ASUS Tinker Board and Armbian

I was poking around the Armbian forum to see if they’d made any progress with the Tinker Board, and learned that they didn’t have one, and they’re pretty busy anyway with the small mountain of other devices they support.  They do, however, support the MiQi, another RK3288 Raspberry Pi look-alike.  So I tried the image, with no luck.  The Tinker Board, it would seem, is a lot more inflexible when it comes to booting.  After changing U-Boot sources, getting advice from an apparent SoC engineer at http://tinkerboarding.co.uk/, and changing a filename or two, I was able to boot Armbian on the Tinker Board with a full Ubuntu Xenial desktop.

https://forum.armbian.com/index.php?/topic/3327-asus-tinkerboard

Considering the level of polish on the ASUS images, this version is a breath of fresh air, supporting some hardware acceleration/etc.

I’m waiting to see what the good folks at Armbian have to say, any luck they’ll roll out an official image.

New Tinker Board Debian Image Today (Tinker OS 1.4)

Just downloaded and am flashing the newest Tinker Board Debian image. Hopefully, unlike the last one, this will be a bit more stable with improved hardware support.  I will update this post upon completing some tests.

 

Image is in the support section:  https://www.asus.com/uk/Single-board-Computer/TINKER-BOARD/

Info for anyone not getting sound, the audio codec appears to be a USB audio device.  The miniarm-codec device is the I2S output to the GPIO.

“headset-output” is the one you need to select.

 

Impressions:

Faster.  Quite a lot faster actually.  Needs a large update as soon as you power it on (either apt-get it or use synaptic package manager).

Tons of screen tearing and high CPU usage on video playback, so decoding is most likely not HW accelerated yet.  GUI and video rendering does appear to be.  Kodi properly installs, video modes don’t get all messed up, and web browing is actually pleasant instead of a test of patience.

 

Raspberry Pi Zero W released

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced/released the Raspberry Pi Zero W, it’s a Pi Zero with built-in wifi and bluetooth.  It costs $10, and sports the same specification as the Pi Zero, adding in the Wireless from the Pi 3.  It’s unlikely you’ll see a writup on any details concerning this board, considering I barely got my hands on a Pi zero to build the portable player.  Also, there will undoubtedly be approximately 10,000 reviews and how-to’s in about a week.