pine either ...
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