VidOn Box

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VidOn Box
Manufacturer VidOn
Dimensions widthmm x breadthmm x heightmm
Release Date Sept 2014
Website VidOn Box
SoC A31S @ XGhz
DRAM 1GiB DDR3 @ xxxMHz
NAND 8GB eMMC (Foresee NCTSTS76-08G)
Power DC 5V @ 2A
Video HDMI 1.4 (Type A)
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8188EUS]]), 10/100Mbps Ethernet (IC+ IP101A)
USB 2 USB2.0 Host
Other IRDA
Headers UART

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On the bottom of the device, the following is printed:

VidOn Box Input: 5V 2A Designed by: Made In China

The PCB has the following silkscreened on it: on the top of the PCB
VidOn Box VBOX1-1.30 on the bottom of the PCB

In android, under Settings->About Tablet, you will find:

  • Model Number: Softwinner
  • Build Number: vidonme a31s v1.0.0
  • Linux Version: 3.3.0 (vbox@vbox-A11-Series)

Sunxi support

Current status

Like all A31 devices, the VidOn Box is not supported by our sunxi u-boot and sunxi kernel, but we hope to provide an A31 specific Manual build howto soon.




Manual build

  • For building u-boot, use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE target.
  • The .fex file can be found in sunxi-boards as MANUFACTURER_DEVICE.fex

WIP: I've been unable to extract the fex file using the traditional method. It seems with A31 type devices that the fex file forms part of the uboot image. At the moment I've not be able to locate this on the flash device however the download zip file from a system upgrade does contain a file called uboot_sdcard.fex. By using the command

dd if=uboot_sdcard.fex bs=1 skip=688128 count=49134 of=script.bin 

I'm able to produce a file that can be converted by bin2fex. This is linked below for now and will be uploaded to the usual place after I've done so more investigating.

Everything else is the same as the manual build howto.

Mainline U-Boot

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For building mainline u-boot, use the MANUFACTURER_DEVICE target.

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Mainline kernel

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Use the FAMILY-CHIP-DEVICE.dtb device-tree file for the mainline kernel.

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Tips, Tricks, Caveats

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FEL mode

The something button triggers FEL mode.

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Adding a serial port (voids warranty)

VidOn Box UART pads

Device disassembly

There are two small phillips head screws at the rear of the device. Once loosened the gold casing can easily slide off. The PCB is attached to the rear panel and the wireless anteena via a thin cable which can be removed but it isn't necessary.

Locating the UART

The VidOn Box has a 4 pin 2.0 pitch JST-PH connector available for its UART0 port(to confirm) which is labelled on the PCB. This is the same as some 90s analog audio cables which ran from a CDROM to the sound card. More information is available at our our UART howto.


See also

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