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Easy and Safe Way to Try Linux on Popular Rockchip RK3188 mini PCs

Until recently, installing Linux on Rockchip R3188 based TV boxes or HDMI TV dongles meant you had to flash one or more binaries to your device using various type of tools for Linux or Windows. But thanks to various members of the community, it’s now as easy as flashing an image for the Raspberry Pi, as long as you own Minix Neo X7, PQ Labs iStick A350-SSD, Radxa Rock development board, or Rikomagic MK802IV (AP6210 or 8188EU Wi-Fi module versions) thanks to images provided by Ian Morrison on G+ mini PC community that can be booted from a (micro) SD card, which the added advantage that it won’t mess with your Android installation.


You can do it whether you use a Windows or Linux PC, and it should also be possible on Mac OS X, but I don’t know the commands. Here are the steps to follow for MINIX NEO X7, other products will have the same procedure, only the filename will change:

  1. Download the image (linux-sdcard-minix-neo-x7.img.7z)
  2. Extract linux-sdcard-minix-neo-x7.img.7z using a utility that can handle this type of file, for example 7-Zip for Windows, or p7zip in Linux.
  3. Insert a (micro) SD card into your computer, and flash the extracted image:
    • Windows – Using Win32DiskImager GUI tool
    • Linux –  with dd:

      where ‘X’ is the disk name, and varies from system to system. It may also be like /dev/mmcblkX. Use ‘lsusb’ to find out. If you use a USB hard drive, be very careful, as you may wipe out your data if you use the wrong X.
  4. Once this is complete, simply insert the SD card into your device, and powered it up and it should start Linux (Ubuntu 12.04)

The login credentials are Linuxium / p. Now you’ll get a fully working system, and if you want to return back to Android simply remove the SD card.

However, you may want to complete a few more steps to take advantage of the full SD card capacity.

  1. Type the following in a terminal window in your mini PC:
  2. Reboot, and type the command below to complete the partition resize:

Mali GPU hardware acceleration can be enabled as follows:

Finally, if for some reasons, you want to create a root password, you can do by typing:

Now what if you don’t own any of the devices with pre-built SD card images? You can checkout Androtab.info instructions for Radxa Rock, which will give you ideas of what you need to do to boot from SD card on your own system. This does not require internal flash at all, you could unsolder the flash, and it would still work. Have fun!

  1. Onanii
    July 2nd, 2014 at 19:44 | #1

    hi does it work for RK3066 devices?

  2. guest
    July 2nd, 2014 at 21:14 | #2

    can i try it on mk908? mk908 and mk802iv has similiar hardware.

  3. July 2nd, 2014 at 21:20 | #3

    I think it only works for RK3188 devices (TBC).

    Yes, you can try, there is no risk, since it won’t modify your internal flash. But once I tried MK802 IV on MK908 and it did not work (NAND flash version), so there must be some kernel differences.

  4. Gabe
    July 2nd, 2014 at 23:05 | #4

    I’ve tried it on an OS-TRK802Q stick(which I think has the insides of a J22), only wifi is not working. Glmark2 score is:52, glxgears fps around 62-79 FPS

  5. Gabe
    July 2nd, 2014 at 23:11 | #5

    The first command works for 8GB microSD card only?

  6. Gabe
    July 3rd, 2014 at 00:45 | #6

    I’ve tried then Minix Neo X7 version, should have tried the Mk902 IV version.

  7. riklaunim
    July 3rd, 2014 at 02:29 | #7

    I have a tutorial and a set of benchmarks for Measy U4A dongle (RK3188) http://www.rkblog.rk.edu.pl/w/p/picuntu-and-linuxium-linux-measy-u4a-android-dongle/ and some Radxa articles are coming too.

  8. hamadi
    July 3rd, 2014 at 08:48 | #8

    there’s a way for dummy using chroot

  9. July 3rd, 2014 at 13:24 | #9

    The Radxa guys have uploaded both Android 4.4 and Lubuntu SD card images- http://wiki.radxa.com/Rock/SD_images

  10. fathony
    July 3rd, 2014 at 15:20 | #10

    can this method applied on “MINIX NEO X7 mini” ?

  11. linuxium
    July 3rd, 2014 at 20:28 | #11

    If anyone is interested some additional devices include:

    Tronsmart T428 –

    J22/CX919II –

    MK809III –

    Booting will give you a full Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop with Unity. It will not affect your installed software and there is no pre-requisite for a specific stock or custom ROM to be pre-installed. No ‘flashing’ is required as everything needed to boot is taken from the SD card so it will work even if the NAND is empty or the device is ‘bricked’.

  12. July 3rd, 2014 at 20:38 | #12

    Based on the difference with NEO X7 (http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/08/05/minix-neo-x7mini-vs-neo-x7-android-media-players-comparison/), I’d say it should work, possibly excluding Wi-Fi (different module)

  13. onebir
    July 3rd, 2014 at 21:59 | #13

    Presumably you can only create these images for devices you have; if people donate & send RK3188 devices, would you have time (etc) to create images for those?

  14. linuxium
    July 4th, 2014 at 18:32 | #14


    If a manufacturer donates and sends me a RK3188 or even a RK3288 device together with the Android kernel source I’ll certainly try and create an image for it.

  15. bench
    July 4th, 2014 at 23:49 | #15


    Great work! I have try it on my mk902ii using the MINIX NEO X7 image. It book up ok, but reported the wirelss is not ready? I have a look at the mk902ii spec and it is uses the same AP6210 (at least I think it does) as neo x7. Any idea?

  16. onebir
    July 5th, 2014 at 01:11 | #16

    I hope some will see that this offers a unique added value for their devices & send some your way (maybe throwing in a bit of cash with them 😉

  17. wkt
    July 5th, 2014 at 02:35 | #17

    I tried the Linux on my CX-919 ( old ? NOT : CX-919 II )

    1st I took linux-sdcard-j22.img an put it to SD card.
    Boots fine : but no WLAN device found in iwconfig output – so not usable at this moment.

    2nd I took linux-sdcard-rkm-mk802iv-new.img to SD
    Boots fine & WLAN device found ! Also I hear sounds. Very nice.
    BUT : my TV has obviously 1920×1080 and so the buttons on the left
    are almost invisible. Also the panel on the top right is invisible
    but scrolls down if I touch the top border of the screen.

    My question : can I somehow get a smaller screen resolution on boot ?
    ( dont know the values : 1024×780 ???… or what )

  18. July 5th, 2014 at 13:41 | #18

    I don’t think you have a resolution issue, what you describe looks like “overscan”. I described it @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2010/05/30/tackling-overscan-in-media-players-and-digital-signage/
    There should be settings on your television to underscan automatically, it’s not necessarily called that way.
    No all TV support underscan, so you may have to modify your setting with xrandr, or edit directly a config file. I’m not sure which one it is, maybe /etc/X11/xorg.conf?

  19. wkt
    July 6th, 2014 at 06:35 | #19


    The underscan trick works on my TV from Acer via the HDMI settings built in.

    Thanks for this problem solving info.

  20. lonely2k5
    July 11th, 2014 at 00:07 | #20

    I cannot get MALi to work on CX919II no T
    any idea?

  21. RickW
    August 29th, 2014 at 06:33 | #21


    Thank you for creating this ubuntu build. It was easy to throw on the SD Card and boot up. I have a small issue though. The / filesystem is only 1.9gb and has filled up. Do you know of a way to expand it on the fly? Google results say you must boot it off a linux live CD and expand it offline.. Is it possible to maybe plug the SD Card into my laptop and expand the partition with some tool?


  22. Shant
    September 11th, 2014 at 16:46 | #22


    Does it provides eth adapter support ?

  23. September 11th, 2014 at 17:09 | #23

    It should. Worst case, just build the kernel with the right options.

  24. RickW
    September 12th, 2014 at 00:54 | #24

    Wow I totally missed the two lines where you explained how to expand the filesystem. Sorry about that !

  25. Patrick
    September 16th, 2014 at 02:16 | #25

    i tried it but my X7 will not boot from the SD card. Does anyone have an idea ?

  26. Patrick
    September 16th, 2014 at 02:17 | #26

    ?..or should the minix be rooted first ?

  27. September 16th, 2014 at 09:58 | #27

    I’m not sure why it does not work, but it has nothing to do with Android being rooted or not, since the SD card method is supposed to work even if you don’t have NAND flash

  28. Patrick
    September 18th, 2014 at 03:15 | #28

    thans for the replay… i will give it another try.

  29. Patrick
    September 18th, 2014 at 03:15 | #29

    ..reply offcourse

  30. Mark
    October 1st, 2014 at 22:52 | #30

    Didn’t work for me… I get the log in for one second and the screen goes black. Any ideas?

  31. Joakim
    October 18th, 2014 at 22:14 | #31

    Hey, installed this on my MINIX NEO x7 mini and its working fine. why i installed this was because i wanted to run Plex Media server on it but im having truble installing it. the error i get is its wrong architecture, is ther a way to go around this?

  32. Bob Inglis
    October 19th, 2014 at 15:50 | #32

    Would you be able to use this tool to flash Minix Neo 7 img?

  33. jin
    November 6th, 2014 at 11:00 | #33

    @RickW I have the same problem that there is barely any space left (about 150MB) when Ubuntu boots up. The SD card has 32GB. Why?

  34. November 6th, 2014 at 11:40 | #34

    The expansion command line above is for 8GB flash I think, you’d need to adapt it to 32GB. (Line with fdisk /dev/mmcblk0)

  35. Karendar
    November 12th, 2014 at 09:04 | #35

    Plex Media Server i386 will not work as this is an ARM architecture. I’m currently looking for ways to do the same thing, as this would be a wicked plex media server! Maybe we can use the ARM compiled NAS versions, but would have to do a manual install

  36. Robb01
    December 1st, 2014 at 16:09 | #36

    Anyone can advise the latest kernel version working on this image.

  37. Walter
    December 3rd, 2014 at 02:20 | #37

    It says: “The login credentials are Linuxium / p.” Sorry, but I have used the English onboard keyboard with everything like “Linuxium / p”, “Linuxium/p”, “linuxium/p” and “linuxium / p” but I always get “invalid password”. Is there any explanation, help etc.
    I am a linux beginner so maybe just a hint might help! Or how to circumvent the password trouble???

    Once I may be able to start linux propperly can I change it to German?

    Hardware MINIX NEO X7

  38. December 6th, 2014 at 17:22 | #38



    The password it the letter ‘p’ in lowcase

    have fun!

  39. December 7th, 2014 at 10:51 | #39

    OK, I think I finally understand what may have gone wrong here.
    Username: linuxium
    password: p

  40. SirPedroEC
    December 14th, 2014 at 18:47 | #40

    Commands are wrong for the partition resize. A spelling mistakes screws up the process:

    First line (no single quote at end). Change:
    echo -e “d\nn\np\n1\n81921\n\nw” | sudo fdisk /dev/mmcblk0′
    echo -e “d\nn\np\n1\n81921\n\nw” | sudo fdisk /dev/mmcblk0

    Second line(resize is spelled incorrectly). Change:
    sudo reseize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p1
    sudo resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p1

  41. December 14th, 2014 at 20:07 | #41

    Thanks. I’ve corrected the typos.

  42. Jean
    December 15th, 2014 at 09:10 | #42

    how can I get the bluetooth working in RK3188 devices????

  43. shohart
    December 19th, 2014 at 05:12 | #43

    hello, i have a question about wifi on minix neo x7 under linux. i have linuxiums’ 12.10 setup from minixforums, and it running fine but i can not set wifi into access point mode. ‘sudo ip link set wlan0 up’ gives ‘RTNETLINK answers: Operation not permitted’ so is it possible to set the device as a access point/ internet share (eth0 to wlan0)? thank you

  44. Jason
    December 20th, 2014 at 00:04 | #44

    The image booted fine however any change I want to make is requiring a “root” password. Any ideas on how to remove this?

  45. December 20th, 2014 at 10:55 | #45

    It’s explained in the post. Create a root password.

  46. Usama
    January 19th, 2015 at 00:11 | #46

    @Minix x7, Linux x86 & 16GB SANDISK SSDcard
    Hey there , I have done everything as written & my dd command under Linux reported no error… but when I introduce sdcard my device boots normally into MINIX & not UBUNTU. Also after dd my sdcard doesnt show up in nautilus & gparted identifies it as unindentified partition, is this normal?

  47. Zoltan Danhauser
    January 19th, 2015 at 00:14 | #47

    Hi everyone. Can anybody build an img for MK908II Tronsmart device please? Morever i tried to install Kodi mediacenter but guys on kodi.tv said no ARM CPU supported yet. Any other idea? I would not like to use my Android cause it doesn’t support my IR MCE remote.

  48. Zoltan Danhauser
    January 19th, 2015 at 00:18 | #48

    (some background info: a friend of mine has an MK908II, and he is trying to install for it, my CX919II J22 works fine)

  49. January 19th, 2015 at 01:09 | #49

    What about kodibuntu ????

  50. Zoltan Danhauser
    January 20th, 2015 at 23:11 | #50

    I am not sure if kodibunti supports hardwares in J22. However i was able to compiel Kodi on my TV bundle, but could able start cause desktop runs in 16bit color depth. Any idea?

  51. Zoltan Danhauser
    January 21st, 2015 at 23:06 | #51

    Hi Linuxium! Tanks for the firmwares. Your work is appriciated. I have a J22 and i want to use Kodi/XBMC on it. I know theres an android Kodi as well but my android doesnt support my irda receiver. So i thought once a full featured linux is installed then i will be able to install irda drivers, lirc and so on. I could compile a Kodi but i doesnt start and complaining for 16 bit color depth. I tried to switch xorg into 24 bit without luck. Colors were fuzzy. Just stucked here. I am not a linux guru however not a total newby. Do you have any advice about achive my target? I was thinking about to start compile a new linux from scracth but i don’t know where should i start it. Have you got a guide or something? Many thanks!! 🙂

  52. Michael
    January 30th, 2015 at 17:49 | #52

    does anyone know if an mk902 can boot from usb?
    was going to try putting linux on sd but it wants the new smaller sized sd and can’t get those without another trip into town. (normal SD’s are easy to get everywhere but seems that smaller size is not yet so common and I’m not keen to put this off till I’m next in town or wait a week for an online order for something i I had not thought would be any trouble to get)

    If i want to do this now its either usb or the internal flash ,,,

    the android it came with lacks root and at the very least i need that because I want to use it as a server
    (also have as Raspberry Pi here running Raspian which is nice but I need more ram and the mk902 has 2GB)

  53. ChinaMarine
    February 9th, 2015 at 09:03 | #53

    minix neo X7 — Followed instructions as per this page… Nothing… insert SD Card & boot… Nothing, normal Minix Android, everytime…..

    Are there some special, must know details that were unintentionally omitted..?
    Size of SD Card..? Which Partition of SD it must be written to..? What kid of partition the SD card must be..? I assumed VFAT, but is it supposed to be ext3 or something..? Is there some special command that must be given to the SD card to “bless” it so that it’s bootable..?

    Pls advise… thanks in advance

  54. ChinaMarine
    February 9th, 2015 at 13:48 | #54


    Reformatted the sdcard with mkfs.vfat with no partitions (not usual way one would format a drive) and DD’d the image, then worked right away… Interestingly, even after formatting with mkfs.vfat, as soon as I’d DD’d the image, fdisk reported the sdcard (partition table) as “83” Linux native partition.

    Thanks for this wonderful image…!
    Works very well, & fast…
    Had a Beagle board a couple years back, and that took 5 minutes just to load the desktop environment, running a browser out of the question, just way too processor / memory intensive to be of any use…

  55. Agraceofman
    February 11th, 2015 at 07:30 | #55

    Hi everyone. its boot fine and WLAN is working however there is no sound, Bluetooth and Ethernet on T-R42 Device RK3188 with B531_V2.0 Board

  56. zaikor
    February 17th, 2015 at 01:05 | #56

    Hi, thx for software. I’ve been trying this on my Tv01 aka cs968 and boots fine to login screen but after entering password screen turns black (no signal info from tv) and nothing happens. There’s any solution for this. Thanks in advance. Lukas

  57. rolandas
    February 19th, 2015 at 19:39 | #57

    hi.what is root password?thanks.

  58. Iulius
  59. Michael
    February 21st, 2015 at 20:29 | #59

    does the sd-based linux for devices like the mk902 have ssh already set up in it?
    (for that first login – eg like Raspian on raspberry pi’s – to be able to start using it if you don’t have a hdmi display)

    I have to use it headless now because the hdmi->vga box i was using died
    had no luck with a hdmi->dvi connector either (though it looks like the mk902 does seem to detect when its plugged in I only see a blank screen)

    I am scared to reboot because I’m not sure if the current setup which is android + debiankit will start ssh without needing to open a terminal in the android gui to run ‘deb” – left it on for two weeks now hoping to find a way to be sure

    booting directly into linux could solve the problem if it’s configured to start sshd
    and *real* linux might fix some of those other install problem areas (eg v8, nodejs, etc)

    I want to use it as a server so having a hi-res video display directly plugged in to the device isn’t so important to me as long as I can at least use the shell via ssh to do anything i need.

  60. Bjarke
    March 1st, 2015 at 22:02 | #60


    Works fine for me – but ONLY using 8GB SD-cards. Anything larger won’t work (haven’t tried smaller cards though).

  61. bakha
    March 3rd, 2015 at 06:42 | #61

    Hi! I’m interesting about install ubuntu on my tablet Asus memopad 172V. Can I install ubuntu same as wrote here?
    I can’t find some informations about install ubuntu on my tablet.

  62. bakha
    March 3rd, 2015 at 07:22 | #62

    Технические характеристики планшета Asus MeMo Pad ME172V:

    OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
    CPU: ARM Cortex-A9, VIA, WonderMedia WM8950, 1 GHz
    GPU: Mali-400
    Display: 7 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels, 170 ppi, 10-пунктов-Multitouch, 140°, 350 cd/m²
    camera: 1 MP, 720p HD Video @30fps
    RAM: 1 GB RAM, 16 GB SD, microSD-slot
    WLAN 802.11b/g/n
    3,5mm-headphones/mic, micro-USB
    battary 4270 mH, 7 hours

  63. March 3rd, 2015 at 09:13 | #63

    Sorry the instructions above are only for Rockchip devices, yours is based on WonderMedia WM8950, so it won’t work.

  64. bakha
    March 3rd, 2015 at 19:02 | #64

    Thank for answer. may be some body could write drivers for wm. all problems on chip drivers?

  65. rcombs
    March 4th, 2015 at 12:41 | #65

    Thanks CNXSoft for the writeup! Did this on my A350 and it worked “straight out of the box” – Ian – YOU ROCK!

    iStick A350
    16Gb uSD
    Iogear wireless keyboard
    4Gb USB Flash drive
    DVI-to-HDMI output to 24″ Monitor

    Working on getting a USB camera and the built-in fan to work and then I’ll be set (for now)

    Side note: so far, I’m using a 16Gb Class 10 uSD card and it seems to be working just fine.

    If I didn’t say it already [tic] – IAN – YOU ROCK!!!!!

  66. March 13th, 2015 at 00:59 | #66

    Flashed this on my ug007b. Made the resize of sdcard and enabling of mali video acceleration. But it didn’t work. glxgears shows only ~70 FPS.

  67. March 13th, 2015 at 09:20 | #67

    You can’t use glxgears to test OpenGL ES (that’s for OpenGL). Instead go with es2gears or glmark2-es2.

  68. unfalse
    March 14th, 2015 at 13:29 | #68

    not working at all

    [email protected]:~$ es2gears
    EGLUT: failed to initialize EGL display
    [email protected]:~$ glmark2-es2
    Error: eglInitialize() failed with error: 12291
    Segmentation fault

  69. unfalse
    March 14th, 2015 at 14:15 | #69

    the problem was with permissions. Executed these from Ian’s G+ blog (https://plus.google.com/+IanMORRISON/posts/NEWG6Mtz5U7):
    sudo chmod 666 /dev/dri/card0
    sudo chmod 777 /dev/mali

    FPS from the tests:
    [email protected]:~$ es2gears
    EGL_VERSION = 1.4 Linux-r3p2-01rel2
    vertex shader info:
    fragment shader info:
    864 frames in 5.0 seconds = 172.662 FPS
    164 frames in 5.0 seconds = 32.663 FPS

    (the second value is because I resized the window to the size of screen)

    glmark2_es2 results:
    [email protected]:~$ glmark2-es2
    glmark2 2011.09
    OpenGL Information
    GL_RENDERER: Mali-400 MP
    GL_VERSION: OpenGL ES 2.0
    [build] use-vbo=false: FPS: 52
    [build] use-vbo=true: FPS: 58
    [texture] texture-filter=nearest: FPS: 52
    [texture] texture-filter=linear: FPS: 60
    [texture] texture-filter=mipmap: FPS: 63
    [shading] shading=gouraud: FPS: 53
    [shading] shading=blinn-phong-inf: FPS: 53
    [shading] shading=phong: FPS: 47
    [bump] bump-render=high-poly: FPS: 43
    [bump] bump-render=normals: FPS: 59
    [effect2d] kernel=0,1,0;1,-4,1;0,1,0;: FPS: 29
    [effect2d] kernel=1,1,1,1,1;1,1,1,1,1;1,1,1,1,1;: FPS: 14
    [pulsar] light=false:quads=5:texture=false: FPS: 63
    [desktop] blur-radius=5:effect=blur:passes=1:separable=true:windows=4: FPS: 32
    [conditionals] fragment-steps=0:vertex-steps=0: FPS: 61
    [conditionals] fragment-steps=5:vertex-steps=0: FPS: 52
    [conditionals] fragment-steps=0:vertex-steps=5: FPS: 61
    [function] fragment-complexity=low:fragment-steps=5: FPS: 52
    [function] fragment-complexity=medium:fragment-steps=5: FPS: 36
    [loop] fragment-loop=false:fragment-steps=5:vertex-steps=5: FPS: 55
    [loop] fragment-steps=5:fragment-uniform=false:vertex-steps=5: FPS: 57
    [loop] fragment-steps=5:fragment-uniform=true:vertex-steps=5: FPS: 55
    glmark2 Score: 50

    Hope it is useful info… for someone. The UG007B isn’t so popular device.

  70. Chris
    March 28th, 2015 at 06:04 | #70

    Worked fine on my Neo x7, Unity is a really bad desktop.

  71. zaikor
    April 3rd, 2015 at 19:59 | #71

    working now on cs968 (tv01), my sd card was corupted. I check it with new one (8gb) and starts perfectly. screen flashing probably due to low quality hdmi cable

  72. Natalie
    April 13th, 2015 at 01:19 | #72

    Got all working on Neo X7 but cannot download anything as asking for authentication password which I haven’t set. Is there a default password i should be using???

  73. g_sahota
    June 25th, 2015 at 18:10 | #73

    sudo mv /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/mesa-egl /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/xmesa-egl
    not working for me
    give error

    mv: cannot stat `/usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/mesa-egl’: No such file or directory

    please help
    because youtube videos not playing properly and only 360p only.

  74. me
    July 11th, 2015 at 18:45 | #74

    First, I want to say Thank you! It is easy way to try Ubuntu 14.04 like Linux at Minix NEO X7.

    Kernel is:
    # uname -a
    Linux LINUXIUMONE 3.0.36+ #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Feb 15 20:54:36 EST 2014 armv7l armv7l armv7l GNU/Linux

    I see a problem with audio. Neo X7 has excellent hardware audio chip but the Linux driver is bad quality.
    Here is a simple way to prove it. Install Audacity, generate new sine tone, 440Hz, 0.8 amplitude, 30 seconds and play it!
    What do you hear? Is it nice sine audio?? I hear glitches, about 40 glitches during 30 seconds sample, that points to some problem with audio buffer handling. 🙁

    I tried to use external USB2audio adapter but it is not supported by this Linux. I see it when I do “lsusb” but it is not offered in audio preferences, I cannot switch to external audio, I think that driver for that hardware was not distributed with this Linux. 🙁

    This post was created by Linux running at Minix NEO X7!

  75. me
    July 11th, 2015 at 19:08 | #75

    Just an update on sound troubles:

    I think this is the easiest way to test sound. Install “sox” (sudo apt-get install sox) and play 30 seconds of 440Hz sine:

    $ play -n synth 30 sine 440

    Other problem related to audio is that it cannot be switched to HDMI output. Only Analog out or SPDIF output is supported in Linux.

  76. me
    July 22nd, 2015 at 15:18 | #76

    This Ubuntu has no support for Bluetooth. I cannot connect BT speaker to address problem with the sound driver 🙁

    And this Ubuntu has some serious problem with performance. I tried to run Boinc client and tried to decrypt several old messages from submarines with client for project [email protected] I found that when I run the client under Android, I have almost double performonace advantage compared to Boinc under Ubuntu; yes, the same X7! I compare messages with similar size (score). Boinc under Ubuntu needs about 10000 seconds to process a work unit, Boinc under Android needs only about 5000 seconds; that is significant difference! ARM CPU uses 4 cores in both cases and it runs at 1.0GHz; When I run only two Boinc tasks (2 cores), frequency is increased to 1.4GHz. That observation is interested too; when I run only 2 tasks, I get only a little less work done than when I run 4 tasks in the same time!

  77. idoit
    August 2nd, 2015 at 19:19 | #77

    this is just stupid. pointless waste of time. why bother ? what is benefit? nothing better to do? instructions are crap, idoit

  78. Mike Hendriksen
    September 17th, 2015 at 01:18 | #78

    I have created the bootable partition on a 32-gig microSD card and look forward to the possibility of using Linux on my iStick-350. The device was able to see the card so I think it is able to read from it. However putting the card in the drive and rebooting does not boot into linux. Are there options one could use to “turn on/off” the booting from the MicroSD card capability? I hope my device is working properly but also that the process of making the partition (which ends up being about 2 gigabytes in size) is working correctly too. How can I determine whether the MicroSD is actually a working copy? Thanks for any input that can be added to assist!

  79. Mike Hendriksen
    September 17th, 2015 at 01:22 | #79

    Looks like my question was answered already, use an 8Gb card. Mine was 32Gb. Trying again. Thank you.

  80. kyri
    December 24th, 2015 at 21:31 | #80

    hi, I will try this in minix neo x8h plus … it should work right?, Can we try put debian in the same manner or it will only work with this package and ubuntu.. it is a bit overkill I think..

    Thank’s for the post!!

  81. December 26th, 2015 at 09:50 | #81

    It won’t work. NEO X8-H Plus is based on Amlogic S812, so you’d need to find another way. You could have a look at the instructions for ODROID-C1+ board (Amlogic S805), and adapt them to your platform. You’ll at least need to replace the device tree file (dts / dtb) with the one for NEO X8-H Plus.

  82. masterplan
    January 19th, 2016 at 02:05 | #82

    Thank you very much for your work and your beautiful and readable post. I’ve succesfully installed OS and XBMC media center on my neo x7 mini but when I try to launch it an error occurred: XBMC can run at least with 24 bit color depth. How can I change color depth? I’ve found some guides to edit xorg.conf but I don’t have any Screen section inside it. Can you help me? Thanks

  83. kyri
    January 30th, 2016 at 23:16 | #83

    Thank’s, yeah it didn’t work.. not sure what to do with this useless piece of junk.. I wan’t to put kodibuntu on it..

  84. Rick
    February 19th, 2016 at 21:03 | #84

    Nice tutorial!

    Do you know how to install ubuntu 14 on this?

  85. February 20th, 2016 at 09:33 | #85

    You could probably install Ubuntu 12.04, then do an upgrade “sudo do-release-upgrade”.

    Alternatively you could roll your own by following the instructions @ http://androtab.info/radxa_rock/ubuntu/

  86. thor
    March 3rd, 2016 at 20:42 | #86

    Hi guys! I tried this neo image after many previous failures with older images and RKBatchTools. This is really easy. It works on a 16GB microSDHC with a Kruger&Matz KM0202. Unfortunately, the wireless card is not working! 🙁 And the screen resolution is too high: 1920×1080. Unchangeable! No lower resolution possible. Ubuntu detects my 40″ Samsung TV as a laptop screen. So, the Ubuntu menu bar is almost out of the screen. It takes some imagination to find the shutdown button. 🙂 Please, could anyone help me find an image with working wireless connection. There’s no fun without internet connection!!

  87. thor
    March 4th, 2016 at 17:33 | #87

    Hi again. I found out that this image works for me: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99O3A0dDe67NmIyLTl4Z3ZFRmc. That is the Rikomagic MK802IV New (AP6210) version. Wireless connection finally works, but the problem with the screen size remains the same (haven’t got the time to fix it). I tried to upgrade the Ubuntu system (apt-get upgrade) and broke it really bad: not enough space, then i rebooted and got a cryptic message that system is running in low settings mode and that window froze it all. Now i’m erasing the sd card and install it again, this time enlarging the ext4 partition after install.

  88. thor
    March 4th, 2016 at 19:25 | #88

    Screen size is really easy to solve out. Not Ubuntu’s fault. Just overscan. In HDMI TVs go to settings menu, screen ratio (4:3, 16:9, etc) and choose the “fit screen” or “screen frame” option. It may have other similar name for your tv (label-dependend).
    Regarding Ubuntu updates and upgrades (i know you want that!!): FIRST you have to enlarge the ext4 partition!!!! Because is less than 2 GB and is almost full. You can enlarge it with GParted under any linux, just not the one on the sd card. Use another hardware (PC) to do it. Can’t do it in Windows (because Windows can’t “see” ext partitions). After that, reinsert the sd into your TV, reboot, and you’re ready to go. Cheers and joy!

  89. thor
    March 5th, 2016 at 17:33 | #89

    The password is good (it works). Maybe is something wrong with your keyboard. Check the connection. Or maybe the keyboard language is set to other configuration than standard EN(US). Maybe the “p” letter is mapped to another key. The easiest solution would be to find a properly configured keyboard to en/us.

  90. thor
    March 5th, 2016 at 18:21 | #90

    This Ubuntu 12_amrhf is one little trickster! DO NOT update it to 12.10! It will mess up the update process and the update database. You can upgrade it to 14.10 (trusty tahr) but the process will take like FOREVER. I doing it for over 2 hours now and i have no clue when it’s gonna end. Downloading the upgrade packages alone took almost one hour. It would be much faster to do a fresh install. Unfortunately i can’t find any newer version for this.

  91. Julio
    March 14th, 2016 at 19:06 | #91

    Hi guys! I have a MK809IV (red slicer) with RK3188T chipset and RTL8723bs wi-fi. The sdcard image Radxa Rock ( https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99O3A0dDe67OGNUakZFenNLRVU ) from Ian Morrison ( https://plus.google.com/+IanMORRISON/posts/P6TNn3sisa2 ) boots fine, but the wi-fi did not work. I’ve tried the suggestion of Anat (post #464 – http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/459674-iastrohub-tablet-astrophotography-comes-true/page-19), but the wlan fails to power up. Any suggestion?

  92. Julio
    March 14th, 2016 at 19:26 | #92

    sorry: red slider

  93. Tony Shaw
    April 28th, 2016 at 22:39 | #93

    can someone out there let me know if it is possible to have the screen out put set to 720P instead of the only output setting of 1080p, I am using a MK809 III mini PC and would love to use this device on my old 1280×1024 monitor via the HDMI to VGA converter I have for my Raspberry PI 2.
    Thank you for any and all help with this issue.

  94. Vedran
    May 6th, 2016 at 03:47 | #94

    I have to comment on this. I waited years for some programmer to do something like this. I almost made peace of having android media center forever, as much as I start to dislike android. So, firstly, congratulation and many thanks to creator of this image.
    When I found out about this, I was very eager to try.
    But, alas, came disappointment. Since there is no way to load this on anything bigger than 8gb, I have to raise the question – why bother? You gain absolutely nothing with so little space left. One of the few key points for using linux on this machine is to have maybe bigger storage and use it properly and whole of it and I don’t mean only any external USB drive.
    And even when you do start it, it really, really…. and I mean really slow. Not to mention some complicated ways to open media files.
    And why couldn’t I change any system properties – because it always asks for password, and default password (“p”) is not accepted.
    In general, nice try but let’s call it “alpha stage”

  95. fendy
    June 7th, 2016 at 09:09 | #95

    how about minix neo x8 plus? is someone know how to dual booting android and ubuntu? thanks

  96. June 7th, 2016 at 09:26 | #96

    Although this has changed with Amlogic S905, Linux on Amlogic device is often limited to OpenELEC.
    For X8-H Plus -> http://www.minixforum.com/threads/openelec-minix-x8-h-plus.3342/

  97. chris
    June 13th, 2016 at 09:29 | #97

    I would like to use minix neo x7 with the Communications Device Class (CDC) cdc_acm.ko module to talk with an Arduino device over USB. Unfortunately this driver does not appear to be built into the kernel. Does anyone know the best way to install this module? I assume this project required a modified kernel but I did not see any mention on the kernel source code location. Alternatively, would it be possible to compile the CDC ACM module separately without rebuilding the entire kernel and then load the module dynamically (with modprobe)?

  98. Aleksey
    June 24th, 2016 at 04:20 | #98

    I know it has been ages, since the original post, but maybe someone will help me? i installed original version of linuxium’s debian wheezy in the nand of my minix neo x7 to make it work as a web server just for fun (https://f3sp.sytes.net/ btw, it is all in russian, but it runs wordpress flawlessly) . but, now, i can not mount anything nor perform fdisk – it gives me segfault. i can not use fstab also, so it is very much frustraiting.
    df -h though give me following:
    rootfs 11G 5,1G 4,6G 53% /
    udev 929M 0 929M 0% /dev
    tmpfs 373M 1,8M 371M 1% /run
    /dev/mtdblock10 11G 5,1G 4,6G 53% /
    Maybe the problem is that mtdblock10 does not have any partitions? i get lost completelly.

  99. mac-l1
    September 23rd, 2016 at 05:04 | #99

    Hi Julio,
    Did you succeed getting RTL8723bs wi-fi working ok?
    I have the same problem with my rk3188t stick…
    Hope you can help me out here.

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