X86 Hardware issues (WiFi, DAC, Disks, Boot etc.)

It was offered by a friend. Only the sbc, original, new. The power supply is not included in the price, only the virgin panel. But I would only dare to buy it if I could turn it into a Volumio3 streamer with Peppymeter and my 1280x800 touch monitor. I would also use a USB output to the DAC. Maybe the ATOMIC PI would be more suitable for watching 4k video than the rpi4, so a KODI or something like that would also run better on it.

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you get them for a special offer at Ameridroid
click here for the Ameridroid offer
No idea what they charge for shipping

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i do, it made me cry…
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I would also buy this 26 usd (+ 4 usd sshipping).offer if I knew I could make a working Volumio3 out of it…let’s say they write problems. 2 GB of RAM is not enough, Windows 10 does not work well, the wifi of the sbc is crap, it needs an antenna and a power supply. And only 1 usb3 port (of course you can solder in the 1 usb2 as well).

Don’t laugh at me, but I’m sorry that Atomic PI is not widespread. Then there could be a clear tutorial with which you can easily install what you need.
Or find someone using it with Volumio3…

@Zoli76
2GB RAM is sufficient for Volumio.
Don’t use Windows as a reference, it uses WAY more resources than Linux does. It would most likely work, I have no big doubts about that, but it is an atom pc.
Somewhat snappier than a Pi (as @Wheaten mentioned, below a PI4), but known to be very stable on usb, not like the PIs in that range.

Look for a 2nd hand Dell Wyse 3040 on ebay, when you can score one below 40-50 dollars, you would be better off.
And that one has a case, your atomic pc is just a bare board.

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Hello friends!
Can you ask me a question? How to connect volumio (PC) to the TV screen and display the interface window like on mobile!
I connected via HDMI cable to the TV, but only the command interface (Dos) is displayed.
Thanks a lot!
Please see: Volumio 3 issues: hints and solutions before posting a new issue.
(You’ll need to cut and paste the link)

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What hardware are you using?

If a rPi, install the “touch display” plugin

I am using volumio on x86 computer

Then all you need to do is, go to:
System => Video Output Options =>

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@phungmac I know this is all a bit confusing, but the x86 image has HDMI enabled by default.
You can switch it, that is what the previous post is about.
In your case it looks more like a hw compatibility issue, the current version of Volumio for x86 is known to have issues with newer hardware, when not yet supported graphics cards are used.
Could you please submit a log to verify this?
This article shows how to do it

The other option is to install this version, it is brand new with the latest hw support and therefore not officially supported yet: Volumio-3.576-2023-11-10-x86
An official version should be released soon.

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Thank you for responding!

it is possible to add new entries to the Windows Bootmanager for example with the easybcd-tool. It was no problem to add an entry for the kde-neon-installation. It was just important to install the bootloader of that installation into the root-directory.

Why i want to use the Windows-Bootmanager is because i use two WIN 10 Installations on that System. One for a normal Windows with Fidelizer and another with Audiophile-Optimizer. When i use the Bootloader of KDE-Neon (GRUB i think) it will always detect the two Windows as One or in other words it detects the Windows Bootmanager. So after choosing WIN i have another Boot into that Bootloader and choose again and then sometimes one or two more Boots until i finally arrive.

This is why i tried to include the Linux into the WIN-Bootloader although i think the NEON-Loader looks better. And this works very fine for this first disk. Could i add Volumio into this Menu it would be the AUDIO-Machine of my dreams.

Is there anybody who ever tried to add Volumio to the Windows 10 Bootmanager?

#H

Probably me to answer this one, this is a very tempting feature which went through my head many times.
It did not get done, not because we wouldn’t want to, but the problem is that the current Volumio install is based on an image flash and we miss the specialist ressources and skills Microsoft and Debian can make use of to create an installer.
In case someone has the skills and time to support us, please let us know.
Manual additions to the Windows bootmanager, Linux grub2 or Syslinux won’t survive a Volumio update.

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Thanks for your interesting answer. I am not much of a programmer and have to admit although i am fiddeling with linux-installations since 1998 i still do not really understand what i am doing when i copy and paste those terminal-commands that do the jobs.

I am totally convinced of Volumio after comparing it with other solutions. The sound is amazing.

When i understand the Windows-bootmanager correctly it works like this: in easybcd i add an entry to the menu and give the additional information to which kind of bootloader this entry leads. In the case of the kde-Neon it is a GRUB2-link.

When i saw a Syslinux-information in the volumio-bootup i thought ‘that’s it’ and added that in easybcd and directed the bootmanager to the bootpartition of the volumio-drive. But that didn’t work. Why? Isn’t there a bootloader installed in that 171mb-Partition? One that could be linked with my boot-manager?

When i reinstall Volumio on that second drive the bootmanger in the first drive is not affected. I tried that. So maybe it is possible to get Volumio integrated without too much fuss?

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You can experiment as much as you wish, google chainloading bootloaders, windows BCD and also refer to the syslinux wiki, there is some information which may help.
I prefer not to get involved in this as it has no real value for Volumio.
Just a warning: even when you get this working, there is a big chance that the system breaks as soon as you do your next Volumio update.
So you’re on your own with this, sorry.

Hey it just works now! Since i took from your suggstions that syslinux is the actual bootloader for Volumio i just tried again to add an entry in the WIN 10 Bootmanager via EASYBCD.

I chose linux as the target OS and the 171MB boot partition on the Volumio-Drive as target-partition.

After Reboot and choosing VOLUMIO in the Windows-Boot-Manager the system went there and showed the ‘BOOT ERROR’ message as before. But this time i did not turn off the computer BUT just hit a key (ENTER). And then Volumio started absolutely normal from the drive.

Tried to start all OS’s for several times now to make sure everything works and it does. Fantastic!!

I think this is of a certain value for Volumio because it makes it a lot more convenient to use it on a Laptop/PC that is not solely dedicated to AUDIO. And i don’t think that an update of Volumio will break this bootloader-chain since the modified Bootmanager is on a different hard-drive which does not get altered by a Volumio-Installation.

Thanks for all answers and the help they provided and greetings from berlin,
H

This is great . Can you give a step by step instruction of how to do it please?

@jocoman Who are you replying to? If you wish @heinrich to answer, you need to add him with @… to your post or reply to him using the post reply, not the topic reply you just did :wink:

Will a Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Windows tablet be good for installing Volumio? Will the touch screen work?

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just flash to a USB thumb, boot from it and check.

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I’m asking because I’m about to buy it