Your experience with the board?

Hi all!

I'm thinking whether to buy this board to use as my media PC. How was your experience using it this way?

  • Were there issues running popular media player apps - VLC, mplayer, Kodi?
  • Are USB issues resolved?
  • Is USB giving enough juice to power an HDD?
  • Can you connect an external sound card? I have an oldish creative Sound Blaster XFi, which works ok on desktop Linux
  • Can you connect an external WiFi (TP-Link, not sure about the chip - works ok on Linux too)

Any suggestions and notes about your general experience would be appreciated!


  • edited October 2018

    You'll want LibreElec or Station OS. To date I can find no instructions to install station OS or the multiboot tool. I've been looking on and off for 6 months. I have both images but cannot get them to boot. Etcher says there is no partition info. You must need to format the SD card then copy the image to it manually? Wish there were directions! I'm using Armbian x64 booted from USB 3.0 HD dock/hub. No working Kodi yet in x64 Armbian. Video is choppy when using the player. If I recall correctly Debian9 played video well

  • I rarely use the board. I won't use Chromium. Until Vivaldi comes out with x64 ARM, it does not meet my browsing needs. Kodi isn't working so it does not meet my multi media needs. It's something I update once a month or so and then turn off. I use my PIs or laptop for everything it won't do yet. Cant wait until I can use it. Love the USB 3.0 boot in Armbian . You can add Armbian config to any Debian based OS. Github has directions.

  • The firefly images aren't very god but I've seen people succeding with LibreELEC and Android. Personally I tried Armbian (very good) and then moved to my favorite with is Arch, but with the rockchip 4.4 kernel from the armbian guys. Works nicely!

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