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Welcome to CubieTruck world! A series of open ARM miniPC!

31 Oct

CubieTruck Metal Case is available now!

CubieTruck metal case (named CT-MC for short) designed by cubieteam is a new case for the open source hardware CubieBoard3. It has very strong and overbearing appearance, very simple and reasonable structure, and also with solid and high-grade materials. It is all ready for sale by now, looks like picture below.

Since cubieboard3 has a overbearing name which is CubieTruck, Cubieteam intended to make a very matching case long time ago. It would target in server areas, industrial control applications, or some other special industry market. We received lots of praises and encouragements which made us more confident after releasing some pictures in the forums.
Reliability and stability are the most important features in server and industry application fields, so the CT-MC heat sinking issue was been taking fully consideration in the design process( Notes: CB3 itself is not so heat, only need 3-5W power consumption, even small than a low efficient light-bulb, but if installed a 2.5 inch HDD, the HDD through a long time rotation will cause a heat deposition issue).The radiating fins stretch in all directions makes itself disparate, but makes it stand out. Although by its appearance we qualified it as rough product, it still has delicate side. And it was crude and refined, we can’t see any screws and any chisel trace from the whole machine.

It’s rational construction was embodied in two sides:firstly, the installation is very easy and the logic is clear. Although we have provided the installation guide, but I still believe you can finish the installation without watching it. Secondly, it keeps the dev-board’s nature that is easy for test and hacking, after debugged work, put it into the metal case, it immediately become a high-grade whole machine. I really have highly praise for the design inspiration, the enlightenment was short like a pipe dream, but which made me bear ten months seeking and waiting.

We qualified it as solid and high-grade materials means the notion for costs input. Cubietech always devote themselves to make the quality products, Cubieboard was always made as the industry’s quality standards but consumer product’s price, put themselves into low profit to expand the sales for survival and development. Based on this notion, the high cost will lead to the higher price, it naturally with a high quality. But if I must explain the CT-MC’s wonderful feeling clearly to you, I have to take  high costs to make a exquisite and HD video like Apple Event. To save the cost for CT-MC itself, I’d like to turn the evaluation right to the users. When you have the case on hand, you will have the perfect experience. Your hand feeling would not lie to you.

Sorry for my English expression, but in the end I still like to express my attitude by a Chinese poem.

 

19 Jan

Fedora 20 available for cubietruck

Fedora 20 nand image is available for cubietruck now. This is the latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system’s Desktop Edition.

Fedora is a fast, stable, and powerful operating system for everyday use built by a worldwide community of friends. It’s completely free to use, study, and share. Its official website is http://fedoraproject.org/.

DOWNLOAD
http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a20-cubietruck/fedora/ct-fedora20-lxde/   (LXDE Desktop)
http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a20-cubietruck/fedora/ct-fedora20-minimal/  (No Desktop)

INSTALLATION
1. Download the gzip image
2. Extract it
3. Flash the image to board with livesuit/phoenixsuit

Also it’s possible to move rootfs from nand to hard drive. If you want to do it, please refer to the following manual.

http://docs.cubieboard.org/tutorials/ct1/installation/moving_rootfs_from_nandflash_to_hard_drive

For cubieboard2 version is coming soon!

19 Jan

Upgrade New Android for Cubietruck(v1.01)

A new android firmware(v1.01) is available for cubietruck. For Cubietruck with Rev. B A20 chip, please upgrade it ASAP,  or else it may not boot with dram initializing error.

CHANGES
1. better pretect data on nand when suddenly shutdown
2. upgrade from 3.3 kernel to 3.4 kernel
3. script.bin can not be modified any more
4. CIFS/NFS is enabled
5. Support Version B A20 chip
6. many minor bugfixs by allwinner

DOWNLOAD

http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a20-cubietruck/android/ct-nand-v1.01-20140110.img.gz

INSTALLATION
After downloading the image ,extract it, and then flash the image to cubietruck with livesuit

NOTICE

Allwinner have upgraded A20 chip from Rev. A to Rev. B recently, which will cause android v1.00 firmware may not work any more.  For the cubietruck with A20 Rev. B,  if there was android v1.00 on the board, you may see that the board can not boot with dram initializing error. To fix this problem, please upgrade the new image provided here as soon as possible.

If you are unlucky to meet with this problem. never mind, it’s just a software issue, here are some ways to upgrade new firmware:

Way A:
1. wait for RTC battery run out, maybe a couple of days
2. Flash v1.01 or later firmware with livesuit

Way B:
1. Make short-circuited RTC battery on board with wire after poweroff
2. Flash v1.01 or later firmware with livesuit

Way C:
1. Make a bootable sd card
#wget http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/a20-cubietruck/lubuntu/ct-lubuntu-card0-v1.00/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl-ct-20140107.bin
#dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl-ct-20140107.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8

2. Insert sd card, power up
We don’t need it bootup, just clean some register value on PMU
3. Remove sd card
4. Flash v1.01 or later firmware with livesuit

To distinguish Rev.A/Rev.B, please look at http://docs.cubieboard.org/faq/faqs#a20_version_abX

23 Dec

OpenPCTV on Cubietruck/Cubieboard2

OpenPCTV is a powerful mini VDR Linux distro.  The system consists LINUX + Enigma2PC + VDR + XBMC components.  The project is totally open source, which is hosted on sourceforge.  I think it’s  a very interesting project, and I hope there will be more people involved.

Features

It is integrated with XBMC 12.2frodo,VDR 2.0.2,Enigma2PC

It supports more than 60 languages,switching once to change to the language interface of XBMC/VDR/Enigma2. You don’t need to manually edit the configuration file,using the dialog menu style to complete the most of configurations.

You can normally use it by copying the ISO file to a USB disk(creating a virtual disk files loopdisk.img in a USB disk, USB disk capacity shall be no less than 1G) It supports hardware decoding of AMD HD5xxx (and above) video card and Nvidia video card(Both use VDPAU). It can be normally used under VDR/XBMC, currently only supports Nvidia video cards under Enigma2.

It directly drives infrared receiver device using the kernel, common IR remote devices can directly support VDR/XBMC without any configuration. For DVB and V4L device driver it provides both kernel support and additional driver packages support, The additional packages including S2-liplianin and TBS can be selected to install in the configuration setup.

DiSEqC setting and channels scanning are all configured with dialog menu style. According to the configuration of DiSEqC.conf , it uses scan-s2 to scan channel.  *XVDR addon is already installed in XBMC, you can watch VDR TV shows with XBMC by default..

Installation

(1) Download

http://sourceforge.net/projects/openpctv/files/release/cubietruck/

(2) Installing

 Download the above three files (compression bag script.bin not allow wifi card to work)

chmod 755 make-sdcard   # modify the script execute permissions

. / make-sdcard / dev/mmcblk0 openpctv-devel-20131128.cubietruck.tar.bz2  # tf card production start,mount card boot partition, cp download script.bin to  the partition.

(3) Using It

login in with root:root.

Setup :network configuration, sound (three channels) Channel selection and configuration of VDR and so on. lirc infrared receiver not yet complete.infrared .

runxmbc.

Notice

We’ve proved that OpenPCTV can run on cubieboard2 and cubietruck. There are still some problem on cubiebord2/cubietruck, but it’s a good start