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My Review of the Up Board

So I pulled the trigger after thinking around about wanting to get a beefier SBC and see if I could squeeze out some more N64 Performance maybe get some decent Dolphin Performance or Nintendo DS. Change it up a bit. So after receiving my Upboard I popped a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 on there and started going to town testing. This is the 4 gig model that I am about to start testing. Man was I dissapointed. To even get sound working you must swap the default kernel for an upstreamed version. Alright no issue, lets start testing some games. Sound Issues, Stuttering, Slowdown

There are only a handful of games I tried across most every emulator that ran worth a nickel.

Killer Instinct in latest rom did run suprisingly well. Killer Instinct 2 in latest rom set ran quite nicely. Sure there was screen tearing and it suffered from this sense of maybe a slow polling speed over the USB devices. I could only explain it as saying at all times that I was using the up board keyboard mouse or controller I just used a standard xbox 360 for all tests it felt like I was using a VM or remote connected to another computer. There was just this sense of delay that wasnt on the processing but on the speed which the input device was actually processed.

Alright well maybe Ubuntu just has really poor drivers, considering yea you have to swap the kernel to even get sound working lets try their Ubilinux product. Optimized for the UP board. Easy enough to switch the install but low and behold it is based of off Debian Jessie so no Retropie Setup. Sure I could have installed Retroarch at this point, but meh had no desire. Im thinking well this just may be a windows only board.

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  • RameshsalviRameshsalvi New Member Posts: 12
    edited December 2018

    So I pulled the trigger after thinking around about wanting to get a beefier SBC and see if I could squeeze out some more N64 Performance maybe get some decent Dolphin Performance or Nintendo DS. Change it up a bit. So after receiving my Upboard I popped a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 on there and started going to town testing. This is the 4 gig model that I am about to start testing. Man was I dissapointed. To even get sound working you must swap the default kernel for an upstreamed version. Alright no issue, lets start testing some games. Sound Issues, Stuttering, Slowdown

    There are only a handful of games I tried across most every emulator that ran worth a nickel.

    Killer Instinct in latest rom did run suprisingly well. Killer Instinct 2 in latest rom set ran quite nicely. Sure there was screen tearing and it suffered from this sense of maybe a slow polling speed over the USB devices. I could only explain it as saying at all times that I was using the up board keyboard mouse or controller I just used a standard xbox 360 for all tests it felt like I was using a VM or remote connected to another computer. There was just this sense of delay that wasnt on the processing but on the speed which the input device was actually processed.

    Alright well maybe Ubuntu just has really poor drivers, considering yea you have to swap the kernel to even get sound working lets try their Ubilinux product. Optimized for the UP board. Easy enough to switch the install but low and behold it is based of off Debian Jessie so no Retropie Setup. Sure I could have installed Retroarch at this point, but meh had no desire. Im thinking well this just may be a windows only board.
    Any updates??


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