Orange Pi PC development board launched at the end of August, and quickly went viral thanks to low $15 price tag. The company, Shenzhen Xunlong Software, is fairly small, with just over 10 employees, so when they started getting several thousands customers in a short time, they may have been overwhelmed, and this likely resulted in delays with regards to shipping, and acceptance into Orange Pi forums. Several people have now received their boards, and while many found it to work fine, I’ve been informed several people apparently got a non booting device.
People on Youtube and Orange Pi Forums also complained about a booting issue until Ethernet lights up, or Ethernet not working, while other reports Linux is working, but not Android. Unless there was a bad batch during manufacturing, it’s hopefully mostly a firmware issue. The person who reports Ethernet not working, first used the images from Orange Pi download, but later found out the “Loboris images”, which I tried on Orange Pi 2 mini with Debian 8, are just working fine. So it may pay off using these first to check the issue is not firmware related, and connecting a USB to TTL debug board would also be useful to debug any problem. I’d also recommend not validating the reception of the board on Aliexpress until you’ve confirmed it works. If you’ve already received an Orange Pi PC, it might be interesting to report if you had any luck or bad luck with your Orange Pi PC in the comments section.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Wrong image used?
i had same trouble, but download image for orange pi not for orange pi pc, from here http://www.orangepi.org/downloadresources/
1st section named OrangePI
latest download section named OrangePI PC
images from 1st section is not booted, images from last section boot correctly
I’ve tried multiple SD cards and multiple images, including the loboris images. No dice. The red LED lights up, both ethernet jack lights light up, but there’s no activity. No video signal on HDMI, no ethernet packets come out from a tcpdump capture on the other end.
It just appears to be dead. Has anyone successfully hooked up a serial monitor and seen anything?
I have ordered 2 of these and within the promised 15 days did not get the postal tracking number, so I am pretty sure that it has not been shipped.
I also wonder why the aliexpress page does not show any feedback from units which have been ordered months ago!
Imho this stinks.
I received mine several weeks ago, Linux boots fine but I had no success with Android. I used Loboris images but in all cases the board just blinks at power on. I tried different power sources so it was not a power issue.
I get two board that’s boot fine.
But, I run into issue w/ the H3 temperature. At max speed, max load, I get 75° even w/ a heatsink.. The H3 disable the core due to cpu temp.
Android images need to be written with a special software made by allwinner called PhoenixCard.
bin files need to be burn in startup mode, otherwise only the ethernet light will work but the board won’t boot.
Mine boot Debian jessie xfce correctly. Need to copy the correct script.bin to get Ethernet working. The uImage was the correct one allready.
Only one USB port working. The bottom one of the pair.
I was reading the post and realised the H3 chip set was used, yeah i have had problems with my H3 tv box, especially booting, ive got to unplugs and retry a f times before all is even ok yet android image is not stable. I think, yet don’t know why, they rushed the soc to market. With the A31/33/80 soc all winner was doing well.
@cnx any way to subscribe to posts ive replied to?
Why didn’t you leave a feedback on the item in aliexpress? I thought that none had received OPi PC so i was a little hesitated to order one because i ordered OPi mini in 1st June and didn’t receive it yet
I assumed it was enabled by default, but apparently not.
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Hi, my board arrived about a week ago, it’s quality is ok. After a bit of reading on the forums, I decided to use loboris Debian images (dd them to sdcard), and these require copying correct script-bin* to script-bin and uImage too. The newer kernel, modules and script images were uploaded later in another file, and it’s just matter of copying them to boot partition of sd card, and to /lib/modules. After that it booted correctly with ethernet and all 4 usb ports working. Be careful that sunxi-linux which is used, doesn’t have many of the modules and firmware files… Read more »
My boards give blank screen when using a HDMI-to-DVI cable with a DVI-only monitor. It was only when I tested on my TV that I confirmed the boards worked. If you are having video problems, confirm the board is booting using the serial console (115200bps).
Anyone gotten DVI working?
One of the persons who had issues with the board understood that “Raspberry Pi Compatible” was actually meaning “Raspberry Pi compatible”, so he used the Raspbian image for the Raspberry Pi boards.
He switched to an actual Orange Pi PC image and it’s booting…
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
I’ve read that the Orange Pi and Banana Pi (Allwinner A20 SoC) are binary compatible.
@Christopher biggs DVI may not be working because the images are built so that they are fixed at 720P or 1080P. If the DVI monitor doesn’t support one of those two modes the display won’t come on. For example no 4:3 ratio monitor is going to support 720P or 1080P. You have to go into the source code and expand the number of monitor configurations supported. You can use the command line with the DVI monitor plugged into to dump the EDID. EDID is what the monitor sends to tell what modes it supports. I think you can also build… Read more »
When I got mine (2 weeks ago), I thought it was defective, no video, and having already a Raspi 2 and a Banana PI I know what to expect … so I thought. But it is just the horribly bad Linux distro they offer and ghastly bad default device boot-up setup. The Orange Pi PC with the standard distro or no SD card does not(!) work at all on most 1080p monitors. Neither my TV not my “emergency” 1080p monitor would show a picture via HDMI. Red LED on, both NIC LEDs on. So I thought, well that is toast.… Read more »
The two $15 boards I received both of them only 1 USB port is working and the one cannot keep the sd card in the slot.
I’ve received my Orange Pi pc last friday, tried Ubuntu and raspbian images, the Ubuntu booted one time, but screen was not responsive to keyboard. al other attempts failed sofar
Raspbian didn’t boot at all.( Raspbian img used from the Orange Pi)
Now that I see it mentioned, I too have only one USB port working, I thought it may be a config issue but looks like not.
SD card sits snug though … so far …
Hooked up a serial monitor as last ditch effort and saw the thing boot fine.
After lots of head scratching I found the Orange PI PC in my router’s DHCP table, SSHed, in and it worked fine via SSH.
Then found http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342
You have to follow the description to the letter. Used the mini image, copied the matching files as directed after imaging the SD card. Boots 100% fine. Never more glad to have that $2 USB to TTL adapter, would have written that Orange PI PC off.
Hi, the 1 USB port issue is fixed with replacing the uImage (kernel) after wrinting the sd card from http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342, (script_kernel.tar.gz) i used uImage_OPI_2 (rename to uImage) and one of the OPI-PC script files (rename to script.bin)
Hi I’m Tetsuo and I’d like to share my Orange Pi experience. I was wildly enthusiastic about the idea of an Android/Linux RasPi clone for US$15+. I went straight to AliExpress and ordered 2 of them. I also ordered 2 of the full house SATA,WiFi etc boards. If you are considering doing the same, please be aware of the following. The money was withdrawn from my account the next day – US$106 07-09-2015 TETSUO : I sent a msg asking when the order would be shipped. I was going away for a week on 27-09-2015 and wanted to make sure… Read more »
@Tetsuo Orange Pi never had your money, it was Aliexpress who charged you immediately and who has always had your money. Aliexpress does not give Orange Pi your money until the signed receipt comes back from the delivery. Aliexpress is a giant company (Alibaba) so your money was never really at risk. You got the refund from Aliexpress, because that is who had your money, not Orange Pi. Aliexpress gives blackmarks to Orange Pi over every refund request. They may also charge Orange Pi a small fee. That is why they tried to delay your refund. If you get too… Read more »
I can sell you one with casebox and Android or Ubuntu loaded. You can add me as friend with Skype. My skype name is Preastchan. I am from China. The board you ordered sold out. But I bought five pieces, and I can sell two of them with a few bucks higher than the market price.
The Android firmware works well with Kodi or MXplayer. I can play HD videos and movies. I modified the firmware to make it more useful. Now I can use a USB wifi dongle without the ethernet cable to play online videos. But the Debian and Ubuntu is crappy when play videos, I guess the GPU driver or Mali is not working a.t.m..
Thanks! I did all that a few weeks ago to get the OPI working at all, but he/they must have fixed that issue in the uimage in the meantime.
With the uimage (uImage_OPI_2) in the latest scriptbin_kernel_test.tar.gz from Oct 4 all three USB ports work now.
The script.bin was identical, so no change there.
Thanks for reminding me to test with a newer uimage. 🙂
i use the debian8 jessie download. Monitored the boot process with minicom : 115200; 8n1; hardware flowctl off.
Waiting for HDMI2VGA converter i only could use the TV for a HDMI connection. The boot porcess is also displayed.
I use the CVBS (composite with a converter at the moment.) The power switch doesn’t do anything. That is as far as i am now.
Hope this is of use to someone
When i got afraid for my order I send a messge the reply was something like we do what we can at production. It will be shipped.
The plus was shipped the very last day of the aliexpress shipping period. The OPi PC followed the same procedure.
So we’re too many orddering ;))
I’ve tested Kodi in Android, it runs well, 1080p videos playback is smooth, IPTV via onboard ethernet has good perfomance too. It seems to be possible to build cheap mediacenter with this board, but there is one issue: I can’t make work HDMI-CEC to control the board with my tv remote.
Option “Easylink” in my tv is activated, but Kodi doesn’t recieve remote commands.
Has anybody ideas about HDMI-CEC?
I received a Orange PI PC a couple of days ago and it doesn’t work at all. The leds on the network connector light up but there are no other signs of life. I’ve seen reference to a red led power indicator and if there is one mine doesn’t light up. In hopes it might not have a power indicator have tried two different images I downloaded from the referenced site and they don’t do anything. Think mine is DOA. Received a camera with it and it has a cable and a board that it appears to attach thru even… Read more »
Can anyone upload the Android image for Orange PI PC to google drive?
Can not understand the complains over Orange Pi PC, i ordered 3 units, they arrived in a flash within 12!! days.
Very happy with the 15$ pieces, have the amazing Zidoo x1 FW on one of it..great deal.
But be aware of almost all of the linux FWs..they are heavily badly coded…
Try openelec modified from Alexiis…great great great…
How does one get ‘authorized’ to view and post on the orange pi area? I registered and then get a message that I need to wait for approval before I can do anything. It’s been over 24 hours and still not approved. I’d like to get the information on how to change the video mode but can’t get to the referenced article. Don’t understand having to go through the ‘approval’ process. Don’t remember having to wait for the Raspberry PI stuff.
@I cole One word: Patience. They, or I should say “He”, probably does not work on week-ends. So you’ll have to wait at least until Monday, maybe longer, since AFAIK only one person manages the forums… You may not be able to post anything, but browsing the forums should work without registration. If you need to download a file however it’s a problem. I’m not quite sure why they require people to login to download some files… Some forums are configured to use email activation, that is fast, but possibly more prone to spammers, and others are configured for manual… Read more »
Tom : Can not understand the complains over Orange Pi PC, i ordered 3 units, they arrived in a flash within 12!! days. You somehow must be a very lucky guy. I ordered two and the deadline at Alixpress exhausted before they were shipped. It looks like the Aliexpress shop then automatically cancels the order?? I also noticed that until recently the thousands of sales had not yet resulted in any feedback entries. Now there are 16 (selected?) feedback entries and the big rest seems to have disappeared. Imho this does not look like a small company being surprised, but… Read more »
I could not see any complaints about people being scammed, but I did read many people having technical problems with their board, mainly due to the lack of documentation.
That low number of feedback is indeed strange, but for people to be scammed somebody needs to make money out of this. Normally, if your order is not shipped, you should get a full refund. Quite annoying, and poor management and communication from Shenzhen Xunlong, but not a scam. Unless somehow you did not get a full refund.
BILLIONS more units would have sold. If they accepted paypal or american express. I needed 3 sbc, couldnt order one when they 1st came available so got an rpi2 from mcm, tried to order another about 2 weeks later, still no luck so i ordered a 2nd rpi from geerbest, Last week another payday and still no practical way to order it from home, so I got an x105 exp card for the pi, 1 more sbc to order, if they dont change there payment system… Any one know of a simple and easy way to order one of these… Read more »
As long as they only use Aliexpress, there’s no other choice. They should open an eBay store or find distributors.
Actually, there’s another way, but not really convenient. Order through taobao via third parties like taobaoring.com or engtaobao.com. I think they may support for payment means, but obviously it’s a bit more expensive as they take a commission.
Be happy you could not order because you most probably would not have received it.
There had been thousands of pending feedbacks, which over night disappeared and now there are only very few mostly positive feedbacks…
Well, my understanding of the legal situation is such that making a binding offer in a shop, taking orders and money with the promise to deliver within 15 days – and then not fulfilling it’s obligations is illegal. Even if the money is later refunded, the offering company has not fulfilled it’s legal obligation, and that is why I maintain that it is a scam.
For DVI working on HDMI you need find section [hdmi_para] in script.fex and add these parameters under it
hdcp_enable = 0
hdmi_cts_compatibility = 1
I get an Orange Pi one week ago.
I tried two Images but it does not boot!
There are only the led’s on the network port on.
The graphic chip is not initialized.
For me this Orange Pi mini 2 is rubbish!
They have several models of boards, so it’s not as simple as using Win32DiskImager or dd, and insert the card.
Most people with problems did not follow the instructions correctly, simply because they are not very good on Orange Pi website.
Three main steps:
1. Use Loboris images
2. After dumping the firmware onto the SD card, copy the correct Orange Pi PC script.bin and uImage in the FAT32 partition.
3. Insert the micro SD into the board. Done!
Many people missed step 2.
Yes it is ALL down to not having working images – the Orange Pi website is not worth a light – neither is their support, however if you get the right image – it WILL start up – it will NOT look like a Raspberry Pi, but you can get Debian working. I’ve not managed to get SOUND working but a pal of mine did.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
Can you tell me where to find the correct Orange Pi PC script.bin and uImage?
I have got the same problem as several others in here.
Both ethernet leds light up but there is no red led anywhere to be seen.
I’ve explained what I did for Orange Pi mini 2 (same as Orange Pi PC minus one USB port) with Debian 8 @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/09/01/getting-started-with-orange-pi-pc-pi-2-and-pi-plus-development-boards/ using the image I got via http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342.
Make sure you use the latest version of the image (as found in the forums), and after dump the uncompressed image, copy “Orange Pi PC script.bin” to script.bin, as well as “Orange Pi 2 uImage” to uImage.
Hi guys, good news from my end,
so i tried the Lubuntu image that Orange Pi made available and still the Orange Pi wouldn’t show anyting on screen. the screen would just blink. but then i checked my router, and the orange pi PC claimed an ip, i SSH’d into it and it works..
I use a hdmi to dvi cable to my monitor so maybe that is to problem. according to this post i need to make a new script.bin.
this post: http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=475&extra=&page=1
I’ll give it a try it sounds promising 🙂
Thanks, this patch to script.bin fixed it via the post that @hp links below.
hdmi_used = 1
hdmi_power = “vcc-hdmi-18”
+hdcp_enable = 0
+hdmi_cts_compatibility = 1
@I Cole Hi! I’ve the same problem, Ethernet lights are both fixed on but no Power On red led lihgt. I’m asking for a full refund because I’ve got the usb power wire so I would not have powering problem with mi 5V2A power source, and use a class 10 micro SD card with the correct image. But it doesn’t mind, Power On led never has lit. The seller is disputing me the return because he is triying to make me do the things that I’ve already done… The last one is that the seller directed me to this forum,… Read more »
if “I’ve got the usb power wire so I would not have powering problem with mi 5V2A power source” means you use a 5V power adapter connected to the board’s micro USB port, then it’s normal the board does not boot. Only the power jack (barrel) can be used to power the board.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
Sorry, I meant that I bought the wire with power jack (barrel) connector and USB conector to the 5V 2A power source in the other side. I never connected power to USB ports neither OTG port.
I insist, power on led never lit. 🙁
If you have a USB to TTL debug and nothing shows up at all in the serial console, I think it would confirm for sure that the board is damaged. Anyway, if the power LED never lits then it does not look good…Finally not a valid test, as the SoC’s internal bootROM won’t output anything to the serial console if there’s no SD card, or the SD card has the wrong files.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
When it is “so easy” – why can’t you simply offer an working image?
How can i identify the correct image and patchted files?
Where can i get them?
Without this trivial support this product is simply useless!
I can only give the advice to other users: “Just pay some money more and buy and original Raspberry Pi, instead of wasting your money and time for such an useless product!”
I answered to this comment:
I thought my Orangepi PC was faulty but it turned out that my sdcard didn’t have any files on it. Maybe I forgot to umount it when I pulled it out of my Mac after loading the software before I inserted it into the orangepi. Note that absence of the red light does not mean that the card has a hardware fault. No red light indicates that the boot scripts etc were not successfully loaded from the sdcard. If the red light is not showing nothing will work, even the serial terminal console will be blank. My way of thinking… Read more »
@Karsten For some reasons, Loboris (a developer, but not working for Shenzhen Xunlong, Orange Pi manufacturer) decided to provide a single image for the 4 versions of Orange Pi (Allwinner H3) boards. So that’s what I used. I tried his instructions provided for all four boards @ http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342 on an Orange Pi 2 mini board (I don’t own Orange Pi PC myself), and reported my results @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/09/01/getting-started-with-orange-pi-pc-pi-2-and-pi-plus-development-boards/ It was fairly straightforward. Please note that these are not the official image made by Shenzhen Xunlong, but people have reported better results with these. Now to the question why didn’t the… Read more »
Thanks for that… I think I have to edit my previous comment.
you have to ask “steven” (Shenzhen Xunlong) for a fee concerning the support you give to his boards….
@orange-whatever I don’t want to have support – i only want to have a working image for the Orange Pi. I did only find descriptions and images that does not work! BUT the comment of CNXSOFT helped somehow. I could get it WORKING NOW with the steps following here: http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=342 From https://mega.nz/#F!wh8l2BjK!OBep3nMldBletvNNwkH2Jg i downloaded: * Debian_jessie_mini.img.xz * scriptbin_kernel.tar.gz Then i copied from scriptbin_kernel.tar.gz to the SD-card with the correct names: * uImage_OPI-2 * script.bin.OPI-PC_720p50_dvi But for people outside of Asia the way is really painfull! There are download sites with only chinese symbols – i have to guess where i… Read more »
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Dear, I must recognize you’re masters and I just a little bug 😉 I couldn’t understand why red power on led would not turn on when power aplied. Now I’ve take a lot of care following the instructions told in this forum, step by step (thanks to the Thumos’ instructions) and when I powered again the Pi the red light lit!!! Awesome experience. Now I’ve learn that the firmware of the board is not in the chips, it is in the microSD card that we write. I’m wrong? I’ll have to apologize the maker and vendor from… Read more »
I have two Orange Pi PC boards and both show the same symptom: only both LEDs on the ethernet port are lighting, no red Power LED, nothing on serial console.
And it is not a PEBCAK, I have used those small ARM based computers for several years now. My last project was based on OlLinuXino LIME from Olimex.
I think it was just stupid to expect a working board for just USD 15. Opened a dispute on AliExpress, the vendor takes me for a monkey.
Glad you made it work finally.
If the symptoms are the same on both boards, it’s more likely a problem with the firmware on the SD card,or the SD card itself, than an hardware issue, unless you are really unlucky.
Anyway, I learned something today. PEBCAK: Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard 🙂
@Chris O Hi ChrisO, I had the same problem with Orange Pi PC as writen above. It only lit the 2 ethernet lights fixed, no power on red led… Finally I followed step by step the tutorials found in this forum and once connected the power source the red porwer on led lit! and it booted! My conclusion is that the board itself has not a “firmware” and it all come from the image you write in the micro-sd card. If there is no working image the power on red led wont lit. Hope you can manage to make it… Read more »
complete noob question how do you do this without being able to connect the OPI PC to a monitor in the first place?
I think I have gotten my OPI PC to boot (Android Image) as I can Get audio but no Video over the HDMI. unfortunately, my monitor is DVI. and DVI to HDMI does not seem to work. any thought on how to rectify this?
Read -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/10/02/orange-pi-pc-not-booting-you-are-not-alone/#comment-470188
You’ve read that already… You need to modify the script in a Linux or Windows PC. You need to use bin2fex to decode script.bin, and fex2bin to re-encode it into binary. Tools are @ http://linux-sunxi.org/Sunxi-tools.
Me too. Ethernet doesn’t work (both LEDs at Ethernet port turn on even no cable connected) and SoC temperature too hot.
Which image did you use?
@cnxsoft Debian_jessie_mini.img.xz and scriptbin_kernel.tar.gz (download from Mega)
I assume you’ve already renamed the uimage and script.bin for Orange Pi PC in the BOOT partition.
It’s always very difficult to find out if it is an hardware issue or a firmware one.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
I’m using the Debian_jessie_mini.img.xz and it boots to the logon but no keyboard action. Should I rename the uimage and script.bin for Orange Pi PC in the BOOT partition?
The lubuntu image works great I just don’t have any need for the gui, etc. Though it is pretty impressive that it runs a decent desktop and gui reasonably fast.
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
this board seems good features, but allwinner have not good support and without soc maker support the oem manufacturer is limited.
but thanks your recommended image by user loboris seems work ok, so this is the best linux kernel for this board.
and for android? maybe can you recommend a image for this board?
and could i request for a review of your board in android? please.
Yes. Just the same way as you must have done for the Lubuntu version.
Otherwise uninstall the desktop from the Lubuntu version.
I have not checked it for Android. Some people are using Zidoo X1 firmware on Orange Pi H3 boards. I reviewed Zidoo X1 @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/08/04/zidoo-x1-review/ with firmware 1.0.15. They’ve now upgraded the firmware to 1.0.22 with several fixes, so it could be better.
For Android, I think TV boxes like Beelink X2 are just as good and cheap considering you don’t need to add a micro SD, remote control, casing, power supply…
Cool thanks for the reply @Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) .
I didn’t actually do anything with the OPI PC lubuntu vivid Mate load. It worked straight away after burning the image with dd.
Debian mini not so much but I’m happy to learn something new. I’ll go hunt up the instructions on the rename, etc.
I try to use Raspbian image (Raspbian_For_OrangePi_PC_v0_8_0.img from Orange Pi download page) and it works. Thanks to @vincoio.
I have used Loboris image with Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS on the Orange Pi PC. It have booted ok, but network doesn’t work at all. Both LEDs on the ethrenet port are on, but my switch does not indicate any network activity from OPI. Is there a solution?
Looks like Ubuntu mininal image is too minimal… Tried Ubuntu Mate 15.04 image – works fine.
And in general waiting for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and port to Orange Pi…
The Mali400 is now enabled under Linux for the H3 based OrangePi boards. So there is G2D and 3D hardware acceleration now. I have followed the instructions, and it actually works on my Orange Pi Plus.
Don’t ask me for further details: don’t shoot the messenger! Refer to http://www.orangepi.org/orangepibbsen/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=723&extra=page%3D1 and get the H3 Mali400 working!
Hello. I have orange pi. I tried 5 diference sd cards, diference images. I have 5v 2a adapter. But when i put adapter, in orange pi only light lan port, and no red light or activity. What i can do? or trying. ?
Maybe I should write something for the Raspberry Pi Zero too… People are having various problems with it: http://tech.scargill.net/pi-zero-suicide/
I have just received the orange Pi plus… First time with the card with raspbian…. it loaded the chinese android… I switch it off… when I switched it on again… nothing happens… but the usb mouse has electricity on it. Very strange… I have just opened a dispute.
The hardware is probably OK. Which Raspbian image did you use?
just for the record, i had problems booting my orange pi and ended here.. then i realized i was using the wrong image, i have a Orange pi “PC” and i was using orange pi image, i tried the correct imagen and works great.
Just in case, make sure you are using the correct image, there are many versions of orange pi, and the web is a little confusing.
good luck everybody
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
The raspbian from the orange pi web… but it should switch on without any card. The red light at least… but nothing.
For example when I connect the mouse… the mouse light switch on…and I don’t need to switch on the orange pi.
If you have a USB to TTL board, you could see if there is some output from the serial console. If not, it might be a bigger problem.
In a orange Pi plus… I have tried to load Ubuntu mate, raspbian, debian… in 2 different sd cards… and never loads… always load the pre-installed android. The green light switch on 1 second… then red light and loads android.
I also tried to setup my Orange pi pc with a dvi only tv, I used my trusted dvi to hdmi cable and no Joy. So after hours and hours of trying multiple images I had no video with light’s on properly. So I plug in my roku analog video cable & wow I get a splash screen. No desktop after a minute or so the splash screen turned off but the video is still on the monitor said so. I have to believe that the damm hdcp is messed up the hobbyist fun again. Remember that any thing with… Read more »
I had the same problem but in the end I was able to run android in my Orange Pi PC using a micro sd class 4 with 32 GB that I had already used in my OPI with debian and ubuntu, then when I tried to boot using android in the same sd card the OPI was stuck in the initial logo, I think that when you format the micro sd there are some hidden files from linux that doesn´t get erased and prevent android to boot (yes, I know android is a distribution of linux), but I´m not sure… Read more »
Some sd cards can’t boot android in orange pi pc, but you can try with a smaller sd. I try first with a 64 gb card and it doesn’t work, now i try with an 8 gb one and android install without any problem.
I would like to install USB WiFi in my OPI PC, i try but still no sucess. Anybody did it work?
Many boards with micro SD slot are limited to 32GB max.
You may need to install the drivers to have your USB WiFi dongle work. You could install them with: apt-get install wireless-tools. I’m not sure about the full details, but this is one direction to look into.
Try to ask on Orange Pi forums too if you can register…
Thanks for info i will try again. OPI PC is not límited to 32gb sd cards, i can run Lubuntu, Raspbian… With 64 gb card, but not android. When i change sd card to 8 gb one android runs without any problem.
Mirror for Orange Pi PC images: http://filez.zoobab.com/allwinner/orangepi/
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
I am updating it, I miss some files which were on Mega and not on GoogleDrive…
I HAVE TWO OF THOSE CARDS 2 and 2 plusTHEY BEHAVE THE SAME ..
THEY BOOT BUT WITH GOOD POWER SUPPLIES .. SOME POWER SUPPLIES ARE INADEQUATE
i ve had the same issue:
led red / lan will switch off after some time, and seem nothing on the screen.
it works infact, i manualy switch to the right HDMI input of my tv and it was working.
(windows user: dont worry about scriptbin_kernel.tar.gz…. you just have to use win32 disk imager or phoenix card to write the .img of the choosen distribution on your sd card.
so my problem is just like yours, no hdmi signal at all but the leds on board are lit up. is your problem solved? was the board dead?
just solved it ^_^ tested it with another sdcard and it worked. sdcard was not working!
Great stuff guys!
I got a PI PC recently from Xunlun through AliExp. The board failed to boot 70% of the time. The other 30% of times it reached Ubuntu/Mate log in screen and, sometimes, after the log in. Then it froze. I used a serial terminal to catch the boot messages and observed failures at all stages of the boot: (1) internal, not even able to start boot0, no LED, (2) boot0 started not able to start uboot, (3) uboot started, not able to start Linux kernel, (4) Linux kernel failed. Tried three different SD/SDHC cards to no avail. Tried three different… Read more »
To all having the “no boot, only LAN LEDs” problem: GET A 3 AMP POWER SOURCE! I’m happy, that’s why I’m yelling, sorry 🙂 I tried to boot first with a 5V 2A Lenovo USB adapter. No good. Only LAN LEDs are on. Then with a 5V 2A Samsung USB adapter. Still no boot, but red LED on the board lighted up. (LAN LEDs are on.) Then I wanted to measure how much power the device needs so I inserted a “Charger Doctor” (USB current/voltage meter MiC) – red LED won’t come on. So I figured it has to be… Read more »
I had this issue, problem was that a 5V 2A powersupply was not enough. I got it booting by plugging the usb on-the-go to a power source along with the power supply.
Comprato non funziona, la scheda IDMI non funziona, si accendono le luci, ma fa solo questo
non compratelo, è una fregatura
I have the same problem. I’ve bought an 3 Amp power supply but nothing changes. The red LED is on and the green and yellow LED on the ethernet plug are blinking. However, my display is black. The same display works fine with a raspberry pi. Any other ideas? I’ve used the raspbian for Orange Pi PC image.
Armbian is now the recommended image -> http://www.armbian.com/orange-pi-pc/
thanks for that hint. However, even Armbian seems to be booting but the display is still black but the LEDs are blinking more then with “Raspbian for Orange Pi PC”. Any other idea?
If the LEDs are blinking more maybe it’s because the board is running, and there’s some network activity.
Try another display if possible to see if that works. If you are using DVI (instead of HDMI), there may be some settings to change. I can;’t remember clearly, but I know people had problems with DVI in the past.
The best would be to connect a USB to TTL debug board to see exactly what’s going on. Alternatively, try to connect via SSH.
thank you for that hit. With an HDMI cable and an HDMI display, everything is fine. However, h3disp with the -d parameter works with my DVI2HDMI cable, too. However, my display offers 1280×1024 but this is not provided by the orange pi pc. Well 720p works, but it’s not the best for my display. However, a cheap pc.
1280×1024 do work with any H3 based device. There are ‘just’ some patches needed. Please compare with post N°2 here http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/881-prepare-v51-v201604/
Unfortunately none of the Armbian core devs are that much interested in this GUI stuff but we try hard to overcome this and are searching for new devs that might help out. Xunlong also generously sponsored this approach by donating many great OPi Plus 2E: http://forum.armbian.com/index.php/topic/1325-claim-a-task-and-do-it/
I have an Orange Pi Plus 2E. Whatever image I put on the MicroSD, I either get faint static and then no signal on my plasma TV, some text that doesn’t move at all on my DVI monitor and a complaint that the horizontal frequency is too high on my other DVI monitor. The Android image on the eMMC shows an H3 logo and nothing else. Great.
I bought 5 for differnt os and projects… after a month they only boot for a few min and shut off.
I just thought I wanted to share that I have been using Loboris build on the OPi (Plus 2) and Raspbian (built on RPi3) on another setup. This was because I couldn’t get Raspbian (unless Loboris) to start on the OPi. Interestingly, I just got my SD cards mixed up and inserted my RPi card into OPi… and it booted up fine into Raspbian (not the Loboris build). This was not without error (especially some kernel errors which I saw at the boot screen and there are loads of stuff I haven’t deciphered yet from dmesg) yet everything has booted… Read more »
According to TTL infomation,my PI PC can not boot, I have tried 5 type tf card,and I can confirm the power supplier is OK,current and Volte is normal range.and also I tried many linux version(lubuntu,ubuntu,Raspian OS,etc),and Android , But no one can be used,I don’t know that what happened in my orangepI board,and how to fix it Start infomatin is belows: [box standby] read rtc = 0x0 [box_start_os] mag be start_type no use user_gpio config user_gpio ok gic: normal or no secure os mode workmode = 0 MMC: 0 [ 0.479][mmc]: mmc driver ver 2014-12-10 9:23:00 [ 0.484][mmc]: get sdc_phy_wipe… Read more »
Your log looks pretty good actually. It should have some more message about the storage device, but I can’t see any errors, and some images may hide those messages
Maybe you could try armbian for Orange Pi PC as a last test: https://www.armbian.com/orange-pi-pc/
My Issue was LOW VOLTAGE
even if you use rated 5v adapters, they are sometimes 4.8 or something and the fckling pie is very sensitive to low voltage, i used a 12v adapter with buck converter set to 5.08 volts, works perfectly!
just display is zoomed a bit, trying to solve it.
I have the same problem when I turn my orange pi plus 2e on it always shows a Chinese version of andriod
have you solved the problem
ifso I would like to know how you did it
hi every one
my orange pi one firmware boots but device goes to sleep mode and d7,d8 leds are still on please help
Power supply problem? Have you hooked up a USB to TTL debug board to have a look at the serial console?
I had a 2E for a while, gave up on it, just tooo flakey. I am now trying the OrangePi 2 Plus. Flakey also but making some headway. I will share below on my observations. But first, I am into 3D printing for RC Aircraft etc. I want to use the/a board for a computer to run the 3D printer and observe and control remotely. So, as a starting point, I want to run Octopi/Octoprint on the board as well as Cura (a slicer for 3D printing) and a 3D cad program. Of course internet connection is a must so… Read more »
I am using in OPI Win Plus and is successfully booting Android 5.1.1. But no luck on getting micro USB or ADB connect work. Any suggestions?
There should be an option in Android settings, but you probably already knows this.