ARM64 – Pine64 – Not Exactly ‘Compact’..

I recently obtained one of the newly-released (- to the ‘public’..) Pine64 ARM64 systems…    My first reaction, was that it is a bit on the large side..  The board is over twice the size of the Odroid C2.. As usual, … Continue reading

Hardware – Replacing the System Disk..

My ‘system disk’ (/dev/sda) started to show bad sectors, recently, and so I decided to replace it.    The disk was around 8 years old, and had been in almost-continuous use.. I have not had to do this for some considerable … Continue reading

ARM64 – Odroid C2 – U-Boot MMC Support..

After the initial patches to provide basic U-Boot support for the C2, as mentioned in a previous article – there is now a further patch, to enable MMC support.    Details at I have applied this additional patch, and for … Continue reading

x86_64 – UP Board – Intel 64-bit, Size of a Pi..

Being the pioneer/masochist type (aka ‘early-adopter’..), I was intrigued by the new Intel Atom x5-Z8350-powered UP Board, and now have one on (pre)order.. Basic info, with too much graphics.. Not much info on their forum, yet, but it does … Continue reading

ARM64 – Pi3 64-Bit Tribulations.. Too Soon for Stability..

I had ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 back in March in the hope that it would be a useful exercise in 64-bit on a different chipset..    I was (somewhat) disappointed to find that there was no initial 64-bit support, and … Continue reading

ARM64 – Geekbox – 8-Cores and a UART Gotcha..

I recently acquired on of the rather quirky Geekbox ARM64 devices, together with the oddly-named ‘Landingstrip’ expansion board.. The similarity in overall design to the ARMv7 Radxa Rock2 will be seen from the photo: If you are ordering … Continue reading

ARM – Rock2 – Not so Hot, Now..

Finally managed to cobble together a rudimentary case and fan with heatsink for the rock2, and now I can compile correctly (# make -j5, etc..) and run # git clone… without the system overheating and rebooting..    Just two sheets of … Continue reading