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Armbian - Xenial Desktop (Pinebook)
#31
i'm having problems with video playback after a not-so-recent (i think i did it in october) upgrade.

before that, all video would look normal, and most video would playback with only minimal framedrop.

now, most only display like this
this is with mpv, and its output is something like this - looks ok to me???
but the problems are abundant with all video formats and media players (mplayer too, and i spent a good while playing with VLC's settings).

i tried:

downgrading kernel back to 3.10.105 version == downgrading packages linux*pine* to version 5.31.
it helped a little - i was able to watch a few very old & lo-res episodes.

then i found this: Video playing will break on sunxi legacy unless adding cma=96M to kernel boot parameter, so i undid the downgrade and added that option to /boot/boot.cmd & recompiled, after which i could see those 96M in 'dmesg|grep -i cma' (was 64M before).
but it did not help at all, the situation was just as bad as before the kernel downgrade!

what to do?
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#32
pine64 is sun50i, probably not covered by that change, but i'm not sure what effect "cma=96M" would have on pine64. but that offers no help to your issue. video can usually be improved by using a good quality 32gb or larger sd card, using emmc, or move root filesystem to ssd or 7200rpm hd. depending on software used there may be config settings that can also help. but those color problems are very strange. are using a dvi monitor?
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#33
Not all function keys are working. For an example volume keys. What to do to make them work?
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#34
After long fight I just give up. I was so excited about Armbian, I said to myself "finally very fast and handy OS for my Pinebook" and then so many problems. Outdated very old packages, web browsing very leggy, youtube unwatchable, and today I tried watching videos from my external disk and it was a disaster! Same problem like 2 posts before this, strange thing with colors. I already spent months testing and trying all OS images and non of them is not even close to usable performance for very basic things. So my conclusion is that his hardware and poor images with old outdated OS's are just not working.

Today I decided to give this laptop to my kid to play with it, sorry guys. Thank you for your work, but for me i don't see for what I could use my Pinebook. Wish you success and all best in future and maybe some day we'll meet again in some forum with some other piece of hardware.
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