Lime2-SD add on board for second SD card on A20-OLinuXino-LIME2

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Lime2-SD is small add on board which snaps on GPIO-1 connector and add second SD card to A20-OLinuxino-LIME2. It doesn’t interference with other parts on the board and do not increase the height.

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Why we do this? Because this is an easy way to increase storage for Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK . What we are preparing to offer soon is upgraded version of the Home Server Kit with 256GB storage made with 2 “disks” x 128GB micro SD cards. For these who already have Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK they still can upgrade by ordering Lime2-SD .

Note that support in FreedomBox for Lime2-SD is not add, but you can try Lime2-SD with the current Armbian image for LIME2. To enable the Lime2-SD support you also have to add this dts overlay .

 

Some good news! We got New Card payment system and new conditions for EU bank payments!

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New Card Payment System

As some of you already noticed we have new Card processing system running from today. What is the difference?

The new payment system allow payments with not only Visa and Master card, but also Visa electron and Maestro cards.

How it works?

When you enter your order, go on checkout page and select Card payment you will be re-directed via SSL server to United Bulgarian Bank web site and there you can securely enter your card details, in addition of CVV verification now you can have also Verified by VISA and MasterCard SecureCode additional authentication which increase your security level.

Our customers from Bulgaria were restricted to pay with card due to the old Card payment system we used. Now they can use card payment option.

EU bank transfer payments now without bank handling fee

All payments from EU member states now do not bear any bank handling fees.

It was a burden for small orders, but our new bank do not charge any taxes for money transfers from EU.

New Product in stock: SD-MMC 4GB card Class10

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This is Class10 fast 4GB card suitable for Raspberry Pi or as second disk on A20-OLinuXino-MICRO and A10S-OLinuXIno-MICRO second SD-MMC connector.

We also got in our webshop blank micro SD cards:

  • 4GB Class10 this is same card we use to write Android and Debian images for A13/A10S/A20 OLinuXino
  • 4GB Class4
  • 8GB Class4

all these could be found in Components->Storage section: https://www.olimex.com/Products/Components/Storage/

Android 4.2.2 images for A20-OLinuXino running from SD-card is updated on wiki

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Android 4.2.2 now is available on SD card for A20-OLinuXino.

Runnning Android from SD card is about 2-3 times slower than from NAND but for these who choose A20-OLinuXino without NAND this is the only way they can run Android on this board.

Two images are build one for 7″ LCD and one for 10″ LCD https://www.olimex.com/wiki/A20-OLinuXino-MICRO#Android

To write the images on the SD card you will need PhoenixSuit and to follow these steps:

  • Install and run PhoenixSuit.
  • Go to firmware tab of the program and point to a valid Android image (note that the images on Gdrive are compressed you have to uncompress them to .img files to may write them with PhoenixSuit
  • Disconnect the power supply and USB cable from the A20 board. Put a SD card in micro SD holder. We recommend 4GB class 10 card.
  • Press and hold RECOVERY button, apply power supply (6-16)V, release RECOVERY button.
  • Connect USB cable to the mini USB connector.
  • You will be asked for drivers for the boot-loader. Navigate to the folder where you extracted the PhoenixSuit and install the drivers from the respective executables (or manually point the installer to the drivers folder in the PhoenixSuit installation path).
  • PhoenixSuit will detect the board and would ask for the method of writing the image. Choose method of writing the image and confirm your wish to write the image.
  • Wait till upgrade succeeds

Note that it is not recommended to have your mini USB connected to an external USB hub. This might cause delays and might distort the signal levels. Always test with the USB connected straight to the USB ports of your computer.

 

Important: When Android runs for very first time it takes several minutes to initialize all files and buffers please do not cut power supply during this process! Also when fresh image is installed fast boot is disabled, this means that when you apply power supply after few seconds Android will go in sleep mode and you have to press POWER button to start it, you can change to fast boot when you power off there is dialog box asking you if you want next boot to be fast boot, you have to check this box before you power off. Also note that you must do touch screen calibration when you run Android for very first time.