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Anyone else disappointed with the Tinkerboard?
#11
> Not exactly - its a known problem with many micro USB Power supplies/chargers/leads,

And what did I said? Ofc other boards with the same fail have troubles as well. But not that big since Tinkerboard is relatively powerful board. Compared to RPi for example.

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

First hint since day one:
https://www.armbian.com/tinkerboard/
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#12
I tried different USB cables and power supply, but results are the same.

Finally, I fixed the self-shutdown problem with an old school method: reinstall. The tinker board works fine so far.

It means the USB cable and power supply has a little to do, if any, with this problem, but mostly the script.

It also mean that an old saying(actually not so old) is forever true: if ain't broke, don't fix it.

I suggest think twice before running any scripts.
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#13
(10-05-2019, 12:58 AM)Nobody Wrote: It means the USB cable and power supply has a little to do, if any, with this problem, but mostly the script.

No.

More CPU calculations/load, the more power is required. PSU and cables are the problem. Improper powering is responsible for random and unexplainable events. Well, you could explain them if you would hooked up some measuring tools
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#14
(09-19-2019, 05:10 AM)MilkyMooness Wrote: 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.

If you are using the latest version of Android, then yes, I agree with you.  When I downgraded to Marshmallow (I think that's 6.x) the screen problems I had went away.  I can't say for sure that 4K is working since I haven't had a 4K video to really test it out, but using a Marshmallow based, slimmed down Android called Slash TV works very well, comes with the Play Store already installed as well as other common apps for HTPC use.  Now my TB-S is a pleasure to use.  It is a shame that something got broke between Android 6.x and 7.x that the TB can't be set to 4K and I don't believe I was able to get 1080P to work, I think I had to downgrade mine to 720P to work on my TV, when running 7.x, it would be nice if Asus took a more proactive role in developing what could be a great alternative to the Pi.
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#15
I'm able to run 1140p videos on youtube tinker board and I'm running with a power supply from frys electronics modified with jumper cables insead of the usb and hooked it to the gpio pin 5v and negative and it boots up no problem and I'm currently writing you this while on the tinker board while watching a 1140p video on youtube

I cannot run 4k though in youtube off the browser though but I'm sure there is a way to do it
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#16
TB is at End-Of-Life (EOL) and didn't reach a mature development.
The only support is definitely from Armbian. but none of the kernel has got to the mainstream, because Rockchip nor Asus disclosed enough about the board and then it lacks of support. Many solution are from reverse engineering and volunteers patches.

My board is laying in a drawer, because it haven't reached my expectations, probably I didn't find a compromise to fit with TBS.
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#17
(02-14-2020, 12:35 PM)Im4Tinker Wrote: TB is at End-Of-Life (EOL) and didn't reach a mature development.
The only support is definitely from Armbian. but none of the kernel has got to the mainstream, because Rockchip nor Asus disclosed enough about the board and then it lacks of support. Many solution are from reverse engineering and volunteers patches.

My board is laying in a drawer, because it haven't reached my expectations, probably I didn't find a compromise to fit with TBS.

I agree with you, for the most part.  I mainly wanted a low powered HTPC to watch 4k movies with via Kodi which the only Kodi option worth trying was through Android, from what I read over on the Kodi forums.  Which was fine, I actually liked the idea of having it be an Android box because with Android I could do other things like also stream Sirius XM to my TV, and use other Android apps.  I have a RPi3 and one of the shortcomings with it is that Raspbian, while having a lot of app options, still does not quite do everything that Andriod can, although now you can use Android on RPi's, its not a free option from what I have been able to find out.  What was disheartening was that the latest version of official Android broke the 4K capability, the only way I could get a stable video output to do anything with the TB was to set it down to 720p resolution which totally defeated my main use.  Luckily, I saw via these forums that the older Android did 4K just fine, so downgrading to the older Android provided the functionality I sought, but it also means that the TB is not upgradeable via Android because Asus said they were no longer offering OS upgrades, any upgrades would have to come from the community.  I was kind of shocked that they are coming out with newer boards.  Fool me once ...  Anyway, now that the RPi4 is out and it does 4K, I will likely get one for my other TV.  But that's not to say it's all bad.  As I said, with Android Marshmallow based OS I'm using, now (Slash TV, which only really differs from a plain Android 6 install is that it comes with pre-installed TV specific and gaming apps and Google Playstore) things work very well and I'll use the heck out of it since it seems to be working well.

Edit to add:
Also, the question about power supplies.  I bought this about 6 months ago, since no matter what I used kept giving me the under-charge symbol, this seems to have worked well because I have not had any issues since:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJ7...UTF8&psc=1
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#18
I'm really dissapointed, I've been trying to run ROTT and Batocera on my Tinkerboard but I'm facing those screen flickering issues for months. Now I gave up and just want to buy another board so I can have my Retropie game station. Tinkerboard was a really bad call by Asus, I don't know why this screen flickering problem has not been solved yet.
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#19
(02-17-2020, 12:22 AM)sapowrra Wrote: I'm really dissapointed, I've been trying to run ROTT and Batocera on my Tinkerboard but I'm facing those screen flickering issues for months. Now I gave up and just want to buy another board so I can have my Retropie game station. Tinkerboard was a really bad call by Asus, I don't know why this screen flickering problem has not been solved yet.

Did you try Slash TV, its from the person who came up with ROTT.  SlashTV comes with Retropie as an app but I have not tried it, I mainly use the TB for movie watching.
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#20
(02-17-2020, 09:36 PM)NoobieTBUSer Wrote:
(02-17-2020, 12:22 AM)sapowrra Wrote: I'm really dissapointed, I've been trying to run ROTT and Batocera on my Tinkerboard but I'm facing those screen flickering issues for months. Now I gave up and just want to buy another board so I can have my Retropie game station. Tinkerboard was a really bad call by Asus, I don't know why this screen flickering problem has not been solved yet.

Did you try Slash TV, its from the person who came up with ROTT.  SlashTV comes with Retropie as an app but I have not tried it, I mainly use the TB for movie watching.

Hmmm, Well, I'm going to give it a try.
I hope it works  Shy
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