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Post time 2020-7-3 19:43:56 | Show all posts |Read mode
Hi everyone

Just got an Orange Pi 4B, after seeing the specs and the potential to use display out over USB-C. Very few SBCs do offer that, and I was interested in that kind of functionality, in addition to the NPU etc.

I've been trying the Opi 4B with my Nexdock, and using the official Ubuntu 18.04 image was able to get power + display over USB-C, however that's it - no other USB functionality was working over USB-C, only over the other USB 2.0 ports. So that made my Nexdock kindof useless. Armbian fared even worse, only having power over the USB-C port.

1) Is there some extra configuration needed to make the USB-C port work fully?

2) Are there plans to update the images to newer versions of Ubuntu, Debian, even Android?

Thanks in advance!


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 Author| Post time 2020-7-4 19:49:09 | Show all posts
Edited by patrix at 2020-7-4 21:15

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Post time 2020-7-4 04:03:33 | Show all posts
I feel ya.  Try the ARMBIAN OS.  www.armbian.com   I've not looked into the USB-C video out nor was I aware of it.  ARMBIAN seems to be one of the best OSes for Orange Pi.  Somewhere in the website with Orange PI, you will see ARMBIAN is an affiliate of sorts with the Orange Pi Boards.   Just my recommendation.   visit www.armbian.com for the most recent copy.    Hope that helps!  Happy computing.  
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 Author| Post time 2020-7-4 08:18:11 | Show all posts
Hi Narly9999, thanks for the reply - I'm running Armbian on most of my boards, and tried it on the Opi as well. It's faster and more up to date than the official images, which is great, however USB-C support is lesser in that it does not support display out over USB-C (yet), while it does actually act as a USB 3.0 port at least, which is the opposite of the official image..

Wondering if there's a way to get the full functionality of the port in one image..

Anyway thanks for the answer, we'll see if someone else knows something more as well.

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Post time 2020-7-4 14:40:24 | Show all posts
Have you asked around in the ARMBIAN to see if they are working on a fully functional USB-C?  Maybe there is a technical reason.  If so, it would be nice if they could put in a fix that lets you turn off or on the features you want pertaining to USB-c..  The reason may be already posted or the effort to make it available.  
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 Author| Post time 2020-7-4 18:20:37 | Show all posts
Yes, I've asked around, they're working on it, sortof, amongst all the other boards they're working on, and there's no promise or timeline.

I'm asking here because I was hoping that Orange Pi themselves might support the features of their own board, but they probably leave that up to the developers anyway...

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Post time 2020-7-6 10:51:25 | Show all posts
patrix replied at 2020-7-4 05:20
Yes, I've asked around, they're working on it, sortof, amongst all the other boards they're working  ...

Okay!  
  I hope they get it working soon.
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