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Cubieboard2 A20 beginners questions

Started by meta3, April 26, 2014, 01:18:07 pm

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meta3

Hey!

I received cubie2 A20 yesterday and it has android pre-installed on it. It isn't enough for my needs because i cannot do couple of things (SATA isnt working, torrents can download only to NAND) so i want to install linux OS on it. My questions are:


  • Can i install another OS on NAND even if there is already one installed? If i have to delete old one, please tell me how can i do it (non linux way if possible, but it is the only way i will install linux on my PC).


  • I tryed to install linux using PhoenixSuit way (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRDseLtEt30&list=HL1398532582&index=2) on windows 7 but i get "Blue screen of death". I assume this is because i have already installed android OS on NAND. Am i right?


  • Would cubieboard2 need some sort of cooling if i plan to use if to 24/7 downloading machine?

  • Which linux OS would you recommend me if i plan to use it for 24/7 downloading machine? Stability is most important.




Thank you for your help.

Bye bye

Lexter

From a newbie to another  :D

Download a distro to your windows machine that is for a nand install. That´s the easiest way to begin.

Exampel:

http://dl.cubieforums.com/ikeeki/IMAGES/ik/cubiuntu_nand_ct_0.888_7e30084d890297c20367b05a93af568f.img.zip

If it´s NOT for a nand install you can "dd" to nand.
As long it´s premade for NAND you follow ProgramOften tutorial. Use FEL and it will wright over all your old stuff and make a new install.

Hope it helped some  :)

slovenia

April 26, 2014, 01:41:33 pm #2 Last Edit: April 26, 2014, 01:45:14 pm by slovenia
Get one micro SD card and use one of the prepared images. Than you can leave Android system on NAND as is ... and boot there whenever you like.

1. Yes ... with Phoenix or booting something from SD which have nand installer.
2. It look's like a Windows problem. (I am using Win7x64 with Phoenix suite without problems.)
3. Probably not. Did you get any heat sink? I have Cubietruck and it's shipped with a small one.
4. Debian
Debian and Ubuntu images with kernel 3.4.110, 4.3.3, 4.4
http://www.armbian.com

meta3

April 26, 2014, 01:49:48 pm #3 Last Edit: April 26, 2014, 01:53:25 pm by meta3
Thank you for replies. Yes, i want to use it for NAND. I would like to avoid using SD card since i currently don't have reader, but i have one phone SD card. I don't want to keep android since it's useless for me. All i will use cubie2 is for downloading and seeding. Do you maybe have any link to working debian image for A20? I didn't get any heatsink for cubie.

slovenia

Debian and Ubuntu images with kernel 3.4.110, 4.3.3, 4.4
http://www.armbian.com

meta3

April 26, 2014, 02:01:35 pm #5 Last Edit: April 26, 2014, 02:27:55 pm by meta3
Thank you. I have just try flashing NAND using Phoenix suite on another computer and it works. I have another question. Is there any way to access to cubieboard2 from another PC (so i don't have to plug on cubie HDMI, mouse ect.)and i can add or just monitor torrents/downloads?
I installed cubieez and i have a problem that desktop doesn't fit my monitor size. It is too big and i cannot see everything. Display (24'') is connected via HDMI. Any solution?

Lexter


Whosat

Quote from: meta3 on April 26, 2014, 02:01:35 pm
Thank you. I have just try flashing NAND using Phoenix suite on another computer and it works. I have another question. Is there any way to access to cubieboard2 from another PC (so i don't have to plug on cubie HDMI, mouse ect.)and i can add or just monitor torrents/downloads?
I installed cubieez and i have a problem that desktop doesn't fit my monitor size. It is too big and i cannot see everything. Display (24'') is connected via HDMI. Any solution?

Once you have SSH access you can install a Remote Desktop server like xrdp (sudo apt-get install xrdp) and login from your other desktop.

meta3

Thank you all. I will try this in wednesday when i get my USB keyboard :D

meta3

April 29, 2014, 07:48:00 am #9 Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 12:22:23 pm by meta3
I have two more problems:

  • I use cubieez debian image on NAND. I'm  using 24'' samsung monitor syncmaster 2494hs with HDMI. When i login to cubieez i can't see whole desktop but it is cut off on all sides (i can't see "start" menu, opened programs ect.). Than i try to change monitor size and its set to resolution 1920*1080 60Hz and there is no other option to choose. What can i do to fit desktop to my monitor's size without cuts?

  • I also have problem with setting up network so i can access to internet. I ping router ip address or other computer's IP and they are unreachable. Can somebody help me with this please?




EDIT: I solved Nr1 with turning off "AV mode" option on my monitor settings.