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Anyone else disappointed with the Tinkerboard?
#1
Just too many problems. I could never get HDR or 4k video out of the thing without major issues. The official Android OS and Debian OS are both broken out of the box. The board is underpowered. I spent months trying to use it as a simple media device for playing movies on my fancy pants TV.

Finally I gave up and got an ODROID N2. This thing was working out of the box. Installed CoreELEC, hooked it up to the TV, and haven't had to mess with it again.

I mean, I understand it's a tinkerboard meant for tinkering, but even when I would have it working it was something else broken. No audio, glitchy video, can't resize the desktop stuff after changing resolution.
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#2
Quote:The official Android OS and Debian OS are both broken out of the box.

Who forces you to use that? Use better system, its also free of charge: https://www.armbian.com/tinkerboard/

Quote:I spent months

It's 10 minutes job: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/7262-rk3...oard-miqi/

full VPU video play acceleration up to 4k@30 HEVC (the maximum supported by the SoC)

Quote:Just too many problems.

We are solving them every day https://github.com/armbian/build/commits/master
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#3
well.....
I love my 3 tinker boards.]]]]].........
Asus did an outstanding job with the h/w.. 
but i fear Licensing issues might have restricted s/w..  
wendell 's review.. pretty much sums it up ;-]..

hope it helps
k,
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#4
(09-19-2019, 08:34 AM)igorpec Wrote:
Quote:The official Android OS and Debian OS are both broken out of the box.

Who forces you to use that? Use better system, its also free of charge: https://www.armbian.com/tinkerboard/

Quote:I spent months

It's 10 minutes job: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/7262-rk3...oard-miqi/

full VPU video play acceleration up to 4k@30 HEVC (the maximum supported by the SoC)

Quote:Just too many problems.

We are solving them every day https://github.com/armbian/build/commits/master

I spent months trying to get it to work for what I wanted to use it for, primarily streaming video and playing video I downloaded at high resolution with working audio and no stuttering in the playback. Sure, I could get it to work, but one thing would work and another thing would be borked.
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#5
(09-19-2019, 03:26 PM)MilkyMooness Wrote: primarily streaming video and playing video I downloaded at high resolution with working audio and no stuttering in the playback.
It seems to me that your expectation are beyond the TB capabilities. For what you're willing to get it might be better an Intel NUC or Atomic Pi. Unfortunately I don't know whether these SBC can achieve 4K video resolution.
Light blue words might be a link. Have you try to click on them? Big Grin
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#6
I am somewhat disappointed with tinker board. It boasts of the 4K capability while being not good for playing 1080p video, even 720p on armbian.

I hope that ASUS will pick a much more powerful soc for its next board.
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#7
(10-01-2019, 02:36 AM)Nobody Wrote: even 720p on armbian.

That is not true. It plays 4k video smoothly with this add-on: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/7262-rk3...oard-miqi/

(10-01-2019, 02:36 AM)Nobody Wrote: I hope that ASUS will pick a much more powerful soc for its next board.

Tinkerboard was already too powerful for the powering infrastructure. It was a fail in this concern. mUSB powering.

Investing (properly) into software development is much more important then cheap or ODM hardware ...
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#8
But would you please tell me how to reverse the script?

The video performance doesn't improve after running the script but even worse. The tinker board suddenly shuts down when the 720p(or above) youtube video is being played.

No overheat problem. It is in a cool place with air conditioning and there is a fan on the top of the CPU heat sink to pull of the heat.
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#9
(10-03-2019, 01:26 AM)Nobody Wrote: But would you please tell me how to reverse the script?

Don't know, I didn't create it.

This feature is not developed and will not be developed. Hint: if you want something, you have to give something.

(10-03-2019, 01:26 AM)Nobody Wrote: The video performance doesn't improve after running the script but even worse. 

Then you skipped reading instructions. Find, read and act accordingly. Linux is not Windows. However, there is a support thread and script author will probably be able to help you out. I am not sure you can watch accelerated video via web browser. Achieving that is too complicated/expensive - you have to use external players/hacks. But the hard job - enabling hw accelerated features - are covered and that is important.

(10-03-2019, 01:26 AM)Nobody Wrote: The tinker board suddenly shuts down when the 720p(or above) youtube video is being played.

No overheat problem. It is in a cool place with air conditioning and there is a fan on the top of the CPU heat sink to pull of the heat.

This is well known undervolt problem which is the primary hardware defect of Tinkerboard. In case you want to understand why: https://forum.armbian.com/topic/4767-pow...micro-usb/
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#10
(10-03-2019, 05:37 AM)igorpec Wrote: This is well known undervolt problem which is the primary hardware defect of Tinkerboard.
Not exactly - its a known problem with many micro USB Power supplies/chargers/leads,
which admitedly is a direct consequence of tinkerboard using microUSB socket.


https://tinkerboarding.co.uk/forum/thread-16.html


Solution is to power via the 5v GPIO pin, and with a better PSU.
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