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First impressions with the Tinker Board
Hello everyone, new to this forum and to the SBC world. I just hooked up my tinker board for the first time tonight and I must confess the experience has been less than stellar. First boot, it didn't recognize the SD card and on the second try it did. 

Wanting to turn this into a easy to handle htpc/retro gaming machine I went with Android OS (skipped the tinker os as I want more of a media box feel then a desktop) and everything went wrong. The OS is sluggish and keeps crashing on me, do you guys ran into this kind of trouble? I've watched a few videos and everything seem to work pretty well, unlike what I went through. 

Very odd, could it be a cheap SD card? It a type 10 8gig...

thanks for the help guys


After a whole day of trying to start the damn thing I'm ready to toss it away. I tried both the Android OS and TinkerOS and nothing works at all. I was successful to get into Android, but the thing will boot 1 time out of 3 and it takes an eternity to boot. When I look at ETA's videos the thing is so quick and responsive, a far cry from my results. As for TinkerOS, it gets stuck in a loading loop where I see a bunch of command lines then it will reboot and do that endlessly. 

What I was able to do with Android is sideload Google Play (ETA's way as shown in his video here: ) but the thing crashes when I try to sign in. Last time I believe it crashed one too many time because the board is now stuck in a booting cycle.

I'm using a 5V/3amp usb hub and I even tried 2 Samsung phone chargers just to rule out a lack of power. I have 2 spiderweb type 10 8 gigs SD cards and one Scandisk type 4 4 gig card. My last effort will be to go get a type 10 scandisk tomorrow just to be sure it isn't the cards the problem but this tinker board became a frustration board...


Third day messing around with this board and I finally got it. My 4gig ScanDisk Type 4 did the trick with Android OS. The culprit? It seems the board doesn't like my usb hub even though it is advertised as 5v and 3amp, I plugged the board back on my usb battery (advertised with the same specs) and using the same mirco usb chord and voila... the board is stable and quick. I really feel relived now that I will be able to experiment with it. I really think Asus should supply their on PSU for this board as it seems really picky power wise.

Anyways, thanks for allowing me to rant on this forum a bit and now I'll be able to have better comments since I can actually experiment with it!


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