Originally purchased the TicTid X9T Pro as a K box. Footprint is smaller than an RPi and it runs fast and the price is right at around $50. This box will fit better inside of my OmniPro 2 media panel than an RPi sized box.
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There are a few TV boxes today posted on Amazon. They all come by default with rooted Android.
I do not utilize Android here much such that I switched the box over to running Ubuntu 18.04 and a lite desktop.
Basic specs for the TicTid X9T Pro are:
- 3Gb of DDR3
- 32 Gb eMMC
- Amlogic S912 with an Octa-Core CPU
- WiFi Dual band
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Gb LAN port
- GPU which does 4K HD fine
- 5VDC power supply (short cord)
- IR basic remote control
- HDMI 2.0 cable
You have the option of installing new OS on microSD card or built in eMMC. To test purchased a fast 32Gb micro SD card.
Installation of Ubuntu 18.04 Armbian OS.
1 - write OS image to SD card
2 - copy DTB file "" to root of boot renaming it to dtb.img
First time booting of Ubuntu on SD card. Press the reset button while booting and the device will boot from SD card. Note you only have to do this once. Cold boot with SD card will always boot to SD card. You can remove the SD card and boot from Android if you wish.
First time boot reconfigures root password and creates a new sudo user.
Noticed an issue with sudo here so did a :
1 - apt purge sudo
2 - apt install sudo
Updated and did a distal upgrade.
There is a utility called arbian-config which does some basics for you including providing a desktop. For server you do not need to configure a desktop.
____ ___ _ ____ / ___|/ _ \/ |___ \ \___ \ (_) | | __) | ___) \__, | |/ __/ |____/ /_/|_|_____| Welcome to ARMBIAN 5.77 user-built Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 5.0.2-aml-s912 System load: 0.02 0.11 0.09 Up time: 12 min Memory usage: 17 % of 2841MB IP: 192.168.244.190 CPU temp: 49°C Usage of /: 9% of 29G Last login: Thu Apr 4 05:06:07 2019 from 192.168.244.231
Screen shots of armbian-config utility. Note the addition software adds of Home Assistant and OpenHab. Noted the default lite desktop comes up in 4K HD mode. 3840 X 2160.
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