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Post time 2017-1-11 12:09:55 | Show all posts
kaiser replied at 2017-1-10 18:27
What are you talking about?! Allwinner's video engine in H5 SoC is capable of decoding 4K video and ...

Listen fanboy - with no support from OrangePi all of that is meaningless. What is annoying is you and others making excuses for poor to zero support for a board someone paid good money for. No matter what the Allwinner H5 SoC can do it is pointless without any support.

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Post time 2017-1-11 14:54:29 | Show all posts
Horrorzilla replied at 2017-1-11 12:09
Listen fanboy - with no support from OrangePi all of that is meaningless. What is annoying is you ...

Sure

I just tried to explain why 'the cry for Mali' is useless (3D acceleration only), why Android is the better choice for a TV box (Allwinner's business unit 3 being focused solely on Android and not even thinking about Linux), how it's already possible to use HW accelerated video decoding from within Linux and why you NEVER will be able to play video this way in common Linux browsers like Firefox and Chromium (software needs access to APIs, this is not 'gpu' but Allwinner's video engine which might either be accessed using CedarX or Cedrus -- please educate yourself on both variants).

I tried to explain the main problem over there: http://www.cnx-software.com/2017 ... gsm/#comment-537982

BTW: I stopped contributing to Buddy's development efforts some time ago since until the BSP structure gets fixed it's just a waste of time to contribute. We (Armbian) might solely focus on mainline kernel with H5 devices since linux-sunxi community progress looks really good. No mis-use as TV box is a welcomed side effect

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Post time 2017-1-11 16:21:30 | Show all posts
Horrorzilla replied at 2017-1-11 12:09
No matter what the Allwinner H5 SoC can do it is pointless without any support.

So you want this to change? Want to watch videos in Chromium? In Linux? Easy: Just write the necessary plug-ins for Chromium on ARM (armhf when we're talking about H3, arm64 when we're talking about H5) and send the Chromium devs a pull request making use of VA-API using VDPAU (that's the APIs to interact with Allwinner's video engine, still nowhere Mali involved!)

And as soon as you understand where the culprit is (missing support in common Linux browsers to make use of the specific video engines on ARM hardware -- each per vendor and Allwinner being one of the worst choices here) you know who's to blame.

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Post time 2017-1-12 05:39:32 | Show all posts
Edited by Horrorzilla at 2017-1-12 05:42
kaiser replied at 2017-1-11 16:21
So you want this to change? Want to watch videos in Chromium? In Linux? Easy: Just write the necess ...

Has nothing to do with browsers - there is next to no support from OrangePi period. Most images won't even download. VLC, SMPlayer, Kodi - none can even play a standard definition video let alone 1080p, so 4K is a pipe dream for now. As I stated earlier - with this level of support it is pointless for now. I also do not contribute here - but I do in Armbian because they actually care about what they are doing. Running Armbian on my PC Plus 2E and it works great.

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Post time 2017-1-12 05:45:42 | Show all posts
Edited by Kit at 2017-1-12 05:49
kaiser replied at 2017-1-10 18:23
Nope, this is just the result of a HDMI-to-DVI converter in between and can be adjusted in the .dtb ...

Thank you, I will look at that.

By the way I am still looking for a minimalist OS, like Dietpi but for the H5. I plan to use my Pi PC2 headless.

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Post time 2017-1-13 23:17:32 | Show all posts
Edited by kaiser at 2017-1-13 23:20
Horrorzilla replied at 2017-1-12 05:39
Has nothing to do with browsers - there is next to no support from OrangePi period. Most images won ...

A) Just with all Linux images for any Allwinner boards watching video HW accelerated in any browser does not work. Period. It can't work and that's due too high fragmentation here (every ARM SoC vendor using an own video engine) and the lack of devs wanting to spend time on this.


B) It is confirmed by exactly the guy who commited Cedrus support for H3 (jemk, Jens Kuske) that it's also working for H5 in the same way. As already mentioned all that's needed is the necessary environment (that means stuff like memory reservations, the necessary packages, config files and env variables, eg. this stuff https://github.com/igorpecovnik/ ... arddeb.sh#L272-L278 )

C) In the past community started pretty fast fixing all this stuff since default OS images from Xunlong were unfortunately not that great. In the meantime that changed since Xunlong hired someone (or even more people) to do software. This seems to discourage community members to spend their time with this boring basic stuff since why should any volunteer do the necessary steps for free when Xunlong pays someone else to do the job. So in the end Xunlong now spending more money on software seems to have quite the opposite effect of what has been intended

D) If I would have an OPi PC 2 here I would've already tested what's outlined in B) above since it's a no-brainer. The settings are known and arm64 packages available: http://beta.armbian.com/pool/ -- the problem is: I sent my PC 2 developer sample to jemk from B) above so I've nothing to play with. And this was the correct decision since jemk as a real developer added DRAM support for mainline u-boot in almost no time: https://github.com/jemk/u-boot/tree/apritzel-h5-dram  (and now other linux-sunxi devs could continue with mainline kernel work for H5)

E) If all those people spending so much time on useless complaints would at least start to contribute in a useful way (see B) and D) above) you could already have what you want (at least HW accelerated video decoding up to 4K in mpv, maybe easily accessible from within common browser as outlined here https://forum.armbian.com/index. ... -very-slow/?p=23024 ). Instead: Only lame whining.

F) If you want a TV box then buy a TV box instead of a development board.


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Post time 2017-1-14 01:48:35 | Show all posts
kaiser replied at 2017-1-13 23:17
A) Just with all Linux images for any Allwinner boards watching video HW accelerated in any browser ...

Thanks for the links - I already have a few home-built TV boxes, I planned on using the PC 2 as a minimal computer for my kitchen. Would like to play a video at some point, but my main issue is at least a functional browser for looking up recipes. Unfortunately I am not very proficient at building images - so donating to Armbian is my best way of helping. I am quickly learning tho and hopeully can contribute more soon. Guess I got spoiled from the Raspberry Pi, Armbian and Odroid community - actual support and help.

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Post time 2017-1-26 23:32:19 | Show all posts
Edited by xkzry at 2017-1-26 23:35

I am using OPi boards (all using Armbian Ubuntu) as headless servers :
  • OPi-One : remote rsync backup server.
  • OPi-PC : Postfix/Dovecot personal Mail server.
  • Another OPi-PC : LEMP server.


I am interested in the OPi PC2 to upgrade my LEMP server, as its CPU seems to be stronger.
However, I am still considering :
  • Is the H5 much stronger than H3 ?
  • Is the current image stable enough as a headless server (no need GUI) ?
  • Is frequency/voltage scaling working ?


Can anyone tell me please ?

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Post time 2017-4-17 06:07:40 | Show all posts
Edited by manel00 at 2017-4-17 06:45

Hi everyone!

I'd like to know, if this image is really stable or just to get out of trouble? Could I install Kodi the last one for example?

PLEASE, NEED TO KNOW HOW COULD I CHANGE THE RESOLUTION

Thanks you very much

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Post time 2017-4-17 07:42:19 | Show all posts
Hi again!

I'm having too much problems with space on disk, error says: there's no space at the left on the disk (something like this), SD is recently formated and I don't know how to resolve it, thank you very much

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