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Orange PI Software

by admin on May 24th, 2016

Orange Pi One Setup Guide

The Orange Pi One is a £10 computer similar to the Raspberry Pi. This guide will help you setup your Orange Pi One similar to that of Rasbian on the Raspberry Pi. I will assume that you have all the necessary peripherals (mouse, SD card, etc..)

The image for Raspbian for the Orange Pi One from the official Orange Pi site is buggy. Its been built for the Orange Pi PC and doesn't take into account the changes in hardware. When I tested it I've had lots of problems.

So I've been working to setup my One as close to a raspberry pi as possible. So after some research I found that folks at Armbian have addressed these problems. Armbian is Debian 8 compiled for ARM processors.

Check out my other Orange Pi tutorials:

Step 1: Download and write image to SD card

UPDATE: Since writing this, a desktop image has been added (uses xfce instead of lxde), which simplifies the installation alot. but the GPIO ports haven't been exported automatically like the "server" version. If you are going to use your Pi One as a media centre then choose the desktop version. it's alot more user friendly with things such as hardware video acceleration already setup but is a bit more resource hungry. You can use the desktop version and then export the GPIO yourself. The SD setup is the same for both versions you just dont need to install the desktop.

To start download SDformatter ( and format your SD card with size adjustment ON.

Then goto: and download the "server" image and extract it.

Then use win32diskimager: and select the .raw file (making sure the drive selected is your SDcard) and click 'write'.

once that is completed insert into your One.

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