First operation to do in order to use Openelec on Orange PI PC is the micro sd preparation.
It is advisable to use a micro SD class 10 to gain better performances.
As first step we proceed to the Openelec image download from the link specified in Orange PI PC forum
paying attention to choose the opipc version.
We choose the latest image in .gz format. We expand the content using a compression software, as 7-zip, obtainig one file having .img extension.
In windows operating system we can trasfer this image to the micro sd card by using a specific sotware. We used Win32 Disk Imager, available from the following link
Win32 Disk Imager
After the Win32 Disk Imager installazion we are able to write the micro sd card, i.e E disk in our case. We choose as input the image expanded in the step above
Press Write to transfer the image on the sd card.
WARNING: This operation wipes all data on the micro sd card.
After a while we have the micro sd card ready to be used in the Orange PI PC board.
In this article we describe an ARM mini pc, similar to Rasperry PI, but cheaper.
Looking at the manufacturer website
we put in evidence the main features of the board:
|CPU||H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 H.265/HEVC 4K
|GPU||Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz·Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
|RAM||1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
|Storage||TF card (Max. 64GB)
|Network||10/100M Ethernet RJ45
|Audio Output||Jack 3.5 mm and HDMI
|USB ports||Three USB 2.0 HOST, one USB 2.0 OTG
|Low level Periphericals||40 Pins Header,compatibile with layout Raspberry Pi B+
|GPIO(1x3) pin||UART, ground
|LED||Power Led and Status Led
|Key||IR input, POWER
This board belongs to a products family using the same soc, but with different accessories (mmc, ram, network, etc). This model is available for the purchase also from the manufacturer site.
For this device we have various Linux distribution, available from the manufacturer site, but we focus on the following flavours:
- Openelec : Media center usage linux distribution.
- Armbian: Server/desktop Linux image.
About point 1 informations are available at the following web site:
while from Armbian site we can dowload the Armbian Orange PI image:
In next blogs we’ll treat the installation, compilation of these Linux images on Orange PI PC board.