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June 25, 2014, 11:30:26 PM
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Hi, i was wondering if this Linux microPC by NanoPC would run all the distros created for the Raspberri pi?
This is the link here http://nanopc.org/NanoPC-T1_HardWare.html#tag

It seems to have a quad core Samsung exynos CPU with 1gb ram and 8gb onboard storage.

It has multiple OS's preinstalled :
Android 4.2.2
Linux+Qt system
Ubuntu

it seems like its possible to add OS's, so even thought its arm architecture could it run the Raspberry pi mining OS's?

(Why do i ask and not just use a pi?)
I do use a Pi actually i have 2 but was wondering since they can be slow at times and not able to multitask much, it would be nice to have a micro PC i could use while it had asics attached mining and it isn't MUCH more than a pi with AC and case.

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June 26, 2014, 12:23:08 AM
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The ARM CPU that the Pi and the Exynos in this device are based on are different, that almost certainly makes the answer a no. There's a good incentive for bringing this to the attention of the guy that does Mine Peon (assuming that's the mining appliance OS you're talking about), he'd maybe port it to the device if it became popular/widely available (i.e. Beaglebone Mine Peon has been around a while now)

You could even use it as a p2pool node, or just as a dedicated Bitcoin node. Armory could be usefully ported to these devices, too.

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June 26, 2014, 12:49:26 AM
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I would love a replacement for the Pi. SD cards are now my hated enemy.
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June 26, 2014, 12:51:00 AM
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The ARM CPU that the Pi and the Exynos in this device are based on are different, that almost certainly makes the answer a no. There's a good incentive for bringing this to the attention of the guy that does Mine Peon (assuming that's the mining appliance OS you're talking about), he'd maybe port it to the device if it became popular/widely available (i.e. Beaglebone Mine Peon has been around a while now)

You could even use it as a p2pool node, or just as a dedicated Bitcoin node. Armory could be usefully ported to these devices, too.
I didn't know that the  PI OS's had anything to do with the CPU, thank you for the information. I guess that takes all the specialized distros out but with Ubuntu it should be able to mine with asics still (cgminer and addons through got hub) ?

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June 26, 2014, 01:33:06 AM
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The ARM CPU that the Pi and the Exynos in this device are based on are different, that almost certainly makes the answer a no. There's a good incentive for bringing this to the attention of the guy that does Mine Peon (assuming that's the mining appliance OS you're talking about), he'd maybe port it to the device if it became popular/widely available (i.e. Beaglebone Mine Peon has been around a while now)

You could even use it as a p2pool node, or just as a dedicated Bitcoin node. Armory could be usefully ported to these devices, too.
I didn't know that the  PI OS's had anything to do with the CPU, thank you for the information. I guess that takes all the specialized distros out but with Ubuntu it should be able to mine with asics still (cgminer and addons through got hub) ?

You'd also need to compile cgminer for the Exynos to use it with Ubuntu, but it probably wouldn't be a difficult job (you could ask for help on bitcointalk if it sounds daunting).

I would love a replacement for the Pi. SD cards are now my hated enemy.

Just looked at the specs for the integrated flash, I'm not sure you'd like these much more (15Mb/s Read, 9Mb/s write, 100 ms maximum block read, 250 ms max block write. That's dire, there are SD cards better than that). But there's some kind of boot mode jumper on the board though, I wonder what the modes are.

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June 26, 2014, 05:25:39 AM
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I would love a replacement for the Pi. SD cards are now my hated enemy.

This.

It would be F'all to port cgminer etc. via crosscompiling or even compiling on target - that's a non-issue.

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I would love a replacement for the Pi. SD cards are now my hated enemy.

Just looked at the specs for the integrated flash, I'm not sure you'd like these much more (15Mb/s Read, 9Mb/s write, 100 ms maximum block read, 250 ms max block write. That's dire, there are SD cards better than that). But there's some kind of boot mode jumper on the board though, I wonder what the modes are.

That's more than fast enough. The problem with sd cards is their reliability (or their general lack thereof when hosting an OS for the RPi).

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June 26, 2014, 09:12:31 AM
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I run all my asics  on the Odroid u3 from here  http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php. which uses the Exynos quad core cpu.
They run standard linux, don't have usb issues like the PI  and run bfgminer, cgminer, minera  and assorted other miners with no issues.

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June 26, 2014, 10:55:03 AM
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I just buy $200 laptops and use them as hosts for 9999999999999999 devices. Then if I ever need to sell them, they're still worth $100-150 to mainstream.

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June 26, 2014, 11:03:26 AM
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I run all my asics  on the Odroid u3 from here  http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php. which uses the Exynos quad core cpu.
They run standard linux, don't have usb issues like the PI  and run bfgminer, cgminer, minera  and assorted other miners with no issues.
Very interesting, i was looking at the Odroid as well but this seemed a little cooler to me in my opinion and if they run bfgminer, cgminer and minera i might have to pick one up and try it out.

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June 26, 2014, 12:05:15 PM
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I run all my asics  on the Odroid u3 from here  http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php. which uses the Exynos quad core cpu.
They run standard linux, don't have usb issues like the PI  and run bfgminer, cgminer, minera  and assorted other miners with no issues.

May have to try one of these out. I have a couple Pi's which suck and BBB (Rev B hotplug works and seem better then Rev C) have run 5 g-blades on Rev B with debian, a cubbieboard2 was next on my list to try along with a galileo.

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June 26, 2014, 12:50:57 PM
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I run all my asics  on the Odroid u3 from here  http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php. which uses the Exynos quad core cpu.
They run standard linux, don't have usb issues like the PI  and run bfgminer, cgminer, minera  and assorted other miners with no issues.

May have to try one of these out. I have a couple Pi's which suck and BBB (Rev B hotplug works and seem better then Rev C) have run 5 g-blades on Rev B with debian, a cubbieboard2 was next on my list to try along with a galileo.
I have emailed them inquiring about a review unit (doubt they'll send me one) but if i do get one sent free i will be able to try it out and see what works on it easily and how its runs and if it can be a true PI replacement for miners.

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I run all my asics  on the Odroid u3 from here  http://hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php. which uses the Exynos quad core cpu.
They run standard linux, don't have usb issues like the PI  and run bfgminer, cgminer, minera  and assorted other miners with no issues.

May have to try one of these out. I have a couple Pi's which suck and BBB (Rev B hotplug works and seem better then Rev C) have run 5 g-blades on Rev B with debian, a cubbieboard2 was next on my list to try along with a galileo.

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January 30, 2015, 01:38:27 PM
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i think you can buy cheap used laptop/pc , that is much better then those micro PC and have some better resale value compared to those micro PCs
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January 30, 2015, 02:13:14 PM
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i think you can buy cheap used laptop/pc , that is much better then those micro PC and have some better resale value compared to those micro PCs
Well now there are cheap windows micro computers that would be pretty nice and aren't too expensive.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-New-Windows-8-1-OS-Intel-Quad-Core-1-33Ghz-CPU-TV-BOX-mini-pc/32259813617.html

These can run full nodes and everything pretty easily and run staking wallets which is nice, just might need an external usb Harddrive.

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January 30, 2015, 02:28:33 PM
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Yeah, but... Windows 8.

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January 30, 2015, 02:32:05 PM
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Yeah, but... Windows 8.
Yeah does that matter for full nodes or staking wallets (altcoins i know), also windows gives it great compatibility with CGminer, there are other linux ones that are cheaper but usually arm based.

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January 30, 2015, 07:11:57 PM
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Yeah, but... Windows 8.
Yeah does that matter for full nodes or staking wallets (altcoins i know), also windows gives it great compatibility with CGminer, there are other linux ones that are cheaper but usually arm based.

If it's an x86 based system there should be no issue loading an x86 linux distro

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January 30, 2015, 07:29:41 PM
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Yeah, but... Windows 8.
Yeah does that matter for full nodes or staking wallets (altcoins i know), also windows gives it great compatibility with CGminer, there are other linux ones that are cheaper but usually arm based.

If it's an x86 based system there should be no issue loading an x86 linux distro
It is and for in the 90's$ range it seems like a pretty decent deal.

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