Banana Pi M3
TLDR: Anyone made an image that works?! Can I have it? I mean, FULLY working, wlan, bluetooth, sata, usb, NIC, everything!
First off, quickly realizing I should have just purchased an Odroid, or another Rpi, or ANYTHING else Not a good start - if you want to share my PAIN, read on! If not, I dont blame you
So, I must have downloaded all the images possible for this thing - a quick search brought me here, where it seems all their official images are broken for one reason or another, and that most people are making their own images/OS from scratch.
I’ll get right to the question, as I feel this may be a longer post than expected! Is there a community created image for the M3 that WORKS?!
I dont want to have to create my own from scratch, its a pain in the ass. I just want it to work like my other SBC’s - Download image, put it on SD card, see an OS and start using it for my desired application! Is it that difficult to do?! OK, so my knowledge of Linux building isnt good. I have mostly Windows background with a couple of side projects with SBC’s/RPi’s.
Now with the feedback: So here are the last 4 days, on and off - my experiences Started with an official Debien Jessie image. Wrote it to the SD card (Samsung Class 10 16GB) with Win32DiskImager (like I always have done) It wouldnt generate an md5 hash - which didnt matter anyway, since there wasnt one for the download It didnt work. BPi gave me a red light, and it sat there for 10 mins without a signal. I suspected power, because my mouse and keyboard gave me a blank screen with no red LED - so from then on, nothing but a power cable (via USB) and a HDMI connected monitor is connected I then spent a good while swapping out monitors, HDMI cables, SD card (a samsung 32GB Class 10, that definitely works in my RPi2) power cables, dedicated and USB powered - even going up to 5V/3Amps at one point (started with a 5V/2A as usual)
I then gave up on the image, and got myself another few to try. In no particular order. Various Debian distros, Kali-Linux, Android, Kodi and more. Any of the images available on the official site I found didnt work, and just gave me the same blank screen and red LED At this stage, I found a thread somewhere about ‘PhoenixCard’ - an alternative disk image writer. So I tried that too. The thing couldnt load its own button labels, so I had no idea what I was clicking! It crashed a lot too So I was thinking it may be a faulty board? Until I found two Android images (I forget which one, theres been so many!) One of them was a 720p option, while the other was a 1080p. I got them both
The 720p one gave me the usual red light and no signal.
The 1080p image gave me a red light… and then a green and blue I was overjoyed on seeing the blue and yellow Banana Pi logo on my screen!
Finally! an image that does someth… oh… uhm… its stuck here? 5 mins later. Rebooted by itself. Left it another 5 mins, and it does the same Never ending loop for an hour
Finally, last night, I ordered an Odroid and left this piece of trash on my desk ready to be a paperweight
Unless! Someone can point me in the direction of a working image I can write with Win32DiskImager - not this PhoenixCard shite that doesnt load up the button labels or tell you what its doing before crashing your machine
I have no other way to write a card, and dont particularly feel like running up a linux VM to use that to write a card either.
TL;DR- dont bother buying this until they can fix their images - unless you like screwing around for a while creating your own kernel/boot/services/whatever else goes into making a workable system