Pine64 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 10/100/1000 MB Ethernet port unpacking and quick review

Even though in my mid May post I said I will not go into future endeavors with low cost devices this one I have ordered long time ago (April 2016) and it was delayed with shipping.

Pine64 looked interesting and promising since they raised $1.7M on Kickstarter offered 3 different variants for affordable price.

Allwinner is awful with their open source support so you will not be using this device for your next media center since Kodi will not work, but since it has 2GB RAM and 1Gb Ethernet it seems perfect fit for a small home server. Continue reading “Pine64 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 10/100/1000 MB Ethernet port unpacking and quick review”

OrangePi poor replacement for the real Raspberry Pi

I was intrigued with low price of Orange Pi PC on GearBest site and since I had a lot of unused points I decided to order one even though I did not really need it. For a few bucks you get quad core CPU, 1GB of RAM, Ethernet all the bells and whistles as Raspberry Pi for third of the price.

What could go wrong? Well it seems for this price you get what you paid for a third of quality manufacturing. As soon as I opened my box I noticed that the board is slightly bent as you can see on the picture here: Continue reading “OrangePi poor replacement for the real Raspberry Pi”

Upgrade Xbian installation to support Raspberry Pi 3

Recently I bought two Raspberry Pi 3 devices, one for my RetroPie gaming center and one for my Kodi / Xbian always-on media-center.

Retropie with version 3.6 came out of the box with Raspberry Pi 3 support, so it was an easy to replace old unit with new one.

Xbian needs new kernel package (4.4.4+) to support Raspberry Pi 3. There are two ways to get your Xbian to support your new device: Continue reading “Upgrade Xbian installation to support Raspberry Pi 3”

Prevent kernel out of memory manager to kill processes on Raspberry Pi 2

I am using Raspberry Pi 2 with Xbian installed as my primary always on media-player device. Beside usual Kodi and few other services I also have MySQL, pihole, lighttpd, rtorrent, samba and few other.

Lately I am faced with kernel oops when trying to copy larger files, over 500MB. Rapsberry Pi becomes unresponsive, I can ping it but no longer connect to it. Continue reading “Prevent kernel out of memory manager to kill processes on Raspberry Pi 2”