Here is the start point to use your Orange Pi.
- The most frequent problems for new users of the Orange Pi are:
- Poor energy. If you are not using the official Xunlong power supply, be sure that you are using a reliable source of power. The OPi boards are very sensitive to voltage variations and many cheap PSU provide false specifications, so you can't trust them. Check with other chargers, PSUs or preferibly use one on the Orange Pi Hardware Compatibility List ** VERY IMPORTANT. DON'T APPLY POWER TO THE USB OTG CONNECTOR. OPI DON'T SUPPORT IT. THIS CAN IRREVERSIBLY DAMAGE YOUR BOARD**
- A noncompatible SD card. Use at least, a class 10 card. Don't try OEM cheap cards or slowest cards as class 4.
- Incorrect OS image. The official distros of Xunlong are bad maintained. To new users we reccomend Armbian, it's one of the best maintained distros. You can also check a list of Orange Pi OSs on the Software section of this wiki.
First boot LEDs behavior
This shows how the Orange PI's LEDs are supposed to behave when booting Armbian for the first time.
Please note that:
- other distributions are likely to yield different results. Loboris distributions for instance only power up the red LED, leaving the green LED untouched.
- not seeing any LED light up on boot does not neccesarily mean that your board is broken. This also occurs if your boot device isn't setup properly, or if your distribution simply does not power up the LEDs.
- LEDs are software controlled, so it is at the distribution's creators discretion how they function.