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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, working with Linux with some overheating issues!, July 29, 2012
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This review is from: Androset Mini MK802 Android 4.0 Google TV Box HD IPTV Player PC Allwinner A10 1G DDR3 (Electronics)
I got this item to run Linux(due to Android's blackbox issues and lack of opensource), it's not officially supported but there are Ubuntu and Fedora images out.

Note that graphic acceleration does not work on Linux(yet) so not ideal to view videos etc. But bash prompt runs fantastic! Device runs around 1 loadavg on Ubuntu, when you run some serious things, it goes 4-5, overheats and locks up. I removed one side cover and run it like this now, it did not freeze like this but CPU and RAM chips still get very hot.

On Linux, now it's web server, file server, print server(not tested but should work over USB), later with Mali 400 drivers developed, it can be very good multimedia server.

Very small, no fans, can get warm but not too much and surely better than leaving a PC or laptop on for occasional server work. Has 5V/2A power but also works fine from USB power.

Search online for overheating issue, I still like the item because of price and I took cover off and will probably put back with a small fan on top.
If you don't want or can't deal with doing some hardware fixes for overheating, it's not ready for you.
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Initial post: Aug 7, 2012 10:45:43 AM PDT
linuxer says:
What do you mean when you say "random freezes"?

Does that mean the whole system crash and gives you kernel panic?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 3:27:56 PM PDT
S. Tu says:
Would you be able to post a quick howto on what you did to get Fedora on there and booted up with screen? Looks like something I want to do (except Iwould disable X completety and settle for shell). Do you have GCC, etc, for compiling source code (and porting other proggies to it) on the Fedora (or Ubuntu) distro?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 5:11:50 PM PDT
SY says:
It locks up, there are no logs and whole system fails.

It became a bit obvious that device is overheating and that's the reason. I have Ubuntu 12.04 but people report freeze/overheat when using preinstalled Android 4 as well.
I opened the cover (which is a geek task, not so easy) and now running like that. So far it did not freeze.

I see people added heatsinks but I think they may not work well unless they are very big.
I am thinking to buy a small 5V fan and drill some holes and stick to it. I am using it to rsync some 40GB files to USB attached HD and load average goes around 4 on Ubuntu.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 5:21:26 PM PDT
SY says:
There are Ubuntu and Fedora images out there, just search for "mk803 fedora images" You just write that onto a micro SD card and turn on device.
Kernel is 3.0.36+ on Ubuntu but it's customized kernel from some "linux-allwinner" git repo.
I got my usb hard drive working fine but kernel does not have dm_crypt module for instance to use encrypted partitions. Probably many other modules are missing and compiling a kernel with your own needs may not be so easy. You can get kernel source and try.
Just another note, I have Rii 7 wireless keyboard and that works very well with this device, without installing any drivers. Probably most usb mouse and keyboards will work.
Other than kernel, I have full Ubuntu repos and it has all gcc, make, apache, php etc.

It's not all user friendly especially for Linux but good to experiment.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 1:51:41 PM PST
all my attempts to get linux on here have failed, i have tried all the different images. instead of booting android it just boots a black screen when i have the card with the image in. I'm not sure if its automatically displaying wrong or if its the wrong image but it should work. tips?
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