PCDUINOs, just don’t

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Yeah like the title says: PCDUINOs, just don’t. While they look good and smell good, they don’t taste good.

The board has impressive specs, and it runs pretty rock solid. Not to mention it has a SATA port! But the support is horrific. The images to dump on it are horrific – if you have happened to find one. My whole experience so far (five months) has been bad. The board is still sitting on my desk because of these issues. The overall support blows. Now let me say, I have not contacted LinkSprite because there aren’t any issues that I feel they would/could resolve over an email. The community for these boards is horrible. The overall support for PCDUINOs on the intarwebs is just plan bad. And it seems to be that no one likes AllWinner chips.

Save yourself the headache and time and get a different board that has tons of support on the web. You will thank yourself that you did later, trust me.

UPDATE: I have decided to try to use the PCDUINO as an arcade emulator. As long as I can get a linux (ubuntu or debian) running on it with no issue I think I should be OK. I have a 250GB 2.5″ SATA drive on it now which is perfect. I don’t need the GPIOs for the emulator either so no fussin with that code. I just don’t get a fancy Raspi GUI 🙁 I’ll let you know what happens.

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  1. John Nelson
    October 4, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    So what happened….. im about to do the same…

    • October 14, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      I ended up dropping the pcduino3 nano lite as an emulator, I have much better consoles to use. I currently have it in a custom 3d printed case with a sata hard drive attached. Using it as a basic server running Armbian. It works fine with Armbian but I have never gotten the gpios to work (but I don’t need them).

  2. John Nelson
    October 4, 2019 / 10:16 pm

    PCduino3 is pretty garbage but i wont say crap about arm20. Ots faster than my i5 even benchmark

  3. John Nelson
    October 4, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    I think you should just dont n stick with a mac or pc :p

  4. Charley Loomis
    November 6, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    I completely agree, what a waste of time and effort, complete garbage, the Idea is nice but in actual use, what a slow, complicated, over priced piece of crap. I threw it into the corner on my bench, for the third time in the last two years and it took a lot of effort not to just chuck it into the bin this time. For the same price I could have gotten two more Raspberry pies.

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